by
Vince Santarelli

vinceapple2002@yahoo.com

 

 

Internet Volume 20 - No. 3  Summer, 2020

 

 

As I sit in front of the computer wondering what to do for the summer edition of APPLE BITES, I remembered something that I did a few years ago called “My Perfect Day In New York Radio. It received such a positive response that I though I would share it with you one more time. So, once again, with a sincere thank-you to former New York Daily News radio critic David Hinckley and sports columnist Mike Lupica (who did their own versions of the “perfect day in New York entertainment” and the “perfect day in New York sports,” I now present to you, my perfect day in New York radio.

 

The frequencies are all the same, but in some cases the call letters have changed and the formats have morphed.

 

There’s WMCA, 66 WNBC, 77 WABC, 1010 WINS, 1050 WHN. Don’t forget WOV and Jocko’s Rocket Ship. If rockets aren’t your cup of tea, how about a sojourn on the Night Train with Alan Fredericks. Soul 16 - WWRL.

 

There’s Arthur Godfrey on WCBS. W-J-R-Z, nine seven-oh! Country becomes Top 40 and now it’s 97 WWDJ.

 

And all of a sudden, there’s country in New York - 1050 WHN. Country moves to FM and Country 97 WYNY. Well lookee there, Country 97 just became Country 103.5. And before you know it, country will move even farther up the dial before abandoning the city altogether.

 

When we’re ready to get mellow, there’s WPAT AM & FM, WVN-Joy, WRFM Stereo 105 and WTFM.

 

For our Spanish-speaking friends, there’s WHOM, WBNX and WADO.

 

And don’t forget Shep tonight at 9:15 on WOR. And, of course, we’re laughing and scratching on the Ingram Flingram every afternoon on WABC. H.O.A. wakes us up in the morning and Charlie Greer gets us through the night. “Dennison, a men’s clothier, route 22 Union, NJ, open 10 AM till 5 the next morning says……” EEEEE!  Your Cousin’s here.

 

Mel Allen, Red Barber and Phil Rizzuto doing the Yankees on WINS, WMGM, WCBS, WHN, or maybe Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner calling the Mets on WABC, WHN, WJRZ, WABC FM, WNBC FM, WWDJ, WNEW, WMCA. Jim Gordon does the play-by-play for the Giants on WNEW and Marty Glickman does the Knicks.

 

“O’Brien and Harrison start your day, then comes Spector, Who?  Oh-vey!  We’re the Good Guys.  After Jack we’ll tell you what your needin’, Dandy Dan and then B. Mitchell Reed swings. One till six until the dawn, hear Don Davis swing along, Good Guys, that’s us! We’ll get our Good Guy sweat shirt and then check out the swingin’ soiree with Murray, Murray the K on 1010 WINS.

 

Don’t forget Ted Brown, Willie B., Jim Lowe and Klavan and Finch on Eleven-three-oh in New York - Double-You-N-E-Double-You.

 

And over on the FM side, there’s the Night Bird - Alison Steele. WABC FM, WOR FM, WNBC FM (just what are they doing these days anyway?).

 

Looking for some jazz? How about Ed Williams, Billy Taylor and Del Shields on WLIB FM. Later on it was Max Cole, Ed Beach, Les Davis and Van Jay on WRVR.

 

Scottso in the yard on WABC. No, wait a minute. Scott Muni’s on WOR FM now. No, no.  It’s the Professor on WNEW FM.

 

“Bob-A-Loo in the sky with you, settin’ the di variable veeble vertzer of the past - time slide rollin’!” Bob-A-Loo and Some Trust in Chariots on WABC FM. Bob Lewis and Steve Clark, the Lewis and Clark Expedition on WCBS FM.

 

Bob Dayton, happy birthday, Hiroshima!

 

Roby Yonge, Beatle Paul may be dead - a slip of the lip can sink your ship!

 

Cousin Brucie’s days are numbered - Wolfman Jack is coming to 66 WNBC!

 

Hello, Love! It’s ten o’clock in the greatest city in the world!

