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mcgrew's Journal: Beam me up, Scotty! 5

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It was a beautiful day today, and my boss wasn't at work. The TV weatherman had said on the early morning news that it was going to rain tomorrow and for the next week, too. So I took the afternoon off.

I'd say my favorite radio station is a local college station, WQNA. Their music is an incredibly eclectic mix of genres; rock, punk, ska, country, old jazz from the thirties, you name it. Hell, they play belly dancing music on Wednesday nights. Well, they used to, I don't know if that show's still on. An old friend I've known for twenty years hosts a blues show on noon Sundays. On Wednesday mornings there's a show on called Ben's wacky radio that runs from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (US central time). The show is a Doctor Demento knockoff, and I was a Demento fan decades ago, so I hit the WQNA button on the radio when I got in the car to leave.

When I got home I turned on the TV, which serves as a forty two inch computer monitor, and clicked "WQNA" on Aramok's playlist. They stream in MP3 and AAC from their website, and there's no real radio in the house. Not needed; as far as I know, every radio station in the world streams over the internet.

I started working on Nobots.

The announcer said that the next half hour was devoted to Star Trek, so I put the laptop down because I knew the radio was going to be too distracting.

A song came on that the "Ben" guy said was by the actor Terry McGovern called Beam Me Up, Scotty. As I listened to the nerdy song I thought "Hey! That guy's read The Paxil Diaries!" My googlefu is weak today; I can't find the lyrics, but it's about how shitty life is on Earth. "My wife went away and took the car and left the bills and the kids".

I'm sitting here, all proud and smug and pleased with myself and googling for the lyrics when I came across this.

McGovern wrote the song in 1976, the year I got married.

Oh, well, at least you guys read it.

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Beam me up, Scotty!

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    • by mcgrew (92797) *

      Sounds like you heard the same show, that was the song that followed "Beam Me Up"!

      • "Hydromatic overdrive,
        Four-on-the-floor,
        Push-button windows,
        Push-button doors
        Double-barreled carborators,
        Rush you anyplace,
        But you never can find a parking space!
        Highly illogical..."

        • by mcgrew (92797) *

          WQNA or does the guy repeat the show elsewhere? That one was in the block, too, you must have heard it.

          • I have one of those memories.

            All from recollection of Dr. Demento broadcasts, c. 1978-1980 - prior to Bubblicious joining as a sponsor, cutting the show to less than 1 hr, and padding with ads.

            If there's Trek goofiness, he'd have to include these chestnuts - and prolly have to add the audio portion of SNLs "Last Voyage" skit, with Elliot Gould as an NBC exec cancelling the show.

            That's when I first heard HHGTG, too. I still find the BBC radiophonic original to be the superior of all incarnations. Funniest,

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