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Re: hi

Lax, Andrew <ALax@...>
 

Thanks. Andy

-----Original Message-----
From: R Roberts [mailto:russroberts@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 4:24 PM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: RE: [WJMA] RE: hi


Jerry Hooper sent me an "off the record" email today. He's in eastern
Russia and promised to fill us in when he finds a better internet
connection. The last I heard from Hoop was when I visited Alaska in
1988. He was off working on the Exxon Valdez cleanup project.

Russ Roberts

-----Original Message-----
From: Lax, Andrew [mailto:ALax@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 3:24 PM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: RE: [WJMA] RE: hi

Has Hooper sent an email? I didn't see it. Last I knew he was looking
for glory on Charlottesville TV. Hooper, fill us in! Remember the
part-time log book, where you listed your hours? Jerry and I got into
(Russ may have done it, too, but Hooper started it) a battle of
"decorating" our entries. Arch put an end to it. And wasn't it Jerry
who, as a joke, put some rude addendum on John Cregg's theme song? I
forget the specifics of what he did, but I remember that John was
pissed.
Andy Lax

-----Original Message-----
From: R Roberts [mailto:russroberts@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 2:59 PM
To: 'Gerald Hooper'
Cc: WJMA@...
Subject: [WJMA] RE: hi


Hoop,

Good to hear from you. Ross Hunter has unleashed a flood of memories
and given us something much better than a school reunion. We all
chose to be at WJMA. That radio station was the best school I ever
attended (we read all the news, sports, worked the equipment, learned
the music, virtually lived with intelligent co-workers and knew
everything about what happened in our community).

As I read the WJMA messages last night a thought occurred: Radio with
live, thinking "personalities" running things was ego driven. Why else
would we have worked as well as we did for so little money? For me the
memories and experiences revolve around my own personal center of
gravity ... an "axis mundi." When I read all the stories and thoughts
from our colleagues, some from times at the station other than mine, I
think of something the Sioux Black Elk said. He stood on Harney Peak in
Nebraska, looked around and determined that Harney Peak was the center
of the universe. Then he realized that the center is everywhere.

You're in Russia? You've got some stories, my friend. Please share
them when you have the time.

Warm regards,

Russ Roberts





-----Original Message-----
From: Gerald Hooper [mailto:haz_wop@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 2:18 AM
To: russroberts@...
Subject: hi

Sorry i don't have time to talk right now
just got my email downl;oaded and there you were
on the wjma hit list talking about bill battle
I'm in russia and have to make atrain in a few minutes
should be settled in on the north end of Sahkalin
island in a day or two and i'll bring you up to date.
heard yourflying a strange route through amsterdam or
something look forward tohearing about it
more in a day or two.
Hoop


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Re: hi

R Roberts <russroberts@...>
 

Jerry Hooper sent me an "off the record" email today. He's in eastern
Russia and promised to fill us in when he finds a better internet
connection. The last I heard from Hoop was when I visited Alaska in
1988. He was off working on the Exxon Valdez cleanup project.

Russ Roberts

-----Original Message-----
From: Lax, Andrew [mailto:ALax@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 3:24 PM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: RE: [WJMA] RE: hi

Has Hooper sent an email? I didn't see it. Last I knew he was looking
for glory on Charlottesville TV. Hooper, fill us in! Remember the
part-time log book, where you listed your hours? Jerry and I got into
(Russ may have done it, too, but Hooper started it) a battle of
"decorating" our entries. Arch put an end to it. And wasn't it Jerry
who, as a joke, put some rude addendum on John Cregg's theme song? I
forget the specifics of what he did, but I remember that John was
pissed.
Andy Lax

-----Original Message-----
From: R Roberts [mailto:russroberts@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 2:59 PM
To: 'Gerald Hooper'
Cc: WJMA@...
Subject: [WJMA] RE: hi


Hoop,

Good to hear from you. Ross Hunter has unleashed a flood of memories
and given us something much better than a school reunion. We all
chose to be at WJMA. That radio station was the best school I ever
attended (we read all the news, sports, worked the equipment, learned
the music, virtually lived with intelligent co-workers and knew
everything about what happened in our community).

As I read the WJMA messages last night a thought occurred: Radio with
live, thinking "personalities" running things was ego driven. Why else
would we have worked as well as we did for so little money? For me the
memories and experiences revolve around my own personal center of
gravity ... an "axis mundi." When I read all the stories and thoughts
from our colleagues, some from times at the station other than mine, I
think of something the Sioux Black Elk said. He stood on Harney Peak in
Nebraska, looked around and determined that Harney Peak was the center
of the universe. Then he realized that the center is everywhere.

You're in Russia? You've got some stories, my friend. Please share
them when you have the time.

Warm regards,

Russ Roberts





-----Original Message-----
From: Gerald Hooper [mailto:haz_wop@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 2:18 AM
To: russroberts@...
Subject: hi

Sorry i don't have time to talk right now
just got my email downl;oaded and there you were
on the wjma hit list talking about bill battle
I'm in russia and have to make atrain in a few minutes
should be settled in on the north end of Sahkalin
island in a day or two and i'll bring you up to date.
heard yourflying a strange route through amsterdam or
something look forward tohearing about it
more in a day or two.
Hoop


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Re: Rev. Battle

JWhitten@...
 

