I work in a room by myself, and therefore am the sole controller of the radio. I like to listen to something while I work. On the weekends, I look forward to listening to NPR all day, but during the week, I sometimes tire of the news stories. My usual go-to for a music station is the local public music station, KXT. However, for some reason around 6 or 7 at night, it’s really difficult and complicated to get KXT to come in on the radio I have access to, so I usually resort to some sort of top-40 station.
Last night, I was listening to KVIL (Lite FM), which features the syndicated program Delilah at night. I love Delilah. I really do. I know she can be a tad cheesy at times, but she seems really sweet.
Last night, she said something to the effect of, “If you can’t get through to request a song for the one you love, pick out a song that I play, call that person and tell them, ‘Go listen to the song Delilah’s playing right now. That’s the song that makes me think of you.’ I know it’s not the same, but it’s still a way to connect.”
I started to think: What if someone did this with really weird things? Like, “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats or the This American Life episode where they redacted “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory”. I kind of want to do this to someone…find a station that’s playing “Tradition” from Fiddler on the Roof or an episode of the old radio suspense show The Whistler and call up a friend and just say, “Please turn it to *insert station here*. This is what I think of you.” And then hang up. And never speak of it again.