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WRKO in 1967… the call letters scream Bill Drake, but in this aircheck, the signature Drake sound, and jingles, are not there. In fact, when WRKO launched, in March of ’67, the station launched without the talents of the talented consultant. You’ll also hear some slight reverb on this recording. WRKO DID, in fact, use reverb before the Drake consultancy. The exact timeline of WRKO events is listed at WRKO.org, at this link.

Chuck Knapp has a very upbeat show. He also screams “Your Leeeeadddder”, much like Jackson Armstrong. Or, perhaps Armstrong heard it here first. No matter. This is a GOOD recording, one that hasn’t seen the light of day until now.


By Steve West

Steve West is a 41 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve is the founder of Airchexx.com and Hitoldies.net - All the BIG Hits!

4 thoughts on “Chuck Knapp, 68 WRKO Boston | August, 1967”
  1. Armstrong was using the Your Leader scream a year earlier at WIXY. By this point, Big Jack was on 50kw WKYC.

    So, Knapp may have heard of it there, or heard about it from Al Gates, who was PM drive at WIXY while Armstrong was there.

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