Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Happy 76th Birthday to Bob Dylan


Since I am home this week I can spend some time listening to his music.  I will certainly be tuning into DylanRadio.com as Pete Freckelton will have some special programming.  Years ago the late Pete Fornatale would feature special programming for Dylan's birthday,


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Another Staycation Week


It's that time of the year when I take a week off from work and stay home and relax.  The last few months were very difficult with train delays so I need to get away from New Jersey Transit and the #7 train.  Yesterday I drove in the rain to LIU Post to meet with a colleague to discuss a research project.  On the way there she sent me a text message saying that she had to leave.  So when I arrived at the Post library, I just picked out a book and read for an hour or so and drove home.  Later in the day I had a phone conversation with her about our project.

Today, I will walk to the Social Security Office in Flushing to ask questions about benefits.  If I want to retire at the end of 2017, when do I apply for benefits?  It will be nice to get money back after putting so much into the system over 40+ years of working.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mets Lose to the L.A. Angels 12-5: Maybe I shouldn't Go To Any More Games

Yours truly at today's game

As you can see from the photo above, I don't look very happy as I am sitting through a 12-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels at Citifield.  The Angels took an early 9-0 lead as they hit 3 home runs off starting pitcher Tommy Milone.  They hit a total of 5 homers and won 12-5.  The only hope is that the Amazins will not fall too far back until the injured players return.

Game Recap

So far the Mets have lost all 3 games that we've seen at Citifield:

May 7 - Mets lose to the Marlins 7-0

April 22 - Mets lose to the Nationals 3-1

Maybe if the Mets lose every time I go to Citifield, I should stop attending games.





Friday, May 19, 2017

Good Luck to Bob Radil on His Move to a New Residence in Connecticut

Photo of Bob Radil at the 2011 Oldies Meet and Greet

Bob Radil and Mary Ellen will be moving this week from " Beautiful, Rural, Connecticut Countryside" to another location in Connecticut.  I haven't moved in over 30 years, but know it is pain to "schlep" all your belongings from one place to another.  In his case, he must have thousands of records, CDs and radio equipment that has to be moved.  Of course, he must move furniture and other personal effects to the new location.

I have been a fan of his Friday night 60s 70s show for many years on Rewound Radio.  I shall continue to listen when he signs on from his new location.  On Friday nights I have to juggle listening his show with watching baseball.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel Really Should Have Been a Bigger Hit


I just checked my Joel Whitburn book and found out that this was released in 1977 but did not even reach the Top 100 chart.  It was on the album The Stranger so perhaps it was never released as a 45 RPM single.  In any event, I should dedicate it on the radio to Maria Denaro and Nanette DiLauro who according to their Facebook posts must have been to every Italian restaurant in New Jersey and many in Manhattan.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Look Who's Number 1 in the NYC Radio Ratings


For April 2017 WCBS-FM was number 1 in the radio ratings.  They got 6.1% of the listeners nosing out Lite-FM by 0.1.  It looks like they are attracting younger listeners who grew up listening to WPLJ and Z-100.  It appears that getting Scott Shannon for morning drive really helped them.

I was elated in July 2007 when CBS-FM dumped the dreaded Jack format and played "classic hits" from 1964 - 1989.  As the years went on they dropped 60s music and now play hits from the 70s-90s.  Last weekend featured 90s number one hits.  I have listened less to the station, but they don't want old farts like me who are not desirable to advertisers.  You can't argue with success.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Missing Mom on Mothers Day

Lillian Slutsky in 2011

Mothers Day just isn't the same since Mom passed away in February 2015.  We are grateful that she lived to the ripe old age of 95.  Today I think of the many things she did for me over the years.
 
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