It all started with a tweet by Lisa Wilton
On today’s Traffic Jams, we’ll pay tribute to Lou Ottens, the inventor of the cassette tape, who died last week at the age of 94. Let me know what your first cassette tape was, or your favourite mixtape memory.
Tune into @ckuaradio between 3-6 pm. pic.twitter.com/5pwvvWfrlp
— LisaCKUA (@LCkua) March 11, 2021
From there, we received a number of amazing memories and testimonials, which we’ve collected below!
Listening to @LCkua & #mixedtapememories on @ckuaradio on my ‘studio stereo’ circa 1993! Paint splatter friendly & sounding as good as ever! ??????
Many hours of music, mixed tapes, & cassette flipping with this little (large) standby! ??#Cassettes #mixedtapes #studiotime pic.twitter.com/KC9x9qX4Sc
— Bozarth Art (@BozarthArt) March 12, 2021
This album was on constant replay in our car rides to school. ♥️♥️♥️
— firstname.lastname@example.org (@aimeejobenoit) March 11, 2021
Beach boys, i think. And sooooo many mixed tapes. So many.
— Marc Carnes (@marccarnes) March 11, 2021
My Uncle got me a Johnny Cash tape in the 90’s -Ghost Riders in the sky was side B Ocan’t remember the other song on there, it was worn out awful quick…
— Owen Erskine (@owen_erskine) March 11, 2021
My most special home made cassette was given to me by my crush in 1977. He recorded Simon and Garfunkel Concert in Central Park for me. I still have it!
— Pam Mitchell (@goalgetter5599) March 11, 2021
As a part time DJ many years back, I made multiple dance mixtapes by painstakingly dubbing songs from records borrowed from multiple Edmonton library branches.
— neill fitzpatrick (@macewanfitz) March 11, 2021
Maxell UD 90 so I could record Chelmick on Saturday night profile new albums.
— Doug Noble (@NobleDg) March 11, 2021
The first cassette tape I remember buying with my own money was the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. I’m sure there were lots before, but that memory sticks out.
— Monique Methot (@prairiemonique) March 11, 2021
Duran Duran, Arena. I bought it during my grade three Spring Break for $7 using my own money!
— Andrea Trendel (@trendel_andrea) March 11, 2021
The first music I ever remember listening to was The Beatles: Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Vol. 1, which my cousin played me. The first music I ever bought was The Beatles Ballads. Both on cassette. Oddly enough, don’t much care for hits compilations now
— c’est la vish (@vishkhanna) March 11, 2021
Def Leppard – Adrenalize
Kris Kross – Totally Krossed Out
— Garth McAdam (@palegreycells) March 11, 2021
A @ckuaradio listener sent me this message just as I was playing Warren Zevon’s Keep Me in Your Heart. pic.twitter.com/quNUW3KgSa
— LisaCKUA (@LCkua) March 12, 2021