Circa 1969, AM radio: my first real job spinning records on a Saturday night as a high school junior like I’m home but instead entertaining Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Dream job, mistakes and all.
Sometimes there would be callers with comments like, “I don’t like the music you’re playing.” I would then need to guide them through this carefully constructed, sequential process that I share with you now.
“I’m sorry to hear you say that. Are you in front of the radio right now? Good. Do you see two dials in front of the radio. There should be one on the right and there should be one on the left. Do you see them? Very good. We’re on a roll here, you’re doing very well. Now…I want you to look at the dial on the left, only the left. Please do not look at the dial on the right. Are you with me on this? Good, very good. We can take a break whenever you’d like, if you need one. You’re okay? Okay, good. Now I want you to carefully move your hand to the left dial and place it firmly on it. Would you do that for me please? Great. You’re doing great. Now…slowly turn the left dial toward the left – yes, left and left – funny how that works. Slowly turn the left dial toward the left, which is away from you. Keep doing this until you hear a click. Take your time, there’s no hurry. You’re doing fine. Did you hear the click? That’s great. Wonderful. I think our problem is solved and thanks for calling WOMT radio.”
I resumed playing the 1969 hits which I still hear today and wonder if he’s okay.