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#1 2009-10-24 13:59:25

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Disk Jockeys from the past. 1950's 60's 70's

Do we all remember the Disk Jockeys of old, you know the guys who played our favorite tunes whether it was popular music from the late 40's to early 50's or to the mid 50's on, the start of Rock and Roll. A couple of names come to mind. Allen Freed, the old Moondog himself, and how about Wolf Man Jack. How many know he was a native New Yorker  (Robert Smith) Brooklyn N.Y. Or a guy by the name of Jocko.
I spent many a night after a movie or just out on a date with the girl friend, watching the Submarine races from a pull-off along the Belt Pkway. listening to Allen Freed  playing Earth Angel. Does any one else remember other Jocks that have long been forgotten.
Jimbo

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#2 2009-10-24 15:06:55

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Hi Jimbo--Alan Freed & Wolfman Jack were my faves. I also remember Cousin Brucie (Morrow, I think).  He's on those PBS tributes to Rock & Roll. I find it painful to watch him now. He's so made over & made up, he looks like some kind of plastic robot. But, his broadcast voice is just the same. In the 50's, I used to go submarine race watching in Queens, somewhere in the Alley Pond Park area. I don't remember any other R&R DJ's. Prior to Allen Freed, I remember Martin Block & the Make Believe Ballroom. He used to play Patti Page, Four Freshmen, etc. Then along came Rock & Roll & changed music history.

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#3 2009-10-24 15:08:27

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Alan Freed and his partner Paul Sherman. Murray the K and his swingin soiree(submarine races)..Jocko..e toddyok and this is the jock and were back on the scene with the record machine,sayin uppa do and how do you do)....Cousin Bruce Morrow, Big Bob Lewis, and all the rest of the great ones.
How about old Joe Franklin on WOR TV with his 40s and 50s music, or anyone remember Ted Steele? Going back a little furhter, there was the Make Believe Ballroom with Martin Block.

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#4 2009-10-24 17:15:34

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In the 60s WMCA had the "Good Guys". Some that I can remember were Joe O'Brien, Harry Harrison, Dandy Dan Daniels, B.Mitchell Reed, Gary Stevens, Ed Baer, Frank Stickles and Jack Spector.
They were in direct competition with WABC who had Ron Lundy, Dan Ingram, and Cousin Brucie. Just to name a few.
Those were the great days of music radio to me.

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#5 2009-10-24 17:52:20

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I can only go back as far as you Tsquared, the WMCA good guys and the WABC guys.
You remembered twice as many names than I could come up with.
Cousin Brucie is still going strong playing music from the '50's and '60's on SiriusXM.

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#6 2009-10-24 18:07:21

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Olivia,  Ed.... thanks  for the input,  Olivia , I had truly forgotten some of the old jocks like Martin Block with someone singing it's make believe ballroom time, come on children let's dance. Cousin Brucie, Ted Steel, Joe Franklin, gosh Ed now your really bending my memory. Murray the K was another good one.
On my way home from work one late afternoon on a Saterday in the mid 70's I was driving east on the L.I.E toward my exit  #68. From there I would exit and turn north passing Brookhaven Labs. About then I would always call my son on my CB to the base station at home letting him know I would be home shortly. This one day he was all excited he said he had been talking to Wolf Man Jack. I told him that was nice and I would be home in about 15 min. When I arrived home he immediately took me to his room started talking on the base station calling the Wolf man. Next thing  I know someone with a deep gravelly answerd  back this is the Wolf Man. I was handed the mike and had a brief conversation with him. Said he was in town and staying with friends on L.I. To this day I don't know if I spoke to an impostor or the real Wolf man, the person on the other end of the mike sounded very sincere and just like him. Who knows ? but I thought I woud share that with you guys.
Jimbo

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#7 2009-10-24 18:49:25

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Some of the old time WMCA, WABC guys ended their careers on WCBS-FM. I do also remember a couple of them on WHUD in the Hudson River valley 10-15 years ago. Bruce Morrow taught a course in radio broadcasting at NYU in the 80s and 90s. For all I know, he might still be doing it.

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#8 2009-10-24 19:53:16

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Re: Disk Jockeys from the past. 1950's 60's 70's

Alan Freed 
Peter Tripp
Jocko
Jim Lowe
Scot Muni
Jack Specter
Herb Oscar Anderson
Berry Grey
Bert Knapp


Ted Brown and The Red Head
Bob And Ray
William B William
Klavan and Finch

1010 WINS      a one and an oh and a one and an oh and a ten ten on your radio

1600 WWRL

WMCA

That's the best I can do....

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#9 2009-10-24 20:55:02

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Guys...I just thought of a real old timer from the 50's. A Jock by the name of Jack Lacy. I remember that he developed a case of throat cancer. Came back to radio for a while and was never heard from again.
nyc02.... Thats quite a list, pretty much covers it all.

