Sunday, December 24, 2017

K.A.C. 2017 - T - 1 ...

    Another year draws to a close at the K.A.C. and as I gather my  wares together and pack up my  shiny baubles and bangles before my well-deserved rest, I'd like to leave you with one final story of the season.

      Earlier on in the K.A.C. (December 8th, to be exact), I told you the first of two stories with a common theme - radio from my youth. My first tale was about my moment of holiday fame with Doctor Demento - my second tale requires a bit of backstory explanation: As previously mentioned, I went to two military schools for eleven of my twelve years of secondary school education - my first school was from First Grade through Ninth Grade, then I graduated and tried public school for a year in Tenth Grade (which was a COMPLETE disaster as I couldn't acclimate to such a different system than the one I had grown up with), so I went back to a different military school for Eleventh and Twelfth Grades. The reason I mention this is so you can understand the importance of radio in my life at this time. To most people, radio is background noise: something you listen to while doing chores in the house or to pass the time in the car while you're driving. To us in school, it was our literal lifeline to the outside world. In my schools, we had almost NO access to television (only in the common area and for VERY limited hours, DEFINITELY not in the barracks), but were allowed a transistor radio. As long as you had headphones, you could listen to the radio after lights out. 

     I was in Eleventh Grade in 1974 and had a powerhouse of a portable radio at the time. Unlike the radio of today, where every station finds some music niche and plays that and nothing else (rock, oldies, country, classical, etc.), the radio of my youth actually had PROGRAMMING. For rock concerts, there was the King Biscuit Flour Hour (see the Wikipedia entry here: ; for comedy, there was the National Lampoon Radio Hour ( featuring a cast who would soon go on to much greater fame as the original stars of television's Saturday Night Live; for mystery and the macabre, there was the CBS Radio Mystery Theater ( (one of my personal favorites, that lasted for YEARS) ... and then there was the ONE show I would never miss, week in and week out, for its amazing flights of imagination - The Oidar Wavelength. It would air at midnight and was so odd I would sometimes wonder if it was real or if I had fallen asleep while listening to the radio and just dreamed it all.

     Like a number of my contemporaries, for many years I would mention this show to people and they would look at me with total blankness. Not only had they never heard of the show, some folks thought the basic premise was SO strange that I was making it up! Equally difficult was the fact that the show was only on for a few years and then disappeared. Here is the basic premise of the show, courtesy of Reverend Dan's Music For Nimrods: 

Sie (Cy) Holliday
   "The premise of the OIDAR Wavelength is that it is/was a musical program from the future, playing oldies from the 20th Century, and somehow, we back in the seventies were/are able to hear the program due to some space/time continuum. In between the (sometimes good, sometimes horribly horribly wretched) musical fodder, a mysterious announcer known only as "Programmer #9" relates twisted news and human interest stories from the future, the programs' present. It's kinda like Philip K. Dick doing American Top 40!"

     And THAT is as good a description of the show as I've ever heard ... and completely accurate! Fast forward to the present and my looking up The Oidar Wavelength on the Internet, as I sporadically do, to see if anything new had surfaced on the show. First, I finally found the true identity of the entrancing "Programmer # 9" - she was really Sie (Cy) Holliday, a radio DJ on KRLA Radio in Los Angeles and one of the very first female radio on-air personalities during the early days of AM rock radio and Top 40 countdowns. 

     Second, the same Reverend Dan had produced a miracle - a link to the Oidar Wavelength Christmas Special, exactly as it aired 43 years ago, on Christmas Eve, 1974, complete with the original commercials, including those for a NEW magazine called Playgirl! Sadly, since originally writing this article, the link to the Christmas Special has been taken down. But I do have another link with the transcription of a typical show along with some audio clips to give you a taste of the strangeness - click here!

      Pay special attention to the 'news flashes' from the future that Programmer # 9 relates - Oh, and last but not least, WHY was it called The Oidar Wavelength? Well, if you haven't figured it out by now, OIDAR is backwards for ... RADIO! 


     Last but not least, before we go, LizzieBelle alerted me to this article from two days ago on Mental Floss ... the topic? The Christmas Books which we BEGAN this year's K.A.C. entries with! It's an interesting, quick read that gives you a bit of the background of each story ... but remember, you read it HERE first!


     As always, thanks for joining me on another trip through the oddest parts of the holiday season. We'll do it all again next year at the beginning of December. Until then, stay well, stay safe and have a happy and healthy holiday season. Farewell! 


Saturday, December 23, 2017

K.A.C. 2017 - T - 2 ...

     For a number of years at the K.A.C., we used to run the Image Of the Year - during these last few years, I haven't really found anything that qualifies, so we're going to end with this sweet goat on Santa's lap instead - why? Because GOATS, that's why! :)

     So before we close down for the year, let's share some Christmas presents you can unwrap early, such as: 

    'Paul McCartney's Long-Lost Experimental Christmas Mixtape For Fellow Beatles' 

      OK, Christmas music, check. Now you need a nice blazing fire with crackling logs to set the mood even more ... oh, yeah, we've got you covered there, as well, with the all-new MST3K Yule Log (and yes, there's riffs, to boot) - over an hour of fun (hint: add your own space heater for the 'warmth' part of this video)!


     We'll close out today's post with a very sweet updated version of the 'Virginia' story, aka the 'Yes, Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus' story that the New York Sun ran in 1897, 120 years ago. The Sun (UK) decided to try their hand at the answer if the same question was asked today --- and the resulting answer is just as enchanting. Good job, Sun - read it here! 


      Coming Tomorrow: Our final entry for 2017 - we hope to see you there!


Friday, December 22, 2017

K.A.C. 2017 - T - 3 ...

