by
Vince Santarelli

vinceapple2002@yahoo.com

 

 

Internet Volume 20 - No. 1  Winter, 2020

 

 

Time, as we do every year at this time to take a look at the anniversaries coming up this year.

 

95 years ago:

WMCA signs on February 6, 1925

John B. Gambling does first show on WOR:: March 8, 1925

 

90 years ago:

NBC first broadcasts from 30 Rock: November 30, 1930

WIBS officially becomes WHOM: April 12, 1930

 

85 years ago:

WOR goes to 50 kW: March 4, 1935

Martin Block does first show at WNEW: February 3, 1935

 

75 years ago:

Blue Network becomes ABC: June 15, 1945

WPIX FM starts as WGHF

First Arthur Godfrey show on CBS: April 30, 1945

Oscar Brand does first show on WNYC: December 10, 1945

 

70 years ago:

First Paul Harvey broadcast on ABC: December 3, 1950

 

65 years ago:

Monitor debuted on NBC: June 12, 1955

Monitor expands to 8 AM Saturday to Midnight Sunday: June 18, 1955

WGHF becomes WBFM

Joe Bolton becomes “Officer Joe”: January 17, 1955

Ernie Kovacs first day at WABC: May 21,, 1955

 

60 years ago:

WABC changes to Top 40: December 7, 1960

WRCA changes back to WNBC: June 1, 1960

Herb Oscar Anderson last show at WMCA: December 3, 1960

Alan Freed and Mel Leeds indicted for receiving $330,650 in payola: May 19, 1960      

Tommy Smalls indicted for payola: May 19, 1960

 

 

55 years ago:

WJRZ changes to country music: September 15, 1965

WINS becomes all news: April 19, 1965

WLIB FM signs on: September 15, 1965

WQXR FM moves transmitter to Empire State Building: December 15, 1965

Johnny Dark first at WMCA: April 8, 1965

Alan Freed dies: January 20, 1965

Chuck Leonard first at WABC: September 6,, 1965

Ron Lundy first at WABC: September 1, 1965

Scott Muni last at WABC: January 29, 1965

Murray the K left WINS: February 27, 1965

B. Mitchell Reed last at WMCA: March 20, 1965

Gary Stevens first at WMCA: Aaptil 8, 1965

 

 

50 years ago:

Fire destroys WJRZ studios: October 17, 1970

WCBS goes all news 24 hours: January 1, 1970

Last “:Music Til Dawn” on WCBS: January 4, 1970

WMCA changes to talk: September 21, 1970

Ed Baer last at WMCA: September 19, 1970

Dan Daniel last at WMCA: July 11, 1970

Bob Grant first at WMCA: September 20, 1970

Jay Reynolds first at WABC: February 23, 1970

 

45 years ago:

Monitor ends on NBC: January 26, 1975

NBC launches the News and Information Service: June 18, 1975

WHOM FM changes calls to WKTU: June 5, 1975

WNBC FM becomes WNWS: June 18, 975

WQIV signs off: August 19, 1975

WQIV returns as WNCN: August 25, 1975

Joe McCoy first at WCBS FM: February 15, 1975

 

40 years ago:

Last WABC survey to carry the “Musicradio” moniker: September 22, 1980

WRVR jazz changes to WKHK country: September 8, 1980

Randy Davis first show at WYNY: December 15, 1980

Harry Harrison first show at WCBS FM: March 24, 1980

Mike McCann first show at WYNY: July 27, 1980

 

35 years ago:

WKTU changes to WXRK: July 13, 1985

Dan Ingram first show at WKTU: January 14, 1985

Soupy Sales first at WNBC: April 22, 1985

Howard Stern last at WNBC: September 27, 1985

 

30 years ago:

WJIT switches to WZRC: April 28, 1990

John R. Gambling takes over “Rambling With Gambling”: December 15, 1990

 

25 years ago:

WSKQ changes to WXLX: April 3, 1995

Aliston Steele dies: September 27, 1995

 

20 years ago:

WKDM changes calls to WNNY: July 21, 2000

WNNY switches to all Hispanic news: September 27, 2000

WCBS FM moves to 1515 Broadway: August 17, 2000

WADO increased power to 50kW day/7/2 kW nite: August 7, 2000

John R. Gambling last show at WOR: September 11, 2000

Rosko dies: August 1, 2000

 

15 years ago:

