Howard Hoffman

The Original “9! – The Ultimate Radio Format!”

How do you present a legendary performance the right way? Why, by re-mastering it! Contributor and site friend Pete Salant provided a copy of this, ‘restored’ version of what’s probably the best known and loved parody of radio formats.  When young, baby deejays get into the business, they likely will never understand what it was to work with mics (with no processing), cue burned 45s, cart machines that misfired or owners who were out of their minds (at least to us air talent)! As they like to say these days… the battle is (was) real! Aircheck #1,584 Total Time: 5:41 Pete Salant writes: So…since I last saw you in 2014, a one-off of the original stereo master reel of “NINE!” was bestowed on me by our teammate and creative genius Howard Hoffman. As our prior best...

Buzznet Media Presents: 99! – The Ultimate Radio Format!

A sequel is usually reserved for TV and the Movies. But the original NINE! – The Ultimate Radio Format, done in 1974, was so good and found its way into the headphones of so many jocks over the years, that the original crew reunited to give the original a facelift. Like the original, this is SO prophetic! Recorded only three years after the infamous Telecommunications Act of 1996 which changed the face and sound of radio forever, this group of creative genius found a humorous way to predict the future of radio. And so far, it’s been totally correct! Curator’s Notes: A few important things. First, this truly is an original, donated to me, personally, by one of the East Coast’s most brilliant programmers ever, Pete Salant (Ironically, then-recently let go by iHeart Me...

Howard Hoffman, 77 WABC New York | April 8, 1980

Date of Recording: 04.08.1980 Station: 770 (AM) WABC New York City, New York, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Howard Hoffman (WPIX-FM/WPRO-FM/KUAM/KMEL/KKFR/WQHT/KFRC/KMPC) Comments: 1980 was a year of change for WABC. By the end of the year the music would begin to shift to a more adult sound, but in the early part of 1980, WABC was still a hot Top 40 station, as evidenced by this short scope of the wacky Howard Hoffman show. Hoffman is really out of control on this night. How does one describe the Howard Hoffman show? Well, lets just say that he wouldn’t be allowed on the air with this approach anywhere today. WABC, with Hoffman in the lineup, is a much different sounding station than that of just over a year prior, when PD Al Brady cleaned house, getting rid of most o...

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