The news these days is often depressing at worst and frustrating at best. It’s easy to get caught up in the spin cycle and let it get us down.
Never fear… The News Blender has you covered. Once a week, we feature Something Good and, in return, all you have to do is tell us something good that has happened to you this week, something you are thankful for, a joke, a cute animal story, an inspiring tale of heroics, a Random Act of Kindness… SOMETHING good.
This week’s Something Good is from Stevenage, England and is a dream that has taken 44 years to come true.
Deke Duncan started broadcasting a radio show in 1974 from his garden shed to the “smallest audience in the country”. He had no license to broadcast so his signal consisted of a cable stretched from the shed to a speaker in his living room, at “57 Gonville Crescent” in Stevenage, where his wife listened. On weekends, he, with the help of friends Richard St John and Clive Christie, played from 6 am to 12 midnight.
In 1974, Deke was interviewed by BBC and told them his dream was to broadcast to the whole of Stevenage.
Though Mr. Duncan has since moved to Stockport, Greater Manchester, according to BBC, he still broadcasts to the smallest audience in the country.
BBC Three Counties Radio found out that 73 year-old Deke is still broadcasting to his wife 44 years later and had him on their morning show this week to co-host. While he was there they sprung a surprise on him.
Station editor Laura Moss offered him a one-hour Christmas special which will be broadcast to all of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and Buckinghamshire, making his “ultimate ambition to broadcast to the rest of Stevenage”, and then some, a reality.
Deke said it was “really cool” and asked for the “tissues to be passed” before being given a round of applause by everyone in the studio.
Making a 44 year-old dream come true is Something Good and a wonderful Christmas present.
Now it’s your turn… Tell me Something Good!