Some 1010WINS Radio History – New York.

1010 WINS Morning Men

Murray the K Most Popular – 1961

And Other New York DJs – 1961/1963

 

1010WINS, New York will be celebrating 50 years as an all-news station in 2015. That’s an amazing run. The station still has decent ratings given the exodus of AM radio listeners. This, as of July/2014.

When the station played top-40/pop music – it was on top from 1958-1962. With a team of DJ’s centered around Jack Lacy, Stan Z. Burns (Bernstein) and later, Murray the K – WINS always had problems with mornings – going through a morning man a year since the death Irv Smith in 1960.

Here’s one of those forgotten 1010WINS morning men – Dick Clayton, who replaced Lonnie Star late in 1962. Clayton would be replaced by Ed Hider in late 1963.

This comes to us from 1963, courtesy the WCBS-AM site – apparently Avon was doing a new radio campaign and selected certain New York DJ’s for targeted live reads. You can see two from WINS/1963 – Jack Lacy – and Dick Clayton.

Clayton came to WINS from WIL, St. Louis – a station that also gave New York City amazing radio talent such as Dan Ingram, Ron Lundy, Jack Carney, Gary Stevens and Bob Dayton

New York Radio History 1010 WINS 1963

More 1010WINS – Murray the K owned nights in New York between 1961 and 1962. Here’s a Murray the K/WINS item from 1961:

murray the K  1961 1010WINS

 

Gary West 

Radio History – KFWB Los Angeles – In 1959

One Of History’s Most Iconic Radio Stations – KFWB

The Year Was 1959

mr pop history radio kfwb 1959

 

In Chuck Blore’s memoir, “I Wrote The Book” he talks about the thinking and concepts that became KFWB Color Radio. Before he was asked to put a radio format together in Los Angeles, Blore had learned from the best: Gordon McLendon and Todd Storz – having worked for both organizations. He was hired away to LA and there, he created a format that was nothing like Los Angeles had ever heard – or for that matter, the entire industry. “Color Radio” lit a fuse that – at its peak – had the largest radio ratings ever recorded.

Debuting January 1, 1958 – by 1959 – KFWB Los Angeles was earning 30-35 and 40+ shares. Sure KFWB existed before the Blore magic – but, it was a dog.

KFWB history chuck bloreKFWB was so influential, according to Chuck Blore, tapes of the station were mailed out just about everywhere… All the time. DJ’s and program directors did their best to copy the station. Looking for new ideas, some needed the tapes so bad, their careers depended on it. KFWB is more than not – the most influential station in radio history.

The seven original KFWB DJ’s/talent were: Bruce Hayes, Joe Yocam, Al Jarvis, Elliot Field, B. Mitchel Reed, Bill Ballance and Gene Weed.

Here’s what I have: Chuck Blore’s creativity extended off the air as well. In 1959, KFWB took out a series of classified ads (who did that?). These are more like teasers – but, there were many. Reading one of these – you just had to tune in to “Color Radio Channel 98:”

KFWB Classified Ads - 1959

Here’s another goody re: KFWB and 1959. The KFWB “Color Radio” jingles – the first of their kind, had a distinctive, memorable signature. I found this, from 1959 – though, if you did a search, you’d never know it – because the name of this tune is “Image” – but, it’s really something I call the, “KFWB Boogie.” So, you have the KFWB melody/jingle made into – a sort of 1959 dance tune. Imagine that – the first time I’ve ever heard of a radio station trademark “jingle” turned into something you could dance to – a single onto itself.

Part 2 is actually the shaker – part 1 is a little mellow. But – it’s the KFWB jingle – loud and clear!

“Image” – Hank Levine (part 1 and “boogie” part 2)

Gary West

Ford’s The Edsel… Auto Maker’s Biggest Bomb…

mrpopculture 1957 timeline ford edsel debuts ad auto historyBack to 1957 we go… A fascinating time in pop culture history. Our timeline takes a look at September of that month – from the first week:

The TV ad business was up 20% from a year prior! That’s amazing news in any business (vertical) category (as we say today). Here’s what it says: The FCC reports that the television industry has revenues from broadcasting operations in  1956 of $896,900,000, up 20.4% from 1955…

Alan Freed and Dick Clark were the talk of music television – as each had their own ABC-TV shows.

