Halloween airchecks

 

Subject: WAR OF THE WORLDS
Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.
Date: October 31, 1968
Time:
 1:16:41 (unscoped)
 
          1:09:33 (scoped)

It was theatre of the mind, on one of radio's biggest theatres.

On Halloween Night 1968, Buffalo's 50,000-watt blowtorch WKBW did an updated version of Orson Wells' War of the Worlds, about a Martian invasion of Earth. The brainchild ofWKBW program director Jeff Kaye, the show faithfully followed the script of the Wells' original, but added local references and used reporting technology that did not exist in 1938, when the original aired on CBSMercury Theatre of the Air. The 1968 version was presented as if it were part of the station's Top 40 format, complete with the tunes. If you weren't paying attention to WKBW's numerous disclaimers, you would have thought it was real.

The cast included top-of-the-hour newscaster Joe Downey, deejay Sandy Beach, studio anchors Downey, Henry Brach and Kaye, and reporters Jim Fagan and Don Lancer fromWKBW-AM, and John Irving and Irv Weinstein from WKBW-TV.

The show started at 11 p.m. Calls from concerned listeners became so frequent that Kaye demanded director Dan Kriegler let him break into the pre-taped programming with the following announcement: "What you are listening to is a dramatization of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds on WKBW radio, 1520 on your Buffalo dial. I repeat, it is a dramatization; it is a play. It is not happening in any way, shape or form. What you are listening to is a dramatization of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds as being portrayed on WKBW 1520 Buffalo. The time is two and one half minutes before twelve o'clock." The show was reprised three times on WKBW with different disc jockeys (Jack Armstrong in 1971, Shane in 1973 and Jim Quinn in 1975.

Enjoy WKBW's 1968 dramatization of H.G. Wells' "War of The Worlds"  (UNSCOPED) here .

Enjoy WKBW's 1968 dramatization of H.G. Wells' "War of The Worlds" (SCOPED) here. 
 

(Scrapbook archives)


Subject: LOOKING BACK AGAIN HALLOWEEN "SPOOKTACULAR" with SAM WARD
Source: audioldies.net
Date: October 26, 2008
Times: Part 1 - 1:00:58 (unscoped)
             Part 2 - 59:20 (unscoped)
             Part 3 - 59:48 (unscoped)
             Part 4 - 58:08 (unscoped)
 

Now and then you discover a radio talent that just knocks you off your feet.

Such is the case with Sam Ward.

Sam, a long-time radio buff with an encyclopaedic knowledge of music, first came to our attention in 1996 when we were introduced by a mutual friend. The depth of Sam's knowledge of radio and music totally awed us, and we were pleased several years ago when he started web site (now defunct) devoted to these twin topics.

Sam's theme-driven show, Looking Back Again, a tribute to Don Daynard's long-running Looking Back program on CKFM Toronto, is pure radio magic. Few announcers connect one-on-one with the listener like Sam does, and even fewer have his knowledge and passion for music. What's truly amazing is that does all the production, announcing and research on his show, including finding the tunes, despite the fact he's totally blind.

One of our favourite Looking Back Again shows is Sam's Halloween "Spooktacular" in 2008.
 

Enjoy Part 1 here. (1:00:59)

Enjoy Part 1 here. (1:00:59)
 

Enjoy Part 2 here. (59:21)

Enjoy Part 2 here. (59:21)
 

Enjoy Part 3 here. (59.48)

Enjoy Part 3 here. (59:48)
 

Enjoy Part 4 here. (58:08)

Enjoy Part 4 here. (58:08)
 

(The Sam Ward Collection)




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Talent: FREDDY VETTE
Station: CJBQ Belleville, Ont.
Date: October 31, 2014
Time: 50:58 (unscoped)

OK, boys and ghouls, listen in.

Using his best Count Dracula voice, Freddy Vette spins some spooky sounds from his dreadful dungeon of dusty discs on his 2014 Halloween special.

It's nearly an hour of alarming audio, hair-raising hits and terrifying tunes from the deepest and dungiest regions of music's mustiest mausoleum.
 

Enjoy Freddy Vette on CJBQ here.

Enjoy Freddy Vette on CJBQ here.  

 

(The Freddy Vette Collection)




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Talent: FREDDY VETTE
Station: CJBQ Belleville, Ont.
Date: October 30, 2015
Time: 54:13 (unscoped)

The Wolfman returns (well at least his ghost does!)

Freddy Vette brings back Wolfman Jack in this great special from Halloween 2015. Deftly switching between his own voice and his Wolfman Jack character, Vette delivers a stellar performance. It's the type of entertainment that makes Vette's Monday-Friday CJBQ program so special!

Enjoy Freddy Vette as "The Ghost of the Wolfman" on CJBQ here.

Enjoy Freddy Vette as "The Ghost of the Wolfman" on CJBQ here.  

 

(The Freddy Vette Collection)


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