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Week of October 15th, 2017 to October 22nd, 2017

Well that was another fast four hours again this week on the show. The crowd in the Chat Room were in great spirits and the conversation and lines going back and forth. It could have been a stand-up comedy club . LOL You really should pop into the Chat Room during the live Show Sunday evenings to share in the enjoyment of listening to the music together and to have fun conversations throughout the four hours. This week we had Nuts in the Hut from across Canada and the United States, Scotland and Australia. Click Chat on any page of the website and follow the easy instructions. Hope to say hi to you next week.

Treasure Island Oldies was spotlighted in FYI Music, Canada’s Music and Radio Industry trade publication. Here’s what David Farrell said in the Monday, October 16th issue:

Michael Godin’s Treasure Island Oldies hitting its stride..after two-plus decades

Five years ago, Warren Cosford announced on his e-mail newsletter The List that Michael’s Treasure Island Oldies show would soon be heard on Radio Max…….three FM stations in China, including Beijing on CNPK 99.9 FM, Liaoyang on CKNE 95.0 FM, and Anshan on CNCE 94.5 FM.

The show had passed the censors and would be heard from 10 am to 2 pm with a potential audience of over 28 million people.

Five years later, Cosford wrote to Godin asking how things were going in China. This is his response, as it appeared in a Sunday List newsletter.

Although we rarely hear from him these days, Michael has been a loyal List Member from the beginning.  Today, I sent him a note asking how things were going in China.  Here is his response.

It was amazingly successful, Warren. Not only did it air in three cities, but it was also “discretely circulated” via memory stick to various campuses in China. I’m told that the students studying English would listen to Treasure Island Oldies to pick up on the tone, diction and flow of the English language. I’ve been told that they have been trying to imitate my voice. Also, they began loving this “western world” music for the first time. It became too popular.

The Chinese government asked the owner of these three private stations to stop broadcasting in English. To avoid a LOT of potential issues, the owner complied, and the stations have gone silent. The only thing remaining are those memory sticks containing many of my weekly Treasure Island Oldies Show.

It was an amazing and fun run in China.

Fortunately, my show still airs across the US in many cities, along with two stations in New Zealand, and also in Sweden, and the UK. There’s also a shortwave station based in Italy that airs archived shows. But only on one station in my home country, in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.

Like you, I too am still waiting for a broadcaster who gets that a 20 year plus oldies show that caters to the largest demographic is viable as an international show, either daily or weekly. And it would then attract a worldwide sponsor.

In the meantime, my 4 hour shows airs again this week starting today at 6 pm Pacific.

Warren, thanks very much for asking about the China adventure. You’re among the few that “get” how my show is one of the very few around that have not only lasted over 20 years but still has excellent potential to grow in a big way.

Cheers.

Isn’t that pretty cool! I was so pleased and flattered for the coverage.

This is a scary reminder for you that this year’s Halloween Spooktacular will be live Sunday, October 29th. Be sure to join me in the crypt for the scariest, wildest, and funnest time you’ll ever have alive! LOL This is the show when everyone in the Chat Room dresses up in costume with a different character name and it sure is fun trying to figure out who is really who. Whether you join the Chat Room for the live show, or just sit back and listen, this special has, over the past 20 years, become one of the most popular specials of the year. It all starts at 6 pm Pacific.

My thanks to California Barb and to Guylaine Cote, the folks in the chat room, as well as the emails I have received with their kind wishes for my birthday. I officially become a senior citizen on October 21st. Can’t say I feel any different whatsoever. I have as much or more energy than ever! Age is just a state of mind and I still feel young. Maybe I’m just delusional. ROFL! Do you have a birthday coming up soon? I’d like to know so that I can help celebrate your special day by wishing you Happy Birthday on the show and also by playing Birthday by The Beatles for you. Send the info to birthdays@treasureislandoldies.com

This week’s Top Five Countdown is from 1957. And the Number One song is Wake Up Little Susie by The Everly Brothers. It’s playing at the Treasure Island Oldies Blog. Enjoy!

Next week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights two Motown stars, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Your Precious Love or You’re All I Need To Get By. I’ll play the winning song on next week’s show.

Here’s this week’s Rock and Roll News Podcast.

Thanks again for listening to the show. See you next week right here on The Island.

Bye for now.

Michael