Saturday, October 29, 2016

I Can Hear it Now

Jim Kilgo
(The number ONE radio program we listened to while on dates ....or whatever we were doing driving around in our cars on "Big Ole Friday Date Nights" was "Kilgo's Korner" on WIST.

Kilgo continued to dominate the teen market at WSOC-TV, where he hosted a weekly "Dance Party."

Meanwhile, following Kilgo's Korner,  came "Raiford at Random" on WBT.

I was lucky enough to have worked with...and become friends...with both these fine men during my radio career.

Both of these "radio icons" are still around.  In fact, Raiford was still "on the air" until a little over a year ago, when he sufferred a stroke.)

Raiford's health continues to improve, and, in fact, he  called me the other night, and  sounded like........(almost) ....his old self!
  I immediately recognized the distinct voice that's been as much a part of Charlotte Radio (with a few interruptions)  as Red Eye Gravy is to grits! 

Even if he decides NOT to return to radio, Raiford, in my opinion will still be considered by historians (who keep track of such things) as one of the "KINGS" of the Charlotte Radio Hill.

And what a special group of performers that is:  Grady Cole, Ty Boyd, Doug Mays, Clyde McLean, Alan Newcomb, Jimmy Kilgo, etc..etc...
Bob Raiford

Don't be surprised if you turn on your radio some morning soon and hear a familiar voice.....
and wonder........"who said that?"

...and the voice comes back,  "I said that !  Robert D.Raiford."

(Raiford was host of one of the early "trend setting" talk shows....of the 60' WTOP Radio in Washington. when most stations were were  still "all music.")

Friday, October 21, 2016


Breaking News from Bob Ellis!

Caitlyn Marie Hines

This is the latest addition to my ever growing clan..
Welcome Caitlyn Marie Hines.    Jefferson Davis Hines and Kelli Ellis Hines are the parents.   She arrived at 11:15 on 10-20-16 and weighed 7 lb 4 oz.

Congratulations, Bob!!

-Ed and the rest of your friends in that great CHS54 Class!

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Still Waiting

Darn, Darn and Darnit!

That's 1950's speak for....well, you know.

Anyway, here I am an 80 year old Grandfather with a potential audience of 5 still waiting to be share some of my wisdom, gleaned through a lifetime of "trial and error"...."failures and successes".....and just plain old LIVING!

But Noooo! I can barely get them to look up from their iPhones long enough to even ask if they would like to hear some priceless advice from the man whose genes will follow them around like a big brother for the rest of their lives.

So, boys (I have 5 of them) before my memory goes completely "belly up," are some things to mention if you ever have the occasion to comment, "As my old Grandaddy used to say....(with help from the Internet and Pat Divilly)

1. Have a firm handshake.
2. Look people in the eye.
3. Sing in the shower.
4. Own a great stereo system.
5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
6. Keep secrets.
7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
9. Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
10. Whistle.
11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
12. Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.
13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.
15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
16. When playing games with children, let them win.
17. Give people a second chance, but not a third.
18. Be romantic.
19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
21. Don't allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It's there for our convenience, not the caller's.
22. Be a good loser.
23. Be a good winner.
24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
27. Keep it simple.
28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
29. Don't burn bridges. You'll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets
31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did.
32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
34. Take charge of your attitude. Don't let someone else choose it for you.
35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
36. Begin each day with some of your favourite music.
37. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
38. Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, 'Someone who thinks you're terrific.'
39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
40. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
42. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
43. Make someone's day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
44. Become someone's hero.
45. Marry only for love.
46. Count your blessings.
47. Compliment the meal when you're a guest in someone's home.
48. Wave at the children on a school bus.
49. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
50. Don't expect life to be fair

Friday, October 07, 2016


Only a year to go!
That's right boys and girls of the Silent Generation.  October 2017 is when our honest and benevolent Government "of the People  For the People, and By the People," will finally  release the "classified" JFK Assassination files....and we will learn the unvarnished "truth" about probably the most dramatic National event of our lives.
That's when Congress declared the JFK files to be the public
And THAT'S when we may finally learn ..... 
Who knows what......
Unless, of course, the government decides NOT to release the files.  It's up to the "Fox" who guards the hen house  (The Gov is the FOX.....WE are the hen house.)
And if they DO decide to release them, we know they would not have been doctored.
Let me hear an "Amen" somebody.
Somebody?....Hello.....anybody out there ?,,,, Come on.....SOMEBODY.......PLEASE....Give me an "Amen!"
Anybody out there?.....testing one,two, three, four, testing.........
Maybe this Mic's not working.........


Wednesday, October 05, 2016

October LDL !

Anybody know what's coming up next week?
It's this month's "LDL" (Let's do lunch) will be held on
Tuesday, October 11,2016, 11:30 AM
at "Jimmies" Restaurant in Mint Hill.
Won't you accept this personal invitation to join in.  We'd like to see you.  Help us spread the word! Invite other classmates to come! Even better, bring someone with you! Just be sure YOU, come!


Sunday, October 02, 2016

Golden Age of Blogging

Fads move like lightning in this modern age. Blogging, which this website is, won't be around much longer according to those who follow American internet trends and fads.

 The young people (which is EVERYBODY....but and me) are all going elsewhere and doing ...who knows what...on the Internet.   But they are NOT blogging.

I mentioned in an earlier post on this site that British writer Andrew Sullivan
 is generally credited as one of the first bloggers.  And that's true.  He started doing it in 1990.

The definition of Blogging person...posting short opinion pieces..and stories.....on a website.

Harry at his desk circa 1960
Leave the "website" part of that off.....and I contend that the first modern blogger......was none other that Charlotte's  own......HARRY GOLDEN.

He published a one man newspaper, called "The Carolina Israelite,"  featuring nothing but his short stories and comments about his life as a Jewish man living in the southern city of Charlotte North well as stories of his boyhood growing up in the ghetto of New York City.

A 'One Man Newspaper? Featuring short personal stories?"

Sounds like a "Blog" to me....The only thing missing was the Internet.

Although Harry worked out of his office in one of those big beautiful homes on Elizabeth Avenue
 (I believe it was the one next to the one in which  I studied private violin
 lessons from Michael Wise for several years) I first heard of him when he spoke at UNC  in 1955.  (I had no idea who he was then....but the scuttlebutt was that just before his lecture the year before....a bottle of whiskey had rolled out of his briefcase as he rose to speak.)

After that speech, which was riddled with good humor and common sense, I was hooked...and became a subscriber to the Carolina Israelite.. His subscriber base listed few  local people....they were mostly from other parts of the country....some of them quite prominent.

Fame finally came to Harry in 1958 with the publication of  ONLY IN AMERICA, a collection of stories from the Carolina Israelite.

I met Harry only once. That was about sometime in 1960 I believe.  Bob Raiford and I were both working at WSOC and we had a bright idea that we decided to propose to Harry...I forget what it was, but I'm sure it had something to do with making radio features ....whatever, nothing ever came of it, but it got us a meeting with Harry one Spring morning.

I'm glad I can say I once met Harry, but the only thing I remember vividly about the meeting was took place about 11 o'clock in the morning....and as we talked, Harry continued his daily ritual of enjoying a shot of his morning bourbon, politely offering one to Bob and me.

Unfortunately, I can't remember anything about the rest of the meeting...

I guess 11am was a little too early for me.