First Saturday Night Oldies show on WABC: December 3, 2005

WCBS FM switches to “Jack” format: June 3, 2005

WXRK switches to mainstream rock: April 4, 2005

WOR moves from 1440 Broadway to 111 Broadway: April 30, 2005

Harry Harrison does his last show in radio: May 28, 2005

Howard Stern last at WXRK: December 16, 2005

 

10 years ago:

WWRL drops Air America: January 21, 2010

Ron Lundy dies: March 15, 2010

 

5 years ago:

WFME call letters go to 1560 AM: February 20, 2015

Family Radio programming starts on WFME: February 27, 2015

Vin Scelsa last show at WFUV: May 2, 2015

Pat S. John last at WCBS FM: April 12, 2015

 

 

Now I though we’d take a nostalgic look back at who left us this year:

Ed Baer - January 1st

Allan Bernstein - May 2nd

John Bohannon - January 9th

Buy Broady - August 6th

Bill Crowley - March 28th

Don Imus - December 27th

Paco Navarro - August 8th

Dotty Mack (Wife of William B. Williams) - August 3rd

Bruce Williams - February 9th

Bob Slade - March 24th

 

 

APPLE BITES CALENDAR FOR

JANUARY

 

BIRTHDAYS

  1 - Ted Cott - WNYC, WNEW, WNBC

  1 - Clay Cole - WINS

  2 - Julius La Rosa - WNEW

  2 - Rasa Kaye - WLTW

  3- Ian McLeod - WNEW, WHN, WINS

  4 - Al “Jazzbeaux” Collins - WINS, WNEW, WNBC

  8 - Soupy Sales - WNBC

  8 - Charles Osgood - WFUV, WCBS, CBS TV

  9 - Angie Martinez - WQHT, WWPR

10 - Don Gardiner - ABC Staff Announcer

11 - Pete Salant - WYNY (PD)

12 - Rush Limbaugh - WABC, Syndication

12 - Howard Stern - WNBC, WXRK

12 - Paul Cassidy - WCBS FM

14 - George Ansbro - ABC Staff Announcer

14 - Bumper Morgan - WXLO - WPIX FM - WNBC

15 - Al Lohman - WABC, WMGM

15 - Marty Lyons - Jets

16 - Bob Gibson - NBC Radio News, WCBS, ABC Radio News, WCBS, WNEW   AM, WMCA, WINS, WOR

18 - Dene Hallam - WHN (PD), WKHK (PD)

20 - Keeve Berman - WOR FM, ABC Radio

21 - Wolfman Jack - WNBC

21 - Felix Hernandez - WBGO,WRKS, WBLS

23 - Ernie Kovacs - WABC

24 - Jimmy Fink - WABC FM, WPLJ, WXRK

25 - Ernie Harwell - Dodgers & Giants play-by-play

25 - Tommy Smalls (Dr. Jive) - WWRL

25 - Tom Morgan - WXLO, WPLJ

25 - Norm N. Nite - WCBS FM

25 - B.J. Stone - WNJR, WRKS

25 - APPLE BITES Editor Vince Santarelli

26 - Alison Steele - WNEW FM, WNEW, WXRK

26 - Lauren Santarelli - Daughter of Vince (see above)

27 - Dead Air Dave / Dylan- WXRK, WWFS

28 - Neal “Moon” Mullins - WHN (PD)

28 - Bill White - Voice of The Yankees 1971 - 1988

28 - Wayne Cabot - WCBS

31 - Connie Desmond - Yankees, Giants, Dodgers, Knicks

31 - John Minko - WFAN

 

