The weather forecasters are predicting snow for Boston at the end of the week, and New England is bracing for a nor’easter in early March. I know this not from the national news outlets or reading the dire warnings in the newspaper, but from listening to WBZ-1030 AM. I love listening to the radio at night.
During the day, I can hear the predictable stations of WBAL and WCBM, with the same, tired local news of city crime, possible gun control and other old stories. The endless updates of traffic and weather drive me bonkers. I yearn for novelty.
So, at sundown, fortunately the signal directions change on the AM dial and the country opens up for my listening pleasure. I can tune in to Charlotte, NC, Chicago, and my beloved Boston. For a few hours, I can pretend that I am not at home in Maryland, but have departed for a more distant city without the hassle of packing and planning.
WBZ hosts a program called Nightside for four hours each evening. The host is likely to be contentious, but he and the callers sound smart with their distinctive accents. Last night, Dan Rea interviewed the owner of a New Hampshire (live free or die) Apple device repair store that refuses to serve Republicans. What breaking news that is! It sure beats listening once more to the list of Democratic hopefuls running in the primary election to face Larry Hogan in the election of governor in the fall, or to the statistics of how many murders were committed in West Baltimore.
The instrument of my auditory travels is a very small hand-held transistor radio that may be the last of its kind. I found it on Amazon(no surprise), but they were the only company selling the product. Soon, it will probably show up on Antiques Road Show as a vestige of the past. But I hold it close, like a dearly beloved person and snuggle up with my battery-operated friend.
No fancy Bose radio for me-I don’t require expert reception to hear my “shows” from around the country. In Chicago, the traffic is a major news grabber, and Charlotte spends much airtime speaking of sports. But I can always depend on Boston to enlighten, educate and entertain me when darkness falls.
I remember watching so much television when I was young that I must have burned out on the visual medium. Now, I never turn on the TV at night. Too lonely to watch alone and I have no desire to be scared with crime and police programs.
So, tonight Dan Rea and I will meet at 8 PM he in Boston, and me here at home, catching up on the latest news and features way north of Baltimore’s borders.