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June 22, 2007



Very good, Ken. I'm beginning to sympathize with the old railroad men of the 1920s who would reminisce about the even older railroad men who were dying off. To say that we'll never see their like again is true not just because of some perceived loss of a generation of giants, but because the circumstances that made their work possible are disappearing.When I listened to radio in the sixties the DJ was a kind of demi-god, in charge of the whole show, blasting his personality over the airwaves and directly into your soul. Or so it felt. Having "appointment radio" with your favorite DJ, listening at home and then to the same station in the car, learning the catchphrases, you became part of a would-be secret society. Often the DJ was a bigger force than many of the musicians who made the records he played.It's gone, and I miss it the same way Mark Twain missed steamboats on the Mississippi River. The first step to being a nostalgic old man is to be an enthusiastic youngster, because your youth will disappear. But the present has its virtues. Hey, here we are on your blog, where you get to spread your word to anyone in the world. Not so bad, eh?

Radio Fan

Really always enjoyed the warmth, humor, hipness and humanity of this man all rolled into one air act when he was on the radio in LA. Condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.I too had read that he was an excellent drummer. In all seriousness - and I would imagine he might like this last laugh, I think his headstone should read, "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Beat's Moved On."


in the words of the great frank terry, always remember "yes you can"thanks for making radio in the 60s so much fun !!


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A heartfelt tribute...Elton John, 'Funeral For A Friend' (In Memoriam: Frank Terry)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSEHofvfAyg&mode=user&search=


Wow, I just found this blog. I've worked in radio for 30 years, and really hate what it has become, with corporate ownership, etc. I only saw Frank Terry through film: in the Stones movie "Gimme Shelter". But to me, he and others of his time epitomize radio in its finest hour. It ain't the same no more...but it's still fun.Mike

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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