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Jonathan Schwartz, “A Tribute To Baseball”, WNEW (AM) New York | January 31, 1988

Here’s something totally different. About four years before AM 1130 changed to Business News Radio WBBR, WNEW was programming ‘other’ things besides American Popular Standards. Jonathan Schwarz was an incredibly talented personality, and one whose name is very familiar, seems to not be nearly as memorable as the Rock N Roll variety of jocks. I think that’s a bit unfair. If I recall correctly, Schwarz was also heard on WNEW-FM (102.7) in its AOR days. This particular evening, the theme is “A Tribute To Baseball”. Ironically, its the night of the Super Bowl (TM) (or, as the radio stations took to saying for a few years, “The Big Game”. Fear of being sued scares the pants off some people. This opens with the show already in progress. Don’t...

Mark Simone, WNEW Stereo 1130 New York | Undated

We can’t pin down the date of this – but perhaps someone can. Mark Simone is the personality for this, the last and best era at the great Eleven Three Oh WNEW. I’m guessing it’s sometime in the 80s. Andy Williams is Simone’s call-in guest. What a well-done radio station this was! WNEW was anything but boring, despite playing music that nobody under 40 would have been caught dead listening to (oh, but some of us did). It was obviously the personalities that brought it all together for WNEW, a station that was so well loved, that when Bloomberg purchased the station and flipped 1130 to Business News, the former WQXR (AM) flipped from Classical to the former WNEW’s Standards format. WQEW “The Home of American Popular Standards” had a massive fol...

New York City Blackout – Radio Coverage | July 13, 1977 – Reloaded

July… Heat, Humidity, Hot Dogs… you know the drill. Often, especially in the Northeast, one of those cool fronts brings relief but they also bring trouble. This particular night in 1977 is remembered by nearly every New Yorker around back then. It started off as a miserably hot day, then a BIG storm front blew in… but it was only one of a chain of events that would leave Big Apple residents in the dark. Radio covered it well. Lots of audio from WABC, WCBS, WINS & others.

Gene Klavan on WNEW 1130 New York | August 1975

This starts out with a very nice narration by our contributor, Ed Montgomery. Very tastefully done and we thank Ed for this wonderful look at a very unique radio station! One thing people remember about WNEW was the 15 or so year run that this station had as a pure, local, Standards station. What fewer people remember is when WNEW AM played some contemporary music. In fact, Metromedia had a very successful Full Service AC station on its hands, which was very heavy on personality. Gene Klavan is one of those hosts that WNEW fans remember fondly. This begins with a 3 minute introduction by Ed Montgomery. The aircheck opens in the middle of a commercial break – how about a 1975 Ford?! Then listen for WNEW News with Bob Hagan, and then on to the Gene Klavan show. What’s most striki...

William B. Williams Farewell: WNEW 1130 New York, Part 3 – August 3, 1986

From Ira Warren Patasnik, the third segment of this great tribute to legendary WNEW broadcaster William B. Williams, who passed away of complications from colon cancer on August 3, 1986. Bob Jones hosts the “Make Believe Ballroom” for this tribute to Mr. Williams, who had hosted the program up until his cancer surgery in 1985. Jones was considered a fill-in host up until this date, as Williams was expected to return, had he recovered. Listen for numerous callers, some famous names, others just simply listeners, who called to share their memories of William B. Williams.

William B. Williams Farewell; Bob Jones, WNEW 1130 New York, Part 2 | August 3, 1986

… There’s only one. WNEW Eleven Three Oh in New York. There was, until 1992. Not counting it’s sister Album Oriented Rock FM station on 102.7, WNEW (AM) was the most unique radio station in America. To be sure, there were radio stations, primarilly on the AM dial, which played American Standards, but most of those were either some sort of automated jukebox, or part of the nationally syndicated “Music Of Your Life” satellite format. WNEW was different. It was alive, with a personality that only a New Yawker could possibly understand. Presented to us thanks to Contributor Ira Warren Patasnik, this is part two of a wonderful tribute to the late William B. Williams, who hosted the “Make Believe Ballroom” for three decades. He was a man who was a true f...

William B. Williams Farewell; Bob Jones, WNEW 1130 New York, Part 1 | August 3, 1986

Somewhere, in some vault, there is a master recording of this tribute to the late William B. Williams. But, for this website dedicated to classic radio, perhaps it’s better that we present the following original ‘off the air’ recording, made by Contributor Ira Warren Patasnik on a simple table radio.. CORRECTION (10/27/10) – Our Contributor actually has a nice recording setup, as he contacted Airchexx to describe; “I recorded it off a Technics by Panasonic FM/AM Stereo Receiver SA 300 that was 30 watts per channel and recorded it on a JVC KD-W7 Stereo Double Cassette Deck Recorder at Normal Speed in DNR Dolby Noise Reduction.” Nice. We’ve got something similar here at the Airchexx studio. Thanks for the correction. We received several tapes from ou...

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