Chuck Leonard and Charlie Greer 1967; WABC New York Rewound 2007 Hour #7 donated by Contributor/Restorian Rob Frankel

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For eight years, from 1999 to 2007, NewsTalk 77 WABC New York took one day out of the year to remember it’s historic music radio format. It was a treat for listeners, and while pre-produced by then Production Director Johnny Donovan (himself a jock during the MusicRadio 77 years), it also gave the talk show hosts the Memorial Day holiday off. This year for 2019, WABC is re-airing portions of previous Rewound programs on Labor Day. We aren’t sure why they picked Labor Day, but the station has been sold to Red Apple Media from its former owner, Cumulus. We think this is a tremendously good sign, that the new ownership is starting out by paying honor to the station’s Music Radio past!

In honor of that, we here at Airchexx are once again presenting WABC’s Rewound program from the year 2007. All 12 hours were donated to us on CD from WABC’s “Restorian” Rob Frankel. I (Steve West) am so very thankful to Rob and his thoughtfulness!

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Hour #7: Chuck Leonard and Charlie Greer count down the top 100 of 1967. This gets a bit boring from the standpoint that without the music, we get to hear the “Superhit of the Year” jingle over and over… you get the point. Right off the bat to start things off, the cart machine sticks on Chuck Leonard. You won’t hear that these days with everything hard drive based!

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  1. Neil Leibowitz

    “The cart machine sticks on Chuck Leonard”? No, not quite–The cart was removed UNCUED–which is why it eventually played once re-inserted into the machine.There WAS an incident involving “For The Love of Him” (Bobbi Martin) where “Big” Dan had his engineer remove the cart from the machine as it was dragging & Dan (on the air) literally fixed the cart!!

    • That’s a fascinating story! I wonder now, how many of us have had the unfortunate luck of a cart jamming while the mic was open and we had to do SOMETHING as nothing else was queued up?!! Quick thinking by Big Dan, to be sure!

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