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105.7 WVBF

New England Radio Composite | April 1980

Curator’s Notes: This composite is a collection of various airchecks of stations in the 6 state New England region.  One of the real joys for a radio listener up there is, There are a lot of medium market stations, all within earshot of the major cities of Boston, Hartford,  Providence, and, while not technically in New England, Albany NY. If you liked radio in the Northeast, or lived anywhere in the central part of Massachusetts where atmospheric conditions varied so much that one could catch stations from all over New England, this will be a real treat for you!   Please consider a generous donation to this website for site support. You won’t find many things available for free on the web these days, so take the time to support your favorite website! Use the Donate button below...

New England Composite, October-November 1978

Original Comments: Close your eyes and imagine yourself in Boston. The year is 1978. You start tuning around the radio dial. You start on the AM band, because that’s where your favorite station has been for many years. You stop for a moment at 680. WRKO is still going strong. They call themselves “New England’s Album Station” at this point in time – a slogan that will take a lot of heat by the jocks at WAAF out in suburbia – Worcester. Not that it matters to the folks at WRKO. This is the morning show and you’re listening to Charlie & Harrigan. Open your eyes. Yes, you were dreaming for a few minutes. This is actually a recording. And, thanks to Matt over at Big Apple Airchecks, you’ve got 45 minutes worth of memories to plow through. Th...

Frank Kingston Smith, 105.7 WVBF Framingham (Boston) | August 15, 1978

Recording Date: 08.15.1978 Station: 105.7 WVBF (defunct) Framingham Ma (Wikipedia) Format: Top 40 Branded: “F-105” Ownership: Fairbanks Communications Featured Air Personality: Frank Kingston Smith (Bobby Mitchell at WRKO) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 17:00 (Telescoped) Aircheck #1,581 F-105 Carly and James. Good morning! It’s 7:13 with Big Frank… Curator’s Notes: Frank Kingston Smith is well known in Boston, having appeared on nearly all the Top 40 stations at one time or another. He was a longtime personality on the Top 40 format at 68 WRKO (AM), first as Bobby Mitchell in the Drake era and later as himself. Smith was also heard for a little while on 98.5 when it was WROR after flipping to live (assist) AC from automated Oldies. In fact, he w...

Loren & Wally, 105.7 WROR Framingham / Boston | March 21, 1998

Date of Recording: 03.21.1998 Station: 105.7 WROR Framingham, Massachusetts, USA Format: Classic Hits Current Owner: Beasley Radio Group Featured Air Talent: Loren Owens; Wally Brine Contributor: Anonymous Comments: A staple of Boston radio since 1981, Loren Owens and Wally Brine have occupied the morning slot on the 105.7 FM frequency ever since taking over from another Boston legend, Dale Dorman, on the old WVBF. Through four different formats and three call letter changes, Loren and Wally have remained remakably consistent and remain Boston’s longest running morning show, second in history only to Carl DeSuze, who did mornings at WBZ for over 40 years. Wally Brine retired from WROR on December 16, 2016 While relatively recent (at over 10 years old, is this really ‘recentR...

Dale Dorman, WVBF F-105 Framingham/Boston | January 1979

Its the dead of a New England Winter and Dale Dorman is doing wakeups on Fairbanks Communication’s WVBF! Kiss 108 just arrived a few months before this – so, note the conspicuous lack of Disco music (there are a few, but spaced well apart). Today is inauguration day for new Massachusetts Governor Ed King. It’s colder than a witch’s you-know-what outside, and Pete Falconi not only does news for WVBF, he does live broadcasts. And, just to prove that there really was a guy named Joe Giotta (you’ll recognize the VOICE, anyway, on today’s ‘FLASHBACK’ syndicated Classic Rock show), he’s ALSO a WVBF newsman. Extra credit if you know the name Giotta goes by today. From the final year of ‘VBF as a Top 40 station, Dorman would soon find him...

JoJo Kincaid, WVBF “F-105” Framingham/Boston | January, 1979

Continuing the broadcast of WVBF from January (we suspect the 15th), 1979, here’s midday guy JoJo Kincaid. Nevermind that he’s one of your webmaster’s radio heroes from my youth, talk about talent! WVBF is still giving away free money, and hopes listeners will call in to say how horrible AM radio is…. because this is FM RADIO! I’m still amazed at the amount of effort was exerted to get listeners to tune out the big AM stations… WVBF’s main competition during the 70s was, of course, 68 WRKO. But since WBZ (1030) was and even today still IS the reigning king of Boston radio, it was in WVBF’s best interest (along with the rest of Boston’s FM stations) to move the audience off the AM band. And, it worked. Eventually. This is another really ...

