There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who channel surf right past Pretty In Pink or Dirty Dancing without flinching, and those who are compelled to stop and watch (even if only for a few minutes and the 1400th time in their life). The second group knows within seconds which scene of the movie it is, the actor’s next line, almost every song on the soundtrack, as well as the performing artist.
I am, without a doubt, the second kind. And if you grew up thinking that if a boy really loved you he’d be willing to ski the K-12 (on one ski), whisper, “As you wish” in response to whatever you ask, or surprise you at your prom by ditching his usual goony threads for a snazzy suit, you’re probably with me.
Yes, yes, I’ve heard the same kinds of comments you have. “This movie, again? Haven’t you seen Peggy Sue Got Married a thousand times already?” Or, “I don’t know how in the world you can sit through Dirty Dancing one more time.” And my favorite, “Ugg, I cannot watch Princess Bride again…you’re seriously stuck in the 80s.”
Blah, blah, blah. Some people just don’t get it.
What can I say? I love the 80s and have always been unapologetically super-romantic. Was I born this way or had I simply watched too many of the most romantic movies of all time? Probably both. But the awesome thing is, I’m not alone.
Millions of others share in the belief that these unforgettable movies are just as great today as they were in the 80s. Why else would they remake classics like Grease, Dirty Dancing, and Hairspray? And why is it that most of us still prefer the original versions? Because some films are created so perfectly the first time, attempting to replicate that magic will always fall short. We know and love them like we do old friends and they’ve become part of us.
Through the years, boyfriends/girlfriends, schools, jobs, careers, homes, and spouses come and go with the seasons, but music, art, movies, experiences, and relationships play a huge part in what shapes who we are. Whether you realize it or not, they’re embedded in our hearts, souls, and cells forever.
For many, these quirky 80’s movies will always be a sweet reminder of that first kiss, high school dance, bogus journey, dream of traveling in a DeLorean time machine, becoming the next Rocky Balboa or the lead singer of one of the raddest metal bands of all time.
So, I say to my fellow 80s-loving, ultra-romantics who still sigh each time they hear ‘The Time of My Life’ or ‘Endless Love’ . . . we’re kindred. Let us continue having ‘the time of our lives’ forever and ever. To the ones who don’t get it, you’ll just have to tolerate our ‘Hopelessly Devoted’, ‘Endless Love’ of the best decade of all time—the 1980s!
You may also want to watch (over and over again) these totally adorable flicks:
The Princess Bride
Against All Odds
Pretty In Pink
When Harry Met Sally
Can’t Buy Me Love
Some Kind Of Wonderful
An Officer And A Gentleman
Romancing The Stone
B etter Off Dead
Peggy Sue Got Married
The Secret Of My Success
About Last Night
Coming To America
Just One Of The Guys
Prelude To A Kiss
Kristy Jo Volchko is the author of the award-winning tween 80’s comedy, Mall Hair Maladies. A child of the 80s, she lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she continues to share her love of storytelling (and all things 80s) and tries to stay out of trouble. Drop by and say hello! @KristyJoVolchko
“Music can change the world because it can change people.” Bono
Today I’d like to introduce Gary Teel and Mindy Wright, the talented radio personalities of my favorite 80’s station, Wave 80 Radio. I’ve grown quite fond of this charming musical duo over the past few months, and if you love 80’s pop culture, music, and trivia as much as I do, you just might want to tune in for their Friday Night All-Request New Wave Party. Don’t forget to click on the chat box to say hello, take in a few laughs, or simply put in a request or two. (It’s a lot of fun.) So, without further ado, let’s share some time!
Hello, Wave 80! Thanks for dropping by. Please tell everyone a bit about yourselves.
Gary: Well, I’m the Gary half of Gary and Mindy… We’re from Salem, Illinois. I’ve worked in radio for most of my adult life, but I’ve been out of it now for 15 years. While local radio is fun, you can’t make a living at it! I started Wave 80 back in April of 2016 as a way to help scratch the radio itch, and to my delight, it turns out that Mindy found it just as fun and fascinating as I did!
