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Book: My Love, My PassionAnd, I’m excited to tell you that my memoir: “Radio … My Love, My Passion”, is finally finished! It documents chronologically my journey through a 70-year love affair with radio and my career in the industry involving many twists and turns spanning 60 years. 

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Reading Company Newtown Pa L-5a 4-6-0 589 May 4 1941 Baldwin 1902 There’s an old steam locomotive known as a “camelback!”

In: Railroads

As you see in this photo, the engineer’s cab is located on the side of the boiler – the large round portion of every steam locomotive, where the steam is generated to power the driving wheels – rather than behind the boiler, which is the norm for virtually every other type of steam locomotive.

Hence, this design took on the “camelback” name, because the engineer sat astride the boiler. It became a very popular locomotive for pulling short passenger and freight trains on railroads such as the one which I grew up with … the Reading Railroad.

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Neil Diamond and the Power of Music Neil Diamond and the Power of Music!

In: Radio

I’m not quite sure where I’m going with this commentary but, after hearing Neil’s recent announcement that his live performing days were over because of Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis, I knew that I had to write about music … his music and, in particular, one of his songs.

When Neil came on the music scene and began having hits in the late 1960’s, I didn’t pay much attention. I’ve always had a greater love for instrumental arrangements and recordings,

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WASH Radio Station Wheaton tower building 4 The WASH is not a Laundromat but The WASH Radio Station

In: Radio

When the sign says WASH, you expect a Laundromat … how about a radio station?  The WASH Radio Station to be exact …

The History of the WASH Radio Station

This is the current-day scene on University Boulevard in the busy business center of a community named Wheaton, Maryland, located just about 10 miles due north of downtown Washington, D. C. Other than this tower which sits directly behind the building, you wouldn’t realize this is the former home of one of Washington’s major FM stations,

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Coca-Cola … Bill Backer … and I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing!

In: Radio

I doubt that “Coca-Cola” needs any further description or clarification, and a song is a song, except this story is about a particular song … which we’ll discuss shortly. However, you likely wonder who Bill Backer is and where does he fit into this picture.

Mr. Backer became a true star and creative force in the advertising world after he hired the popular singing group, the New Seekers, to record a series of advertising jingles for Coca-Cola.

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A more satisfying Amtrak ride by aAmtrak GE Genesis P42 166 at Saratoga Springs What will it take for a smoother, more satisfying Amtrak ride?

In: Railroads

My friend Mike and I – both train lovers – were chatting a couple of days back, talking about how great it would be to see the rail passenger’s “customer satisfaction” level improve in this coming year. In other words, what would it take to create a more satisfying Amtrak ride?

In letting you in on what this likely would require, we thought it best for you to read it from the perspective of an Amtrak P42 diesel locomotive we happen to know.

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The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s famed GG1 Locomotive!

In: Railroads

I recently found myself in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, an area where I’ve not spent much time in recent years. And, since it’s been decades since I last visited the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, which is located just across the street from one of America’s best-known tourist rail lines, the Strasburg Rail Road, I carved out a couple of hours for a fresh visit. And, I’m glad I did, as so much has been added over the past 25 years.

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