The first half of the program featured author R. Gary Patterson, along with three special guests, who talked about American rock and roll legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, and the tragic 1959 accident that claimed their lives. Patterson discussed some of the details surrounding 'The Day the Music Died,' including the story of how country music star Waylon Jennings lucked out of taking the ill-fated flight.
Donna Ludwig Fox, the girl for whom Ritchie Valens wrote "Donna," recalled the first time she heard her namesake song on the radio, as well as the day she received news that 17-year-old Valens had been killed. "I'll never forget that as long as I live," she said.
Next, Peggy Sue Gerron, subject of Buddy Holly's love ballad "Peggy Sue" and author of Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?, talked about the life of Holly, her relationship with the young singer-songwriter, and a prophetic dream she had about the plane crash. Gerron also discussed her father's work in Roswell, New Mexico.
Jay Perry Richardson, son of "The Big Bopper, spoke about his father's career, as well as a recent decision to have his body autopsied in order to address some rumors about the 1959 accident. Richardson also reported on the publication of the Bopper's lost songs and his efforts to get a movie made about his dad's life. More details can be found at bigboppermovie.com.
During Open Lines, George offered a special hotline for truckers. In the final half hour, George played audio from a past interview with physicist Brooks Agnew in which he discusses the theory of a hollow Earth.
Appearing briefly at the start of the show, volcanologist R.B. Trombley provided an update on Alaska's Mount Redoubt volcano. Trombley said there is a 61.15% probability of an eruption.
Investment advisor Mish Shedlock also appeared momentarily to talk about the grim state of the US economy.
Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey say Alaska's Mount Redoubt volcano could erupt within days to weeks -- perhaps even hours. The threat level has been raised to orange (the stage just before eruption) due to changes in gas emissions and increased earthquake activity. The Alaska Volcano Observatory is reporting: "Seismic unrest continues at Redoubt and activity is well above normal background levels." Mount Redoubt last erupted nearly 20 years ago, in December 1989 (pictured). Read more at FOXNews.com.
Bumper music from Friday January 30, 2009
Midnight Express (The Chase)
The World I Know
In the Air Tonight
Spirits in the Material World
Don't Leave Me This Way