We will continue this week with the celebration of that First Commercial FM Rock Station, WOR-FM.
I mentioned last week, a union strike over a new pay scale for FM jocks prevented the hired DJ's to go on the air.
They were anxious to go on that first day, July 30th 1966, but not allowed.
On the 2nd day, July 31st 1966, WOR-FM did a very strange thing.
They started running announcements explaining their position and predicament regarding this labor dispute.
Very very unusual in Radio, where silence rules the day!
You know what I mean- your favorite DJ suddenly disappears...and there is no explanation, hell no MENTION of him or her ever again!
But here was WOR-FM treating us as if we were intelligent, and giving us a look at what was going on behind the scenes.
That foretold well what was to come, as WOR-FM would treat Rock & Roll and us like adults- even if we weren't yet adults, lol!
And I'll have a continuing look at my Radio hero, not the only one but certainly the most important to me, Scott Muni.
You'll hear Scott do a couple of short ads for concerts regarding then contemporary artists.
Back then there were virtually no concert venues, and the Fillmore East was 3 years away!
Concerts in New York City were limitted to discotheques (with dancing and a house band), small clubs in the Village, probably best of all were colleges, and long trips away from the city.
Also, I am sure you have heard of him as a Disc Jockey for many decades- but how about my man Scott as a Newsman/Sportscaster/Weatherman?
It's in this episode...plus LOTS of Music Of The Period!
I hope you are enjoying this look at Radio History, because I am having a ball!
Here's the link to the beginnings of what is so commonplace today, Rock Music on FM Radio, at WLSO.FM: