Musicradio 77 WABC
The Greatest Top 40 Music Radio Station Of All Time!
-- A Web Site From Allan Sniffen
This web site has been accessed
times since January 5, 1997
Last updated April 21, 2015
The Musicradio WABC
Picture of the Week
(Updated every Tuesday Night)
"The Big Ticket"
(pictures courtesy Frank Raffa)
After the huge success of the "WABC
WABC was in search of a new big contest.
Times had changed since WABC gave away just kitchen appliances in
the mid sixties.
Competition with other stations pushed
prize limits (and prize expectations) higher and higher.
"The Big Ticket" was Rick Sklar's last big contest for
prior to his promotion to the network.
In his book "Rocking America" he described the contest this way:
"The last of the great promotions I saw launched at WABC was
called "the Big Ticket."
It made the fullest possible use of the data processing and of ABC's Mainframe
computers in Hackensack.
"The idea was simple enough. On a certain Sunday,
every major newspaper in the area
would include a four-color cardboard supplementary insert. It would contain
numbered tickets and would show fantastic prizes, ranging from automobiles to
fabulous vacations to color television sets and appliances of every type.
If your ticket number was announced over the radio, you would win a gigantic prize.
If only the first three digits of your number were called, you would still win a
albeit a smaller one, admission to a movie perhaps. All you had to do when
you heard your
number was to call WABC and claim your prize. To verify your claim we would
to read back the winning number from your ticket and also a second or verification
that was on the ticket and unique to it. Our computer operators would punch
verifying numbers on a screen and if your winning number accompanied it,
we knew we had a legitimate winner.
"Tens of millions of tickets were dropped on the marketplace
at the same moment.
We gave away prizes for three months. The ratings jumped two entire share
"The Big Ticket,", under other names, was seized on by stations
In Chicago, a station mailed tickets to listeners instead of including it in the
Houston, Detroit, Boston, and other markets saw ratings leap when
tickets went out just before a rating period."
Here is a Bob Cruz aircheck from March 13, 1976..
This show was recorded the Friday night/Saturday morning
just before the Sunday papers were to have the "Big Ticket" insert
As a side note, this aircheck of Bob features him just
after he started at WABC on March 1, 1976
Bob Cruz on WABC
John Troll Profile
"J.T." is the main person behind the weekly
Rewound Radio DJ Hall of Fame Show.
He collects, restores and programs those great classic DJ shows for the very
popular Saturday afternoon show.
Scott Benjamin interviewed him for Musicradio77.com:
WABC Music Surveys for 35, 40, 45
and 50 Years Ago
Updated Every Tuesday Night
(WABC New Survey Day!)
April 22, 1980
April 22, 1975
April 21, 1970
April 20, 1965
The great music of the Musicradio WABC Era
all day, every day!
"It's not how old it is... It's how GOOD it is!"
Web Site Index
WABC Musicradio 77 Web Site Introduction
The introduction to this web site and why WABC was the "greatest
Top 40 radio station of all time".
The Sound of Musicradio 77 WABC
Hundreds of WABC recordings including airchecks, interviews and
The Evolution of Musicradio WABC
chronological audio trip through WABC's time as a top 40 radio station.
WABC Weekly Music Surveys
Every music survey from 1960-1982.
WABC Top 100 Songs of the Year
The WABC Top 100 Songs of The Year lists from 1964 to 1982.
WABC is the most famous radio station ever for its jingles from
legendary companies like PAMS of Dallas, and JAM Creative Productions.
Musicradio WABC: Those
The great WABC DJ's!
WABC Air Schedule
The complete list of the dates and times that each air
personality was scheduled on WABC from December 1960 to May 1982.
New York Radio Personality Harry Harrison Remembers
Harry Harrison did the "Morning Drive" show on WABC from 1968
until 1979. Harry contributed an unbelievable collection of memorabilia to this
Musicradio WABC Rick Sklar Page
Rick Sklar was the programming wizard behind Musicradio WABC.
WABC Glenn Morgan Page
Glenn Morgan came to WABC as Assistant Program
Director/Production Director in 1971. He became Program Director in 1975 and
Operations Director in 1977.
Al Brady Comments
Al Brady was program director of WABC in 1979 and 1980.
Les Marshak's WABC Odyssey
wrote his story and contributed airchecks.
Musicradio WABC Frank
Kingston Smith Page
Frank Kingston Smith contributed some
"inside" stories about some of his experiences at Musicradio WABC.
Musicradio WABC Bill
WABC Engineer Bill Epperhart contributed a fascinating look at
what it was like to be a Studio Engineer at Musicradio WABC.
Bob Hardt and WABC News
Bob Hardt was the voice of WABC News every afternoon during Dan
WABC successfully aligned itself with the greatest pop music
phenomenon of all time: The Beatles.
Why Did WABC Have
Such a Great Signal?
You really could hear WABC everywhere (or so it seemed).
Julian Breen Remembers
Julian Breen was Assistant Program Director at WABC from
The Day The Music
It all came to an end on May 10, 1982.
Musicradio WABC Pictures and Memorabilia
Tour of the WABC studio in 1978
Pictures of the Musicradio WABC studio at 1330 Avenue of The
The WABC Studios in 1964
Before WABC moved to the famous "Avenue of The Americas"
address, it was located at 1926 Broadway in New York.
My Letter from Dan
I wrote to Dan and got a letter back... in
WABC Musicradio $25,000
One of the greatest radio promotions, anywhere, ever!
WABC Profiles And Tributes by Scott Benjamin
Scott Benjamin has contributed many tributes
and profiles to the web site from those who worked at WABC during the Musicradio
era. Here is the archive of his contributions.
Dan Ingram at the Museum of TV and Radio
"Hi, Kemosabe! A Conversation with Dan
Ingram" was a presentation Dan Ingram gave at the Museum of TV and Radio in New York
City on October 25, 2001.
Last WCBS-FM Show
Former WABC personality Harry Harrison did his final show on
WCBS-FM on March 19, 2003.
Ron Lundy's Final Days on the Radio
Former WABC Air Personality Ron Lundy retired from WCBS-FM on
September 18, 1997.
Big Joe's Happiness Exchange
"Big" Joe Rosenfeld did an overnight program in the early years
of WABC's run as a Top 40 radio station.
WABC re-created itself each Memorial Day between 1998 and 2009.
It was inspired by this web site!
The Top 77 of All Time
of the top songs of all time as voted by you!
The New York Radio Message Board
current New York Radio topics!
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station WABC. Except where otherwise noted, the information on this page
is from items I personally collected or heard broadcast over many years and
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