A Nice Remembrance

-----Original Message-----
From: rmj142@... Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 8:24 PM
To: WJMA@...; WJMA@...
Subject: RE: [WJMA] Rev. Battle

lol

Yes, I remember it well.

Rev. Battle was still going strong when I was there.

None of his records had jackets of any kind. He would
just carry them around mashed together and adding
scratches.

Some of the songs were longgggggggg. We are talking
12-13 minutes. When Rev. Battle had heard enough he
would give you the high sign and "Rrrrp!" end of song.

Some weeks the light bulb connected to the doorbell
would blink and there would be a friend of the Rev.
with a stack of records, and a litle note with the cut
off each album to play.

A fine old fellow who I am sure is many years in the
grave by now.

Mark Johnson
1981-1984


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John Cregg--not found

Dominion Market Research staff <staff@...>
 

Reid Harrison just checked in to say the John J Cregg we located in California is not the John Cregg of WJMA legend. Thanks for checking. The search goes on.

I also heard back from Dow Jones that Rob Eure no longer works for the Wall Street Journal. To quote from their website: "Robert Eure, a reporter who previously worked mainly for dailies in Virginia and Oregon and was a correspondent of the Wall Street Journal, is going to hold several workshops at the Center. The topics of these will be: media ethics, environment protection, elections, reporting on local politics. Dean Cox of CBS.com will train on-line journalists." And on the Knight Foundation site it looks like he's in Ghana and
Slovakia. I've written to the Knight Foundation to see if they have a contact email address.

Jean Purcell has joined us on the list. As I recall Jean was a news stringer while also writing for the Times Dispatch. Jean, please correct me if that's wrong.

Ross


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Re: Greetings from Floyd

JWhitten@...
 

If so, did she graduate from OCHS around '80-'82?

Joe Whitten

-----Original Message-----
From: ALax@... Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 6:50 PM
To: WJMA@...; WJMA@...
Subject: RE: [WJMA] Greetings from Floyd

Seth:
A conservative? In public radio? Seth, are you the older brother of Cathy Williamson, of the East Main St Williamsons? We were friends in high school and I always wondered what happened to her. If not, never mind. Thanks, Andy Lax

-----Original Message-----
From: Seth Williamson [mailto:seth@...]
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 6:34 PM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: [WJMA] Greetings from Floyd


I may possibly be the senior person on this list, at least in terms of
when I worked for WJMA. I was there in high school and for a year or so
afterward. Late 1966 or early 1967 through 1969 or 1970. I was there
with John Cregg, Bill Little and Joe McCaffrey and engineer Gil
(Hodges? Bryant? I forget). My OCHS classmate Lewis Harvey was also
there briefly during this period but not for long as I remember (unless
he came back after I left).

For many years I have been a producer and announcer in public radio. The tradition in this business is that the "golden age" anywhere ended
about three years before you got there, and that seems to be my
impression of WJMA, though this is undoubtedly a function of one's
memory of adolescence and young manhood--et in Arcadia ego. In only a
few other small towns have I known stations that seemed to be as much a
part of the local fabric of life as was WJMA in this period. I remember
my dad listening to Bill Little's "march around the breakfast table"
every day and sometimes getting irked at one or another aspect of Bill's
upbeat morning personality--but he kept listening to hear what might be
next. Bill was continuously, relentlessly "up" in the mornings, pretty
much the paradigm of the morning man. There were some mornings when my
dad felt it his right to be gloomy and occasionally Bill would clash
with these moods.

I also remember John Cregg setting my news copy on fire during the long
half-hour 6 pm newscast, an unsettling introduction to the art of
improvisation.

I look back at a few of these characters and marvel that they could have
existed in commercial radio. I used to have long talks with Gil at
night. He impressed me with his wide culture and reading. The fact
that he could appreciate both modern jazz and, say, the slick production
values on a Tammy Wynette commercial country single taught me to
appreciate the value of catholic tastes.

Joe McCaffrey was a memorable character. A few years older than me, he
later went on to be the Libertarian candidate for governor in some
midwestern state. He was (as I now can see with broader experience but
did not know then) a classic libertarian type, deeply but narrowly
educated and a bit obsessed, much more interested in politics than I was
at the time. Like most Libertarians, he was a Platonist and not an
Aristotelian, and highly opinionated. I remember Arch's struggles to
get him to do the Saturday country music shift and stick with the
format. Joe hated commercial country music and made complicated and
sophisticated arguments to Arch that what he, Joe, preferred to
play--folk music of the Kingson Trio ilk--was actually by definition
"country" music. I was amused at his persistence and the fertility of
his arguments in a lost cause like this.

