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Initial post: May 14, 2010 8:40:06 PM PDT
Just a thought for starting a discussion and learning more about various stations around the country. The idea is to briefly list the station you listened to growing up,why you listened and what you remember about it. Could be a DJ, a format, a contest, an artist they broke, anything interesting.

I grew up in the late 60s and early 70s in the suburbs of Cleveland, and while WMMS was certainly at the heart of everything there (I'm sure others will comment on that station if this takes off), the station that influenced me the most was CKLW out of Windsor. Their close proximity to Detroit allowed me to hear all the great Motown acts in their heyday blasting across Lake Erie. I remember DJ Brother Bill Gable as my favorite and news man Byron McGregor, who later had his own hit with a record called, "The Americans". Anyone else want to add to this list?

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 9:13:57 AM PDT
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R. Riis says:
Growing up in NY, I listened to Top 40 giants WNBC and WABC most often, with a slight lead to WNBC. I listened to WMCA ("The Good Guys") early on until they dropped Top 40 music. In my college years I listened more often to WPLJ for FM rock. Now and then I listened to WICC from Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Best-remembered DJs:
Cousin Brucie Morrow (WABC, WNBC)
Ron Lundy (WABC)
Dan Ingram (WABC)
Don Imus (WNBC)
Dick Summers (WNBC)
Oogie Pringle (WNBC)
Harry Harrison (WMCA, WABC)
Dandy Dan Daniel (WMCA)
Jack Spector (WMCA)
At one point (1974?) WNBC brought in Wolfman Jack to compete head-to-head in the afternoon with top-rated Cousin Brucie, which failed to work. After that WNBC hired Brucie away from WABC.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2011 11:17:24 AM PDT
D. Hawkins says:
I lived in too many different places to remember one station specifically, but when I was stationed in the Bay area in the late 80's, early 90's, Live 105 was one of the stations to help break "Alternative" or "Modern Rock" music nationally. I was turned on to so many amazing artists during my years there, as well as being able to hear the All-Time countdowns they would run each Memorial Day weekend. Prior to the Internet, you actually to had to listen to the whole thing to find out what was #1

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 9:25:53 AM PDT
Growing up in and around Lewiston-Auburn, Maine in the 1970s, there was one station that stood out--WBLM. My musical world was extremely narrow until I started listening to "the Blimp." The DJs would play anything from any musical genre, and from any era. The only requirement was that it was good. It didn't even have to be music! They played deep cuts from pop, rock, folk, country, jazz, comedy, classical, spoken word, etc. They turned me on to numerous artists who remain among my favorites today: Renaissance, Aztec Two-Step, the Jon Dart Band, Dave Grisman's Dawg music, etc. I've even taught my young daughter their tag line (from Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica), "Look, Frank! It's the Blimp! It's the Blimp, Frank! It's the Blimp!"

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 6:35:38 PM PDT
S. Finefrock says:
Patrick, I grew up in Detroit in the 60's and 70's and CKLW was pretty cool for an AM Top 40 station. A typical setlist might have Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, Isaac Hayes, Stevie Wonder, Donovan, Buddy Holly, Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, ? Mark and the Mysterians and Steely Dan. Other great stations that I heard back then were WABX and WWWW from Detroit and CJOM from Windsor Ontario. They were pretty independent with eclectic, free form playlists which greatly influenced my listening habits and led to me seeking adventurous music. I do remember WMMS from Cleveland being pretty cool, though I only could pick that up when visiting in Ohio. They all began to go down hill in the second half of the 70's as they narrowed their playlists. I never listen to radio anymore, except to get news. A shame.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 12:56:03 AM PDT
Dave says:
Growing up in a small town in Missouri, I remember and loved 105.3 FM KYMO in East Prairie. They played oldies (50s, 60s, & 70s) and would have such fun stuff as top five feature dejours, where they'd play five songs with a common theme from different artists and wacky Wednesdays, where they would feature novelty songs in with the regular set like Transfusion by Nervious Norvus or Snoopy vs the Red Baron by the Royal Guardsmen. I fell asleep many a night to those wonderful sounds coming out my old 80's style boom box. I have tracked down via MP3 and CD a great majority of the songs that were particularly memorable to me. It's sad that kids these days won't have such wonderful music to look back on. I'm truly sorry for them.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2011 9:38:00 AM PDT
Stewart Tick says:
Great to hear form another fan of New York radio in the 60s and 70s! (And here I thought I was the only one who remembered Oogie Pringle!) I lived in upstate New York, well within range of the giant AM stations from New York City. Anyway, you're right about Wolfman Jack. He was on WNBC for about a year in 1973-74. When he left, NBC offered the evening DJ slot to Cousin Brucie, who was only too happy to accept it. (He liked being on NBC better than ABC, because they gave him more freedom to play and say what he wanted.)

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 4:56:04 PM PDT
D. Cowan says:
I grew up in Las Vegas in the 90's. 103.5 The Edge and X-107.5 Before they sucked like they do now. I also listened to whole countdown shows(Rick Dees and the Weekly Top 40 in the 90's). About 2004 is where it really started to go downhill. Now when I'm driving there I keep Slacker Radio going strong, KLUC has been there foooooorrrrrreeeevvvvveeeeerrrrrr. Everyone's trying to compete with them. The FM spectrum is small, and when you have 6 similar radio stations in the same city, it gets even smaller!

