Top Ten Tuesday: WROW (590 AM, Albany, NY), 1/24/1959

WROW is kind of an interesting case. They’ve been on the air for 74 years and haven’t changed positions on the dial in all that time. They do, however, simulcast on WROW-FM at 100.5 as "Magic 590 AM and 100.5 FM." They broadcast a Soft Oldies format with the occasional Adult Standard. And, for those of you who are into this sort of thing (like I am), they are the Primary Entry Point for Northeastern New York for the Emergency Alert System. Here’s their Top Ten for January 24, 1959.

NOTE: Since I just end up copying the information on the songs from Wikipedia, and I’ve done nearly all these songs, I’ll just list them.

  1. Connie Francis, “My Happiness”
  2. The Teddy Bears, “I Dont Need You Anymore”
  3. The Flamingos, “Lovers Never Say Goodbye”
  4. The Bell Notes, “I’ve Had It”
  5. The Kalin Twins, “It’s Only The Beginning”
  6. Linda Laurie, “Ambrose (Part 5)”
  7. Ritchie Valens, “Donna”
  8. Mitch Miller, “The Children’s Marching Song (Nick Nack Paddy Whack)”
  9. The Crests, “Sixteen Candles”
  10. Bill Parsons, “All-American Boy”

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for January 25, 2022.

#bloganuary: Breakfast of Champions!

From the East Coast Business office in Framingham, Massachusetts, here’s today’s prompt: Write about what makes you feel strong.

Hmmm… I’m not sure that anything does these days. I mean, I’m handicapped, so I’m limited in what I can do. Maybe I need to eat my Wheaties…

The woman hosting Ding Dong School was Frances Horwich, who had a Master’s in Education from Columbia and her Doctorate in Education from Northwestern. At the time she was invited to audition for the job, she was the head of the Education Department at Roosevelt College (now Roosevelt University) in Chicago. Wikipedia tells us that she was an experienced nursery school teacher, but had little experience with television, none of which included working to a classroom with no kids in it. She was scared, but auditioned and won the part, and agreed to give it a try. The show started as a local children’s show on WNBQ-TV (now WMAQ-TV) in 1952 and won a Peabody Award, so they made it a weekday show that went out across the NBC Television Network in 1953. She was named Head of Children’s Television for NBC in 1954, and moved to New York in 1955. Sadly, the show was canceled in 1956 to make room for The Price Is Right.

What that has to do with me feeling strong, I don’t know, but I’m sure Dr. Horwich felt strong when her career in TV took off.

We used to eat Wheaties, and as I remember they weren’t very tasty. I much preferred the taste of Cheerios…

Remember the shitstorm that ensued after that was shown? Some people didn’t just see it as a little girl asking her mother if Cheerios is good for her father’s heart, and the hilarity that ensues when the father wakes up from his nap finding himself covered in Cheerios. Some people couldn’t see past the fact that the little girl had a White mother and a Black father. I mean, this is 2022, and mixed-race marriage and children are common. Some saw it as a way to force people to accept interracial marriage as more desirable than marriage between two people of the same race. I saw it as a way to use an adorable child actress in a commercial.

I’m feelin’ pretty strong right now…

It Started With A Journal #JusJoJan

Image by Dean Moriarty from Pixabay

Today’s word, journal, comes from my good friend Scarlet. Be sure and thank her and Linda when you visit them

I started keeping a journal at the end of 1989, after Mary and I went on a Marriage Encounter weekend. Husbands and wives draw closer to one another by writing "love letters" to each other, and you get an official notebook and everything. (It’s kind of your "starter" notebook, with enough paper in it to get you through the weekend. After that, you’re on your own.)

I discovered on that weekend that I like to write, and that keeping a journal might be something I would like to do. The next time I went book shopping, I bought a book on keeping a journal. I discovered that you didn’t need any expensive equipment, just a notebook and a pen or pencil, and that the rules are simple: sit down with them every day and write about whatever crosses your mind.

I don’t really journal anymore; I have the blog for that.

Share Your World for 24 Jan 2022

Melanie tells us that this week’s theme is "Blogger’s Questions." I’ll do as she did and link to each of the questioners so you can send your praise or complaints to them, not for the answers (I’m solely responsible for them) but for the questions that led to them.

Cyranny asks, “What’s the worst day of the week for you?,” to which Melanie appends, "Why?" Now that I’m retired, they’re all about the same. I’d say Saturday, because it’s just a weird day: nothing really goes on during the day, then at night there’s a flurry of activity that I’m not a part of, anyway.

I chose this because flamingoes (or do you spell it lamingos?) are strange…

Mrs. A from "Beyond The Jazzocracy" asks, "Would you ever consider posing naked or semi-naked for the camera or a live audience (acting in a play)?" Hey, I’m retired, anything for a buck.

Direct all complaints to Reverend Ike, Box 1000, Boston, Massachusetts

Di asks, "With the recent energy crisis here in the UK, would you prefer electric, gas, oil or some other means of heating your home?" Gas works for me…

Not as bad as some of the ones I could’ve used

Marilyn asks, "In your household, who takes care of the bills, taxes, and other financial stuff? Is one person responsible or is it a shared chore?" I do.

Looks more like me than I care to admit

Finally, Yinglan asks, "If you can have any one job (real or fiction) in the galaxy (yes, the galaxy, I’m widening the search radius, imagining relocation to other planets possible), what is that job?" See below…

Any questions?

As for what I’m grateful for, Mary and I will be married 44 years this Friday, and I thank God for her every day.