And then there was Arch, of course, father figure and conduit of the
craft of communicating on the radio. I later went on in college to work
the board, briefly, for someone I think Arch had worked with, the
legendary Alden Aaroe in Richmond and from whom he perhaps learned some
of his own attention to detail. I have never known another manager with
Arch's education and concern for craft. He was indeed a stickler for
pronunciation. I remember the station was playing a Don Bowman comedy
record called "Dear Chet Atkins, Will You Teach Me to Pick?" or
something like that. In Bowman's exaggerated hillbilly accent it was
"Chit AY-kins." I listened to that record so much that one Saturday
morning I played a Chet Atkins guitar instrumental and unthinkingly
pronounced it Bowman's way, which earned a quick phone call of
scandalized reprimand.

As apolitical as I was at that time, I was chagrined at Arch's refusal
to let us play Dion's "Abraham, Martin and John." Arch was a staunch
conservative and bridled at the suggestion that King and Luther belonged
in the same league as Lincoln. All I remember at the time was
irritation at this restriction.

Of course, with the passing of years and the reading of lo these many
thousands of books, I have probably out-Arched Arch when it comes to
conservatism. Hell, not only do I not like King and Kennedy, I probably
have even less respect for Lincoln the (as it now seems to me)
constitutional usurper and tyrant. And the logic of the leftward drift
of old-line denominations made it inevitable that I would become Eastern
Orthodox (via Arch's Anglicanism), a big change from my childhood
experience with the Baptists. (At least, I seem to recall that Arch was
Episcopalian--I don't remember for sure.)

Another yearly reminder of Arch's influence was his approach to
Christmas programming, where he also swam against the current. He
didn't want to hear any heavy-duty religious Christmas music till well
into the season (as it was figured by commercial America, which meant in
fact Advent). This is what I do nowadays at WVTF, which I believe can
be heard in Orange. I dig in my heels and keep the Christmas stuff
light and secular for as long as I can, in a probably futile effort to
prevent everyone from getting sick to death of Christmas before it even
arrives. I think of Arch every Christmas season as I fight a rearguard
action against announcers who want to open the Christmas floodgates the
day after Thanksgiving.

Page Talley--I think she was an English teacher of mine at OCHS. Though
maybe I'm remembering wrong.

It was a good place to work, a good place to get a start in
broadcasting. When I think of craft, which I must do on a daily basis
these days as I train new announcers, I think of Arch.


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Re: hi

Lax, Andrew <ALax@...>
 

Has Hooper sent an email? I didn't see it. Last I knew he was looking for glory on Charlottesville TV. Hooper, fill us in! Remember the part-time log book, where you listed your hours? Jerry and I got into (Russ may have done it, too, but Hooper started it) a battle of "decorating" our entries. Arch put an end to it. And wasn't it Jerry who, as a joke, put some rude addendum on John Cregg's theme song? I forget the specifics of what he did, but I remember that John was pissed.
Andy Lax

-----Original Message-----
From: R Roberts [mailto:russroberts@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 2:59 PM
To: 'Gerald Hooper'
Cc: WJMA@...
Subject: [WJMA] RE: hi


Hoop,

Good to hear from you. Ross Hunter has unleashed a flood of memories
and given us something much better than a school reunion. We all
chose to be at WJMA. That radio station was the best school I ever
attended (we read all the news, sports, worked the equipment, learned
the music, virtually lived with intelligent co-workers and knew
everything about what happened in our community).

As I read the WJMA messages last night a thought occurred: Radio with
live, thinking "personalities" running things was ego driven. Why else
would we have worked as well as we did for so little money? For me the
memories and experiences revolve around my own personal center of
gravity ... an "axis mundi." When I read all the stories and thoughts
from our colleagues, some from times at the station other than mine, I
think of something the Sioux Black Elk said. He stood on Harney Peak in
Nebraska, looked around and determined that Harney Peak was the center
of the universe. Then he realized that the center is everywhere.

You're in Russia? You've got some stories, my friend. Please share
them when you have the time.

Warm regards,

Russ Roberts





-----Original Message-----
From: Gerald Hooper [mailto:haz_wop@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 2:18 AM
To: russroberts@...
Subject: hi

Sorry i don't have time to talk right now
just got my email downl;oaded and there you were
on the wjma hit list talking about bill battle
I'm in russia and have to make atrain in a few minutes
should be settled in on the north end of Sahkalin
island in a day or two and i'll bring you up to date.
heard yourflying a strange route through amsterdam or
something look forward tohearing about it
more in a day or two.
Hoop


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Re: Swap Shop

Dominion Market Research staff <staff@...>
 

That's when Pat Watson walked into the control room. Pat was my pal.
She'd make me feel better.

Pat looked me straight in the eye and said, "Keah-nun...that was the WUHST
newscast I EVER huhd," and she walked out.

I felt better after that.

jay kiernan
'76-'79
Jay,

Great story. Too bad it's not on tape.

I bet everyone heard that line from Pat. Just change the name. I know Phil Goodwin has mentioned it numerous times.

Did you ever notice that Pat kept the monitor speaker turned pretty low? But if you'd play Conway Twitty, she wouldn't even look up, but raise her hand and turn up the volume.

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Re: Swap Shop

R Roberts <russroberts@...>
 

Jay,

That was funny! God, have I laughed a lot the past couple of days
reading this stuff!

