As if it happened overnight, the view from my home studio window
is now all green and spring like. The trees have buds and the apple blossoms are out too. The softball season has started and yes, I am pitching for three teams again. Playing ball forces me to
go out and get some exercise, which is important for seniors. We must stay active and moving as much as we can.
Earth Day featured several members of the Chicago Salmon
Vintage Baseball Team working hard to restore some picnic tables at our field at the Old Historic United Methodist Campgrounds in Des Plaines, Illinois. We all painted and sanded and got ten tables
done that afternoon.
Nothing is new about our attempts to have the National Radio
Hall of Fame induct former Chicago Radio Personality Art Hellyer. I am convinced that the whole system is rigged to only honor young people and not a true radio pioneer like Art. There is
now a great
Wikipedia article now posted about Art's long and dedicated career.
Nominations are being taken at their hall of fame website. Art is nominated every year and there is never any acknowledgement of Art's work. He is in his 90's and had number one radio shows in
Chicago for many years. It is just another example of how seniors are getting ripped off.
Lots of new shows are in the works behind the scenes at Midwest
Ballroom. These include interesting guests and program themes. Unfortunately, we have started cutting back on covering events. Our old recording equipment is just worn out and running around as
a volunteer to rebroadcast concerts etc. is becoming cost prohibitive. I have not gone through the recent APOL tapes yet, but really don't know what I have that can be replayed. We'll have
something on the air soon.
This has met with a few people saying..."well, you covered that,
but why not our event?" These are the same people who would never consider doing anything for free as I have done for going on 17 years now at WDCB and ten years at WTPB LP in Rockford. I
have often asked that maybe a few dance instructors could get a place and volunteer to teach people really basic dance steps? After all, folks are not going to go and pay to get inside of a
hall and just watch others dance. No one has taken me up on this and one day, the whole thing of ballroom dancing will just collapse without new people getting involved. For
those who know how to dance, the Corral Building at Lyons Township High Scholl at 4900 Willow Springs Road in Western Springs , Illinois has Sunday dances 2-4:30
May 7-Steve Cooper Orchestra May 14-Ron Smolen
21-Teddy Lee Orchestra May 28-Jay Witcher Orchestra
And let's not forget that Rick Falato's Yorkville Big Band has
dances on the third Sunday of each month at the Yorkville American Legion on Route 34. There are dance lessons at 6 P.M. and open
P.M. Those who have attended say that they have had a nice time there. I wish there was a forum to list all the events that I mention on our Big Band Bulletin Board as some
listeners say that I go too fast on the air with all the announcements. I have asked for web space but there is never any response. We do not mention admission charges on the air as this is
The mail for the program continues to be good, but many
times I wonder just who is out there listening or visiting this newsletter?
I wish to thank Dick and Steve for keeping our old equipment going all these years.
Also to Rick Falato of the Yorkville Big Band for this space on this fine band's website. May 6th, the annual Putting on the Glitz dance at the Glendora Ballroom. We are sorry
to hear of the passing of long time listener Pauline Haas of Chicago.
Of interest this year is the annual Antique Radio Club of
Illinois Radiofest on August 5th at the Shriner's Hall in Addison. There will be a swap meet in the parking lot, lots of speakers, radio exhibits inside and a
nice banquet. Entertaining this year will be Sweet Pepprika, who sing our theme song. See the ARCI website for details.
We have also been offering the John Russell
Traveling Photo Art Show free to libraries and groups. It is a large collection of interesting and silly photos all taken with an old 35 mm film camera. Our show continues
to receive lot of new CD’s, but our best responses come from programs of old vinyl. We saluted National Record Store Day with Toad Hall Books and Records from Rockford on our April 22nd
Let us know that you are out there. We enjoy hearing
from you.. Thanks for listening.