Mike Demambro on WVBF Framingham/Boston | December 31, 1980

…don’t bring any kind of fire water into the city! Salvaged from my personal collection, here’s Mike Demambro on a somewhat subdued WVBF toward the end of the ‘F-105’ era. It’s New Year’s Eve, and WVBF was in the waning days of Top 40 before going what would be VERY soft AC within a year. Still, listen for all the hits as a Boston legend rang in 1981! Most notable on this aircheck, jingles which hadn’t been used on WVBF since about 1977. Not sure who made em, but “New England Listens to F-105” was a great theme for these jingles… thematics, of course, nothing new to Boston. These might have been put on the air in response to 98.5 WROR’s legendary “I’d Rather Be In Boston” jingle series… jingles ...

Gary Williams, 105.7 WVBF Framingham (Boston) | December, 1988

Toward the end of its long, storied history as one of the Boston area’s first successful FM radio stations, WVBF here is a fairly uptempo station, but after two decades of playing contemporary music in one form or another, this station here known as “The Wave of Boston” was not the ratings winner it had once been. Still, there’s a very warm feeling one could get listening to 105.7 at the latter half of the 80s. Gary Williams is heard a little while before Christmas, and while you won’t hear any Christmas music in rotation, Williams makes mention of Christmas celebrations, and some commercials do as well. So, we’ll place this as sometime in December, 1988 based upon the ‘current’ hits. Inflation has obviously hit since this was recorded…...

Boston FM Composite: 1983

Here’s a quarter hour worth listening to. Starting with the great Joe Martelle, on the old 98.5 WROR, this goes back and forth between WROR and 103.3 WEEI-FM. Just two years before this was recorded, WROR had just morphed into a soft, personality AC from its days of automated Oldies. The fun part of this is listening to how much WROR tried to sound like WABC – they have Jam jingles (WABC cuts!) and even call themselves MUSICRADIO WROR! It was, in my opinon, the best that WROR ever sounded during its short-lived venture into the world of CHR. The WROR portion includes a healthy dose of Mike Waite (WPRO-FM) doing HIS thing! You’ll hear Dale Dorman on WXKS-FM… briefly. Also included, 103.3 WEEI-FM, before the station changed call letters to WHTT… a VERY rare airc...

105.7 WVBF Framingham / Boston (F-105) Fantasy Parade | 1977

Here’s a very interesting aircheck of Fairbanks Communications’ then recently-retooled WVBF as Top 40 “F-105”. The ‘check starts out with some strainge sounding robot promos (for lack of a better word), then moves into Frank Kingston Smith opening the F-105 Fantasy Parade in Framingham… conducted from the station rooftop. Sure sounds like they had a fun time. Much of the airstaff is heard on this aircheck including then morning man Dale Dorman! This is the very FIRST aircheck I’ve been able to get my hands on featuring ‘Uncle Dale’ on WVBF so it’s a rare treat! Audio quality wise, this starts out kinda bad, but quickly improves. Much tape hiss heard in the first 2 minues but by 5 minutes in this is perfectly acceptable, as it migh...

JoJo Kincaid, 105.7 WVBF “F-105” Framingham/Boston | March 15, 1979

“…Thank you for making us Boston’s Number One Music Station!” The “New” F-105 wasn’t new, but the branding was for one of Boston’s first FM Top 40 stations. WVBF (which stood for the owner’s wife’s name, Virginia Brown Fairbanks) had been rocking since the early ’70s, but when the Disco craze took hold in late ’77, the station also took on a new monniker: F-105. Here’s one of our all-time favorites, JoJo Kincaid (KKLQ, WEGQ, WXKS-FM) as heard a few day’s before St. Patrick’s Day. Now, St. Patty’s day in Boston literally MEANS beer! And F-105 will be part of the celebration over the coming weekend. At least that’s what they’re promoting. One thing that’s apparent as I edited thi...

Boston Sampler #1: WRKO / WVBF

Courtesy of Contributor Frank Davis, here’s a wonderful composite featuring two of Boston’s legendary Top 40 stations. It starts with Harry Nelson on WRKO, then moves on into the wierdest thing your webmaster’s heard come out of a radio (and I’ve heard a lot of strange things over the years). WVBF apparently has just tweaked it’s format to rebrand as the “New” F-105. It sounds like the station had been taken over by robots… some 150 years in the future (they even say that on the air). It’s just something you have to listen to. I’m sure that some programmer who knew what WVBF was up to back in ’76 can explain this better than I. The rest of this aircheck is mainly Mike Addams on the Big 68 WRKO, with the exception of ONE brea...

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