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550 Midland Odessa West Texas KCRS

Longtime contributor Jeffrey Holland is quite familiar with the subject of this aircheck.

Holland has been friends with Rodney Manning Fry (corrected) for a long time. Long enough to have this vintage 1960s recording of Frye’s final show on 550 KCRS. As Holland wrote when sending these in on CD, “(This is) straight off the skimmer so you don’t have to edit them.”

For this quality, I wouldn’t dream of it.

The aircheck begins with Sgt. Don Wetzel voicing a spot for the U.S. Air Force. The main hits of the Fall of 1967 are heard, as well as KCRS news. In the headlines, Chicago is selected for the Democratic Convention for the ’68 national election, the Vietnam War (lots of it), President Johnson says when it comes to education, the U.S. is still a developing country, the UAW in Detroit approves dues increase and strike against Ford might be the longest in history, and the Red Sox lose game 4 to the Cardinals 6-0, giving St. Louis a 3-1 lead in the ’67 World Series. Even the Boston Patriots are playing!

Notice… just like so many small and medium market stations, the jock does the news. And its so amazing – Rodney Manning Frye goes from being a 60s Top 40 jock to an authoritative News Anchor.

Today, Frye can be heard on CRN Digital Talk Radio, as Chuck Wilder.

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 “Rodney Manning Fry (correction); Last Show, 550 KCRS Midland | October 8, 1967”
    1. OOps. Yea, I’ve had that happen a few times over the years. Feel like an ass everytime, then I come away thinking, “How the hell could I know unless I know this jock personally?” But, its all good. I’ll fix it

  1. In St. Louis, KTRS is on 550; it’s all sports, but at one time was country and KSD. Also, at 2:52, the Schlitz spot reminded me of their old jingle: “When you’re out of Schlitz, you’re out of beer”.

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