Do you remember "Charlie Pride's Greatest Hits?" The album featured a
smiling, friendly picture of Charlie on the cover. One night, a second
before I flipped the mic to read the news, you (Jay Kiernan) walked into
the control room with the Charlie Pride album over your face, your
finger pointed at me like a gun, and said, "Gimme yo' watch."

I don't remember? Did I get through the newscast?

My other favorite Jay Kiernan story: You were a little bit on the,
shall I say, domicile challenged side for a month or so. Your driver's
license needed renewal. For the next four years the address on your
driver's license was: Jay Kiernan
WJMA
271 Spicer's Mill Rd.
Orange, VA 22960

That was classic.

Russ Roberts

-----Original Message-----
From: jfk@... [mailto:jfk@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 2:34 PM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: Re: [WJMA] Swap Shop

Hi everyone!

I also have a Phil Goodwin/Swap Shop memory, which I'll get to right
after
a brief preface.

During the time I was at WJMA (late '76 til '79), Ross Hunter did an
excellent job making the Swap Shop sound like the easiest half hour on
the
air (I went on at 10am, right after Swap Shop ended). On just a very
few
occasions, it fell to me to do the Swap Shop, and it was anything BUT
easy!
I was a nervous wreck just trying to keep track of everything: callers,
live copy, carts, etc. (not to mention folks running into the control
room
to ask a question unrelated to the show). I still don't see how Ross
made
it sound so relaxed.

Usually, if for some reason Ross couldn't do the show, Phil Goodwin did
it.
And Phil made it sound good, too (certainly MUCH better than I ever
could).

But the " parasol" story reminded me of the time that Phil had a lady
caller on the air. She told Phil about the item she was trying to swap
or
sell, and dear old Phil was only too happy to let the listeners know
that
this nice lady had a white "unifome" that she would be happy to part
with.
Phil went on and on about that unifome, repeating the word about eight
times with friendly enthusiasm, before he finally realized that the
lady
was looking to part with a white nurse's "uniform."

It was always fun to watch Phil blush. His face always turned such a
nice
shade of crimson red.

And though I always liked to tease Phil mercilessly at any opportunity,
I
went easy on him over that one. For I had done the Swap Shop. I knew
how
hard it was to keep all of those plates spinning on those skinny sticks.
I
was just glad that it was he who was sitting behind the mic that
morning,
and not me!

Phil and I had a very good natured rivalry going on at all times. He
was
the straight-arrow, conservative veteran of Armed Forces radio, and I
was
the radical, long-haired hippy. Phil loved to address me in his best
fake
Archy Bunker accent most of the time, and I enjoyed every second of it!

But, to be fair, I'm not going to sit here and embarrass Phil without
also
taking a moment to share an embarrasing incident about myself.

The single most embarrassing moment of my entire broadcasting career
came
during a newscast.

Generally, I always tried to clear the wire at least ten minutes before
reading the AP news at the top of the hour, just so I could be aware of
strange pronunciations and typos in the copy before reading the news
live
on the air. But sometimes that wasn't possible, and I'd be ripping the
copy even as I could hear that my record was fading out. Such was the
case
on this particular morning in 1977 or '78.

The lead story that day involved a gunman in Cleveland, who had taken
some
hostages. The man demanded to speak with President Carter by phone
before
he would release any of them. The cops called the White House, but the
President made it clear that he would not even consider talking with the
gunman until all hostages had been freed (I guess President Carter
didn't
want every penny ante gunman calling the White House).

Remember now, I was reading this news story cold--right off the
wire--and
had no idea what was coming next. I still remember the next line of
that
story verbatim, and I countinued reading, "Among the gunman's demands
are
that all white people leave the earth within seven days."

I couldn't believe what I had just read on the air, and I burst out
laughing. And I couldn't stop. It was that nervous laughter that you
can't control--like when your dad is yelling at you, or when you're
kneeling in front of a coffin at a wake. Nervous laughter that just
feeds
on itself.

My palms were sweating. My face was burning. And I was laughing loudly
with tears streaming down my face.

I broke for a sixty second PSA, trying desperately to stop laughing.
Get a
grip, Kiernan, I thought.

When the PSA ended, I calmly opened the mic, announced the time, got
about
two sentences into an unrelated story, and cracked up all over again. I
wanted to die. I laughed my way through the weather, started my next
record, and sat there in stunned humiliation. I'll surely be fired for
this, I remember thinking.

That's when Pat Watson walked into the control room. Pat was my pal.
She'd make me feel better.

Pat looked me straight in the eye and said, "Keah-nun...that was the
WUHST
newscast I EVER huhd," and she walked out.

I felt better after that.

jay kiernan
'76-'79



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Christmas composer

R Roberts <russroberts@...>
 

Arch's "Monday At One" Christmas special featured the music of Alfred
Burt, an Episcopal minister's son. Burt composed fifteen carols in the
decade following WWII. He died when he was 33.
Russ Roberts


Re: hi

R Roberts <russroberts@...>
 

Hoop,

Good to hear from you. Ross Hunter has unleashed a flood of memories
and given us something much better than a school reunion. We all
chose to be at WJMA. That radio station was the best school I ever
attended (we read all the news, sports, worked the equipment, learned
the music, virtually lived with intelligent co-workers and knew
everything about what happened in our community).

