Airchecks: 1965


Station: CKBW Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
Date: 1965
 31:51 (unscoped)
            10:55 (scoped)

(Picture courtesy Roy Geldart)

We asked Roy Geldart about his broadcasting career and he wrote this wonderful summary...

"I knew about the "magic" of radio" at an early age; and, by the late '50s - in my early teens, I was caught up listening to the many rock n roll stations which would boom at night into my small town of Sussex, New Brunswick.

It was the Golden Age of Rock Radio and I was exposed to the great east coast US stations of WABC, WINS, WMGM, WBZ, WMEX,WDRC, WPOP, WPTR, WKBW.

I was able to hear such legendary jocks as Alan Freed, Cousin Bruce Morrow, Scott Muni, Bob Lewis, Peter Tripp, Murray The K,Pete Myers, Dave Maynard, Woo-Woo Ginsburg, Joey Reynolds, Tom Shannon, Rod Roddy, Dan Neaverth, Boom-Boom Brannigan, Roger Scott, Stan Roberts, (to name a few) in their hey-day.

I was involved in BCB DXing during my teens and was constantly dial-twisting listening to what the jocks had to say more than the music. 
About that time, I firmly believed that I wanted to pursue a career on-air.

At the time, there was no radio station in my town, but whenever I was in a town or city that had a station, I would visit it and ask to watch the on-air people.

After graduating from high school, I borrowed a Webcor reel-to-reel and with some picked-up BN copy made audition tapes to small stations around the Maritimes.

One application was successful..... in the beginning of 1964, the CBC was opening a station in Fredericton, NB, and needed a person to temporarily (for 6 months) to set up the record library.

That led to me getting a summer-relief announcer job on CBZ and its repeater CBD, Saint John.

That job was over in the fall of '64 and I landed at CKBW, Bridgewater, NS as an announcer thru to September '65.

(Picture courtesy Roy Geldart)

I then went to multi-format CFNB Fredericton doing 5-7 pop/mor, 7-8 country, (Rock 8-10 p.m. was done by somebody else), 10-1 a.m. easy listening. {hey, I said it was multi-format}.

I found that shift wasn't good for social life.... so, when an opening on the (1-6 a.m. all-night country/rock) show, opened, I took it for two years before switching to news reporting in 1967.

In 1970 I moved to CFBC News Saint John and was promoted from reporter to Assistant News Director and ND.
In 1973, I went to ND at CKCW Moncton.

In 1981 I returned to Saint John as a reporter at CBC, retiring in 2002.

From 2002 - 2004, I did volunteer weekend morning drive dj (oldies rock & country) at CFMH (the the UNB-SJ lp FM) and even did a short p.m. drive stint at CFHA (lp FM) Saint John (Canada's first comedy station).

I Moved to Campbell River, BC, in 2004 and have been enjoying Vancouver Island Wx and lifestyle ever since.

My love of radio still exists; but, my on-air activity is limited to the ham bands as I've been an Amateur Operator since 1990, holding the calls VE9DXR (NB) and VE7DXU (BC).

Although I miss being on 'the really radio', I don't think today's PDs (with their non-stop computerized music, few-if-any jocks, and disemboweled voice liners) are ready for my style. ('style' which I thoroughly  got away with while doing my "Dog's Breakfast" show at the low-power UNB station).... some of the best fun I ever had with clothes on."

Enjoy Roy Geldart on CKBW (UNSCOPED) here. 

Enjoy Roy Geldart on CKBW (SCOPED) here. 


(The Roy Geldart Collection)

Stations: Various
Date: 1965 to 1997
9:37 (Upgraded 3-15-12)

He's the undisputed champion of rock radio's screamers. Nobody rocked the airwaves like Jack Armstrong.

Armstrong started his radio career at WCHL Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1960. His final stop was a voice-tracked show at Buffalo's WWKB, ending in 2006. In between, there were about two dozen stops at stations as far north as CHUM Toronto, as far south as WHYI Miami, as far east as WMEX Boston and as far west as KFRC San Francisco.

Jack Armstrong died March 23, 2008 after a fall at his home in High Point, North Carolina. He was 62.

Here's a time sweep of his career, with clips from 19 of the stations he worked at.

(Produced by Dale Patterson)


Here's a chronology of the stations Jack Armstrong jocked at:

1960 - WCHL Chapel Hill, N.C. * he was only 14 years old!
1960 - WCDJ Edenton, N.C.
???? - WSSB Durham, N.C.
1962 - WCOG Greensboro, N.C. (as John Larsh)
1964 - WDJK Atlanta
1965 - WAYS Charlotte, N.C. (as John Larsh)
1966 - WCOG Greensboro, N.C. (as John Larsh) * again
1966 - WIXY Cleveland
1967 - WKYC Cleveland
1968 - WMEX Boston
1968 - CHUM Toronto * only Canadian station
1969 - WPOP Hartford
1970 - WNTC Potsdam, N.Y. * just one shift
1970 - KTLK Denver
1970 - WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.
1973 - WJAS-WKTQ Pittsburgh
1975 - WHYI Miami
1975 - KDKA Pittsburgh
1976 - WIFE Indianapolis
1978 - KTNQ Los Angeles
1979 - KHTZ Los Angeles
1980 - KFI Los Angeles
1982 - KFRC San Francisco
1984 - KKHR Los Angeles
1988 - KBOS Fresno, Calif.
1997 - WMQX Greensboro, N.C.
2003 - WWKB Buffalo, N.Y. * voicetracked from his home in North Carolina

WSAI Cincinnati
January 4, 1965

Dusty Rhodes was the hottest thing going in Cincinnati Top 40 radio in the mid-'60s.

