2017-06-11 13:58:32 UTC
I remember when I first came across the show. It was quite by accident, as my usual Sunday night radio entertainment had been pre-empted. On my dozen-years-old electromechanical radio, I managed to pick up 1120 KMOX radio in St. Louis from all the way up in Toronto. Initially not wanting to commit to the show, I found myself returning to it in the coming weeks. This was in 1987, long after the show had established itself from its initial broadcast in the late 1970s. I listened to it for a year, then moved away to where I could no longer pick it up. Fast forward to late summer 1992 and moving to Ottawa. Sure enough, I was able to raise it. For more than 3.5 years, I became a full-time listener, through until Mr. Strauss left KMOX in early 1996. I understand he took it to other stations but none were 50,000 watt broadcasters. Still, I enjoyed listening, writing in and even, or rare occasions, phoning in.
Though I never knew Dave Strauss personally, I hope he knew how many people's lives he touched for just a couple of hours a week and how those of us who enjoyed will never forget the time spent on those wonderful Sunday evenings.