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WOR-FM, THE FIRST COMMERCIAL FM ROCK STATION PT.4

Moving on with this celebration of WOR-FM bringing Rock & Roll to Commercial FM Radio 45 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 5 years 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, but 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.
Sound familiar, 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's the link to a man even more endearingly annoying than I am, lol, at WLSO.FM:
 
 
Mike

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Comment by Mike Pell on August 9, 2011 at 1:46am
RJ,
I must be getting better as I go along if you liked the sound bites more, lol!
I am trying to keep them pertinent to the music I am going to play, or in some cases letting the airchecked DJ intro it.
Murray the K must have done thousands of those fun intros as an AM jock, I wish I had more of them.
I have heard Rita Coolidge's version of Higher And Higher, but Jackie Wilson's was the first by anyone, and far superior.
Yes it's Let's Live For Today, it was done by the Grassroots, and I truly did try to use the song to get laid!
I pretty much quoted the damn song, lol!
Did it work? NO!
Now that I've humiliated myself by admitting to my seduction failure, I can only say that I was young and new at it.
I got MUCH better very fast, LOL!
Thanks for listening and writing, from a quick learner of what worked and didn't, lol,
Mike
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on August 8, 2011 at 3:11pm

Hey Mike,

I'll admit, I actually enjoyed the sound bites more today.  Especially that song intro about moving through the jungle.  That was cool.

 

I did like two songs.  Higher And Higher, which I'm more familar with Rita Coolidge's version because it was very popular when I was young.  But I must say, this version is better than Rita's. 

 

Also, I liked the next one you played.  I think you said it was Let's Live For Today.  Now I've heard that before and I've always liked it, but I never knew the name of it.

 

Thanks Bro!

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