This is one of a small handful of tapes that survived my youth, military moves, years stored in a blazing attic and other acts of wanton disregard for old tapes that happened out of necessity.
This particular day, if memory serves, I was visiting my parents at my childhood home in Orange, Massachusetts – about 75 miles away from the WZOU transmitter. At the time, I was on leave from my first duty station in Norfolk, VA. Memory is a funny thing. Trying to remember the details about this aircheck some 34 years after is not as easy as it seems. I DO remember thinking about how I wanted to record some radio to take back for listening. This was the result of one side of one tape. The other side featured 30 minutes of WHTT. Somewhere along the line, I recorded over all but the last 10 minutes of it. So what is left is one break and one jingle of WHTT. That part of the tape I inserted into the beginning of this WZOU aircheck.
Listen for some iconic commercial brands during the breaks. Old Milwaukee beer and Tello’s in Boston. And close to the end of this, one of the best Top Hour Jingles ever!
Uncle Johnny’s real name is Paul Michaud. He went by Uncle Johnny Walker at WWCO Waterbury (Connecticut) in the 1970s before heading to WRQX Washington for the first of two stints there, with a stop in Boston at WZOU in between. Today he describes himself as happily retired and living in Florida. He is active on Facebook, so if you’d like to reach out, his page is HERE.
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Recording by Steve West in 1985
Photo by Uncle Johnny
Jock information courtesy of RadioYears.com – Central Florida’s Great Radio Stations of the Past!