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QuickChexx: Robert Gray, 56 WHBQ Memphis | 1976-77

New Contributor Rob Grayson checks in with a coveted couple of audio snippets we pasted together into one, three-minute scope of RKO General’s Memphis outlet, 56 WHBQ.

As many, we’re sure, would attest, the RKO stations all had that trademark sound, a perfectly clean audio chain, no reverb, and jocks who were encouraged to be a funny and creative on air as possible. This is no exception.

It was a WONDERFUL time for this radio station, Rick Dees had gone to Hollywood, ratings were up and on air, it all sounded so magical. Especially after you listen, that RKO General was the Clear Channel of it’s time. The difference is, the operating practices were opposite of how things happen today. RKO invested in PEOPLE and PROGRAMMING. Today it’s the bottom line. And it showed up in something you heard every day. And it sounded like this…

560 Memphis WHBQ

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  1. Whatever happened to Robert Gray?


  2. Keep the WHBQ airchecks coming! I fondly remember tuning in mornings from 200 miles away just to listen to Rick Dees show fading in and out. Thanks for the memories.


  3. Thanks for asking! The Robert Grey name was “baggage” I brought with me when I came from WJDX in Jackson, MS. This was Halloween 1977. Within a year and a half, I was at Rock 103 under my own name, and spent most of the 80’s there. I moved into studio engineering, but kept a presence on Memphis radio part time, mainly at FM100. At this time, I am the local host for Morning Edition on WKNO-FM.


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