Glen ‘FM’ Stevens; Ken Gilbert, WAQY “Wacky 102” Springfield | Summer, 1980


Thanks to Wacky jock Ken Gilbert, here’s about 10 minutes of he and Glen “FM” Stevens on one of the northeast’s greatest FM Top 40 outlets ever (in your webmaster’s humble opinion), Wacky 102!

WAQY was about a year away from flipping to AOR, and still using the late-70s era Wacky jingles – of which I can’t figure out who produced them (TM maybe?). Wacky 102 still sounds like the powerhouse Top 40 outlet we remember, with lots of personality, a wide VARIETY playlist (and that’s really what Top 40 was all about), mixing everything from soft pop to hard rock – everything that was a hit got played.

Many years ago, site friend Rick Kelly ( described the downfall of Wacky 102 this way… (paraphrasing here, because I can’t remember the exact original wording)

…tight rotation, 12 units per hour and a teen demographic did this station in…

That said, my perception of Wacky 102, and specifically, these two jocks from memories of my youth are filtered somewhat from the passage of time, but I remember this very summer, and WAQY being the most awesome-sounding station on the planet. Perhaps it was hard to sell in Springfield… that and an inability to penetrate the Hartford market due to powerhouse WTIC-FM (Mike Josephs “Hot Hits”(tm)) owning the Top 40 market there. Still, this window into the glorious reign of Wacky 102 reminds us that almost 30 years ago, talented jocks could talk in between every record and not chase away an audience.

Take THAT you consultants and knowitall PDs out there. 50 minutes of continuous music with 2 jock breaks to say the same thing every hour stinks… and wouldn’t have stood a chance against a station like this in 1980. So there.

18 Replies to “Glen ‘FM’ Stevens; Ken Gilbert, WAQY “Wacky 102” Springfield | Summer, 1980”

  1. Brady

    Really great stuff on this one. Real personality + great music = Real Radio.

    Now onto the hard part. Can anyone identify the songs heard on that check.
    I know Olivia Newton John “Xanadu”, ELO “Party all over the World”, Christopher Cross “Sailing”, The Who “Baba O’riely”, The Vapors “Tuning Japanese” where all played. Looking for the artist/tiles of the more R&B sounding cuts.


    • Jim Knapp (Big Tuna Jim Kaye)

      Hi Brady… REVISED….
      I now Know ALL The Songs played
      (In Order)GLEN “FM” STEVENS:
      Dream On – Aerosmith
      Look What You Done To Me – Boz Scaggs
      He’s So Shy – Pointer Sisters
      Turning Japanese – Vapors
      Another One Bites The Dust – Queen
      My Love – Wings
      Lola (Live Version) – The Kinks
      Hotel California – Eagles
      Take A Little Rhythm – Ali Thompson

      Another One Bites The Dust – Queen
      Real Love – Doobie Brothers
      You’re The Only Woman – Ambrosia
      Baba O’Reilly – The Who(Who’s Next LP ’71)
      More Love – Kim Carnes
      Jo Jo – Boz Scaggs (1980 Re-current)
      All Over the World – ELO (from Xanadu)
      Whip It – Devo
      She’s Out of My Life – Michael Jackson
      You’ll Accompany Me – Bob Seger
      Xanadu – Olivia Newton-John/ELO
      Hello I Love You – Doors (1968 Oldie)
      Sailing – Christopher Cross
      -NEWS (with Glen FM Stevens)
      Late in the Evening – Paul Simon

  2. Mike Allen


    Some other songs/titles in my buddy’s aircheck, Ken “Squirt Baby Shoot” Gilbert:
    Michael Jackson-She’s Out Of My Life (RIP)
    Bob Seeger-You’ll Accompany Me
    Ali Thompson-Take A Little Rhythm
    Paul Simon-Late In The Evening
    That should about cover it…
    “…..Uh-Oh Spagehittos” and BEER!!!!!

    A Great sounding aircheck that Ken told me was right off the Reel to Reel “skimmer” tape.

    Mike Allen

  3. robert budano

    wacky was thee best back in the day. there was some competition with providences jb-105 and 92-pro-fm and bostons F-105 and of course tic-fm but wacky ALWAYS won.. we had the rolling boogie machine at our junior high dance and went nute when forieners hot blooded came on. i have a wacky jingle that i use when i burn cds and i use it in between every few songs and i feel like i am back in time when i hear it come on before songs like jethro tulls living in the past or rod stewarts tonights the night. total gold.. wacky also had the biggest ad in the yellow pages. lol thee best and always will be in my home thanks to the “wacky radio-W.A.Q.Y.”JINGLE…

  4. Tracy Carman

    The jingles were by William B. Tanner… the package was called DOUBLE SHOT. I know I dubbed the master way back then in the WAQY production studios, but I’d be hard pressed to put my hands on ’em.

  5. jim b

    hi queen, another one bites the dust, my love wings, lola by the kinks live….hotel california, eagles, real love by the doobies, bab o’reilly the who sorry about the spelling…..whip it, devo, hello i love you the doors, sailing by chris cross, hope this helps jb

  6. Robert Schaffrath

    This was just before I entered Western New England University, nee Western New England College, in September 1980. Coming from Long Island I did not know the stations there so basically learned by listening to what locals were listening too. There was WAQY and WMAS most of the time along with AM’ers WSPR and WHYN. I did though often hear WAAF played a lot and was quite surprised at how far that signal traveled. Worcester is a good distance from Springfield.

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