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    One of the few radio stations I still listen to for music is a rock station that has been on the air here longer than I've been on the planet. KSHE95.
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    WQXR, New York City: Serious ("classical") music when I was a kid. Also WOR and WJZ, with kid-adventure shows (i.e., Sgt. Preston, Superman, etc.) after school.
    KPPC, Pasadena (L.A.): 1960s and '70s rock, playing an entire LP album between (local) commercials, and taking requests.
    KUSC, Los Angeles: Superb serious ("classical") music; '60s, '70s, and '80s; all weekend long, and taking requests.
    KFAC, Los Angeles: Superb serious ("classical") music, all day, all night, all week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottync View Post
    A couple of old favorites from when I was a kid in SW Missouri. KGBX carried the St. Louis Cardinal baseball games, which were broadcast from KMOX in St. Louis. Jack Back and Mike Shannon called those games. "It's going, going, GONE!" Today, KGBX is a contemporary rock station, whatever that is.

    KWTO-FM Rock 99 was another favorite. It was THE Radio station for Rock and Roll. Today I understand it's ESPN radio - 24 hour sports talk radio.

    Your favorite radio stations/announcers from long ago?
    FWIW, Jack Buck and his family lived a couple of blocks from us. I had the hots for his daughter, but she didn't know I existed. My best bud and I would jump the fence and swim in his pool in the middle of the night when they were on vacation. I sort of had lunch with him once. There was a famous hamburger joint on Manchester Rd., in Manchester, but it is long gone and I can't remember the name of it. It was tiny and only had a counter, no tables. I was having burger in there once and Jack Buck took the empty seat next to me. A slight brush with greatness!

    When my younger daughter was in high school, one of her best friends was Shannon's granddaughter. Her mother, who was Shannon's daughter, ran Shannon's Restaurant downtown. My wife and I got to know her and her husband very well. I got to meet Mike a couple of times, but it was unremarkable. He was starting to lose it at that point. Another slight brush with greatness.

    What I listened to on the radio was KXOK, with Johnny Rabbit and his mythical character Bruno J. Grunion. Late at night I could also get a station that aired Dr. Demento's syndicated show, where of course Weird Al Yankovic got his start. When I was a teenager, I switched to KSHE-FM for the rock music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craze View Post
    One of the few radio stations I still listen to for music is a rock station that has been on the air here longer than I've been on the planet. KSHE95.
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    I listened to them when I lived in STL. Good station, wish we had a decent classic rock station in Houston.
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    Dick Biondi and the Larry Lujack on WLS out of Chicago.



    Cut myself shaving laughing so hard listening to these two in the morning. Uncle Lar' and little snot nosed Tommy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    KOMA AM 1520 Clear Channel 100 KW with Charlie Tuna from Oklahoma City played rock and roll in the 1960s and covered most of the Western US when it went high power at night. I picked it up occasionally in Viet Nam.

    XERF AM 1570 with Wolfman Jack from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico with 250 KW.
    Everybody in Sioux Falls South Dakota where I grew up also listened to KOMA. It was THE station to listen to.
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    WWV Wheeling WV. One of a few clear channel 50,000 watt stations in the east.
    Could hear them overnight (midnight -5AM. in N.Y.C.
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    WHB 710 am in Kansas City, MO in the 70s and at night WLS.
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    I was working in AM radio in the 1980’s at WPTF in NC. Loved it, back when we still had typewriters and doing on-air commercials was fun. I imagine things now are so much different, we did have a (one) computer and it took up a whole room.

    When we first started carrying Rush people would get so bent. The girls in the Radio and TV section would take turned sitting at the switchboard (a giant telephone with lots of buttons for the young’ins) when the switchboard lady would go to lunch.
    We would get cussed out all the time by callers when Rush made them mad, it was really funny.

    I still like talk radio.

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    WLS and KOMA were favorite late night stations. Mornings Mom always had WCCO on with Boone and Erickson.

    Local stations growing up were almost all country stations.
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    Where I lived in Colorado these channels would only come in at night and then we got good music.
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    Growing up I listened to KOOL 96.5 FM and KLIX 1310 AM. 96.5 was (and still is) classic rock, and KLIX is talk radio. I also remember listening to Art Bell late at night. He was my background noise to go to sleep by...
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    I grew up on the Jersey side of the lower Hudson valley. Still pretty rural in the 50s, save 1 or 2 from Newark all the radio and TV stations we got were based in NYC and broadcast from the Empire State Building. These are the radio stations and personalities I grew up listening to (all AM):

    WNEW - Klavan and Finch, William B. Williams
    WINS - Murry the K!
    WMCA - Harry Harrison, Jack Spector, B. Mitchell Reed
    WABC - Cousin Brucie (Bruce Morrow), Herb Oscar Anderson, Dan Ingram, Scott Muni, Bobaloo Lewis

    Summering on Cape Cod (MA) from the late 50s on, the primary radio station was WOCB (AM), the lone survivor of the Yankee Network (long sad story there re the history of FM radio).

    Lastly, we only tuned into WCBS for Yankees baseball games, but Mel Allen's mlellow drawl voice was instantly recognizable: "and the sahds are retahd" at the end of an inning.

    Great memories - good thread, scotty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Recon1342 View Post
    Growing up I listened to KOOL 96.5 FM and KLIX 1310 AM. 96.5 was (and still is) classic rock, and KLIX is talk radio. I also remember listening to Art Bell late at night. He was my background noise to go to sleep by...
    Yes, Art Bell kept me up past my bedtime many nights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottync View Post
    A couple of old favorites from when I was a kid in SW Missouri. KGBX carried the St. Louis Cardinal baseball games, which were broadcast from KMOX in St. Louis. Jack Back and Mike Shannon called those games. "It's going, going, GONE!" Today, KGBX is a contemporary rock station, whatever that is.

    KWTO-FM Rock 99 was another favorite. It was THE Radio station for Rock and Roll. Today I understand it's ESPN radio - 24 hour sports talk radio.

    Your favorite radio stations/announcers from long ago?
    Back in the SF bay area in the latish fifties, KSFO had the Don Sherwood show in the morning. I was eight to ten, and didn't get most of the humor until later, but the fun, satire, and ebullience of the morning program had a good effect on me.

    I'm certain that a whole bunch of commuters were sometimes late to work because they sat in parking garages waiting for Sherwood to finish some of his clever and hilarious skits.

    Good thread, Scotty, thanks!

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