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October 29, 2004

Trash talk stops when the radio is off

Far as I can remember, Iíve never heard the Howard Stern radio show. For one thing, it originates in New York City and my reception rarely comes from that distance. Also, I abhor what Iíve heard about the content of his show and I have no desire to hear his trash-talk, so even if it were now available I would not be in his audience. The government finally got around to whacking his knuckles the other day and effectively put him off the air because of the raunchy language he chose to use. So the other day when I heard he had been paid a big chunk of cash to switch from a conventional AM and FM service to the new Satellite Radio network, it did not move me. He confidently predicted that his departure will formally spell the end of AM and FM radio. The new service is unsupervised by the Federal Communication Commission so he is free to dish up as much conversational trash as he chooses. The government will have no control over the content of his show. His demise will come when his audience chooses not to tune in any more, tiring of his obscenities and other unpleasant conversation. That can't come too soon for me, a dedicated non-listener. When his show reaches this area via Satellite Radio, I hope you will ignore him, too.

That was an interesting list of names in this paper a few weeks ago of PHS graduates who came here for reunions and the Cherokee Strip celebration in September. Makes you wonder, though. A lot of grads who still live here, and that includes your humble correspondent, failed to sign the register. And we have noticed, through the years, that many alums do not attend their class reunions, for a variety of reasons. Make a resolution, friends. If you are eligible, sign the register at the PHS Alumni Association office next year, and attend your class reunion, whenever it is held.