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At the age of sixteen in 1957, Peter C. Cavanaugh enjoyed a fifty-eight percent total audience share on his hometown station, WNDR in Syracuse, New York. Decades later, he's written a book about his adventures ever since, promoting and producing literally
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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (April 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401041639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401041632
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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By Shawn Chittle on August 7, 2005
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Local DJ should be required reading for any rock 'n roll fan of any genre. Starting with the Beatles and working his way through the 60's and 70's, Cavanaugh spins a potent web of sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll as he saw and lived it. Based mostly on his experiences as the "local DJ" of powerhouse radio stations WTAC and WWCK, both ranked #1 nationally during his tenure, it's hard to believe that in the tiny town of Flint Michigan, so much happened in rock history.

It took me a while to read this book because I had to read everything twice to make sure I was actually reading what I thought I had just read.

Let me explain.

So here is concert promoter Cavanaugh, years ago, faced with whether or not he should book an unknown Australian band to play in Flint. Peter Cavanaugh is a scary judge of talent. For there, that night, for the first time in America, a band called "AC/DC" took to the stage. The opening act? The MC-5. It doesn't get any more Rock N' Roll than that.

I was born too damn late.

Because with each turn of the page (I couldn't put the book down) bigger, badder, and bolder stories unfold from a magical time which will never be repeated.

Like the night he booked a louder, more raw version of the Beatles. Their name was a bit confusing but Cavanaugh took a chance on them. They were from England so they had to be good, right? Their drummer got drunk and drove a "borrowed" Cadillac right into the hotel pool. Such would be the adventures when you book "The Who" for their first US appearance.

And as you read the stories -- and they get better and better with each passing chapter -- you start to realize that Dick Clark was more like a DJ version of Pat Boone compared to Cavanaugh. American Bandstand?
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If you did not grow up in Genesee County/Flint, Michigan, didn't listen to WTAC (or WTRX, WAMM), don't know what Wild Wednesdays,Super Sunday's or Sherwood Forest is, you won't get full enjoyment out of this book. Great memories for us Baby Boomers who were there.
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Wow...I was a teen coming of age in the late '60s and early '70s in the southeast Michigan area. It was a fertile fertile hot hotbed of local rock and GREAT local radio. WTAC in Flint was an incredibly cutting edge force playing and promoting the best of national and international acts, but especially providing exposure for the likes of a young and up and coming Bob Seger, the MC5, Dick Wagner and the Frost, ? and the Mysterians, the Rationals, Iggy and the Stooges...it goes on and on. My impressionable musically hungry head was taken by Peter C. and later WABX in Detroit. What a scene...you really had to be there. I've been looking and waiting for such excitement, creativity and energy ever since. Peter C. lays it all out, all the excitement, all the innovation, all of the mind expanding, life changing scene was recalled and illuminated from the producer's vantage point. Great work Peter C. of a great and legendary time for local radio and local rock and roll! 5 stars ++.
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To know Peter C is to know the spirit of radio! His intense personality is both serious and whimsical, set on a foundation of pure rock n' roll attitude. His writing style will take you along a strange and marvelous trip with a mixture of Hunter S Thompson gonzo and Kurt Vonnegut parody. His contribution to radio and rock n roll music cannot be over estimated.
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I grew up in Flint Michighan and had a lot of fun reminiscing while reading Peter C's book!! The 60's in my opinion was a great time to 'come of age'! I was visiting 'back home' this summer and this book was recommended by an old friend who is still playing music around the area.......Thanks Mike (and Peter) for the memories revisited! Long live Sherwood Forest!!♥
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Peter Cavanaugh's autobiography, "Local D.J.," vibrates with the rockin' rhythms of radio's Golden Era. This is must-read, nostalgia-filled account of how Peter became a major part of the most dynamic period in popular music history. Not only a D.J., Peter booked concerts for the biggest rock and roll acts of the day. So he has plenty of fascinating insider tales about his encounters with many of those top-of-the-charts artists.
Peter is also a fun, fun, funny guy--a raconteur reminiscent of both gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson and Jean Shepherd, radio's greatest monologist. So even if you don't dig rock and roll, buy this book--if only for its frequent laugh-out-loud moments.
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