Danny Rivero is our social media editor here at WLRN. You don’t hear his voice on the radio, but Danny’s is the voice of WLRN on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.
In 1992, he was six years old and living in Fairfax County, Virginia, but he happened to be visiting Miami during Hurricane Andrew. Around the same time, he’d been listening to tapes of the story, “The War of the Worlds” by Orson Welles. His mom would play them for Danny and his brother, Alexis, before they went to bed at night.
Geoffrey Philp shared his story and poem about an old transistor radio with Kenny Malone on WLRN. Philp inherited that radio from his mother, who carried it with her from home to home, even as they moved in Jamaica and later, around Florida.
It was the radio he listened to during Hurricane Andrew. Even though the radio no longer works, Philp can’t bring himself to get rid of it.
Philp is a poet, novelist, playwright and English professor at Miami-Dade College. Below is an homage he wrote to his mother.