At times during his five-year (1961-66) stay at
he had a 50 share!

Enjoy Dusty Rhodes on WSAI here.

(The Dusty Rhodes Collection)

Station: CHUM Toronto
Date: February, 1965


It was 1965 and the best of times for 1050 CHUM.

CKEY had left the Top 40 format by early '65, hit music on CKFH was still two years away and FM rock radio was in the future. CHUM had the Top 40 format all to itself in Toronto.

They used the mandate wisely, giving Toronto some of the best rock radio it would ever hear. From the zany Jay Nelson in the morning, to the even-zanier Brian Skinner in the evening, CHUM created a sound that is fondly remembered by its many fans all these years later.

When this aircheck was made, Jay Nelson had been at CHUM only about 14 months.

Hear Jay Nelson here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)

Station: WMCA New York
Date: February 24, 1965
Time: 18:55

He was one of the most popular morning men of the rock 'n' roll era. But Joe O’Brien’s radio roots date back to the time of the big bands.

O’Brien entered the medium as actor looking for work in 1934. After short stints at WNYC and WHN in New York, he started as an announcer at WMCA in 1936.

O’Brien would spend more than 30 years at WMCA - a stint interrupted only when he worked for Armed Forces Radio during the Second World War. After the war, he teamed with Roger Gallagher at WMCA in the morning show, later moving to afternoons.

Then rock ’n’ roll arrived. Undaunted, O’Brien made a seamless move to Top 40, regaining the morning show in 1960 with his imaginary sidekick, Benny. He was part of a memorable Good Guys lineup that included such legends as Harry Harrison, Jack Spector, Dan Daniel and B. Mitchel Reed.

O’Brien moved to WNBC as morning man in 1969. In 1972, he signed on at a station that was just starting up, WHUD in Peekskill, New York. He remained morning man there until 1986, when he retired from weekday duties. He was doing a weekend show at WHUD as late as 2000, meaning he was on the air for eight consecutive decades!

O’Brien died July 24, 2005 in a car accident in Lenox, Massachusetts. He was 90 and left behind an unmatched radio legacy and untold numbers of fans and admirers. Rest In Peace, Joe.

Hear Joe O'Brien on WMCA here.

(Scrapbook archives)

Station: WSAI Cincinnati
Date: March 29, 1965

"The Modern Sound of Mid-America"

Dusty Rhodes swings the night away on WSAI.

His 6-9 p.m. show was a must-listen for Cincinnatians from 1961 to 1966.

It's a great sample of major market mid-'60s Top 40 radio when AM radio was king.

Enjoy Dusty Rhodes on WSAI here.

(The Dusty Rhodes Collection)

Station: WINS New York
 April 18, 1965
Time: 1:01:12
               26:48 (scoped)

"You give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world."

WINS made news in 1965.

In a ground-breaking move, WINS dropped its long-time Top 40 format on April 19, 1965 (see Rock Radio Goodbyes), becoming only the third station to adopt all-news programming in the U.S. So ended a long tradition of music programming at WINS, whose beginnings can be traced back to 1924, when it was housed in Gimbels Department Store as WGBS. Future baseball broadcast legend Mel Allen was a WINS DJ in the late '50s. Alan Freed, Murray the K, and Bruce Morrow (Cousin Brucie) would follow in the '50s, along with Mad Daddy, Paul Sherman, Jack Lacy, Stan Z. Burns, Stan Shaw and others.

After WINS went all news, Lacy worked at WBAL Baltimore and KIQQ Los Angeles. He died in Spain in 1996, aged 79.

We'll probably never know, but what's with all the pauses in the John Gleason newscast beginning around 19:26? Seems odd for an otherwise excellent sounding announcer. He's distracted by something.

Hear Jack Lacy on WINS (UNSCOPED) here. 

Hear Jack Lacy on WINS (SCOPED) here. 

(The Don Shuttleworth Collection)

Station: WINS New York
Date: April 18, 1965
Time: 58:26 (unscoped)
            17:57 (scoped)

When it was all said and done, the last word musically at WINS belonged to Johnny Holliday.

WINS, which began its life as WGBS in 1924, was a Top 40 outlet for just over a decade before becoming one of North America's first all-news stations.

Holliday - who later went on to a brilliant career as a sportscaster - had the honour of doing the last music show on WINS from 6-8 p.m. on the evening of April 18, 1965.

We have the first hour.

Enjoy Johnny Holliday from WINS from April 18, 1965 (UNSCOPED) here. 

Enjoy Johnny Holliday from WINS from April 18, 1965 (SCOPED) here. 

(The Don Shuttleworth Collection)

Station: KHJ Los Angeles
 April 29, 1965
 32:40 (unscoped)
           15:01 (scoped)

Roger Christian broke into radio by saving a life.

The native of Buffalo, New York, got his first radio gig after rescuing a radio executive's wife from drowning, while working as a lifeguard.

The station was WSAY Rochester, New York, and before long Christian had moved west to Buffalo and WWOL. But Christian would soon find fame and fortune much further west.

