Looking back now, the signs were all there. I was odd. I pulled apart my radio, the shiny red Panasonic that twisted into shapes my grandma gave me, to see what J.P McCarthy looked like. Yes I did. May he rest in peace, the guy was THE man of Detroit Radio on “the Great Voice of the Great Lakes” WJR for so many years. I really thought he lived in my radio. I was very very young then. Really young. Ok, not that young, but big imagination is a funny thing.
I also PLAYED radio. I would write down the songs on a yellow pad, in the order that they were played. Didn’t know at the time that was a PLAYLIST and I was acting as a Program Director. I liked to be boss and run the show even then.
It was great when my best friend came over; she had an 8 track player and much different music selection than me. We could play one song on my turntable, and another song on her 8 track, without having to stop and change the record.
It was sheer genius.