JEAN SHEPHERD TELLS THE TALE OF A CHRISTMAS STORY ON WOR
On Christmas Eve of 1974, Jean Shepherd reads from the story that would later become the movie, "A Christmas Story," live on his long-running WOR-AM radio show. The short story was then called (in Playboy), "Duel In The Snow, Or, Red Ryder Nails the Cleveland Street Kid" -- also a chapter from Shepherd's 1966 book, "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash."
The Dr. Don Rose Appreciation Block
I never heard Dr. Don live. He was in San Francisco and
I wasn't. And there wasn't any internet yet. But now, having
heard his approach, especially on KFRC, it's easy to see
why he was #1 in Atlanta and tore it up in San Fran.
When you listen to the KFRC airchecks, you'll hear how
he'd cram two or three gags into each break. How he
approached every joke as a gem with an enthusiastic
delivery. The great sound effects that helped sell even
the worst groaner of a one liner. It was a radio show with
true personality, and I keep finding myself smiling and
being captivated whenever I listen. He didn't have an easy road to delivering this joy: botched heart surgery, eleven operations on one knee, eventual amputation, and other bad stuff. You can hear him talk about this on the 1984 aircheck below; his 2,500th show on KFRC. So take a listen, I think you'll smile, too.
Dr. Don was the featured DJ for the
1967 version of the "Cruisin'" series.
This collects various breaks and bits
from WQXI, Atlanta.
Dr. Don's KFRC publicity shot, circa 1975.
THE REAL DON STEELE, KHJ, 1969
Don Steele being very, very hip and groovy on KHJ in 1969. Amazing what you could say back in the day. Don does a live read commercial for a broadcasting school and then ad libs at the close, "And being a DJ is a great way to make more bread and get more chicks." These days? Not so much.
HUDSON AND LANDRY, AJAX LIQUOR STORE
They met at KGBS in LA. Soon they began doing mornings together, and became comedy sensations, putting out albums, appearing on TV, and recording this classic bit.
2,500th show on KFRC in 1984. Dr. Don reflects on his arrival at the station, some of the medical travails he'd experienced through the years, and revisits some great bits. He also spends some time being serious (as serious as Dr. Don could be and tells a heartwarming story at about 29:15. (Click red button to listen.)
ROBY YONGE GETS FIRED AT WABC
It's 1969 and Roby Yonge is doing overnights at WABC. He knew his contract would not be renewed. On Oct. 21, he goes on the air with "Paul is dead" rumors. PD Rick Sklar hears of Yonge breaking format and pretty much doing a talk show on "Music Radio." He comes to the station with a security guard and fires Yonge mid-show.
The next DJ you hear is Les Marshak. You can hear it all (except the dismissal) chronologically in the aircheck by clicking the big blue button below.
1974. Gerald Ford sworn in as president and audio footage of Nixon saying goodbye. By now, you can hear both what a great sounding station KFRC was, and how Dr. Don had evolved his shtick so beautifully. He was named Billboard DJ of the year twice; once at WFIL in Philadelphia, and then at KFRC. (Click blue button to listen.)
CAPTAIN WHAMMO WDHF Chicago 1975
I wondered why I'd never heard Jim Channell (aka Captain Whammo) in Chicago, but he was on WDHF FM, so a kid near Buffalo could only hear WCFL and WLS on AM. But what a high energy jock with overtones of Jackson Armstrong and Wolfman Jack for sure. Channell later became a Christian radio guy after he got all the screaming and rock and roll out of his system. And WHDF became WMET.
Airchecks of Chuck, including a reasonably
current Soul Jazz Spectrum from Jazz 90.1.
April 1976, 90 great minutes of ";aughin' and scratchin' with Dr. Donald D. Rose!" Howard Hughes has died, Reggie Jackson is holding out, and the 49'ers think getting Jim Plunkett has them championship bound. Full newscasts with Paul Frederick and the usual wonderful foolishness.
(Click green button to listen.)
GARY OWENS, AFRTS, 1969
"If you'd like to hear a number, or even a song, write to me at...." The dulcet tones of Gary Owens of Laugh-In and LA's KMPC fame. Show recorded and then sent overseas for broadcast on Armed Forces stations. Lots of great bits and "sophisticated MOR" music. If the Odd Couple theme is played, it's played by Stan Kenton.