The first annual KLYAM Most Dedicated Radio Journalist/DJ Award goes to Ben Tan of Emerson College’s WERS 88.9. Ben is probably the most dedicated (volunteer?) staff member at that station as he is News Director in addition to being a reporter for news segment You Are Here (interviewing the likes of anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan and economist Jeffrey Miron, etc) and being a DJ on programs such as the Playground and late-night slow jamz Secret Spot. Ben even braves blizzards to show up behind the microphone. This guy deserves a round of applause for his dedication.
Nope, we mean it. A DJ could play “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” or Will Oldham 10 times in a row without fear of an MD smackdown.
That, my friend, is the difference between ERS and MBR.
Here I am sitting outside on one of the most beautiful days of the summer (sunny, 79 degrees) listening to Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” on WERS and reading “Believe!” by Richard M. Devos. At this exact moment, I am reading about good news! Amidst all the criticism of what’s going on in the world today and all the sad news of the day…
“…80 million people went to work today! The country’s plants operated today. The banks and stores were open today. All that money was handled by people who are still truth-worthy and dependable…Thousands of production lines operated today, and you’ll have their goods on your table…in a few good weeks… You turned on the radio…and there was someone to play some music for you…People are waiting in tens of thousands of gas stations to pump gas into your car to get you where you are going…the people who work hard to keep [society] moving are to be saluted!”
I found a band extraordinarily similar to King Khan and the Shrines that I actually, yes actually, had an incredibly difficult time realizing that what I was listening to…wasn’t King Khan and the Shrines!
So what band do I speak of?
Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears!
A credit goes to WERS.org for introducing me to these soul geniuses.