Bub, you never heard of the ghost of WINTY the cat? Suggest you talk to Charlie Profit about it.Originally Posted by bub
Hi Jerry, This woke me up too.Originally Posted by JEREMIAH
I was jocking at WMEX 6PM to 10 PM Monay through Saturday (just ahead of Randy Boone) when Mac died. It was Mac's companion that named me Al Carter (John H added the "uncle" part soon after). The station had a great momentum until Mac passed away. I too have some great stories from that era. Particularly from my perspective as a tech/engineer at WRKO full time (and weekend on-air at WFEA) when I was hired by John H at WMEX to replace Bud Ballou who was leaving for FM.
WRKO couldn't keep pace with the quick changing tactics of WMEX. I remember the chaos that went on when each station tried to be get to news and back to music before the other. WRKO had to jump through several hoops to make changes to their format clock. WMEX just did it. Then one day WMEX just stopped doing the news for a few days and 'RKO was really surprised ;D. It was a fun time in radio back then. A healthy competitive environment that was good for the listeners. Unlike the less competitive situation with multi-station ownerships of today.
I fondly recall when I discovered Arnie Woo Woo as a youngster and dreaming about "doing that" at WMEX....
I also remember listening to WMEX the "Big X" and "Color Radio".
Good to hear from you.
In my earlier post I neglected to mention that Mac (despite his reputation)
gave us a lot of freedom on the air. Sometimes he would call the newsman to go into the studio with a suggestion of a topic for us to talk about. One day the newsman came in and said Mac told him to "tell him(me) to talk abut football."'.
I turned to the newsman and said "tell HIM I don't know anything about football"
Mac's response was "oh".
If Mac liked a particular bit you did, he wouldn't tell you directly he'd tell someone else..""heh heh..did you hear what Jerry Gordon said"
If I had time I'd write a book.
Of course, the downside of this is when stations got so into one-upping each other sometimes they lost sight of the fact that the public, not the PD & jocks across town was the audience. One example of that is in the early 70s (I think you were at WMEX then) when WMEX and WRKO kept trying to "out-AOR" each other, the result being that many, myself included found neither station very appealing. Too many obscure album cuts at the expense of the hits.Originally Posted by UncleAL
I agree, it was a fun time to be in radio, and I'm glad I was a part of it but I honestly wonder if the programming from back then would work today, but instead be seen as a giant trainwreck.
Old bones is right.
We did play a lot of AOR mixed with the hits(which was weird) from roughly '69 thru '70. Dick Summer was PD and he wanted to be with the times. But even with that our numbers were good. We were progressive politically as well. Very anti war on the air. We even emcced and broadcast live from a huge war protest on the Boston Common in front of 80 thousand college students. Senator George McGovern was the featured speaker.
After a while Mac yearned for the days of his 40 shares, fired Summer and we went back to just hits.
Mac had a unique way of firing people...because we all had contracts he couldn't just fire people so he would put them on from 4-6 AM. They would quit within a month.
It was a strange and very exciting time.
Jerry Gordon KNUU Las Vegas
You forgot the time when WSSH-AM was Spanish language in the early 1990s. There was Tony Molina and Georgie Rosario, not to mention Socrates Regalado and his "Concierto Para La Intimidad." All of New England's Hispanic population enjoyed listening to it.
Not "all" at all!
First, in that market about half of all Hispanics are English dominant, and were so back in the 90's as well. In the 90's, the bulk of the Hispanic population was second generation of Puerto Rican descent, and were English speaking.
Second, not all Hispanics like the same format and music. While a certain percentage of area Hispanics may have listened, not all did due to language dominance first and then programming preferences.
I looked at the 12+ for every year from 1990 to 1996. In not one of those years was there even a 0.1 share for Spanish language radio in the market. Plus, there is the fact that, far from covering New England, 1510 did and does not even cover much of the Boston MSA well.
I didn't mean to stereotype the group. I happen to speak Spanish myself, and I enjoyed listening to the station. They played a wide variety of music from salsa and bachata to ballads and rock music. There are so many Spanish speaking groups in the Boston area, and they all bring their own heritage to our city's diversity. Looks like I didn't give this much thought. Sorry about that.
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