By Jim Santella, WBFO/AM 970 Blues Host
My signature “Are you ready for the blues” resonated from the stage followed by Anita West’s warm welcome to the 100 invited Blues loyalists. Some came from as far as Cincinnati and Toronto to shower Anita with tokens of love and esteem.
Singer Gretchen Schultz and guitarist Doug Morgano (pictured below) kicked off the musical portion of the evening with Bill Withers’ “Use Me.” The three hour blues, booze and food fest gave station employees Chris Jamele, Eileen Buckley and Jim Ranney as well as Jim DiMino, Gordon Bayliss and Al Wallack an opportunity to let their hair down and relax with colleagues. (Unfortunately, my own hair was AWOL)
Other notables in attendance were the ever charming Radio Broadcast Hall of Famer Doris Jones, the ebullient Brian J. Walker and the Sportsmen’s own Kenneth Biringer. Anita and I were kept busy all night talking with “Appreciative Listeners.”
Not only was the evening a celebration of WBFO’s commitment to the Blues, but it was also a rare opportunity for us to spend valuable one-on-one time with our listeners. Was it a success? I thought so!
Were you in attendance for the event? Feel free to comment below.