Radio, someone still loves you!
“Radio – radio / I’d sit alone and watch your light / My only friend through teenage nights / And everything I had to know / I heard it on my radio / You gave me them all those old time stars / Through wars of worlds – invaded by Mars / You made ‘em laugh – you made ‘em cry / You made us feel like we could fly / Radio / So don’t become some background noise / A backdrop for the girls and boys / Who just don’t know or just don’t care / And just complain when you’re not there / You had your time, you had the power / You’ve yet to have your finest hour / Radio – radio / all we hear is radio ga ga / radio goo goo / radio ga ga / All we hear is radio ga ga / Radio blah blah / Radio what’s new? / Radio, someone still loves you!”
By the way, just to anticipate Angelo Paratico’s comments, the lyric makes reference to two crucial events of the 20th century: Orson Welles’s broadcast in 1938, two days before Halloween, who announced the invasion of the Martians and The War of the Worlds (‘Through wars of worlds – invaded by Mars’) – many listeners panicked, believing that the Martian invasion of New Jersey was real; and Winston Churchill’s speech in 1940 from the House of Commons, ‘This was their finest hour’ (‘You’ve yet to have your finest hour’) — I read it on Wikipedia.
And let’s underline these verses, please, which could be the pay-off of this new adventure:
You made us feel like we could fly
You had the power
Radio, someone still loves you.
Yes, B39 loves radio and it is ready to start broadcasting, from today.
Why radio? Because B39 wants to be not only a platform but also a multidimensional world of culture. We already deal with offline events – presentations, lectures, theatrical pieces, film screenings, etc. – and have in mind other initiatives aimed at the transmission of knowledge, offering new opportunities and practical ways for cultural meetings and exchanges.
Our radio would become a new window. We are going to start with a fixed programme of classical music (to create a fitting soundtrack for our articles) and then evolve into a complete radio channel with news programmes, interviews, features, stories and portraits, cultural lectures, etc. Step by step, without urgency, but adding value and depth every month. Moreover, we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers willing to collaborate with us: B39 Radio would be a new, splendid platform also for them.