Who was the best ever local radio air personality in your town?

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Top of pageBottom of page   By WaltB (205.188.209.109) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 06:54 am:

In my humble opinion, the best radio personality ever and one of the best of all time was/is Mike Payne in Cleveland. He also spent time on the air in Detroit, Chicago, and Pittsburgh.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli (64.12.97.7) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 07:57 am:

Early Georgie Woods when he would announce the label that the record was on.

Top of pageBottom of page   By medusa (66.73.8.125) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 08:49 am:

Al (The Perker) Perkins
Jay Butler
Butterball Jr.
I can't even remember all of the DJ's on WCHB/WJLB
Donny (The Love Bug) Simpson (this was later on)
Paul Cannon
the 2 guys that used 2 B on ABC 'Club 1270'
I have 2 reboot/download my memory later on

Top of pageBottom of page   By TD (68.69.127.2) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 09:42 am:

Martha Jean the Queen and Uncle Russ Gibbs
Detroit legends

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (152.163.252.68) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 09:47 am:

DETROIT...
TOM SHANNON (A REAL PRO)
ERNIE DURHAM (ONE OF A KIND)
ROCKIN ROBBIE D (GUYS USED TO LOVE IMITATING HIS UNIQUE DELIVERY)...
KEN BELL (SUPER NICE GUY AND BIG ON COMMUNITY EVENTS)...
JP MCCARTHY (AN ICON)...
DICK PURTAN (NEVER LIKED HIM AS MUCH AS SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE SEMED TO)...
CHUCK SANTONI (GOOD FRIEND WHO WAS LOTS OF FUN TO HANG OUT WITH...
EVERY DISC JOCKEY I HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH DURING MY NEWSCASTING DAYS!!!...
STUBASS

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (152.163.252.68) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 10:02 am:

HOWARD STERN *NOT*...

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli (152.163.252.68) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 10:42 am:

Rockin' Robin of WHAT AM who gave me my very first spin on something that I "produced" and wrote.
It was called "You'll always know" by The Sweethearts(not the studio group)
Robin was very instrumental in giving me my very first "paying gigs" , a hot dog and a soda, at his record hops in exchange for airplay!!

I loved Robin, he was a nice man!!

Also Jerry Blavat,"The Geator With The heater" has been around since the early sixties with his lively rapping style ala Jocko Henderson on caffeine!!.

Top of pageBottom of page   By douglasm (68.113.13.31) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 10:57 am:

Got a couple for you....
....J. Michael Wilson (WKNR) and Rodney the Wonder Rodent.
Larry Lujak at WLS in Chicago. I used to get stuck in traffic when I was at first phone school just to listen to him.
Ron Brittian at WCFofL, also Chicago. Very talented, very funny.
Pat O'Day at KJR, Seattle. A Seattle legend.
Ira J. Cook when he was at WHFI (Detroit metro) was at that time the most creative jock I had ever heard.

Stu....
.....I agree with you (??!!!). in their time, WJR, with J P McCarthy and Jimmy Lanse had the best morning/afternoon drive combo in the city.

I'd mention Doug Morgan, but my ego isn't that big.....

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (152.163.252.68) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 11:08 am:

DOUG MORGAN...AS IN "GOOD MORGAN TO YOU"???...STU

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soulaholic (68.41.47.183) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 11:20 am:

Mitzi Miles in Detroit. WMGC formerly WGRV

My wife, so I am a little (no alot partial to her) lol

Soulaholic

Top of pageBottom of page   By douglasm (68.113.13.31) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 11:29 am:

Yup, Stu......
....stole it from Robert W. I only swipe the best.
Forgot Robert W. Morgan of KHJ. Add that to the list.

Top of pageBottom of page   By mhc (172.128.189.67) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 11:34 am:

My faves from Detroit radio during my lifetime: Lee Alan, Scott Regen, Dave Dixon, Dennis Frawley, The Electrifying Mojo..

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 11:37 am:

RANDY! Never knew what station he was on. We just heard him when we were on the highway. His program kept us intertained during many miles of travel.

Top of pageBottom of page   By RD (65.150.228.2) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 11:42 am:

Walt, I agree with you on Mike Payne he was broadcasting from WABQ in Cleveland at the same time as Leon Issac. I like the ones before him too, like Ken "Your Friend" Hawkins who is an attorney in Southern California now. J. L. Wright who left town some years ago. Wright has the most extensive collection of 45s and LPs I've ever seen, real rare stuff that companies sent to WJMO that was never aired. He won't sell, loan or trade them. I also liked the earlier guys like Will Rudd and Jockey John Slade. Arsenio Hall grew up in that same block, I was his father's Reverend Hall's paperboy (the Call & Post). Arsenio was a little boy at the time who I thought was Rev. Hall's grandson. I found out later that Rev. Hall married a much younger woman who bore Arsenio. The house is still there, I think Arsenio's aunt lives there now.

For religious music there was Mary Holt. Holt grew up in this same block, her half sister is Nancy Holloway (they grew up together in the same house) who moved to Paris years ago and became a big star in France. I was a kid when Mary and Nancy were near grown but I was friends with their brother Chuckie.

Top of pageBottom of page   By The Cool Jerk (141.154.201.153) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 11:44 am:

Arnie Woo Woo Ginsberg-WMEX Boston

Top of pageBottom of page   By Sue (205.188.209.109) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 11:46 am:

Ah you guys have stolen many of my favorites.

I remember the Geater with the Heater from when I was a tot in Philly. I also remember hearing the "Wibbage" guys on WIBG ...

In Detroit; Lee Alan on XYZ, Frantic Ernie on WJLB, WKNR's Scott Regen and J. Michael Wilson, Pat St. John, who was on both Keener AND CKLW; CKLW's Tom Shannon, Jerry Lubin on WABX, Dave Dixon wherever he was and of course I put my porch light on for the Electrifyin' Mojo, awaiting the arrival of the mothership.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soulaholic (68.41.47.183) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 11:47 am:

Does anybody remember Brother Bill from Detroit?

Top of pageBottom of page   By Sue (205.188.209.109) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 11:49 am:

Is that Brother Bill Gable? What station?

