A. Joseph Ross
Sun Oct 26 23:41:21 EDT 2008
I was in Amherst this weekend for the 60th anniversary celebration
and station reunion of WMUA, the UMass student-operated station.
Unfortunately, no one else from the 1960s era was there, but I held
forth on 1960s programming and described, yet again, my experience as
a freshman news announcer on the afternoon that President Kennedy was
I was glad to notice that WMUA still has turntables. With the
eclectic mix of music they play, I can see why they still use them.
The turntables in the control room still play 78 rpm records, and
there are a couple of 78 needles there as well (with an unsigned note
from somebody saying not to fool with them because he plays 78s on
his show). As at the last reunion, they let us alumni do airshifts
(this time only 1/2 hour -- last time I was assigned an hour, and it
stretched into 1 1/2 hours when the next show wasn't ready). And so,
I played a 78 -- Buchanan and Goodman's "The Flying Saucer."
Unfortunately, the one cassette deck in the control room wasn't
working, so I couldn't play the Flanders & Swan stuff that I had
planned -- or the Howdy Doody song that I wanted to play in tribute
to the Howdy Doody Show's producer, E. Roger Muir, who died this past
But I did play Irving Berlin's anti-war song, "Stay Down Here Where
You Belong," which Berlin wrote before the US entry into World War I.
Later, he was embarrassed by it and wanted to forget it. But Groucho
Marx kept singing it whenever he and Irving Berlin were at the same
party. And he sang it at his early-70s Carnegie Hall appearance,
which came out as a two-record LP album under the title "An Evening
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