Who remembers the old AM rock radio s...

Who remembers the old AM rock radio stations from the 60's?

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earlpittsamurica n

Wichita, KS

#1 Jan 14, 2010
I'm sitting here listening to Classic Vinyl on Dish TV and I got to remembering my youth. Listening to the Top 40 on my transistor radio while sitting on the porch was one of my favorite pasttimes. What stations did you old fogies listen to back in your day?

I'm thinking of WHB 710 out of Kansas City. Johnny Dolan and Phil Jay were my favorite DJ's on that station. Then on a cold, clear night we could pick up WLS out of Chicago. Also, I remember listening to Beaker Street on a Little Rock station in the 70's.
Marie

Lenexa, KS

#2 Jan 14, 2010
earlpittsamurican wrote:
I'm sitting here listening to Classic Vinyl on Dish TV and I got to remembering my youth. Listening to the Top 40 on my transistor radio while sitting on the porch was one of my favorite pasttimes. What stations did you old fogies listen to back in your day?
I'm thinking of WHB 710 out of Kansas City. Johnny Dolan and Phil Jay were my favorite DJ's on that station. Then on a cold, clear night we could pick up WLS out of Chicago. Also, I remember listening to Beaker Street on a Little Rock station in the 70's.
I definitely remember WLS, as I grew up in Chicago. I think one of the DJs was Dick Biondi. I used to lock myself in my bedroom weekend evenings in junior high to do my homework while listening to WLS. I STILL remember the first night I heard my first Beatle song. It was immediate infatuation. i went to school all excited on Monday morning to see what other kids thought of them, but no one had heard of them yet. That changed quickly. Do you remember the first time they were on the Ed Sullivan Show? I sat with the family camera trying to take pictures. We sent the film in to be developed, and all that came back was about 20 pictures of a grey TV screen with a light from the flashbulb in the middle. BIG disappointment. They were a curious phenomenon. I was laying in bed just this morning thinking of them [not something I do often, mind you, I guess it was because the subject of a George Harrison lyric came up the night before a work] but I was just thinking about how that particular combination of musicians/songwriters had such an effect on people all over the world of all ages and from all walks of life.

I remember those cold clear nights when you could pick up stations from way out of town, but I'm racking my brain now to remember what they were. I can see a picture of the DJ in my head but i can't remember his name . arrrghhhhhh
John Q

Overland Park, KS

#3 Jan 15, 2010
Marie wrote:
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I definitely remember WLS, as I grew up in Chicago. I think one of the DJs was Dick Biondi. I used to lock myself in my bedroom weekend evenings in junior high to do my homework while listening to WLS. I STILL remember the first night I heard my first Beatle song. It was immediate infatuation. i went to school all excited on Monday morning to see what other kids thought of them, but no one had heard of them yet. That changed quickly. Do you remember the first time they were on the Ed Sullivan Show? I sat with the family camera trying to take pictures. We sent the film in to be developed, and all that came back was about 20 pictures of a grey TV screen with a light from the flashbulb in the middle. BIG disappointment. They were a curious phenomenon. I was laying in bed just this morning thinking of them [not something I do often, mind you, I guess it was because the subject of a George Harrison lyric came up the night before a work] but I was just thinking about how that particular combination of musicians/songwriters had such an effect on people all over the world of all ages and from all walks of life.
I remember those cold clear nights when you could pick up stations from way out of town, but I'm racking my brain now to remember what they were. I can see a picture of the DJ in my head but i can't remember his name . arrrghhhhhh
Yessss!!!
Locally, the Beatles on Ed Sullivan started me off on listening to WHB (Johnny Dolan, Phil Jay, J.Walter Beethoven, Young Bobby Day...on and on and on)
KUDL AM had Pete Gabriel, Ed O'Brian (he's the "scary" voice on the KCTV-5 news promos now.) They also had a newsman named Jeff Christie (now Rush Limbaugh).

