Edition #1296
Week of May 19, 2024

Station: WXLO New York
Date: May 17, 1974
Time: 43:50 (unscoped)
          12:56 (scoped)

Walt "Baby" Love was a trailblazer.

The native of Creighton, Pennsylvania, made history in the late '60s when he became the first African-American talent to be hired at Top 40 powerhouse KBOX in Houston.

But Love's story was just beginning. Within four years of going into broadcasting, Love became the first Black on-air talent at RKO radio, at CKLW Windsor-Detroit and WOR-FM New York. Love went on to on-air positions at WNBC, WBLS and WXLO (99X) in New York, and was the first African-American talent at KHJ, KMPC and KFI Los Angeles.

More recently, Love has hosted The Countdown, which has received Billboard Magazine's Best R & B Syndicated Radio Show Award multiple times, and is the longest running Urban syndicated radio show in history. In addition to the Countdown, Love has hosted two other major syndicated shows, Gospel Traxx and The Urban AC Countdown.

In 1997, Love was ordained in the ministry as the Rev. Walter Shaw (his birth name). He has been an associate minister at First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles.

In a long overdue honour, Love was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2022.

Enjoy Walt "Baby" Love on WXLO (UNSCOPED) here.

Enjoy Walt "Baby" Love on WXLO (SCOPED) here.

(The Don Shuttleworth Collection)

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