Today is the last day for KFUO, Classic 99, broadcasting from St. Louis, Missouri. At 10pm tonight they will
turn over the reins to JOY, a contemporary Christian music format.
KFUO has broadcast classical music for 62 years. I have listened to
them, and become friends with the musical presenters, for over 40 yrs.
now. (One of them was my 10th grade algebra teacher, Mr. Elliott.)
They have been part of my life, and part of my childrens' lives. They
grew up hearing classical music on the radio. I asked the mid-shift
guy, John Roberts, to play Pachelbel's Canon in D for Rachel as she
was on her way to her wedding, and they did so. The night that Rich
died, they played Beethoven's Ninth at 2am, as I drove to the hospital
where he was airlifted. Through this symphony of joy I knew that Rich
still lived. When I was recovering from my brain aneurysm, I asked
Rich to bring my little radio which he tuned to 99.1 for me. I also
listened to classical music in my headphones while in the ICU. I
credit that in part to my wonderful recovery, against the odds.
This station brought us news of all the arts in St. Louis. Even
though it was over a hour's drive, I took the kids to see the
Nutcracker Ballet a few yrs ago, because we heard about it on KFUO.
Last year I got to experience my favorite piece of music of all time
-- Beethoven's Ninth -- because they gave us the heads up. We went to
see various Art Museum exhibits because we heard about them on KFUO.
That's the minimum of my list of remembering.
I will miss you, John and Tom and Dick and Charlie and Jim and the
other Jim. I will miss the music too. But mostly I will miss your
presence as part of my life and part of the life of my family. Thanks
for closing your last day with our words to you and with the music we
love so much. I am sorry that once again, the Dark Ages have descended.