A bug bit me when I was 12 years old, and never let go. I turned on the radio one day, and I liked what I heard. Neil Diamond was singing “Sweet Caroline.” Next up was “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers. A few minutes later, Johnny Cash was talking about “A Boy Named Sue.” Not long after that, I heard a golden oldie by Simon and Garfunkel. And then “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” with Marvin Gaye.

No two songs sounded the same, but I loved them every one. The soft rock, hard rock, pop, country, soul, gospel and more, all part of the train wreck format of Top-40 radio.

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David Carroll is a Chattanooga news anchor, and his “Vinyl Express” radio show can be heard Saturdays and Sundays from 12-2 p.m. Eastern time at big106.9.com. You may contact him at 900 Whitehall Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405, or at RadioTV2020@yahoo.com.

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