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Your Hit Parade: A Story

“If Mel Torme is ‘The Velvet Fog,’ shouldn’t I at least be ‘The Elegant Mist’?  Surveys indicate that even during station identification, which this is, you enjoy hearing my radio voice.  From the studio at the antenna farm, I, Luther Craft (formerly Larry Krabenhoff), read your news, weather, commercials.  I take requests, introduce singers, bands.  On this, The Night Train Show, you want to hear Julie London, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mathis, Jimmy Dorsey, Glen Gray and His Casa Loma Orchestra, Vic Damone, other soothing voices and bands.  Anything from the 40’s and 50’s.  Frankie Laine, Etta James, Percy Faith, Nat ‘King’ Cole.

“Demographics show that Superior, Wisconsin, needs an ‘easy listening’ station, that many of you are old and tired.  In our station’s survey, sixty percent of you describe yourselves as ‘Young Old Timers.’  Forty percent of you receive Meals on Wheels.  Twenty-two percent visit Senior Citizen Centers at least twice weekly for companionship.  Five percent play canasta at the Centers.

“Hey, I’m a senior citizen.  You and I, we don’t need demographic surveys to know we’re oldsters who like things done right.  I am a voice broadcasting from an old town who knows our music is best.

“Golden Agers, 1390 AM is...

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