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Station: WABC-FM New York
Date: June 6, 1967
It would be a turning point in radio history.
In the late '60s, U.S. AM stations that also had an FM side were figuring out how to deal with newly-passed FCC legislation requiring them to provide at least 12 hours of original FM programming a day.
One solution was to experiment with the new album rock, or progressive rock, format that was just coming into its own at the time. It was an unforgettable era as programmers, freed from the restrictions of the Top 40 format, experimented with long album cuts, themed music "sets" and a totally laid-back approach usually only heard on jazz stations.
Many deejays who had made their mark in AM radio were eager to test the FM waters. Tom Donahue, Dave Mickie/Marsden and B. Mitchell Reed are three prominent examples, another is Bob Lewis. Lewis, one of the all-Americans at WABC-AM in the 1960s, did a ground-breaking show called "Some Trust In Chariots", on WABC-FM in the late '60s.
Hear "Some Trust in Chariots" - a few days after the Sgt. Pepper's album was released - with Bob Lewis here.
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