DALLAS – Longtime Dallas radio icon Jody Dean recently welcomed Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall into the studio for his “Dusty Attics” radio show.
“Dusty Attics” airs from 11 p.m. to midnight Saturday nights on KLUV/98.7 FM and Dean chats with Dallas-Fort Worth celebrities, trailblazers and leaders about songs that mean the most to them. He said the show is personal to him, and his audience has responded well because songs take on a new context when the backstory is shared.
“Songs are like that,” Dean told Star-Telegram.com in a recent article. “People remember, ‘What was I listening to when I was on my way to have my first child? What was I listening to when I was on my way to college? What was I listening to when I heard that my dad had a heart attack? What was I listening to when I got my first job or first promotion or got divorced or walked the floor with a sick child?’
“Something was in the background. There was a soundtrack. And when you ask people about those things, they open up to you.”
Dean said he was watching FOX 4 one day when Marshall was interviewed for a story on the station. He heard her story about adopting four children and said he instantly connected to Marshall’s life because he’s also an adopted child.
“I knew very little about Cynthia,” Dean said. “Then I saw her on FOX 4 talking about her four adopted children… and I immediately fell in love with (her) and (was in) awe of the Mavs’ CEO.”
One thing led to another and Marshall and Dean soon shared the studio together.
“You’re the first person to do this show and get out of their seat and start dancing,” Dean joked at the start of the show.
“Oh, we’re just getting started,” Marshall laughed back.
The premise of the “Dusty Attics” radio show is to bring guests on his show and allow them to share their story and favorite songs and have a “listening party” together.
“Guests give me seven or eight of the names of their favorite, fun, most meaningful, and/or life-changing songs,” Dean said, “and we sit down and listen to them. It can be any genre, whether it’s in KLUV’s Classic Hits format or not.
“Then we talk about the stories behind each one.”
Marshall’s first song choice was “My Girl” by the Temptations. She explained that the song is especially significant to her because of her son.
“My son performed it in the fourth grade talent show and we did not know he was going to perform this song,” Marshall recalled. “He came out in his gold vest with his buddies.
“When we adopted him, he was barely talking…and now here he came out here to perform. My mom just cried seeing him sing this song and then he pointed at me in the audience and made it real clear to everyone that he was singing to his mother.”
To hear Marshall’s entire interview with Jody Dean, click here.
Cynt Marshall’s Song List for the “Dusty Attics” show on KLUV:
“My Girl” – The Temptations
“Midnight Train to Georgia” – Gladys Knight & The Pips
“The Way We Were” – Barbra Streisand
“Never Too Much” – Luther Vandross
“You Never Let Go” – Matt Redman
“Endless Love” – Diana Ross
“Shower the People” – James Taylor
“I’m Not Tired Yet” – Mississippi Mass Choir
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Michael McDonald