QuickChexx: WPRO-FM Providence | August, 1974

First posted in November, 2004, here’s the return of a legend!

WPRO-FM, only a few short months away back at the time of this QC from being called ’92 PRO-FM’, is shown here doing what this station has been doing continuously for almost 40 years now – playing the hits of the day! That kinda makes it a honest-to-goodness legendary Top 40 station – I mean, even WABC only played the hits for 22 years. How many stations can claim that?

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If any of our listeners remember hearing this station in the early 70s, we’d appreciate reading your comments!






Steve West

Airchexx Webmaster, Radio DJ, News Anchor, producer and resident geek.

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9 Responses

  1. Storm N Norman says:


    Mighty “Mike’ Osbourne kickin butt as always here..we were roomates at Grahm Junior College at the time. My first PD at the college station, and still keep in touch..great ‘berko’ radio station. seems like it was yesterday, not 40 years ago..great station, great jock..great time in east greenwich

  2. Dave Stevens says:


    ‘The Station that reaches the beach’s’ featuring.. Salty Brine, Larry ‘Ice Cold’ Krueger and Sandy Beach just to name a few.. as a neighbor in CT .. 63 WPRO was always a great station to listen to. A toss up though during the week from 1360,WDRC Hartford, 56 WHYN Springfield and for you real old audio philes WCCC Hartford back when Boston Bill Stevens ruled that market. At night, Jim Quinn from KB Radio Buffalo was the balls right up to the Nixon joke that got him canned. NE CT was radio heaven in the 60′s and 70′s…

  3. jimmy gray says:


    Had the pleasure of working at both WPRO-AM (1969-1976 middays, and Morning Drive on 92PRO-FM from 1976-1992. Cap Cities was a super company to work for and we had great talent at both stations, led mostly on the FM due to the astounding efforts of Berko. Who could forget Salty, Holland Cooke, Howard Hoffman, Big John, and the battles PRO-FM ratings wise had with JB-105. Lots of Great memories.

  4. FRANK LEARY says:


    BACK IN 74 I WAS SERVING ABOARD THE USS RICHMOND K TURNER DLG-20. PRO WAS RECORDING SHOWS FOR US TO REPLAY ON A LONG DEPLOYMENT. “AMERICA” WAS IN TOWN AND I REMEMBER THE DJ SAYING “IN TIMES LIKE THESE AMERICA NEEDS AMERICA, THIS IS FOR THE CREW OF THE RICHMOND K TURNER. WHILE THIS MAY NOT SEEM LIKE A BIG DEAL TO SOME IT WAS FOR ME AND MANY OTHER GUYS FROM THIS AREA BEING SO FAR FROM HOME AND HEARING PRO. GREAT JOB, AND I ALWAYS LISTEN STILL. FRANK LEARY
    RAYNHAM,MA

  5. Randy Place says:


    Wored at WPRO as an Engineer during the Cap-City days and again Under Telemedia. Great station and great people. I had a great time until Citadel took over. Such is the radio business now…. I will always fondly remember working at this great station, though.

  6. Randy Place says:


    Randy Place says:
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    April 2, 2009 at 2:47 pm
    Worked at WPRO as an Engineer during the Cap-City days and again Under Telemedia. Great station and great people. I had a wonderful time until Citadel took over. Such is the radio business now…. I will always fondly remember working at this great station,though..


  7. I grew up in Warwick, RI. As a kid I can remember; 5:00 am… snow falling outside…. my brother and I, ears glued to the clock-radio next to our beds… and Salty Brian says: “No School, Foster-Glouster.” — CRAP!!! they always got a snow day!

    Ah, the snowy winter-morning school closures announced by Mr. Salty Brian on 63 WPRO. Throughout my whole childhood it was a wintertime ritual. He was sort-of like the “Paul Harvey” of Rhode Island.

  8. Rob Buxton says:


    As a child growing up in the 1970s (who are we kidding I was 3 years old in August 1974) it’s amazing that my mother actually listened to WPRO & that they played any rock songs among the top 40 music junk, I was somehow glad that my father changed the station. WAAF RULES!

  9. Joseph says:


    Until May, 1974, WPRO-FM was a beautiful music station, whose ratings were nowhere near the top-ranked station in that format (the old WLKW-FM).

    When WPRO-FM went Top-40 in 1974, the AM and FM were simulcast for about ten hours a day (Salty Brine’s morning show from 5 to 10 A.M., and the 7 P.M.-12 Midnight shift).

    I recall PRO-FM called themselves “Super Rock” right after they went Top-40, but by the end of 21974, they began calling themselves “92-Pro-FM”, which remains their branding to this day.

    Wait until May, 2014 when they should have quite an anniversary celebration to mark 40 years as a Top-40/CHR format!

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