Rosko (Bill Mercer): A “Trip” Into Progressive Rock – 102.7 WNEW-FM New York | December 16, 1970

WNEW-FM, Bill Mercer, Rosko
From “FM Guide”, October 1967
What does one do with a tape which has no liner notes, few markings and one typewritten label which says ‘Rosko WNEW-FM 12/16/70’? Well, if you’re me, you post it on Trouble is, while this absolutely is Rosko (Bill Mercer), there’s not one mention of the radio station call letters, no mention of time, date… in fact, in playing both sides through to try to master this, there are only a couple of breaks where he talks. Its almost all about the music, except for one break where Rosko does a live spot break including a PSA for UNICEF.

I, your webmaster, never heard Rosko live. Not knowing if this was typical of his Progressive Rock shows (he was on the Rock incarnation of WOR-FM prior to it’s Drake Top 40 format in 1967), there’s no way of knowing for sure if the date on this tape is correct, of if this was actually recorded from 102.7 WNEW-FM, or if it was some tape or record that he put out.

This has been sitting in the tape archive here at Airchexx for about 9 years now, and didn’t post simply because I had no idea what to do with it. I’ve decided, since there’s so much noise on the tape (it was recorded at a very low volume), and so few breaks, to post this in its entirety.

I must apologize to whomever donated this to the site. I have since lost the information as to who it was, therefore, if that person is still visiting our site, please feel free to leave a comment or private email me and I shall immediately adjust the credits.

This runs for just under one hour. Help solve the mystery behind this recording and join in the discussion below.