He’s right, it all did start with the radio show. For me, it started when my old friend Richard called and said “guess what, I am the new morning man on Creston radio!”. Practically the next thing out of his mouth was “can you help me with some music – I was thinking about a song of the day segment …”. Now I knew that despite his considerable technical skill in video and audio production Richard had never been interested in getting behind the microphone, let alone in spinning records (look at me, so old-fashioned as to think of it as “spinning records” when really it is just pushing buttons), so I said sure. Then he tells me that he wants me to appear as part of the segment and talk about the song…
I had never aspired to be any sort of DJ or radio personality either. But I said okay, mostly because I was thinking at the time “how long can this last?”. I more or less assumed that this would be 6 to 8 weeks tops. A few dozen episodes later I realized that not only did the idea seem to have some traction, but it was kind of fun too.
Very quickly into the process a chance remark by me – “he knows what he likes, he just doesn’t necessarily remember what it’s called” – became something of a slogan for our radio segment. At another point I joked that since this was Creston community radio “ …there must be, what, at least 17 people listening …” and Richard quickly modified that into something of a catchphrase. At various times in these segments you will hear us refer to “our loyal 17 listeners”.
The website/YouTube project came about because we enjoyed putting the segments together, and at various times “the loyal 17” and others asked whether there was an archive where they could find old episodes. Now there is. Hopefully the Loyal 17 can find it. If people like this enough we will make more. We will even post the "lost episodes" – segments that were completed but never aired. After the incident with the station transmitter and the bear (you can ask Richard) there were no resources available to get the station back on the air. Unfortunately CIDO radio went dark, and has been off the air ever since.