Top of pageBottom of page   By moanman (24.44.218.110) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 11:54 am:

During the time & locale (NYC) of my earliest kidhood, the choice is simple: Eddie O'Jay of radio station WLIB. Eddie, well-- he was The Man. A fast-talking, often rhyming, killer comedian, jokester, & politico who spun all the latest R & B jams. He was also, according to local legend, the cat who gave The Ojay's their final name. Eddie was w-i-l-e (beyond simply "wild"). You just never knew what the man would say. He called the Isley Brother's "Those three little fat boys from Teaneck" (NJ), but whomever he dogged (& he dogged a-many) it was always out of mad love for the artist.

Next: WBLS-- DJ Frankie Crocker ("The Chief Rocka") who had that smoooooove dulcid vocal style the ladies loved & the fellas could relate to. Frankie brought us "The Quiet Storm" & has known to end his shows w/ "Moody's Mood For Love". Yeah, Frankie was bad, "Hollywood" for sure, dated the beauties, like Beverly Johnson, dressed to impress, always coiffed, & you could trust him to be there smoothing it out on the R & B tip.

Lastly, not to leave out the ladies, there was the vivacious Vy Higginson also of WBLS (hope I spelled that last name right, Vy). Vy was both informative, very, verrrr sexy-sounding & was often the first to introduce a new group, a new singer, a new blazing cut to the city's soundtrack. We all had much love for Vy.

Later on, she entertained useven further by producing off-Broadway hits such as "Mama, I Want To Sing" & others.

Of those three powerful towering figures, only Vy remains among us, still alive & kicking. But man, what sounds, events & memories those DJs brought us!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soulaholic (68.41.47.183) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 11:58 am:

Hello Sue:

Yes, Brother Bill on the Big 8 CKLW

Soulaholic

Top of pageBottom of page   By Sue (205.188.209.109) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 12:00 pm:

Yeah that was Brother Bill Gable, then, eh?

I'm trying to remember if he was the guy who managed some incredible five-second intros ...he could pack so much information into five seconds.

Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME (81.174.192.72) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 12:01 pm:

Where was
Wolfman Jack from?
I think that was his name
the guy who used to howl before or after a record.
mel.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Sue (205.188.209.109) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 12:05 pm:

Wolfman Jack broadcast from across the border in Mexico, didn't he, Cal folks? At any rate he beamed into Southern California.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Keane (209.87.128.124) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 12:17 pm:

Forum Members: Rrrrrrrrosarita, Baja, California.
Thats what they said on Wolfman Jacks broadcasts.

I'm from Vancouver. Our first rock and roll disc jockey was Red Robinson who now owns part of a large ad agency. There is a musical about his career called Red Rock Diner.
Another good one here was Fred Latrimoux who is now retired in Maui. Our own Premier was visiting him this last winter and had
a few drinks and was nabbed driving home. Big scandal. DJ's are influential here.

Keane

Top of pageBottom of page   By Rhythm and Blues Showcase (65.229.41.69) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 01:25 pm:

1.Jerry Blavat "The Geator With the Heator"
2.Georgie woods "The Man With the Goods"
3.Harvey Holiday
4.Butterball
5.All WBZC FM (South Jersey) Radio Personalities

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli (152.163.252.68) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 01:33 pm:

Does anyone remember when Lebaron Taylor spun records on WJLB??

He was also briefly on WDAS in Philly when he moved to the Philly area.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ron Murphy (68.42.89.162) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 02:07 pm:

Mickey Shorr at WXYZ Frantic Ernie Durham at WJLB Larry Dixon at WCHB Tom Clay at WJBK and also Lee Alan at WXYZ were fun to listen to for me in Detroit but Frantic Ernie remains my all time favorite and he played anything local at least a few times.

Top of pageBottom of page   By douglasm (68.113.13.31) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 03:05 pm:

So here I am, watching the SeaFair Unlimited Hydro races on TV, and they throw it to their "guest" commentator. Pat O'Day. Besides being THE Seattle radio god, he (along with Mike Fitzsimmons) was THE voice of boatracing in the Pacific Northwest. Great to hear him live again. It makes me more envious of you folks who will be able to hear Scott Regan, et. al. during the Dream Cruise.

Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME (81.174.193.196) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 03:10 pm:

Moanman
didnt Frankie'the Loveman'Crocker record on the Turbo record Label and a track called
'a ton of dynamite'.

Did anyone ever listen to Alan Freed or was that too far back?
Didnt he do his show from Philly?
regards
mel.

Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME (81.174.193.196) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 03:15 pm:

Did anyone get to hear
E.Rodney Jones on air?
mel.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Fury13 (64.31.6.211) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 03:37 pm:

Mel, Alan Freed started out in Cleveland in '52 or so and moved to New York City in the mid-'50s, where he was the undisputed top DJ. After the payola investigation, he was on the air in California for awhile. Died in '65, I believe.

Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME (81.174.192.43) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 03:46 pm:

Cheers Fury
dont know where I got philly from.
mel.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Dell (205.188.209.109) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 04:26 pm:

Eli....As far as Philly DJ's...You forgot Sonny Hopson...Butterball is still the man...Of course being from Philly we cannot forget:

Jocko Henderson
Georgie Woods
Hy-Lit
Jerry Blavat

Top of pageBottom of page   By moanman (24.44.218.110) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 04:54 pm:

Hey Mel,

Although, I've never hear the cut you mentioned, I wouldn't doubt if Frankie Crocker did record a couple of jams in his varied career. He was also an actor, model, spokesman, all-round cosmopolitan-type cat. And yes "Loverman" was another of his many nicks, along with the aforementioned "Hollywood", "Chief Rocker"-- whatever fit at the moment.

Top of pageBottom of page   By TD (68.69.127.2) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 05:09 pm:

I can't remember his first name. I believe his last name was something like Penteller?
Any help out there?

TD

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (206.135.204.254) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 05:16 pm:

TD!!!...ARE YOU REFERRING TO ARTHUR (ART) PENTHOLLOW???...STUBASS

Top of pageBottom of page   By Sue (63.85.105.20) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 05:18 pm:

Oh no ... not Arthur Pornhollow. The arteries were clogged on that delivery two decades ago ...

Top of pageBottom of page   By WaltB (152.163.252.68) on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 05:46 pm:

Eli: Lebaron Taylor also spent some time in Cleveland. I remember being in summer School in the seventh grade and there was a citywide contest for the most popular disc jockey and he didn't win and walked off the air during his show. (In retrospect, he probably had a new gig in another city)

Top of pageBottom of page   By medusa (66.73.8.192) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 12:02 am:

How could I 4get Ernie D and Ken Bell???
Martha Jean The Queen (RIP), now that's a diffrent story...She vocalized a little much 4 me.