 

A new morning mayor takes over at WABC and he’s none other than Harry Harrison from WMCA. And before you know it, Harry’s moved on to CBS FM where he lasts longer than WMCA and WABC combined.

 

Good evening everybody it’s 6-0-3 at WABC. I’m George Michael!

 

 Look out, New York, FM is taking over. Have you heard what they’re doing on 92.3 FM. It’s WKTU and it’s all disco music. And you should hear that guy in the afternoon, what’s his name, Paco?

 

How about Zacherle on WABC FM, no wait, I said the wrong thing again - WPLJ New York.

 

How about those women on WNEW FM. No, wait, the women are gone, but you should hear what replaced it. Great stuff that you don’t hear on AM. And some really cool deejays, too. There’s Rosko and Jonathan Schwartz and did you know that there’s a long version of “Light My Fire.” 

 

Frankie Crocker, formerly of WMCA,  is now holding forth on WBLS and playing some great music.

 

WWRL - Jeff Troy, Gerry Bledsoe, Hank Spann, The Dixie Drifter, Bobby Jay and Chuck Leonard. No wait, Chuck’s doing 11 PM to Midnight on WABC now. The best that ever did it and got away with it!

 

Saturday night? No question, it’s Bill Rock and the Saturday Night Country Club on WYNY.

 

Sunday night we listen to Vaughn Harper and the Quiet Storm on WBLS.

 

In the early 70’s, it’s Saturday night and you’re parked in that special spot, with that special someone and Jim Nettleton is on WABC.

 

The Ed Baer affair and Deano on your radio.

 

The Big Town Sound - WOR FM. 98.7.…stereo. That was yesterday, today it’s WXLO. Hold on, shorten that to simply 99X. Walt “Baby” Love, Rick Shaw, Joe McCoy, Mike Phillips, Dave Thomson.

 

And while we’re at it, we’ll check out that new oldies station, CBS FM. It’s two o’clock and it’s Captain Sparkle and the Lost Radio Rangers - the Leader of Lasagna Land, the Prince of Pastrami People, the King of Kielbasa Country - Dickie Heatherton, hello, hello, hello!

 

WABC twin spin. The Top 100 of the year. Check out number one, number 77, number 100 and the number of whatever year this is. Tuesday afternoon, three o’clock, new survey.

 

And John Gambling on WOR (did you ever in your wildest dreams figure that a Gambling would end up on WABC?).

 

News, first, fast, five minutes sooner. All news, all the time. You give us 22 minutes, and we’ll give you the world.

 

News Radio 88. Music Radio 77.

 

101 minutes of non-stop music.

 

And then there’s 101.9 - Top 40, Disco, New Wave, Nothing But Love Songs. Every single format a goodie, but always a day early.

 

Some guy named Alan Freed plays rock & roll on the radio every night. So does the curly-headed kid in the third row.

 

WMGM, New York. WHN, New York. WNBC, New York. WABC AM & FM, New York. WEVD, New York. WNEW, New York. WYNY, New York. WOR FM, New York. WPIX FM, New York. WNCN, New York. WQIV, New York. WRFM, New York. WRVR, New York. WKHK, New York. WLIB FM, New York. Radio WADO, Nueva York. 

 

Memories pressed between the pages of my mind.

 

 

APPLE BITES CALENDAR FOR

JULY

 

BIRTHDAYS

  1 - Bill Stern - WINS

  1 - Sharon Dastur - WHTZ (PD)

  1 - Mo’ Bounce - WHTZ

  2 - Barry Gray - WOR, WMCA

  2 - Tom Cuddy - WPLJ (OM), WOR (PD)

  3 - David Bernstein - WOR (PD)

  4 - John Sterling - Yankees Radio Announcer

  5 - Don Dunphy - Giants and Yankees baseball announcer

  5- Brandi - WWFS

  7 - John R. Gehron - first oldies PD at WCBS FM

  7 - Joey Reynolds - WNBC, WOR, WABC

  9 - Ted Steele - WMCA, WINS

10 - Graham McNamee - WEAF

11 - Joe McCoy - WOR FM, WNBC, WCBS FM (PD)

