Saturday, June 11, 2011

You'd Be Surprised: Heritage Radio



I enjoy music. So recently I began to take piano lessons. I'll never be a concert pianist, but the challenge of learning a new skill is always exciting. It's like learning a new language or taking up ballroom dancing.

I also like to listen to the radio while driving. It's my time to be alone and away from the pressures of daily living. Unfortunately, a lot of music on the radio just isn't my taste. I guess, I'm just too old to enjoy the pleasures of rap.

Portland has a very good classic radio station (WBACH 104.7 FM) and an excellent rock station (WCLZ 98.9 FM), but what excites me these days is commercial free Heritage Radio. Broadcasting from Yarmouth Maine, Heritage Radio (WYAR 88.3 FM) plays songs from the first half of the twentieth century. Sure, the songs are kitschy, but there's something endearing about the lyrics and the old-fashioned melodies. You'd be surprised how good these songs are.


Unfortunately, Heritage Radio doesn't have live streaming. It's in the works; so hopefully, you will soon be able enjoy this unique treasure too. I know it sounds strange, but I find myself enjoying the songs my grandparents and great-grandparent used to listen to. 

BTW: I've included Eddie Cantor's "You'd Be Surprised," and "Put the Blame on Mame." Even if you don't enjoy the song, Rita Hayworth is a knock-Out! Wow, she certainly was something!

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