Contact Us

Death Of Shirley Temple Brings Back Memories, Could Even Be The Reason I’m Now In Radio

I got into work this morning, thinking it would be a normal day in the Main Street Cafe.  Little did I know I would be notified by the Associated Press a mere twenty minutes into my day that child actor Shirley Temple had passed away at the age of 85.

Being the ripe old age of 51, Shirley Temple was a bit before my time, but I remember listening to a 45 of her singing “On The Good Ship Lollipop.”  It’s one of my first memories of mom’s big “stereo-fonic” console that sat in the corner of the living room.

I’m thinking that may have been the first song mom ever played for me.  The other two songs that stand out in my memory are “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “A Chipmunk Christmas.”  She might have played records for me before then, but those are the three that come to mind, making a lasting impression on me.

It wasn’t long after that I remember asking mom and dad for a transistor radio for Christmas that year.  That was also the same year Santa brought me my very own cassette recorder.  Yes, I know – I was spoiled.

Looking back, I think it was probably Shirley Temple who eventually steered me toward a career in radio.  I was fascinated and mesmerized by the sound coming out of that piece of furniture.  I would play that record over and over and over – eventually reaching the point where mom would make me go outside.

You know, now that I think about it, if it hadn’t been for that 45, Lord only knows what I would be doing today.

R.I.P. Shirley Temple, and thank you for guiding me toward a wonderful life in radio!

Best of KSOO

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KSOO VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KSOO VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.