11 - Mike McKay - WABC

11 - Evan Roberts - WFAN

12 - Jim Monaghan - WNEW FM

12 - Robin Taylor - WLTW

12 - Jay Thomas - WXLO, WKTU, WTJM

13 - Bill Quinn - WNEW, WQEW

15 - Bill Rock - WNBC, WYNY

16 - Bob Worthington - WNSR, WPAT FM

16 - Steve Kamer - WNSR, WMXV

17 - Charley Steiner - WXLO, WOR, Yankees Radio Announcer

18 - Brian Thomas - WCBS FM (PD), WNSH (PD)

21 - Jean Shepherd - WOR

22 - Don K. Reed - WCBS FM

23 - Don Imus - WNBC, WFAN, WABC

23 - Maria Martello-Angelo - Programming Asst. / Producer - WCBS FM

24 - Billy Taylor - WNEW, WLIB FM

24 - Delphine Blue - WBAI, WFUV, WCBS FM

25 - Scott Shannon - WPLJ, WCBS FM

25 - Jay Reynolds - WABC

25 - Roby Yonge - WABC, WCBS FM

26 - Jim Ryan - WLTW PD, WWFS PD, WCBS FM (PD)

26 - Dick Bartley - WNSR

27 - Mike McCann - WYNY, WCBS FM, WFAN, WINS

27 - Nina Del Rio - WLTW

29 - Steve Jordan - WPAT FM

30 - Peter King - CBS News Radio

30 - Marty Mitchell - WYNY, WCBS FM

31 - Curt Gowdy - Yankees and NBC Sports announcer

31 - Ron Kuby - WABC      

 

DEATHS

 1 - Wolfman Jack - WNBC -1995

 3 - Murphy Martin - WABC, ABC Radio - 2008

 4 - Bob Hagen - WINS, WNEW, WMCA - 2004

 7 - Bill Cullen - WNBC - 1990

 7 - Jerry Doggett - Dodgers announcer - 1997

 7 - Peter Shain - WNBC - 2010

 8 - Wayne Howell - NBC staff announcer - 1993

 9 - Vaughn Harper - WBLS, WWRL, WTJM - 2016

10 - Chip Cipolla - WNEW, Giants football, WXRK - 1994

10 - Bob Adams, WNCN - 2010

11 - Bob Sheppard - Yankee stadium announcer - 2010

12 - Bobby Murcer - Yankees player and announcer - 2008

15 - Douglas “Jocko” Henderson - WOV, WADO - 2000

15 - Bob Wolff - Iconic New York Sportscaster - 2017

16 - Max Cole - WNYC, WRVR, WNCN - 2006

18 - Roby Yonge - WABC, WCBS FM - 1997

19 - Bob Adams - WNCN - 2010

21 - Herb Sheldon - WINS, WJZ - 1964

22 - Jack Lescoulie - WNEW - 1987

22 - Don Dunphy - Giants & Yankees baseball announcer - 1998

24 - Joe O’Brien - WMCA, WNBC, WHN - 2005

26 - Glenn Crespo - WBGO - 2018

28 - Dick Clayton - WINS - 1998

29 - Tex McCrary - WEAF/WRCA/WNBC, WOR - 2003

30 - Al Brady - WOR FM, WWDJ, WXLO, WNBC, WABC (PD) - 2012

31 - Alan Fredericks - WADO - 2005

 