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (205.188.209.109) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 12:08 am:

MARTHA WAS A VERY NICE LADY WHEN YOU MET HER MED!!!...YES...SHE DID HAVE THAT "BUSYBODY" AURA ABOUT HER...BUT DESPITE NOT KNOWING HER WELL...I BELIEVE THAT SHE WAS BASICALLY A VERY GOOD HEARTED PERSON!!!...STU

Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME (81.174.192.38) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 12:27 am:

Moanman
yeah it was our guy
Frankie Crocker
'ton of dynamite/confession of love'
on Turbo(0001)
going for around the 100 pound mark over here.
I dug out a nice piece about frankie to verify.
Tells all about his dj days.
cheers
mel
ps
the record was a biggie on the club circuit over here around 1977.

Top of pageBottom of page   By mhc (172.128.71.172) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 12:29 am:

A few years ago someone sent me a few hours worth of shows by a legendary DJ, Mad Daddy. Most of the shows were from WHK (ca. 1959) in Cleveland, but he spent his last years in New York, where he ultimately committed suicide. I think that of all the Rock and Roll DJs that I've heard in my life, he was the ultimate. Listening to his show is like being pulled into a universe of his own design, and you're hearing somebody who's completely committed to his own singular vision. If you love Rock and Roll radio, you've gotta hear Mad Daddy. The only other DJ I've heard who was anywhere nearly as brilliant as Mad Daddy was Mojo.. I also have a tape of Alan Freed on WINS in 1955, that I got from The Aircheck Factory; he was really something..

Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME (81.174.192.38) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 12:39 am:

mhc
I have some clips of Alan Freed on video tape but only from the film
(I think was called)
'Rock,Rock,Rock'
and he certainly knew what was going on thats for sure.
I wonder where he would of ended up if the payola thing never happened.
regards
mel.

Top of pageBottom of page   By moanman (24.44.218.110) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 08:22 am:

Mel

Thanks for the feedback. Odd that I never once heard the cut here in NYC. But then Frankie was known to be a maverick & often went off to follow his own journey. Maybe radio station WBLS considered it a "conflict of interest" type thing to play the record. Who knows. Amazing the things you can discover on this site. Thanks again for the info.

Peace

Moanman

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (152.163.252.68) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 08:33 am:

QUICK STORY!!!...WHEN I FIRST MOVED TO CALIFORNIA...I DID TAKE A RADIO NEWS JOB AT AN AM-FM COMBO...AND WAS TEAMED UP WITH A VERY TALENTED GUY FROM OKLAHOMA ON THE FM!!!...WE SORT OF WORKED AS A MORNING TEAM...AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT THIS INDIVIDUAL WAS AS FUNNY AND TALENTED A RADIO PERSONALITY AS I'VE REALLY SEEN...AND OUR RATINGS WERE PRETTY MUCH THROUGH THE ROOF!!!...WE DIDN'T HANG OUT MUCH AFTER WORK...BUT DID SOME APPEARANCES TOGETHER AND WERE PRETTY GOOD ON AIR FRIENDS!!!...AFTER I LEFT THE RADIO BIZ FOR REGULAR BIZ...THIS GUY CALLS ME ABOUT A YEAR LATER...HEY WHATS HAPPENING???...WHY DON'T YOU DRIVE DOWN AND HANG OUT ONE NIGHT...SO I DO...AND HE'S LIVING IN A NICE PAD...GOT A LOCAL CAR DEALERSHIP SPORTING HIM WHEELS...ETC!!!...THEN...HE PROCEEDS TO TELL ME HOW HE GOT STRUNG OUT ON "CRACK" FOR SOME TIME (I HAD NO IDEA WHEN WE WORKED TOGETHER)...IS JUST TRYING TO GET OFF IT...AND IS STANDING ON SHAKEY GROUND CAREER WISE!!!...AFTER HANGING OUT TOGETHER THAT NIGHT...I HAVEN'T HEARD FROM HIM AGAIN...AND WONDER IF HE JUST MOVED ON TO BETTER THINGS...OR THE "CRACK" WASTED AWAY HIS CAREER. IF THE LATTER...ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF "WASTED TALENT"!!!...STUBASS

Top of pageBottom of page   By Reese (12.15.169.254) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 09:23 am:

Boston, MA:

Sunny Joe White, on WILD 109AM, and later, WXKS 108FM.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Nish (66.119.33.135) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 09:31 am:

Representing Pittsburgh
1. Sir Walter
2. Porky Chedwick
3. Mad Mike Metrovich

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 12:42 pm:

Reese:
That's a name from the past! Sunny Joe White was a great DJ and radio programming executive. He is sadly missed.

Representing Rochester, NY:

1) Little John (WDKX-FM)
2) Ferdinand J. Smith III (WBBF-AM & WAXC-AM)
3) Smiling Jack Palvino (WBBF-AM & WVOR-FM)
4) Andre Marcel (WDKX-FM)
5) Rene Hale (WDKX-FM)
6) Mike O'Brien (WBBF-AM & WVOR-FM)
7) Jack Slattery [a/k/a The World's Tallest Midget] (WHAM-AM with a brief spell at WSAY-AM in between - long story!)
8) Dan Guilfoyle (WVOR-FM - one of my mentors in the radio business)
9) Larry White (WBBF-AM, WAXC-AM, WVOR-FM & WBUF-FM - my other mentor from the radio biz)
10) Jay Levine (WVOR-FM)

Kevin Goins - KevGo
(Formerly of WVOR-FM and WHAM-AM 1983-1990)

Top of pageBottom of page   By douglasm (68.113.13.31) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 01:05 pm:

Gary (Lockjock) Lockwood, who I resently found out started out as one of the Sam's on WSAM, Saginaw.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Galactus (207.144.253.114) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 01:30 pm:

In Columbia, South Carolina it was none other than "Shakin'" Dave Aiken!! Aiken's specialty was r&b/beach music and he always played stuff that the standard "oldies" stations would never play......specialized in the early 60s and the 50s. Aiken is still around......works for a local TV station and still has stints on the radio I believe.

