The Request Line is open…


Now that my email here is set up, your one & only means of contacting me is via: [email protected] or the ‘Comments’ posting windows. Unlike our head admin. Jason, I do not have the latest handheld devices nor do I use social media. I am a Facebook “virgin” & proud of it! When I reluctantly stopped working several years back due to increasing disability/immobility, I ditched my Twitter, MySpace, Linked-In & MyVoice123 accounts. Having made this glaring admission, I don’t miss much that’s going on in broadcasting. I have received the daily digest from the FCC & Canada’s CRTC & Industry-Canada for a few decades now. I regularly scan a daily menu of various broadcasting sites globally, nationally & here in our region. As a life-long resident, I also have my network of spies burrowed deep within the Pacific northwest radio industry to supply me with inside news. With plenty of technical experience on the transmit & receive sides of radio, I also regularly view & read technical sites & articles on both past & present technology. As a music fan & one-time serious record/CD collector, I also maintain a presence on various sites devoted to record & music history. As an active, night-time AM “DXer” and ham operator, I’m in regular touch with others in these hobbies.

I live far, far away from the I-5 corridor in remote forest wilderness on an island. I live a simple, quiet life now. Instead of honking horns, screeching tires & diesel ‘Jake brakes’ I am listening to the woodpeckers teaching their young how to destroy my trees. There is NO cell phone coverage here, therefore I have no need for one, nor am I interested in spending my meager income on the latest online handheld device to remain connected. Aside from my hard-wired home phone, my computers & server, my idea of a handheld device is my ham radio transceiver. Be assured that if/when the do-do hits the fan, it will be my 2-way handheld ham transceiver with solar battery charger that reliably connects my wife & I to the outside world.

My stead-fast refusal to adopt the latest technology or use social media will not hinder me from helping to provide information or chronicle the rich history of broadcasting throughout the Pacific northwest. The challenges these present & bewilderment to me, will provide a source of amusement not only for myself, but to you – our loyal readers & fans. For example, I sometimes find myself using the ever-reliable Wikipedia to ‘translate’ some of Jason’s writings regarding social media & newer technologies. Without Wikipedia, I would be sometimes left pondering & misinterpreting the following with a view to now update my definitions of these: Smartphone = my phone is smart enough to kick in the answering machine when telemarketers call. Selfie = what Telecomms charge us for our portable phone usage. Hulu = isn’t that a dance the ladies in Hawaii perform for the tourists?? Social media = the local ham radio repeater where I chat with the locals. Blu-Ray = the ballads Ray Charles sings. Instagram = I can send & receive 20 wpm on a Morse code key…is that instant enough? HD = heavy-duty…I always use these types of batteries. Fiber optics = what I see in my cereal bowl every morning. Well…you get the idea & over time I will share pics with you of my “latest technology” It might differ a lot from yours!

Request lines are open at the Puget Sound Media empire…you can reach me at: [email protected]

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Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

1 thought on “The Request Line is open…

  1. From the Internet Archive, we reclaim some of our Lost Comments:

    pugetsound says:
    July 27, 2018 4:33 pm at
    I think a lot of us envy that Mike has been able to do what we wish we could do, get off the grid. We have trouble quitting FACEBOOK, and we all know FB is pretty much a waste of time. Yes, I am connected. Initially, it was to stay in touch with my kids and granddaughters. Then, it snuck up on me and became a habit. Then, I tried to shake it, closing accounts, but later re-opening accounts, thinking I might be missing something. Somewhere there is a Schick Shadel type of facility where knuckleheads like us can go to detox from the Internet and try to change our ways. I’ll GOOGLE that later.

    Steven Smith says:
    July 28, 2018 8:47 am at
    Thanks for the intro Mike. Good to know.

    mikec says:
    July 28, 2018 1:22 pm at
    well…I’m not quite off the grid but pretty darned close! When my grand-daughter kept bugging me to stay in touch with her via Facebook, we found a better alternative – Skype!! It’s SO nice to be able to see/hear family & friends from all over the planet without the need for a keyboard, sharing our conversations with the whole world, or provide data for Zuckerberg’s human statistics marketing machine. As I’m constantly reminded: “Oh Grandpa, you’re SO old-skool!” Yup.

    “Just got home from Illinois, locked the front door, oh boy. Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn. A dinosaur Victrola, listening to Buck Owens, doo doo doo, Lookin’ Out My Back Door” (c) John Fogerty 🙂

    maplevalleymike says:
    July 28, 2018 5:18 pm at
    What your saying is that your “old school” , great! I’m old but kicked out of school! Welcome aboard, Mike Cherry!

    mikec says:
    July 28, 2018 7:18 pm at
    thanks Mike (awesome website BTW) I’ve been called old school & an old fool – but never in the same sentence. I got kicked out of two of my old schools for being a fool while maintaining my rule groovin’ on cool :-/

    pugetsound says:
    July 28, 2018 8:24 pm at
    Nice to have Mike on the radio/tv beat here.

    maplevalleymike says:
    July 29, 2018 12:12 am at
    thank you, your too kind!

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