Curator’s Original Notes:
Dan Ingram is up to his typical antics here on an early 70s Summer day in the Big Apple. Listen for lots of full-length commercials with their own theme songs, like Coca-Cola, Canada Dry Ginger Ale “Tastes Like Us”, in fact, this must have been the height of an era when people like Dick Van Dyke were spokespersons for many of the products we take for granted even today! How about these rarities: Ballentine Beer (voiced by Ernie Anderson, we think), Simonize Vista “shines the dulls away”
On this recording, today is survey day, and Big Dan is telling the song positions, but playing the songs out of order, ahead of Cousin’ Bruce Morrow’s show. This is during the “Most Music” era at WABC, and the jingles and slogans reflect that on the air. Listen at 30 minutes in to a WABC Editorial by George H. Williams, President and General Manager at the time. Also, a record by Tom Clay – “What the World Needs Now”, which dealt with the assassination of President Kennedy earlier in the decade, and the issue of segregation. WABC always dealt with the social issues of the day and this is proof of the station’s commitment. We get to hear WABC News Before the Hour with Bob Hardt, followed by ABC Network News and the rest of the Dan Ingram Show.
This is a Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday release. While we don’t have any ‘check of the late Reverend, WABC’s above mentioned commitment to addressing social issues makes this a special aircheck. This aircheck hasn’t seen the light of day anywhere, so you are hearing it EXCLUSIVELY here!
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