Mindy: I had never been involved in broadcasting before, but I have always loved music. As Gary’s little station began slowly taking over my family room, it didn’t take long for me to catch the radio bug, too. I like finding the perfect song to match the day or the situation, whether it’s Halloween or National Hot Dog Day!
I’m obsessed with 80s music (all music, really) and a huge fan of Wave 80 Radio. What made you decide to choose this style/genre/decade for your station?
Gary: The 80s were my “Glory Days,” thank you, Mr. Springsteen. I think the 80s were a special time in music, when technology allowed for amazing recordings, but the human element was still there, as people were still writing real songs with real music. There are the great songs that everyone remembers, but there were some incredible tunes that maybe spent a few weeks on the Top 40 and then disappeared that I wanted to bring back and spotlight. Wave 80 is my attempt to present a good balance all of these songs. I also wanted to play all of the popular styles of the day, just like the Top 40 stations of the 80s did. There was no distinction between pop, rock, new wave, R&B… It was all just Hit Radio, which is why we call ourselves 80s Hit Radio.
Mindy, (happy, happy birthday to you) tell us more about Groove Tunes Radio. You play the best 70’s songs! Where can everyone find your station?
Mindy: You can listen at GrooveTunesRadio.com. There’s also a link on Wave 80’s website. I have always liked more of the 60s and 70s music… Bee Gees, early Chicago, America, ABBA… After hinting around that I had a huge collection of these songs, enough to start a whole new station, we finally launched GrooveTunes on my birthday last
Gary, I simply have to ask about your super-cool classic rock/blues band, Triple Threat. How did that come about?
Gary: Drummer Randy Wooden and I had played together before… We found this incredible young guitarist, Alex Woolridge, who at the tender age of 22 could play ZZ Top and CCR like the masters themselves. We’ve been together for a little over a year now and just enjoy playing together.
Mindy, do you sing or play an instrument as well?
Mindy: I played percussion in high school, and I join in with reunion concerts from time to time. Other than that, I enjoy singing karaoke and listening to Gary’s band!
Like many natural artists/musicians/talents/ the two of you seem to eat, sleep, and breathe music, what other kinds of things do you like to do for fun? Favorite hobbies?
Mindy: My son is involved in theater, and we love going to see his plays. We like movies, especially the Marvel movies! And I love photography.
Gary: She really is an awesome photographer, though she has no idea! Really, my only non-musical interest is genealogy. And family, of course. My daughter is married and gave us a beautiful granddaughter last year! My son-in-law is a Marine, so we don’t get to see them very often. Thank goodness for social media!
Negativity is all around us, and for some, it can feel quite overwhelming. What the two of you put out there and share with the world can be a soft place to fall; a place to shut out that negativity for a little while and enjoy one of the greatest gifts we can receive; a melody. Thank you for sharing your positivity and love of music with everyone…we receive it with gratitude!
“Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” William Congreve.
“Where words fail, music speaks.” Hans Christian Anderson
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” Victor Hugo
1. #1 Favorite sports teams
St. Louis Cardinals! I used to like the Rams until they moved back to L.A.
2. Dream Vacation Destination
3. Top Fav movies of all time
O Brother Where Art Thou, The Truman Show, The Gods Must Be Crazy, The Princess Bride, The Wedding Singer.
4. Top five greatest artists/band’s of all time
Billy Joel, Yes, Squeeze, Police, Pink Floyd
5. One food you could eat every day for the rest of your life
1. Dream Vacation Destination
2. Top fav artist/bands of all time
Billy Joel, Barry Manilow, Chicago, Queen, Journey
3. Top five fav movies
Forrest Gump, Sleeping Beauty, Overboard, Roxanne, White Christmas.
4. Cottage in the mountains or Chateau by the sea
Chateau, or anything else, by the sea!
5. Three things you absolutely can’t live without
My phone, air conditioning, and mascara!
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I hope everyone enjoyed reading about Gary & Mindy. It’s time for me to sign off and listen to my commercial free 80’s music. See you there!