I had a book shelf size radio...plugged it in on Friday nights and listened to Beaker Street (KAAY in Little Rock but I can't remember the dj's name), John Landecker on WLS. Then there was XROK from Del Rio Texas... When I was older, I listened to Don Imus on a Cleveland station (after he was canned from WNBC). He was on in the early morning, and I could only listen when the weather was right.

Now, the vast majority of stations are automated, except for a morning and an afternoon host...virtually unoccupied at night and on weekends. It's sad.

I've become addicted to Classic Vinyl and Deep Tracks on Sirius/Xm Satellite radio. Other than local news and weather, I seldom listen to the locals anymore when I'm in the car.
John Q

Overland Park, KS

#4 Jan 15, 2010
Sorry for the rant...
EARLPITTSAMURICA N

Parsons, KS

#5 Jan 15, 2010
That's not a rant, that's nostalgia at its best. I don't have Sirius in the car but listen to it on Dish TV. I like Classic Vinyl and there are a couple of 60's and 70's channels I listen to.

Do I remember right in thinking Phil Jay did the Top 40 from 6 to 10 on Friday nights? I met him once at that BBQ place in Martin City several years ago.(More like many years ago).
EARLPITTSAMURICA N

Parsons, KS

#6 Jan 15, 2010
And I agree, John Q, canned radio just isn't like the live banter we used to have.

When, like the Old Hippie I am and Rock music left me flat, I switched to Country music, 61 Country was my station of choice. David Lawrence was my favorite DJ there. I also loved the traffic reports of the Sky Spy, John Wagner. Even if I was traveling a deserted backroad in the Flint Hills, I tuned in to see what I-35 was doing and what idiot driver John was insulting.
Marie

Lenexa, KS

#7 Jan 15, 2010
EARLPITTSAMURICAN wrote:
And I agree, John Q, canned radio just isn't like the live banter we used to have.
When, like the Old Hippie I am and Rock music left me flat, I switched to Country music, 61 Country was my station of choice. David Lawrence was my favorite DJ there. I also loved the traffic reports of the Sky Spy, John Wagner. Even if I was traveling a deserted backroad in the Flint Hills, I tuned in to see what I-35 was doing and what idiot driver John was insulting.


Yer an old HIPPIE ??!!!
Marie

Lenexa, KS

#8 Jan 15, 2010
John Q wrote:
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Yessss!!!
Locally, the Beatles on Ed Sullivan started me off on listening to WHB (Johnny Dolan, Phil Jay, J.Walter Beethoven, Young Bobby Day...on and on and on)

I had a book shelf size radio...plugged it in on Friday nights and listened to Beaker Street (KAAY in Little Rock but I can't remember the dj's name),

Now, the vast majority of stations are automated, except for a morning and an afternoon host...virtually unoccupied at night and on weekends. It's sad.
I've become addicted to Classic Vinyl and Deep Tracks on Sirius/Xm Satellite radio. Other than local news and weather, I seldom listen to the locals anymore when I'm in the car.
Was WHB's Johnny Dolan the same guy that does the helicopter reports on - is it KCTV5?

I also had the bookshelf-sized radio. Was there a Bleeker Street show from somewhere back east? Maybe I could pick up Beaker Street up there in Chicago - dunno but it sounds familiar. ANd I definitely remember listening to the Top 10 Countdowns on Fridays. Nowadays the closest thing to live I listen to is NPR or KANU in Lawrence. KANU used to have a good blues show on Friday evenings, forget the name of it but it was put together by Michael Maher.

I was the youngest in the family so overheard alot of my older sisters' radio playing ( Elvis and the other male crooners, and novelty songs like The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Purple People Eater etc.) But the first song that really struck a chord in my own heart and soul was Dylan's "Blowin in the Wind." I was in sixth grade. It's weird how we can remember these things so clearly, and others not at all. I remember thinking in high school that music had become like a religion for me and a lot of people my age. Years later, I heard Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth guy) say that part of what most people are looking for in religion is a sense of being really alive. Those ideas connected for me when I heard that. But then music has always been an integral part of many religions. Definitely Christian anyway.
EARLPITTSAMURICA N

Parsons, KS

#9 Jan 15, 2010
If my paisley print Nehru shirt would still fit, I'd model it for you.
Marie

Lenexa, KS

#10 Jan 15, 2010
EARLPITTSAMURICAN wrote:
If my paisley print Nehru shirt would still fit, I'd model it for you.
OMG !!!

