Welcome to the New York Radio Archive - Where Great Radio Still Lives!
Welcome to the New York Radio Archive
While there are many radio sites and forums on the web, short shrift is generally given to 1960s-1970s free-form, progressive and underground New York City FM rock radio. In addition, when air checks and other collectables are loaded to Forums on the web, they are frequently lost as the postings are removed or it's hard to follow which postings had the associated attachment. This site will serve to remedy those situations. So we'll cover the free-form radio FM scene, mainly for New York radio stations, but we'll also add some goodies for New York AM rock radio fans that don't exist on other sites.
The New York Radio Archive (NYRadioArchive.com) will feature airchecks, articles, advertisements and other documentation about New York radio culled from the air, from journals and newspapers of the day. In addition, it will contain a repository of air-checks and other radio archive materials.
Come back often to see what's new on the New York Radio Archive as we'll be posting new air-checks and other archival material often. We have a great team of contributors who are constantly finding that lost aircheck in their archives.
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Record Store Day: Back to Black Friday
In addition to the annual Record Store Day, there is now a "Back to Black" event on Black Friday. Independent record stores who participate in the event will be receiving special releases from Bob Dylan, Nirvana, Nick Lowe, Queens of the Stone Age and Elvis Costello and the Roots. More on info on the Record Store Day site: Record Store Day site
Record Store Day: Countdown
Countdown until record store day:
And if you're interested in some great gently-used vinyl: LP Vinyl Music is our sister site where you can buy great vinyl, including unique and rare radio documentaries and interviews, as well as some DVD and Blu-ray titles.
WFMU Record Fair
The WFMU Record Fair returns this year after a one-year hiatus due to Hurricane Sandy. The fair will be held this weekend at the Metropolitan Pavilion - 125 West 18th Street in Chelsea. Hours are 7-10pm Friday and 10-7pm Saturday & Sunday with admission just $7. For more info, check out the website: WFMU Record Fair
Great new record store: Rough Trade
Rough Trade is a branch of a British record store that is opening in Williamsburg this Monday, November 25th. It's located at 64 N. 9th Street and will sell both new LPs and vinyl and will also have a large performance space. The store is an amazing 15,000 square feet. I've noticed a lot of criticism online that they're not planning on selling used vinyl - it will be interesting to see if that changes over time.
Dave Herman (revised)
Obviously, the news reports about Dave Herman's alleged behavior are devastating, if true. While the evidence seems overwhelming, we'd like to withhold judgement until all the facts are in, but the response which was released today (October 31), which is "the woman said she'd only meet me if I SPOKE to her about her daughter in this way" seems bogus and ridiculous. Why would anyone want to meet a woman who would only meet up if you talked about her young daughter having sex with an adult?
Luckily, there was no real mother or child involved, so no one got hurt (except for Herman's legacy). While I still can't believe that Dave Herman would behave in this way, it's sure looking bad In some ways, I'm glad that most of the legendary WNEW-FM jocks aren't around to have seen this.
Radio Unnameable news
Radio Unnameable, the documentary about WBAI's Bob Fass, is now available on a DVD which includes several hours of extra material including deleted scenes, rare audio recordings from Bob Fass' library, some archival video and short film called "Night People". It can be purchased from Kino Lorber or from Amazon.
More information on the film is available on our media page.
NY Radio & Twitter
We've setup a new Twitter display to show postings about New York Radio. It's imperfect, but it's still fun to see some of the posts, at least the ones that are decipherable.
Images of America: New York City Radio
Our friends Alec Cumming and Peter Kanze have put together a book for Arcadia Publishing that's filled with photographs about New York radio.
The book includes commentary and photos of such classic air personalities as Alison Steele and Dan Ingram as well as radio's pioneers, including inventors Edwin Armstrong and Lee DeForest. The book is a comprehensive, yet concise tour of New York City radio beginning at the turn of the last century and extending through the internet radio of today, stopping along the way at radio's pre-TV golden age and the growth of both top-40 and progresive rock & roll beginning in the late 1950s. The book contains many classic as well as rare photos. My favorites include a display of radios at Bamberger's Department Store from the 1920s, FM inventor Edwin H. Armstrong standing acrobatically on top of an antenna, some rare photos of Alan Freed along with such DJs as Jocko Henderson, Dr. Jive (Tommy Smalls), Bruce Morrow, and Bob Lewis before moving on to the progressive rock era of Rosko, Scott Muni, Murray the K, Alison Steele, Jim Kerr and many others. This is a must have for anyone who ever cared about New York radio.
