Subject: WABC STRIKE MONTAGE
Station: WABC New York
Date: March-April, 1967
Time: 
5:55

(Chicago's WLS also needed fill-ins during the AFTRA strike.)
(Larger view here.)

The jocks were gone, but the rock went on.

From March 29 to April 10, 1967, a strike by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) forced radio and TV stations in the U.S. to scramble to find on-air talent. WABC was no exception, as managers took the place of union air staff during the 13-day labour action.

On this aircheck, you'll hear ABC press relations executive Marty Grove filling in for all-night man Charlie Greer. Chief engineer Bernie Koval - calling himself Bernie the K - takes over for midday man Ron LundyJohn Rook - then program director of Pittsburgh's KQV but headed to the same position at Chicago's WLS - subs for afternoon driver Dan Ingram as Johnny Rowe. And WABC assistant program director Jeff Berman takes the place of night-time jock Cousin Brucie.

"There weren't many glitches during the strike," Grove told musicradio77.com in 2007. "Management seemed pleased. It was an exciting time. I think we were just hitting our stride and liking it when the strike ended."

Enjoy the Strikebound Sound of WABC here
 

(Scrapbook archives)
 


Subject: WABC "SUPER PICKETS" PROMOS
Station: WABC New York
Date: March-April, 1967
Time: 
1:51

Program director Rick Sklar found promotional ideas in everything, including the WABC strike of 1967.

Listen to a couple of WABC "Super Pickets" promos here
 

(Scrapbook archives)
 

More 1967 airchecks here!

 




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