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    Rock and Roll Radio Stations in the 50's and 60's

    I operate an Internet oldies station and I'd like to pay tribute (as part of my "legal ID") to radio stations that were on the air in the 50's and 60's playing Rock & Roll.

    Can you all help me create a list?

    One name that comes to mind (being from the San Francisco Bay Area) is the Big 610, KFRC.
    I got out of the business before it sucked the life out of me.
    Now I just play radio online at www.allthebestoldies.com.

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    Other Bay Area RnR stations of that era would be KYA and KEWB. Nearby you would have KLOK and that Oklahoma flame thrower KOMA. KRIZ in Phoenix was a biggie as was KTKT in Tucson. Whole bunch of them in SoCal including KRLA, KHJ, KFWB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by landtuna View Post
    Other Bay Area RnR stations of that era would be KYA and KEWB. Nearby you would have KLOK and that Oklahoma flame thrower KOMA. KRIZ in Phoenix was a biggie as was KTKT in Tucson. Whole bunch of them in SoCal including KRLA, KHJ, KFWB.
    If you include the 50's, then you need to add KOBY for San Francisco.

    50's in PHX was Leland Bisbee's sister station to KTKT, KRUX. Then for the 60's to early 70's, KRIZ and KUPD as well as KRUX.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stewie View Post
    I operate an Internet oldies station and I'd like to pay tribute (as part of my "legal ID") to radio stations that were on the air in the 50's and 60's playing Rock & Roll.

    Can you all help me create a list?

    One name that comes to mind (being from the San Francisco Bay Area) is the Big 610, KFRC.
    If you are talking 50's and through the 60's and early 70's your core will be the McLendon and Storz stations.

    KLIF Dallas
    KTSA San Antonio
    WAKY Lousiville
    KELP El Paso
    KILT Houston
    KEEL Shreeveport

    KOMA Oklahoma City
    WDGY Twin Cities
    KOWH Omaha (the place the Top 40 format originated)
    WTIX New Orleans
    WHB Kansas City
    WQAM Miami

    Other stations that began in the format in the 50's that are notable are

    WERE Cleveland (in the market where "rock & roll" was coined)
    WINS & WMCA New York
    WCAO Baltimore
    WEAM Washington DC
    WQXI Atlanta
    WSGN Birmingham
    KIMN Denver
    WHK Cleveland
    KGB San Diego
    ... and many, many others.

    Big stations but not yet rock & roll till the 60's were WABC and WLS as well as RKO's CKLW, KHJ, KFRC, WRKO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post


    If you are talking 50's and through the 60's and early 70's your core will be the McLendon and Storz stations.

    KLIF Dallas
    KTSA San Antonio
    WAKY Lousiville
    KELP El Paso
    KILT Houston
    KEEL Shreeveport

    KOMA Oklahoma City
    WDGY Twin Cities
    KOWH Omaha (the place the Top 40 format originated)
    WTIX New Orleans
    WHB Kansas City
    WQAM Miami

    Other stations that began in the format in the 50's that are notable are

    WERE Cleveland (in the market where "rock & roll" was coined)
    WINS & WMCA New York
    WCAO Baltimore
    WEAM Washington DC
    WQXI Atlanta
    WSGN Birmingham
    KIMN Denver
    WHK Cleveland
    KGB San Diego
    ... and many, many others.

    Big stations but not yet rock & roll till the 60's were WABC and WLS as well as RKO's CKLW, KHJ, KFRC, WRKO.
    Incredible. I wasn't expecting such a quick response.

    Thank you all.
    I got out of the business before it sucked the life out of me.
    Now I just play radio online at www.allthebestoldies.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewie View Post
    Incredible. I wasn't expecting such a quick response.

    Thank you all.
    For reference try the R&R Top 40 Story at http://www.americanradiohistory.com/...ll%20Color.pdf

    And the Gavin history of radio from the birth of rock & roll at http://www.americanradiohistory.com/...vin-Top-40.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by stewie View Post
    I operate an Internet oldies station and I'd like to pay tribute (as part of my "legal ID") to radio stations that were on the air in the 50's and 60's playing Rock & Roll.

    Can you all help me create a list?.
    I can't help you with the '50s (I was too young), but in the 1960-75 era, this is my own personal recollection, in no particular order. Note that many were short-lived, and some have already been mentioned.

    New York: WABC 770
    Chicago: WIND 560, WLS 890, WCFL 1000, WJJD 1160, WYNR 1390, WDHF 95.5
    Los Angeles: KHJ 930
    Indianapolis: WXLW 950, WIBC 1070, WNDE 1260, WIFE 1310, WNAP 93.1
    Milwaukee: WOKY 920, WRIT 1340, WRKR 1460/100.7
    Phoenix: KUPD 1060/97.9, KRIZ 1230, KRUX 1360, KBBC 98.7
    Louisville: WOKY 790
    Little Rock: KAAY 1090
    Detroit/Windsor: CKLW 800
    El Paso/C. Juarez: XEROK 800
    Kansas City: WHB 710
    Oklahoma City: KOMA 1520
    Waterloo IA: KWWL 1330
    Terre Haute IN: WBOW 1230
    Ft. Wayne IN: WOWO 1190
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    I noticed WQAM was mentioned. Nice memory there, riding with my father to get a milkshake. It seemed that station was playing on just about all of the cars at the drive-in.
    No irony there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silkie View Post
    I noticed WQAM was mentioned. Nice memory there, riding with my father to get a milkshake. It seemed that station was playing on just about all of the cars at the drive-in.
    All the other cars were playing WFUN.

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    Could be, but our family listened to WQAM, and so did just about everyone else wherever we went.
    Last edited by Silkie; 03-01-2016 at 01:35 PM.
    No irony there.

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