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Ben Cooper in the Morning, WEZB New Orleans’ Power Station B-97 | October 1987

Man there was some good radio in Nawleans! Listening to this recording, you notice the JAM jingles which were in common use at so many CHR stations. You also hear Cammie McCormick doing sidekick/news duties (she went on to be a CBS radio news anchor), and a promo done by our site friend Alan Beebe!

All was well back in ’87 – and if you’re from the area, take a listen (if you’re not, listen anyway!). It’ll bring back some happy memories from before last year’s hurricane took it all away.

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  1. Just a note about the Ben Cooper WEZB New Orleans aircheck… I worked there at that time doing weekends and fill-in. The jock is Cajun Ken Cooper, not Ben Cooper and the promo was voiced by PD Shadow P. Steele of Z-100 fame. Alan Beebe is surrently doing afternoons at Clear Channel’s Magic 93.7 in Biloxi, MS. My last gig was there as production director.

    Quick B-97 story… I was the first jock on the air from their new studios after the move across the hall at the Poydras Plaza next to the Superdome so I stayed with Cajun Ken that morning to make sure he got the board right. They had not labeled the restroom doors yet and Cammie accidentally went in the men’s room. She made the mistake of telling us so we made fun about it on the air saying she was complaining because the bidets on the wall didn’t have any pressure. As I remember she was less than pleased.


    Don Banks


  2. Oops… a correction to my correction.

    Shadow P. Stevens, not Steele. Brain fade.


  3. When I moved to Atlanta in 1988 there was a Ken Cooper on WQXI-790. “Cooper on Quxie.” Same guy? Sounds the same, going from memory. I believe he was doing afternoons. At that time, 790 was back to CHR and was mostly a simulcast with the FM “94Q” but would sometimes break off and do their own thing with both sides doing CHR. Didn’t make much sense to me, but I didn’t understand the thinking behind a lot of what that station was doing at that time or since then. But they sounded good when they stayed in format, the AM was CQUAM and sounded awesome.


    • Yep Same Guy.


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