As I read the WJMA messages last night a thought occurred: Radio with
live, thinking "personalities" running things was ego driven. Why else
would we have worked as well as we did for so little money? For me the
memories and experiences revolve around my own personal center of
gravity ... an "axis mundi." When I read all the stories and thoughts
from our colleagues, some from times at the station other than mine, I
think of something the Sioux Black Elk said. He stood on Harney Peak in
Nebraska, looked around and determined that Harney Peak was the center
of the universe. Then he realized that the center is everywhere.

You're in Russia? You've got some stories, my friend. Please share
them when you have the time.

Warm regards,

Russ Roberts

-----Original Message-----
From: Gerald Hooper [mailto:haz_wop@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 2:18 AM
To: russroberts@...
Subject: hi

Sorry i don't have time to talk right now
just got my email downl;oaded and there you were
on the wjma hit list talking about bill battle
I'm in russia and have to make atrain in a few minutes
should be settled in on the north end of Sahkalin
island in a day or two and i'll bring you up to date.
heard yourflying a strange route through amsterdam or
something look forward tohearing about it
more in a day or two.
Hoop


Re: Oriole Bagpiper (Was: Rev. Battle)

R Roberts <russroberts@...>
 

Seth,

You should have had your crowd noise cart ready, taken over the
play-by-play yourself and finished the game early!

Russ Roberts

-----Original Message-----
From: Seth Williamson [mailto:seth@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 8:31 AM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: Re: [WJMA] Oriole Bagpiper (Was: Rev. Battle)

On 1/22/2003 at 8:11 AM David Taylor wrote:

As a kid, Chuck Thompson and Bill O'Donnell (the Oriole announcers)
were my heros. I couldn't imagine a better life than being a major
league radio play-by-play guy. So I listened to every game WJMA
carried...
My most vivid baseball memory from JMA dates from when the station
carried the Washington Senators.

I think it was a Sunday afternoon game. I was hoping it would be over
in time for me to enjoy a little of the remaining light on that summer
evening. I have never cared for baseball and riding the board on a game
was a mind-numbing experience, for me, anyway.

This game went into overtime--and inning after inning, it kept on going,
while the summer light leaked out of the west.

I forget what the amazing number of innings was. I think it was in the
low 20s and at the time established some kind of record for a long
game--I was screaming at the players in the control room. I don't know
enough about baseball to remember stats, but all I remember was that the
stupid game ate up the light on one particularly glorious summer day,
many years ago. This is just about my only baseball memory from the
station.


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Re: Rev. Battle

R Roberts <russroberts@...>
 

I'd forgotten about the bagpiper player.

As some of you know, I was never a big sports fan (this character flaw
led to the Arch-O-Gram I mailed yesterday). Being the weekend operator,
however, meant that I "ran" a lot of games. Occasionally I would
"invite" spectators to attend the games. One of our men, an avid
bagpipe player, attended more than a few Orioles games. He'd apparently
watch the game and practice his bagpipes at the same time. Wouldn't you
think the television guys would have picked up on this unusual human
interest story?

Hockey has its organ player. For a time Radio Orange baseball had its
bagpipe player.

Russ Roberts

-----Original Message-----
From: Ross Hunter [mailto:xhunter@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 7:13 AM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: Re: [WJMA] Rev. Battle

Other WJMA memories that have come back to me while reading this list
...

- Russ, remember the 'bagpipe player' who obviously frequented the
Orioles games we aired? Strange, I never saw him during my visits to
Memorial Stadium. :-) (You'll be glad to know I reprised that antic
years later at WAYB in Waynesboro ... we may have even had the same
sound effects library)
David, Russ...

What's the bagpipe player story? I never heard that one.

Ross

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Re: Swap Shop

Jay Kiernan
 

Hi everyone!

I also have a Phil Goodwin/Swap Shop memory, which I'll get to right after
a brief preface.

During the time I was at WJMA (late '76 til '79), Ross Hunter did an
excellent job making the Swap Shop sound like the easiest half hour on the
air (I went on at 10am, right after Swap Shop ended). On just a very few
occasions, it fell to me to do the Swap Shop, and it was anything BUT easy!
I was a nervous wreck just trying to keep track of everything: callers,
live copy, carts, etc. (not to mention folks running into the control room
to ask a question unrelated to the show). I still don't see how Ross made
it sound so relaxed.

Usually, if for some reason Ross couldn't do the show, Phil Goodwin did it.
And Phil made it sound good, too (certainly MUCH better than I ever
could).

But the " parasol" story reminded me of the time that Phil had a lady
caller on the air. She told Phil about the item she was trying to swap or
sell, and dear old Phil was only too happy to let the listeners know that
this nice lady had a white "unifome" that she would be happy to part with.
Phil went on and on about that unifome, repeating the word about eight
times with friendly enthusiasm, before he finally realized that the lady
was looking to part with a white nurse's "uniform."

It was always fun to watch Phil blush. His face always turned such a nice
shade of crimson red.

