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ROCKOLLECTIONS: THE SOUND IS WOR-FM PT.4

Moving on with this celebration of WOR-FM bringing Rock & Roll to Commercial FM Radio 49 years ago on July 30th 1966, I should say why I chose this year to honor it.
I know the 50th Anniversary would have more impact,
But who knows where we will all be a year from today...the time to do it is NOW!
This time a look at a guy who many people liked and almost just as many found grating, Murray Kaufman, known famously as Murray The K.
To begin, I'll play a couple of songs ABOUT Murray The K, one so brutally horrid I wonder why I played it, lol!
Ah well, it is probably the only chance I will ever have to play either of them.
Then some Airchecks, and it is his first day too, that Oct. 8th 1966, and he brings with him all the gimmicks he used on AM, yet is noticeably toned-down.
And he states that his aim is to appeal to college students, those in their 20's as well as their parents with an intelligent presentation of the Music.
Hey, I try to do that, lol!
While this is his first show, as things turned out, and I was surprised by this, Murray was the most innovative and creative of all the DJ's at WOR-FM.
He truly re-invented himself in the next year, and fought hard to play Album Cuts, Psychedelic Music and Long Songs.
Murray, maybe even more than the other guys, was was taking Rock Music seriously and presenting it that way.
He and FM Radio- and Our Music- would never be the same again!
Enjoy the Swingin' Soiree' in this Brave New World!
 
Here are the links to a man even more endearingly annoying than I am, lol, at Mike Pell Rockollections:
 
 

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Comment by Mike Pell on August 8, 2015 at 11:16pm

Don't sweat it, I have a hard time finding ANY records older than me, LOL!

Comment by Scott on August 8, 2015 at 7:27am

OK, so theyre not older than me!  dammit!

Comment by Mike Pell on August 8, 2015 at 2:25am
Scott,
Jonny The Why is even better and more relevant- but we could never figure out WHY, lol!
That first tune is by the Cyrkle, you know them, and they do have a certain Beach Boys kind of sound.
I wonder just how much older these songs are than you, they are all from 1966-67 not from the 50's, lol!
And the Grass Roots get the GPell- a great pick since I later turned that song title into a reasoned plea for action with women, lol!
Thanks for the listen and writing,
Mike
Comment by Scott on August 7, 2015 at 9:46am

Jonny the Why?  hmmm...  Might just stick!

Sorry to be choppy in my listening, cant seem to get time anymore.  Interesting show though.  That first tune is very Beach Boysie ...  These tunes are all probably a lot older than me (I mean really a lot as I am very young) so its a bit dated.  I did like Your Love Is Lifting Me Higher, and the sound bytes of the DJ are very cool, but the Grass Roots get the GPell!

Comment by Mike Pell on August 6, 2015 at 7:26pm
Jon,
You make a very good point- compared to most of the music today it's NOT brutally horrid, lol!
Sweet Pea and Popeye- how does that play?
Is the kid related to Olive Oil or something?
You really liked the song? I had forgotten about it till I saw it.
A lot of people found Murray annoying, but perhaps I have him beat.
Good thing I don't care, lol!
Glad you are enjoying these shows- ones about Radio, especially with airchecks, bring new listeners out of the woodwork.
Thanks for the listen and writing,
Mike
Comment by Jon on August 5, 2015 at 7:56am

I don't think the song was brutally horrid. Compared to most of the music today? No way.

Sweet Pea reminded me too much of Popeye. Wonder why? You know, that song sounded REALLY good. It doesn't sound like something produced in the 60's. I'm a bit impressed. 

I don't think he's annoying, especially compared to you. Just my opinion, of course.

I have nothing else to day, but I am enjoying these shows.

You're welcome.

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