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Zenith Radio Corporation WEFM and other stations will begin operation on the new FM band in 1946 from the Armstrong FM Band, 45.1 mc to 98.5 and later 99.5 mc.

July 1946..

59 years ago, June 1, 1961 Zenith Radio Corporation WEFM 99.5 Chicago begins stereo broadcasting..

Zenith Radio Store, Chicago, Michigan & Huron..

Articles; May 29, 1961 & June 1, 1961..

September 1966..

vumeter WEFM 99.5 Chicago, Dan Walker to Frank Ryan, July 4, 1980 (37:22) 


vumeter WEFM 99.5 Chicago, Dan Walker, John Brock, July 3, 1980 (37:22) 

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vumeter WGAR AM 1220 Cleveland, The Real Bob James, 1978 (8:38)

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The Real Bob James..

vumeter WWWW FM 106.7 Detroit, Don Shuster, May 20, 1972  (14:10) 

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38 Years Ago Today..

May 10, 1982, The Day The Music Died in NYC..

(Thanks for posting on the RTL FB Page Don Beno)

 

vumeter WABC AM 770, New York, Last hour of top 40 with Dan Ingram & Ron Lundy, May 10, 1982 (6:12)

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98 CKGM Remote 1964..

vumeter CKGM AM 980 Montreal, Rob Christie, July 12, 1976 (5:53)


vumeter CKGM AM 980 Montreal, Wayne Magatere, May 12, 1980 (15:20)

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vumeter KFRC AM 610 San Francisco, Bill Lee, January 20, 1983 (17:13)

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Another year goes by as we remember the WCFL format change from top 40 to beautiful music on March 15, 1976..

Go to the WCFL Tribute Page

Larry Lujack and board op Spacey Dave


February 21, 1976 Article..

WCFL Chicago’s Bob Dearborn’s explanation of Don McLeans American Pie

 

vumeter WCFL AM 1000 Chicago, Bob Dearborn’s American Pie Special (23:29)

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NBC’s “News and Information Service” terminates January 1, 1977..

vumeter WNIS FM 101.1 Chicago, Rick Sallinger, June 1976 (44:14) My recording.

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September 1975 Station Subscribers..

49 Years ago Today..

Dick Sainte & Shadoe Stevens on 1110 KRLA..

vumeter KRLA AM 1110 Los Angeles, Dick Sainte to Shadoe Stevens, January 4, 1971 (19:07) 

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vumeter AM 890 WLS Chicago, Chuck Buell / Jerry Kay, Big 89 of 1968, 1-1-69 (12:08)


vumeter AM 890 WLS Chicago, Chuck Buell Big 89 of 1970, 1-1-70 (9:28)


 

vumeter FM 94.7 95 WLS Chicago, Rich McMillan Big 89 of 1981, 1-1-82 (33:54) My original recording.

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vumeter FM 94.7 WLS Chicago, Tommy Edwards/Chuck Britton Big 89 of 1984, 12-28-84 (19:46) My original recording.


vumeter FM 94.7 WLS Chicago, Jeff Davis Big 89 of 1984 (#13 – #1), 12-31-84  Includes the 1955-84 song montage (40:29) My original recording.

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Christmas Eve through New Years Day..

The Sounds of 1971..

vumeter AM 930 KHJ Los Angeles, The Sounds of 1971, Bill Wade, Mark Elliot, Don Steele, Walt Baby Love & Johnny Williams (25:44)

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vumeter AM 930 KHJ Los Angeles, The Big 93 of 1972

#93 – #62 Mark Elliot to Robert W. Morgan. Bob Lee with News (30:43)


#61 – #1 Robert W. Morgan to Mark Elliot. Bob Lee with News (42:56)

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KHJ Radio Spots..