In my father's day, it was a guy by the name of "Dr. Jive." Dad swears by this guy......says that's how he got hooked on a lot of r&b in 1950s South Carolina. Dr. Jive broke all the rules and gave the people what they wanted!! Despite the stereotypical images you might see on movies and TV, soul music, aka rythym and blues, was THE choice down here in the 50s.....folks got laughed at for listening to Elvis or Pat Boone. And, from what I've been told, Dr. Jive is a major reason for that.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Steve Litos (209.100.86.4) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 01:50 pm:

Chicago Illinois
Although he's not from the 50's or 60's, John Brandmier was quite a radio phenom in the mid 1980's in Chicago. I, along with my mother & sister, used set the alarms for 5:45 so we wouldn't miss anything from his show. It was like having your favorite TV show on five days a week from 5:45am till 10:00am plus a best of show on Saturday mornings. He along with other DJs tried to go Hollywood and become a star. He had a short lived TV show that didn't really work and a co-starring role in a terrible TV movie. It just proves that some people are better on the radio.
PS- His cousin is actor Tony Shalob from the TV shows Monk & also Wings.

I wasn't around for Jean Shepherd when he was on the air, but some of his airchecks are incredible.
What a great storyteller!

Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME (217.14.178.101) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 01:55 pm:

Moanman
check your E.Mail
mel.

Top of pageBottom of page   By moanman (24.44.218.110) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 03:12 pm:

Mel,

There's nothing of any real interest in my mailbox. If you happened to have copped my email & tried to send something to me, you will have to delete the "/start" at the end of my email address, or it doesn't reach the addressee (me). Hey-- I didn't put it there. It's some odd hotmail.com trick which automatically appears after my actual addy, that confounds the hell out of me & fails to get some letters thru. If you want to try again, bet. Just delete "/start" & it should work fine.


peace.

Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME (81.174.193.2) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 03:20 pm:

I sent the 'Ton of dynamite'
track down to you.
The address I used was
jazzbro1@hotmail.com
what are you saying to delete from that.
best
mel.

Top of pageBottom of page   By moanman (24.44.218.110) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 05:08 pm:

Thanks Mel, I'd appreciate hearing that. You've got the right addy. Check it: when I click "moanman" on this site, I get my addy w/ some extra stuff tagged at the end that reads "/start". Anything w/ that extra tag won't get to me (will usually be returned to sender). So far, there's nada in my box. Sorry. If all else fails try:
woodster10573@yahoo.com

peace

Top of pageBottom of page   By TIMMYFUNK1 (64.12.97.7) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 06:40 pm:

Gotta jump into this lovely topic:

1)Pablo Yoruba Guzman/WBLS-used to have the nerve to pump P-Funk on Sunday mornings when every other black station was pumping gospel music. Interviewed GC in October of 1979 and dedicated the entire show to him. Premiered "Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy" by the Brides.

2)Guy Brody/WKTU-another P-Fanatic; loved him some "Big Bang Theory".

3)Frankie Crocker/WBLS-I still have some problems with the way that he damn near turned 'BLS into a disco station(changed it's title from "stereo in black" to "the world's best looking sound". Still in awe of his musical knowledge; got totally shafted in the payola thing.

Tim Kinley
GROOVE MANEUVERS ARCHIVES

Top of pageBottom of page   By JSG (66.12.113.242) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 06:49 pm:

In Los Angeles we had Wolfman Jack on XPRS and on KGFG we had Magnificent Montague and Walt Love. On KUTE we had Fankie Crocker

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soul Sister (65.43.167.42) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 06:52 pm:

N.Y.-N.J. Area:

WWRL-Frankie Crocker-N.Y.C.
WNJR-Hal Jackson-Newark,N.J.

Out of all the DJ's on those stations, they were my favorites!!

Today...Felix Hernandez's Rhythm Revue-Saturday mornings on WBGO in Newark (can hear on internet) and KISS-FM in N.Y.C. on Sunday nights.

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 07:53 pm:

Tim:
Frankie Crocker also used the phrase "The Total (Black) Experience In Sound" when he ran WBLS in the 1970s.

I had the honor to meet Frankie Crocker thirteen years ago at a party for Teena Marie (Epic Records had just released her "Ivory" album and she did a kick-a-- performance of her ballads, just her on the piano...but I digress). He was there with O.J.Simpson and a few beautiful women (no surprise). We were talking about our hometowns (he was from Buffalo & I was from Rochester)and I told him I wanted to break into the music industry. He gave me this advice - take any job that's offered (even if it's cleaning the floors at a recording studio), become the best at that job (pay you dues - come in early, volunteer to do overtime) and when a new opportunity comes up tell the boss you're the right person for the job. I never forgot his advice.

Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soul Sister (65.43.167.42) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 08:14 pm:

Kev-Go;
I should have mentioned the time period I'm referring to is 1960's.
I knew you would respond (smile).
This was before Hollywood, Hollywood Frankie, and way before his stint at WBLS. He was married to Willie Mays'daughter, lived in St. Albans, near James Brown, Otis Pollard, etc. I remember the time he drove his pink motorcycle (I think it was a sexy Harley Sportster) thru the backstage door of the Apollo on 126th. Street at JB's show where he was the M.C. for the taping of the LIVE at the Apollo LP in 67. But long before that he was rapping hip talk on the air, he was a hip cat and smooth DJ. who knew his stuff.
S.S.

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 08:25 pm:

Soul Sister:
I'm very well aware of Frankie's reign at WWRL-AM. He was part of what was called "The Buffalo Brigade" - DJs who came out of WUFO-AM in Buffalo NY to NYC and WWRL in the 1960s. Imothep Gary Byrd and the late Eddie O'Jay were also part of that "Brigade".

Frankie also jocked at Top 40 WMCA-AM alongside Murray the K in the late 1960s before he went to WBLS-FM.

"I'm here to put some glide in your stride & some dip in your hip. But if this does not move you, you must have a whole in your soul - and you don't eat chicken on Sundays!" - Frankie Crocker, WWRL-AM.

Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By einnod23 aka DF (24.90.13.79) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 08:42 pm:

Hands down, Frankie Crocker (WBLS). All has been said about Frankie in this thread. Except:

Those classic "middle names".
1) It's him. My Idol. (?)
2) Ain't noboby baby, like me (Morris Day)
and the best of them all:
3) If Frankie Crocker's in the house, he can have three pieces (Donny Hathaway???).

