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Old 02-09-2004, 01:23 PM   #46
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Default FORTY YEARS AGO TODAY - PART II

On February 9. 1964, the Beatles performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Seventy-three million Americans tuned in.
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Old 02-09-2004, 02:09 PM   #47
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On February 9. 1964, the Beatles performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Seventy-three million Americans tuned in.


kinda funny now realizing that when Sgt. Pepper taught his band to play was exactly half the time past since they went on Ed Sullivan
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Cool February 11, 1963 - Beatles record first album

Forty-one years ago today, the Beatles recorded ten songs in a marathon session that lasted from ten in the morning to ten at night. Together with the four songs that comprised the A and B sides of their first two singles, George Martin complied a fourteen-song album. Please Please Me, the Beatles's first long player, was completed in a day.

Please Please Me, named for the Beatles's first number one single, was quickly recorded and released (on March 22, 1963) to capatialize on the single's success, as was the tradition in Britain and America then. There was one difference between the Beatles's album and other British pop albums of the early sixties - every song on the Beatles's album was meant to be as good as the single, and every song on Please Please Me was. One, their cover of "Twist and Shout," would eventually be a major hit single in America. (The Bealtes didn't issue cover versions as singles in Britain.)
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Today was February 12th, 1993:

Boston's WVBF says farewell. The station switched its format to become today's country music and a new set of call letters, WCLB. Listen to it before you go on that link:
http://www.reelradio.com/pg/index.html#wvbf93

Also that same day, Joe Guarisco from KTU back in 1979. Go to that link and click here. It is located at:
http://www.reelradio.com/ba/index.html#wktu0279
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Default February 12, 1964 - Beatles at Carnegie Hall

On February 12, 1964, the Beatles performed at Carnegie Hall, fresh from their Sullivan debut. A rock and roll band in a classical concert hall? Hey, they did wear suits - and Paul McCartney played a Hofner violin bass!

(For those who care about such trivialities, February 12 was Ash Wednesday that year.)
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Smile ASCAP formed 90 years ago

Ninety years ago today, on February 13, 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, which overseees a lot of music publishing, was founded.
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Also on this date, February 14th, 1987:

Cousin Bruce Morrow (aka Cousin Brucie) did a very special show on CBS-FM as a tribute to Bob Lewis (better known as Bobaloo). It features Bob Lewis' final show on September 13th, 1986 and an unusual aircheck of Bob Lewis on the Rock & Roll Radio Greats Weekend Special from 1984. It features special appearences by Harry Harrison, Dan Ingram, Rick Sklar, Ron Lundy and the general manager of CBS-FM, Joe McCoy. If you haven't listen to it, here is that link again:
http://musicradio.computer.net/image...sfm2-14-87.ram
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Here is a aircheck from between January and March of 1982 with Dan Ingram. You should listen to it at:
http://musicradio.computer.net/images/ingjan-mar82a.ram

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Oops! I forgot to go back to yesterday. It was on that date, February 19th, 1969. Jack Spector on WMCA. Go to
http://www.reelradio.com/gifts/denti...l#jswmca021969 and download this clip in its entirety.
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It was on this date, February 23rd, 1982, WABC was beginning to lose steam that the station was starting to change its format to become the voice of talk. Here is an article from the New York Times back in 1982.

WABC Is Dropping Music Format to Switch to Talk and News
By Frank J. Prial

WABC, once the most influential popular-music radio station in the country, is switching to a format of talk programs and news. Battered by low ratings and the loss of its once-vast teenage audience to FM stereo stations, WABC is doing what has been done by all but one of the AM stations owned by the American Broadcating Companies.

The end of WABC as a purveyor of the so-called Top 40 formula has broad immitations. It represents, according to broadcast specialists, the recognition that AM broadcasting cannot compete with the more technically advanced FM broadcasting in the reproduction of music.

"AM is finished for music," one ABC official said, "We should have done this years ago."

According to figures complied by the Arbitron Company for the period between September 24th and December 16th of last year, ABC's FM station, WPLJ, which was once a insignificant factor in New York broadcasting, garnered a larger audenice share than WABC. WPLJ plays what is called progressive rock.

ABC officials were vague about the actual date for the changeover to talk and news, but officials at other New York stations said they expected the new format to begin April 1st. WABC will join WOR and WMCA in broadcasting news and talk on the AM band.

"We look forward to having them," said Ellen S. Straus, president of WMCA. "Statistics show that another station adopting the format increases awareness in the advertising community of this type of broadcasting."

In adopting a news and talk format, WABC is following a pattern first set by KABC in Los Angeles 20 years ago. Currently, according to ABC officials, its stations are #1 in the audience share in Los Angeles and San Francisco, both with the news and talk format.

