Post Number: 3
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 12:17 am: || |
I remember my sister and I fighting our father in the early sixties over control of the car radio. Specifically, he liked to listen to WJR The Goodwill Station Detroit and its program carousel which I recall was unmitigated schmaltz. Then there were the ads: "Stay on the right track, to nine mile and Mack, Roy O'Brien's trucks and cars...." What kind of ad sticks in your brain for fourty years: " Which way did he go... He went for faygo. Oh yeah, does anyone remember the TV show Jingles In Boothland.
Post Number: 686
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 11:40 am: || |
There was also another show on CKLW that featured "groaners' and Alan Hamel. He later moved to LA and married Suzan Summers.
Jerry Booth and his partner Larry Sands were pretty funny in a corny way.
Post Number: 43
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 11:44 am: || |
Nemoman: Thanks for the jingle on Faygo. We used to walk around with a transistor radio listening to the AM stations. Mostly WXYZ, I recall. I remember another classic that you may have heard. I used to take my girlfriend out (now my wife) and she had to be home by 12. The station that we listened to would play a Frank Sinatra song just before midnight. I only would hear it on the weekends - and I don't remember the song - although I will as soon as my brain kicks into a higher gear.
Post Number: 1470
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 11:47 am: || |
"I Can't Get Started" ...
Post Number: 160
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 12:07 pm: || |
An auto dealer ad I partly remember went like... Merollis, what a great, great guyyyy!!
My father also listen to WJR's schmaltz in the early-mid 60's and my younger brother and I would fight him for control of the station-wagon's radio. My brother would say to my father, "Not OTM (old-timer music) again! My father would always smile and chuckle.
One song amongst others we heard on WJR often in those days was by Nat King Cole: "Roll Out Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer"
Rest in peace Dad, I miss you!!
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Post Number: 767
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 12:48 pm: || |
Here's that old Roy O'Brien jingle,(MP3).
It even has that tinny AM sound.
And some old clips from Detroit and Motor city Dragways, and Edgewater Park.
Post Number: 161
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 12:58 pm: || |
In the mid 60's, my mother, who became a early antique collector, bought me a used reel to reel tape recorder at a garage sale for my birthday.
I used a wire from the recorder with an alligator clip to connect it to our family's table radio's speaker, so I could record (in mono) The Big 8 CKLW's 60's music on a dozen or so 6" reels. I then could listen to them over the summer at our cottage on Lake Michigan in northwest Michigan, as there wasn't any local R&R or pop music broadcasts up north, unless I was lucky enough to be able to receive the static-hum distorted WLS AM radio station from Chicago on my small transistor radio, which was not often.
Wish that I still had all those tapes!! I recorded over them, and then eventually threw them out after the tape recorder bit the dust.
Post Number: 82
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 1:04 pm: || |
I remember battling with my dad over the car radio, too. He was really pissed when his favorite station changed to album oriented underground rock, CJOM-FM in Windsor. I would later do some volunteer/intern work at that station and eventually had a brief career in the radio biz, Honolulu of all places. Yes, rest in peace mom and dad, miss you guys.
Post Number: 375
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 1:42 pm: || |
And the hits just keep on coming:
Post Number: 2047
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 1:48 pm: || |
My mom was a WJR listener, too. J.P. McCarthy in the morning, Jimmy Launce later.
I remember the same ads as everyone else, but the thing I want to mention is how, beginning every Friday afternoon, The Great Voice Of The Great Lakes would start in with that "great weekend" stuff. I used to think, what the fuck is so great about it, it's only Friday afternoon.
Post Number: 445
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 2:08 pm: || |
Wish that I still had all those tapes!
You can buy CKLW airchecks on eBay. Some list what songs are played and some don't. I bought one and enjoy listening to it from time to time.
Post Number: 1043
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 6:03 pm: || |
For the sake of reliving my lost youth, there was a show on WJR that came after Karl Hass's "Adventures In Good Music" called "Kalidascope". On opening day whoever was hosting the show would play Wayne & Schuster's "Shakesperean Baseball Game". Not quite as good as "Rinse The Blood Off My Toga", but still....
Umpire 1: Hark! The players come. To our appointed places shall we go.