 DEATHS

  1 - Jack Thayer - WNBC, WNEW (GM) - 1995

  1 - Jim Karvellas - Knicks play-by-play - 2010

  1 - Ed Baer, WMCA,, WHN, WYNY - 2019

  3 - Milton Cross - Voice of The Metropolitan Opera on WQXR - 1975

  3 - Marty Glickman - Voice of Giants, Knicks & Rangers - 2001

  5 - Jerry Coleman - New York Yankees - 2014

  6 - Thom O’Hair - WQIV PD - 2001

  8 - John A. Gambling - WOR - 2004

  8 - Jim Lounsberry - WPIX FM, WOR FM, WABC, WRFM - 2006

  8 - John Bohannon - WPIX FM, ABC News, WNBC, CBS News - 2019

10 - Dean Hunter - WHN - 1999

12 - Art Rust, Jr. - WWRL, WMCA, WINS, WABC, WBLS - 2010

13 - Ernie Kovacs - WABC - 1962

14 - Don Carney - WOR (Uncle Don) - 1954

16 - George Jellinek - WQXR - 2010

16 - Peter Roberts - WINS, WOR, WPAT - 2013

17 - Joel Sebastian - WNEW - WKHK - WHN - WNBC - 1986

18 - Edwin Armstrong - founder of FM radio - 1954

18 - Steve Flanders - WCBS - 1983

18 - Candy Jones - WMCA - 1990

18 - Harry Fleetwood - WNBC, WRCA, WNCN - 2004

20 - Alan Freed - 1965

20 - Ken Harper - WPIX FM - 1988

22 - Ruth Ann Meyer - WMGM, WMCA (PD), WHN (PD), WNEW (PD) - 2011

23 - Bob "Bob-A-Loo" Lewis - WMGM,  WABC - WABC FM - WNEW FM,    WCBS FM - 1987

24 - Mary Thomas - WKTU, WBLS, WXLO/WRKS, WQHT, WQCD - 1999

24 - Joe Franklin - WOR - 2015

25 - Bill Slater - Voice of New York Giants (Baseball) - 1965

26 - Bob Brown - WAAT, WNTA, WJRZ, WWDJ, WNWS, WVNJ - 2005

27 - Bob Haymes - WCBS, WNBC, WNEW - 1989

27 - Frank Stickle - WMCA - 2018

28 - Stan Martin - WPIX FM, WNEW, WRFM, WTFM, WHN, WKTU, WQEW - 2003

29 - Herb Oscar Anderson - WMCA, WABC, WHN, WOR - 2017

30 - Pegeen Fitzgerald - WOR - 1989

31 - Major Edwin Armstrong - founder of FM radio - 1954

31 - Irv Smith - WINS - 1959

31 - Peter Tripp - WMGM - 2000

31 - Michael O’Neill - WMCA, WHN, WINS - 2006

 

RADIO ANNIVERSARIES

  1 - Blue Network signs on - 1927

  1 - WKBQ becomes WBNX - 1931

  1 - Martin Block Moves to WABC (770 AM) - 1954

  1 - WRVR (106.7 FM) Signs on - 1961

  1 - First All American appears on WABC surveys (Charlie Greer) - 1963

  1 - WQXR AM & FM split operations - 1967

  1 - Jack Sterling starts at WHN - 1967

  1 - ABC splits into four separate networks - 1968

  1 - Alison Steele starts at AOR WNEW FM (102.7) - 1968

  1 - Roby Yonge officially starts at WABC - 1968

  1 - WCBS Expands news format to 24-hours - 1970

  1 - WNWS Becomes WYNY (Y-97) (97.1 FM) - 1977

  1 - WEVD (97.9 FM) Switches to 1050 AM - 1989

  1 - WSKQ Takes over 97.9 FM - 1989

  1 - WXRK (92.3 FM) changes call letters to WFNY - 2006

  1 - WWRL switches to Spanish format - 2014

  2- WABC (770 AM) transmitter moves to Lodi, NJ - 1944

  2 - Debut of “Fresh” format on 102.7 FM. - 2007

  3 - Cap Cites takes over ABC - 1986

  3 - “Free FM” debuts on WFNY - 2006

  4 - Martin Block starts at WABC - 1954 

  4 - Last “Music Till Dawn” on WCBS - 1970

  4 - ESPN Radio debuts - 2000

  4 - WBBR (1130 AM) Begins financial news programming - 1993

  5 - WXRK (92.3 FM) changes to Modern Rock - 1996

  5 - WWRL changes to Spanish - 2014

  6 - Joe O’Brien starts at WNBC - 1969

  6 - WJRZ (970 AM) sold to Pacific Southern - 1971

  6 - WFME license changes from non-commercial to commercial - 2012

  8 - Max Kinkel starts at WCBS FM - 1983

  9 - Howard Stern moves to Sirius Satellite Radio - 2006

  9 - WNEW FM becomes WWFS - 2007

10 - Howard Cosell does first “Speaking of Everything” program on WABC - 1965

11 - Cumulus takes control of WFME with simulcast of WPLJ - 2013

12 - Last “Top 20 Countdown on WCBS FM - 2003 (the year was 1974)

