Category Archives: Drew’s Ramblings

20 Years Ago Today: My Last Radio Show

May 22, 2019

On Friday, May 21, 1999, I performed my final radio show. When I was in my 20s and early 30s, I never thought this day would come. I lived, ate, and breathed radio. I wanted to be one of those guys who never retired, who literally spoke his final words behind a live microphone. Industries… Read More »

Happy Kansas Real Beer in Grocery Stores Day!

April 1, 2019

Today, the state of Kansas makes history. On April 1, 2019, for the first time ever, you are able to purchase real beer in Kansas grocery and convenience stores. I have christened this day “Kansas Real Beer in Grocery Stores Day.” Seriously, it should be a statewide holiday. If you’ve ever lived in Kansas, or… Read More »

Shopko in Bankruptcy All Stores Closing

March 26, 2019

Shopko will soon be a thing of the past. This is sad news, especially if you happen to live in a place where Shopko or Shopko Hometown is the only department store for miles around. Way back in 1962, Shopko began life with one Green Bay, Wisconsin store. Typically, they have located in towns too… Read More »

Eagan’s La Fonda de Los Lobos, 1976-2019

May 28, 2019

Just wanted to take a minute to pay my respects to the crew at La Fonda de Los Lobos. Octaviano “Otis” Trujillo started this Eagan, Minnesota restaurant back in 1976. After 43 years, tonight will be last call on Highway 13 in Eagan. I first discovered this place when I was in high school, working… Read More »

iPhone 7, Headphone Jack 0

May 31, 2019

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past few days, you no doubt are aware that Apple has released the long-awaited iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Like most people, I immediately noticed what the new iPhone doesn’t have: a headphone jack. This is a problem. Especially if you’re an audio junkie like me.… Read More »

Learn from Greta: Make Copies of Your Stuff!

March 26, 2019

Last week, Greta Van Susteren suddenly departed FOX News after more than 14 years. I didn’t see that one coming. Speculation is all over the board as to why she chose to take advantage of an exit clause in her contract. This morning, Greta posted on her Facebook page that she hopes FOX will give… Read More »

Why Do People Confuse Labor Day & Memorial Day?

March 26, 2019

Labor Day and Memorial Day do have some things in common. They’re both summer holidays. They are both observed on Monday. Most people get both Labor Day and Memorial Day off from work. If you worked in radio back in the day, this was definitely NOT the case! But that’s fodder for another of Drew’s… Read More »

Hurricane Katrina Remembered 11 Years Later

May 28, 2019

11 years ago today, Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Whenever August 29th rolls around, it’s a sad day of remembrance and reflection for everyone who was affected. Especially those who lost friends or family in this massive storm. I wasn’t there, but I came way too close for comfort. I left 27 days… Read More »

Kmart In-Store Music Tape Christmas 1974

May 1, 2019

Here is one of the most bizarre things I have ever come across on YouTube. Someone has unearthed a reel-to-reel tape containing Kmart’s in-store Christmas music from 1974: The music selection changed very little over the years. I worked at Kmart during high school (1980-82) and remember hearing many of these same songs. The “Kmart… Read More »

Emmaville Minnesota’s Store Cafe & No-Tel Motel

May 28, 2019

As a kid growing up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, I always looked forward to weekends “up north.” This meant 2-4 days at our family cabin on Lower Bottle Lake near Park Rapids. The actual amount of time spent there depended on whether or not Dad could get an extra day or two off of… Read More »