Relax. This isn’t a hot scoop about Don Imus returning to the air. In fact, “Icon” is exaggerated. But, after a hiatus that started on Thanksgiving weekend 1999, I will be back on the radio, although it won’t be on traditional AM or FM radio. Today (Thursday, April 9) from 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, I will be on the University Cincinnati’s student-run Internet radio station, Bearcast. I will be filling in as the faculty advisor during the autumn and winter quarters. Their regular advisor, John Owens, will take a well-deserved sabbatical. I think it’s a good idea to roll up my sleeves and give it the old college try (LOL) to get a feel for what the student staff members experience. I mean, it’s been a while!
Wait! It’s a student-run station. What’s a 52-year-old faculty member doing on it? Will he pollute the speakers with old stuff like the Monkees and A Flock of Seagulls? Well, I’ll be taking some courses this autumn, so technically I will be a student. And, I’ll steer clear of nostalgia and stick to the regular playlist. For a guy my age, I think I’ve managed to stay current with much of the rock world, but I am certainly not going to pretend that I’m as in tune as my 18-22 year old cohorts. I will be feverishly reviewing this week’s College Music Journal to see who’s topping their . Here’s a good omen: on CMJ’s main chart, I am familiar with 11 of the Top 20 artists.
This completes a career circle for me, in a sense. Thanks to being inspired by New York City DJs, particularly WNEW-FM‘s Jonathan Schwartz (now on XM‘s High Standards Channel 73 and WNYC-FM), I started my 25-year radio career at Ohio University on the student-run college station, the All-Campus Radio Network (ACRN), which still exists in cyberspace. I probably won’t do a regular show because I don’t want to take slots away from aspiring student air talent. I’ll fill in when possible.
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