RADIO ANNIVERSARIES

  1 - WHN (1050 AM) becomes 1050 WFAN - 1987

  1 - WYNY (97.1 FM) switches to country - 1987

  1 - WAXQ (104.3 FM) changes format to classic rock - 1996

  2 - WNYC AM signs on - 1924

  3 - WEVD FM (107.5) signs on - 1951

  3 - Dan Ingram OFFICIALLY starts at WABC (770 AM) - 1961

  4 - Pete Myers starts at WNEW - 1959

  4 - WNEW FM debuts “all girl” format - 1966

  4 - American Top 40 with Casey Kasem premiers - 1970

  4 - Rush Limbaugh starts at WABC (770 AM) - 1988

  7 - WCBS FM (101.1) changes format to oldies - 1972

  8 - Herb Oscar Anderson debuts at WABC (1st time) - 1957

  9 - Johnny Donovan starts at WABC (770 AM) - 1972

  9 - Shelley Wade starts at WHTZ - 2001

10 - The Great WMCA (570 AM) Picnic on Long Island - 1966

11 - Alan Freed starts at WJW - Cleveland - 1951

11 - Dan Daniel does last show at WMCA (570 AM) - 1970

11 - Dennis Elsas does first show at WNEW FM - 1971

12 - WCBS FM drops “Jack” and becomes “classic hits” - 2007

13 - WVNJ FM first signs on - 1961

13 - 6 Cuban men invade WBNX (1380 AM) in anti-Castro tirade - 1968

13 - The Great Blackout #2 - 1977 - 9:29 PM

13 - WKTU (92.3 FM) changes to AOR WXRK - 1985

17 - WRXP drops Triple A format - 2011

17 - WEMP drop news in favor of new rock format - 2012

21 - WKDM (1380 AM) changes calls to WNNY - 2000

21 - WRXP changes call letters to WEMP - 2011

24 - WKTU (92.3 FM) changes to disco - 1978

25 -- New York Times takes ownership of WQXR AM & FM - 1944

25 - WCBS does last broadcast from 485 Madison Ave. - 1964

25 - WNNY (1380 AM) switches format to “Regional Mexican Music” - 2002

25 - WWDJ changes calls to WHTT - 2008

25 - WEMP changes call letters back to WRXP - 2012

26 - WCBS moves to 524 W. 57th St. - 1964

26 - Pete Fornatale starts at WNEW FM (102.7) - 1969

27 - Mike McCann starts at WYNY - 1980

28 - Westinghouse purchases WINS (1010 AM) for $10 Million - 1962

30 - WOR FM (98.7 FM) changes to rock - 1966

31 - WXLO (98.7 FM) adopts the “Kiss” format - 1981

 

 

APPLE BITES CALENDAR FOR

AUGUST

 

BIRTHDAYS

  1 - Mike Emrick, Rangers, Devils announcer

  1 - Geoffrey Holder - WOR, (Uncola Nut commercial)

  3 - Polito Vega - WHOM, WBNX, WXLX, WSKQ

  4 - Maria Von Dickerson - WPIX FM, WQCD

  5 - Larry Kenney - WHN, WKHK, WYNY, Imus in the Morning

  5 - Funkmaster Flex - WQHT

  5 - Elvis Duran - WHTZ

  6 - William B. Williams - WNEW

  6 - Jim Ameche - WMGM, WHN

  6 - Mike Greenberg - ESPN Radio (WEPN)

  6 - Dave Packer - WWFS, WCBS FM, WEMP

  7 - Charlie Cook - WHN (APD)

  7 - J.J. Kennedy - WPLJ, WLTW, WOR

  8 - Frank Messer - Yankees announcer

  8 - Robin Quivers - Howard Stern sidekick

  9 - Lark Logan - WAXQ

10 - Gus Johnson - Knicks announcer

11 - Bobby Jay - WNJR, WWRL, WCBS FM

12 - Charlie O’Donnell - WOR FM

12 - Joan Hamburg - WOR

12 - Brian Kelly - WCBS FM, WHN

14 - Marty Glickman - Rangers, Knicks, Giants, Jets announcer

14 - Bob Fitzsimmons - WNEW, WHN, WNBC, WABC

14 - Tim Byrd - WKHK, WNBC, WPIX FM, WQHT

15 - Bill Brown - WOR FM, WCBS FM

18 - Kelly Ford - WNSH

19 - Don Carney - WMCA, WOR (Uncle Don)

