1410 WPOP

The Greaseman, WPOP Hartford | March, 1975

Thumbing through the vast unposted tape collection here at the Airchexx studios we stumbled upon this vintage scope of Doug Tract, AKA The Greaseman at WPOP Hartford toward the end of both his tenure and WPOP’s days as a music station before it became an all-news outlet. This is so rare, in fact, I think there is only one aircheck of Greaseman on WPOP on the web aside from this one. This is a first generation tape which sounds very much like it came right out of the studio skimmer. The only editing done here is your webmaster took the silence out of where the skimmer stopped recording when the mic cut off and back on. The BAD part of this recording is that the first part of each word is cut off, probably due to a delay in the remote relay on the tape machine. I will tell you that unl...

Frank Holler, 1410 WPOP Hartford | May 18, 1969

AM was still king in Hartford and all around the USA when this recording of WPOP was made. Now, unless you’re intimately familiar with the Bill Drake “Boss Radio” Top 40 format, you probably think this is his handiwork. Someone out there knows for sure, but it sure sounds like WPOP ran a Drake knock-off format right down to the jingles. We know Bill Drake programmed KYNO Fresno, KGB San Diego, KHJ Los Angeles, KFRC San Francisco, WOR-FM New York (Pre 99X), WHBQ Memphis, WRKO Boston, CKLW Windsor, Ontario and KAKC Tulsa. There might be others… we know that when teamed up with Gene Chenault, Drake/Chenault programmed a number of radio stations, both automated and live with various music formats, most notably the Contempo 300 AC format. But we’re getting off trac...

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