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#10 2009-10-24 23:06:39

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ed baer on wmca, jerry marshall, art ford, bob landers, william b. wiliiams on wnew, jonathan schwartz, wnew, pete myers on wnew and on wins as the legendary mad daddy

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#11 2009-10-24 23:11:18

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1050  wmgm became whn they had an announcer, i can't spell his name, but i'll spell it phonetically- a may go -van around 1960.

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#12 2009-10-24 23:14:26

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dick summer, wnew, chuck leonard, wabc, johnny holiday, wins

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#13 2009-10-25 03:27:07

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jimbo- Amazing, I spoke to the 'Wolfman' on CB a few times when I was living in Queens, around 1975 or so. I'll be honest, I can't swear it was not the real Wolfman, I always thought it was 'schick', but the guy sounded **exactly** like him. He had the whole rap down perfectly, and it was really fun talking to him. I actually heard him several times, but only spoke with him once or twice, I didn't have a very strong station, so the conditions had to be just right. Maybe Lenny or Sal remember this guy, I know they were avid CBers too.

A few more DJ's that I don't think were mentioned, and both of whom I had the pleasure of meeting:

'The Night Tripper', Alison Steele on WNEW FM.
Jerry White on WJRZ, had a folk, and blugrass show in the 60's and 70's.

Gotta say, my two favs, growing up were Cousin Brucie, and Scott Muni. The Cousin always sounded like he was having a blast, and Scottso just sounded so damn cool. Two legends.

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#14 2009-10-25 08:38:27

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Re: Disk Jockeys from the past. 1950's 60's 70's

Cousin Brucie, who can forget that voice. A definate connection to "the oldies".

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#15 2009-10-25 09:43:21

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Herb - Alison Steele was known as "The Night Bird".
She ended her career at WXRK - (KROK) from 1989 to 1995 when she unfortunately died at age 58.

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#16 2009-10-25 09:55:48

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[quote=Herb]'The Night Tripper', Alison Steele on WNEW FM.[/quote]
Also on WNEW, Rosko and Zacherle...

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#17 2009-10-25 10:03:36

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[quote=Mike]Alison Steele was known as "The Night Bird"[/quote]
Good catch, I missed that. Dr. John was "The Night Tripper"

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#18 2009-10-25 10:29:01

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Re: Disk Jockeys from the past. 1950's 60's 70's

Scottso and Rosko . . . they were the best during the advent of "FM" rock in NY . . . but other than going Submarine Race Watching, it was Pete Myers in his Mad Daddy persona that entertained me. (for a short time on WINS)

"We giggle, we jiggle, we bop and we blast--so remember, it's mail that keeps the show on the air to make it last . . . so if you dig the platter with the groove---get your ball point pen on the move"--MadDaddy

. . . and have any of you noticed how much Morgan Freeman sounds like Rosko on that "Super Freak" commercial for Visa?

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#19 2009-10-25 11:50:03

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[quote=Mike]Herb - Alison Steele was known as "The Night Bird".
She ended her career at WXRK - (KROK) from 1989 to 1995 when she unfortunately died at age 58.[/quote]
Absolutely right, Mike....don't know what I was thinking. I had the pleasure of meeting Alison, her daughter and I went to the same boarding school, upstate. I was pretty intimidated as I went up to her to tell her I was a fan. She was extremely nice, and approachable.

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#20 2009-10-25 14:30:00

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Re: Disk Jockeys from the past. 1950's 60's 70's

Before and immediately after Alan Freed coined the term "Rock & Roll" because he couldn't use "Moondogger" any longer, there were lots of DJs on stations at the ends of the radio dial that played R&B which became R&R. Guys like Dr. Jive, who transmitted out of a station in Woodside, Queens, "I Am The Bruce" (No, not him,  way before Cousin Brucey), Clint Miller and others, on such stations as WPLJ - also the name of a drink, White Port, Lemon Juice. If there was a cover record by a white artist or group, then it was first heard by the original black artist on one of these stations.

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#21 2009-10-25 15:06:41

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And some of my favorite Jazz DJ's from WRVR, Max Cole, Les Davis, Batt Johnson, Roger Dawson, and Stella Mars. WRVR was my introduction to many jazz artists and a great radio station. Sure made those all night taxi shifts more beareable. I wonder if anyone else here listened.

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#22 2009-10-25 16:56:15

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That Woodside, Queens radio station was WWRL which also employed Art Rust, Jr as a news commentator/sports personality.

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#23 2009-10-26 01:29:04

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bob dayton, who on the 2oth anniversary of the bombing of hiroshima in august 1965 played "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" and disappeared from ny radio for twenty years,

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#24 2009-10-26 07:06:16

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I used to listen to Cousin Brucie, Wolfman Jack, Harry Harrison through college days.  Of course at that time they were considered oldies stations!

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#25 2009-10-26 11:30:38

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Yesterday's Newsday had an article about Hofstra Univ student radio station celebrating it's 50th anniv. They mentioned Dan Ingram as having gotten his start there. I'd forgotten about him.

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