And though I always liked to tease Phil mercilessly at any opportunity, I
went easy on him over that one. For I had done the Swap Shop. I knew how
hard it was to keep all of those plates spinning on those skinny sticks. I
was just glad that it was he who was sitting behind the mic that morning,
and not me!

Phil and I had a very good natured rivalry going on at all times. He was
the straight-arrow, conservative veteran of Armed Forces radio, and I was
the radical, long-haired hippy. Phil loved to address me in his best fake
Archy Bunker accent most of the time, and I enjoyed every second of it!

But, to be fair, I'm not going to sit here and embarrass Phil without also
taking a moment to share an embarrasing incident about myself.

The single most embarrassing moment of my entire broadcasting career came
during a newscast.

Generally, I always tried to clear the wire at least ten minutes before
reading the AP news at the top of the hour, just so I could be aware of
strange pronunciations and typos in the copy before reading the news live
on the air. But sometimes that wasn't possible, and I'd be ripping the
copy even as I could hear that my record was fading out. Such was the case
on this particular morning in 1977 or '78.

The lead story that day involved a gunman in Cleveland, who had taken some
hostages. The man demanded to speak with President Carter by phone before
he would release any of them. The cops called the White House, but the
President made it clear that he would not even consider talking with the
gunman until all hostages had been freed (I guess President Carter didn't
want every penny ante gunman calling the White House).

Remember now, I was reading this news story cold--right off the wire--and
had no idea what was coming next. I still remember the next line of that
story verbatim, and I countinued reading, "Among the gunman's demands are
that all white people leave the earth within seven days."

I couldn't believe what I had just read on the air, and I burst out
laughing. And I couldn't stop. It was that nervous laughter that you
can't control--like when your dad is yelling at you, or when you're
kneeling in front of a coffin at a wake. Nervous laughter that just feeds
on itself.

My palms were sweating. My face was burning. And I was laughing loudly
with tears streaming down my face.

I broke for a sixty second PSA, trying desperately to stop laughing. Get a
grip, Kiernan, I thought.

When the PSA ended, I calmly opened the mic, announced the time, got about
two sentences into an unrelated story, and cracked up all over again. I
wanted to die. I laughed my way through the weather, started my next
record, and sat there in stunned humiliation. I'll surely be fired for
this, I remember thinking.

That's when Pat Watson walked into the control room. Pat was my pal.
She'd make me feel better.

Pat looked me straight in the eye and said, "Keah-nun...that was the WUHST
newscast I EVER huhd," and she walked out.

I felt better after that.

jay kiernan
'76-'79


my life since WJMA

Dominion Market Research staff <staff@...>
 

It's been good to read the emails with information on what people have been doing since WJMA days. Here's my story.

Shortly after the sale of WJMA (was it 1984?), I could see very quickly that it would not be the same. After a while it was no longer fun and I didn't look forward to going to work. I looked at other broadcasting jobs, but none of them were worth moving.

Bill Little had departed WJMA some months earlier. Neither one of us was anxious to leave the Orange area so we formed a company (Dominion Market Research) to do market research based on already collected demographic data. We hoped to offer the research data at a reasonable price. For many reasons the idea did not fly, but in the process a couple of customers asked for help with bulk mailings. With that a new business plan emerged. Today we mail 4-to-5 million pieces of mail a year...much of it through the little ol Orange Post Office.

Shortly after leaving WJMA, I was asked to be second banana on Phil Goodwin's morning show on WCUL in Culpeper. I did a few cut ins from home using a Marti transmitter. That lasted about 6 months.

After Digby Solomon (who bought WJMA from Arch) sold WJMA to Carl Hurlebus and it was almost beaten into the ground, a group of local business people bought the station in an attempt to revive it. I went back to do mornings. That lasted about a year. When they decided to sign on at 5am instead of 6, I felt I could no longer be on the air and then work a full day at Dominion Market Research. I left again. Recently I've gone back to fill in occasionally for Red Shipley in the mornings.

Let me tell those of you who have not visited WJMA recently that we would have killed for the equipment they have now. The station can run unattended for 7 days. You don't even have to take transmitter readings! There's not a record or tape in sight. If you look you can find some CDs. It's all MP3 files running from a computer. All production editing is on computer. I hope Joe Boucher and/or John Schick will explain this in more detail.

As an aside, I hope Bob Wade (aka J D Slade will tell the Solomon/Hurlebus story and what happened to the record library...it's _all_gone!

Carol teaches gifted and talented grades K-6 at Orange Elementary School and is involved with the University of Virginia's Saturday/Summer Enrichment Programs. Our older daughter Katharine is in her second semester of grad school at Virignia Commonwealth Unversity. She'll finish with a Master's in Social Work. Our younger daughter Caroline is in her last semester at Virginia Tech. She'll finish with a degree in Communications. _Not_ broadcasting, she says, her emphasis is in public relations. She's looking at grad school to study the sociology of the workplace.

Is that all that has happened in the last 17+ years? Where has the time gone?

I hope others will bring us up to speed on what's happening in their corner of the world. I know people are involved in many,many interesting careers.

Ross Hunter
1971-1986
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Re: Laurie's letter

JWhitten@...
 

