Monday, January 28, 2013

Popeye Quits Spinach??!!

Gifted artist, 14 Year old grandson Alex knows more about Disney and Warner Brothers cartoons than anybody.   It was a great day for old Grandpappy when I stumped the kid with a question about Popeye giving up spinach.

Alex doesn't read my Burping Canary Feathers. He uses all his energy impressing the girls at his middle school with his awesomeness, which he does appear to have more than his share of.

There's a strong hint up there at the top of this page where it says what the blog is mostly about.  You got it, it's radio. The kid radio shows back in the dark ages when I was young were often about favorite cartoon characters.  Popeye went on radio in 1935.  To make it, you had to have a sponsor to pay the bills.  The spinach people didn't come forward so a cereal company, makers of Wheatena, picked it up.  When the old sailor needed to save the day, there was always another character around to stir up a quick bowl  of Wheatena. Worked just as well as spinach. If you think cartoons couldn't work on radio, you're just too young.

Now you know the rest of the story 


Friday, January 04, 2013


"Jack's Max."  How's that for a title well calculated to tease fans of past pop culture?  Should be a snap to guess for died-the-wool fans of old stuff.  Let us hope I get around to posting it.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy Old Friend station

Oh boy, I found "The Happy Station." Long time ago I listened on shortwave  when it was on Radio Netherlands.  They quit it and it's now sort of reincarnated on a station in Taipei, of all places. Seems like I discover some old radio friend on the internet almost daily. One of very few reasons why I'd like to make it too a ripe old one hundred is so I would have time to listen to all the stuff that's available.