The first pay-cable TV movie is “broadcast.”

Saturday Morning Kid’s TV Looked Like This:

CBS – On the Carousel, Captain Kangaroo, Mighty Mouse Playhouse, Susan’s Show, It’s a  Hit! The Big Top, The Lone Ranger

NBC – Children’s Theatre, Howdy Doody, The Gumby Show, Fury, Captain Gallant

And, that first week of September, 1957- Ford debuts – The Edsel. It’s a car that turned out to be the biggest bomb of all time. Two years later – Ford announced it was suspending production of the low-selling automobile. It had miscalculated.

 

When the Mickey Mouse Club went off the air in 1959, when did it come back in reruns?

Original Mouseketeers with Walt Disney

Original Mouseketeers with Walt Disney

From Julia W – When the Mickey Mouse Club went off the air in 1959, when did it come back in reruns?

Mr. Pop History - After Walt Disney left ABC. Syndicated reruns began on September 3, 1962 with WNEW-TV (channel 5) in New York. Annette Funicello and the gang became popular all over again with a new audience. Mickey reruns soon spread and the rest is pop history.

Whatever happened to Richie Valens’ family and girlfriend

Donna Ludwig

Donna Ludwig

From Nancy P – Whatever happened to Richie Valens’ family and girlfriend Donna after he was killed?

Mr. Pop History - My understanding is that his family remained in the San Fernando section of Los Angeles – as did his immortalized girlfriend Donna Ludwig. Later, I’m told she may have moved north to Sacramento with her kids and husband.

Pop Culture Television History. Unknown Fact About “Lassie” The Dog.

Mr. Pop History – My friend Robert Neill got into a discussion with actor Jon Provost. Many remember Jon as the first TV “master” of Lassie.

Well, it seemed that when the camera was off, Lassie’s trainer would have his dog fetch “cigarettes” from as far as a quarter-mile away. Here’s what Robert told me. Thanks Robert Neill:

“The most interesting anecdote, IMO, concerned Lassie’s trainer.  Jon said when he was a youngster, he was out at the Weatherwax ranch with Lassie and the trainer.  The trainer wanted to smoke, but discovered he’d run out of cigarettes.  He instructed Lassie to go back to the house and get some for him.  Jon said the house was a quarter mile away and he was skeptical, but Lassie ran to the house and brought back a pack of cigarettes.”

Lassie fetching cigarettes for his master.

If we only knew.

Both Robert and I agree, it would have made a terrific scene in one of the many Jon Provost/Lassie episodes seen on CBS-TV – way back when. Thanks Jon Provost!

Oh, and – here’s Jon Provost and Lassie:

 

Gary West – www.mrpopculture.com  

 

 

 

Pop Culture Movie History. Did Disney Studios Ever Work On Movies Other Than His Own?

Mr. Pop History – Let’s face it. Disney is known for – Disney. But, did you know that the Disney studios did work on at least one (outside) movie production?

That’s correct. It was the 1956 color sci-fi movie “The Forbidden Planet” where the Disney studios contributed some of the special effects. But – this was not a Disney film. Not by any means. So, just so you know – it did happen, once – back in 1956.

Pop Culture Movie History – Marilyn Monroe Did A TV Product Commercial?

Mr. Pop History -
Early in her career – Ms. Monroe did a TV commercial for (Unocal) United Oil of California. In it, she tells a service station attendant – that she wants her new car, to be the best cared for car – ever.

Service station attendant – those guys who filled-it-up, wiped the windows and performed other minor, quick services.

Marilyn Monroe – then, a minor player – would soon become a star. No more commercial endorsements. I believe this was the only one she did. And, it was only seen in places such as Los Angeles.