Broadcast History - April 9

Broadcast History - April 9

Postby jon » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:57 pm

Nothing exciting could be found in Western Canadian radio on this day in history, but a couple of interesting U.S. Radio items surfaced:

In 1967, Mormon-owned shortwave broadcaster WNYW (Radio New York Worldwide) lost its transmitter to a fire. But they were back on the air April 17th.

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In 1980, Chicago's WGN announced its new schedule:

Weekdays
5:00am Morning Show with Max Armstrong
5:30am Wally Phillips Show
10:00am Roy Leonard Show
12:00pm Noon Show with Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong
1:00pm Roy Leonard Show (or Cubs Baseball with Vince Lloyd and Lou Boudreau)
2:00pm Bob Collins Show (or Cubs Baseball)
4:00pm Bill Berg Show
7:00pm Bob Collins Show
9:00pm The Joan McGrath Show (Monday)
9:00pm Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg (Tuesday-Friday)
10:55pm Sports Special
11:00pm Great Music from Chicago with Jay Andres

Saturday
5:00pm Morning Show
6:00am Great Outdoors with Len Johnson and Ray Grey
7:00am Roy Leonard Show
12:00pm Noon Show with Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong
1:00pm Cubs Baseball with Vince Lloyd and Lou Boudreau (or Afternoon in Chicago)
5:00pm Afternoon in Chicago
5:55pm Tenpin Tattler with Sam Weinstein
6:00pm The Clif Mercer Show
9:30pm The Norman Ross Show
10:30pm Hispanic Happenings
10:55pm Sports Special
11:00pm Great Music from Chicago with Jay Andres

Sundays
5:00am Sunday Morning in Chicago with Virginia Gale
7:00am Music Unlimited with Clif Mercer
10:00am The Bob Collins Show
1:00pm Cubs Baseball with Vince Lloyd and Lou Boudreau (or more Bob Collins Show followed at 2:00pm by Afternoon in Chicago)
4:00pm The Sportswriters
6:00pm The Floyd Brown Show (including Old-Time Radio 8:30-9:00pm)
9:30pm The Norman Ross Show
10:30pm Northwestern Reviewing Stand
10:55pm Sports Special
11:00pm Great Music from Chicago with Jay Andres

Note Bob Collins' split shift. He would soon become a legend and ratings leader in AM Drive at WGN until a mid-air collision took his life while flying his own airplane on February 8, 2000.

Before all that, he was a Top 40 Legend, and one of the first DJs to use a 10th of a second stop watch to pull off very tight live on-air production tricks. The one I've heard has him using the first word ("Four") in "Polk Salad Annie" by Tony Joe White, to complete a time check. Not easy, given that there is significant musical intro before the word is uttered in the song.

Morning man Wally Phillips was a legend himself. 42 years at WGN, 20 of which were spent on AM Drive, from 1966 to 1986, and his show was #1 in Chicago through the entire two decades. He died, at age 82, on March 27, 2008.

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