  

vumeter WABC AM 770 New York, Bruce Morrow, December 25, 1970, The Heavy Hundred Hits of 1970 (13:38)


vumeter WABC AM 770 New York, Bruce Morrow, December 26, 1970, The Heavy Hundred Hits of 1970 (7:17)


vumeter WABC AM 770 New York, Dan Ingram, August 1968 (19:13)


vumeter WABC AM 770 New York, Bruce Morrow, 1969 (11:00)


vumeter WABC AM 770 New York, Bruce Morrow, April 1972 (7:50)

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1410 WPOP Hartford Early 1970’s

Your Leeedah!

vumeter WPOP AM 1410 Hartford, Bill Lund, December 18, 1970 (2:02)


vumeter WPOP AM 1410 Hartford, Jack Armstrong’s Last Show, February 7, 1970 (1:03:29)


vumeter WKBW AM 1520 Buffalo, April 1, 1972 (10:45)

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AM 950 WLOF Orlando 1975

WLOF Control 1969

Here’s a Scott Walker Triple-Play..

vumeter WLOF AM 950 Orlando, Scott Walker, February 2, 1978 (9:41) From the Scott Walker/Alex Stone master aircheck collection I won on ebay. Includes KOMA-WKY OKC, WYNE Appleton, WLOF Orlando, KFSB Joplin & KSWO Lawton.


vumeter KOMA AM 1520 Oklahoma City, Scott Walker, May 1971 (10:31)


vumeter WYNE AM 1150 Appleton, Scott Walker, March 1972 (6:56)

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WDGY 1130 Minneapolis.. Johnny Canton

vumeter WDGY AM 1130 Minneapolis, Johnny Canton, April 1968 (8:26)


vumeter WDGY AM 1130 Minneapolis, Johnny Canton, November 10, 1970 (4:50)


vumeter WDGY AM 1130 Minneapolis, Bob Dayton, September 30, 1971 (17:22)

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Hudson Valley Radio.. 1340 WALL Middletown

 vumeter WALL AM 1340 Middletown, Jim Frey, September 29, 1974 (5:43) Jim continues playing  oldies 3-7 PM on 101.5 HD2 / 1340 WALL. WALLRadio.com


vumeter WALL AM 1340 Middletown, Randy West, September 29, 1974 (21:07)

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Howard Stern WCCC Hartford

vumeter FM 106.9 WCCC Hartford, 1975 Composite (5:07)  

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WDVE Jack Maloy

vumeter FM 102.5 WDVE Pittsburgh, Terry Kaywood, June 27, 1979 (13:25) My original Recording.

 


vumeter FM 96.1 WXKX Pittsburgh, SK Simpson, June 22, 1979 (11:43) My original Recording.

 


vumeter FM 94.5 WPEZ Pittsburgh, Randy Kramer, June 22, 1979 (12:54) My original Recording.

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SK Suitcase Simpson at AM 850 WIVK Knoxville after leaving 96 WXKX Pittsburgh..1980

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vumeter FM 95 1/2 WDHF Chicago, Jim Channell a.k.a. Captain Whammo, May 17, 1976 (18:50) My original Recording.

 

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KVIL FM 103.7 Dallas Air Composite:

vumeterFM 103.7 Dallas, Composite: Ron Chapman, Bill Gardner, Michael Selden & Major Lewis, 1974-1975 (18:54)

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AM 1170 KSTT Davenport / Quad Cities

vumeter AM 1170 KSTT Davenport, Joe Fedele, 1977 (6:33)


vumeter AM 1170 KSTT Davenport, Tom Clay, Spring 1981 (11:15)

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39 Years Ago..

The Last Day of Mike Joseph’s “Hot Hits” Format in Syracuse.. 11/15/80

 

vumeter AM 1390 WFBL Syracuse, Air Composite, 11/15/80 (28:33) Tony Oscar Davis, Todd Parker, Don Rossi & Tommy Mack. My original recording.


vumeter AM 1390 WFBL Syracuse, Dave Laird, 5/1979 (11:55) My original recording.


vumeter AM 1390 WFBL Syracuse, Skip Clark, 5/1979 (12:02) Last day  of Superradio ’14 FBL before the start of  the “Hot Hits” format. My original recording.

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WFBL Flagship Station of The Syracuse Chiefs AAA Baseball Team.. circa 1971


WFBL Studio & Transmitter site, Old  Collamer Road, East Syracuse, NY.. circa 1959

Carrier Circle, Thruway Exit 35 and WFBL Complex.  Carrier Air Conditioning Company has been out of business in Syracuse for two decades. Across Thompson Road to the left construction starts on the new Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge. The WFBL complex was demolished in 1982. Replaced with many hotels.. circa 1965

SK Suitcase Simpson at AM 850 WIVK Knoxville after leaving 96 WXKX Pittsburgh..1980

vumeter FM 96 WXKX Pittsburgh, SK Simpson, June 22, 1979 (11:43) My original Recording.