Actually, I figured you had experienced some "cosmic consciousness" somewhere along the line. ;D
EARLPITTSAMURICA N

Parsons, KS

#11 Jan 15, 2010
Cosmic consciousness...you mean like those funny little brownies we used to bake up?
Marie

Lenexa, KS

#12 Jan 15, 2010
EARLPITTSAMURICAN wrote:
Cosmic consciousness...you mean like those funny little brownies we used to bake up?
You mean using leftover corned beef hash?
Railroader

Junction City, KS

#13 Aug 29, 2010
KOMA In Oklahoma City, KAAY Little Rock Ar, and of course WLS in Chicago.

SE Kansas
John Q

Overland Park, KS

#14 Aug 29, 2010
Railroader wrote:
KOMA In Oklahoma City, KAAY Little Rock Ar, and of course WLS in Chicago.
SE Kansas
All those, plus XROK in Del Rio Texas, WWWE (3WE in Cincinnatti...or was it Cleveland?) One night when WHB was off the air, I heard WABC in Ny...that was rare.

BTW, Marie...Johnny Dolan was the program director of WHB, at about the same time a young Johnny Rollins was cutting his radio teeth at KBEQ. When radio left him in the dust in the late 80's, Rollins was the one who started doing the traffic reports. I've heard a lot of people confuse the two...similar names and all.
John Q

Overland Park, KS

#15 Aug 29, 2010
WHB was at 710 on the am dial...WABC was at 700...
Railroader

Junction City, KS

#16 Aug 29, 2010
John Q wrote:
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All those, plus XROK in Del Rio Texas, WWWE (3WE in Cincinnatti...or was it Cleveland?) One night when WHB was off the air, I heard WABC in Ny...that was rare.
BTW, Marie...Johnny Dolan was the program director of WHB, at about the same time a young Johnny Rollins was cutting his radio teeth at KBEQ. When radio left him in the dust in the late 80's, Rollins was the one who started doing the traffic reports. I've heard a lot of people confuse the two...similar names and all.
We must not forget Wolfman Jack!!

“Please don't confuse me”

Since: Aug 10

with the cold one from Miami

#17 Aug 29, 2010
John Q wrote:
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BTW, Marie...Johnny Dolan was the program director of WHB, at about the same time a young Johnny Rollins was cutting his radio teeth at KBEQ. When radio left him in the dust in the late 80's, Rollins was the one who started doing the traffic reports. I've heard a lot of people confuse the two...similar names and all.
ooooooooooooohhhh .... yeah ... thanks

“Please don't confuse me”

Since: Aug 10

with the cold one from Miami

#18 Aug 29, 2010
Railroader wrote:
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We must not forget Wolfman Jack!!
wasn't he an East Coast guy?

“Please don't confuse me”

Since: Aug 10

with the cold one from Miami

#19 Aug 30, 2010
EARLPITTSAMURICAN wrote:
If my paisley print Nehru shirt would still fit, I'd model it for you.
radio ...ah uh uh uh radio ...
Turn it up, turn it up, little bit higher, radio
Turn it up, that's enough, so you know it's got soul
ah ah ah radeeeeeeeeo

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Patriot AKA Bozo

Caddo, OK

#20 Aug 30, 2010
You youngsters probably don't remember when stations just played music. We got to listen to a mix of all kinds of music and were not limited to a single genre. As a matter of fact, I have over 3800 digitized 78 songs on my multi-media drive. I didn't digitize them, but do enjoy listening to them. Sadly, when most people talk about the 50's, they automatically think all there was was rock-n-roll. That is far from being true. I was a little too old to get all worked up with the R and R fads of the times. As a matter of fact, I didn't like them much. The western stuff had a few good artists, but was largely awful! However, I will agree that they are much better than a lot of the junk passed off as music today.

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