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Special to the Daily/Maryann Gaug

Good morning, and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that is totally over AM radio. Sure, once upon a time, AM radio was probably a really great option. Actually, for most of the 20th century it was pretty much the only option. But for the last 30 or so years, there has been a new broadcast frequency in town: FM.

Now, with iPods, XM and online build-your-own-radio stations making even FM look pretty archaic, and sports highlights and updates available on our cell phones, we think the time might have come to let AM go. It had a good run. But seriously, how many people in the world still tune in to AM? Well, we did the research and there are 11: six monks in the southern Himalayas, who say they still listen, but are looking forward to getting high speed internet next month at which time they’ll switch to Pandora; the four remaining members of the AM Radio Broadcast fan club of America, who could not be reached for comment; and your grandpa, but since he sleeps through most of the broadcasts we’re not sure he even counts.

So we think it’s time to face the facts: AM radio has been added to the ever-growing list of things that just aren’t really relevant anymore, alongside typewriters and Bill Clinton’s opinions on pretty much anything. To put it more bluntly, AM’s dead. And now it’s time to lay it to rest. So we’ve composed a short eulogy.

Dear AM Radio: Since you came to us in 1906 you have given us so much. Everything from crackley updates on the battles of World War II to … static. But as years went by, we noticed how you got more and more boring as all the good radio stations abandoned you in favor of FM channels. And so we stopped listening to you and eventually forgot about you altogether. Now you have passed on, as all once-celebrated but now outdated technologies do. And so we see you off, off to that big, shiny box marked “junk to sell” in the sky. Say hello to cassette tapes and Grandma’s lawn gnomes for us. You will be missed … sort of.


In response to a question we raised earlier about why anyone would bother with fake flowers, Stacy Sanchez of Petal and Bean, a floral and gift provider in Breckenridge, e-mailed us that it is a “scientific fact” that flowers in the home, whether real or fake, are good for you.

Ever the skeptics that we are, we dismissed the claim out of hand until we bothered to read the rest of her e-mail while cleaning out our inbox later that day. To our surprise, Stacy had included several links about the benefit of flowers including a Rutgers University study on the emotional impact of flowers.

According to an article on, a team of university researchers determined that:

1. Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.

2. Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. Specifically, study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.

3. Flowers make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.

How much they really know about flowers in New Jersey is a little hard to say, although it is known as the “Garden State.” The only thing we know for certain about the state we learned watching the fascinating documentary “Jersey Shore.”


Well, now that that’s over with, how ’bout those Broncos? Just kidding.

Like AM, we out.

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