Christian - not to be confused with the Roger Christian who spent 43 years at 102.5 FM in Buffalo - moved to California in 1959 for a gig at KFXM San Bernardino. From there, it was on to Los Angeles where - after stops at KRLA and KFWB - Christian landed at KHJ Los Angeles where he was one of the original "Boss Jocks. Around this time, he co-wrote The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)” for Jan & Dean and “Don’t Worry Baby” and “Little Deuce Coupe” for the Beach Boys. He also appeared in 17 movies, including "The Carpetbaggers."

Christian - who also jocked in Los Angeles at KBLA and KIQQ-FM and a few others (some more than once) - retired from radio in the mid-'70s. He died in 1991 of complications from kidney and liver failure. He was 57.

Enjoy Roger Christian on KHJ (UNSCOPED) here

Enjoy Roger Christian on KHJ (SCOPED) here. 

(The Joe Fazio Collection)

Station: CKEY Toronto
Date: May 3, 1965
Time: 18:25

Elvis was replaced by Elgart, the Beatles by Bennett, the Stones by Sinatra. By May 1965, CKEY's switch from a Top 40 station to a middle-of-the-road outlet was pretty much complete.

Some remnants of the station's rock 'n' roll past remain - the announcers are still referred to the "Good Guys", and the occasional rock artist like Peter and Gordon still shows up on the playlist. Some of the jocks from CKEY's rock heyday are still there, including Al Boliska (6-10 a.m.), J.P. Finnigan (noon-3 p.m.) and Lee Vogel on weekends. Rounding out the 'EY weekday lineup in early May 1965 are Keith Rich (9 a.m.-noon), John Dolan (3-7 p.m.) followed by Wingding from 7-11 p.m. then the news at 11 p.m. with Norm Perry's Perry-Scope next.

On this aircheck, you'll hear the always smooth John Dolan, who would go on to a long career at CFRB. There a news update, a sports update and traffic with Joe Lewis. Ads for Noxema, Craven Menthol cigarettes, Coppertone, Dow Ale, Fina Executive Tires (only $25!) and Honest Ed round out a fine audio capsule of mid-'60s CKEY.

Enjoy John Dolan with the Rollin' Home show on CKEY here.

(The Bob Rice Collection)

Station: KRLA Los Angeles
Date: May 27, 1965
 46:12 (unscoped)

"He's crazy, he's insane, he's talented"

The fun and innocence of 1960s Top 40 radio is personified in Dave Hull.

The Hullabalooer made a career out of being corny and outrageous on the air and it made him popular. How corny? At WFLA Tampa Bay Hull held a corniest joke contest every morning. The winner got a silver dollar and a bag of popcorn. How popular? After Hull was fired from KRLA for playing a Beatle record before the release date, public outcry was such that he got his old job back.

After a stint at Armed Forces Radio, Hull got his start in commercial radio at KGFL Roswell, New Mexico, in 1965. He next went to WONE Dayton where he got his nickname. "A woman wrote me from a hotel outside Dayton to say she couldn't stand all that hullabaloo," Hull says. "Well, Webster's defined it as a tumultuous roar, so I used it."

Hull jocked at WQTE Monroe, Michigan, and WTVN Columbus, Ohio before beginning his first stint of three stints at KRLA from 1963 to 1969. Hull would spend 45 years in southern California, including stops at Los Angeles stations KFI (twice), KGBS, KHJ, KRTH and KIKF. He retired in 2010 after six years at KWXY Cathedral City, California.

"What Dave Hull did for Los Angeles radio cannot be duplicated," fellow KRLA "Eleven-Ten Man" Bob Eubanks told the Orange County Register in 2013. "The Hullabalooer literally took over the town. He's crazy, he's insane, he's talented, but most of all he's a good human being."

Enjoy Dave Hull on KRLA here.

(The Tom Howard Collection)

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Station: WABC New York
 June 13, 1965
Time: 25:29 (unscoped)
            15:00 (scoped)

Bob Lewis starred on both AM and FM.

Lewis - known as "Bob-a-Loo" to his many fans - started at WABC in June 1962 on the all-night show, which he called the "All-Night Satellite." He came to Musicradio from WHNC New Haven and WMGM and WINS in New York. The late hours didn't agree with him, so he moved his peppy chatter to weekends and fill-ins. Despite his success and popularity, Lewis eventually tired of WABC. He wanted the opportunity for growth that free-form FM was providing - so he crossed the aisle in 1967 to WABC-FM where he did a show called "Some Trust in Chariots" while still doing weekends and fill-ins at WABC-AM.

Lewis left WABC entirely in 1969 to go to go cross-town at WCBS-FM. The station had just started a progressive rock format, and Lewis fit right in. He was a master of complex collages and montages of sound, when jocks were allowed to do that sort of thing. He worked at WNEW-FM in the '70s then did swing work at WYNY in the early '80s. Lewis was a well-sought-after voice talent, with a client list that included Volkswagen and IBM. He died in 1987 at the age of 49.

Enjoy Bob Lewis on WABC (UNSCOPED) here. 

Enjoy Bob Lewis on WABC (SCOPED) here. 


(The Bill Dulmage Collection)

Station: KILT Houston
Date: June 14, 1965
 44:02 (partially scoped)

The self-proclaimed savior of Dallas radio, Russ "Weird Beard" Knight rocked the airwaves at the height of Top 40 radio's glory years.

The man born Russell Lee Moore jocked at many stations around the U.S., but it was in Dallas and Houston he really made his mark, first at KLIF Dallas then at KILT Houston.

