Explain THIS, if you can…
I was the overnight DJ on KKAL-AM in California. One night I started a record (yes, a record - remember those things?) called “Grandma’s Song” by Gail Davies. It opened with a scratchy cassette recording of her grandmother singing some goofy little song, then went into the song about her grandmother. It was a harmless little ditty - until this one night…
After I announced the song, I noticed the request line ringing. I answered the phone and a woman was on the other end of the line saying “Take this record off! I hate this record! Take it off NOW!”
Of course, I told her very politely that I could not do that, it would not be good entertainment value to stop a song in the middle just because a listener does not like the song.
“YOU’LL TAKE IT OFF! I’LL MAKE YOU TAKE IT OFF” was screamed in my ear, then the line went dead.
Yes, I was a little rattled at that point. I turned to select the next song and watched in horror as the needle scratched across the entire album, coming to rest on the paper label and making a horrible noise on the air. I was frozen for a second, then grabbed the first record my hands hit and slapped it on the #2 turntable.
Of course, the program director could not sleep that night and heard the whole thing. The hotline rang, and I had to explain the whole thing - the PD thought I had dropped a few marbles out of my stash, I’m sure.
Just my weird experience from 20 years ago this week! It was something I’ll never forget!