After a 26-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard, my bride and I retired to my home state, Maine, just in time for the Ice Storm of ‘98. Colby College radio station WMHB 89.7 FM placed a small ad for volunteer DJs in the local newspaper the following year. I went, I applied and, like everyone there, I got accepted. "No experience required" was a blessing.
The show was ODD ROCK and Cap’n Barney played new alt/indie music with a classic rock/ blues feel. A year later, I met up for a cold one with two high school buds, one of whom had a CD – 11 BRAVO VIET NAM - by Maine bluesman Blind Albert. Since then, each of my shows features a track by Blind Albert to remind us all to think about - and thank - our young women and men in uniform.
From playing Blind Albert tracks to spinning more blues tracks along with years of experiencing the North Atlantic Blues Festival with older brother Bill, I changed over completely to blues. ODD ROCK has become MAYFLOWER HILL BLUES. Keepin’ the blues alive! I even played (and charted) SOUTHBOUND - by our host, Dr. G. Thanks for the MOOC. Thanks for the music.