Bill Beamish, 1300 WAVZ New Haven | September 6, 1965
Station: 1300 WAVZ New Haven
Format: Top 40
Branded: “Lucky 13”
Featured Air Personality: Bill Beamish (William R. Beamish, 01.16.1930 – 07.08.2009) (WMCA/WAVZ)
Contributor: Andy Bologovsky
Total Time: 11:03
…A WAVZ Flying Hit!…
Curator’s (original) Notes:
Back we go to a tape that Andy Bologovsky sent in back in 2008. This features Bill Beamish, a jock from the days when deejays sounded like big race track announcers. Listening to this, you’ll be struck by how important the DJ was considered a part of the station’s programming. Listen at about 4 minutes in for the WAVZ “Straight Shooter Sweepstakes”… its a station contest that sounds like a horse race, with all the ‘horses’ being the names of all the station jocks. The listener had to pick the winning jock to win!
This is packed with so much in 11 minutes that it takes longer than that to describe. But, the highlights are these: The PERFECT amount of reverb (I think WABC at the same time period had so much reverb they sounded like they were at the end of a long hallway), a GENEROUS helping of PAMS jingles and even a time chime, although they didn’t call it that on the air.
This is NOT the WAVZ of the mid-70s, which had a different, unique sound, but it’s every bit as good.. some may even say better, than what ‘Lucky 13’ evolved into. But it is the same ownership – Kops-Monahan, who obviously KNEW what radio was supposed to sound like.
Listener comments are ALWAYS welcome!