I always go to sleep listening to an Internet radio station that plays random old-time radio shows.  It’s comforting.  

I was in bed last night, looking through some old Broadcasting magazines on the iPad, preparing some material for my Faded Signals broadcast history Tumblr site. 

"Fibber McGee and Molly" was on.  I wasn’t really paying attention to the creaky old routines.  The announcer then introduced the band to play "A Wise Old Owl," a song (and as I later found out, a nursery rhyme) I’d never heard before.  

Just as the band started, I opened up the PDF of the August 15, 1939, edition of Broadcasting magazine.  When the singers got to the chorus, they belted “A wise old owl sits in a tree!”  As they sang, this image popped up on the screen.

This may be the ultimate synchronicity experience in my life, thus far.

What does it mean?  

And, maybe more importantly, why is it wasted on such meaninglessness?


Caught about a 12 pounder at Target.

Caught about a 12 pounder at Target.


The big ball of masking tape I grabbed when I left WPTF. We used masking tape in the newsroom to label the carts.  When we took off the pieces of tape, we added it to the ball. This is about six months’ worth from the end of 2001. It weighs about 25 pounds,

The big ball of masking tape I grabbed when I left WPTF. We used masking tape in the newsroom to label the carts. When we took off the pieces of tape, we added it to the ball. This is about six months’ worth from the end of 2001. It weighs about 25 pounds,


I’m on a Carol Burnett binge right now. Here’s the second part of a skit where her Eunice character thinks she can make it big as a singer on The “Gong Show.”

"The Family" skits are funny, but Eunice is such a tragic character. She wants out of her low-end existence, but she’s mortally wounded by sharing her mother’s broken personality. The sketch is funny — but the devastating ending is real art.


Another deep track from Billy Stewart.

Another deep track from Billy Stewart.


A lesser-known James Brown hit.

A lesser-known James Brown hit.


My first Instagram video!  It features the blistering excitement leading up to a noon live shot — and special guest star Terry Cantrell!

My first Instagram video! It features the blistering excitement leading up to a noon live shot — and special guest star Terry Cantrell!


On episode 6 of the original “Dallas.” You just want the best for Bobby and Pam.

On episode 6 of the original “Dallas.” You just want the best for Bobby and Pam.


If Jessica Fletcher really looked like this, I’m not sure I would watch “Murder, She Wrote.”

If Jessica Fletcher really looked like this, I’m not sure I would watch “Murder, She Wrote.”