New from the Mike Raub collection, 6 minutes of Walt Baby Love, heard in 1970 doing the Bill Drake format at The Big 8! Here’s a YOUNG sounding Baby Love, from the years before he would join the cast of WXLO 99X New York.

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!

11 thoughts on “Walt ‘Baby’ Love, CKLW, <em>“The Big 8”</em> Windsor (Detroit) | 1970”
  1. He currently hosts three uplifting radio programs – The Urban AC Countdown, Gospel Traxx, Making It Happen and the Countdown with Walt Baby Love. Walt is heard on over 200 radio stations.
    // He is also an ordained minister!

    Worked with Walt at WXLO, 99X, New York in 1974-75 as News Director of this legendary station, made even more memorable by Walt!

  2. A little off track, but it is interesting that Canada started Daylight Savings earlier in the year than the USA back then…

    1. Actually, at the time of this recording, Michigan didn’t observe daylight saving time. There were several states back then that didn’t do the time change. I live in Florida, and we didn’t observe it until 1966.

    2. Actually back in 1970, Michigan had opted out of DST. That’s the reason for the 2 time checks ( 10:00 in Windsor, 9:00pm in Detroit etc)

  3. No Paul. One of them went thru a period where they didn’t switch to dst, hence the double time checks.

  4. I grew up listening to Walt “Baby” Love on top-40 WOR-FM/WXLO and, later, even pop adult (or soft rock or contemporary MOR or whatever adult contemporary was called at the time) WNBC.

  5. I remember the “West Coast vs. East Coast Dragster Championship” being advertised on New York City top-40 stations as coming to National Speedway on Long Island (NYC’s eastern suburbs’ version of New Jersey’s Raceway Park (of “HA-hahahahahahaha!RACEwayyyy PARK!!” radio-commercial fame), itself advertised heavily on New York Top 40 radio back in the day.

  6. Listened to The Big Eight across the Lake in Erie Pa. While I attended Gannon College. The greatest station I have ever enjoyed listening to, then one day it was gone, memories still live on.

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