Take a few minutes today and watch the news. Any news. Depressing, isn’t it.
If you watch the noon news, you are going to find out who got fired at the White House, and what time rain is expected either north or south of the I-85 weather barrier.
Actually, it’s worse than depressing. It’s downright disgusting.
What this world needs is more Tommy Powell.
Tommy isn’t with us anymore, but for years he was one of the cornerstones of WCCP-FM. His career started innocently enough. He applied for a job at the Clemson radio station, thinking he was going to be selling advertising. He figured the prospects of selling air time on radio in a college town would be both easy and profitable, right up until he went to work.
Instead of selling ads, Tommy found himself behind the mike on the morning show, Monday through Friday, from 6 to 10 a.m. He was named the program director and also worked his way into a Saturday morning fishing show that was both syndicated and spread throughout the world via the internet and short-wave radio.
His show, ‘Fishing and Wishing’ even turned up as an amusing part of network television as Tim Allen, star of “Home Improvement”, took one of Tommy’s radio features and made a complete mess of things. He failed to follow the instructions as he attempted to cook a fish in a dishwasher and made a complete mess of the entire kitchen.
Nobody knows how the Home Improvement writers heard about cooking a fish in the dishwasher, but Tommy got into it when someone telephoned him during one of his fishing broadcasts and was talking about this. Others called, almost immediately, and it seemed every week of the fishing show, someone would be calling to ask additional questions.
And Tommy hung right in there. He never did say though, when he was interviewed, if he actually had tried it.
But he shared the recipe.
Here’s how it goes.
Take fish filets, pork, chicken or turkey works equally well, and place on aluminum foil. Add salt, pepper, lemon, garlic, butter, and a touch of hot dog -type mustard. Add diced potatoes, or onions, if desired. Wrap securely in aluminum foil.
Then wrap in plastic wrap. Put it in the dishwasher and set the cycle on ‘HOT’.
Do NOT add detergent. When the cycle ends, the meal is ready.
Personally, I think the ‘Do NOT add detergent’ is the best line of the day. When that is said, you know automatically that someone did just that, then was fool enough to tell on their self.
As we said before, Tommy’s radio career was not something he planned. He was going to sell ads. But owner George Clement kept after him to go on the air, to have fun, to be creative.
And Tommy did.
The next Tommy knew, he was doing all the programing for the FM side of the station. Tommy did the morning show from 6-10 am, and since Clemson is a college town with great sports, this played a large part of the programs.
Then came the fishing show. Tommy never prepared anything. He would just go on the air and start talking, and the telephone would ring. Most of the time the actual content of the fishing show had very little to do with fishing.
The show was even syndicated. Before Tommy’s health failed, Tommy was on over 40 stations. And he never prepared a single time.