I was pulling my car into the garage this morning, after taking my daughter to her insanely early school bus. The semester ends this week, so progress is being made on her education, but I’ve never been–and will never be–a morning person, so getting out of bed so early certainly does suck.
Anyway, I was listening to my long-time radio station, the Loop in Chicago. The Loop is like an old friend to me, and even if I turn to other stations once in a while, I always come back to 97.9 FM. I hope that everyone has a station like that in their lives.
Back in the late 80s, when I was in college and new to Chicago, there were really only two radio stations I could listen to: the aforementioned Loop, and WCKG, which was the “Classic Rock’ station at that time. Today, unfortunately, that station is no more. Well, it does still exist technically, but it’s the sister station to the local news station, the one that gives the traffic reports every few minutes. You probably have a station like that where you live, too.
Every few minutes, the news station will repeat its call letters and frequency, for both the AM and FM stations, and it’s a bit jarring to hear the one-time “Classic Rock” station now grouped in with the AM news station. But change is inevitable, and life always goes on.
All of which makes the Loop that much more remarkable. They’re still where they are, playing the music that I’ve loved since I was a teenager. Stability is important, and the Loop has certainly given me that.
Why do I bring this up here? Well, because Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was playing on the Loop after my daughter’s bus arrived, and pulling the car into the garage gave me a chance for a “Wayne’s World” moment. Here it is, in case you want to have one for yourself. Enjoy!