hip11by Dan Hartman

In mid June I received a call from Steve LeBeau from WCCO Radio. He asked me if I wanted to join him on his show to talk about motorcycling in the Twin Cities and the newspaper, Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly. I said yes. The PR would be good for the newspaper, and it sounded like fun.

The date we arrived at was July 12, 1997, a Saturday. When I asked for a time, he told me it would be five in the morning. He is the night man on weekends, 1:00 to 6:00 a.m. Wow! Five in the morning? I never even realized there was a 5:00 a.m. on Saturday. He told me it would be okay. After all, it’s talk radio, and we can answer questions from call-ins. Call-ins! People get up at that hour, and will actually call the station. Wow.

I got up at 3:00 a.m. on July 12 and headed for the station. Steve asked me to get there early. I walked into the studio at 4:45 a.m. with copies of the newspaper under my arm. Steve’s producer met me at the door and asked for the new issue. Oh yea, he also told me that Steve was short of material, and I was going on right away.

The next thing I knew I was sitting at a microphone and talking to Steve about the newspaper and the “motorcycle culture” in Minnesota. I didn’t realize we had a culture, but I guess so. We talked about the new bikes coming out in 1998 and took calls. One woman called to tell me her husband had built a motorcycle from the ground up. Others called with great questions, and some called just to hear themselves on the radio. A few calls were a little unusual, but they were all helpful. Time went by fast. Before long Steve was telling me the time was almost up.

Now I know not all of you were up listening to the “Good Neighbor” at 5:00 a.m. on July 12. Geez, our Editor didn’t even get up to listen. Still, it was an interesting experience, and Steve LeBeau is a great guy. If you can’t sleep, turn him on.

I felt glad to represent the local “motorcycle culture” and to talk about that feeling you get on the ride on Steve’s radio program. I hope, too, that the newspaper can represent the culture around motorcycles. It’s in our blood you know, the feeling.

Don’t forget August is the Black Hills and the Sturgis Rally. Next mouth I’ll tell you all about my trip west. Ride safe and be free. 

M.M.M.

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