20 - Isaac Hayes - WRKS

20 - Andre Baruch - WMCA, WABC

20 - Tom Clay - WCBS FM

21 - Chris Schenkel - Giants football and ABC Sports announcer

22 - Jeff Mazzei - WMCA. WWDJ, WXLO, WNBC, WNEW, WABC, WYNY, WCBS FM

23 - Pete Fornatale - WNEW FM, WXRK, WFUV

23 - Jack Carney - WABC

25 - Dick Shepard - WNEW, WABC, WMGM

26 - Valerie Simpson - WRKS

26 - Lionel - WABC, WOR

28 - Johnny Donovan - WOR FM, WABC

27 - Deborah Rath - WQHT, WRKS, WQCD

29 - Bwana Johnny - WWDJ

30 - Bob Hardt - WABC news

30 - Joe Marino - WHTZ , WYNY, WKTU

31 - Arthur Godfrey - CBS Radio Network

 

DEATHS

  1 - Bill “Rosko” Mercer - 2000

  1 - George Taylor Morris - WWDJ, WPIX FM PD - 2009

  2 - Harvey Hauptman - WCBS - 2017

  3 - William B. Williams - 1986

  3 - Bob Murphy - Mets announcer - 2004

  3 - David Klahr - WYNY PD, WKTU GM - 2006

  3 - Steve Post - WBAI, WNYC FM - 2014

  5 - John Causier - ABC staff announcer - 2004

  5 - Last Mike & The Mad Dog on WFAN - 2008

  6 - Jack Brickhouse - NY Giants Baseball (1946) - 1998

  6 - R. Peter Strauss - WMCA owner - 2012

  7 - Ralph Howard - WMCA, WINS - 2018

  8 - Paco Navarro - WJIT, WKTU, WADO, WQHT, WSKQ, WPAT FM, WNEW FM - 2019

10 - Ted Husing - WMGM - 1962

10 - Jheri Young - WRKS - 1990

10 - Gus Gossert - WCBS FM, WPIX FM - 1976

10 - Isaac Hayes - WRKS - 2008

10 - Ray Daniels - WMXV, WWFS, Shadow Traffic - 2015

12 - Chuck Leonard - WWRL, WABC, WXLO, WRKS, WBLS, WQEW, WNSW - 2004

13 - Joe Bolton - WOR TV, Giants baseball announcer, WPIX TV (Officer Joe) - 1986

13 - Phil Rizzuto - Yankees player and announcer - 2007

14 - Kyle Rote - New York Giants, WNEW (Sports Director) - 2002

15 - John Cameron Swayze - NBC Radio - 1995

15 - Al Meredith - WCBS FM News - 2014

18 - Thom Morrera - WNEW FM - 2012

18 - Don Pardo - NBC - 2014

19 - Bea Wain - WMCA, WABC - 2017

20 - Marian McPartland - WBAI, NPR Radio (Piano Jazz) - 2013

21 - George Edwards - WQXR - 2006

22 - Nick Ashford - WRKS - 2011

22 - Don Cannon - WWDJ, WNEW - 2014

24 - Jay Thomas - WXLO, WKTU, WXRK, WTJM - 2017

25 - Larry Yount - WRFM, WVNJ, WQXR - 2011

25 - Jerry Zeller - WABC engineer - 2018

27 - Jinx Falkenburg - WEAF/WRCA/WNBC - 2003

27 - Dr. Joy Browne - WOR  - 2016

 

