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This Series was originally broadcast in the Summer of 2011, so kindly add 4 years to all dates I say.
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 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 limited 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 heard him as a Disc Jockey for many decades- but how about my man Scott as a Newsman/Sportscaster/Weatherman?
It's in this LOTS of Music Of The Period!
I hope you are enjoying this look at Radio History, because I am having a ball!
Here are the links to the beginnings of what is so commonplace today, Rock Music on FM Radio, at Mike Pell Rockollections:

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Comment by Mike Pell on August 5, 2015 at 12:42pm
Interesting question about the postcard- I think you would get it back AND people would laugh at you!
Who has postcards anymore anyway, lol?
You still don't believe in Engineer Ken?
You are a character, lol!
Seems you had writer's block, but don't worry, it will come back- and it was easy to answer, lol!
Thanks for the listen and writing,
Comment by Jon on August 3, 2015 at 8:02am

Wonder if you were to send in a postcard for one of those drawings today, what would happen? Would you get it back? Would someone just laugh at you?

Hey, at least when he's talking to Jim, you can actually HEAR Jim respond, unlike someone else I know.

Really don't have much else to day. Nice show. Nice music. Nice.

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