…”just think of us as your 6-pack of music, icy cool WABC” Its the Summer of 1975… imagine yourself on the beach, hearing Dan Ingram say “Roll your Bod”! Its almost 100 degrees, in an era before we worried about global warming and Big Dan plays the music as the northeast bakes under one of those legendary heat waves. Listen for live commercials for ‘Shrunken Heads’ and more!
Back to 1973 and this great show from Dan Ingram! Dan is in great form, and mentions survey numbers here on his Saturday show. Includes commercials!
Check out the waning days of 1974 with George Michael. This one will make you go WOW! Listen to George Michael’s incredible talkups… he never misses the post here. Includes commercials from ’74, and some early and INTERESTING WABC George Michael jock jingles. From the early days of the George Michael show after Cousin’ Brucie left for WNBC.
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!
Back to December 19, 1974 and the George Michael show. Listen carefully and you might hear George miss hitting the post by a microsecond… as Johnny Donovan says, that’s the first time anyone ever heard that!
Roby Younge fills in for Dan Ingram, February 3, 1968. The hits of the day, along with plenty of classic commercials including one for Coca-Cola sung by Aretha Franklin! Plus, one complete newscast describing the war in Vietnam.
Everybody’s favorite, Dan Ingram. First half is from 1966 (When Frank Sinatra was still making number 1 songs, according to Johnny Donovan), then it moves on to 1977, about 2/3rds of the way through… gotta love those Bee Gees!
December 31, 1976. Waking up with “Morning Mayor” Harry Harrison! He’s counting down the Top 100 of the Year. This segment is dedicated completely to Harry!
A lively Chuck Leonard plays the Disco hits of ’79 on MusicRadio 77. One of our original recordings posted way back in June of 2003, here’s one restored in higher fidelity. Only three years away from News/Talk, WABC is still a HOT station here, with all the energy fans remember. Note the static crashes in this recording… obviously recorded from some distance from NYC. Believe it or not, listening even with the static from distant thunderstorms just added to the excitement of a Summertime of listening to AM radio. I could tell how bad the storms were going to be by the sheer number of crackles. Am I the only one who felt this way? Sheesh, radio really was an illness one should have been treated for haha!!
Thanks to Contributor Ellis Feaster, who sent this in last Summer with the Bob Grant recordings, here’s the PERFECT way to start off your New Year’s Eve morning – with music and coffee and Harry Harrison on WABC! This particular morning, Harrison brought in his family and they actually get to say hello on the air. WABC is in the middle of playing the Top 100 songs of 1975 and as they did back then, this was not (at least in the morning) played back in order, rather just with a “Hit of the Year” jingle, where the jock would add the song number. This is scoped, but you’ll note “Lady Marmalade” played and some other big songs of ’75… noteworthy because in later years especially in the 80s and 90s. it seemed as if big uptempo songs we...
Its the final “Gag Hour” for 1988 on the legendary Bob Grant show! If you never heard Bob Grant, he was one of the last middle of the road, local and national, issues oriented talk show hosts before talk radio, and WABC in particular, moved to the far right of the political spectrum. One thing Grant did well was play a liberal at times, a conservative at others, and he managed to command a huge audience at a time when WABC sorely needed it. Grant delivered for many years. Its interesting to note, nationally syndicated host Rush Limbaugh began his show from the WABC studios on August 1 of that year, and did the show from WABC for many years before moving the whole EIB network to Florida, but I digress. The rules for the Gag Hour were simple: Do not say anything nice, and donR...
There’s something about Cousin Brucie. People either loved him or weren’t crazy about him. Here’s Bruce Morrow at the peak of his popularity on WABC. Notice how fast Morrow is talking. Its hard to keep up with the pace of this show. And, that’s exactly what this is. A SHOW! There are more commercials and talk from Cousin Brucie than there is music, at least so it seems on this recording, which sounds suspiciously like it was recorded from WABC-FM 95.5 (See Dan Ingram’s Program recorded the same day as this). One other thing which sticks out like a sore thumb, Morrow is overmodulated and his voice is a bit distorted. It sounds like he was too close to the mic or they ran the board very hot. The FM processing was unable to compensate as well as the AM side. The ...