WCBS-FM 101 New York – Bobby “The Wizard” Wayne – December 16 1972
On July 4 1972, WCBS-FM dropped the Rock format it had had for a few years, and flipped to all Odies. The move was inspired by it’s sister station, 98 WCAU-FM Philadelphia, which had flipped to oldies one years earlier. The station played 50s & 60s, with some current songs thrown in. By the late 80s, the current songs were dropped from the format, and the station became a pure Oldies station. The station was a market leader. That lasted until 2005, when the station flipped to Adult Contemporary “Jack FM.” New York hated the station. Jack FM fell to below 20th place in the ratings. By 2007, WCBS-FM was brought back to New York, but this version played music from the mid 60s to the mid 80s. As time marched on, WCBS-FM dropped the 60s music, and started focusing on the 1980s.
WCBS-FM had some legendary names who worked there. Jack Spector, Joe O’Brien, Norm N Nite, Don K Reed, Harry Harrison, Ron Lundy, Dan Ingram, Joe McCoy, Dick Heatherton, and the voice heard on this aircheck, Bobby Wayne.
The Wizard, was on WCBS-FM for the Rock era, and lasted into the early days of the Oldies era. This aircheck with Bobby is from the first 6 months of the new oldies format.-Ellis