My sister Liz told me about THE SOUND radio station about 9 years ago. “Molly, have you heard this new station? I think it’s 100.3? It is sooooo good! They play ALBUMS!” Liz loved music. Back in the 70’s, she had her Columbia House music membership and got a new 8 track tape almost every week. It was so exciting getting this music in the mail. Music she paid for because she began working at age 16 and never stopped. The music brought her great comfort in a tumultuous time in our family. And because I was her roomie, it brought me comfort too. Those were the days. Her favorite was Elton John. She had every one of his albums. My sister passed away from breast cancer this past April, she was almost 59 years old.
THE SOUND was recently sold. In a few days it will be no more. Ever day I drive my car, this station is a part of my life and it connects me to Liz. Inevitably I’ll be thinking of her and one of her favorite songs will pop on. I know then that she is with me. I will miss this more than my heart can bear.
Selfishly, I wanted to support THE SOUND any way I could. So I went to their facebook page to see what I could do to save this kind of in depth appreciation of music on the radio. That is when I saw Mimi’s fund raiser for A CASE FOR THE CURE. Mimi the-flower-child Chen is now a cancer survivor and she is raising money and awareness for this terrific home grown organization. This non profit helps, among other things, pay for screening mammograms and diagnostic mammograms for women in LA County who cannot afford to pay.
I crumbled in tears. It was almost like Liz lead me to the page. No one should ever have to endure what my sister, Mimi Chen or any other man and woman who have had breast cancer went through. I donated and I hope you can too. And what lovely way to honor the greatest radio station that was THE SOUND.