Some Jack Armstrong promotion from 1050
CHUM in Toronto.
While Cousin Brucie was the big gun at WABC in New York, I always appreciated
Dan Ingram more. That's an Ingram air check on the left above, Brucie on the right.
Airchecks of Chuck, including a reasonably
current Soul Jazz Spectrum from Jazz 90.1.
Barney Pip followed Britain weeknights on WCFL and presented quite a vocal contrast.
The youthful Dick Biondi at WKBW.
The classic and quite risque for its day "muff bit" from Jack Slattery and George Haefner, and the opening to Harry Abraham's jazz show, both on WHAM.
Dick Biondi worked at WKBW in the earlier 60s before going to Chicago.
Jack Mindy, whom I had the pleasure of working with at Jazz 90.1/WGMC, became the play-by-play announcer in the movie SLAP SHOT when the actor hired to do it... couldn't do it. Dig Jack's sport coat. It would make Lindsey Nelson proud. On the right, an aircheck of Jack Armstrong from '73 at 13Q, Pittsburgh. He is on fire here, listen to the way he crams in Mark Driscoll jokes on the song intro. I can't listen to this without grinning ear to ear.
The Ron Britain Show at the top of his game. WCFL, 1967.
The Big 8 had some kinda signal. Listen to Big Jim Edwards on the left, and the
All-American Boy and speed talking demon, Jack Armstrong on KB on the right.
A WKBW wheel of talent: the KB VIPs.
By 1977, WCFL was no longer a Top 40 station, but you would never know the end was near from this personality driven, kind of loose show Ron O'Brien was hosting in July 1976 (left). Yes, Casey Kasem stopped here. 1960 at WBNY in Buffalo. You can see he was trying to figure out who he was and was going to be on the air.
There are airchecks of my shows on WCMF, WGMC/Jazz 90.1 and WSAY in the red bar on the right side of the bio page of this site, and in the upper left blue box on this page.
BLIZZARD OF '77 RADIO STATION AND TIME LOG:
As recorded by Tom Taber on January 28, 1977 from his home in Albion, NY. At 20 minutes and 42:31, some of the only known aircheck audio of David A. Sennett, a simply fabulous MOR personality on WHAM.
00:00 WKBW-- Henry Brach news
05:23 WJJL-- No power. Using emergency transmitter at full power (daytime authorized power)
06:09 WKBW-- Jim Quinn says don't panic
07:51 WBEN-- Jeff Kaye, then Lou Douglas News-- Marty Gleason report
14:07 WBTA-- Conditions in Pavillion
14:46 WKBW-- Jim Quinn, closings, Jon Summers- "Visit Florida" commercial, George Hamberger
20:00 WHAM-- Dick Dimecco news, David A. Senett Electric Radio Program
23:53 WBEN-- Jeff Kaye closings, Dan Neaverth-Rome Vacation, Lou Douglas news, "State of Emergency"
28:44 WCAU-- Philadelphia
29:05 WKBW-- Jim Quinn--Natl Fuel Announcement, Ad for the Executive
32:20 WJJL-- Bad signal, talking about bad weather in Niagara County
33:02 WBEN-- Jeff Kaye weather report, Lou Douglas, news, more closings- & openings for stranded folks
39:39 WCAU Philadelphia -- Eliminate use of natural gas
40:35 WKBW-- Irv Eyewitness News Commercial
46:48 WKBW-- Quinn, Henry Brach news, Mayor Stan Makowski via telephone
1:01:19 WKBW-TV -- TV audio, Don Postles
1:01:45 WOKR-TV-- Bowling for Dollars. Interference from snow mobiles.
1:05:08 WKBW-- Henry Brach, Jon Summers
1:07:55 WJJL-- Taking calls. Hungry
1:09:50 tuning around
1:10:11 WBEN-- Jay Fredericks (Fritz Coleman)
1:10:56 tuning around
1:11:35 Probably WCAU
1:11:49 More tuning around
1:11:56 WJJL-- suggestions when the lights go out
1:14:46 WWBK Brockport, WQXR NYC, phasing in and out with each other
1:22:47 WWBK Brockport
1:23:36 WKBW-- Jim McLaughlin, Jon Summers
1:24:49 WWBK Brockport. Staying on after sunset signoff.
1:26:51 Sanford and Son 8pm
By 1971, Britain was at Chicago's WIND. Then the great pipes of Fred Winston.
Autographed by WCFL's Ron Britain.
Right on indeed! The Big 8 CKLW jocks on the
cover of their weekly Top 30 sheet, available at
a record store near you.
As a kid, I listened to a lot of urban radio on WUFO and WBLK in Buffalo, and came to really love many "hip" Black DJS. On the left is a 1968 aircheck of "Sunny Jim" Kelsey, a morning show host at DC soul music station WOL (1450 AM) in the 1960s and 1970s. Check out the great Preparation H commercial. Also from DC, on the right, is WMAL's Harden and Weaver morning show in 1970. These guys had fun, were fun, and legendary in our nation's capital for decades. They began together in 1960.
A late 60s lineup photo sheet from WCFL, including
Joel Sebastian, Britain, Pip, Biondi and others.
The also very youthful Casey Kasem at WBNY
(perhaps) circa the summer of 1960.
Harden & Weaver didn't just get up at 3 am for
decades. They did it six days a week. Ah, radio!
Shane, on WYSL in 1974, makes a personal appearance.
Bring this picture with you and receive a free autograph
and an album!
As a kid growing up in Angola, NY, only 20 miles or so from Buffalo, I was able to hear great radio personalities from Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, New York City, and Buffalo. This was back when radio was filled with color, excitement, and real people. I was privileged to hear Ron Britain and his "wall of sound effects" controlled chaos show on WCFL. The incredibly fast talking Jack Armstrong on KB. The speed of his delivery was to radio as Maynard Ferguson's high notes were to jazz trumpet. Ron "King B" Britain used to say he was doing radio for himself, that made him laugh. And if you had the same sense of humor he did (and I certainly did as a kid), it was also radio for you. You didn't know what was coming next but you knew this man was having a great time and getting paid for it.
A few DJs I really enjoyed and learned from:
CKLW, Detroit/Windsor – Gary Burbank, Tom Shannon, Big Jim Edwards and many others.
WCFL, Chicago – Barney Pip, Dick Biondi, and Ron Britain
WKBW, Buffalo – Don Berns, Shane "Brother" Shane, Jeff Kaye, Stan Roberts, Sandy Beach, Dan Neaverth and Jack Armstrong
WUFO, Buffalo – Gary Byrd and Jerry B, who both went onto major market urban radio success
WGR, Buffalo – Frank "Bunny" Benny and Larry Anderson
WYSL, Buffalo – Dick "Wild Child" Kemp
Great jazz shows – like Ken Ruof on WADV and Al Wallack on WEBR in Buffalo, Guy Cameron on WUFO, and Harry Abraham's "Best of All Possible Worlds" on WHAM.
WHAM, Rochester – Jack Slattery, "The World's Tallest Midget" and George Haefner, both wonderful radio broadcasters and human beings who I had the pleasure of working with at "The New WSAY."
WBBF, Rochester – Hans Petersen and Don Michael Gerrard, Dave Mason, Bob Savage
WAXC, Rochester – The Greaseman, who went to DC, Ferdinand Jay, Steve Bleecker, and Larry White, who created a great high-energy Top 40 station just about the time AM radio music formats were losing audience to FM.
An Ever-Expanding Bunch of Airchecks