Thursday, April 7, 2011


Salt Pond, Long Island, Bahamas 23º21.4N | 75º8.23W

Beginnings are notoriously tough to nail down. The chicken or the egg. The big bang. Renegade radio station, The Rock.

"Good evening, Salt Pond! This is Onay Ben on 7-4, The Rock."

And so it went, every night at 6:30 for a week in Salt Pond. Four people. Two boats. VHF radios and iPods.

We're not exactly sure how it started, but for 30 minutes each evening, we entertained ourselves, us and Jessie Marie, by turns DJing, playing favorite songs, sometimes with a theme, sometimes without. "Karen Parker" giving the pretend weather.

"All the music, some of the time. You're listening to 7-4, The Rock. This is Saw Poo bringing you a tune by the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. How we miss you, brother."

The DJ names? Well, that's a long tale that began in Vero Beach when Chip asked Dale for something French to say on the VHF to the French Canadians.

That's how we ended up with a card by the VHF with this:

Fay Show
Sa Poo
Oh nay bein

Roughly, that translates to: It's hot. It stinks. We like it.

And so, I was Fay Show. Chip was Saw Poo, and Dale was Onay Ben. Karen Parker, a nod to Bahamian weather guru Chris Parker. None of us remember how we started using these names either.

How could such silliness be so much freakin' fun?

Because, you're listening to 7-4, The Rock.

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