Oh, yeah, Frankie used to repeat songs he loved (Love Come Down by Evelyn "Champagne" King).

Second favorite is Rick Ricardo. Came on (8pm-12am) right after Frankie (4-8pm). Just continued the flow. Smooth cat.

Other favorites:
Stella Mars (WRVR)
Vai Higgenson (WBLS, WRVR)
Ken "Spider" Webb
Mary Thomas (WBLS, Kiss FM, CD 101.9)
Vaughn Harper (midnight, Quiet Storm)

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soul Sister (65.43.167.42) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 09:47 pm:

Hey Kev;
Hearing Frankie's rap again put a smile on my face, since your younger I was suprised you remembered it! Don't forget when he use to say Tall, Tan, & Tantilizing!
I remember when Gary Byrd came on board, he was just a baby (smile).
I remember when Eddie Ojay was a Cleveland DJ & was managing The O'Jays.
I kinda recall them mentioning something about Buffalo on the air in referrence to Frankie.
I been to Murray's shows at the Brooklyn Fox.
Thanks for the F.C. rap and the memories.
S.S.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soul Sister (65.43.167.42) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 09:50 pm:

einnod23;
Vaughn Harper's "Quiet Storm" was hip too. I dug it!
S.S.

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 10:21 pm:

Soul Sister:
I had roommates in college who would tape Frankie's show for me when I was at Ithaca College - my fellow classmates were from the NYC area.

I also have colleagues who worked with Frankie at one point or another in their careers (Hal Jackson, Tony White)and when WBLS-FM paid tribute to Frankie, they played one of his airchecks from WWRL-AM.

Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soul Sister (65.43.167.42) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 11:03 pm:

Kev;
Thats cool, thanks for the 411.
S.S.

Top of pageBottom of page   By 65memories (66.72.180.147) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 11:22 pm:

Lee Alan "On the Horn" on Wixie (WXYZ 1270 Detroit)playing "the Cream of the Crop until 12 O'Clock" Lee's opening theme was "Zing! went the Strings of my Heart."
He always closed with Sinatra's "I Can't Get Started With You" ("I'm a glum one...it's explainable...") ending with "Watch how you drive that automobile tonight...and don't you dare turn it into a couple of tons of deadly weapon."
The number one DJ in Detroit in the early 60's. Don't believe me...just ask the Count!

Top of pageBottom of page   By DJ (130.156.140.2) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 11:58 pm:

MY Favorites: Who are still currently on the air
Bobby Jay- WCBS FM New York
Hollywood Brooks (Philly's Best M.C.)
Double D- Jammin' Gold 95.7 Philadelphia
Fabulous Freddie C.- Host of the Soulful Shack on WGLS FM
Tim Marshall -(monday nights)WBZC 88.9 FM South Jersey
Diane Brown - WDAS/WHAT
Billy G - WRDV FM Philadelphia
Flamingo Al Brewster -WRDV FM
Jerry Blavat- Geater Gold Radio Network
Harvey Holiday -WOGL FM Philadelphia
Tommy McCarthy -WOGL FM Philadelphia
Lou Costello- WVLT South Jersey
Pole with the Soul -WVLT South Jersey

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soul Sister (65.43.167.42) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 06:02 am:

DJ;
Bobby Jay (HI!),- When he was at WWRL ! Wow, He's still at CBS! I saw him last Nov. of 1997 at Felix Hernendez's Anniversary Party, I had big fun joking with him & Eugene Pitt backstage while taking photos of those two hams as well as Tony Drake. Those guys like to ham it up for the camera! Love them all, lots of great memories.
S.S.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Nancy (152.163.252.68) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 09:26 am:

my monday nights would not be the same without Tim Marshall on the Rhythmn and Blues showcase on WBZCFM out of South Jersey

Top of pageBottom of page   By dvdmike (68.72.174.100) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 06:36 pm:

Here in Chicago, the man for me was and still is Herb Kent on WVON-AM. He's still on the air there after 40 years. I can still hear his stories about his characters, The Wahoo Man, Rudolph Browner and The Electric Crazy People and Al Benson's promo ads for Stotland's Furniture Store, Ribs Supreme and Leon's Barbecue. And yes, I remember E. Rodney Jones, who can forget his gravelly voice. He did a couple of cameos in films. He appeared as himself in "Three The Hard Way" in the scene where The Impressions were cutting a vocal, Jim Brown was their producer, Jimmy Lait. He was in "Mahogany" in voice only during the first coins through the slot scene. Diana's character, Tracy Chambers was listening to WVON as E. Rodney was cueing up "Shakey Ground" by The Temptations.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Marv (64.12.97.7) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 09:42 pm:

This is a tough one as I have lived so many places and heard some of the great ones,but here are a few that come to mind:

Charles "Charlie Chuck" Welch- WKLR (Toledo,OH)

Electrifying Mojo - WGPR (Detroit)

Ernie Durham - WCHB? (Detroit)

Martha Jean "The Queen" Steinberg" -WCHB (Detroit)

Mary Mason - Philadelphia

ButterBall- (Philadelphia)

Jerry Blavats "The Geeter with the Heater" LOL -Philadelphia

Frankie Crocker - WBLS - New York

Ken "Spider" Webb- WWRL - New York

Tommy Kaye- WKLR - Toledo

Dick Puritan- CKLW - Windsor, Ontario

Hal Jackson- WBLS New York

Some of the guys on KDKO - Denver Colorado, sorry I don't recall the names it's been so long.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Marv (64.12.97.7) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 09:43 pm:

Harvey Holiday! Yess!!!! Philly,I almost forgot.

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (206.135.204.254) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 09:44 pm:

SORRY MARV...BUT ERNIE DURHAM AND MARTHA JEAN WERE AT WJLB IN DETROIT IN THEIR HEYDAY...ALTHOUGH MARTHA LEFT JLB IN THE 80'S...BUT NOT FOR CHB!!!...WCHB WAS BASED IN INKSTER...JUST OUTSIDE DETROIT!!!...NICE LIST THOUGH!!!...STUBASS

Top of pageBottom of page   By Marv (205.188.209.109) on Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - 08:39 am:

Thanks STUBASS, I couldn't remember the station call letters that they were on. I actually met Ernie Durham just before he passed at the MotorCity Revue in 1990 at the Ponchitrain Hotel in Detroit.

