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Oops, St. Petersburg already had official song; DJ Jim Jeffries

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November

A panel of judges chose three finalists from among 31 songs. Then more than 13,000 online votes were cast to choose the best in a contest for an official city song for St. Petersburg. The winner, Charlie Souza of North Redington Beach, received 43 percent of the votes for Carry Me Back to St. Petersburg. On Nov. 14 he shared the stage with national acts at the annual Ribfest festivities at Vinoy Park. One problem. Turns out St. Petersburg already has an official song.

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Epilogue: Every night in 1965 Detroit, from midnight to 6 a.m., a bemused voice floated from the radio. The night man on WKNR-AM spent hours spinning stories and platters, entertaining the third shift at the auto plant, the cops on patrol, and the insomniacs craving diversion.

Other disc jockeys went by fancy handles or funny nicknames, but that wasn’t the night man’s style. The fans of the station, known as “Keener-13,” knew he was just plain Jim Jeffries. Listen to a clip of Jeffries’ night-time radio show on Detroit’s WKNR-AM.

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 5:00pm]

    

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