1050 WMGM

Composite: WINS and WMGM New York | September 17, 1961

Date of Recording: 09.17.1961 Station(s): 1010 WINS / 1050 WMGM (WHN/WFAN/WUKQ/WEVD/WEPN) New York City, New York, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Talent: Various Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Comments: This is a great comparison between two competing Top 40 stations. 1961 was so early in the top 40 game that WABC was just in its infancy with its then-new format. This recording doesn’t include ABC. WINS, of course, went on to become the nation’s first All-News station. WMGM simply reverted to the previous call letters on 1050, WHN, and then after several years as an MOR station, became synonymous with Country Music in New York starting in 1973 for the next decade. More information about this aircheck is presented by visitor comments (below).

Peter Tripp, “Your Hits of the Year”, 1050 WMGM New York | December 31, 1959

To some, 1959 may seem like just yesterday, but this recording returns to a time when even in New York, everything was slower. WMGM 1050 owned by Metro Goldwyn Mayer (the film studios), was in a heated battle for the teen audience with its pioneering Top 40 format. Its main competition was WINS 1010. The two stations competed in every aspect, their news departments scrambled to get stories aired before the other (see the DeGaule incident) and the music was teen dance oriented, in the time of the Payola scandals. In fact, while host Peter Tripp denied ever being involved, the scandals greatly affected his career, along with the careers of other high profile DJs. When the government forced WMGM’s owner at the time, Loew’s Theatres, to sell out, Storer came along with a promise th...