Sunday, January 1, 2006
Bruce, the radio enthusiast
Back in the early 1960s I listened to Rock n Roll Radio in my dad's car. At that time I recieved my first transistor radio and listened to the hits on WABC and WMCA. I remember back in those days copying the weekly music surveys and comparing the two stations. Then in 1966 Rock Music was first played on FM radio on WOR-FM at 98.7 FM. As time passed there were more NYC FM stations playing Rock music such as WNEW-FM, WABC-FM (later WPLJ) and WCBS-FM. In 1972 when I went to graduate school at the University of Rhode Island everybody up there listened to Salty Brine and WPRO (AM). I returned to the New York metropolitan avenue and listened to the local stations. As the 1970s moved on FM radio became more popular. By the late 1970s WYNY which was an adult contemporary station at 97.1 FM became my favorite station. They played a good blend of oldies and current hits. For a number of years Dan Daniel who previously worked at WMCA was the morning man at WYNY. When they replaced him with a couple of clowns, I switched my allegience to WCBS-FM New Yorks and America's premier oldies station. It featured classic New York radio personalities including Harry Harrison, Ron Lundy, Bill Brown, Bob Shannon, Cousin Bruce Morrow and Don K. Reed among many others. In the early 1990s I started to listen to WFUV, the radio station of Fordham University. They play a lot of good Folk-Rock music including Bob Dylan. One of these days I'll have to include a lengthy entry on him. In the early 1990s I started my collection of radio tapes. I joined a radio club called Decalcomania and traded for airchecks of radio stations from all over the country in various music and talk formats. I have compiled about 1000 radio airchecks over the years. Over the last few years I have lost my interest in tapes since radio stations over the country have become homogenized. There are many excellent radio stations on the internet. On June 3, 2005 WCBS-FM abruptly changed from oldies to the Jack format. This greatly upset me and many others who post regularly to radio message board. 33 years in one format and they just dump it without giving any notice to loyal listeners. Since then I have used the Internet to do most of my radio listening. WFUV moved to become my number one over the air stations while I have many favorite internet radio stations. Ihave resisted the temptation to subscribe to XM radio since it available to AOL subscribers. I guess I can go on and on about my interest in radio broadcasting, but this is it in a nutshell.