13 - Bob Grant does last show at WOR - 2006

14 - Dan Ingram starts at WKTU (92.3 FM) - 1985

14 - WFME changes call letters to WRXP - 2013

15 - WWRL bought by Sonderling Broadcasting - 1964

17 - Joe Bolton officially becomes “Officer Joe” - 1955

17 - Scott Shannon last show at WHTZ - 1989

18 - Herb Oscar Anderson does last show at WABC (first time) - 1958

18 - WRXP (94.7 FM) starts the format wheel - 2013

20 - Peter Tripp’s “Stay Awake Marathon” starts - 1959

20 - WPAT FM (93.1) changes to the "Suave" format - 1996

21 - WYNY (103.5 FM) confirms rumors that they are dropping country - 1996

21 - WNSR (105.1 FM) becomes WBIX “Big 105” - 1998

21 - WWRL drops “Air America” format - 2010

21 - WRXP (94.7 FM) becomes Country “Nash FM” - 2013

22 - “Casey’s Top 40” debuts on WHTZ (100.3 FM) - 1989

23 - WNBC (660 AM) switches from classical to pop - 1954

23 - WKHK (106.7 FM) country becomes WLTW "Lite FM" - 1984

24 - First Top 20 Countdown on WCBS FM (1-2-62) - 1982

26 - NBC’s  “Monitor” broadcast for the last time (John Bartholomew Tucker host) - 1975

26 - Bob Gibson does the last Monitor News Update - 1975

27 - CBS radio debuts as “United Independent Broadcasters” - 1927

27 - Scott Shannon leaves WHTZ - 1989

27 - WNYC (820 AM & 93.9 FM) taken over by “WNYC Foundation” - 1997

27 - WNEW FM (102.7) drops talk format in favor of music - 2003

29 - Scott Muni last day at WABC - 1965

29 - WRXP (94.7 FM) changes call letters to WNSH - 2013

30 - WADO (1280 AM) signs on as WGL - 1927

 

 

APPLE BITES CALENDAR FOR

FEBRUARY

 

BIRTHDAYS

 1 - Bill Owen - WABC

 2 - Kenny Albert - Rangers play-by-play

 2 - Michael Kay - New York Yankees TV Play-by-play, WEPN

 2 - Jack the Wack - WPIX FM, WHTZ

 2 - Linda Silver - WMXV (MD) (aka Shauna King at WHTZ)

 2 - Joe Causi - WKTU, WNEW FM, WCBS FM

 2 - Susan Gail Browning - WYNY

 3 - Martin Block - WNEW, WABC

 3 - Dennis Elsas - WNEW FM, WFUV

 3 - Helen Little - WBLS, WWPR, WLTW

 4 - Al Bandiero - WXLO, WKTU, WQHT, WPLJ, WTJM, WKTU

 4 - Karen Carson - WPAT, WLTW, WAXQ, WNSR, WWFS

 5 - John A. Gambling - WOR

 6 - Kathy Millar - WLTW

 6 - Crys Quimby - WINS, WCBS, Metro Networks

 7 - Oscar Brand - WNYC

 7 - G. Keith Alexander - WBLS, WRKS, WKTU (original), WRVR, WTJM

 8 - Johnny Michaels - WOR FM, WMCA, WNEW FM, WCBS FM, SKTU, WBLS,,             WNBC

 9 - Bob Hite - CBS staff announcer

 9 - Ian Eagle - WFAN, Nets

11 - Bill Buchner - WLTW

12 - Joe Gargiola - Yankees

12 - Pat St. John - WPLJ, WNEW FM, WCBS FM, WAXQ

12 - Ed Lover - WQHT, WWPR, WRKS

12 - Maureen Donnelly  (wife of Dan Ingram)

14 - Mel Allen - Voice of the Yankees

14 - Gabe Pressman - WRCA, WNBC

14 - Murray the K - WMCA, WMGM, WINS, WOR FM, WNBC, WKTU

14 - “Brother” John Rydgren - WABC FM

14 - Joe Nolan - The Traffic Guy

14 - Cindy Vero - WKTU, WNSH, WPLJ

15 - R. Peter Straus - WMCA owner

16 - Wayne Howell - NBC Staff Announcer

16 - Buzz Brindle - WNBC, WYNY

17 - Red Barber - Dodgers, Yankees (“The Ole Red Head”)

17 - Robin Marshall - WPIX FM, WQCD, WWFS

17 - Chris Angelo - WCBS FM (Production Director)

17 - Elliot Segal - WHTZ, WOR

18 - Bill Cullen - WNBC

18 - Richard Lorenzo - WCBS FM (MD)

