The “Happy Birthday, BBC!” Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Lucky Strike cigarettes. L.S./M.F.T.: Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco!

Duke University, one of the finest universities in the United States, if not the world, was founded by the head of the American Tobacco Company, makers of Lucky Strike. Just thought I’d mention it.

On October 18, 1922, the British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) was formed by a consortium to establish a network of radio transmitters to create a national broadcasting service. I was running out of title ideas, okay?

Not a whole lot happened here this week. I was inside all week, not hiding from Covid 19, but just not having anywhere to go. I’m listening to some vaporfunk music on a 24/7 channel on YouTube. It’s weird enough that I like it.

Here’s the summary.

Chose "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes as my song for SLS, Song of the Day, and the Rocktober Music Fest, as did at least one other person (and a couple had The Beatles’ cover). I was a little disappointed in myself for choosing it, so later I built a playlist of songs that fit the theme. I felt much better then.

My Songs of the Day during October are chosen to fit with Mary’s Rocktober MusicFest. My subtheme is soul and R&B songs from the ’60’s and ’70’s, which, while not technically rock, were still a huge part of the Top 40 during that period. I haven’t heard any complaints.

The aforementioned Mary is also the guest conductor for Monday’s Music Moves Me this month, and her task for this past Monday was to choose a decade and select songs from then. It just so happened that I had written a post way back in 2012, before the blog was known to anyone, where I played the #1 song from each year in the ’70’s. I cleaned it up, turned the individual videos into a playlist, and voila!, instant Monday post.

We got into some very deep metaphysical questions (okay, one), specifically are we really "here,’ or do we just think we are? Found a way to sneak in a scene from Blazing Saddles on that one. Melanie also wanted to know whether we’d rather lose our face, body, or voice, whether or not we had a "song" and, if so, to share it, and whether or not we believe in ghosts. Snuck in a video of the opening of the Saturday morning cartoon from the ’70’s, Scooby Doo, Where Are You? for that one.

We visited radio station WAAF-AM in Chicago, for which we only had a Top 5 for October 13, 1956. WAAF subsequently became WGRT, then WJPC, and is currently running a Catholic talk format as WNTD. The call letters were subsequently assigned to a station in Scranton, Pennsylvania which simulcasts WILK in Avoca, PA, a news and talk station. Just in case you run into it.

Shared a Lamebook post that talked about how Facebook chooses the people it suggests you should "friend" or "follow," and how frequently they aren’t people you want to have anything to do with.

The prompt "share a favorite local restaurant that you love" suggested that I should talk about the Marietta Diner and a couple of other restaurants that the same family owns. For those of you familiar with Marietta, Georgia, the Marietta Diner is on Cobb Parkway (US 41), less than a mile south of the Big Chicken.

If you haven’t voted in this week’s Battle of the Bands, mine is between two different songs named "More," sung by two veteran TV crooners, Perry Como and Andy Williams. Voting closes this coming Thursday, so be sure and get your vote to me by then.

Old Slowhand himself, Eric Clapton, was the featured artist.

An interesting idea for a prompt this week, to take a word that we have trouble spelling and do five minutes of freewriting about it. My word was cemetery.

Tomorrow is a free day on Monday’s Music Moves Me, so I need to figure out what I’m going to do for it. Also need to find a survey for Tuesday, a one-liner for Wednesday, and to decide on who to feature on Friday. Also need soul songs from the 1970’s for Song of the Day, and the prompts for the remaining features. Busy, busy, busy… Or to put it another way, just another average week here.

7 thoughts on “The “Happy Birthday, BBC!” Week That Was

  1. That Lucky Strike commercial was interesting especially that they square danced. They had so much power and only lost it in recent years.


    1. You mean Lucky Strike? During World War II they were hard to get here (most were sent overseas), so a lot of people switched to Camel, Chesterfield or Phillip Morris. There’s another stop-action commercial that features them marching in military fashion to march music…


      1. Wow….yes, I meant Lucky Strike and they did love their musical side. My dad said they got free Cigs because it helped calm them down since they were going to kill or be killed.


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