This game depends on how you make your call.
Farewell, until you hear me cry "Play ball!"
Post Number: 1501
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 8:56 pm: || |
Mike Whorf was the creator and host of "Kaleidoscope" on WJR.
Post Number: 5
|Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 2:34 am: || |
"that morollis what a great great guy. he'll save you money on that chevy buy.....That morollis what a great great guuuyyyyy" That's all I remember.
Post Number: 165
|Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 6:33 am: || |
http://www.detroitradioflashba cks.net/retroreplay3/3spotsGen eMerolis67.mp3
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 2:11 pm: || |
Do you recall the Vernors commercial that went, "In each bottle of Vernors you'll find the only flavor of its kind, Vernors Va Va Voom!"
Post Number: 166
|Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 4:10 pm: || |
This link must be that Vernors' commercial, but I don't remember hearing it:
http://www.detroitradioflashba cks.net/retroreplay3/VernorsGi ngerAle.mp3
Post Number: 683
|Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 5:11 pm: || |
Not to date myself, but I liked 89X back when it was alternative only in the evening. Then in the summer of 91, it went full time and was billed as 88.7, The Cutting Edge.
In the early days, it was pretty much a free form station, much like WABX back in the day. Many of the commercials sounded as if they were produced in someones basement. They even had a cool segment called "Expressions", with Kerri Burtrand that talked about the arts.
Then the powers to be changed to a formate and now we have 89X today, a pale image of itself.
Post Number: 239
|Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 8:21 am: || |
I remember listening to my transistor radio religiously, listening to the Big 8. My brother (who is 7 years older than I) always said that Keener 13 was better. What does everyone else think? I still say CK was one of the best radio stations on the midwest dial.
Then there was the Electrifying Mojo, but that will start a thread jack.
Post Number: 74
|Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 8:34 am: || |
WABX..WKNR FM..Real RockNRoll radio stations before the day of commercials taking over the airways..Playing sides of Albums..My Grandmother in Cleveland listened to JP everyday, perfect signal..He was her favorite
Post Number: 144
|Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 8:45 am: || |
Terry Knight back in 65 or 66, late evenings on CKLW. He would call a pirate station in England and Sonny Boy Williamson blowing harp live on the air- nothing cooler than that before or since. Early DET and ABX were unique and fun.
Post Number: 17
|Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 9:55 am: || |
My mom's 66 mustang only had CKLW, Keener 13, progammed in. AM only. Remember the "Wixie Twin Spin" on WXYZ ?? When "Sally Go Round the Roses" made #1 on WJBK radio and Bob Greene left town for a week ?? I still have my WABX Air Aces t-shirt. Several sizes too small now.
Post Number: 51
|Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 10:18 am: || |
WABX really shaped my attitude toward music. Thinking back to my teen years, I remember hearing songs on that station that I have not heard elsewhere in the past 30 years. (One that comes to mind, and I'm not even sure of the title, was, "Lily Do the Zambooji Every Time I Pull Her Coattail.") When they sponsored concerts and kite-ins, all their hippie-freak DJs came out and were movin' & groovin' with their radio audience and that was pretty cool.
Some years later, I enjoyed WDET the most, and the many flavors of their local programming. Does anyone remember "Caribbean Connection" with "Horatio, the Cultural Dread?" How 'bout "Blues From the Lowlands?" on Sunday mornings? The alternative shows, "Radios in Motion" or "Dimensions?" Over time, most of their DJs got fired in the name of progress. Too bad!
Post Number: 2059
|Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 11:57 am: || |
Do it, Lily !
That was Melvin Van Peebles.
Post Number: 52
|Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 12:30 pm: || |
Boom, chaka, chaka!
Post Number: 1045
|Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 5:59 pm: || |
If you get a chance, listen to Tom Hanks introduction for the Dave Clark Five at last nights Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremonies. A great description of a) teenage angst and b) radio in the '60's.
I remember Steve Hunter on CKLW with that big, booming voice. So good was Steve, and so powerful was The Big 8's signal, that he was #1 in his time slot in Cleveland. Big enough, that the rocker there, WIXY hired him away from CK.....
Post Number: 937
|Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 6:19 pm: || |
I agree. Hanks' speech was amazing.