My Childhood Fascination with Radio

What got me interested in podcasting? Thank you for asking.

I made my first radio. It was a crystal set on a wooden board. I was ten years old.

The faint and scratchy sound coming through the military headphones was magical.

My Uncle Carl owned an electronics store in Glasgow, Kentucky and I got the parts and instructions from him.

My Dad had his radio on much of the time. At my grandparent’s farm house in Monterey, Tennessee, I would wake up in the morning to the sound of the radio and the sight of my granddad sitting close to it listening to the news.

I got my first transistor radio for Christmas when I was about twelve. I loved listening to the radio jocks in Louisville on WAKY and WHAS.

I imagined that I was making the morning announcements, and interviewing guests. The talking part was more interesting to me than the music.

College Conversations

When I began college at the University of Kentucky in 1967, I began meeting people from other regions of the country.

My favorite activity was to sit and talk with folks in the dorm, or at the K-Lair Grill. I mostly asked questions and listened.

The Pipe and Tobacco Shop Show

Later I managed a tobacco and pipe shop at Fayette Mall, named A. David LTD. It was modeled after an old English shop. We had an antique wood table with a chess set and chairs for guests to sit, smoke their pipes and talk. I loved it.

I often thought that it would be great if I recorded some of those conversations so others could enjoy hearing them. I imagined myself as a talk show host.

The Launch

Around 2007, a friend told me that radio-like shows were coming to the internet and that anyone could have a show. I was intrigued, and I mentioned it to my wife.

Then one day she brought me a Lexington Herald newspaper article about podcasting. It had a story about a graduate student at the University of Kentucky who hosted a podcast from her dorm room. Her show was called A Single Serving of Koke, which was a reference to her name. She had conversations about activities around campus, upload them to her podcast site, and anyone anywhere in the world could listen. Amazing.

I bought five books about podcasting, figured out the technology, and launched my first show, Kentucky Voices and Views.

It was about interesting people, places, and activities around Kentucky.

After a while, I suspended that show and then revived it later. You can still listen to the second KVV show episodes at

Now, I have launched The Break Out Session Podcast, where we explore ways to increase our confidence, connection, and professional presence.

I interview people who are achieving goals in all walks of life. Some are money making ventures, while others are meeting other non-profit personal or charitable goals.

I love hearing people’s stories. Conversation is music to my ears.

  1. There is value in looking back at what interested us in our earlier years.
  2. Be alert to ways to incorporate those interests into our lives today.
  3. Enjoy exploring new technology.

What about you? Did this story bring up any memories from your earlier days that you can examine?

Do you have a different takeaway?