BJ'S BLOG 04/17/14 "Say What?"
Today's blog comes from one of my mentors, Dan Sanders:
A noted conversation with baseball legend and verbal befuddle Yogi Berra goes this way: Mom to Yogi, “Yogi, don’t you know anything?” Yogi to mom, “Mom, I don’t even suspect anything.” Another quote from Yogi is, “There are some people who, if they don't already know, you can't tell 'em.” I love all of Yogi’s sayings and could fill more than a page with just my favorites, but how about this one? “You wouldn't have won if we'd beaten you.” It’s so true!
Having spent 56 years of my 67 years in broadcasting, I have developed a strong appreciation for the spoken word in all its creative and colorful forms and expressions, and accordion to a recent survey, replacing words in a sentence with names of musical instruments often goes undetected. See it? A great trick of broadcasting is to not let the listener know you know you made a mistake. The other day, I heard a major newscaster say “the highway makers were hard to read” instead of markers. Most listeners, if they noticed it at all, probably thought they heard it wrong. Start listening closely and you’ll hear a lot of flub-ups.
My heritage is deeply rooted in the south, so some of the creative expressions I grew up with came from there. When my mother critiqued my singing, she would say, “The boy couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket with a handle on it.” That alone could explain why I decided to talk for a living and am not a big rock-and-roll star. Mom and the expression were right.
In the podcast I have a few more funny stories from the on-air studio as well as some thoughts on the world of entertainment. For example, I watched a movie on Netflix the other night called the The Inner Life of Martin Frost. Have you seen it? If you like psychological, mind-bending mysteries I recommend this one about a writer on retreat who encounters a beautiful muse who may or may not be real. Join me on the shores of Rambling Harbor and give a listen.