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Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Musical Innertube

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I have a podcast called, suprisingly enough, The Musical Innertube. When I was a radio disc jockey in the 70s and 80s, it was an honest-to-God "entertainment" job. You were expected to be an entertainer between records. Jokes, trivia, contests and banter with phone callers were part of the show. Some DJs subscribed to joke services, weekly one-page sheets of quips and one-liners snail-mailed by entreprenuerial jocks who re-packaged their punch lines for profit. Others, like me, produced pre-recorded sketches using voices and sound effects. The Musical Innertube is, then, one of my old radio shows with all the skits and none of the music (because the rights would cost too much).

Why "Musical Innertube"? One day, early on, I opened the microphone and TRIED to say, "And now, a musical interlude." Guess what came out? The name stuck.

By the way, just so we're clear: The Musical Innertube is not intended to replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms. The Musical Innertube may increase your risk of osteoporosis and some eye problems such as cataracts or glaucoma. You should have regular eye exams. Thrush in the mouth and throat may occur. Tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure before listening. Do not listen to the Musical Innertube while using long-acting beta2-agonists for any reason.

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