Columbia SC

Joe Pinner on 1230 WNOK Columbia SC | November 26, 1959

From somewhere deep in the bowels of the airchexx archives (which consists of three crates with hundreds of loose cassettes) comes this excellent recording of one Joe Pinner with a DEEP announcer voice playing top 40 hits – if you can call this all standards presentation ‘top 40’. Perhaps it was, considering the time and place. This is the deep south back at a time most people would probably like to forget about, when segregation was alive and well. There’s even a commercial for an all-white dance! Fortunately, that is but only one instance, a quick :30 second commercial in this 30 minute Thanksgiving day broadcast which includes news, weather and those overly orchestrated jingles from the time period. For you jingle freaks- From what company and package are the jin...

The KT Morning Zoo, 104.7 WNOK-FM Columbia SC | 1985

Somewhere lost in the archives donated prior to 2006 was this gem, buried along with a few others. Here’s a short scope of the “KT Morning Zoo” on “Hot Hits” CHR formatted WNOK. Apparently, the morning show, at least, was simulcast on the AM side 1230 WNOK, the one clue being the live Top Hour ID. The Song of the Day is The Power Station – Some Like It Hot. Listen between now and 8pm for a chance to win $220 cash! At just over 7 minutes in length, we don’t get to hear enough of this to determine all the characters in the morning show, but surely our listeners do. Please comment on what you know about WNOK in this era in the Comment section below! Aircheck #1,239 since May 2, 2002

Composite: 1400 WCOS Columbia SC | August 4, 1958

I uncovered an interesting fact while researching this recording. What written history there is of early WCOS programming was apparently remembered wrong, or the facts concerning this station’s change to Top 40 on August 5, 1958 were logged incorrectly. The recording you’re about to listen to features plenty of news, an “Open Mic” program and various programming elements throughout the day. WCOS is heavily promoting it’s new “Top 60 in Dixie” format about to begin the next day, and as part of its on air stunt, plays “I Wish I Was In Dixie” as the only record all day long. Historians record that the song was sung by Dean Martin, but as this recording clearly shows, it was NOT sung by Dean Martin, but rather Sammy Kaye and his Orchesra. T...