Time in a Radio

“The shadow knows…” cassette-crackles our road trip-bound car, forced upon us by ancient parents. I can’t wait for

“That was Mars, The Bringer of War…” intones the always-calm classical voice, soothing from my bedside speaker. I’ll never change to

“Help! I need somebody…” Another sort of Classic, crooning comfort. “Here comes your ghost again,” cannot be replaced by

“Video killed the radio star…” my teenage mouth moves along. Why kill art; why listen to anything but

“The shadow” bzzt “Mars” bzzt “Diamonds and rust” bzzt “Ohhhh; radio star! Radio staharar!” bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Dial broken, static cleared; I play them all.

ยฉ2020 Chel Owens

Reminisced for Carrot Ranch‘s prompt: a story that includes something heard on the radio.

September 10, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes something heard on the radio. It can be from any station or era. What is heard? A song, announcement, ad? Think of how radion connects people and places. Go where the prompt leads!

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29 thoughts on “Time in a Radio

  1. masercot September 13, 2020 / 9:19 am

    The Shadow was GREAT. But, I’m pretty ancient myself…

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  2. Jules September 13, 2020 / 10:30 am

    Hubby used to do Ham Radio ages ago. Said I could never make it as a Ham… I really dislike static, but I’m apt to chose it over most talk radio! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Chel Owens September 13, 2020 / 11:16 am

      ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m fond of music over static. My father did Ham Radio.

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      • Jules September 13, 2020 / 11:44 am

        We still have the ‘tube’ set somewhere… A few years ago (many, many) we turned it on and could only get one station. But you’ve got to have the right antenna for that!!

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        • Chel Owens September 13, 2020 / 12:03 pm

          My neighbor across the street had an ENORMOUS antennae on his house. They made him the communications expert for our neighborhood in case of emergencies. ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • Jules September 13, 2020 / 12:06 pm

            There are a few in my neighborhood. Though I don’t know the owners. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. msnyder1970 September 13, 2020 / 11:05 am

    Aww Man I love the Shadow, a friend of mine gave me a 10 Record Collection of the best of that Radio Show. Been a fan since I was 11 when I used to get old time radio on cassette. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. D. Avery @shiftnshake September 13, 2020 / 2:04 pm

    Wow. I got few of the references (one, maybe two). Must have been out in the woods those decades.

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    • Chel Owens September 13, 2020 / 3:55 pm

      That’s how I felt in my childhood! I wondered who Michael Jackson was when I came out… ๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. Norah September 14, 2020 / 5:37 am

    I recognise the song but none of the others. I probably too far away in time and space.

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    • Chel Owens September 15, 2020 / 8:40 am

      Neat! The main singer does kids’ songs now, and claims he loves it.

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  6. johnlmalone September 17, 2020 / 3:57 pm

    terrific post, honouring the radio serials of the past, many of which I listened to in my sleep-out in the fifties, which I suspect was their hay-day; and yes, you captured the timbre of voices well ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Charli Mills September 17, 2020 / 7:56 pm

    Cleverly done in 99 words, Chel (I’m digging the abbreviated moniker, by the way).

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    • Chel Owens September 17, 2020 / 8:40 pm

      โค Thank you, Charli. You’re the only blogger who’s said so. ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. Prior... September 17, 2020 / 10:32 pm

    enjoyed your fiction ๐Ÿ™‚
    and side note – when I first head the theme this week – the video killed the radio star came to mind – so I was glad to read your fun take on things here

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    • Chel Owens September 17, 2020 / 11:40 pm

      Thank you! That’s the first song I thought of, too!

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      • Prior... September 18, 2020 / 1:06 pm


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  9. H.R.R. Gorman September 19, 2020 / 11:05 am

    Is the “Diamonds and dust” line followed with “Cadillacs and rust”? Because that’s the song I remember.

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      • H.R.R. Gorman September 22, 2020 / 4:58 pm

        The only song I really know from her is “The Night they Drove old Dixie Down” because of course that’s the only song I’d know.

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