by
Vince Santarelli

vinceapple2002@yahoo.com

 

 

Internet Volume 20 - No. Spring, 2020

 

 

 

This time I thought we go back and look at January, 1965. The radio dial and how it compares to today. Plus, what happened in New York radio that year.

 

Here’s how the dial looked in January, 1965:

 

570 - WMCA  620 - WVNJ - 660 - WNBC  710 - WOR  770 - WABC  830 - WNYC  880 - WCBS  930 - WPAT  970 - WJRZ  1010 - WINS  1050 - WHN

1130 - WNEW  1280 - WADO  1330 - WEVD / WPOW  1380 - WBNX 

1480 - WHOM  1560 - WQXR  1600 - WWRL

 

88.3 - WBGO  89.9 - WKCR  90.7 - WFUV  91.5 - WNYE  92.3 - WHOM FM 

93.1 - WPAT FM  93.9 - WNYC FM  94.7 - WFME  95.5 - WABC FM

96.3 - WQXR FM  97.1 - WNBC FM  97.9 - WEVD FM - 98.7 - WOR FM 

99.5 - WBAI - 100.3 - WVNJ FM  101.1 - WCBS FM  101.9 - WPIX FM

102.7 - WNEW FM  103.5 - WTFM  104.3 - WNCN  105.1 - WRFM

105.9 WHBI  106.7 - WRVR 107.5 - WLIB FM

 

What happened in 1965?

 

WJRZ changes format to country - September 15th

WINS changes format to all-news - April 19th

WLIB FM signs on - September 15th

WQXR FM moves transmitter to Empire State Building - December 15th

Howard Cosell first “Speaking of Everything - January 10th

Scott Muni last show at WABC - January 29th

 

 

There were two death in January, 1965

 

Alan Freed -WINS, WABC - January 20th

Bill Slater - NY Giants baseball announcer - January 25th

Here’s how the radio dial looks today:

 

570 - WMCA 620 - WSNR 660 - WFAN 710 - WOR 770 - WABC 820 - WNYC

880 - WCBS 930 - WPAT 970 - WNYM 1010- WINS 1050 - WEPN 1130 - WBBR  1280 - WADO 1330 - WWRV 1380 - WKDM 1480 - WZRC  1560 - WFME  1600 - WWRL

 

88.3 - WBGO  89.1 - WFDU / WNYU 89.9 - WKCR  90.7 - WFUV   91.5 - WNYE

92.3 - WNYL  93.1 - WPAT FM  93.9 - WNYC  94.7 - WNSH  95.5 - WPLJ  96.3 - WXNY  97.1 - WQHT  97.9 - WSKQ  98.7 - WEPN  99.5 - WBAI  100.3 - WHTZ  101.1 - WCBS FM  101.9 WFAN FM  102.7 WNEW FM  103.5 - WKTU  104.3 - WAXQ  105.1 - WWPR  105.9 - WQXR  106.7 - WLTW  107.5 - WBLS

 

Major changes especially on the FM dial. And that’s how it looked in January, 1965. Why did I pick January, 1965? As I was contemplating what to do with this issued, it was the first date that popped into my head. Nothing special for me. I was 11 years old, in the fifth grade and totally enjoying WABC. I hope I may have sparked a good memory or two for you.

 

 

APPLE BITES CALENDAR FOR

APRIL

 

BIRTHDAYS

  3 - Bob Lewis - WMGM, WABC, WABC FM, WCBS FM, WNEW FM

  4 - Sam Rosen - Rangers announcer

  4 - Dick Summer - WNEW FM, WPLJ, WNBC, WYNY, WPIX FM, WQCD

  5 - Bob Jones - WHN, WNEW, WQXR, WQEW

  5 - Gary Stevens - WMCA

  5 - Bryan Wilson - WABC, WHTZ

  7 - Freddie Colon  - WKTU, WRKS, WQHT, WQEW, WKTU, WSKQ, WTJM, WEW FM

  8 - J.J. Jackson - WABC FM, MTV

  8 - John R. Gambling - WOR, WABC, WNYM

  9 - John B. Gambling - WOR

  9 - Wes Richards - WRFM, WBBR

11 - Gil Gross - WPLJ/WABC

11 - Tony Pigg - WABC FM, WPLJ, WXRK, WNEW FM

12 - Dan Neer - WNEW FM, WAXQ, WFNY

15 - Art Ford - WINS, WNBC, WNEW, WNTA, WPIX FM

15 - Jerry Marshall - WNEW, WMGM, WCBS

15 - Shelli Sonstein - WPLJ, WAXQ

16 - Milton J. Cross - Voice of the Metropolitan Opera (1931 - 1973)

