Vacation Radio


Since we’ll all be released from our Covid cages soon, it triggered a memory about vacation radio. You know, radio. That thing you used to listen to before you could take every album you ever owned with you on vacation (on your phone). Back when you were subject to the whims of local programming directors.  

In addition to lugging along a case of cassettes, I always enjoyed searching for just the right local radio station. One that played the perfect tunes for the beach. I clearly remember this routine when my friend Joe and I took a trip down to Virginia Beach. Never having been there before, we needed to know where to go to have some fun.  

This is where radio came in. It not only kept us up-to-date on the time and temperature, it also ran a constant stream of promos for all the local bars and restaurants having specials while we were in town. This was exceedingly valuable information. In the age before personal computers and smart phones, local radio was the closest thing we had to the Internet.  

Nowadays, I’ll do just about anything to avoid listening to those ads, but not back then. Those ads were our lifeline to the hottest bars and nightclubs. If you listened to a Journey tape at the beach, you ran the risk of missing out on a happy hour special, with free t-shirts! Back then you’d do just about anything to get a free t-shirt. And many young ladies did, after a few beers, and some goading by their friends. A good time was had by all!

We would have missed out on all the fun had we not been tapped into the local airwaves. Kids these days have numerous apps giving them the lowdown on the local nightlife. Back then, all we had was radio, and I’m certainly glad we did. As a bonus, you also got to listen to some bands you didn’t get to hear at home. It’s always good to expand your musical horizons.  

Hopefully, this article has brought back some fond memories of your vacations. Back when there was nothing to do but lay around in the sun all day and listen to local radio. Then later that evening, check out some of the local hot spots. Those were the days.  

As usual, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read this article. I hope you will continue to enjoy and follow this blog. Please feel free to share these stories with your family and friends! 



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