Quick bites

Because none of them seem long enough for a blog of their own…

  • It’s been said that October is the new June, at least as it comes to weddings.   This year, at least, that seems to be true.  This weekend there are two among my friends – so congratulations to Mesha and Andy today, and Nicole and Jeff tomorrow, as they get past that whole “wedding ceremony” business and get down to actually being married. Smile 
  • In case you haven’t read anything else on the Internet today, today would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday.  It’s also the 35th birthday of John and Yoko’s son, Sean – which must be bittersweet for Sean, as Sean is now the same age today as John was when Sean was born.  You can’t help but idly wonder what kind of music we missed from 1980 until… well… whenever (there’s no guarantee Lennon would have made it to 70 anyway).  Or, if Lennon were with us now, what he’d think of today’s music scene… would he have embraced it, or would he have sounded like the Beatles’ critics 45 years ago?  Too bad that question remains unanswerable.
  • Tomorrow is October 10, 2010 – or, as a 6 digit number, 10/10/10.  My friend Nicole (see above) is fond of calling it a “binary day” – a day which is a valid binary (base 2) number.   If you’re a Douglas Adams fan (Hitchhikers’ Guide, Dirk Gently), tomorrow is also bittersweet.  The binary number 101010 translates to the decimal number 42.  And, of course, 42 was Adams’ fictional (?) answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything.  We lost Adams too soon, as well.  I’ve purchased, but haven’t read, Eoin Colfer’s completion of Adams’ 6th book of the Hitchhikers trilogy… I have low expectations for it, but I think I’ll be more sad if the book meets them, as again, we wonder what we missed out on.
  • This weekend is also the start of the 2010-11 hockey season – something that Richmonders are again on the outside looking in upon, as we apparently are waiting to see if SportsQuest can get their ice arena built before we get a new team.  If I’d been writing this 30 years ago, I’d have been waxing poetic (ha!) about the New York Islanders, preparing to defend their first Stanley Cup.  Which is why it’s so painful to see where the Isles have fallen.  Yesterday, they announced their radio plans for the 2010-11 season.  They’re airing their games on a college radio station (for the record, the last “big 4” major-league team to do that was Charlie Finley’s Oakland A’s).  Now I’ll admit that WRHU-FM isn’t an average college station – the radio wing of the Hofstra University Communications Department has educated many fine broadcasters, and me (for one year, 1980-81).  But with all of the radio stations in New York and Long Island, the best the Islanders can do is Hofstra University Radio?  I can’t wait to see how many Islanders games are bumped due to conflicts with Hofstra Pride basketball… Smile
  • And I’ll end this with a couple of plugs for projects of mine.  You can find out where every pro hockey team in North America airs their games on my webhockey.pbworks.com website – I’ve been doing it for years as a continuation of a mailing list that existed since the ‘90s.  And don’t forget that I’m now playing Richmond’s Greatest Hits on the radio *and* the web each weekend – Saturdays 10am-3pm Eastern, Sundays noon-5pm Eastern – at bigoldies1073.com.

See you on the radio?


Author: Rob Hoffmann

Occasional blogger, slightly less occasional improv player/ref/tech, full-time computer techie, radio producer (basketball, mostly), generally nice person (if you ask me).

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