Winchendon MA

Steve Sawyer with America’s “King of the Yodelers”, Kenny Roberts, 97.7 WINQ Winchendon Ma. | May 13, 1990

Recording Date: 05.13.1990 Station: 97.7 WINQ (WXUW/WINQ-FM//WINQ/WQOL/WSNI) Winchendon MA Format: Oldies (Country Sunday Evenings) Branded: 1. “Oldies 97” 2. “Country Jukebox‘ Featured Air Personalities: Steve Sawyer (Host); Kenny Roberts (10.14.1926 – 04.29.12) (Guest) Contributor: Steve West Aircheck #1,583     I finally Got Maggie Alone… Curator’s Notes: I first met Kenny Roberts while home on leave from the U.S. Navy sometime during the mid 1980s- He had taken over the morning show on what was 700 WCAT (WFAT today) Orange, Ma.  I stepped into the station for a chat with Owner Dick Partridge and then talked for a while with Kenny, got to know him and went to some of his shows. Kenny Roberts was a fantastic artist.  Many people who are...

Sample: 97.7 WINQ Winchendon MA | August 6, 1985

Date of Recording: 08.06.1985 Station: 97.7 WINQ (WSNI) Winchendon, Massachusetts, USA Format: Standards (MOYL) “Wink” Featured Air Personality: None Contributor: David Bickford (WFGL/WFMP/WXLO/WPKX/WCTZ/WCAX-TV, others) Airchexx Entry: 1,468 WINQ, Wink. Your good music station Comments: Somewhere, there’s a group dedicated to the history of the “Music of YOUR Life” (MOYL) format, which if memory serves, was launched in 1978 at 1450 WMAS (AM) Springfield, Mass.. WINQ was launched on 97.7 in 1983 after battling the FCC for several years just to get on the air. It was a late bloomer. The owner, Ed Mattar, initially set the station up as nearly all instrumental, Beautiful Music. This evolved into MOYL, with some newer music thrown into a mix of 40s through non-ro...

Steve Sawyer, “Country Jukebox”, 97.7 WINQ Winchendon MA | August 5, 1990

And now, the story of a Country music show that may have lead to the eventual Country format of WINQ, a station that today is at 98.7 in Keene NH. Back when 97.7 first went on the air, it was what eventually would be called Adult Standards. Non-Rock vocalists from the 1940s and 50s with a few instrumentals thrown in… kind of a cross between Beautiful Music and Standards. That was 1983. After trying an Adult Contemporary format for a couple of years, the station was sold to Larry DeHaan and some partners… I believe the company was Quality Communications, or something like that. My friend David Bickford knows. At any rate, when DeHaan got WINQ, he flipped the station to Automated Oldies. At some point in either 1989 or early 1990, there was a live Saturday night request show done...

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