Five or six years ago, the CBC Prince Edward Island afternoon programme Main Street — I think it was during the Nils Ling dynasty — ran a contest where listeners were invited to come up with lyrics to the theme song to the morning radio programme Island Morning.
That theme song had a timeless quality about it: it was a cross between a space ballad and the music you might expect to hear in Tootsie when Dustin Hoffman is hitting his stride as a cross-dressing soap opera star. I expect many Islanders heard that theme song hundreds, if not thousands of times; certainly the hosts must have it drilled into their heads.
This morning I awoke to a new Island Morning theme song. Because I use “awoke” only as a general description of my activity, I cannot say for sure how it sounds, but my vague recollection is that it was more “Broadcast News” than “Tootsie.”
Now, for all I know, this new theme has been playing for weeks or months, as the pre-9:00 a.m. hours are not ones during which I tend to be awake.
I hope they gave the old theme song a good send-off. Perhaps it can find new life in, say, the former Soviet Union where a new radio station, operating in the fragile shell of burgeoning democracy, can use it to introduce their own morning show. Don’t be surprised if, when on your next trip to any of the “-anias” or “-istans,” you hear those familiar rhythms.
Good-bye old theme song; you will be missed.
The new song is along the same “1970’s action/soft porn movie sound track” lines — as is the now dear departed(?) “On the Line” music intro during my listening to which which I can’t shake inserting “Woo” and Ya, baby” type comments while picturing a scene involving a mechanical bucking bronco.
…and it is now pre- 8:30 am hours as The Current now starts then along with its own odd theme — either more soft porn movie music or a break from a B-side of a The Cure.
you seem to have a very detailed understanding of the sound tracks of soft porn films…
At the time of the contest, Nils Lings and co-host Christy Luke came up with their own lyrics for the morning show theme.
I will always, for some reason, remember their first line “This song has three notes and they just keep on repeating.”
Pretty well summed it up for me.