     With only three days to go, you're probably beside yourself with a HUGE list of last-minute things to do - we're here to take care of one of those pesky items on your list! Are you thinking back on your antics over this past year, SURE that Big Red has your number? Dreading that coal in your stocking which is a surefire sign you were NAUGHTY? Never fret, do the old run-around to the Kringle-meister and plead your case to any number of these OTHER gift givers from around the world - good luck! 

       You're probably also now out of time and grabbed something, anything to wrap up and give to that certain someone on your list ... and then realize you never remembered to get gift wrap! Stroll through these photogenic pixies for inspiration!

      Yeah, about what I said at the beginning of this article ... turns out Santa WASN'T who you should have been worrying about all this time - somebody ELSE knows all about you ... and ISN'T happy! Oh, well, in your last moments, enjoy A Very Godzilla Christmas!

      For what it's worth, you're not the only one freaking out over the rapidly diminishing time left ... your pets are feeling the stress, as well! Take a look at these poor pups and pusses who want the madness over!


     Return tomorrow for our penultimate posting ... and then we wrap it up (with a bow) for the year!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

K.A.C. 2017 - T - 4 ...

     December 21st - the Winter Solstice, aka Midwinter, the shortest day and longest night of the year. A time for Festival, to welcome back the return of the Sun and the slow but sure climb back to Spring and warmth.

    That's how it's SUPPOSED to go. But there are festivals and there are Festivals ... and if you live in New England as I do and were brought up on a heady diet of H.P. Lovecraft's tales, all set in the very area where you live, they take on a whole new meaning. Case in point: The Festival, written by Lovecraft in October, 1923 and published in the January, 1925 edition of Weird Tales. Inspired by his first visit to the seaside town of Marblehead, Massachusetts, it is a Yuletide tale like no other. The residents and the celebration are lacking only one thing ... YOU!
They await your pleasure at the link below:

     Usually I save my K.A.C. ghost story for our final entry on the 24th, but I'm running it early this year (with a BIG thank you to Gi Marie for reminding me of this tale) as I already have my entry for that date written - it is my favorite piece out of all this season's entries, another historical piece from my past with an audio component I was delighted to find completely intact after so many years. All will be revealed in just a few days. In the meantime, we will be back tomorrow to wrap up two more days of last-minute holiday madness with the final stragglers who want their moment of glory in our pages before we close down for the year. Back tomorrow with more!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

K.A.C. 2017 - T - 5 ...

     Good morning! Five days to go until the Big Day - looking over this year's entries, we seem to have paid short shrift to our K.A.C. mascot, Krampus! That just won't do, so we're turning over today's items to our Favorite Fellow - starting with this sweet pic at left - who knew Mr. K was such a softy? Well, I did, for one ... there's even Krampus Erotica! Here you go!

     In case you think he's turned over a new leaf and is slacking on the job, think again, and take a look at this BuzzFeed article entitled '21 Vintage Postcards of Krampus That Will Haunt Your Dreams'!

      Next up is this DELIGHTFUL poem that should be de rigueur reading this time of year. Prepare yourself for the timely tale of Krampus - A Holiday Message (and make sure to play it for ALL the bad boys and girls you know)!


     Last but not least, crank up your speakers for 8+ minutes of a real-life Krampus hoedown! Technically, it's a Perchten Parade by the group Seida Pass from Tyrol, Austria, but close enough ... I would LOVE to see this in person - ENJOY!


     Coming Tomorrow: Only Four more - join us!     

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

K.A.C. 2017 - T - 6 ...

     Six days to go! In the spirit of keeping everyone safe for the holidays, we dedicate today's entries to those watchdog organizations out there.

     And speaking of dogs, first up is the 'Holiday F-Dog' - watch the video and just THINK how impressed the new parents are going to be that you got this for their newborn! 

     Next is this article from the SUN about six ... umm, shall we say, 'love disasters' that can strike when you get TOO frisky. We're not talking about slipping in the shower or a hickey under the mistletoe - we're talking Life Threatening Disasters! From burst eardrums to strokes to ... what the broken banana at right represents, take a deep breath and read why the holidays may be the most DANGEROUS time of the year!

     Remember, it's not just the BODY that suffers this time of year - the BRAIN starts to go psychotic over the constant Christmas music! Just ask Santa Fluff at left ... or read this report:

      Finally today, we leave you with the Worst Toys of the Year ... these creations leave even F-Dog above speechless! The photo at right should give you a good idea just WHAT you are about to ... get ... into ... ahem ... never mind, just click the link already!


     Tomorrow: The Final Five begins!

Monday, December 18, 2017

K.A.C. 2017 - T - 7 ...

     Sadako and her Wishing Well reminds you there's only ... "Seven Days" ... (for Justin and all you other RINGU fans out there!)  :)

      For a chill that's more traditionally WINTER related, it's December 18th - and that means our annual visit with our favorite Dwarves Three - Hardrock, Coco and Joe! For the last 61 years (!) on this date, WGN-TV in Chicago has been playing this animated staple to let children know the Big Day is one week away (now if only we could get an animated Sadako reminding us)! Their song is a total earwig that once heard can not be unheard - don't fight it, just hit play and succumb to it ...

      And SPEAKING of earwigs, we dug WAY back in our Santa Sack - all the way back to 2009, our very first year of presenting the K.A.C., to bring back one of our All-Time Favorites ... Christmas Badgers! Crank up your sound for this bad boy and put it on perpetual repeat - you will have your cards wrapped and cards sent out in NO TIME!

      Why have ONE earwig for the day when you can have TWO? We'll wrap up our Aural Offerings with this Happy Krampus Quartet, courtesy of Filzmoos Power, and their toe (hoof?) tapping ditty - Enjoy!

     Coming Tomorrow: More Christmas Cheer as we come closer to the finish line - join us!