18 - Dr. Dre - WQHT, WTJM, WWPR

19 - Sandy Becker - WWRL, WRCA, WNBC, WNEW

19 - Jim Gordon - Knicks, Rangers, Giants (NFL) play-by-play

19 - Ed Walsh - WOR, WINS, WCBS

22 - Don Pardo - NBC

22 - Tony Warren - WCBS FM

24 - Jim Lounsberry - WPIX FM, WOR FM, WABC, WRFM

26 - Robert Alda - WNBC, WEVD

26 - Jim Quinn - WPLJ, WPIX FM

28 - Skip Dillard - WBLS (PD)

 

DEATHS

  2 - Shirley Lundy (wife of Ron) - 2013

  2 - Bob Elliot - WINS, WOR - 2016 

  4 - Jim Ameche - WHN - 1983

  4 - Junior Hernandez - WSKQ - 1998

  6 - Ralph Kiner - Mets - 2014

  9 - Johnny Michaels - WOR FM, WMCA, WNEW FM, WCBS FM, WKTU,             WBLS, WNBC - 2002

  9 - Bruce Williams - WMCA, NBC TALKNET - 2019

13 - Carlos de Jesus - WKTU - 2012

15 - Wally Parker - ABC Staff announcer - 2005

16 - J.R. Nelson - WHTZ - 2010

17 - Barney Pip - WPIX FM - 1994

17 - Jim Gordon - Voice of the New York football Giants - 2003

18 - Bob Hite - CBS Staff announcer - 2000

18 - Erwin Frankel - WPOW, WABC FM, WRFM - 2012

19 - Bob Cruz - WABC - 1995

20 - Jim Woods - Yankees, Giants (bb) play-by-play - 1988

20 - Curt Gowdy - Yankees - 2006

21 - Murray The K - WINS - 1982

21 - Tom Mercein - WNEW, WPIX FM  - 1999

21 - Cephas Bowles - WBGO - 2015

23 - Alan Colmes - WHN, WPIX FM, WABC, WNBC, WMCA, WEVD - 2017

25 - Jack Lazare - WNEW - 2006

26 - Bert Lee - WOR, WMCA, WHN, WINS - 2004

26 - Bill Rice - ABC Radio - 2015

 