RADIO ANNIVERSARIES

  1 - WOR FM signs on as W2XOR - 1940

  1 - WMCA (570 AM) prints first “Good Guy” survey - 1962

  1 - First stereo broadcast on WABC FM - 1963

  1 - WXLO (98.7 FM) changes call letters to WRKS - 1981

  1 - WPIX FM (101.9) changes format to jazz - 1988

  1 - Rush Limbaugh goes into syndication - 1988

  2 - WVNJ FM Becomes WHTZ (100.3 FM) - 1983

  2 - Shelley Wade does last show at WHTZ - 2013

  4 - WHTZ moves transmitter to Empire State Building - 1983

  5 - WDBZ (105.1 FM) switches call letters back to WNSR - 1997

  5 - Last Mike and Mad Dog on WFAN - 2008

  6 - Wolfman Jack starts at WNBC (660 AM) - 1973

  6 - WHTT becomes WNYM with conservative talk format - 2008

  7 - Charlie Greer does last show at WABC (770 AM) - 1969

  7 - Cousin Brucie does last show at WABC (770 AM) - 1974

  7 - WADO (1280 AM) increases power to 50 Kw Day / 7.2 Kw Night - 2000

  8 - WABC moves to 1330 Avenue of the Americas - 1966

  8 - WNNY (1380 AM) changes call letters to WLXE - 2002

  9 - The great newspaper strike begins - 1978

11 - Long John Nebel does last show at WNBC - 1972

12 - Cousin Brucie does last show at WNBC (660 AM) - 1977

12 - WEMP (101.9) switches to FM News - 2011

14 - Shadoe Stevens takes over as host of “American Top 40” - 1988

14 - Blackout Number Three - 2003 @ 4:11 PM

15 - Beatles concert at Shea Stadium - 1965

15 - WAPP (CHR) becomes WQHT (dance music) (103.5 FM) - 1986

15 - WPIX FM changes call letters to  WQCD (101.9 FM) - 1988

15 - Opie & Anthony broadcast the “Sex For Sam” St. Pat’s incident on WNEW FM - 2002

15 - Chris “Mad Dog” Russo calls Mike Francesa to say goodbye at WFAN - 2008

16 - WEAF signs on - 1922

17 - WCBS FM (101.1) moves to 1515 Broadway - 2000

18 - Bartell Broadcasting purchases WADO - 1959

18 - Dan Daniel starts at WMCA (570 AM) - 1961

19 - Cousin Brucie starts at WNBC (660 AM) - 1974

19 - WQIV (104.3 FM) AOR format ends at 2:00 PM - 1975

20 - Rick Sklar becomes WABC PD - 1963

22 - Wedding anniversary of Dan Daniel and Size 9"

25 - WNEW FM signs on - 1958

25 - Classical WNCN (104.3 FM) reappears - 1975

25 - Last Doo Wop Shop on WCBS FM - 2003

26 - WWRL signs on - 1926

26 - Chuck Dunaway does last show on WABC - 1961

27 - Airplane knocks down tower shared by WCBS (880 AM) & WNBC (660 AM) - 1967

28 - Very first radio commercial - WEAF - The Queensboro Realty Co. - 1922

28 - “Cousin” Brucie Morrow starts at WABC - 1961

28 - WCBS (880 AM) changes to all news (5:30 AM TO 8:10 PM) - 1967

29 - Shelli Sonstein starts at WPLJ - 1977

30 - Mitch Lebe starts at WINS (1010 AM) - 1958

30 - Alison Steele does last show at WNEW FM (102.7) - 1979

30 - Howard Stern joins WNBC (660 AM) - 1982

31 - MBS news operation in Arlington, Va. Closed down - 1998

 

 

APPLE BITES CALENDAR FOR

SEPTEMBER

 

BIRTHDAYS

   1 - Bernie Wagenblast - Shadow Traffic, Total Traffic, Bernie Wagenblast           Communications

  2 - Lynn Samuels - WBAI, WABC

  3 - Walter Sabo - NBC FM Owned Stations (WYNY) - Executive VP

  5 - Lenny Green - WRKS,WBLS

  7 - Dan Ingram - WABC, WKTU, WCBS FM

  7 - Steve Scott - WCBS

  7 - Suzyn Waldman - WFAN, Yankees announcer

  7 - Kimberly Jones - WFAN

  8 - Joe Bolton- WOR TV, Giants baseball announcer, WPIX TV (Officer Joe)

10 - Rick Hunter - WYNY, WCBS FM, WLTW

12 - John Mainelli - WABC (PD), WOR (PD), WFNY (PD)