More info and ordering here.(Just a link - we don't get anything for this)
In 2012, The New York Times caught up with the great John Zacherley - still doing his thing at an amazing 94 years of age.
"Once a Ghoul, Always A Ghoul"
CAROL MILLER Book
Carol Miller has written a book: Up All Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio.
As the book jacket says, "The all-American chronicle of radio legend Carol Miller, from her rise to success in a male-dominated world to the rock stars she's known along the way to, for the first time, the private story of her quietly waged battle with a deadly illness."
Carol's been on the air since 1971 and has been a New York air personality since 1973. To look at her and listen to her though, you'd think she couldn't have possibly been on the air for even half that time.
Click herefor the book on Amazon
Click herefor a NY Times article.
Ken Tullipano has an amazing archive of air-checks, primarily from WNEW-FM. He has graciously agreed to share them with us.
Ken tells us that he's lived in New York State his entire life (originally Port Chester and now Carmel) and that he loved listening to rock & roll on the radio going back to Murray the K on WINS and Scott Muni on ABC. When he discovered WNEW-FM, he was "hooked".
Ken started recording shows in 1977 and like all of us, he wishes he recorded a lot more. Ken tells us, "It never occurred to me that someday they wouldn't be around. They always made me feel like I was part of a big music loving family. Thankfully WFUV is carrying on the tradition." We couldn't agree more.
Rob Frankel has been in radio for years, has worked as a producer for Drake-Chenault, the RKO and ABC Radio Networks and is known by a title that only he holds: restorian. Rob is expert at taking old scoped air-checks and seamlessly adding back the music. Rob was also responsible for remastering the air-checks heard on WABC's Rewound program from 2000 to 2009. Rob was one of the producers of The News Blimp through most of the Eighties, and he has been Senior Producer for Citadel Media, where he was one of the producers of Flashback!, a weekly classic rock series, since 1989.
Check out Rob's website at RobFrankel.net where you can also find out about Rob's availability to create magic for you.
In 25 years as a practicing journalist, Dan McCue has written on everything from international trade, business and law to politics, science and the environment, but for all that, music and media remain closest to his heart.
A multi- award winner for his work in daily and weekly newspapers, Dan is currently writing a history of WNEW-FM, the working title of which is Where Rock Lived. For the project he has been interviewing scores of on-air and behind the scenes personalities at the station, as well as the musicians, concert promoters, record industry executives and others who interacted with the station during its glory years.
Growing up on the Jersey side of the NYC metro area, Myles Putman, began actively flipping the radio dial and playing with recording devices since about age 9. He has wantonly engaged in creative "de-construction" (re-editing) of really, really bad music for over 30 years; and portions of his "montage" and "Skipping Delights" recordings were aired on WFMU in the 1980's.
Myles also created a large body of "real time- recording" collages of radio and music edits for "aesthetic" and possible historic value; in addition to a gallery of re-edited political speeches. He now resides in the Hudson Valley with his wife Judy. In his spare time he continues to sift through the back catalogue of radio edits and sound checks, and digitally concocting new forms of audio mischief on occasion.
Kimball is a great fan of New York top-40 radio and has contributed most of the WABC surveys and many of the WABC promotion materials that appear on this site.
David has worked for a number of music labels and is an intensive music collector and radio fan. He also fondly remembers his friendship with Alison Steele.
Dr. Zoet, who is the creator of this site, but prefers to remain otherwise anonymous, grew up listening to New York top-40 radio and then to the FM free-form and progressive rock stations from the first day they joined the airwaves.
He worked in college radio, then became a recording engineer and producer and has produced thousands of hours of syndicated radio shows. But he now wishes that he saved more of the air-checks that he recorded and then erased (because recording tape was expensive!)
If you have air-checks or other materials that you'd like to contribute, send an email to info AT nyradioarchive.com (replace the "space AT space" with an "@" sign.)
1950's Radio in Color: The Lost Photographs of Deejay Tommy Edwards
by Christopher Kennedy
(The Kent State University Press - ISBN: 978-1-60635-072-0)
In the media section of this site, we've put up a videography of movies about radio. We've always wanted to also publish a comprehensive bibliography of the best books about radio, but we haven't gotten around to it yet. But today, a book came in that's going to be our first entry.
