By K5KVN, on the scene
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A Los Angeles songwriter was thrilled – but totally surprised – when he won a Grammy for an obscure song he wrote two years ago.
The award was announced at a small event the day after the Grammys and was not televised. At the ceremony, Grammy officials said the song had been played more than 2,500 times on 14.313 MHz. The tally came directly from Official Observer reports and complaints from around the amateur radio community.
The songwriter, Eldon Jarvis, has been a struggling instrumental composer for more than 10 years but specializes in what he describes as “songs that annoy people.” He says he was told about winning the award, the first he’s ever won, while eating a microwave pizza at his home.
“I had never heard of ham radio or a radio station called 14.313. Do they play instrumental jazz?” says Jarvis.
He says he has learned a great deal about amateur radio this week and will tap into his new fame by launching a new website at songstoQRMpeople.com.
The award-winning song, as well as various other compositions and musical sound effects can be heard nearly 24/7 on 14.313 MHz.