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It all started with a little black box. When I was 11 or 12 I got a little plastic tabletop radio for Christmas. Nothing could tear me away from that thing. I listened to everything - polka music, classical, Top 40, big bands, Met Opera, ethnic shows, etc. Stayed up for all hours at night bringing in distant stations. But radio personalities and their distinctive voices intrigued me the most. To this day I can recall the names of long departed radio DJ’s and the specific stations they worked for. I hosted the first radio broadcast at my high school, transported large stacks of classical discs from home each week for radio shows at college, and dreamed of being one of those voices. Well, despite a few detours and temporary setbacks along the way, my dream came true!
I’ve been a classical music host in Seattle, Los Angeles and on satellite radio. I did news in Tacoma and Las Vegas. Along the way there were a couple of gigs hosting standards and jazz. I loved every moment of it and I still do.
That little black box is long gone, but nowadays I enjoy listening to stations on the internet in far off corners of the globe on my little black laptop; the more rustic and remote the better, and there are thousands to choose from. I guess I’ll always be a hopeless radio fanatic!
Jan Simon hosts classical music on WBAA 101.3 FM weekdays 8 a.m. to Noon