KLIF was the hottest thing in Dallas radio when Knight arrived there in the early '60s. Holder of a Masters degree, Knight used bells and horns to augment his 7 p.m.-midnight show on KLIF, which in those days atttracted an amazing 40 per cent of the Dallas listening audience. There was nothing subdued about his wild and crazy act, which he took downstate to KILT in the mid-'60s. He introduced the Beatles to Houston in 1965.

Knight went on to program "Make Believe Ballroom" with William B. Williams at WNEW New York. Knight was also heard on WCUE Akron, Ohio, WHKCleveland, WXYZ Detroit, WELI/WAVZ New Haven, Connecticut and WICC and WDJZ Bridgeport, Connecticut. In 1970, he re-created his KLIF program for the Ron Jacobs' Cruisin' Series, which highlighted jocks from the '50s and '60s on albums. Knight was on Cruisin' 1962.

Knight gained a footnote in history when he testified at the Warren Commission inquiry into the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Agents found Knight's personal phone number in the possession of Jack Ruby, who gunned down presumed JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald on live TV during a jail transfer.

Knight also helped launch the career of John Peel, a listener by the name of John Ravenscroft who would call KLIF about England and the Beatles. He became KLIF's "expert" on those topics and eventually would up jocking at two other U.S. radio stations before moving back to England to Pirate Radio 1and then to a long career at BBC Radio 1.

Knight died October 12, 2002 in Connecticut at the age of 80. He was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2003.

Enjoy Russ "Weird Beard" Knight at KILT here. 

(The Joe Fazio Collection)

Station: KHJ Los Angeles
Date: 1960s (composite)

(The Real Don Steele from the second KHJ Chart, May 16, 1965/Courtesy Tom Howard)

"I've never stopped. I've never changed. I never did anything else."
The Real Don Steele, as told to the Los Angeles Times in 1993

Back when radio was Boss, Don Steele made it Real.

Donald S. Revert, better known by his air-name The Real Don Steele, was one of Top 40 radio's brightest stars for well over three decades before cancer took his life. The native of Hollywood, California, honed his jocking skills at several other stations, including KOIL Omaha, KISN Portland, Oregon, and KEWB San Francisco, before arriving at KHJ Los Angeles for the launch of Boss Radio in the spring of 1965.

Interviewed by Don Barrett for his book Los Angeles Radio People, Steele said the launch of Boss Radio was "like a mushroom cloud that went up - heavy on the mushroom." That sense of humour was part of a memorable act that carried Steele through eight years as the afternoon drive jock on KHJ. Born into show business - his mother played piano at silent movies and his father was a driver for entertainers - Steele was a natural showman with a masterful sense of timing well-suited for the fast-paced Top 40 format.

After leaving KHJ in mid-1973, Steele went to success at Los Angeles stations KIQQ, KTNQ, KRLA and KODJ/KCBS-FM. From 1988 to 1993, he hosted the syndicated oldies show Live From the '60's, which was run in over 300 markets. Steele even has a Canadian connection - in 1967 he was host of a radio show called CBC's Action Set.

Steele also starred on the small and big screen. The Real Don Steele Show was the leading rock 'n' roll TV dance show in southern California from 1968 to 1975. His film credits include Death Race 2000, Rock & Roll High School, Grand Theft Auto and Eating Raoul.

Steele's last radio stop began in 1992 at K-EARTH 101, where he was reunited with original KHJ Boss Radio morning man Robert W. Morgan. Steele died at age 61 on August 5, 1997.

Enjoy The Real Don Steele on KHJ here.

NOTE: His widow Shaune Steele tells us that Don Revert's middle name was actually Steele. She says his mother chose it because it sounded more "show-biz."

(The Tom Howard Collection)

Subject: THE TOP 20 SHOW with WILLIE Q.
Station: CKCW Moncton, New Brunswick
Date: July 31, 1965
Time: 17:11


CKCW-AM is gone from the airwaves, but it had a long history that dates back to the early days of radio.

CKCW-AM signed as a 100-watter on December 4, 1934. It was at 1370kc then, and would move to 1400kc in 1941 and 1220kc by 1952 while increasing its power to 5,000 watts. It was at 10,000 watts when it signed off the AM band on April 11, 2001, having moved to FM as CKCW-FM.

In 1965, CKCW offered a mixed bag of programming, some rock 'n' roll, some middle-of-the-road, some country, not uncommon for stations at that time.

On this aircheck, we drop in on CKCW on a Saturday afternoon in 1965. It's the Top 20 Show, with all the top hits of the day. Oddly enough, the deejay never identifies himself even though Rock Radio Scrapbook patron Geoff Campbell tells us the jock is Willie Q, whose real name is Bill McFadden.

Hear the Top 20 Show here.

(The Dan Steeves Collection)

Station: WBLK Buffalo, New York
Date: August 4, 1965
20:23 (unscoped)
             6:39 (scoped)

It was known as "The House That The Hound Built." And for the last eight years of his life, George "Hound Dog" Lorenz put his heart and soul into it.

Lorenz, who championed rhythm and blues throughout his three-decade radio career, applied for and got the final available FM signal in Buffalo in 1962. On December 10, 1964, WBLK went on the air at 93.7 (the call letters stood for Benjamin L. Kulick, an early financial backer of the station). From the beginning, WBLK played rhythm and blues, an oddity on an FM dial that was at the time mostly classical, jazz or easy listening fare. But the Hound wanted to rock!

