There were two studios used to produce programming for Radio Newyork International back in the WWCR days. The NYC studio was in Flushing, Queens and operated by Randi Steele. It was a fun and energetic place from which to broadcast.
The other studio was in Yonkers, NY and just north of the City. It was run by Pirate Joe aka Joseph Paul Ferraro. When we were putting together the WWCR programming it was agreed that two out of four Sundays per month the broadcasts would come from JP's studio.
As it happened, I was the staff member other than Randi who best knew JP and had experience broadcasting out of that studio. It was the Yonkers location where I had originated live programming for KPF941 during the early part of the 1980s. So I drew the job of complementing Pirate Joe's programs twice a month.
JP's studio had a quieter, laid back vibe than Randi's. Randi tended to have a more hyper personality than JP. I seem to absorb whatever vibe I'm being exposed to and this led Randi to remark that, at least in his opinion, my programming coming from Yonkers sounded like it was coming from a "gloom and doom tomb". Well, I wasn't looking to do a hyperactive, screaming DJ show anyway. And more of the serious radio seemed to come out of JP's studio, with lighter fare coming out of Randi's place.
This week, we offer up a classic Dan Lewis RNI Mailbag show from 1991. The chronic mail delivery issues seemed to have been resolved and Dan dives right in by reading a letter from a listener complaining about what he perceives as RNI's hard core left wing politics. Alternative agri-fuel gets good attention, too, as an alternative to foreign wars over oil.
The program, done on the eve of Operation Desert Storm, is a time capsule of the early days of 1991 when our nation was on the cusp of going to war, yet again, to police the world. Here in 2012, there is much to learn from the state of the world in 1991. Despite the laid back environment, this week's program features a very heated exchange with a listener who wrote and called to support the war.
Please listen, enjoy and hopefully learn.
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