In the Suburbs: Great local radio is alive and well
Updated 1:47 pm, Friday, February 17, 2017
The commute to my diner every day between 5:45 and 6 am. and later to school is very short, but I really enjoy listening to WICC radio in Bridgeport with Mike Bellamy and Tony Reno in the morning. These guys are great — always funny and just like old friends to all listeners. They’ve created a couple of really cute segments, your legislators at work and “B-b-b-b Bad Decisions,” that always bring a smile to my face in the morning. I have found “Something You Should Know” with Mike Caruthers great for getting quick tips on life, love and work.
The segments about our legislators at work have made me chuckle, especially when the guys talk about the various idiotic laws and ordinances that towns across the country have passed. Some of these have been so ridiculous, one can’t help but laugh and wonder who dreams up these regulations.
There have been hundreds of legislative gems since I’ve been listening, and I keep wanting to write them down, but I forget and often miss the most memorable examples. They generally include crazy or twisted rules like no bathing in town drinking fountains between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon; no hats in town saloons or the use of profanity being strictly prohibited in public establishments between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon. I did recall one about nude sunbathing being restricted in a small town out West.
The “Bad Decisions” segments often focus on real events. Again, there have been so many, it’s hard to remember all of them. One incident involved a woman who had copied paper money and tried to use it to pay for groceries. She wasn’t arrested the first time, but when she tried it at a second store, the police were happy to arrest her.
In another incident, a man went out on his first date with a woman he met online, and she insisted he take her to a fancy restaurant. After ordering and eating what amounted to a feast, the woman excused herself and never returned, leaving the poor guy with a huge credit card bill. It became a real issue when it happened to two other innocent guys with the same woman.
Another guy met the so-called woman of his dreams, and on their first date took her home. After a romantic night, she asked if he was the marrying kind. Though groggy, he told her he wasn’t into that kind of commitment, rolled over and went back to sleep. She promptly stabbed him multiple times and left. That was a bloody surprise. The list goes on with botched and bungled robberies, and stolen vehicles where evidence was left in the car.
“Something You Should Know” with Caruthers is a really great two- or three-minute segment about addressing the challenges of life, love and work. Often, the content revolves around a new book or involves a psychologist, but I have always learned something new.
As with the other two segments, the list of topics on “Something You Should Know” seems endless, but most of the current ones are archived on the website, along with references to the books or psychologists Caruthers has interviewed. The site is particularly valuable for teaching lessons on timely subjects, and I have used several ideas for class sessions.
It is nice for me early on a cold morning to know that I can jump in the car and turn on Mike and Tony for great local commentary and the two cute segments that accent their show.
I look forward to “Something You Should Know” just before I arrive at the diner every morning.
Make no mistake in this high-tech age that radio remains alive and well and continues to provide companionship to early morning listeners like me.
Steven Gaynes is a Fairfield writer, and his “In the Suburbs” appears each Friday. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.