Lorenz got his start in radio in the mid-40s at Buffalo's WXRA. He moved to mornings at WJJL Niagara Falls, New York, in 1948, originally using the moniker 'Ol Man Lorenz. He started calling himself Hound Dog Lorenz in 1951, getting the name from the expression "doggin' around." As he explains it, "One of the jive expressions at the time was if you were hangin’ around the corner, you were doggin’ around. So I’d come on and say ‘ Here I am to dog around for another hour.’ That’s how they got to call me the hound dog.”

Lorenz went to WKBW in 1955, where he gained a massive following thanks to the station's huge 50,000-watt signal. He left three years later with the station about to switch to a Top 40 format. The Hound was no fan of Top 40, claiming it “is hurting the record industry, is lowering radio listening, and is decreasing a new artists chance to make it."

In 1960 Lorenz moved to suburban Buffalo station WINE, which ironically became the city's first R&B outlet later that decade as WUFO. After WINE, he began syndicating his show via World Wide Programming. The next stop was WBLK, where he stayed until his death on May 29, 1972 at age 53. And all these years later WBLK is still playing rhythm and blues, though nowadays the format is referred to as urban contemporary. The Hound would be proud.

Enjoy Hound Dog Lorenz on WBLK (UNSCOPED) here. 

Enjoy Hound Dog Lorenz on WBLK (SCOPED) here. 

(The Don Shuttleworth Collection)

Station: CKY Winnipeg
August 12, 1965
Time: Part 1 - 50:38 (unscoped)
          Part 1 - 16:16 (scoped)
Part 2 - 50:52 (unscoped)
Part 2 - 23:23

Jimmy Darin (Hilliard) came to CKY Winnipeg from KNEW Spokane in 1963. He joined one of the most popular and powerful stations on the Prairies, as CKY's 50,000-watt signal at 580kc got out well when the skywave kicked in at night. The station signed on New Year's Eve 1949 and soon adopted the slogan "The Powerful Station With Proven Listener Response." CKY was a Top 40 station throughout much of its broadcast life and a great one too as you'll hear on this aircheck. Future stars to appear on CKY in the '60s include Chuck McCoy and Daryl B. This wonderful find by Charlie Ritenburg is a real treasure and a rare peek at Winnipeg Top 40 radio in the mid-'60s.

After his CKY days, Darin moved to Philadelphia to help launch Boss Radio WFIL, which became the city's most powerful Top 40 outlet. He later got into radio ownership in Indianapolis, then owned a string of radio stations in Florida. Darin also jocked at KJR Seattle before coming to CKY, where he became program director in addition to his on-air duties.

Hear Jimmy Darin on CKY from August 12, 1965 (Part 1, UNSCOPED) here.

Hear Jimmy Darin on CKY from August 12, 1965 (Part 1, SCOPED) here.

Hear Jimmy Darin on CKY from August 12, 1965 (Part 2, UNSCOPED) here. 

Hear Jimmy Darin on CKY from August 12, 1965 (Part 2, SCOPED) here.  

(The Charlie Ritenburg Collection)

Station: CKY Winnipeg
August 13, 1965 (last show)
Time: 47:38

Here's Jimmy Darin from one day later, with his last show on CKY here. 

(The Charlie Ritenburg Collection)

Station: KDWB Minneapolis
Date: August 26, 1965
Time: 49:35

Bob Shannon was a star both behind the mic and in front and behind the camera.

Born Robert Lee Adams in St. Catharines, Ontario, in 1942, Adams envisioned a career in acting but got into radio in his teens as Bob Shannon at KXIV Phoenix. From there it was on to KRUX Phoenix - where at one point he was 20 points ahead of his nearest competitor - and other biggies like KDWB, WKBW Buffalo, WXYC Cleveland and KXOX St. Louis.

So many big stations! Shannon jocked at WIXY Cleveland, KDKA Pittsburgh then returned at KDWB in the '70s as "BS in the Morning." At KDWB, he gained instant popularity with stunts that included broadcasting live from the streets of the Twin Cities while distributing cans of beans during the gas shortage of the mid-1970s which he promoted as a "natural gas substitute." His influence led to the National Association of Hurricanes naming hurricanes after boys in addition to girls. Hurricane David in 1979 was named after his son.

In 1976, Shannon was then lured to the west coast where he jocked KCBQ San Diego and at KFI Los Angeles, with later moves toKHJ, KLAC and KRTH in the City of Angels.

Shannon also had an outstanding acting career under the name R.J. Adams. He appeared on TV shows like Kojak, All in the Family, General Hospital, Hill Street Blues and Murder She Wrote. Adams was also seen in movies including Rocky IV. He later started a film production company that focused on historical documentary projects and documentary. Somehow he found time to squeeze in a 35-year acting coaching career at The Actors Workshop in Los Angeles and Orange County. A full life indeed, that ended with Shannon dying of a heart attack January 26, 2015.

Enjoy Bob Shannon (as Kelly) on KDWB here 

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)

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Station: WMCA New York
Date: September 10, 1965
Time: 1:01:39 (unscoped)
             29:20 (scoped)

"Look out street, here I come!"

To a generation of New Yorkers, Jack Spector was "Your Main Man."

