October 19, 2021

5 thoughts on “Harry Chapman on WMPS 680 Memphis | July 19, 1963

  1. LEE WILDER IS FATHER OF MODERN COUNTRY RADIO.WITH FIRST PROGRAMMING WJJD-AM IN SWINGIN’ CHICAGO CIRCA 1960. THE GENIUS OF THE PLOUGH BROADCASTING COMPANY. LEE MADE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR PLOUGH MEDICINES.NATIONAL VICE-PRESIDENT FOR PLOUGH RADIO FROM 1960-1972. ALSO THE FINEST ANNOUNCER TO BLOWTORCH HIS GREAT NEW YORK VOICE ON WMPS-AM 1955-1960. A GREAT VISIONARY OF NORTH AMERICAN AM RADIO SPECTRUM IN THE 2OTH CENTURY. LEE WILDER A GREAT MAN A GREAT AMERICAN.

  2. Steve, you’re certainly right that this sounds really MOR, which surprised me since WMPS was the flagship station for Plough, Inc. All the Plough stations were Top 40 in 1963 so I guess WMPS was just heavily dayparted. A number of big Top-40 stations had full-service morning shows (i.e. Carl DeSuze on WBZ). WJJD was the first Plough station to go Country. That was around 1965.

  3. Steve: I knew as soon as I heard it that it couldn’t have been Harry Chapman. Harry and Charlie Watson both worked at WMPS. Charlie and I
    were morning competitors, and very close friends, when I was at WHBQ doing mornings. BTW, the reason all the commercials are in there is WMPS
    was underselling all the other stations, so they sold more of them!

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