16 - Anita Bonita - WHTZ, WNEW, CBS Sports, WDBZ, WYNY

17 - Boomer Esiason, WFAN

17 - Steve Somers - WFAN

17 - Alipio Coco Cabrera - WCAA, WADO

18 - Todd Pettengill - WPLJ

19 - Malibu Sue McCann - WWFS

19 - Cipha Sounds - WQHT

20 - Richard Neer - WNEW FM, WFAN

20 - Ed Osborne - WCBS FM

22 - Alex Sensation - WSKQ

25 - Edward R. Murrow - CBS Radio News

25 - Robert Q. Lewis - WNEW

26 - Jim Nettleton - WABC, WPIX FM

26 - Maria Milito - WAXQ

27 - Les Keiter - WMGM Sports, Yankees, Giants, Knicks, Rangers announcer

27 - Charlie Burger - WKTU, WCBS FM

27 - Herb Barry - WYNY, WKHK, WCBS FM, WPAT FM, WLTW

28 - Rosemary Daniel (Size 9) Wife of WCBS FM's Dan Daniel

29 - Dick Lynch - Giants announcer

29 - Marc Coppola - WPLJ, WAPP, WXRK, WAXQ

30 - Bea Wain - WMCA, WABC

30 - Ted David - WPIX FM, ABC Radio Network, WNSR, CNBC TV, WINS

 

DEATHS

  1 - John Loscalzo - WXRK - 2015

  5 - Howard Clark - WWDJ - 2009

  7 - Cleo Rowe - WBLS, WPLJ - 2010

  7 - Jim Branch - WABC, WPIX FM, WRFM - 2011

  8 - Gene Klavan - WNEW - 2004

  9 - Sandy Becker - WWRL, WNEW - 1996

10 - Long John Nebel - WNBC - 1978

10 - Eddie O’Jay - WLIB, WWRL - 1998

13 - Fred Facey - NBC announcer - 2003

14 - Les Keiter - WMGM - 2009

14 - Mike Joseph - WABC, Hot Hits Format - 2018

15 - Pat Parson - WCBS 2004

15 - Merle Harmon - New York Jets Broadcaster - 2009

17 - Dom Valentino - Nets, Islanders & Yankees announcer - 2012

19 - Russ Hodges - Yankees and Giants (baseball) announcer - 1971

19 - Reid Collins - WNEW, CBS News - 2018

20 - Tedd Lawrence - WINS, WMGM, WMCA, WABC, WABC FM - 1999

20 - Jim Donnelly - WNEW, WCBS - 2002

20 - Al Racco - WABC (GM) - 2009

22 - Gene Edwards - WMGM, WTFM, WQEW - 2001

22 - Brian Carter - WBLS - 2012

23 - Howard Cosell - ABC Radio Sports - 1995

24 - Steve Lundy - WNBC - 1999

25 - Roger Troutman - WRKS - 1999

25- Chris Borgen - WINS, WNCN, WCBS TV - 2003

26 - Bob Dayton - WABC, WPIX FM, WCBS FM - 1995

26 - Pete Fornatale - WNEW FM, WXRK - 2012

27 - Edward R. Murrow - CBS Radio News - 1965

27 - Ron O’Brien - WXLO, WNBC - 2008

28 - Enoch Gregory (The Dixie Drifter) - WWRL - 2000

 

