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Geeks and Beats Podcast, Episode 119: 20/20 Hindsight


I’ve been fascinated by radio since my grandmother gave me a Lloyds transistor radio for my sixth birthday. I didn’t ask for it nor did my parents tell my grandmother that she should get one for me. Yet if it wasn’t for this thing, who knows what I’d be doing for a living today? I certainly wouldn’t be co-hosting a podcast called Geeks and Beats.

Lloyds transistor radio

On this week’s show, Michael and I geek out a bit about old-school radio, specifically The Big 8 CKLW in Windsor/Detroit. As radio stations go, few achieved this kind of legendary status. A station like this could never, ever work today. You’ll hear why.

  • We talk about the demise of the Columbia Records and Tapes Club.

And now, this.

I noticed something with Apple music that I don’t think has been mentioned on the show, thought you guys might want to know about it.
I figured out a new way to track your apple music downloads. Go to your phone settings, then general, then useage, then manage storage, then music. It’ll show you all the albums you’ve downloaded and it gives you the option to delete. All in six easy steps haha. Go a few more steps and you can managed by albums or byindividual songs All of this can be done without even opening the music app. So there it is. Hope this is something useful for you guys. Have a good one

In case you haven’t heard, Geeks&Beats can now be access via Nightflight, a website inspired by the USA Networks all-night show of the same name from the 80s. You’d better give it a look especially if, um, you’re of a certain age. You know who you are.

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Alan Cross

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