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 5:23:11 PM PDT
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W.H. says:
I grew up (mostly) in the tri-state area, both in and near NYC. I liked Z-100 as a child in the 1980s because they played what was the current pop-rock of the day: Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, etc.

I had no interest in any particular dj and I didn't like talk radio (still don't). My father used to play 101.1, which was the oldies channel. It still is, but now they play the music of my own youth as well as his!

He also used to listen to a man named Bernard Meltzer who gave people advice. Meltzer would always caution parents, particularly mothers, against trusting their adult children where money was concerened. "Listen, Mama..." he'd warn. "Don't do it, Mama." Meltzer would end each show by playing "Let There Be Peace On Earth," a song I'd had to sing in school.

Does anyone else remember Z-100, 101.1 or Bernard Meltzer?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2011 7:07:06 AM PDT
I live in WV,and the stations I listened to were WFGM(great 98),WCLG(101.1),and WVAQ(101.9).The first station played mostly pop music(from the 80's) and is no longer in existence,the second one plays rock and hard rock,and the last one plays pop,hip-hop,rock hits of today.I loved them all,and still listen to WCLG and WVAQ.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 4:10:53 PM PDT
wmms was the best, period!

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 4:31:05 PM PDT
J.T. Tom says:
I grew up in Northeast Pennsylvania in the 60s. My friends & I listened to WKBW (AM), Buffalo, N.Y. Although the station was more than 300 miles from my home, we could pick it up clearly every night from approx. 6:30-7:00 until well after midnight. In the late 60s, when album-oriented music become popular, I listened to WMMR (FM), Philadelphia.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 6:04:18 PM PDT
wmms promoted so many great concerts back in the 70's. i was 12 when the world series of rock concerts were at cleveland stadium. saw pink floyd as a 12 yr old kid. by 20 i had seen at least 30 concerts. what a great time in my life!

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 6:07:04 PM PDT
WKRP in Cincinnatti.....two words...Venus Flytrap....

.....Sorry I couldn`t resist it any longer....heh...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2011 6:15:01 PM PDT
and loni anderson!!

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Posted on Mar 23, 2011 8:27:24 AM PDT
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doodah man says:
"A Little Bit of Heaven, Ninety-Four Point Seven - KMET - Tweedle-Dee"

Grew up in southern California, listened to KMET out of Los Angeles. Used loosely as a model for the movie "FM" it was the pioneering station of the "underground" progressive rock format. Played great album tracks. Favorite DJ's Jeff Gonzer, Paraquat Kelly, "The Burner" Mary Turner, Shadoe Stevens, Ace Young, (home of) Dr. Demento, so many more!

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 10:01:27 AM PDT
KILT-FM 100.3 Before they went country. Lee Jolly and Jay Brett. I was an official member of the "Vast and Unpaid Research Department. Thanks to Lee Jolly I got my first taste of 10cc's "Feel the Benefit." I hope they are doing well.

KLOL as well. They used to play the National Lampoon Radio Hour.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 4:41:04 PM PDT
WHLO 640 (Hello Radio) Akron Ohio (DJ"S Known as THE GOOD GUYS)
WINW 1520 (WIN-Wonderful) Canton Ohio
Both TOP 40 1960's

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 4:30:18 PM PDT
Lauri says:
I grew up in Michigan but moved away in my Junior High years during the recession in Michigan( The 80's) my dad took a job in Wyoming building coal mine cylos. The radio station that was "hip" was KOLL from Gillette, Wyoming they played Top 40 which at the time was AWESOME!!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2011 8:19:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2011 8:37:25 AM PDT
Nothintosay says:
WXRK ( 92.3 ) in New York City ....for The Howard Stern Show ( his best years with Jackie , Billy West etc )
WDHA (105.5) I think in Dover NJ ...would play songs that WNEW and WPLJ were afraid to ....Once on WNEW , I think it was Dave Herman , all excited , announces that they had gotten the brand new Deep Purple album in ( Perfect Strangers ) he plays.... Smoke On The Water ..I wanted to jump out the window : (
WSOU ( 89.5 )- Seton Hall Pirate Radio - I think in West Orange NJ ....really cool metal only station that wasn't afraid to play anything..... from The Cro-Mags to Sabbath

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 9:32:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2011 9:35:07 AM PDT
R. Riis says:
W. H. -- I remember all 3 - 101.1 (WCBS-FM - still playing oldies), Z-100 (WHTZ-FM 100.3), and Bernard Meltzer ("What's Your Problem? on WOR). WCBS was one of the very first "oldies" stations. A few years ago they suddenly dropped the format for a contemporary dj-less format. The outcry was so great (and the ratings so low) that they brought back the "oldies" and all the dj's they'd abruptly fired.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 10:10:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2011 10:22:25 AM PDT
The "Mighty Met" of LA,CA. late 1960's through late 1970's. Even before the "Met" was KPPC broadcasting from the basement of the Methodist church on Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, CA. in the mid 1960's. How 'bout KMPX in San Francisco in the mid 1960's???

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 7:44:53 PM PDT
Grew up in the Boston suburbs in 60's & 70's and WBCN was the only station that my friends listened to. It was really sad when it went off the air last year.
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