Sugar Cookies White as Snow
On a cloudy, windy, snowy winter day, make a batch of warm cookies
a bag full of sandwiches. Put plenty of catfood in the dish and
leave the back door open a crack so the kitties can come and go
the missing windowpane.
Put the snow shovel in the car. In the heavy snow of a major
storm that’s already beginning, drive to work, out in the
the studios near the radio towers.
Do recording chores while the snow storm intensifies. Check to
if all the commercials for the next day or two have been recorded
put into the rack. As everyone leaves the office for the day,
and check in with the weather service and law-enforcement
Check the log and pull music for the night shift. Go into the on-air
studio and begin live radio show.
As storm continues to get worse, take call from the overnight DJ who
can’t get to work. Take more calls from listeners telling
snowstorm, and the first ones from police and troopers
travel. Eat a sandwich.
Set aside most of the music, see that the few evening ads have
and change the transmitter back to its higher daytime power, as
authorized in an emergency situation. As per instructions from
patrol, advise travelers if they go out onto the highways,
will not come searching for them.
As authorized in emergency, broadcast a personal message.
Aberdeen in a pickup truck headed west to Leola, if
you hear this and
you’re stuck in the storm, stay in your
vehicle. Friends have told
the state patrol you're missing and
they think you're on the road.
Please don’t get out and try
to walk. Even if you’re there for a day
or two, you'll make
it if you stay put till they come and dig you
Call weather service and ask a favor. Sign off transmitter at
AM. Sleep on couch in the office. When weather service
get up at 6:00 and sign on and begin doing the morning
alone. Eat another sandwich and some cookies.
Do the morning news, with phoned advice from the news director
snowed-in at home. Play midday music show, repeating
warnings and advice not to travel. Do the midday news,
of weather reports, wire service news and more warnings
travelers. Take call from sales manager angry that
listeners “not to go shop at his
sponsors.” Apologize and continue
warning listeners not to
risk travel in the storm, which continues.
“Rudy” if he’s out there to stay in his truck.
Finish cookies. Announce: “You’ve heard all the
weather and travel
warnings. Now here’s something completely
different.” Recite from
Mix: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup shortening.
Add: 1 egg
Mix: 2 cups flour, a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of baking soda.
Add a half-teaspoon of cream of tartar for more fluffiness, if you
some in the house.
Stir dry ingredients into the sugar mix. Place globs on a cookie
sheet, mash with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.
Bake 6 minutes at 400 degrees.
When the phone promptly rings, worry about being scolded by
Hear: “How much sugar?” from one of thousands
of snowed-in radio
listeners with nothing else to do. Continue to run
alone and take calls for 4 more hours about weather,
Get a ride home when snowplows finally arrive and bring someone to
relieve the lone announcer.
Be gone, sleeping, the next morning when Rudy comes in to the radio
station to say he was indeed stuck, out there on the country highway
the other night, and heard your message on the radio. He’s
to say he would have gotten out of his truck to try and walk,
only gave up the plan because of that radio announcer’s
and when the snowplows came through the next day and dug
him out he
looked around at the snowy landscape and realized there
wasn’t a home
or shelter for miles and he would surely have
frozen and died trying
to walk anywhere.
Continue working in radio for two or three decades, or until well