Bob Dylan has probably done his last “Theme Time Radio Hour” on Sirius XM satellite radio. This week’s episode was #100 and the theme was “goodbye.”
Dylan said he was going to run long and he did — a full 90 minutes. "What are they going to do, fire me?" Dylan asked when saying he was going to take some extra time.
This show was not like the other end-of-the-season shows. Signals were everywhere that it was OVER. Dylan said nothing of coming back. Even Ellen Barkin, who did the opening credits, came on at the end to say goodbye. There was no closing credits. At the end of the show, a silent broken recorded skipped and skipped for about a minute. Then it went to black.
Dylan invited all the listeners to come to the wrap party and have a drink with him. Ha! The myths continue.
I loved all the Dylan shows. I recorded each of the 100—never missing one. It was one of the best ways to learn about American music that I’ve ever experienced. It is sad that a talent like Bob Dylan was lost in the satellite radio financial frenzy. But then corporate greed was always a major Dylan theme.
There’s now a big hole in radio for me. The Shakespeare of radio has signed off. At least I have 100 shows of some of the best radio ever produced. But we’ve lost so much. Very sad indeed how American culture continues its steep decline.
Bob Dylan at the Rolling Thunder Review in 1976, Gainesville, Florida. Photo by Frank Beacham