103.5 Charleston SC WEZL Charlie Bird Lindsay Larry Farina TJ Philllips Rhett Bledsoe

Charlie Bird Lindsay, 103.5 WEZL Charleston | June, 1988

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Here’s the ‘old’ 80s version of Hot Country “Weazel 103.5” WEZL. The Weazel was a name used up until about 1991 or so, when Charlie Bird Lindsay, Larry Farina and a few others left WEZL and became part of a group that purchased the old Q-107. They were able to do that because Q-107 was never able to recover financially from the damage sustained in Hurricane Hugo two years earlier. That station became Country “Bubba 107.5 WBUB”, and while the name is different, is still Country to this day.

I’m particularly intriqued by how ‘local’, or, ‘regional’ the station sounds. Yes, its a BIG Country station, with huge ratings at the time, but note the deep Carolina southern drawl. Radio stations in the south weren’t afraid to talk as the locals talked, especially on the Country stations, although it seems as if the Pop and Rock stations in this market had jocks who tried for that supposedly neutral ‘midwestern’ accent. All the jocks on WEZL had the drawl.

There is a lot of music on this morning show. Lindsay runs a contest, airs the listener’s call.. very nice. There’s a couple of traffic reports you’ll like if you used to live there and moved… since you’ll hear many Charleston area landmarks and bridges.

This is just one for our audio time capsule.
Courtesy of Contributor Robyn Watts and California Aircheck.

103.5 Charleston SC WEZL Charlie Bird Lindsay Larry Farina TJ Philllips Rhett Bledsoe

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Steve West is a 39 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve currently works on-air for the Super Radio USA media group out of Minnesota. Steve is the founder of the Airchexx Media Group and manages Airchexx.com and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.

Comments

sctvman
April 2, 2015 at 11:25 pm


WEZL sounds even bigger than it is now. Catered to everybody. Being the only country station in town helped.



Larry
June 24, 2015 at 1:48 pm


Steve, thanks for the post. Great memories, good times.

Larry F.



Mike McGann
December 5, 2016 at 4:18 pm


Charlie Lindsay was my first PD out of the military in 1971 at WQSN in Charleston. What a great guy and WQSN sounded really good in it’s day.



Robert Womble
January 14, 2018 at 10:35 am


Certainly can never mistaken the awesome voice of Charlie Bird on 103.5 WEZL and Bubba 107.5 such great memories



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