The native of Mineola, New York, spent some four decades entertaining New York and area listeners. Spector started his career in 1955 and had gigs in West Virginia, Albany and Chicago. He arrived at WMCA in 1962 just around the time the station re-branding its jocks as "The Good Guys." All of the jocks had a schtick, so to speak, and Spector's was that he closed his 1-4 p.m. show every day with a line given to him by R&B great Jackie Wilson, "Look out street, here I come!"

Spector - who in December, 1963 became the first New York jock to play a Beatle record (I Want to Hold Your Hand) - stayed with the station until 1969 when he moved to WNBC. That was the same year he released a break-in record called "Moonflight" under the name "Vik Venus, Alias: Your Main Moon Man."

When WMCA dropped Top 40 in favour of talk in 1970, Spector stayed on as a sports-talk host. In 1971, he moved to WHN, an easy-listening station that became a country music station during his time there. Spector left WHN in 1974 to go to all-oldies WCBS-FM, where he hosted "The Saturday Night Sock Hop" and another weekend shift plus serving as a swing announcer. After leaving WCBS-FM in 1985, he returned to WNBC where he hosted "Sports Night" for a short time. then it was off to WPIX-FM and its adult-contemporary format. He stayed on when the station switched to a smooth jazz format as CD 101.9 (WQCD).

Spector's last radio stop was adult standards-formatted WHLI in Hempstead, New York. He also did some fill-in shifts at WCBS-FM. On March 8, 1994, he collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack while on the air at WHLI. The last song he played by Louis Prima's "I'm in The Mood For Love." He was 65.

Enjoy Jack Spector on WMCA (UNSCOPED) here.

Enjoy Jack Spector on WMCA (SCOPED) here.

(The Charlie Ritenburg Collection)


WSAI Cincinnati
October 16, 1965

More from Cincinnati radio legend Dusty Rhodes!

Enjoy Dusty Rhodes on WSAI here.

(The Dusty Rhodes Collection)

Station: WDRC Hartford
October 21, 1965
Time: 9:18

"Deejays were big brothers and Dick was one of the best."

Dick Robinson's radio career was almost over before it started.

In 1956, Robinson was badly injured when he was attacked by hooligans at a school dance. Not only did he suffer a fractured nose, but surgeons nicked his vocal cords as they performed a tracheotomy. Doctors told him he may never regain the use of his voice, but he recovered and went on to a brilliant radio career.

His father had told him that "only clowns got into broadcasting", but Robinson followed his dream and by 1957 was at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts. He slowly worked himself up to larger markets - WRED in Holyoke, Massachusetts, WSPR in Springfield, Massachusetts, and WPRO and WHIM (where he was program director) in Providence, Rhode Island.  In 1963, Robinson moved into the biggest market of his career - WDRC - where he would spent the next 13 years, first as the station's evening jock, and later and vice-president and station manager.

Robinson's night-time show became "DRC on DRC" or the "Dick Robinson Company." His show was a cacophony of drop-ins, plus Lone Ranger and Tonto jokes, and he did a nightly Big D Late Show involving puns on show biz celebrities appearing in mythical. It was theatre of the mind and there was much telephone interaction with listeners.

Robinson branched out in 1964 by starting his own broadcast school - the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. In 1967, he moved into sales part time, and moved to broadcasting weekends only the following year. By 1969, he was gone from the WDRC airwaves completely while continuing to work in sales. Robinson was named vice-president and station manager of WDRC AM-FM before leaving the station three years later to focus on his broadcast school. The veteran broadcaster returned to the airwaves with a syndicated show called American Standards By The Sea, broadcasting from his yacht sailing along the U.S. eastern seaboard. Naturally, one of his affiliates was WDRC. Robinson also has his own radio station, Legends 100.3 (WLML) Lake Park, Florida, and his broadcasting school has grown to 12 locations from Massachusetts to Miami.

"He entertained. He didn't just through the motions," Ed Brouder, a deejay and radio historian, told the Hartford Courant. "I think all the deejays back then were a bridge ... deejays were big brothers and Dick was one of the best."

Enjoy Dick Robinson on WDRC here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)

CJIC Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
October or November, 1965

The 1050 dial position is perhaps best associated in Top 40 radio lore with CHUM Toronto, or WMGM New York. But to listeners in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the hit station to hear at 1050 was CJIC.

In 1965, Dick Peplow was entertaining listeners in the early evening shift at CJIC. During his long career, he also worked at Ontario stations CKCY Sault Ste. Marie, CKPR Thunder Bay, CJKL Kirkland Lake and also in St. Thomas, Ontario, Dawson Creek, B.C., Yellowknife, Winnipeg and Sudbury.

Peplow was also a city alderman in Yellowknife. In 2000, he established what is now known as and in 2003 founded

Peplow died July 13, 2007. He was 63.

Enjoy Dick Peplow here.

(The Don Shuttleworth Collection)

Station: WABC New York
Date: November 9, 1965
Time: 8:23

"That's Lazy River ... in the key of R"

Remember the night the lights went out?

It was November 9, 1965. Thanks to a faulty relay near Queenston, Ontario, more than 30 million people in several northeastern U.S. states plus the province of Ontario were plunged into darkness for several hours. The power began to go off at 5:16 p.m. and before long about 80,000 square miles were without electricity. Trains stopped between stations, theatres closed and stranded travellers slept in hotel lobbies. In New York, Times Square went completely dark, an unusual sight for "The Great White Way."

