A look at the rise and fall of commercial radio, seen from the eyes of two baby boomers. Terry Bettis and Jim Christoferson both worked in local radio for years, in small to large markets. Their experience allows others to see what they see -- a virtual WKRP in every market across the country. Personalities, promotions, formats, actual air checks of the nation's top radio stations of the last 60 years -- all facets are talked about, listened to, and discussed in this weekly podcast.
Episode #28: Our tribute to one of the best morning drive personalities ever -- Ron Chapman of KVIL, Dallas.
It's good to be back -- and we promise to do better! This week, we give our tribute to Ron Chapman, one of the best morning drive personalities ever. For over 50 years, Ron worked in the Dallas/Ft Worth market as a morning show staple. His highlight was his time at KVIL, when it became one of the most valuable radio stations in the country. We have some great audio, including his last day before retirement, at KLUV.
Episode #27: Our year end podcast, with some of the highlights of the past year.
We take a look back at our first 26 episodes from 2020, with some highlights you may enjoy. Chickenman, Hollywood Hamilton, George Carlin, WKRP "Turkeys Away", and others. We hope you enjoy our retrospective look at the past year, and hope you'll share our podcast with others who might enjoy. Thanks for listening.
Episode #26: Remember the election of 1920? We do. In fact, it was the first time election returns were broadcast on the radio. KDKA in Pittsburgh was the station, and politics would never be the same.
100 years ago, KDKA in Pittsburgh became the first commercial station in the US. They also were the first station to broadcast presidential election returns. We actually have audio from that broadcast. You might be surprised as to how many listeners they had. We also have some sound from the Presidential debate in 1960 between John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon. And, as usual, our sponsor announcer Gary Owens, drops in and gives us some audio brilliance.
Episode #25: Salute to WKRP's Thanksgiving Episode -- Turkeys Away!
Surely you remember the most famous of all the WKRP episodes. Newsman Les Nesman reports from the Pinedale Mall with the stations latest promotion, which goes horribly wrong.
His reporting is classic in so many ways, especially when he yells, "Oh, the humanity!" And of course, Johnny Fever's classic response.......well, you just have to listen to it. Enjoy our Thanksgiving episode, and from Jim and I -- we sincerely hope your families Thanksgiving is the best one ever. Despite the current conditions.
Episode #24: Who remembers The Last Contest? This week, we listen to some promos and air checks of that famous event. Plus, more Chickenman, Gary Owens and the future of Am Radio.
This week, we remember one of the greatest radio promotions of all time -- The Last Contest, from 1972 on KCBQ, San Diego. Also, Jim discusses the digital future of AM radio, as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of AM. Plus, we have another episode of "Chickenman", a great radio series from the genius of Dick Orkin and the Radio Ranch (thank you Lisa Orkin), and finally, our booth announcer Gary Owens brings us this weeks podcast sponsor.
Episode #23: More from Hollywood Hamilton! Yes, Hollywood was kind enough to send us air checks of his career! Starting in Reno Nevada in 1979, all the way through KISS FM in 1991. Since then, he's moved back to New York City to do afternoons at WKT
How many of us can say that we were hired away from a "pirate radio station"? Especially from the station that turned us in to the FCC?!? Well, Hollywood Hamilton can. His fabulous career started in Reno, Nevada back in '79, with stops in Las Vegas, Monterrey, Tampa, New York City, Los Angeles, then back to New York City. Wow, what a ride?!? Sit back and enjoy this National Radio Hall of Fame announcer. We're proud to present - Hollywood Hamilton!
Fascinating stuff, the real story of radio - then and now.