 

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1978..

vumeter FM 94.5 WPEZ Pittsburgh, Randy Kramer, June 22, 1979 (12:54) My original Recording.

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vumeter AM 1460 KIRL St. Charles, MO, Jeff Douglas, May 1972 (8:44)


vumeter FM 98.1 KSLQ St. Louis, MO, Johnny King, March 1974 (4:11)

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July 1976..

vumeter FM 107.3 WCGQ Columbus, GA, The Smoker, 1975 (16:54) He sounds a lot like Dr. Grady Brock. Got this aircheck from Kevin Fennessy’s tape collection in 1983.


vumeter FM 107.3 WCGQ Columbus, GA, Randy Reeves, 1977 (4:22)

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1977..

vumeter AM 1310 KFSB Joplin, Scott Martin a.k.a. Alex Stone KOMA 1971, 10/24/71 (14:08)


vumeter AM 1520 KOMA OKC, Alex Stone a.k.a Scott Martin KFSB 1971, 9/73 (14:01)

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Here’s a mini tribute to Don Bombard a.k.a. Bob Shannon

  At 15, Bob built his own AM radio station transmitter in his hometown of Syracuse, New York. He later joined the staff of Syracuse University’s FM 88.3 WAER and by 1969 helped launch the Drake Radio Format at AM 1490 WOLF. Bob also worked at AM 1260 WNDR. In 1978 Bob worked at 1320 WKTQ Pittsburgh. His dream was to make to New York which he did in late 1981 working for 97.1 WYNY and the next year made it to WCBS-FM.

  

 Don Bombard at WOLF (1969) a.k.a. Bob Shannon at WCBS-FM (2000)

vumeter AM 1490 WOLF Syracuse, Howie Castle to Don Bombard, Richard G. Flakle with News (a.k.a. Rick Gary) 11-28-69 (36:56)


vumeter AM 1260 WNDR Syracuse, Don Bombard’s Saturday Night of Gold 1971 (16:11)


vumeter AM 1260 WNDR Syracuse, Air Composite including Don Bombard and Promos, 1970’s (13:59)


Don’s next stop Pittsburgh’s WKTQ 1978..


Don Bombard’s move to New York City.. 1981


Bob Shannon finds him home in 1982..

At 1:01 PM on July 12, 2007, New York’s WCBS-FM flipped from “Jack FM” back to the hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

 

vumeter AM 640 WHLO, Akron, Doug Payton, November 8, 1968 (18:08) Doug sounds like WCFL’s Barney Pip.


vumeter AM 640 WHLO, Akron, Joe Cunningham, May 30, 1970 (8:53)

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An episode of Adam-12 as they pass by the KROQ AM 1500 Billboard. January ’73

vumeter AM 1500 KROQ Burbank, Jim Wood, October 31, 1972 (21:44)


vumeter AM 1500 KROQ Burbank, Jimmy Rabbit, March 23, 1973 (16:25)

 

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vumeter 1050 CHUM Toronto, Tom Rivers, May 15, 1971 (25:04)


vumeter 1050 CHUM Toronto, Gary Gears, November 1973 (15:55)


vumeter 1050 CHUM Toronto, Terry Steele, August 16, 1974 (8:12)


vumeter 1050 CHUM Toronto, Greg Lee, 1984 (25:40) I recorded this CHUM aircheck from Presqu’ile Provincial Park, Brighton, Ontario.


vumeter 1050 CHUM Toronto, Air Composite 1960′-70’s (10:51)

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vumeter WWKB AM 1520 Buffalo, Jack Armstrong, December 3, 2003 (36:37) I recorded this gem on the air from Cape Cod, MA. WKBW ran the original oldies format for about 3 years. Jack’s show was live via satellite from his apartment in High Point, N.C..

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vumeter KIQQ FM 100.3 Los Angeles Composite: Robert W. Morgan, Eric Chase, The Real Don Steele, Billy Pearl, Jerry Butler and Jim Carson, 2/20/1974 (12:19)

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vumeter AM 1310 WGH Newport News, John Gary, November 17, 1970 (22:16)


vumeter AM 1310 WGH Newport News, Dale Parsons, 1974 (15:32)


vumeter AM 1310 WGH Newport News, Jim Stewart, 1974 (4:12)

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Bob Calvert

Larry O’Brien in 1968. A year before his move to WCFL Chicago..

