Recording Date: 1968 (Exact Date Unknown)
Station: 1590 WWUN (WHYT/WZRX) Jackson, MS (defunct)
Format: Top 40
Featured Air Personality: Johnny Apollo (Gary Burbank) (WAKY/CKLW/WLW)
Contributor: Rob Grayson (WHBQ/WKTQ/WMQM/WJDX/WMPS/WMC/WMC-FM/WKNO-FM/WKNO-TV)
I tell ya, they all over the place tonight, we got winners, and winners, and winners and music…
Here’s a straggler that waited the four years from the time Contributor Rob Grayson sent it in to make it to the Airchexx Archives! Rob scoped this down himself from the source reel and this is as close to exactly how it would have sounded out of your car radio’s center dash speaker! Complete with reverb, sound effects and wonderful PAMS jingles! It’s so good, you’ll think this is 1968 all over again!
To be honest, I didn’t expect this station to sound so good. I mean, it IS the deep south and I figured there would be some jock with a thick southern drawl (and that’s no offense to you who live in the south and speak with a thick southern drawl… I’m right with ya, having lived in Memphis TN for seven years!). However, this reeks of something right out of Detroit or somewhere else during that same time frame. This is professionality at its finest.
I can find nothing on Johnny Apollo, but that’s because he’s much better known as Gary Burbank, of WAKY and WLW fame! I love his use of different voices and sound effects. Listen in at the 17 minute mark for a promo that prompts, “What kind of person listens to W-One?” They call this station “The Pride of Jackson”.