Station: WINS New York
Date: June 10, 1957
Time: 30:21 (unscoped)
been written and said about Alan Freed,
the pioneering deejay known as The
King of The Moondoggers. But here's
a few interesting tidbits about Freed that
you may not be aware of:
- He was originally a classical music announcer, and was quite knowledgeable about that genre of music.
- Freed was a tee-jay (we now call them vee-jays) at WXEL-TV in Cleveland for a short time in the late '40s.
- He played trombone, and once had his own band, the Sultans of Swing.
- At one time, his syndicated
show was heard on Radio Luxembourg.
- Late in his career, Freed did an all-night jazz show at KNOB in Los Angeles.
- His middle name was James.
- He had three children, Lance, Al, Junior, and Alana.
- He was married three times.
- Studied engineering at Ohio State University, but didn't graduate.
- Served in the U.S. Army, in
- He once applied for a job at CBS but they told him to "find a better profession."
In 1957, Freed was doing a "split-shift", that is working two separate airshifts in one day. It was a common practice at the time. Freed did his After School Rock from 3:30-4:25 p.m., then came back for the Rock 'N' Roll Party from 7-11 p.m. We can only assume his young listeners did their homework between 4:25 and 7:00 p.m.
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