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Their call letters no longer even exist, but the celebration of WOR-FM continues with some more Murray The K.
Murray would do what he called "Attitude Blocks"- sets of music with a common thread tying them together.
Something I have taken to an extreme, lol!
Here's what Radio Authority Alan Sniffen had to say:
"Murray the K was the guiding light for the first year. His dedication to breaking new music became a theme for the station. Murray pushed records that he believed had potential to become hits such as Ike and Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High”. While it never became a U.S. hit (it was in England), WOR-FM’s dedication to playing the song did have an impact on New York record sales.
Murray the K had the highest rated FM show in New York; a 4 share. This was higher than many AM shows and a terrific FM rating for New York."
It was in late winter or early spring of 1967 that I finally found a friend who had an FM Radio, and soon after, a girl who had one.
I would go over to one of their homes and try to be a fun guest, while simultaneously listening to their radio!
One night, I heard Murray or Rosko play the album version of a song I was very familiar with- it was a huge hit on AM Radio.
But I had never heard THIS!
It was more than twice as long as that hit song I knew!
I didn't even know there WAS a longer version- by the time that song was over, I felt like something was happening here and I was missing out, it blew my mind!
Songs could be more than 3 minutes long?
WOR-FM was presenting a new kind of Rock Music, daring to do so with intelligence.
Some real memory busters in this chapter, hopefully some of those "Oh Wow" moments for you!
Do enjoy!
Here are the links to Tune In, Turn On, But Please Don't Drop Out, at Mike Pell Rockollections:
At Podomatic:

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Comment by Mike Pell on August 15, 2015 at 2:06pm
Sorry for the delay, things have been turned upside down.
Yes I have done blocks of music with common threads- I have done ENTIRE SHOWS of music with common threads, LOL!
Been so long I don't remember what the single version of that Doors song sounds like, but that's what I heard first.
Never mind The Devil Went Down To Georgia, I remember hearing or rather NOT hearing the "goddam" in the Dead's Uncle John's Band!
What is that one song by the Doors, Hello I Love You?
Thanks for the listen and writing, and patience,
Comment by Jon on August 10, 2015 at 7:46am

You've done blocks of music with common threads? I must have missed those. I'll be sure to pay more attention in the future to see if there are some of these "common thread" shows.

I've heard the single version of that Doors song, but I can't remember where. I don't think it would have been AM radio, maybe I actually did buy the single in the late 70's. See, now that's bugging me because I also can't remember if I heard the full version first or the single version. 

The one thing I do remember about a song on AM vs FM was "The Devil Went Down To Georgia". On the AM version, it was "son of a gun" while on the FM version it was "son of a bitch". But,m I don't think that blew my mind as "Light My FIre" did to you. I just thought it was interesting and wanted to "bitch" version so I bought the album after buying the single which was the "gun" version.

Whew. I think I typed enough. I will end this by saying that this was another nice show and that the Doors STILL don't sound like they came from the 60's. Well, except for maybe one song......

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