Radio days and big deer racks

G. Sam Piatt

PDT Outdoors Columnist

I have my passport, which I understand is needed these days for me to cross the border into Canada with my boat and fishing gear.

But when I shall be able to return to those wonderful fishing waters remains a big question mark.

Those are days of sweet memory I recall of trolling up walleye on Lake Agnew, 400 miles north into Ontario, and casting for largemouth bass in the weed-filled Rondeau Bay, located along the northern shore of Lake Erie about 80 miles east of Detroit.

My father and I once weathered a terrific storm in that shallow 8-mile-wide bay, a storm we were fortunate to have survived with our lives. Even with our life jackets on, we wouldn’t have stood much of a chance had we capsized. Fifty-mile-an-hour winds ripped the top off whitecaps and thick weeds would have grabbed our dangling legs and pulled us down.

Fortunately, our fishing partners, John Weiss and his father, Bill, threw us a line and managed to pull us into a sheltered cove on the leeward side of the bay.

And I shall return one day, but probably not this year as fall is about to catch us.


The Golden Age of Radio will be the subject of a presentation to be given by Sam McKibbin on the evening of Sept. 22 at the Portsmouth Public Library.

His talk will begin at 6 p.m. in front of the big fireplace on the west end of the main floor. He also will present an old time radio show episode for the evening’s listening pleasure.

McKibbin, News Director for WNXT Radio in Portsmouth, has been broadcasting over the air for 100 years (just kidding. Sam’s been around a while but not enough to slow him down much.)

But he’s been around long enough that his strong and vibrant voice is familiar to listeners old and young.

He’ll be speaking about his experience in the radio industry and, in fact, giving an introduction to radio shows for beginners and a nostalgic walk down memory lane for those who enjoyed them in past years.

Ah, yes, back in the past century, before the days of television, when I was 11 or 12 years old, the Hooperville Braves would gather almost every evening at Gale Flanders’ home, where we would lounge on the floor in the big front room in front of the big floor model radio and listen to the latest adventures of Red Ryder, Tom Mix, the Lone Ranger and Superman.

Also, at the Saturday matinees at the Garden Theater on Chillicothe Street, we would ride on the Big Screen through a double feature starring the likes of heroes Lash Larue, Hopalong Cassidy, Buster Crabbe and another exciting chapter of the Phantom or Batman.

So, for a good evening of entertainment, mark your calendars for Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the big library across the street from Portsmouth High School.

For more information, or to register, call (740) 354-5688.


If you want to see some whitetail deer racks that will give you sweet dreams, you’ve still got time to visit the Rarden Whitetail Deer Festival. It began Friday and continues through today and tomorrow, Sept. 12 and 13.

Saturday’s activities run all day, beginning at 9 a.m. with the opening of the vendors, exhibits and crafts area and concluding with music on the festival’s main stage provided by The Dusty Trails at 7 p.m. and God’s Dirt at 9:30.

Sunday’s activities are highlighted by the 3 p.m. festival parade

winding along Main Street of the big-little village of Rarden.

For more information, visit

G. SAM PIATT can be reached at (606) 932-3619 or [email protected]