RADIO ANNIVERSARIES

  1 - WOR (710 AM) officially moves to New York City - 1941

  1 - WEVD switches from 97.9 FM to 1050 AM - 1989

  1 - WWRL changes to Indian and South Asian programming - 2016

  2 - Joe McCoy starts as a disc jockey at WCBS FM - 1975

  2 - Laurie Cantillo starts as PD at WABC - 2009

  3 - Martin Block starts at WNEW First “Make Believe Ballroom” (1130 AM) - 1935

  3 - Phil Boyce starts at Salem Communications - 2012

  4 - WYNY (103.5 FM) drops country - 1996

  5 - WNYC FM signs on as W39NY - 1941

  5 - WQCD (101.9 FM) becomes WRXP - 2008

  6 - WMCA signs on at 880 AM - 1925

  6 - Former WMCA Good Guy Joe O’Brien retires - 2000

  6 - ABC announces plans to sell 24 radio stations to Citadel - 2006

  7 - B. Mitchell Reed starts at WMCA - 1963

  7 - Beatles arrive in New York - 1964

  7 - Scott Shannon last show at WPLJ - 2014

  9 - Murray The K brings John, Paul & Ringo to the Peppermint Lounge - 1964

10 - Johnny Holliday starts at WINS - 1964

10 - “The New” WKTU officially debuts at 103.5 FM - 1996

10 - WLIB (1190 AM) switches to 24-hour operation - 1999

11 - Last “Soul Of the City” on WCBS FM - 2001

12 - Beatles concert at Carnegie Hall with WMCA Good Guys - 1964

13 - WNEW (1130 AM) Signs on - 1934

13 - The “Make Believe Ballroom” debuts on WNEW - 1935

14 - WABC FM (95.5) becomes WPLJ - 1971

14 - Last “Jukebox Saturday Night” on WCBS FM - 2001

20 - WFME call letters move to 1560 AM - 2015

22 - WOR (710 AM) signs on - 1922

22 - WABC announces that they will change to a talk format -1982

23 - Jay Reynolds does first show at WABC (770 AM) - 1970

24 - WPOW signs on as WBBR - 1924

24 - First Mike & Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio - 2000

25 - Kelly Ford starts at WNSH - 2013

25 - Jesse Addy starts at WNSH - 2013

26 - WMCA FM changes call letters to WHOM FM - 1951

26 - WHN (1050 AM) changes to country music - 1973

26 - Jay Reynolds does last show at WABC - 1976

27 - Murray the K does last show at WINS (1010 AM) - 1965

27 - Family Radio programming starts on 1560 AM - 2015

28 - WMGM (1050 AM) - Top 40 becomes WHN - MOR - 1962

28 - WABC FM starts “Love” format - 1969

28 - WNSW (1430 AM) drops the adult standards format - 2001

28 - Sale of WEVD (1050 AM) to ABC approved by FCC - 2003

28 - John R. Gambling does last show at WABC - 2008

29 - Rocky Allen does last show at WPLJ - 2008

 

 

APPLE BITES CALENDAR FOR

MARCH

 

BIRTHDAYS

  2 - Vaughn Harper - WBLS

  3 - Spanky McFarland - WHTZ

  4 - Tommy Edwards - WOR FM

  4 - Jonathan Clarke - WAXQ

  5 - Hank Spann - WWRL

  6 - Sean Casey - WOR FM, WPLJ, WWDJ, WCBS FM

  8 - Douglas “Jocko” Henderson - WOV, WNTA, WWRL

  7 - Pete Larkin - WNEW FM, Shea Stadium announceer

  8 - Mickey Dolenz - WCBS FM

  9 - Joe Franklin - WOR

  9 - Dave Stewart - WPLJ, WCBS FM

10 - Pat Prescott - WRVR, WKHK, WBLS, WQCD

11 - Paul Cavalconte - WFUV, WNEW, WQCD, WRXP, WEMP

11 - Johnny Allen - WRKS, WTJM, WKTU

14 - Bob Grant - WMCA, WABC, WOR

14 - Imhotep Gary D. Byrd - WWRL. WLIB, WBAI, WBLS

15 - Mel Phillips - WXLO (PD), WNBC (PD), WCBS FM programming assistant

15 - Chris Welch - WRKS, WBLS, WDBZ

15 - Mister Magic - WBLS, WQHT

15 - Steve Young - WNEW (PD)

16 - J.R. Nelson - WHTZ

17 - E-Bro Darden - WQHT (PD)

18 - Ray Daniels - WMXV, WDBZ, Shadow Traffic, WWFS

19 - Bob Cruz - WABC

19 - Jerry Recco - WFAN

20 - Ray Goulding - WINS, WHN, WOR

20 - Mike Francesa - WFAN

20 - Ralphie Marino - WQHT, WKTU

21 - Phil Pepe - former WCBS FM Sports Director

23 - Christopher Glenn - WNEW, WCBS, CBS TV News

23 - George Weber - WABC

24 - George Michael - WABC

25 - Howard Cosell - WABC Sports

25 - Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton - WHTZ, WKTU

26 - Bob Elliott - WINS, WHN, WOR (of Bob & Ray fame)

26 - Luis Jimenez - WSKQ, WCAA, WXNY

26 - Curtis Sliwa - WABC, WNYM

27 - Fred Foy - ABC Staff Announcer

27 - Dr. Bob Lee - WBLS

29 - Bob Haymes - WNEW, WCBS, WNBC

29 - Larry Yount - WRFM, WVNJ, WQXR

29 - Danielle Monaro - WHTZ

29 - Debbie Sheehan - WPAT, Shadow Traffic

30 - Will Spens - WXLO, WCBS, WNBC, WNEW

30 - Chuck Leonard - WABC, WRKS, WBLS, WNSW

31 - Henry Morgan - WMCA, WOR, WABC

 

 

