Mar 4, 2005
Luscious Lola's Lounge Licks:
A bunch of years ago my apartment was robbed. The fuckers actually broke the door right off the hinge. All to get at a 300$ stereo, a modest selection of CD's (I had only recently made the conversion from Vinyl - a little later than most) and my room mates nearly antique computer. They also stole my luggage to carry away the loot.
To say I was broke at the time is an understatement. I was working a shitty retail job and going to school part time. So when my room mate Johnny came home one night with a reel-to-reel player he found in a lane behind a residential hotel on Hastings Street, I didn't mock him. Instead, I called up my mom and said, "Hey mom, do you still have those old reel to reel tapes?" which she brought over the next time she came to visit.
Although my mom had a pretty good selection of tapes and each tape is several hours worth of music, a girl can only take so much Elvis and Bob Dylan, so I also started listening to the radio again. What radio? you might ask! I had a transistor radio - you know, one of those things you keep for emergencies? This was an emergency. So I moved it to the kitchen table and switched the dial between CBC and Co-op Radio with an infrequent stop at a top 40 station (beggars can't be choosers).
One Friday morning when I was off work and doing some writing for my class (where else but at the kitchen table) I was listening to Coop, and after hearing this fabulous voice - a cross between Marlene Dietrich and a lumberjack - on popped some Dinah Washington followed by some Platters and Eartha Kitt. The show, was Sister DJ's Platter Party.
Since I had a pen and paper in front of me anyway, I wrote Sister DJ a fan letter. I can't remember what it said, but she wrote back and invited me to bring some of my records down to the station to be a guest host on her show. That was my first foray into hosting a radio show.
Sister DJ is no longer on the air except for the occasional special on Co-op or CITR, but I was reminded of her this morning when I got out of the bath and turned on the radio and heard Eartha Kitt... the new Friday morning show is Luscious Lola's Lounge Licks, which you can listen to here:
Co-op Radio online
Where else can you hear some slick jazz, interspersed with Leonard Nimoy and a dedication to, "all you bondage lovers out there."