Excellent

-----Original Message-----
From: ALax@... Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 5:16 PM
To: WJMA@...; WJMA@...
Subject: RE: [WJMA] Laurie's letter

Russ:
Thanks! I was going nuts trying to remember Reverend Battle's name, much less his opening. My best church service memory: a broadcast from St. Thomas' Episcopal went dead about ten minutes in. I guessed that someone in the choir had kicked the broadcast box (whatever that thing was). I put on a long record, hopped in the car and drove to the church. In my blue jeans and t-shirt, I crawled into the sanctuary by a side door, feeling the congregation and God all staring at me, turned the knob back to the correct position, crawled out and zoomed back to the station as the record was ending.

-----Original Message-----
From: R Roberts [mailto:russroberts@...]
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 4:59 PM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: RE: [WJMA] Laurie's letter



Laurie,

Re: The "cute little minister:"

Anncr: "It's time now for the Bibleway Spiritual Tidings Program with
the Elder Bernard Battle from The Bibleway Church in Trevilians. Now
here is Elder Battle." [Note: This is a good time to look over and see
if he is there.]

Battle: "Brothers and Sisters, praise the Lord, this is the Bibleway
Spiritual Tidings Program brought to you by [some little bitty dry
cleaner, I think. Does anyone remember the name of the outfit?]. Sweet
Jesus, it's good to be here to share the Word this Sunday mornin' ...
let's get things goin' with Brother James Cleveland. [Hope you can hear
him through the scratches and scrapes. If ya'll listen real close you
might be able to make out some of the words.]" Oh, my friends, it was fifteen minutes of heavenly glory. Brother
Battle made a habit of showing up during his theme song... when he
showed up at all. On those mornings he didn't show up, I'd quickly grab
a really bad copy of some gospel masterpiece from the dusty stash under
the turntables, plunk it down, cue it up and go. Nobody ever called to
complain about Elder Battle not being there. I don't think anyone was
listening (except Arch ... see the Arch-O-Gram I sent earlier).

And then there was the local church broadcast at 11:00:

Anncr: "Across the still of the morning comes the call to worship at
the church of your choice. But if you unable to attend, WJMA invites
you to listen to the service from the (local church)."

It was fun to read that intro during a gale.

Sunday mornings at WJMA ... The God Squad.

Russ -----Original Message-----
From: laurie mccullough [mailto:lmccullough@...] Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 2:22 PM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: [WJMA] Laurie's letter

Friends,
Even though my tenure at WJMA was short, I remember it fondly. I was
teaching math at the high school in Orange and had recently been fired
from my weekend job as a salad-bar filler at Horsefeathers. Somehow Ross
thought that even without the skill level required for THAT job, I could
handle weekend ball games, the farm report, and the cute little minister
who brought in his scratchy records every Sunday morning (what was his
name?).

I ended up being thankful that I'd had that incident with the broccoli
at
Horsefeathers, as I truly enjoyed my early weekend mornings at WJMA for
a
couple years, until I moved to Charlottesville to pursue a "terminal
degree". Kevin McCartney (remember him, Reid and Chap?) and I got married and are
still glad we did these 18 years later. We have two daughters- one 13
and
one about to turn 16, who, while practicing her driving ran Kevin's car
("really GENTLY, mom") into a ditch last night with him in the passenger
seat. No injuries or car damage, but he did come home with that look on
his face- the one that makes you thankful mammals don't eat their young.

We still live in North Garden (south of Charlottesville) and I am
working
"across the mountain" in Waynesboro as director of instruction in the
school division here. There's more to tell, of course, but this is
starting to sound like one of those family Christmas letters. Laurie McCullough
PS The reason we have two children is that Pete York once told me that
when he had his third they "had to go from a man-to-man to a zone
defense".


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Re: Laurie's letter

JWhitten@...
 

Are you kidding?

I think still of Elder Battle when I get dressed for church on Sunday morning, but I don't wear a tie anymore.

For many, many people in the listening area, his show was a prelude to the main event.

Joe

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To: WJMA@...; WJMA@...
Subject: RE: [WJMA] Laurie's letter


Laurie,

Re: The "cute little minister:"

Anncr: "It's time now for the Bibleway Spiritual Tidings Program with
the Elder Bernard Battle from The Bibleway Church in Trevilians. Now
here is Elder Battle." [Note: This is a good time to look over and see
if he is there.]

Battle: "Brothers and Sisters, praise the Lord, this is the Bibleway
Spiritual Tidings Program brought to you by [some little bitty dry
cleaner, I think. Does anyone remember the name of the outfit?]. Sweet
Jesus, it's good to be here to share the Word this Sunday mornin' ...
let's get things goin' with Brother James Cleveland. [Hope you can hear
him through the scratches and scrapes. If ya'll listen real close you
might be able to make out some of the words.]" Oh, my friends, it was fifteen minutes of heavenly glory. Brother
Battle made a habit of showing up during his theme song... when he
showed up at all. On those mornings he didn't show up, I'd quickly grab
a really bad copy of some gospel masterpiece from the dusty stash under
the turntables, plunk it down, cue it up and go. Nobody ever called to
complain about Elder Battle not being there. I don't think anyone was
listening (except Arch ... see the Arch-O-Gram I sent earlier).

