From The Finger Lakes Times

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 1:39 pm

The Music Did Me In

CHUCK AGONITO Good Times Finger Lakes Times |

I went foraging for food on a recent Sunday evening, and my car just happened to find itself at a pub. One Deweyburger later (with seasoned fries) and I was good to go, or so I thought.

Ken Paradise was hosting his DJ Trivia show here at the Third Ward Tavern in Seneca Falls. He does about 15 of these particular shows each week at various venues throughout the area.

Surprisingly, our paths had not often crossed. His Paradise Entertainment DJ service is very popular for weddings and parties, and I sometimes catch his show on the WALL, 99.3, which originates in Auburn. Ken Paradise is a radio disc jockey, dee-jay, or show host. Whatever the current proper term is, this is a vanishing breed on local radio stations. I admire this profession, and once wanted to be part of the broadcasting fraternity.

Only he and his radio brethren will understand when I say my college radio years were spent on a Gates board with two turntables, a CART machine and a bank of reel-to-reel recorders behind me. I was issued my first FCC broadcasting license in 1965, but chose a different career path after graduation.

Today the population of radio personalities originating shows from local stations is on the decline. I attribute this to global warming; there is too much hot air coming our way from nationally syndicated talk shows or automated music shows. You do realize that Bob and Tom, Mike and Mike, Don Imus and his babysitters, and those sultry-voiced ladies doing late night shows are not really in your local radio studio. Ted Baker and Greg Cotterill are live at the WGVA studio in Lenox Park (that’s what we used to call it), but how alive can they or anyone else be at six o’clock in the morning?

Anyway, I had not played DJ Trivia

before. Teams or individuals can play the game, and on this night, about 10 teams signed up, most with catchy, colorful names.

Questions appear on television screen of the host establishment, and music is played between segments. This is a relaxed scene. Answers are not shouted out; there is no jumping up and down. Each team submits their answer on paper and receives or loses points based on accuracy. Paradise keeps it all moving and sometimes gives hints to his audience. Each game takes about 90 minutes, but the leisurely pace allows for patrons to continue eating and enjoying beverages.

I “audited” the game at Dewey’s and was doing quite well, nailing most of the history and geography questions. I figured my being on the planet longer than most of the other contestants gave me an unfair advantage, but I was ready to win anyway.

Then he started with music questions, and I went down the tubes. I could have handled big bands and rock music from the ’50s and ’60s, but the questions were about song titles, lyrics and groups from the 1970s to today. I was totally lost. I can’t listen to the pop music of today for any length of time.

Fortunately the other players knew current music and enough about the other subjects to do well. We thank Ken Paradise and his DJ Trivia for a good time.

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