The beginning of the blackout is captured on this fascinating aircheck of Dan Ingram's afternoon WABC show. The 'check begins with Jonathan King's Everyone's Gone to the Moon, which is starting to play very, very slowly. Ingram notices and demonstrates the quick wit and timing that made him a radio legend. At that moment, nobody knew what was happening but it's obvious something is wrong. The newscast that ends this aircheck makes no mention of the problem but it quickly became one of the biggest stories of the year.

Hear Dan Ingram on WABC during the Great Northeast Blackout here.

(Scrapbook archives)

Station: KHJ Los Angeles
Date: November, 1965

Right in the midst of the musical British invasion, Los Angeles Top 40 radio listeners had their own radio British Invasion with the arrival of Oxford, England-born Tommy Vance.

The legendary British jock was at KHJ for a while in the mid-'60s before returning to the U.K. for a long British career with stops at Radio Caroline, Radio Luxembourg, Radio London, BBC Radio 1 and Capitol Radio. He was a regular presenter of Top of the Pops at Radio 1 and a highly sought-after voice-over artist.

Vance originally began his U.S. radio career under the name Rick West. When he arrived at KOL Seattle, legend has it that Tommy Vance was the only deejay jingle available on the station's jingle package at the time so that became his name! (His real name is Richard Anthony Crispian Francis Prew Hope-Weston). He kept the Vance moniker when he moved to KHJ in 1965, and after returning to the U.K. after running into immigration trouble.

Later in his career, Vance presented the Friday Night Rock Show on British digital television channel VH1 and had his own show on digital radio station Virgin Classic Rock.

He is credited with interviewing more than 10,000 guests, including Prince Charles and the Rolling Stones.

Vance died March 6, 2005 in Dartford, England, at the age of 63.

Hear Tommy Vance on KHJ here.

(The Jim Southern Collection)

Station: WKNR Dearborn, Michigan
Date: December 4, 1965
Time: 14:28

It wasn't just radio. It was art.

The epitome of the smooth '60s Top 40 jock, Bob Green performed his show the way an artist might paint a picture. Tight and bright, the show moved along quickly without sounding hurried. Green sprinkled in personality and humour while juggling spots, jingles, music, weather and sports updates effortlessly.

A native of Rochester, New York, Bob Greenstone got his radio start at WSAY in his hometown in 1958, where he did a nine-hour shift daily as Mac McGuire. He wasn't there long, soon moving to WGVA in nearby Geneva. Green arrived in the Motor City in 1962 at WKMH then moved south to WQAM Miami. His audience share nearly tripled from nine per cent to 24 per cent in his nine months there.

Green returned to Detroit to join the brand-new
WKNR in the fall of 1963 (in an interview with he notes that WKNR
was one of the first stations to brand with a word, rather than call letters). After its launch on Halloween night, Keener 13 jumped from a 0.9 share to a 16 in just four short weeks. With its tight playlist and personality jocks, Keener would leap to a 30 share by the time the first year was up, despite a night-time signal that didn't cover Detroit's east side.

After nine years at WKNR, and with the end of the Keener era in sight, Green left for KULF Houston in 1972, where he was program director. The following year he founded Bob Green Productions, which has offered high quality commercial audio production to agencies and corporations for several decades

Enjoy Bob Green on WKNR here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)

Station: WMEX Boston
December 12, 1965
Time: 27:27 (unscoped)

Nobody put the fun into Top 40 like Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsburg.

The epitome of the frantic and funny '50s and '60s jock, Ginsburg was New England's leading Top 40 personality during his nine years (1958-67) at Boston's WMEX. Everything about him stood out - there was the non-traditional radio voice that led to Ginsburg calling himself Old Leather Lungs and Old Aching Adenoids. There were sound effects - kazoos, whistles, cowbells, buzzers, oogah, car horns (the "Woo Woo" nickname came from the train whistle he used). There were Ginsburg's memorable live reads for the drive-in fast food restaurant Adventure Car Hop, which featured the Ginsburger in honour of their most vocal advertiser. Even the name itself stood out - Ginsburg used his ethnic-sounding birth name when many jocks at the time opted for on-air monikers - a move that made him seem even more human to his listeners. Toss in Ginsburg's steady stream of corny jokes and you had a winner.

Ginsburg got his radio start in 1956 as an engineer, with occasional fill-in on-air duties, at Boston station WORL. He moved to WBOS later that year where he further developed his on-air skills. In 1958, Ginsburg began his stay at WMEX, appearing on the Night Train show seven nights a week (he taped his Saturday and Sunday night shows). His Friday night sock hops at the Surf Ballroom at Nantasket Beach were the place to be for New England teens for a decade. After leaving WMEX in 1967, Ginsburg moved to WRKO and later jocked at or managed several other Boston stations.

In 1970, Ginsburg appeared on the Cruisin' 1961 album recreating a 1961 WMEX show, part of a series of recreations featuring leading '50s and '60s jocks. The album begins with Ginsburg's famous theme song by the 3Ds ("Gather 'round, everybody; 'cause you're about to hear/the show that's gonna make you/smile from ear to ear/It's Arnie Ginsburg, on the Night Train show.") Below, you can hear a REAL Arnie Ginsburg show, on WMEX in 1965.

Enjoy Arnie Ginsburg on WMEX here.

(The Sam Ward Collection)

Station: WHEE Martinsville, Virginia
Date: December 26, 1965
 Part 1 - 36:01 (unscoped)
           Part 2 - 1:01:11 (unscoped)

(Rick Shultz, 1968/Courtesy Barry Michaels)

It's 1960s Top 40 radio the way we knew and loved it!