1961..

 

vumeter AM 950 KJR Seattle, Tracy Mitchell to Burl Baer, December 1975 (3:52)


vumeter AM 950 KJR Seattle 1981 Air Composite, Gary Lockwood, Dancin’ Danny Wright, Bob Case & Scott Forest (12:27)

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Gary Lockwood 95 KJR..

Scott Forest 1090 KING..

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Jeff Laurence at 1430 WENE Endicott, N.Y… 1972-mid 1973

vumeter AM 1430 WENE Endicott, NY, Ray Ross, Jeff Laurence spot @ 2:46, 1973

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Jeff at WOLF 1974..

vumeter AM 1490 WOLF Syracuse, Jeff Laurence, October 1974 (7:49) Jeff’s voiceover website www.JeffLaurence.com . Hear the Fred Winston Hour ID @ 0:53. Fred’s first radio gig was Newsman at WOLF in 1965 www.WOLF1490.net

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The WFYR 103 1/2 Chicago Memorial Day 500 (1976)

vumeter WFYR 103 1/2 Chicago, Memorial Top 500 with Jack Miller (21:37) My Original recording.

 

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It’s an Indianapolis Radio Speedway Weekend..

vumeter AM 1070 WIBC Indianapolis, TJ Byers, February 2, 1974 (10:08)


vumeter AM 950 WXLW Indianapolis, Scottie O’Brien, March 1973 (4:18)


vumeter AM 950 WXLW Indianapolis, Bill Shirk, 1974 (15:09)


vumeter AM 1260 WNDE Indianapolis, Chris Bailey, 1976 (15:03)


vumeter AM 1260 WNDE Indianapolis, Ken Cocker, 1979 (5:04)


vumeter FM 93.1 WNAP Indianapolis, Al Stone, June 1969 / Big John Gillis, April 22, 1970 (7:34)

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43 Years Ago Friday, May 24, 1976 The Alan Burns Show 2-6 PM. And a Happy 78th Birthday to Bob Dylan. 

vumeter FM 94.7 WDAI Chicago, Alan Burns to Rufus Jackson (44:39) I recorded this aircheck when I was 19 at Central Ave near Montrose , Jefferson Park Area. So many years ago!

 

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Alan Burns 2005

Friday August 13, 1976..

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vumeter AM 680 WRKO Boston, Al Gates, June 19, 1967 (6:07)

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The BIG 68 WRKO Boston-Al Gates, John Rode, Chuck Knapp, Joel Cash and the Boston Playboy Bunnies.. 1967


vumeter FM 105.7 WROR Boston, JJ Wright, 1990 (4:59)  

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vumeter AM 1260 KYA San Francisco, John Hardy, June 20, 1972 (10:14)


vumeter AM 1260 KYA San Francisco, John Hardy, February 20, 1973 (12:34)


vumeter AM 1260 KYA San Francisco, Sam Van Zandt, January 20, 1983 (13:23)

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San Van Zandt

vumeter FM 95 1/2 WDHF Chicago, Gary Price, May 1976 (19:08) My original recording.

 


vumeter FM 95 1/2 WDHF Chicago, F. J. Bailey, May 1976 ( 10:39)  My original recording.

 


vumeter FM 95 1/2 WDHF Chicago, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, June 1976 (12:04) My original recording.

 

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vumeter FM 103.5 WAPP Lake Success-New York Composite, 1984-85 (34:33) Bobby Ocean,Chip Hobart, Harry Nelson & Perry Stone – 11/24/84 Recorded visiting friends in New Jersey Thanksgiving Weekend 1984. I recorded Bobby Ocean in Westchester County on the way home to Syracuse.

Michael Jay, Alan Beebe & John Grappone – 9/27/85 My old friend and I recorded this aircheck in North Syracuse, NY, 270 miles away. We called Alan Beebe for a minute and talked about his radio career including WNBC. After the call, Alan almost said the NBC calls by accident. Listen @ 26:32 minutes.


vumeter FM 100.3 WHTZ New York, Scott Shannon, 11/24/84 (43:04) Recorded Thanksgiving Weekend 1984.

