Blake Dowling: The spirit of radio

Guglielmo Marconi was an Italian inventor who proved the feasibility of radio communication. In 1895, he sent and received his first radio signal in Italy.

Later, as a youngster in 1985, I went on air with KLOL/101 in Houston, Texas, on the “Stevens & Pruett” show.

Rest in peace, FM legends.

I think I just said “HI Y’ALL” or something like that, in my hard-core LA (lower Alabama) accent. Dad was friends with the guys, so we stopped by for a visit once a year or so.

Hey, were foul-mouthed and self-described “radio gawds” — their show was cool.

As a young person, I was blown away as the whole town seemed to talk about them always, and I got to meet them. This was pre-everything we have now: Twitter, SiriusXM, Netflix (yadda yadda yadda).

These were the days when dad’s office had the radio on, and it stayed on all day.

When a song was in “heavy rotation” (what radio called it then) you knew it … and you disliked it fast. Think Pointer Sisters, Neutron Dance, etc.

In that era, while not played on

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