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Old time radio programs were good entertainment



With all the snow we have had lately, it gives a body time to just sit and think of times of long ago. It’s too cold to do very much outside unless you want to get a bad case of frostbite.

As children growing up, we didn’t have the luxury of TV, so we listened to the old battery radio to programs such as ‘Lum and Abner’, ‘Amos ‘n Andy’, ‘The Lone Ranger’, ‘Dragnet’, and so on. We really enjoyed these programs. I can’t remember what day of the week they came on, only that they came on a couple of times a week.

We never did have a TV, and the only kind there was, was a big, bulky, floor model. They were not too heavy, just big and bulky, and many of the first ones stood on legs.

It was a joy to get to listen to those radio programs, and they always seemed so real right down to the sound effects. It would get as quiet as a church mouse in the house while these programs were on.

I’m not now, and have never been very much of a TV nut, so I still, even today, listen to the radio a lot more than I watch TV. Most of the things produced for TV in this day and age I call junk. If something comes on fit to watch, it usually isn’t too awfully long before it is dropped for lack of popularity.

So I am still tuning my ears in to the radio, where I can catch my old friend, Paul Morris on Thursdays and Sunday nights. I like the Sunday night program the best, because it is bluegrass gospel, which is my favorite listening pleasure.

As a mail carrier, I delivered Paul’s mail for many years and got to know him quite well. He is doing what my friend, the late Charlie Whitaker, always did, and that is to preserve our Appalachian culture.

I am proud to say that I am an Appalachian resident who was born and raised here, and no doubt I will die here.

Thanks to modern technology even though Paul lives in Florida, I can still listen to him here.

As for the TV, I like outdoor channels, game shows and old time cartoons, and the news. Other than that, I’m not interested, especially not the marketing channels.

There is hardly a movie you can watch that isn’t full of violence and filthy language. But I can listen to bluegrass gospel music for hours. Much of the music Paul Morris plays is the type that came out when I was just a little sprout, and that was a long, long time ago.

And that’s all from the funny farm until next time.


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