Older Adults, Isolated by Virus, Become DJs for New Online Show
Stuck inside his room at an assisted living center, Bob Coleman knew he could not go out in public with the coronavirus spreading. But he could still connect with others by sharing his love for country music over the internet.
"Hello, everybody. It's a bright day in Franklin, Tennessee," he said into his microphone. "This is Bob Coleman, better known as the ‘Karaoke Cowboy,' coming to you from Room 3325. ... Let's just jump right into it."
Then Coleman began to play the music he loves --- hits from country music stars like Hank Williams, Dwight Yoakam and Brad Paisley. The 88-year-old carefully chooses each song.
Coleman is a resident of Somerby Franklin, an assisted living center about 32 kilometers south of Nashville. He formerly served in the United States Air Force.
He and several other retirees have turned into disc jockeys, or DJs, for a new online radio hour known as "Radio Recliner."
The 60-minute show was launched last month, starting with retirees in middle Tennessee. It has since expanded, with residents of assisted-living centers in Georgia and Alabama taking part in the project. Many jumped at the chance to work as a DJ to ease the loneliness of social distancing rules.
Older adults are at high risk from the new coronavirus. At most assisted-living facilities, not only are visitors barred but so is socializing with other residents.
A Georgia and Alabama-based marketing company called Luckie came up with the idea of Radio Recliner. One of its clients is Bridge Senior Living, which operates more than 20 centers for older adults in 14 states.
The volunteer DJs record themselves on their phones. The audio is then sent off to audio production specialists who deal with the technical side of Radio Recliner.
New shows appear weekdays at 12 o'clock. Listeners can send song requests in honor of family or friends. For example, listeners might hear a message like this: "Hey, Granny. This is your favorite granddaughter Amy ... We just wanted to call in and say we love you very much."
Mitch Bennett serves as Luckie's chief creative officer. He says the idea was to provide a sense of community to older people who have been spending a lot of time alone.
"For this generation, radio was the original social media," Bennett said. "Dedicating a song to someone you love, and having them hear it along with everyone else, is a special way of connecting. It's a great time to bring that feeling back."
In Georgia, 80-year-old Ed Rosenblatt said an hour he spent playing songs on Radio Recliner resulted in a flood of text messages, emails and calls from family and friends. Rosenblatt said many of the messages were from people he had not heard from for years.
He prepared a special close for his Radio Recliner hour.
"For the past year I've been teaching myself how to play the ukulele," said Rosenblatt, who lives at Somerby Sandy Springs just outside of Atlanta. "So, at the close of the show, I actually played a song on my ukulele. I sang and played the Sloop John B."
The Beach Boys released the most popular version of the song in 1966.
"Everybody knows that song," Rosenblatt said.
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鲍勃·科尔曼（Bob Coleman）在养老院的房间里进行隔离，他知道在冠状病毒传播的情况下，他不能外出 。但他仍然可以通过网络向他人分享自己对乡村音乐的热爱 。
他用麦克风与听众问好：“嗨！大家好，这里是田纳西州富兰克林，今天阳光明媚 。我是鲍勃·科尔曼，绰号‘卡拉OK牛仔’更出名，我在3325房间向你广播……咱们直奔主题吧 。”
然后，科尔曼开始播放他所喜爱的音乐——汉克·威廉姆斯、德怀特·约卡姆和布拉德·佩斯利等乡村音乐明星的热门歌曲 。每一首歌都是88岁的他精心挑选的 。
科尔曼是富兰克林萨默比的居民，这是位于纳什维尔以南32公里处的一个养老院 。他曾在美国空军服役 。
这个时长60分钟的节目于上个月开播，田纳西州中部的退休人员是首批嘉宾 。随着乔治亚州和阿拉巴马州的养老院居民参与进来，这个项目在不断的扩展 。很多人欣然接受做音乐节目主持人的机会，以缓解社交距离规则带来的孤独感 。
老年人感染新型冠状病毒的风险很高 。大多数养老中心，不仅禁止访客进入，还禁止内部的居民往来 。
位于乔治亚州和阿拉巴马州的一家名为Luckie的营销公司提出了“摇椅电台”的创意 。“Bridge Senior Living”是该公司的客户，该机构在14个州经营着20多个老年人中心 。
这些志愿者DJ们用手机录下自己的声音 。然后音频被发送给音频制作专家来处理关于“摇椅电台”的技术问题 。
新的节目在工作日12点播出 。听众可以给家人或朋友点歌 。例如，听众可能会听到这样的消息：“嘿，奶奶 。是我，您最喜欢的孙女艾米…我们只是想通过热线电话，告诉您我们非常爱您 。”
米奇·贝内特(Mitch Bennett)是Luckie公司的首席创意官 。他表示，这个创意是为了给那些独居的老年人营造一种社区归属感 。
贝内特说，“对这一代人来说，电台是最初的社交媒体” 。“把一首歌献给你爱的人，让他们和其他听众一起聆听，这是一种特殊的联系方式 。如今是追忆往昔的好时机 。”
在乔治亚州，80岁的艾德·罗森布拉特（Ed Rosenblatt）表示，他在“摇椅电台”上播放了一小时歌曲，结果收到了大量来自家人、朋友的短信、电子邮件和电话问候 。罗森布拉特表示，其中一些人多年未联系 。
“在过去的一年里，我一直在自学如何弹奏尤克里里，”居住在亚特兰大郊外萨默比桑迪斯普林斯的罗森布拉特说道 。“所以，在表演结束时，我用尤克里里演奏了一首歌 。我弹唱了歌曲《the Sloop John B》 。”