I miss the mornings of the past
Mornings used to be fun. I’d wake up and turn on the radio and follow along with my morning radio friends. They do crazy things and share opinions and take requests. I’d enter contests and even win occasionally. It was a belonging feeling.I still have most of the phone numbers memorized. In fact, the radio… Read More »

I miss the mornings of the past

Mornings used to be fun. I’d wake up and turn on the radio and follow along with my morning radio friends. They do crazy things and share opinions and take requests. I’d enter contests and even win occasionally. It was a belonging feeling.I still have most of the phone numbers memorized. In fact, the radio stations of my childhood are the only phone numbers I know without looking them up. In an emergency, I’d have to call Q107 and ask for help.The morning show on CITY TV was also special. Even as a kid younger than their prime demographic, it was a fun entertaining program, designed to be watched for 15 minutes or less just to catch you up with more friendly familiar faces before leaving for school or work.I remember how significant, or even devastating it was when one of the gang had to leave. The changing of the morning show was a huge deal.I adapted quickly each time and I fondly remember those who moved on. Starting at about 14 with Pete & Geets, I moved to Q107 for the next few decades. I was just the right age to really enjoy the childish style of Scruff Conners. After him came Brother Jake and then Jesse and Gene who stayed my favourite for many years, even causing me to change my station and indeed my entire genre of music from classic rock to a more pop sound.Morning shows shaped my childhood, my humour, my taste in music and made me feel a part of a family.I was a fan of Howard Stern for many many years as I started working and having a commute. His cast of characters kept me company each morning and I didn’t like to miss an episode. I even ended up paying a hefty monthly subscription to not be left out of the loop. It was fascinating to watch his show change over time as more and more of his staples became socially unacceptable. Today, Howard’s show has very little nudity and the content is focused on an older more mature audience. He is now known more for his long form celebrity interviews and less for his dick jokes.The times were changing, and the mornings were seeing it first.Today, morning shows are far more tame. Many stations don’t interact much at all and I never hear of crazy antics.I suppose there are still fun morning shows out there but I don’t want to go looking for stations in other markets that have no connection to me.I now live in a small city in the hills of British Columbia and my radio options are limited….so I just sleep in.

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