14 - Jerry Doggett - Dodgers announcer

14 - Jerry Coleman - Yankees player and announcer

15 - Jack Spector - WMCA, WHN, WCBS FM, WNBC, WPIX FM, WQCD

15 - Claire Stevens - WHTZ

16 - Mark McEwen -  WAPP, WNEW FM, CBS TV

17 - Peter Allen - WQXR (voice of Metropolitan Opera)

17 - Kid Kelly - WHTZ

17 - Peter Allen - WQXR (voice of Metropolitan Opera)

18 - Dan Taylor - WHN, WNBC, WYNY, WNSR / WMXV, WCBS FM

19 - Bob Murphy - New York Mets

19 - Bob Papa - football Giants announcer

20 - Harry Harrison - WMCA, WABC, WCBS FM

20 - Michael Cuscuna - WABC FM

22 - Ida Hakkila - WAXQ

23 - Mike Shannon - WRKS

24 - Alan B. Shaw - WABC FM (PD)

24 - Alan Colmes - WHN, WABC, WNBC, WEVD

24 - Bob Marrone - WQIV, WNEW FM, WPLJ, WDBZ, WAXQ

25 - Phil Rizzuto - New York Yankees

25 - Bartel - WKTU

26 - John Zacherle - WNEW FM, WPLJ, WXRK

26- Joe Benigno - WFAN

27 - Al Brady - WOR FM, WWDJ, WXLO, WABC (PD)

27 - Vinny Marino - WNCN (APD, WAXQ (APD/MD), WQXR, WEMP

 

DEATHS

  7 - Neil Rockoff - WHN (GM) - 2016

10 - Crazy Eddie Antar - 2016

11 - Chris Schenkel - football Giants and ABC TV Sports announcer - 2005

11 - Robert Vaughn - WCBS - 2017

13 - Stephan Capen - WXRK - 2005

13 - Sam DeLuca - Jets announcer - 2011

14 - “Symphony” Sid Torin - WBNX, WHOM, WMCA, WEVD - 1984

14 - Gary Russell - WWDJ - 2010

14 - Jerry Coleman - Yankees player and announcer - 2014

15 - Andre Baruch - WMCA, WABC - 1991

16 - Jack O’Rourke - WNBC news - 2011

17 - Win Elliott - Rangers announcer - 1998

18 - Martin Block - WNEW, WABC, WOR - 1967

19 - Regggie LaVong - WPOW, WWRL, WNBC - 2017

22 - Chuck Collier - WCBS FM - 2011

24 - Rosalie Allen - WOV - 2003

24 - Jerry Lawrence - WNEW, WOR - 2005

24 - Dick Lynch - football Giants player and announcer - 2008

25 - Bob  Hall - Host of Music Til Dawn on WCBS (880 AM) - 1967

25 - Jim O’Brian - WOR FM - 1983

25 - Larry Berger - WPLJ - 2018

27 - Bobby Wayne - WCBS FM, WHN, WYNY, WKHK - 1990

27 - Jerry Bledsoe - WWRL, WBLS - 1994

27 - Alison Steele - WNEW FM, WNEW AM, WPIX FM, WXRK - 1995

27 - Chuck Crane - WHTZ (OM), WYNY (PD) - 2012

28 - Scott Muni - WMCA, WABC, WOR FM, WNEW FM, WAXQ - 2004

29 - Allan Jefferys - ABC Staff Announcer - 2011

30 - Charlie Greer - WABC - 1996

30 - Al “Jazzbeaux” Collins - WNEW, WINS - 1997

30 - Bob Vernon - WNBC - 2012

30 - Oscar Brand - WNYC - 2016

 