RADIO ANNIVERSARIES

  1 - WMCA debuts rock format - 1958

  1 - WWDJ switches from rock to religious - 1974

  2 - CBS becomes first 24-hour radio network - 1973

  2 - Joey Reynolds does last show at WOR - 2010

  3 - Murray the K leaves WNBC - 1974

  3 - WSKQ (620 AM) changes call letters to WXLX - 1995

  7 - WNEW FM plays 2-millionth song (God Gave Rock & Roll To You - Argent) - 1986

  8 - Gary Stevens starts at WMCA - 1965

  9 - Pat St. John starts at WPLJ - 1973

  9 - WBGO (88.3 FM) changes format to Jazz - 1979

  9 - WDBZ becomes WBIX (105.1) - 1998

10 - AFTRA strike ends - 1967

10 - The short-lived “Blink” format debuts on WNEW FM (102.7) - 2003

11 - Norm N. Nite starts at WCBS FM - 1973

11 - Scott Shannon starts at WPLJ - 1991

12 - WTJM (105.1 FM) switches call letters to WWPR - 2002

12 - Don Imus does last show at WFAN - 2007

12 - Pat St. John does last show at WCBS FM - 2015

13 - WHOM AM signs on - 1930

13 - Music ‘Til Dawn with host Bob Hall premiers on WCBS (880 AM) - 1953

13 - Jack Spector last show at WMCA - 1969

14 - WSOU signs on - 1948

14 - WPIX FM switches from new wave back to pop - 1980

17 - Bob Sheppard debuts as Yankee Stadium announcer - 1951

17 - WRFM (105.1) switches from beautiful music to soft rock WNSR - 1986

17 - Bob Grant does last show at WABC - 1996

18 - Last broadcast of the Mutual Broadcasting System - 1999

19 - WINS drops Top 40 and goes all news - 1965

22 - Soupy Sales starts at WNBC - 1985

22 - Paul “Cubby” Bryant starts at Z-100 (WHTZ 100.3 FM) - 1996

27 - Meteorologist Craig Allen starts at WCBS - 1981

28 - Herb Oscar Anderson starts at WMCA - 1958

28 - Arthur Godfrey does last CBS Radio Network show - 1972

28 - WHOM AM changes call letters to WZRC - 1990

28 - WEVD (1050 AM) changes call letters to WEPN - 2003

30 - First “Arthur Godfrey Time” on CBS Radio - 1945

30 - WOR moves to 111 Broadway - 2005

30 - WEPN moves to 98.7 FM - 2012

 

 

APPLE BITES CALENDAR FOR

MAY

 

BIRTHDAYS

  1 - Mike Fitzgerald - WHN, WCBS FM, WLTW

  1 - Al Meredith - WCBS FM ND

  2 - Sam DeLuca - Jets announcer

  2 - Bernard Meltzer - WMCA, WOR

  2 - Steve O'Brien  - WABC, WYNY and elsewhere!

  4 - Gene Klavan - WNEW, WOR

  4 - Ed Baer - WMCA, WHN, WYNY, WCBS FM

  5 - Ted Brown - WOR, WNEW, WMGM, WNBC

  5 - Al Derogatis - Giants football announcer

  5 - Steve Clark - WMCA, WOR FM, WCBS FM, WPIX FM, WWDJ

  6 - Sandy Jackson - WLTW

  6 - Ed Kalegi - WBBR

  7 - Cheryl Santarelli - wife of APPLE BITES editor Vince Santarelli

  7 - Win Elliot - Voice of New York Rangers

  7 - Jim Lowe - WNEW, WNBC

  7 - Tony Mascaro - WPLJ MD, WABC OD

  8 - Bill Lee - WQHT, WKTU, WCBS FM

  9 - Ken Dashow - WAPP, WNEW FM, WAXQ

10 - Scott Muni - WMCA, WABC, WOR FM, WNEW FM, WAXQ

10 - Pat Summerall - WCBS

10 - George Taylor Morris - WWDJ, WPIX FM

10 - Bob Buchmann- WAXQ (PD)

13 - Rob Miller - WKTU (PD)

16 - Bobby Konders - WBLS, WQHT

19 - Michael and Patrick Harrison - sons of Harry Harrison

19 - Patty Steele - WHTZ, WCBS, WNSR, WBIX, WTJM, WPLJ, WCBS FM

20 - Stan Lomax - WOR sports

20 - Bobby Murcer - Yankees announcer

21 - Jack Kratoville - WLTW

22 - Mike Breen - radio voice of New York Knicks

23 - Arch McDonald - Giants baseball & Yankees announcer

23 - Ed Salamon president of Unistar (former PD of WHN)

24 - Valerie Smaldone - WLTW

25 - Champaine - WBLS

25 - Lindsey Nelson - voice of the Mets 1962 - 1978

25 - Rosko - WOR FM, WNEW FM, WQIV, WBLS, WKTU

29 - Frank Morano - producer of WABC’s Curtis & Kuby & Sat. Nite Oldies

30 - Herb Oscar Anderson - WMCA, WABC, WHN

31 - Ross Britain - WABC, WHTZ

 

DEATHS

 1 - Howard Smith - WABC FM - 2014

 3 - Robert Alda - WEVD (Father of Alan Alda) - 1986

 4 - Ernie Harwell - Giants baseball announcer - 2010

 9 - Graham McNamee - WEAF - 1942

 7 - Don McNeill - ABC Radio Breakfast Club - 1996

 9 - Paul Sherman, WINS - 1983

10 - Ed Jordan - WABC staff announcer - 2004

15 - Paulette Bolin Rochman - WPIX FM, WNEW, WQEW - 2012

17 - Long John Wade - WCBS FM - 2006

17 - Sam Hall - WOR, WNBC, WYNY, WNEW, WQXR - 2018

18 - Keeve Berman - WOR, ABC Radio - 2008

19 - Henry Morgan - WMCA, WOR, WNBC - 1994

20 - “Pretty” Patti Harrison - wife of Harry Harrison - 2003

23 - Hal Jackson - WMCA, WLIB, WNJR, WWRL, WBLS - 2012

24 - Bernice Judis - WNEW (GM) - 1983

25 - John Scott - WCBS FM - 2005

29 - Dave Herman - WABC FM, WNEW FM, WXRK - 2014

31 - Scott Vincent - ABC Staff Announcer - 1979

31 - Arlene Francis - WOR - 2001

31 - Tom Tracy - WNEW (MD) - 2014

 

