by Steve Liddick

Do you have a dream that keeps coming back? I think psychiatrists have a term for that: Whacko.

No, seriously.

For many years I worked in radio stations, first as a deejay, later as a news reporter. My recurring dream always takes place in a radio studio. It is either nearly news time as a newscaster and I don’t have any news copy written–or I’m a disc jockey and my record is running out without another one set up to run. In either case, I am not ready—and I am panicked because I am on the verge of facing the dreaded “dead air.”

I can’t pinpoint the exact source of this trauma, although that has actually happened several times. Nobody died, was injured, or got fired on any of those real occasions. Still, the image continues to visit me.

This has been going on for years. I have become almost comfortable with it. Having retired more than a dozen years ago it’s kind of interesting to get inside a radio station now and then, even if it is a dream.

My friend Jerry is a psychologist. I have never sought his advice on how to deal with my recurring dream, but I once gave him some advice on how to handle one of his patients who was stuck in a troubling mindset. I suggested that he grab them by the collar, lift them off the floor, and scream into their face, “GET OVER IT!”

He said he appreciated my suggestion, but felt it would probably not be very effective.


Books by Steve Liddick:

Steve LiddickAuthor of “All That Time,” “Old Heroes,” “Prime Time Crime,” “Sky Warriors,” “But First This Message: A Quirky Journey in Broadcasting,” “A Family Restaurant is No Place for Children,” “Campsite Gourmet: Fine Dining on the Trail and on the Road,” and “Eat Cheap: A Cookbook and Guide To Stretching Your Food Budget Dollars.”