Monthly Archives: October 2013

Pro wrestling and helping kids. What more could you want?

I watched this, and I cried.  Now, I get to see it in person…

The Timmy Takedown benefits Timmy Global Health, a foundation run by ex-pro wrestler turned pediatrician Dr. Chuck Dietzen. In a nutshell, Dr. Dietzen becomes his old wrestling persona Dr. Doom and gets in the ring with his special needs patients. They create their own wrestling personalities (The Hug-inator is bad booty daddy!), and they proceed to give Dr. Doom and other wrestlers the “whupin'” of their lives. We might be in Pier Six Brawl or ‘government mule’ territory, who knows?

In reality, Dr. Dietzen has the best gimmick in the world – helping kids. Timmy Takedown is Saturday, November 16 at Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis. I will be there, and I hope you will, too. Please listen to my conversation with Dr. Doom himself below. And yes, that is the theme song for World Championship Wrestling, circa 1983.

Ray Steele w/Dr. Chuck Dietzen on the Timmy Takedown:

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Happy 75th War Of The Worlds!

Ray Steele on the 75th anniversary of The War Of The Worlds broadcast, as aired on WIBC-FM

Oh to be as talented as this guy..

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Orson Welles entertained a few people, scared the pants off some others, and became a legend, one of the greatest minds the entertainment world will ever see.  He was 23-years-old when he oversaw the radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “War Of The Worlds”.  It is something that can never be recreated, not in radio, not anywhere.  He perfected, to borrow the worn out TV cliche “Breaking News coverage” when there was no such thing.

Many thanks to the brilliant radio historian Steve Darnall for being part of the piece above that aired on “Indy’s Morning News” on WIBC-FM.  Just below is my full interview with Steve, who hosts a couple of wonderful shows that feature great old-time radio; Those Were The Days on WDCB-FM in Chicago and Radio’s Golden Age at yesterdayusa.com.  He also publishes the quarterly Nostalgia Digest.

Ray Steele talks to radio historian Steve Darnall

The master at work…

Time For Three – Happy Hour with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: Will Ray get snockered?

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Man, I really do love these guys. In a platonic, manly way. Time For Three is doing another Stella Artois Happy Hour At The Symphony Thursday, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and special guests Plastic Musik.

By the way, when we talk about “tonight”, we mean Thursday, October 24th. This was done to air on the radio Thursday morning. Because we fake everything in radio. Even our voices.

Also, Art Tatum does the intro. I’d like to hear tf3’s Ranaan Meyer play that. Of course, now he will do it just to make me look like a stone cold sucka.

Seriously, these are three of the most talented guys I know. Go see them! And the ISO!

Stanley Crouch: Part 1 of Charlie Parker’s story

Kansas City Lightning: The Rise And Times Of Charlie Parker, by Stanley Crouch

Kansas City Lightning: The Rise And Times Of Charlie Parker, by Stanley Crouch


Stanley Crouch is just about the coolest guy in the world. At least I think so. So this interview on his new book, Kansas City Lightning: The Rise And Times Of Charlie Parker was as much fun as listening to an old Bird album sidled up to a cocktail or three.

I first saw Mr. Crouch on Ken Burns’s “Jazz” documentary more than a decade ago – hard to believe it has been that long. No offense to Wynton Marsalis, who was great, but it was Mr. Crouch who reached through the TV screen, grabbed me by whatever ugly shirt I was wearing at the time, and said “you’ve GOT to listen to this stuff!” He might not have said stuff.

I notice some cats are complaining that Mr. Crouch strays from his subject matter from time to time. He does. I didn’t ask him this during our interview, but my guess is that Mr. Crouch wrote this not just for the jazz fan but for that person who needs to be grabbed by the shirt and hear “THIS is why Bird is important to you.” Sorry jazz fans, but we aren’t even close to a majority of the populace, and Mr. Crouch needed to stray from Charlie Parker to put Charlie Parker’s world in a context we (hopefully) can understand. None of us have any idea, no matter how many old movies we watch, what it was like to live as a black man 70 or 80 years ago. Especially us white cats.

I do hope you enjoy the book and the interview. I can’t wait for volume 2 and interview 2.