Christopher Kennedy is an accomplished musician and songwriter who has released five albums with the band Ruth Ruth. For years, he's been looking for a copy of the long-lost rock ‘n’ roll film The Pied Piper of Cleveland, which purports to contain the earliest known footage of Elvis Presley. He still hasn't found that film, but in the process of looking for it, he came across a treasure trove of photographs taken by Cleveland DJ Tommy Edwards, mostly at WERE-AM and some concerts between 1955 and 1960. In addition, author Kennedy separately found copies of Edwards' own “T.E. Newsletter”, a remarkably comprehensive review of the music industry in Cleveland as well as Edwards' personal weekly survey of important pop and country records.
The photographs in this book are remarkable because they show artists from all genres of music (and film) at their very raw, unvarnished and un-manipulated beginnings. And many of the Ektachrome photographs, in spite of some color deterioration, are amazingly beautiful in spite of the fact that they were photographed with a mere Kodak Brownie camera. Against a bright red stage, we see the deep blue pants of a 29-year-old Chuck Berry, playing then as now, with a pickup band. We have some great shots of Elvis from 1955. And we have Gene Vincent, a pimply Roy Orbison, Dion and Sam Cooke. But there's also pop stars like Billy Eckstine, Jerry Vale, Andy Williams, Patti Page and Johnny Mathis, movie stars like Charlton Heston and Henry Fonda and country stars like Johnny Cash. But my favorite photo in the book is a photo of soul singer Malcom Dodds, sitting at an old heavy-duty broadcast turntable.
The book contains several essays and each artist's photo is accompanied by a short article by the author, with many containing quotes about the artist from the “T.E. Newsletter” as well as contemporary comments from those involved. There's a lot of research contained in this volume.
What's important about this book is how it demonstrates that radio and the radio DJ were once the core of the country's culture. The DJ was completely immersed in the music and the artists that they played. Artists sought out the publicity that only radio could provide. In the case of Tommy Edwards, his newsletter was as insightful as those published by any radio consultant in later decades. I think it's all too easy to forget just how important and powerful radio was and how much radio was responsible for the birth and development of rock ‘n’ roll. And yet, at least in Cleveland, rock ‘n’ roll lived comfortably along with country music, just as Ray Charles would later prove that soul and country could be one thing as well. I dare say that if a new genre of music evolved today, it would not survive because none of the media that exists today could act as its guardian the way that radio guided rock. Buy this book. It's one of the last memories of what made 1950s American radio great.
Here's a nice article about the great Carol Miller from Media Bistro
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New York: Rock My Radio by Gerry Dieffenbach
What a great track! Thanks to Rob Frankel for forwarding.
Link to song
Recently added NEW and REVISED CONTENT:
- Nov 28: WNEW-FM: AIRCHECK: Over 90 minutes of Scott Muni with Paul Simon from November 29, 1988, including an off-air conversation that was never intended for broadcast, thanks to WNEW-FM historian Dan McCue.
- Oct 26: WNEW-FM: AIRCHECK: Pete Fornatale celebrates WNEW-FM's 17th anniversary on October 27, 1984 on his "Saturday Morning Sixties" show, thanks to Ken Tullipano.
- Oct 26: WNEW-FM: AIRCHECK: A bit of Dennis Elsas' show, also from October 27, 1984, three days before the actual anniversary.
- Oct 6: WABC-FM: AIRCHECK: A WABC-FM jingle from the "Love Format" era, contributed by Neil Leibowitz.
- Sept 19: WNEW-FM: AIRCHECK: Alison Steele's regular show from around September 19, 1975, thanks to Dan McCue.
- Sept 8: AIRCHECK:Alison Steele interviews Brian Auger during his leadership of Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, from approximately 1974, thanks to Dan McCue.
- Sept 6: WNEW-FM: AIRCHECK: Pete Fornatale with guest Chevy Chase from early September, 1980, thanks to Ken Tullipano.
- Sept 6: MEDIA: Added another new documentary to the media page.
- Sept 3: AIRCHECK:Alison Steele interviews the band Boston, from approximately April, 1977, from the Dan McCue archive.
- Sept 2: AIRCHECK:Alison Steele interviewing Neil Sedaka and producer George Martin, from 1977, thanks to Dan McCue.
- Sept 1: AIRCHECK:Alison Steele interviewing Justin Hayward on one of her syndicated radio shows, from 1975, thanks to Dan McCue.
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