I use to listen to Martha Jean during lunch breaks years later in the 80's. I referred to her as the "Mother of Detroit" because of her tone and the type of advice she use to give on her show.LOL Great memories.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Bob Olhsson (12.93.84.123) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 02:25 am:

I've GOT to mention Bill "The Hossman" Allen and "John R" Richbourg who captivated the entire east coast with soul and blues every evening from "down south in the middle of dixie" 50,000 watt WLAC Nashville beginning in the late 1940s.

http://radio-info.com/airchexx/1510wlac-JohnR.html

Top of pageBottom of page   By Sue (205.188.209.109) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 09:08 am:

Martha Jean indeed started at WCHB in Inkster (suburban Detroit) they hired her from Memphis' WDIA back in 1963, where she was known as "Premium Stuff."

She jumped to WJLB later in the '60s and was there in 1971 when they went out on strike briefly. One of their demands was for more blacks running the station, and they won a few.

She bought a station in the early 80s (wasn't in JLB AM? 1400) and renamed it WQBH. The Queen Broadcasts Here. You can still here her "Tastin' Time" there every day.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Lynn Bruce (68.41.106.8) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 10:38 am:

I,ve got to agree 100% with Bob Olhsson on Hoss Allen,And John R. but I'd also have to put Gene Nobles in with them. WLAC was THE station back in the fifties.
Before WCHB started in Detroit, that was the only station I could pick up in the evening that played the music that changed my life as far as musical direction.
You couldn't hear Louis Brooks and the Hightoppers,Smiley Lewis,Big Joe Turner in Detroit on WKMH,WJR,WXYZ to save your ass.You heard Shboom by the Crewcuts, the Gaylords, the Miguire sisters, Teresa Brewer, ad nauseam.

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 10:52 am:

FYI:
Martha Jean Steinberg is also a relative of Lewis Steinberg, the original bassist of Booker T. & the MG's. It was Lewis who recorded "Green Onions" with the band for Stax/Volt Records (his name also appears in the songwriting credits with Booker T., Steve Cropper & Al Jackson). He was later replaced by Donald "Duck" Dunn.
Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 10:56 am:

Bob Ohlsson:
Thanks for the John R aircheck. To me, THAT was radio at its best.
Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By Sue (63.85.105.20) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 11:07 am:

Kev,

That I believe was her husband --so she was related to him "by marriage" only ...it ended pretty early too, she came to Detroit with her three daughters as a single mom.

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 11:23 am:

Sue:
Didn't you interview the daughters for an article on Martha Jean a while ago or am I thinking of another journalist.
Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By Sue (63.85.105.20) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 11:39 am:

Yeah I did a long piece on Martha Jean earlier in the spring.

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (152.163.252.68) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 03:18 pm:

IF IT'S THE SAME STATION I'M THINKING OF...AND I BELIEVE IT IS...STUDIO IN DOWNTOWN DETROIT...WQBH WAS STARTED AND OWNED BY A MAN NAMED HARVEY DEUTCH...WHO'S FATHER OWNED THAT BIG DRUGSTORE ON GRISWALD...THE ONE RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE CONEY ISLANDS!!!...I KNOW HE SIGNED MARTHA JEAN AWAY FROM WJLB...AND I HAD A DISCUSSION ABOUT THAT WITH HIM...AS I WAS CONSIDERING LEAVING WWWW AT THE TIME TO GO WORK THERE...BUT WAS NOT AWARE HE SOLD MARTHA THE STATION...ALTHOUGH...I LEFT DETROIT IN 1983!!!...MARTHA JEAN MAY WELL HAVE STARTED AT WCHB...BUT I ONLY REMEMBER HER FROM WJLB...WHERE SHE GAINED HER REPUTATION!!!...STUBASS

Top of pageBottom of page   By Isaiah (205.188.209.109) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 04:22 pm:

Yo, MoanMan, you old as hell, must be! Eddie O'Jay at WLIB???? Daaaaaammmmmmmm(laugh!)Yeah, man, nuff respect, my elder! Frankie(Chief Rocka)Crocker and Imhotep Gary Byrd(The GBExperience)are both my favorites, and students of the Great Eddie O'Jay, from Cleveland, Ohio... Also, Hal Jackson, who at 86 or 87 still does Sunday Classics on Sunday mornings, 8am to 4pm on WBLS(Warmth, Beauty, Love & Sensitivity, so saith the Chief Rocka), and is still smooth as silk... Also, Vaughn Harper("the man with the X-rated voice"), and a former Boys HighSchool basketball star... Also, Jerry Bledsoe, from the city of DEE-TROIT, who died quite young and tragically, several years ago, was one of my favorites, too... Jerry worked with Crocker and Byrd at WWRL-am(1600), and 98.7 Kiss-FM, as well as at WBLS-FM...

Can't leave the ladies out, like Lamarr Renee and Vi Higginson at WBLS, and Yvonne Mobley, who worked at 98.7 Kiss in the 1980's... All the ladies were so damned smooth, too - with or without the music playing(smile!)...

Peace and blessings, MoanMan!
Isaiah

Top of pageBottom of page   By Isaiah (205.188.209.109) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 04:33 pm:

MoanMan and Mel, Frankie Crocker did an album with the Fania All-stars, and one of the cuts that he played was called "Desafio"(The Challenge)... If you're familiar with Cuban musical styles, the piece was a charanga, with beautiful flute lines and strings... Beautiful, laid-back piece of music... Frankie, in the 1960's, at WWRL, had this inro called his "REYNOLDS RAP", and upon his death, they played this thing, and I even swooned!(shit, man!)Too bad I wasn't able to record that masterpiece... Also, if these programmers today would listen to Frankie's shows, we would not have the musical illiteracy we have among the youth of today... This brother played everything, from Sinatra to Parliament Funkadelic, and yes, Moody's Mood for love was his closing theme... Bad Ass Man, Frankie Crocker, sho nuff!

Peace and blessings!
Isaiah

Top of pageBottom of page   By Isaiah (205.188.209.109) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 04:41 pm:

Einod, here's another Crockerism: If Frankie aint on your radio, your radio must not really be on..."

Top of pageBottom of page   By einnod23 aka DF (208.27.111.121) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 04:58 pm:

Another Frankie classic:

When he put a collage of music samples, all divided by that "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" string vamp!!!!!!! No one did that before, and no one has done it better since!!!!! Classic!