All the bells and whistles from that time are here, including an endless stream of sound effects and reverb. And Rick Shultz's hyper-frenetic delivery has to be heard to be believed! The energy never lets up for a second. It's exhausting just to listen to - just imagine what Shultz went through!

We asked Rick about his career, and this is what he told us...

"My father started WHEE in 1954 after being in radio for most of his life, so for all practical purposes, I was born in the business. When I was 15 I started my own squeaky-voiced show on WHEE (it was pretty bad) and later when I went to college my voice had matured enough for me to be hired part-time at two stations in Winston-Salem, NC - first at WTOB and then later at WSJS.

I learned Top-40 radio from the guys at WTOB (they were fabulous - the station was tight with split-second timing and top notch DJ's). I wanted that sort of sound back home, and when I returned to Martinsville I put a lot of those ideas to work back at my mom's station (my dad died when I was in college). The problem was that the community had no interest in Top-40 radio and I didn't want to rock the boat for fear of losing loyal listeners (read revenue), so I took all my ideas and put them into one show that ran on Sunday afternoons - that was the show that Barry has sent you pieces of, my centerpiece show at the station, The Sunday Session.

(Rick Shultz, 2009/Courtesy Rick Shultz)

On December 26, 1965, I put both of the station's Ampex 601 tape recorders on double duty and recorded the entire show from 1:45 to 5:00. I still have that recording, although I transferred it over to CD back in the 1980's.

My mom died in mid-1965 and by the end of the year I needed to get away, so I scheduled the trip to Europe and took a friend with me leaving in January, 1966. I took a couple of portable reel to reel tape recorders with me and sent back several recordings, from London, Paris, Copenhagen, Munich and one other place I forget right now. I still have those recordings.

When I got back to the States I continued to work at the station for another few years, but decided to go into TV work at the local cable origination station and did newscasts and movie intros for about five years until starting another family and moving away to North Carolina.

I never went back into radio, but after retirement I tried putting together "The Roots of Rock" (a series of 30-minute programs) without much success and now (as of 2014) I'm doing a little voice-over work, mostly for children's story authors with enhanced eBooks."
Rick Shultz on WHEE (Part 1) here. (36:01)

Enjoy Rick Shultz on WHEE (Part 2) here. (1:01:11)

(The Barry Michaels and Rick Shultz Collections)

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Station: KBLA Santa Monica, California
Date: December 27, 1965
Time: 28:47 (unscoped)
           4:06 (scoped)

Dave Diamond was one of the original Boss Jocks on KHJ, but he didn't stay long.

Diamond, who held down the 6-9 p.m. shift at KHJ when Boss Radio launched in April 1965, left after four months for KBTR Denver and then moved to Los Angeles rival KBLA before the end of the year. This is where we hear Diamond, the radio legend who also jocked in L.A. at KFWB, KRLAKIIS and KFI. He was also at KFRC San Francisco from 1968 to 1971 and did stints at WSAI Cincinnati, KOIL Omaha and KTLK Denver among other stations

During his time at KBLA and KFRC, he called his show "The Diamond Mine", where he popularized such bands and performers as The DoorsThe SeedsLinda Ronstadt and Iron Butterfly. The native of Howard, South Dakota, retired from broadcasting in 1982 to go into teaching.

Diamond passed away of pneumonia in 2014. He was 77.

Enjoy Dave Diamond on KBLA here. (UNSCOPED)

Enjoy Dave Diamond on KBLA here. (SCOPED)


(The Tom Howard Collection)

Station: KBLA Santa Monica, California
Date: December 27, 1965
 21:03 (unscoped)
            3:35 (scoped)

It didn't take long for Bob Dayton to find work after his "Hiroshima" comment.

On August 6, 1965, Dayton decided to "celebrate" the 20th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima by playing "16 Candles" by the Crests. He was fired at the end of his shift, but didn't affect his employability as Dayton was back on the air at KBLA Santa Monica, California., before the end of the year. Dayton went on to jock at KRLA Los Angeles, WPIX and WCBS-FM New York, WGBB Freeport, New York,  WPAC Patchogue, New York, WGLI Long Island before his death of cancer in 1995. Prior to WABC he was at KLIF and KBOX Dallas and WIL St. Louis.

Enjoy Bob Dayton on KBLA (UNSCOPED) here. 

Enjoy Bob Dayton on KBLA (SCOPED) here. 


(The Tom Howard Collection)

Station: KBLA Los Angeles
Date: December 27, 1965
 35:48 (unscoped)
              5:05 (scoped)

A great station with a bad signal. That's how one commenter on REELRADIO described KBLA, a 1,000-watt Burbank station that went head-to-head with 50,000-watt KHJ for a short time in the mid-'60s. Jocks included Harry Newman, Roger Christian, Harvey Miller, Dave Diamond, Bob Dayton, Vic Gee and the subject of this aircheck, William F. Williams. Emperor Hudson and Hal Pickensreplaced Newman and Williams by the end of 1966. The format ended in June 1967 and KBLA became country-music-formatted KBBQ. It switched back to rock as KROQ (The "Roq" of Los Angeles) in 1972.

Enjoy William F. Williams on KBLA (UNSCOPED) here. 

Enjoy William F. Williams on KBLA (SCOPED) here. 


(The Tom Howard Collection)