Remember 'The Postcard Song'?

Carol of Ferrysburg wrote, "I have a newspaper article my parents saved that states: 'William Struyk, new owner and general manager of WGHN and WGHN-FM recently presented 'The Postcard Song' as a gift to the community.' The article also includes the words to the song and describes our area perfectly."
Mark Brooky
Nov 18, 2013

Carol asked: "When and where was it presented? Is it a record that was played at the radio station? If so, do they still have it? Who sang the words?"

ANSWER:

Bill Struyk sold WGHN a few years ago, but he still lives in Spring Lake and recalls the promotional 45 rpm record well.

"It was pretty hokey, but people liked it," he said.

Struyk took over the Grand Haven radio stations (1370 AM and 92.1 FM) on April 1, 1983. In preparation for taking over, he was negotiating with a Toledo jingle company for new jingles for the station and the jingle maker played a song for him called "I Got a Postcard from Toledo."

Struyk said he rewrote the lyrics to fit the Grand Haven area, and the jingle maker, Ken R. Deutsch, had his singers re-record the vocals over the "Toledo" instrumental track, which featured members of the Toledo Symphony. Struyk had 500 or 600 records initially pressed, and gave them out at a breakfast for community leaders to introduce the staff and plans for the stations.

"We hoped it would generate a little promotional buzz, and it did — quite a bit," Struyk said of "The Postcard Song."

A couple of more pressings of the 45 were made, Struyk said, and the station gave them away "whenever we could."

Ron Mass, who still works at WGHN, said the station still has a copy of the recording.

Some of the lyrics: "I can see the Lakeshore sand dune, standing clean and proud and tall; I can see the leaves turning red and gold on Five Mile Hill in the fall ..."

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Comments

galwithscense

Every now and then you can find a copy on ebay or other online sites.

christopher

Since it appears WGHN still has a copy. It would be great (if they own the rights) for them to digitize it and make it available as a free download on their web site. I would love it.

I remember when the chamber of commerce building was across the street from where it now is (in the old Don Rosso (sp?) Oldsmobile parking lot). They had a "commemorative" version on a plaque on the wall of their office.

Thanks Bill, Ron and the rest of the WGHN crew for the great memories over the years.

christopher

Does anyone have the full lyrics. I think there was something like "I got a post card from Grand Haven from someone I used to know . . . "

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