Welcome to the Nostalgic Ramber

Hans Jeff Borger is heard on WRGE 97.9 FM in Ocala, FL featuring Christian programming.

"The Nostalgic Rambler" radio show previously heard on Gene Martin & Friends has been suspended due to my commitments at WRGE.

Why a blog? I wrote a book "The Little Grownup: a nostalgic Michigan boyhood" which should appeal to most baby boomers. A mass market book? Well, not yet...but the potential is there! (Be sure to buy it at "finer on line bookstores" everywhere!)

The comments presented in "The Nostalgic Rambler" probably won't be of interest to the masses...anymore. If grandma and grandpa and their friends were still alive, then it would be a different story.

I live in the past. My time warp is a comfortable cocoon even if it sometimes drives my wife crazy. The music of the 1940s and 50s, the stars of those days were big stuff in their day, but are now almost forgotten. Oddly enough, I was born in '64 so those iconic years were for the most part over by that time.

Through "The Nostalgic Rambler" I maybe can help share my love and knowledge for those times and things...all at one time important pieces of Americana but now a bit faded in memory.

The woman who did the blog about cooking all of Julia Childs' French Cuisine Cookbook in a year got a sweet movie deal out of her blog experience. I wouldn't mind that but would be happy to know that you are reading this....and maybe enjoying my time warp, too.

Hans Jeff Borger

Friday, April 20, 2012

Tune Into My New Radio Show!

The Nostalgic Rambler is now an internet radio show!

Gene Martin, a friend of mine, is a local celebrity and great music fan. He was on the radio here in Florida for years playing the recordings mentioned here on my blog.

Now he has his own internet radio station heard all over the world at www.thegenemartinshow.com. When I was on the radio back in the 1980s and 1990s we became friends and were on each other's radio shows. We've kept in contact. Now that Gene has taken his show on line he has developed quite a listenership, with people tuning in from everywhere...the UK, Ukraine, Canada, Holland, etc. etc. Gene offered me a chance to "unretire" from radio! Now I invite you to tune in to my show, The Nostalgic Rambler.

At this point I'm not sure if Gene will run the show the same time every week, but as of now it will be an hourly show on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 1pm Eastern Time. Just click here or go to www.the genemartinshow.com and click on the one of the listed top audio players to access it. I usually use Realplayer, which seems to work great. Let me know how you like the show. I'd love to hear from you.

pic above of the legendary Gene Martin, pic below of the Nostalgic Rambler, me!

Monday, April 9, 2012

I've Told Every Little Star

Lots of my favorite songs are about stars. Perry Como's "Catch a Falling Star" or Hugo Winterhalter's "Count Every Star" come to mind.

This week I heard another "star" song that was quite catchy and apparently has been around the block a few times. It is "I Told Every Little Star" written by Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern in 1932 for a musical called "Music in the Air."

See if you find this song as catch as I do. Click here to listen to the 1961 hit by Linda Scott. Click here to listen to a version by Margaret Whiting with a very Lawrence Welk-esque background. Or click here to watch a fascinating video put together by a very talented young man Jacob Collier. How did he do that? Even if it's not often, it is great to see young folks recognize these great tunes....