For my yearly tradition, I am re-posting this Halloween special with permission from the good folks at WWKB.
It is the 1973 “War of the Worlds” broadcast from WKBW 1520 in Buffalo, New York featuring D.J. Shane Brother Shane. For me, it shows 70s radio at its finest. A time when DJ’ing was an art and the greatest radio stations in the world were broadcasting on AM frequencies.
The player will play the show in it’s entirety, 36 chapters, which includes several commercials from that era. I hope you enjoy listening to this as much as I have. (You will need the flash player activated to listen to the broadcast.) There are four other stories after the “War of the Worlds ” which are equally enjoyable. If you want to skip any part of the broadcast just click the next chapter arrow.
1 Intro-Don’t Turn Around: (6:44)
2 Sattlers Records: (1:20)
3 War of the Worlds – Part 1: (5:26)
4 Turgeon Commercial: (1:02)
5 War of the Worlds – Part 2: (3:37)
6 Keyhole Fashions: (1:02)
7 War of the Worlds – Part 3: (9:53)
8 Sattlers Records: (1:02)
9 War of the Worlds – Part 4: (4:36)
10 War of the Worlds – Part 5: (11:41)
11 Turgeon Commercial: (1:02)
12 War of the Worlds – Part 6: (15:33)
13 War of the Worlds – Part 7: (21:18)
14 War of the Worlds – Closing: (1:01)
15 Twin Fair Records and Tapes: (1:00)
16 Vampires: (38:26)
17 McDonalds: (1:01)
18 Keyhole fashions: (1:01)
19 Sattlers Records: (1:04)
20 KB ID: (0:06)
21 The Darkness – Part 1: (5:14)
22 Turgeon: (1:04)
23 The Darkness – Part 2: (7:32)
24 Twin Fair Records and Tapes: (1:05)
25 The Darkness – Part 3: (7:00)
26 McDonalds: (0:53)
27 KB ID: (0:06)
28 The Bed – Part 1: (6:47)
29 Keyhole Fashions: (1:03)
30 The Bed – Part 2: (9:52)
31 Sattlers: (1:04)
32 The Bed – Part 3: (7:21)
33 Twin Fair Records and Tapes: (1:00)
34 The Monkey’s Paw: (27:21)
35 People, Places, and Things: UFO’s: (27:52)
36 Promos: (1:24)
Every Sunday night before I went to sleep I would tune my radio to the Dr. Demento Show. For those of you who do not know Dr. Demento, he had a two hour radio show that featured… well… basically wacky songs. That was my first exposure to musical artists such Wierd Al Yankovic and Spike Jones.
I use to record his shows onto 8 track tapes. I wish I still had those.
I think my all time favorite was Mr. Wizard who was doing the science experiment with Timmy. Let’s see if we can come up with a top 10.
Mr. Wizard and Timmy
Dungeons and Dragons – Dead Alewives
They are coming to take me away
Pencil Neck Geek
Monty Python’s Spam
Yoda by Wierd Al
There were a lot of them but these stick out for me. How about you? What would be your top 10?
I have been doing a lot of posts on toys from the 70s lately, so I wanted to switch it up with one of my favorite 1970s broadcast of all time.
This is a Halloween broadcast from WKBW 1520 in Buffalo, New York featuring D.J. Shane Brother Shane. The player will play the show in it’s entirety, 36 chapters, which includes several commercials from that era. I hope you enjoy listening to this as much as I have. (You will need the flash player activated to listen to the broadcast.) There are four other stories after the War of the Worlds broadcast which are also enjoyable. I think I may re-post this every Halloween.
(Update: I originally pulled this post until I got permission to use it in my blog. The good folks at WWKB gave me permission to go ahead. Thank you WWKB!)
If you want to skip any part of the broadcast just click the next chapter arrow.
1 Intro-Don’t Turn Around
2 Sattlers Records: 120
3 War of the Worlds: Part 1
4 Turgeon Commercial: 60
5 War of the Worlds: Part 2
6 Keyhole Fashions :60
7 War of the Worlds: Part 3
8 Sattlers Records: 60
9 War of the Worlds: Part 4
10 War of the Worlds: Part 5
11 Turgeon Commercial: 60
12 War of the Worlds: Part 6
13 War of the Worlds: Part 7
14 War of the Worlds: Closing
15 Twin Fair Records and Tapes: 60
17 McDonalds: 60
18 Keyhole fashions: 60
19 Sattlers Records: 60
20 KB ID
21 The Darkness: Part 1
22 Turgeon: 60
23 The Darkness: Part 2
24 Twin Fair: 60
25 The Darkness: Part 3
26 McDonalds: 60
27 KB ID
28 The Bed: Part 1
29 Keyhole Fashions: 60
30 The Bed: Part 2
31 Sattlers :60
32 The Bed: Part 3
33 Twin Fair: 60
34 The Monkey’s Paw
35 People, Places, and Things: UFO’s
About a month ago I found a 70s radio station on Live365.com called The 70’s Preservation Society. This is THE best internet 70s station I have listened to.
One of the things I like about this station is how they divide up the content between days. For example Tuesday is Classic Rock day (they even have a live request show in the afternoons), Wednesday is Disco, Thursday is Top 40 and etc.
Give them a listen. You can go to http://www.70ps.com/ and click the now playing symbol on the right side of the banner.
One of my favorite hobbies is listening and collecting Old Time Radio shows. It was during one of my downloading sprees that I ran across a “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast. This was not the famous Orson Welles broadcast, but one created by the WKBW radio station in 1973.
When the DJ “Shane Brother Shane” started his show, that brought back memories of my own childhood during that time. I do not remember the actual transition from AM to FM or even when we had a radio in the house that would pick up an FM broadcast. My parents owned an old wooden console record player that weighed as much as a small car and was bigger than our TV. The record player had a built in radio but it only picked up AM stations.
In my room I had a white alarm clock radio that was also AM only. It was the type of clock where the numbers would flip down like an old rotary card file. For me and most other kids, there was only one station in our area to listen to. That was WLS Musicradio out of Chicago. I think every school bus in Indiana was tuned into that station.
It was a little over a three hour drive to Chicago from where we lived, but WLS’s 50,000 watt transmitter had no problem reaching us. I was exposed to many of the greats like Tommy Edwards, John Records Landecker and Larry Lujack’s Animal Stories.
Once again it is probably me being nostalgic, but radio today doesn’t seem to have the pizazz as it did back then. The DJs of today are all about rude, shock comedy. It’s like a game seeing how far can they take things before getting into FCC trouble. Back in the 70s I feel it was all about charisma. Their style and personality kept you tuned in and they had a quick on the spot wit about them.
I found a great interview with John Landecker where he talks about how he got started. They filmed the interview while he was working.