RADIO ANNIVERSARIES

  1 - WBBR changes call letters to WPOW - 1957

  1 - First WCBS FM Top 20 Countdown (1966) - 1982

  2 -- Vin Scelsa last show at WFUV - 2015

  3 -  Beautiful music WTFM changes to Album WAPP - 1982

  5 - John R. Gambling rejoins WOR - 2008

  7 - Dan Ingram does his last show at WABC - 1982

  7 - WYNY (107.1 FM) drops country format - 2002

  8 - Ron Lundy does last show at WABC - 1982

  8 - Rhumba 107.1 debuts on 107.1 FM - 2002

  9 - Alan Freed does last show at WINS - 1958

  9 - Start of automation on WRFM (105.1) - 1967

10 - The music dies at WABC - 1982

14 - Ron Lundy starts at WCBS FM - 1984

15 - WJZ moves to New York City - 1923

15 - Peter Tripp of WMGM found guilty of 35 counts of “commercial bribery” - 1961

17 - WJRZ Country becomes WWDJ Top 40 - 1971

18 - Bobby Jay starts full time at WCBS FM - 1986

18 - WRKS  calls changed to WEPN FM - 2012

19 - Alan Freed, Mel Leeds and Tommy Smalls indicted on payola charges - 1960

20 - WRCA becomes WNBC (660 AM) - 1960

20 - Dennis Quinn starts at WPIX FM (101.9) - 1971

22 - Dave Herman starts at WNEW FM (“Hello It’s Me” - Nazz) - 1972

24 - K-Rock returns to 92.3 - 2007

25 - Champaine starts at WBLS - 1983

26 - Dan Daniel starts at WCBS FM - 1996

26 - WNWK (105.9) changes from multicultural to Spanish - 1998

26 - WBLS moves to 395 Hudson St. - 2012

27 - WCAA switches to “Reggaeton” format as “La Kalle 105.9 - 2005

28 - WINS (1010 AM) - WMGM (1050 AM) Charles DeGaulle prank - 1958

29 - Jack Spector starts at WMCA - 1961

29 - NBC’s “News & Information Service” signs off - 1977

31 - WFNY changes call letters back to WXRK - 2007

 

 

APPLE BITES CALENDAR FOR

JUNE

 

BIRTHDAYS

 

  1 - Paul “Cubby” Bryant- WHTZ, WKTU

  2 - Pat Carroll - WCBS

  4 - Valerie Geller - WABC PD

  5 - Dennis O’Mara former WCBS FM Afternoon Traffic Reporter

  5 - Eric Wellman - WAXQ (PD/MD)

  6 - Larry Berger - WPLJ (PD)

  6 - Kevin Metheny - WNBC (PD)

  6 - Ralphie Aversa - WPLJ

  7 - Quincy McCoy - WKTU, WXRK, WNEW, WQCD, WBLS

  8 - Dave Jennings - Jets, Giants football announcer

  9 - Jessica Ettinger - WYNY, WWPR, WPLJ, WLTW, WBBR, WINS

10 - B. Mitchell Reed - WMCA

11 - Peter Tripp  - WMGM

11 - Long John Nebel - WOR, WNBC, WMCA

12 - Marv Albert - THE Voice Of The Knicks And Rangers and now the Nets

14 - Gus Gossert - WCBS FM, WPIX FM

16 - Jay Sorensen - WNBC, WCBS FM

16 - Alan Ross - WPIX FM, WPAT, WNSR, WMXV, WYNY (Y-107)

16 - David Simpson - WPLJ, WCBS FM

18 - Joe Persek - WXLO (MD)

18 - Russ Hodges - Yankees & Giants baseball announcer

20 - Victor Sosa - WLTW

21 - Merle Harmon - Jets announcer

21 - Moire Mason - WCBS FM (GM), WNEW FM (GM)

21 - Fast Jimmy Roberts - WPLJ

22 - Lee Arnold - WJRZ, WHN, WQEW, WNSW

24 - Jack Sterling - WCBS, WHN

24 - Don Davis - WMCA (Don Baldwin - WINS)