Isaiah: I remember the "...ain't on your radio..." line. Another classic! Peace.

Top of pageBottom of page   By einnod23 aka DF (208.27.111.121) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 05:00 pm:

I forgot to add about Rick Ricardo. I believe he emceed the Jacksons' Triumph Tour in 1981 at Madison Square Garden.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Isaiah (152.163.252.68) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 07:12 pm:

Oh, Lawd, Einod, he ran that Aint No Stoppin'Us to death, didn't he! I think He played that thing like 11 consecutive times when he first introed it to the New York audience... McFadden and Whitehead owe Frankie's family mad royalties for what he did for that song in the city - no b.s....

Hey, Einod, and those of you in this area, do you good folks remember WRVR, which was, where Lite-FM is on the dial, now... I think its, 106.7, and right next door to WBLS... That station played Jazz, exclusively, and featured another future WBLS DJ, G. Keith Alexander... He later went to WKTU, which was all disco back in them days... I loved WRVR, and then one day it just went outta business, just disappeared... The great Felipe Luciano, of Young Lords/Last Poets fame, used to do an Afro Cuban jazz show that was da Boss, da joint, da bomb back then... Now, New York City has no Jazz station, except the listener-sponsored WBGO-88.3 out of New Jersey... That's what made the Chief Rocka so important - his crazy musical tastes and sensibility... He introduced thousands of young cats like me to Charlie Parker, Diz, James Moody... So when you listen to Grover doing Mr. Magic, or Ramsey Lewis doing Sun Goddess, shit is all in there... I bought my first album at 14, and it was the MFSB Love Is The Message album - the original, jazzy version... And it's all because of Frankie, and his crew of WBLS DEE JAYS...

Top of pageBottom of page   By stephanie (64.63.221.97) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 07:54 pm:

In the Washington DC area I would have to say
Scooter Magruder
Bobby Bennett
and on WPGC when it was good radio Elliott and Woodside,
Stephanie

Top of pageBottom of page   By moanman (24.44.218.110) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 08:49 pm:

Yo Isaiah,

Ease up! Eddie O'Jay is one of my earliest memories of radio, much like my "elders" might remember Howdy Doody or Jack Benny. Aiight!

I was mere a tot, I swear. LOL! No older than 8 or 9 tops, when I became a fan of the man enuff to git his jokey-jokes. That's my story & I'm sticking to it. So calm down.

peace

Top of pageBottom of page   By HarchOhio (65.60.146.21) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 09:23 pm:

For early seventies Top 40, my favoite was WKNR's Michael Stevens. He played a lot of Beatles album tracks in Keener's late stage. (And he'll be back for the Keener Dream Cruise show)

For unusual talk, I remember Warren Pierce on Detroit's WCAR in the early 70s. He did a great show with a lot of phone calls. I remember one time he had heard of a guy driving a Model T from Portland Oregon to Portland Maine. Somehow he made contact with him, and the guy called in periodically from his stops along the way. Great stuff. I'm not sure, but I think Warren is still on the air in Detroit??

Top of pageBottom of page   By Sue (152.163.252.68) on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 09:31 pm:

Yeah Harch,

Warren had a little trouble a few years ago...WJR dumped him over a matter of accepting a free BMW or something. He went to a smaller station for a while, but I believe is now back on WJR -- which of course is a shadow of its "great voice of the Great Lakes" self.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Bob Olhsson (12.93.85.109) on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 12:03 am:

Stevie Wonder and I became instantly bonded when I mentioned my love of listening to WLAC. While Stevie attended the Michigan School for the Blind, WLAC had been almost the only source of the music he loved.

I've heard of Gene Nobles but don't remember ever hearing him on the air. I listened to WLAC mostly between 1962 and 1968. Was Nobles on before or after that period? It's a real crime that cheap channel has turned WLAC into a right wing talk station.

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS (205.188.209.109) on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 12:38 am:

CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED TO MARTHA JEANS VERY ATTRACTIVE DAUGHTER???...SHE USED MARTHAS LAST NAME...STERNBERG...AND EMBARKED ON A SINGING/ACTING/MODELING/WHATEVER CAREER AFTER CUTTING A RECORD...PROBABLY EARLY 70'S!!!...ANYONE KNOW???...STUBASS

Top of pageBottom of page   By Isaiah (152.163.252.68) on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 04:55 am:

MoanMan, Nuff Respect, bruh! I'm 'bout old as you are so please don't take it personally... I am NOT, however, as lucky as you are to have heard the Great Mr. O'Jay, whom the O'Jays are named after... I am aware, however, of his incredible legacy in Buffalo, New York, where he spawned from his style the likes of Frankie Crocker and Imhotep Gary Byrd... In fact, Imhotep can be heard on WBAI-99.5 on Wednesdays at 9pm and on Fridays at 7-10pm, and he's always praising papa Eddie O'Jay... Wished I could've been so lucky as you, man - like my moms, who used to tell me all about Mel Allen and Red Barber's calls on Yankee and Dodger games... Sorry if I offended you, Moanman...

Peace and Blessings!
Isaiah

Top of pageBottom of page   By Sue (205.188.209.109) on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 08:16 am:

p.s. Harch,

I never got to hear a lot of Michael Stevens at the time, because I was off at college -- I'm looking forward to hearing his Dream Cruise broadcast.

Top of pageBottom of page   By moanman (24.44.218.110) on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 11:04 am:

No offense taken, 'Saiah-man (you've now earned that nick, Isaiah)

I'm new to this site & thus, haven't yet gotten a feel for who be the jokesters, pranksers, wanksters & gangstas on board. So be patient w/ me. Besides, I found your comments amusing (didn't ya notice my "LOL"?).

And yes, anyone in the NYC area beyond the age of 40 (which includes me, just barely) who listened to R & B radio remembers the wonders of Eddie O'Jay. Hell, him blasting from the airwaves of WLIB was about the best thing AM had to offer back in duh day. Yeah, I guess we were "lucky" to have is voice in our ear. He was The Man, before Frankie, before Vaughn Harper, before all the talented FM cats that followed.

