My original intent was to announce my retirement today. I have been doing this for 18 years, and due in part to my car accident in July 2021, my health has been very adversely impacted.

That accident crushed three vertebrae in my back, severely limiting my ability to walk. In fact I can’t walk without the use of a cane, and even then, it is extremely painful. Surgery might have helped alleviate all of that, but I was told I am never going to be a candidate for surgery because I have had three episodes of heart failure, and the odds of me surviving surgery are less than 50 percent.

My left arm was also injured in the accident. I have no feeling in my left hand so typing became – and remains – a one-handed situation.

So I had decided enough was enough, BUT THEN… I thought about Bob Skold and John Dolan, two men who were more responsible for whatever success this site has had than anyone. They are both gone now but I promised them both that I would never bring this to an end. Besides, from the neck up, I’m still about 25! 🙂

So it’s a new year and there are some new policies.

Number 1… During 2023, I gradually but surely drifted away from the music this site was created for. I found myself playing more and more songs from the 80s and 90s, and while those songs may indeed be “oldies,” this site was started for one basic reason: Playing the best of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

I’m getting back to those basics.

Number 2… There will be much less talking from me. I know some of you enjoy the sound of my voice (for reasons that continue to mystify me), but “blathering” (thanks, Jim 🙂) between songs only increases the workload. Putting together the recent Christmas medleys was a joy (and a breeze) because I didn’t talk at all and no one seemed to complain.

Number 3… I will, for now, return to medleys five times a week, beginning next Monday. However, it has been suggested (thanks, Jim and Rose 🙂) that I do just a one-hour medley every Friday, similar to the old Sixties Revolution program I did years ago. As much as I appreciate the suggestion, I seriously doubt many of you would remember to tune in. Just for kicks, I’m including one of those old shows from 2011, and if you listen to the end, you’ll see I’ve been doing that “Peace, Love and Happiness” thing for years!. 🙂

Sixties Revolution

And finally, I could reconstruct the Oldies Stream and once again you would have no medleys but you would have an honest to God Internet radio station running 24/7 with no commercials.

So let’s wrap this up. I am okay with any of these possibilities. What would help me decide are your responses, and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not tell me that I should do whatever makes me happy. I already know that. I want to know what YOU would like, and if telling me you’ve had enough of medleys is your answer, that is perfectly okay.