Loveline. Oh Loveline. Were you a listener? I was.
I don’t remember exactly when or how I discovered the program, but I was definitely in high school. Knowing close to nothing about sex, I found the show fascinating. By the time I got to college I was a regularly listener. None of the few friends I made at the small Christian liberal arts school seemed to know about it, so I’m happy to say I introduced a few folks to it. I mean, you don’t have to be actively boning people to learn more about human behavior and sexuality.
I always found the calls fascinating, hilarious or both. I didn’t have cable in my house when I was growing up, so though I knew there was a show for a while, I never saw it. I’d wait until late night and turn on Adam and Dr. Drew and listen intently.
Though the show started the year I was born, I wasn’t a listener until those Adam and Drew days. God, 1984 was a fantastic year wasn’t it? Purple Rain, Loveline, the Olympics, me.
Anyway – I loved the dynamic of Adam and Drew. Learning while laughing is always a plus in my book. And though Adam brought most of the humor, I was always so impressed by and grateful for Dr. Drew’s insights and the way he dealt with callers.
I mostly gave up listening to radio years ago (though Sirius XM got me into the satellite game in 2014), but I still think fondly on those hours spent learning bucket loads from the show. I loved when they’d play “Germany or Florida?” Oh and I’d bust into a fit of laughter when people would call in and Drew and Adam would make them be quiet while they listened to the caller’s smoke detector battery indicator chirp. Good times, good times.
I’ve been offline for a good chunk of this year, which is a first for me in almost 20 years. Every time I try to come back, there’s some crazy thing happening – Bowie’s gone, Prince is gone and then, this week, I took a deep breath, loaded Facebook and pow – Loveline went off the air.
I didn’t know Dr. Drew started it as a community service, but that makes a lot of sense. And according to him, for the last few years, he’s also done the show for free. “It returned to its roots. I originally did it for free as a community service show.”
What a great service it was. So many things in our lives come and go and there are some you just think, in the back of your head, will be around forever. So many things in the world around us have changed. But a world in which there isn’t a business model for something like Loveline is a sad one, I think.
In his announcement of the show’s end, Dr. Drew said:
Its been such a privilege and such a fascinating journey. Its so wonderful to have heard all these stories and to just try and help people night after night. Its never been other than fascinating. I always figured there must be something wrong with me that I always looked forward to coming in every night and trying to be of service.
Those of us who had the privilege to learn from Loveline will undoubtedly never forget its value, impact or Dr. Drew’s service.