RADIO ANNIVERSARIES

  1 - WTFM first signs on - 1958

  1 - Ron Lundy starts at WABC (770 AM) - 1965

  1 - WNBC (660) switches to the “Bob Pittman” format - 1977

  1 - WBNX (1380 AM) changes call letters to WKDM - 1984

  1 - WEVD (1050  AM) changes to ESPN Sports Radio - 2001

  1 - WLIB (1190 AM) switches to Gospel music - 2006

  1 - WWRL (1600 AM) switches to Air America - 2006

  2 - WAPP changes to WQHT (103.5 FM) - 1986

  2 - WNWK (105.9 FM) switches to “Latino Mix” - 1999

  2 - WEVD changes to ESPN Sports Radio - 2001

  3 - Last new episode of “The Lone Ranger” airs on ABC - 1954

  3 - Don Imus returns to WNBC (660 AM) from his Cleveland Exile - 1979

  4 - WCBS (880 AM) bans “Mack the Knife” because of recent street violence - 1959

  4 - First Boomer & Carton show on WFAN - 2007

  5 - WPOW (1330 AM) first NY station to play Rock & Roll regularly - 1957

  5 - Mike & the Mad Dog debut on WFAN (660 AM) - 1989

  6 - Chuck Leonard starts at WABC (770 AM) - 1965

  6 - Pat St. John does last show at WPLJ - 1987

  7 - WEPN AM switches to ESPN Deportes - 2012

  8 - Alan Freed starts at WINS (1010 AM) - 1954

  8 - WRVR - Jazz changes to WKHK - country (106.7 FM) - 1980

  9 - George Michael does first show at WABC - 1974

10 - Sean Hannity goes into syndication - 2001

11 - John R. Gambling does the last “Rambling With Gambling” show on WOR - 2000

11 - Mike McCann does first sports update on WFAN - 2005

11 - Steve Scott starts at WCBS - 2006

13 - Bob “Bob-A-Loo” Lewis does last radio show - 1986

13 - WNEW (102.7 FM) switches to extreme talk format - 1999

15 - WHN (1050 AM) switches call letters to WMGM - 1948

15 - WJRZ (970 AM) changes to country music - 1965

15 - WLIB FM (107.5) signs on - 1965

16 - WGL changes call letters to WOV - 1928

16 - Citadel merges with Cumulus Media - 2011

16 - Ken Lamb does last show at WPAT - 1987

17 - Jay Thomas does first show at WXLO - 1976

17 - WMCA (570 AM) changes format to religious - 1989

18 - First broadcast of CBS Radio Network - 1927

18 - WCBS first broadcast from 485 Madison Ave. - 1929

18 - Gary Stevens does last show at WMCA - 1968

18 - Ron Lundy retires - 1997

19 - Bill Cullen starts at WRCA - 1955

19 - Ed Baer does last music show at WMCA - 1970

20 - Bob Grant does first show at WMCA - 1970

21 - WNYC FM call letters debut - 1943

21 - Harry Harrison does last show at WMCA - 1968

21 - WMCA changes from rock to talk - 1970

22 - Last Arthur Godfrey radio show - 1971

22 - Last WABC survey to carry the “Musicradio” moniker - 1980

22 - Mike McCann does last show at WYNY - 1988

22 - WQHT changes from 103.5 TO 97.1 (FM) - 1988

22 - WYNY changes from 97.1 TO 103.5 (FM) - 1988

23 - Harry Harrison does first show at WABC - 1968

24 - Dodgers play last game in Brooklyn - WMGM (1050 AM) - 1957

24 - Dan Ingram & Maureen Donnelly wedding anniversary - 1991

25 - Bob Murphy does last Mets radio broadcast - 2003

27 - Howard Stern does last show at WNBC - 1985

27 - WKDM (1380 AM) changes to WNNY Hispanic all news - 2000

28 - Murray the K allegedly plays “She Loves You” by the Beatles on WINS - 1963

29 - Giants play last game in New York - WMCA - 1957

29 - Bill Cullen does last show at WNBC - 1961

29 - John Lennon appears as a guest DJ on WNEW FM (102.7) - 1974

30 - MBS starts as “Quality Group” - 1934

30 - WABC drops its "MusicRadio 77" slogan from its survey masthead - 1980

 

 

EDITOR'S NOTE

Phew, that’s a lot of memories. Most of those stations have changed formats and call letters and, unfortunately, many of those people are no longer with us. But I still think it’s nice to look back and remember. I hope I’ve raised a memory or two for you. Have a great summer.

 

Vince Santarelli

Editor

 

 

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