Just making a guess here, this was recorded at night. Lots of fading and at times the skywave signal cancels out the ground wave, but otherwise its a decent, albeit cleaned up recording that came in on cassette.
Best guess at the jocks name is Larry Tremaine. Difficult to read the handwriting that was printed on the tape, but he does announce his name early on. Tremaine says he is in for Huggy Boy. Well, that would be referring to the much beloved Dick Hugg, whom we have featured doing his first show for KRTH K-Earth 101 on this site. Scoping this aircheck down proved to be pointless. The jock talks all thoughout the songs, the quality is poor enough that its doubtful anyone’s going to complain. The few commercials aired were also left in, perhaps someone remembers some of these XERB promotions.
Here’s a slice of radio history few heard or remember. Until now.
2 thoughts on “Larry Tremaine, Border Blaster 1090 XERB | 1968”
Historical anecdotes: On my first trip to San Diego at age 14 in 1960, I listened to Gordon McLendon’s first-ever attempt at an all-news format on XTRA in Tijuana. It was a bona fide border blaster and promoted itself as “In the air, everywhere…XTRA news over Los Angeles.” Format was one guy reading the Associated Press wire as they had no real reporters or anything resembling a news organization. Also, a few years later up here in Washington, we could catch Wolfman Jack on XERB after midnight on Saturday nights after KING-AM at 1090 went silent until 6 a.m. on Sunday. Like so many others we couldn’t quite figure the Wolfman out as most radio formats in those days were very starched with nothing near the creativity shown as Top 40 personality radio emerged in later years.
The jock here reminds me of Humble Harve; same inflection and accent in his voice. Interesting aircheck, definitely listenable for those of us who are old enough to remember listening to music via skywave at night.