 


vumeter AM 660 WNBC New York, E.J. Cromey to Wolfman Jack, 11/25/84 (12:48) Recorded Thanksgiving Weekend 1984.

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September 1985..


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vumeter AM 1500 KBLA Burbank, Bob Dayton, June 13, 1967 (22:51)


vumeter AM 1110 KRLA Pasadena, Bob Dayton, November 21, 1972 (25:46)

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43 Years Ago, March 15, 1976 WCFL changes from top 40 to beautiful music.  John Driscoll quotes..”From high atop the unemployment building”

vumeter AM 1000 WCFL Chicago, John Driscoll’s Last Show 3/15/76 (10:51)


vumeter AM 1000 WCFL Chicago, Bob Dearborn’s Last Show 3/15/76 (17:19)


vumeter AM 1000 WCFL Chicago, Tim Kelly’s Last Show 3/13/76 (12:41)


vumeter AM 1000 WCFL Chicago, Larry Lujack’s Last Show/Format Change 3/15/76 (30:33)


vumeter AM 1000 WCFL Chicago, Jack Miller, The WCFL Story, Produced 8/79 (28:54)


vumeter AM 1000 WCFL Chicago, Ron O’Brien, November 1975 (16:29)


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March 3, 1976


Bob Dearborn and Board Operator Al Urbanski.. March 1976

Larry Lujack and Board Operator Spacey Dave.. March 1976

The Last WCFL Survey

WDHF begins publishing their own surveys on 3/16/76..

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vumeter AM 560 WFIL Philadelphia, Kris Chandler, 1974 (10:26)

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vumeter AM 560 WFIL Philadelphia, Programmers Digest 1972 Air Composite (14:59)

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vumeter AM 560 WFIL Philadelphia 1974 PAMS Jingles (2:45)

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AM 1590 KLIV goes silent on January 27, 2018

after serving San Jose for 73 years..

11/16/73..

Jim Powers..1975

Bob Ray..1971 / CCRs Doug Clifford, Bob-Ray & Tom Fogerty…Early 1970s

 

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vumeter AM 1590 KLIV San Jose, Jim Powers to Bob Ray, August 19, 1973 (16:28)

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vumeter AM 1590 KLIV San Jose, Ralph Koal, June 13, 1978 (21:10)

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vumeter AM 1590 KLIV San Jose, Format Change, May 7, 1981 (6:43)

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Tired Of Winter??

Let’s head to South Florida’s..

 

vumeter FM 96.5 WMYQ Miami Composite, March 1972 (7:55) 

     Johnny Dark, Dave Thompson, Robert W. Walker & Jay Michael Stone.


vumeter FM 96.5 WMYQ Miami, Johnny Dark, December 1972 (19:40)

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vumeter AM 560 WQAM Miami, Todd Chase, Russ Carlton with news, April 7, 1971 (11:45)


vumeter AM 560 WQAM Miami, Jim Dunlap, 1976 (6:36)


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50 years ago.. January 1969

On January 21, 1969 AM 1490 WOLF switched from country to the Bill Drake format.

 

vumeter AM 1490 WOLF Syracuse, Big John Allen, Switch from country to the Bill Drake Top 40 Format, January 21, 1969 (13:26) Thanks to Don Bayley for this aircheck.


vumeter AM 1490 WOLF Syracuse, Howie Castle to Don Bombard (a.k.a. Bob Shannon WCBS-FM) November 28, 1969 (36:56) Rick Gary newscast @ 5:05


vumeter AM 1490 WOLF Syracuse, Ron White, May 1970 (5:39)


vumeter AM 1490 WOLF Syracuse, Jeff Laurence, October 1974 (7:49) Former 1960’s WOLF employee Fred Winston Hour ID @ 0:53 minutes.

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Jeff Laurence 1973-74

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vumeter AM 1490 WOLF Syracuse, Bob Reynolds, November 1978 (8:24)

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WSDM FM 97.9 Chicago (1976) *** WLS AM 890 Chicago (1984)

WAVZ AM 1300 New Haven (1974) *** WSYR-FM 94.5 Syracuse (1981) *** WLS AM 890 Chicago (1980)

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