And then there was the local church broadcast at 11:00:

Anncr: "Across the still of the morning comes the call to worship at
the church of your choice. But if you unable to attend, WJMA invites
you to listen to the service from the (local church)."

It was fun to read that intro during a gale.

Sunday mornings at WJMA ... The God Squad.

Russ -----Original Message-----
From: laurie mccullough [mailto:lmccullough@...] Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 2:22 PM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: [WJMA] Laurie's letter

Friends,
Even though my tenure at WJMA was short, I remember it fondly. I was
teaching math at the high school in Orange and had recently been fired
from my weekend job as a salad-bar filler at Horsefeathers. Somehow Ross
thought that even without the skill level required for THAT job, I could
handle weekend ball games, the farm report, and the cute little minister
who brought in his scratchy records every Sunday morning (what was his
name?).

I ended up being thankful that I'd had that incident with the broccoli
at
Horsefeathers, as I truly enjoyed my early weekend mornings at WJMA for
a
couple years, until I moved to Charlottesville to pursue a "terminal
degree". Kevin McCartney (remember him, Reid and Chap?) and I got married and are
still glad we did these 18 years later. We have two daughters- one 13
and
one about to turn 16, who, while practicing her driving ran Kevin's car
("really GENTLY, mom") into a ditch last night with him in the passenger
seat. No injuries or car damage, but he did come home with that look on
his face- the one that makes you thankful mammals don't eat their young.

We still live in North Garden (south of Charlottesville) and I am
working
"across the mountain" in Waynesboro as director of instruction in the
school division here. There's more to tell, of course, but this is
starting to sound like one of those family Christmas letters. Laurie McCullough
PS The reason we have two children is that Pete York once told me that
when he had his third they "had to go from a man-to-man to a zone
defense".


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Re: My favorite Arch story

Barbara Potter-Drinkwater
 

Arch somehow knew, even though I hadn't been at the station in a few years,
that I had spent the entire day in the UVA Hospital Family Lounge waiting
for short visits to see my husband who had had brain surgery early that
morning. It was early December and he came in around 7 pm , wearing that
famous Navy blue sweater and said, "Come on...you need something to uplift
your spirits." Nothing I could say would change his mind, and off I went
with him to Cabell Hall where over 200 singers had gathered for my first
Messiah Sing-in. I will never forget his kindness.

Barbara Potter Drinkwater
1977-1979


Re: Rev. Battle

laurie mccullough <lmccullough@...>
 

I think I remember a few times when Rev Battle marked the cut to be played
with masking tape.
Laurie


Re: Oriole Bagpiper (Was: Rev. Battle)

Seth Williamson <seth@...>
 

On 1/22/2003 at 8:11 AM David Taylor wrote:

As a kid, Chuck Thompson and Bill O'Donnell (the Oriole announcers)
were my heros. I couldn't imagine a better life than being a major
league radio play-by-play guy. So I listened to every game WJMA
carried...
My most vivid baseball memory from JMA dates from when the station carried the Washington Senators.

I think it was a Sunday afternoon game. I was hoping it would be over in time for me to enjoy a little of the remaining light on that summer evening. I have never cared for baseball and riding the board on a game was a mind-numbing experience, for me, anyway.

This game went into overtime--and inning after inning, it kept on going, while the summer light leaked out of the west.

I forget what the amazing number of innings was. I think it was in the low 20s and at the time established some kind of record for a long game--I was screaming at the players in the control room. I don't know enough about baseball to remember stats, but all I remember was that the stupid game ate up the light on one particularly glorious summer day, many years ago. This is just about my only baseball memory from the station.


Re: Oriole Bagpiper (Was: Rev. Battle)

David Taylor
 

As a kid, Chuck Thompson and Bill O'Donnell (the Oriole announcers) were my heros. I couldn't imagine a better life than being a major league radio play-by-play guy. So I listened to every game WJMA carried -- even when I didn't manage to be on the board for that game. I always enjoyed the crowd noise mix the O's network used. You could frequently hear the hot dog and other vendors in the stadium ... sometimes even individual fans yelling at the umpire, etc. They really painted the picture of being in the stadium on a sunny day watching the O's.

One day I was listening and I heard music in the crowd ... not just music, but bagpipes. I continued to listen and heard it again a few minutes later! In my mind's eye there was someone playing bag pipes at the game. I remember wondering why I'd never heard of this eccentricity in Memorial Stadium (kinda like the grounds keeper who had the tomato garden in the left field corner ... or Will Bill Hagy leading the O-R-I-O-L-E-S cheer atop the dugout).

A few days later we're carrying another game (this time I'm in the station) and there it is again -- bag pipes! So I run into the control room to ask Russ (who's on the board) if he's heard it. He says, "you mean this?" and pops in a cart, pushes the start button, and the bag piper returns!

I guess that was the day I stopped believing everything I heard on the air. :-/

David


On Wednesday, January 22, 2003, at 07:13 a.m., Ross Hunter wrote:

David, Russ...

What's the bagpipe player story? I never heard that one.

Ross
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