25 - Ron Lundy - WABC, WCBS FM

26 - Rick Sommers - WLTW, WNEW FM

26 - Tanya Simpson - WRKS

26 - Diana King - WBLS, WTJM, WRKS

28 - Jonathan Schwartz - WNEW FM, WNEW, WQEW, WNYC

29 - Bob Fass - WBAI

30 - Lori Jordan - WCBS FM Afternoon Traffic Reporter

 

DEATHS

  4 - Carol Reed - WCBS - 1970

  4 - Bob Fitzsimmons - WHN, WNBC, WNEW - 1993

  9 - Jack Lacy - WINS - 1996

10 - Lindsey Nelson - Voice Of The Mets - 1995

12 - Ted Cott - WNYC, WNEW (PD), WNBC (GM) - 1973

12 -- Bill Bailey - WWDJ - 2013

13 - Pat Evans - WXRK PD - 2012

15 - Ronnie Grant - WWDJ - 1985

16 - Mel Allen - Voice Of The Yankees - 1996

17 - Debbie Sheehan - WPAT, Shadow Traffic - 2018

18 - Nick Charles - WPIX FM - 2006

19 - Bill Martin - CBS Staff Announcer - 2011

21 - Dan Daniel - WMCA, WNBC, WHN,WYNY, WCBS FM - 2016

22 - Rick Sklar - WABC PD - 1992

22 - Rick Shaw - WXLO - 1998

22 - Bruce Bradley - WHN, WNEW, WNBC, WYNY - 2013

23 - Freddie Robbins - WOV, WHN, WINS, WABC, WNEW - 1992

23 - Gabe Pressman - WRCA, WNBC TV - 2017

24 - Dan Ingram, WABC, WKTU, WCBS FM - 2018

26 - Stan Lomax - WOR - 1987

28 - Howard the Cab Driver - WPLJ - 2010

29 - Bob Ortiz - WPLJ - 2010

30 - Galen Drake - WJZ, WCBS, WOR - 1989

 

RADIO ANNIVERSARIES

  1 - WRCA Changes call letters back to WNBC - 1960

  1 - Don Imus starts in radio at KUTY (Palmdale, Ca) - 1968

  2 - Alan Freed starts at WABC - 1958

  2 - Bobby Jay starts the “New York Oldies Party” on WCBS FM (later known as   “Juke Box Saturday Night”) - 1995

  3 - WCBS FM (101.1) changes to the “Jack” format - 2005

  4 - WNBC FM (97.1) switches format to “The Rock Pile” - 1973

  4 - WNWK changes call letters to WCAA - 1998

  4 - WPAT (930 AM) sold to Multicultural Broadcasting - 1998

  5 - WHOM (Spanish) becomes WKTU (Mellow) - 1975

  7 - Last Radio Greats show on WCBS FM (Dick Heatherton) - 2009

  8 - Dan Ingram does last show at WCBS FM - 2003

12 - Monitor debuts on the NBC Radio Network - 1955

12 - Citadel takes control of Disney/ABC radio stations - 2007

13 - WBAM becomes WOR FM - 1948

14 - WNJR changes call letters to WNSW - 1999

15 - NBC Blue Network becomes ABC - 1945

16 - Bob-A-Loo joins WABC - 1962

17 - WOR switches to 710 - 1927

17 - Joe McCoy’s leaves as PD at WCBS FM - 2004

18 - NBC’s Monitor program expands to 8 AM Saturday to Midnight Sunday -1955

18 - WNBC FM becomes WNWS - 1975

18  - NBC News & Information Service debuts - 1975

19 - WMCA begins using “The Good Guys” - 1962

23 - Don McNeill debuts as host of The Breakfast Club - 1933

29 - Wolfman Jack does last show at WNBC - 1974

29 - First “Doo Wop Shop” on WCBS FM - 1975

29 - Joe McCoy starts as WCBS FM PD - 1981

30 - WPLJ switches from AOR To Top 40 - 1983

 

 

EDITOR'S NOTE

Well now that Apple Bites is finished, I can get back to my quarantine. I’m here inside my house and not stepping foot outside except for short ten minute ride to my local deli to get my newspapers. And then it’s back home for the day. It’s not so bad really. My wife is here with me and we’ve been doing things together. We usually do that anyway so it’s not so difficult. Plus we’ve been listening to Rewound Radio and Allan Sniffen’s live shows. A big thanks go out to Allan for doing what he’s been doing. If you haven’t caught rewound radio yet, I suggest you give it a try. It’s radio the way we remember it. http://rewoundradio.com/.

 

Vince Santarelli

Editor

 

 

 

 

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