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93.1 Detroit WDRQ Doug Nash

Jerry St. James Publicity Photo, WDRQ 1977

From contributor Paul Ford,

Here is great aircheck from WDRQ 93.1 FM in Detroit… August 1977 with Jerry St James.

Truly representative of many one-man morning shows at the end of the 1970s, here’s one from the FM dial… which at the time was still having difficulty competing with AM radio. Detroit, however, was in a different position, where the dominant Top 40 station for much of the 70s was the Big 8 – CKLW, across the river in Windsor, Ontario.

WDRQ Detroit logo from about 1973

DRQ is really trying to win in this recording, and it sounds great. Wish we had an aircheck of the rest of the broadcast day, which would truly give us a slice of what WDRQ 93 FM sounded like – but I’d bet you could get a feel for its sound by searching for Y-100 Miami on this site since those two stations had a similar Top 40 sound.

Since this first posted over eight years ago, WDRQ went through a couple of format changes.  First,  they flipped to Adult Hits called “93.1 Doug FM”, one of those ‘We Play Everything”-type stations, like “Jack-FM” was in New York. Then,  on December 13, 2013, WDRQ changed formats to New Country as “Nash-FM“.

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 and - All the BIG Hits!

4 thoughts on “Jerry St. James, WDRQ Detroit | August 1977”
  1. better yet how did we lose our station, if I had the money I would buy the transmitter and start the motown sound again because the stuff they put out for music is trash. if you agree with me then help me get the frequencey back e-maile me at I will never let motown die are you with me DETROIT dont wait we need to act now, e-maile me dammit

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