Peace & Progress

Top of pageBottom of page   By lynn bruce (68.41.106.8) on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 02:22 pm:

Bob,I could be wrong and if I am I,m sure someone will jump on it but I remember Gene Nobles on WLAC sometime in the middle fifties.He used to talk about Randys record mart in Gallitin sp? Tenn.
I sent away to them when I was about twelve for my first set of records.I think you got five 78s at a special price.
Ray Charles-I got a woman
Smiley Lewis-I hear you knocking
Louis Brooks and the Hightoppers-24 hours a day
Chuck Berry-Maybelline
and one more that escapes me.
I,ll bet those 78s would be worth a tad bit more now than what I paid for them.

I played those songs so much that I went from using dime, to a pennie, then a nickel before they broke or were unplayable

Top of pageBottom of page   By emaceo (152.163.252.68) on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 04:56 pm:

Man! Some of these names really bring it back for me! I remember listening to Donnie Simpson playing "Poppa was a Rolling Stone" while rolling up Woodward with the reverb on in my '71 Maverick, headed to Palmer Park to make out!!! Some of my other favorites were Marvelous Marv and Tiger Dan on WGPR, Butterball Jr., "Frantic" Ernie D (anybody named Ernie is allright with me!, The Electrifing Mojo, Ed Love and Marv Johson on WCHD/WJZZ. The DJ's on WLAC-Randy's- from Tennessee, we could even get it up in Big Rapids, Mi!

Top of pageBottom of page   By givethedrummersome (152.163.252.68) on Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 12:00 am:

The very positive thing about this forum is every once in while a thread starts and it really hits home. In this case literally, One of my favorite DJ's out of Philadelphia on WDAS-am was my Brother, Carl Helm. Not only was he playing the hits that we all talk about but was there for close to 30 years starting in the early 60's. Unfortunetly, as some of you have mentioned on other threads. The corporate MBA's started changing the formats and for the DJ's took away the personalities and replaced them with, hype and consolidation.

When I stated that this question hit home it is also because I was able to experience the DJ personality, persona first hand. In Carl's years at WDAS he shared the Mike with Georgie Woods, Jimmy Bishop, Kae Williams, Larry Daley, Johnny O, Gary Bryd and a host of other radio Personalities that I was able to watch work from the time that I was in my early teens mid-60's until I moved to Los Angeles in 1977. There was one time in the studio, I can't recall who the A/R guy was who brought the Spinners album New and Improved into the studio on Carl's show. I'll tell you, once Carl started playing that album on the air he couldn't stop, it kept getting better and better with each cut. It was like being a part of a masterpiece going out into the night and watching a professional work it to keep it going. No hype just pure soulful music soothing the souls for those musical moments. And depending on who was following who, the shows just kept on building with the different personalities. Lots of good memories on this one.

One other thing about Carl was that he could sing, You can ask Bobby Eli on that. As a matter of fact, I think Bobby has mentioned him a few times when describing the talent needed to do background work in the Sigma studios. The one real cool experience for me was a few years after I had moved to Los Angeles and for those of you that can relate one Saturday afternoon I was heading up PCH to Malibu to play tennis at Pepperdine I was listening to KACE and on pops the radio, Carl and Eloise Laws doing a duet of "You are everthing", one of the very songs that he sang background on. That was without a doubt a pleasant surprise.

Lonnie

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soul Sister (65.43.148.15) on Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 02:25 am:

Again I repeat Frankie Crocker RULED!!!!!!!!!!!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Julian (152.163.252.68) on Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 02:29 am:

THE ELECTRIFYING MOJO -DETROIT

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 07:59 pm:

Hey Gang:
While I was in Chicago last weekend, I had the honor of meeting Windy City radio legend Richard Pegue. I sat in with Richard during his radio show on WVON-AM.

Richard was the music director of WVON-AM in Chicago during the late 1960s. After the station was sold, he worked in the Illinois/Indiana markets before returning to Chicago's WGCI.

Richard also produced groups such as the Brothers & the Sisters for the Nickel & Penny labels.

Along with Herb Kent, Richard helped pioneer what is now called the "dusties" format.

After an amazing recovery from a stroke, Richard now hosts a music program on WVON-AM Friday nights - "The Best Music Of Your Life". Great stuff - R&B, soul, blues & jazz. Hits, rarities and gems from the vaults. He also has his own commercial production company.

Richard is a wonderful person and a legend I greatly admire.

Check out his website:
http://www.thebestmusicofyourlife.com/default-111.htm

Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By Lauren (24.236.132.219) on Sunday, August 24, 2003 - 11:13 am:

As I have scrolled down, I can clearly see that best DJ's are in the ear of the beholder! My ears always favored Ken Calvert the casual one with the 'radio face'. From day one on WABX (did that station kick butt) till today, he has always brought a good laugh and good tunes. I miss Chuck Roast (in his black on black Chevy.....) and his morning show with Lynn Woodison. I still have my cassette recording of the "Sphinchter" commercial - a classic for sure. He was (and is) very cool. Also, remember Terry Knight? I believe he was on CKLW. He was another of my faves. I wonder what ever happened to him. Detroit was always blessed with the best of the best in good DJ's! They are all listed above so no need to elaborate on that. No wonder I am a music fanatic with the great and addictive radio I grew up with!

Top of pageBottom of page   By R&B (138.238.41.128) on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 11:43 am:

WE HAD SOME GOOD ONES IN D.C.BACK IN THE DAY..BOB KING,CLIFF HOLLAND,MR.C,SOULPAPA,HOTDOG,BOBBY BENNETT,AND FOR A MINUTE DETRIOT'S LEON THE LOVER.

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 11:51 am:

Lauren:
Terry Knight, as you may remember, was also the lead singer of the Pack. When Mark Farner joined the group, Terry became their manager and the group later became known as Grand Funk Railroad.

After a huge falling out with Grand Funk Railroad, Terry went into different ventures and was interviewed for VH-1's "Behind The Music" years ago when they did a feature on Grand Funk.
He still receives producer's royalties from the band's recordings yet during the fallout he was seen in the media as "the bad guy" because he ran a tight ship with the band which led to their splitting up with Knight.

Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By Lauren (24.236.132.219) on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 09:06 pm:

Thanks for the info on Terry Knight. He seemed to have disappeared off the face of the earth. I definitely remember Terry Knight and the Pack.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Sue (205.188.209.109) on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 09:11 pm:

Three words: witness protection program.

Top of pageBottom of page   By ~~medusa~~ (68.248.50.201) on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 11:00 pm:

Rosetta HInes
Robin Seymour
(and I LUV 'Mason' N the morning)ok, so my memory isn't serving me real good at this time.


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