59 minutes | Tuesday, December 26, 2023
Frank Murphy is joined by his friend Becca James, the girl with two first names.
This year had the shortest possible Advent because Christmas fell on a Monday. Becca’s parents would celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve.
Frank’s wife put him in charge of ordering matching Christmas pajamas for their grandchildren this year. Becca tried ordering matching pajamas but she described it as her “failed family tradition.”
Frank’s wife was very busy with rehearsals for the Knoxville Choral Society and for her church choir. They will be able to sleep late and stay home on Christmas Day.
Frank’s wife wants to make Christmas crackers, which Frank assumed was a confection like cracker candy. Instead, she plans to make British-style Christmas crackers from paper towel rolls and tissue paper for a party later this week.
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Becca had a good experience buying a crocheted bumblebee from an Etsy seller. Frank and his wife Jere tried to buy a birthday gift for their daughter from Etsy. It immediately charged Jere’s Apple Pay and used Jere’s shipping address without giving her a chance to change it to their daughter’s address.
Becca once set up a surprise vacation for her husband to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. She used Etsy to buy him a wand like those in the movies.
Frank’s wife does the long-distance driving in their family but Frank handles the city driving in Washington or New York.
Frank was pictured in a recent issue of VIP Knoxville magazine. He was shown in a costume jacket when he emceed a pirate-themed fundraiser for GO! Contemporary Dance Works.
Frank was asked to emcee an upcoming black-tie fundraiser at a fancy country club. They were surprised he didn’t own a tuxedo. Sometimes charities are able to get a tuxedo rental in exchange for an ad in the program.
Becca compliments Frank’s skills and he is reminded of a positive review he got from a listener in a radio focus group. Frank recalls how a radio general manager would denigrate his major-market morning show as their contract renewal time neared.
Frank made a joke about some Pyrex bowls that Jere bought. When he repeated the joke to their son, Jere called Frank a hack for reusing his material.
Becca and Frank have a behind-the-scenes conversation about commercial breaks on radio stations and some of the rules they had to follow as deejays.
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