10 Years Already?!?!?

Has it really been 10 years since we started this blog?  Well, according to the calendar and double checking it back to the date of our very first blog post, the answer is … Yep!

It kind of snuck up on us too but, it turns out, it was on May 19th of 2010 this blog first saw the light of day and dark of night.  As the Grateful Dead once said, “What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been!”

We’d been doing, what we called, our “Blog After Dark” for WGN radio.  In fact, back in the comparative stone age of cyberspace, long before Facebook, Twitter and the rest, we were the first show on WGN to really embrace and regularly talk about computer technology.  At the time, that embrace led to us being the recipients of messages from management questioning why on earth we would devote time to something nobody would care about.  The powers that were, changed their tune when they saw that our “Website Wednesday Night” computer feature was turning into one of our most popular segments bringing in new listeners from a very wide gathering of demographics that ranged from listeners in their teens to those 90 plus.  And, trust us, that’s not an easy feat for any broadcast to achieve.  So, we had the feeling we were on to something.

We also had the feeling that nothing lasts forever and, since our “Blog After Dark” was on the station’s website and their property, should the day come when we were not with WGN on a regular basis, a blog that we controlled would be one way of maintaining our cyberspace presence and staying in touch with our listeners.  That day came and, although we are very actively involved with Facebook, Twitter and our other social media sites, this blog has allowed us to continue our conversation with you and do it in a longer form than is the norm for those forums.

Now and then you just need to “Go Long” and have room for a few more words!

And so, here we are.

We thought this might be an appropriate occasion, hopefully interesting and possibly informative to those of you who have recently joined us, to answer a question or two and show you what doors you might want to look behind to find stuff.

So, why is “Both Sides Now” the name of this blog?

Well, “Both Sides Now” refers to a couple of things.  First, just as we approach any shows we do, we both contribute to this blog and share posts about things that both of us feel are worth spending a little time on.  Sure, now and then one of us goes solo but, for the most part, this is a team effort.  Second, when we stopped doing a regularly scheduled overnight radio show, among other things, it meant that now we were going to be able to spend some time on both sides of the clock.  Also, if you look at the photo on this blog’s homepage, it could be a sunrise or a sunset and, depending on the day, we like to see a bit of both.

What’s with this “Life After Dark” reference we see in the upper right hand corner of this blogs home page?

Although the name of our show was always the Steve & Johnnie show. Some people think that “Life After Dark” was the name of our show on WGN.  Actually, “Life After Dark” was a catch phrase we came up with to describe what we were doing with the show.  Even though we were on in the overnight hours, our agreement with management was that we were NOT going to program for people who were sleeping. WGN radio’s promotion department loved our description and ran with it.

How do I find more of Johnnie’s recipes or one of your posts about music or something specific from your past posts?

If you look on the right side of the page and scroll down below the dated archives, you’ll find the Categories listing.  As we do each post, we try our best to make sure it is archived in an appropriate category.  So, just click on the category that resembles what you’re looking for.  If you’re new to our blog, you might want to thumb through some of the category listings to see what we’ve been up to in this space for the past ten years.

How do I find out when you’ll be doing an event appearance or radio show?

All of our appearances are listed on our Events page that is linked on our sunrise/sunset picture and in the Categories listing.  For the moment, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, all of our personal appearances have been put on hold.  If we have an upcoming radio appearance and/or when our personal appearances resume, that’s where to look.

Can I make a comment about one of your posts?

Yes and please do!  The best way to do it is to click on the title of an individual post, then scroll to the bottom where it says “Leave A Reply.”  Just say whatever is on your mind and submit it.  Don’t be concerned if you don’t see your reply immediately because we moderate them to make sure we and you don’t get any spam mixed in.  You wouldn’t believe the amount of spam you don’t see.  Well, yeah, you probably would.  Anyhow, the point is, we love hearing from you and answering any questions you may have, so have at it.

How do I subscribe to this blog?

Well, thank you for asking.  Just scroll down the right side of the page below Categories & Meta and you’ll see “Follow Blog via Email.”  Click on that, let us know where to send it and you’ll receive a notification any time we post a new blog.  Don’t worry, we don’t spam.  REALLY!

A friend sent me a link to a page on your blog, but I don’t know who you are.  So, who are you?

Again, look at that sunrise/sunset picture and click on the About link.  You’ll find more about our respective backgrounds than anyone should be subjected to.  Don’t worry, there won’t be a test.

And now?

Well, hopefully we’ve answered some questions you may have had.  If you have more, just ask.

Y’know, when we started this blog ten years ago, no one would have envisioned the world we find ourselves living in thanks to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  One of the many things the pandemic has taught us is that the computer technology that makes this blog possible has become an even more vital part of our daily existence than when we ever thought it would.   A virtual walk outside into cyberspace communication is at least one form of staying in touch with each other at a time when that touch can make a difference in our day.

We plan to keep on posting and keep our fingers crossed.  You have no idea how hard it is to type with crossed fingers!!

10 years … and counting!  Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Stay safe.

Steve & Johnnie

About steveandjohnnie

Award winning Chicago Broadcasters, inducted into WGN radio's Walk Of Fame. Authors of the Les Paul memoir, "A Little More Les." http://alittlemoreles.com You'll find even more about us at http://www.steveandjohnnie.com/
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3 Responses to 10 Years Already?!?!?

  1. Linda Sue Johnson says:

    Thank you for the every post and every thought that went into every post. You have been a very good part of my life and I am grateful to have found you. You have taught me so much! May the next ten years be as productive as the last decade but I really hope it is NOT as interesting as this last year has been. Thank you so much for what you are!

  2. Congratulations on 10 years. My radio has been set to WGN and turned on at night since 1961 + college days. That would have been Franklin McCormack’s Meister Brau Showcase! Marriage, babies, work, retirement, covid-19 and many sleepless nights. But I need to thank you for Web Site Wednesday nights. Right from the beginning you took us on an exciting adventure that has continued to grow and fill every facet of our lives. You were on to something really big. Thank you.

  3. Scott Cooper says:

    Dear Steve and Johnnie thank you for all that continue to do and keep yourselves relevant in these ever changing times. I have been listener of yours since the late 80’s. Met Johnnie while interviewing Clark Weber at WIND for high school in in 1981 though she might not remember. Isn’t it amazing how when you are on the edge of something big like Melanie you can look back and say we were the first to embrace and educate your audience on it? Thank you again and be well!

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