Flashback: “My Ding-A-Ling” by Chuck Berry

As many of you know, Chuck Berry passed this past Saturday at the age of 90. Any words I could use to eulogize him wouldn’t do him justice, but I’ll give it a shot. He fused R&B and rock and roll together, becoming the catalyst of many artists and groups who came into the business after him.

Berry’s biggest hit was this chart-topper novelty hit from the fall of 1972, recorded in a concert from Coventry, England.

Aircheck: WFLA-AM, 6/6/1991

I’ve had this in my collection for many years, and finally got around to converting it to an mp3 file back in 2013, then turning it into a YouTube video. (Only had the first hour of a three hour show, though. Sorry.)

Back then, WFLA was still locally driven, with talk show hosts on the political left and right. Now, the station is owned by Clear Channel, and syndicated conservative talk is the order of the day.

Personally, I thought this WFLA at its peak. All voices and opinions welcomed. A shame stations aren’t run this way today.

Flashback: “Jump” by Van Halen

Thinking of this song today because the knee problems I’ve been having the past month and half are nearly over. This song was Van Halen’s biggest hit in the era where David Lee Roth was their lead singer, topping the charts 33 years ago this week in 1984.

God, the music was so much better back then, but that’s merely my opinion.

Aircheck: ABC/NBC, 8/30/1983

The last man to date to set foot on the moon, Gene Cernan, passed away on Monday at age 82. I’ve personally read his book, and seen his documentary on Netflix, and was stunned to hear the news on FNC that afternoon. Hearing him eulogize John Glenn a few months ago, I thought “Geno” was still in good health, hence the shock.

The logical piece of tape (as they used to say in the old days) would be to show you footage of his last mission, Apollo 17 in 1972. That was the first night launch in the history of American manned space flight, and the only one up until 1983. Then, along came the night of August 30th of that year, and the flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

The footage shifts between ABC and NBC. Lynn Sherr and the aforementioned Gene Cernan call the action on ABC (which uses the polygonal superimposed countdown clock), while Linda Ellerbee and Don Lind did likewise on NBC (using the clock chroma-keyed in).

Lynn wrote a beautiful piece that covered her experiences on the Alphabet Network with Gene covering the various aspects of the shuttle missions. Worth reading if you have a moment. Sadly, I never met Gene, but he always seemed to carry himself well, and represented the fraternity of the 12 man to land on the moon with aplomb.