With the changeover at WABC, all of the ABC's AM stations will be using the format with the exception of WLS in Chicago, described by one ABC side as "a musical giant."

20 Years of Success

"The talk formula may not be the only format, but it is certainly one of the best." said Ben Hoberman, the man who created the format for KABC two decades ago and who is now president of ABC Radio.

"What's more," he said "a lot of AM operators are looking at it. They see 20 years of success at KABC in Los Angeles."

"WABC was the premium rocker for years using the Top 40 format." one broadcasting executive said. "Then about four years ago, they were killed by disco, particularly station WKTU. Overnight, WABC dropped from about an 11 share of the market to around 3.

"They tried going for 50 percent Top 40 and 50 percent disco. Then when disco died, they tried 50 percent Top 40 of what is known as the mellow sound. But it was too late. The audience had moved to FM and particularly to FM stereo."

Concerntration of Revenues

"Not too many years ago," the executive said, "you'd find four or five stations in each big market bringing in 60 percent of the advertising revenue. Another five or six would do close to 40 percent. Then there'd be a couple of dozen little guys doing maybe a half of 1 percent.

"Then everyone started buying FM stations and pouring money into them - often people from TV stations. FM was intrinsically superior for music and, because they had no ads at first, they broadcast long periods of music. The AM music stations had to cut down on commercials. That began the gradual conversion to the talk format."

In fact, WABC has been converting to a talk format for almost a year. Its morning show, from 5 to 9 AM - what is known in the trade as "drive time," has two "personalities," Ross Brittion and Brian Wilson. Their banter leaves time for only four records an hour.

There is also a sports talk show, a show featuring a psychologist, and more recently, an all-night talk show. The expected changeover will merely complete the 24-hour cycle.

The End of an Era

Two former WABC disc jockeys differed widely yesterday in their interpretations of the station's plan.

"It's the end of an era," said Bruce Morrow. "I'm sick." At WABC during the 1960's and early 1970's, as Cousin Brucie, Mr. Morrow was one of the best known disc Jockeys in the nation.

He dates WABC's decline from the early 1970's, when anonymous programming executives replaced the disc jockey, who had proved to be all too susceptible to record-company bribes. The programmers, using computers, determined the most popular songs in the country, called them the Top 40 and played them over and over. In fact, there were rarely more than 18 songs in the Top 40.

"It was music by computer," Mr. Morrow said. "I knew then it was the beginning of the end."

Mr. Morrow now owns four radio stations in the New York suburbs that play what he insists is a "personalized version of the Top 40."

Cut Down on News

Scott Muni, a WABC disc jockey who is now operations director for WNEW-FM, shed no tears for his former station. "We've actually cut down on news," he said, "to give listeners more music."

"Fragmentation is the name of the game in New York - and any other large city." he added. "And there's nothing wrong with that. Look at all the things you can listen to in New York."

Mr. Hoberman of ABC believes that there will be even further fragmentation within the talk and news format. He cited WOR's formula of established personalities and WMCA's formula of audience call-in shows.

In addition, he disclosed that ABC is about to start a talk show network that will distribute shows, initally from KABC in Los Angeles, all over the country.

"Listeners will be able to call in using an 800 number" he said "It will be talk on a national scale."

(Thanks to Allen Sniffin of musicradio77.com for this article taken from the New York Times on February 23rd, 1982)

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Cool FEBRUARY 29!!

On this Leap Day in history. . . .

1968 - The Beatles won the Album of the Year Grammy for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

2000 - Steely Dan's Two Against Nature, their first album of new material in nearly twenty years, was released. So this is the. . .first anniversary of its release??
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Today, March 1st, 1976:

It was a big deal when a new Disc Jockey started at WABC. Bob Cruz was probably the last WABC DJ to start working at WABC under that kind of hype. Listen to this clip at:
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NOTE: Music and vintage commercials are cut during that aircheck.

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It was 10 years ago, today. March 8th, 1994:

WMCA former Good Guy, Jack Spector died while actually on the air on Long Island's WHLI. At 11:45 AM, the station went dead air after the song "I'm In the Mood for Love" ended and Jack was found slumped over the control board. He was substituting that day for fellow Good Guy (and WHLI program director) Dean Anthony (who passed away, October 24th, 2003). The following day, CBS-FM in New York and WHLI in Long Island ran tributes to him. It features Harry Harrison, Ed Baer, the late Dean Anthony and Joe O'Brien. The aircheck starts with CBS-FM's tribute followed by WHLI's tribute. You should listen to it at:
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Also on this date, March 9th, 1994

CBS-FM and WHLI ran broadcast tributes to the late Jack Spector. Go to the other post and listen to it.
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