We had a productive overnight stop in the Lehigh Valley back in March, visiting the market’s TV stations (which you can see in this week’s Site of the Week) and airchecking all the radio we could record in the Allentown market – and then later the next day in Trenton NJ, too.
On what was a very memorable day indeed just over a week ago, one of my favorite moments of driving to Marion, Kentucky for 2 minutes and 30 seconds of totality was the friendly fella at the local diner who walked by our car after lunch and said, “Y’all have yourselves a good EE-clipse!”
And we did.
And of course I was recording IDs part of the way there and back, which means that even if you missed totality, you get totally loaded this week with some very fresh IDs. On the way there, that includes a few midnight IDs in Louisville KY, a near-complete fresh run from Evansville IN, where we spent the night before the eclipse, and handful of IDs from the Paducah KY and Clarksville TN-Hopkinsville KY markets recorded DURING THE ECLIPSE ITSELF (That 98.3 from Metropolis, Illinois was playing Dark Side of the Moon and sync’ed it up so that the “sun is eclipsed by the moon” line was playing just as totality hit, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have chills when that happened). Then you get a pile of IDs from the Vincennes IN, Terre Haute IN and Bloomington IN market recorded on the drive back north that night – plus some fresh IDs from South Bend IN and St. Joseph-Benton Harbor MI recorded a day or two later.
But wait – there’s MORE! You also get some 2015 IDs from Vincennes, Bloomington and Evansville that somehow never made it to the site, some Terre Haute-in-eternal-transition IDs we picked up in April on the way back east from the NAB Show, and a few more South Bend IDs we picked up on the way west a few weeks earlier (part of a huge run through Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and back east that you’ll hear here soon.)
And you don’t hear Bonnie Tyler even once 🙂
April 8, 2024 is the next shot at a total eclipse for many of you. DO NOT MISS IT!