Glen Burnie & Richard Hamilton, 1290 WGLI Babylon NY | July, 1982

1290 AM Babylon NY WGLI Rich Hamilton Glen Burnie Matt Craig

Its been a while since this tape contributed by Ira Warren Patasnik was sent in, but we here at Airchexx give everyone equal time.

This is the Glen Burnie, Rich Hamilton show featuring our contributor as Glen Burnie. While the tape is un-dated, our contributor believes it to be from July of 1982.

This tape is very interesting. Burnie and Hamilton are playing music from the 50s and 60s. Lots of Motown music, many of the songs even I don’t recognize. But… not just 50s and 60s music, you’ll hear some 70s hits and even some then Currents (Steve Martin’s “King Tut” sounds conspicuously out of place) But… I like it! After a few decades of watching Oldies stations water down their playlists to only a few hundred of the most popular mainstream oldies hits, listening to this is truly like stepping back in time. Quite refreshing, actually.

Listen for a FULL Newscast from the ABC Network anchored by Don Ross at the 21 minute mark. A PSA for Savings Bonds read by President Ronald Reagan sounds GREAT!

One has to wonder if this was recorded from the board or directly off the transmitter. The audio quality is NOT the typical muddy AM sound heard on the average AM radio. Its also a nice plus.

WGLI here is the perfect example of a local station, serving its LOCAL community. It helps that the programming, right down to the music, is produced locally, with live DJs, apparently picking the music themselves. This station is not like anything you hear on your AM or FM dial today and thus has earned it’s place here at Airchexx.

1290 AM Babylon NY WGLI Rich Hamilton Glen Burnie Matt Craig


  1. David

    Contrary to Glen’s announcement at the end of the second song, that dates back to 1962, not 1959. “I Found A Love” was recorded by an R&B group called The Falcons, of which Wilson Pickett (heard doing lead vocals on this song) was a member at the time. The Falcons, however, *was* the same group who had a hit with “You’re So Fine” in 1959. I don’t know if Glen Burnie was thinking of that song, nor if Wilson Pickett was with the group then (though the lead vocals sound nowhere even close to Pickett), but…

  2. David

    “Though the lead vocalist on “You’re So Fine” sounds nowhere even close to Wilson Pickett,” that is.

  3. Ira Warren Patasnik

    Hi David,
    The Falcons with Joe Stubbs as lead singer,on the record “You’re So Fine” was a major hit in 1959.
    After singing for four years with the locally popular gospel-harmony group, The Violinaires, Wilson Pickett, lured by the success of other gospel singers of the day, who left gospel music in the late 1950s for the more lucrative R & B music market, joined the Falcons in 1959. Wilson Pickett’s biggest success with The Falcons came in 1962, when “I Found a Love,” (co-authored by Pickett and featuring his lead vocals), peaked at #6 on the R&B chart, and at #75 on the Hot 100. The Falcons-I Found A Love with Wilson Pickett Lead Singer Original Record Issue LU PINE 1003 (1962) Wilson Pickett’s version of “I Found A Love was released in 1967. and showed up on his 1967 Album “The Best of Wilson Picket”, Atlantic Records SD 8151
    You are correct David.
    Ira alias Glen

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