It’s 1967 – You’re A Teenager – You Live In Motor City – You Have Boss Radio – You Also Have Typing Class
Funny – no matter where you go or what city you wind up in, things always seem just a little bit of the same everywhere. Maybe the weather is different, but school is the same. Take Typing class for example. It was an elective no matter where you went – you could take Typing or you could take Home Ec – you could take Wood Shop or Auto Shop – Band or Art. And even though you can’t think of a good reason to take Home Ec, you really couldn’t think of a good reason to take typing. You don’t type – you’ve never typed a letter in your life, and you don’t plan to. In 1967 taking a Typing class meant you were going to be a Secretary – and if you were a guy, being a Secretary didn’t even enter the equation – not in 1967 – maybe in a few years, but not this one.
So you flip a coin and go for Home Ec. But for some reason, all the classes are filled and all you have left is Typing. Your counsellor tells you Typing is good for lots of things – and you freely admit, your handwriting is a notch above illegible – you are signed up for Typing every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 for the next semester.
The other thing; Radio is starting to sound the same everywhere. You spent the Summer with your cousins in L.A. and they had KHJ; Boss Radio. Here in Detroit, it’s CKLW but it’s Boss Radio too. Could it be some sort of plot? You wonder.
Whatever it is, radio isn’t sounding quite the same as it did a year ago at this time. Maybe you’re getting older and your taste is changing. A couple of your friends went to San Francisco over the summer and got turned on to this FM station and the music was amazing. Something’s happening and you aren’t quite sure what it is.
But for now you’re wondering if you’re ever going to use Typing for anything in your lifetime.
For a taste of what Boss Radio in Detroit was sounding like – here’s a sample of CKLW-AM and The Tom Shannon Show from November 17, 1968.