DEATHS

  3 - Chuck Browning - WMCA - 1988

  4 - Fred Horton - WYNY (PD) - 2008

  5 - John Kennelly - WNEW, WBBR - 1999

  6 - Raymond Reinoso - WSKQ - 2007

  7 - Tre Black - WWPR - 2010

  8 - Jack Spector - WMCA, WHN, WCBS FM, WNBC, WPIX FM, WQCD - 1994

10 - Connie Desmond - Yankees, Giants, Dodgers, Knicks - 1983

11 - Danny Stiles - WHBI AM, WNJR, WEVD FM, WOR, WNYC, WNSW - 2011

13 - Spanky McFarland - WHTZ - 1988

13 - John Andariese - Knicks announcer - 2017

13 - Jim Harlan - WKTU, WXRK, WNEW - 2003

15 - Ron Lundy - WABC, WCBS FM - 2010

16 - Arthur Godfrey - WCBS - 1983

16 - B. Mitchell Reed - WMCA - 1983

17 - J.J. Jackson - WABC FM, MTV - 2004

17 - Charlie Brown - WNBC - 2015

18 - Bill Beutel - ABC Radio & TV - 2006

20 - Ted Brown, WOR, WMGM, WNBC, WNEW - 2005

20 - George Weber - WABC - 2009

21 - Steve Labunski - WMCA (GM) - 2011

23 - Samori Marksman - WBAI (PD) - 1999

24 - Ray Goulding - WINS, WHN, WOR - 1990

24 - Bob Slade - WRKS, WBLS - 2019

25 - Bernard Meltzer - WOR - 1998

27 - Don Gardiner - ABC RADIO - 1977

27 - Megatron - WQHT - 2011

27 - Dr. Toni Grant - WABC,ABC - 2016

28 - Bill Crowley - WPLJ, WKTU, WYNY, WTFM, WLTW - 2019

29 - Dee Finch - WNEW (Klavan & Finch)  - 1983

30 - Will Spens - WXLO, WCBS, WNBC, WNEW - 2008

31 - Darian O’Toole - WAXQ - 2008

 

RADIO ANNIVERSARIES

  1 - WJZ (770 AM) changes call letters to WABC - 1953

  1- WPAT FM signs on - 1957

  1 - WTFM purchased by Friendly Frost - 1960

  1 - WBIX (105.1 FM) changes call letters to WTJM - 1999

  2 - WEAF signs on - 1922

  4- WOR goes to 50 kW - 1935

  6 - KE2XCC (93.1 FM), the station owned by Maj. Armstrong, closes down for     the final time at 9 PM

  8 - John B. Gambling starts at WOR - 1925

10 - First New York Mets radio broadcast on WABC - 1962

10 - Family Radio buys WFME (94.7 FM) - 1966

11 - WXRK (92.3 FM) changes to CHR - 2009

12 - WOV (WADO) signs on - 1934

13 - First “World News Roundup” on CBS Radio - 1938

13 - WPLJ moves to 2 Penn Plaza - 1989

14 - WTJM (105.1) switches from classic soul to “Hip Hop” - 2002

15 - Alan Freed indicted by Federal Grand jury for income tax evasion - 1964

15 - Big Wilson does last show at WNBC - 1974

15 - WWFS changes call letters to WNEW FM - 2016

16 - WQXR boosts power to 50kW - 1956

17 - WABC moves to 2 Penn Plaza - 1989

18 - WHN debuts at 833Kc - 1922

18 - Jim Kerr starts at WPLJ - 1974

19 - Harry Harrison does last show at WCBS FM - 2003

20 - B. Mitchell Reed does last show at WMCA - 1965

21 - Alan Freed’s first “Moondog Coronation Ball” at Cleveland Arena - 1952

22 - WNJR changes format to Adult Standards - 1999

22 - Jonathan Bell leaves WHTZ - 2010

23 - Jack Kratoville starts at WLTW - 1997

24 - Jean Shepherd does last show at WOR - 1977

24 - Harry Harrison starts at WCBS FM - 1980

25 - B. Mitchell Reed does last show at WMCA - 1965

26 - WQXR signs on as W2XR - 1929

26 - WPAT (930 AM) switches to Spanish format - 1996

26 - WJWR (620 AM) switches call letters to WSNR - 2001

29 - WABC moves to 770 AM - 1941

29 - AFTRA strike begins - 1967

29 - Don Imus does last show at WABC - 2018

30 - The Great AM Frequency Re-alignment - 1941

30 - WNSR changes to WMXV - 1992

31 - WNTA (970 AM) changes call letters to WJRZ - 1962

31 - Great Newspaper Strike ends - 1963

31 - WLIB becomes Air America affiliate - 2004

 

 

EDITOR'S NOTE

 

Just a quick RIP for John Donald Imus. I was listening to him his first day on the air at WNBC on December 2, 1971. I continued listening right up until he became a political interviewer. I don’t know why, but I just wasn’t really that interested anymore. I guess because I’m not really interested in politicians. Anyway, he was one of the best at what he did. He will be missed.

 

Vince Santarelli

Editor

 

 

 

 

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