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Earl Nightingale’s Voice And Edgar Allen Poe

March 1, 2008


Last night in the shower I thought of a radio voice that used to be a daily part of my childhood.   I have always enjoyed long hot showers in the dark, as I like to use the time to think.  What exactly made me ponder Earl Nightingale, and his program “Our Changing World” after all these years is a mystery to me.  And why in the shower his voice came to mind is probably best left to the professionals.  For my readers how Nightingale came to mind is not as important as is his truly amazing voice.  His grand broadcasting style is the reason for this post.  If you have not ever heard it I urge you to venture on here.

Every weekday morning when I was a boy, Earl Nightingale’s five-minute program could be heard on WFHR, a Wisconsin Rapids radio station.  If memory serves correctly it was aired at 10:30 A.M., and as I write this I can still recall the patterns of the sunshine that decorated the tile on the kitchen floor as it came in through the southern facing windows about that time of the morning.   The window would be up on summer days and the soft murmur of the oaks in the back lawn could be heard.

Since this post seems to be going sideways I wonder if WFHR still has the “Trading Post” show?  Write to me if you know.  That show would air at 9:00 A.M., and for some reason, my mom and I would listen to Arnie Strope….that was his name…as he fielded calls from folks wanting to sell firewood, or give away canning jars.  (YAWN.)  We never sold or bought anything, but my mom enjoyed the tidbits that Arnie would tell about his family, or what he did over the weekend as he waited for more boring phone calls.  And I recall now that for some reason I had a small notebook (with a red cover) as a boy and took down those items for sale or give-a-way along with the phone numbers.  I would sit at the buffet table in the dining room (though we never ate there) and write down all the information like Arnie was doing.  Can you believe that folks would call in days later and ask for the phone numbers or addresses they had missed!  And he had them! Arnie had to have had strong coffee to do this morning show.  (And a shot to wind down after the show.)  I guess in some way even as a young boy I knew I wanted to be on radio.  Though I am proud to say in my radio job I never did anything like Arnie had to do each weekday.   But then Arnie went into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall Of Fame in 1992………

This is all a strange flashback, and I hope my readers are still with me here.  I could delete this rambling but hey…it is my blog.

One of the things that always caught my attention as a kid was the deep professional voices that resonated from the radio set.   Earl Nightingale had one of those gifts that I must admit I envy.  Even today I am drawn to those same excellent broadcasting type voices that convey sincerity, honesty, and authority when heard.  Though I worked in broadcasting for a time, I never was blessed with the deep rich sound of an Earl Nightingale.

If you have not heard his voice before I encourage a listen.  I even picked something of interest below to make the offer more inviting.  Earl Nightingale on Edgar Allen Poe.


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  1. Noel(Strope)Kolo permalink
    November 14, 2009 2:28 PM

    As we “googled” my Dad to find out specific dates, we read and enjoyed your comments. Dad passed away this morning and we will always hear his great voice in our hearts. It was nice that you appreciated his voice, candor, and diligence. We did too!

  2. June 5, 2009 4:59 PM

    Thanks for writing.

    If anyone has any Arnie Strope memories, please leave them here too.

  3. June 5, 2009 4:34 PM

    I listened to Earl Nightingale on WFHR back in the 60s while I was in high school. I remember one show where he said that you should always get up out of bed as soon as you wake — no lingering in bed. Great advice! I hadn’t thought about Arnie Strope in years.

  4. Alex Gudesblat permalink
    May 16, 2009 4:41 PM

    I wouldn’t say we become what we think about. I’d rather say we become what God thinks about us.

  5. April 25, 2009 2:42 PM


    Please just read the comments here. I really do not have time to email comments. Hope you understand.


  6. Alex Gudesblat permalink
    April 25, 2009 1:08 PM

    Notify me of follow-up comments via email.

  7. Alex Gudesblat permalink
    April 23, 2009 8:40 AM

    We don’t become what we think about.
    I don’t think that’s quite accurate.
    The land doesn’t care for the kind of seed it receives, says Nightingale. It will only give us the results and so the human mind works in a similar way. But that’s sophism, false reasoning. A seed is the germ of a vegetal. Man is a moral creature with power of choice and he does care for what’s going on in his mind. Is it important that we care for our fellow man? Of course! It regards to solidarity, a quality that doesn’t seem to be much Nightingale’s.
    God is the author and finisher of our faith. He is sovereign and holy. He gives and takes away. God has a plan for our lives that’s far beyond anything we could ever think about. And life can be difficult. We may experience suffering. While we may have succes, good things and bad things can happen to us. But if we turn to God when things aren’t going our way, it will bring glory to Him.
    And like I said on a YouTube post, maybe too much thinking is bad. But that’s another story.

  8. February 18, 2009 11:46 PM

    Wow!!! What a surprise and what a gift. My grandson sent this to me and made my day – shucks it made my year! It’s always great fun to discover something of Earl’s that I don’t have and wish everyone who has something of his early days would share it with me. I’ve kept Earl’s work alive and interesting for the new generations since his passing in 1989 – his classic works are available on my site – I have a radio show where I continue to teach and share the Nightingale’s philosophies – you can hear it at

    Thanks a bunch for this delightful tribute.

    Remember, “We become what we think about”

  9. Scott Gunter permalink
    February 6, 2009 2:56 PM

    Yes, you’re right. Nightingale had a most incredible voice with which he told equally rich and valuable stories and tales of courage and honesty. My father worked for mr. Nightingale while I was still a very young boy.
    Do you have any thing else of his that we might all appreciate. There must be a collection a mile high of all his “Out Changing World” radio presentations; any thoughts on where I could find them?

  10. Larry permalink
    October 20, 2008 6:17 PM

    Yes, WFHR still does run a version of Trading Post, It’s now called “Over The Back Fence” and it airs M-F mornings
    at 11:06am..

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