Ten years ago, retired teacher, Lee Douglas, began to translate his love for the music of the 50's and 60's lovingly called Oldies, into a new medium, the podcast. Just retired from teaching after 35 years, he decided to turn in his chalk for a microphone. The 70 year old "new Pied Piper of Oldies" as he is called, refuses to let the music of the beginning of rock n roll die as a music of backgrounds for commercials. As a teenager in New York City he knew and was befriended by Rock pioneer, Alan Freed, whom he met when Lee was President of the Brooklyn Chapter of the Bill Haley fan Club.. Attending all the legendary performances of the great singers and stars of the day, his knowledge and reminiscences further enhance the color and excitement of the show. An educator and pioneer in computer education, he was an advocate for teaching computer basics since the early 80's in elementary school. Lee also was a producer, director and host for a local Florida children's show in the early 80's, where the kids ran the show and the equipment.
Today Lee's focus is all music. His goal is to make the music of the 50's and 60's "cool" again. In October of 2006 he began his new career as a disc jockey and proponent of the new podcast medium.
His new show, which he called "Old Time Rock n Roll, would be different in the way it was presented. The usual play lists that are the hallmark of the Oldies AM radio stations were out the window. His own collection of 120,000 songs would be digitized onto his computer to lay the groundwork for the show. Instead of playing those songs which the oldies lovers had grown tired of, he opened his collection and played the songs that haven't been heard for many years. Then he would have a theme for each show, Novelties on one, doo wops on another, rockabilly on yet another. Each show replete with a dose of rock history and reminiscences and wit.
He researches each singer and each song to provide background for each show. On October 6, 2006, he went on the air. By January 2007 he had garnered a listenership of 25,000 world-wide, with an incredible 25% of his fans in the UK and Australia. In April 2012, Lee celebrated his 500th show, Now he has added a dedication and request show, where listeners can ask for songs and try and challenge him to find and play. Over 2,600,000 people have now listened or downloaded OTRNR. With his expanded network each month adds another 170,000 to this total.
He adds to his shows interviews with rock n roll greats of the 50's and 60's like; Charlie Gracie, The Elegants, The Chantels and Joe Bennett of the Sparkletones, and Gary Lewis, Bobby Rydell and Little Anthony and Gary US Bonds. Old Time Rock n Roll zoomed into 2016 with the goal of making more listeners aware of the genius of some of th early performers almost totally forgotten over time. He adamantly argues that the over 50 crowd is sorely looking for a way to tune back in to FM radio if something were available to them and AM radio has ceased to play music. He said," No other group has more spendable income and more loyalty than baby boomers. And believe it or not he has a legion of younger fans that listen every week to his shows.In February 2011 he co-emceed the Gary Lewis and the Playboys concert at the Mount Dora Music Festival. His weekly show can be heard on several internet networks and almost every podcast service, including iTunes and RSS feeds. Old Time Rock n Roll can be heard by logging on to www.oldtimernr.com and then from there to the show pages. The show is available in the archives anytime day or night. Just like the old days you can request or dedicate a song by e mailing Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Now in 2017 he emcees shows for Elvis and Ricky Nelson tribute artist Peter Alden and many other shows as he helps those trying to keep the music and the memories of these artists alive. Many times he even sneaks in a little Jolson, or Sinatra. "I play what my listeners want to hear, not what we want them to hear, that's why my show works.." So after 10 years he continues to gain listeners who soon become converts and the apostles to spread the word that Oldies music is alive and well. He also gives this warning to the younger listeners, "Within ten years the same thing will happen to the music of the 70's and soon the 80's will start to fade as the fickle and clueless radio stations ride the road with the next fad, playing the "money songs" as they are called. Then you will say, "What happened to my music?" What you tell these blind money making machines called station managers today will affect that."Oldies music has a new champion that promises his listeners that the greatest music and performers of their lifetime will not be forgotten. As Lee himself puts it, "I play music of a better time in all our lives, when the toughest problem we had was getting a date for Saturday night."