Edition #1232
Week of February 12, 2023


Talent: SHANE
Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.
Date: March 8, 1973

When Jack Armstrong left WKBW in February, 1973, the station was faced with a daunting task: how to replace him? The answer: they held a contest.

It was called the Great American Talent Hunt, and for 10 nights 'KB listeners were treated to a variety of jocks all competing for Armstrong's vacated 6-10 p.m. shift.

Here's the complete list of contestants and their station at the time if available:

Monday, March 5 - Dick Kemp

Tuesday, March 6 - Andrew Jackson (Big Ange, WPRO, Providence, Rhode Island)

Wednesday, March 7 - Judd Coursey

Thursday, March 8 - Shane (WLEE, Richmond, Virginia)

Friday, March 9 - Greaseman (WAXC Rochester, New York)

Monday, March 12 - Mike St. James (WFTL, Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

Tuesday, March 13 - Bruce Clark (WKAZ, Charleston, West Virginia)

Wednesday, March 14 - The Janitor (WLOF, Orlando, Florida)

Thursday, March 15 - Jim Carter (WBAB, Babylon, New York)

Friday, March 16 - 
Super Shannon

The Janitor (Warren Miller) was declared the winner, but he didn't last long at 'KB and was replaced by Shane. Another contestant - Super Shannon - also did the evening shift at 'KB later in the decade.

NOTE: Albert Hammond, Harry Chapin and either Peter or Paul from Peter, Paul and Mary did guest shifts, co-hosted by Don Berns, February 28-March 2. They were not part of the contest, however.

Enjoy Shane on The Great American Talent Hunt on WKBW here. 

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


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