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WMCA Good Guys

WMCA Good Guy sweatshirt

WMCA Good Guys

Muni hosts Charity Bash

Billboard: Nov. 9, 1959

Scott Muni hosts a rock and roll dance at the New York Coliseum. $1.50 per ticket, which is the equivalent of $11.50 today, not a bad price.

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Scott Muni Leaves WMCA - Mulling three offers

Billboard: Oct. 10, 1960

In retrospect, considering that Muni stayed at WNEW-FM for over 30 years, it's hard to believe that his tenures at both WMCA and WABC were relatively short. Obviously, we know that one of the offers was from WABC. One was probably from WINS. But assuming this wasn't just hype, who was the third station offering Muni a job?

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The Good Guys Sing

circa 1964

Contributed by Kimball Brandner

These guys didn't sing very well. And most of the songs were terrible, but better to have chosen bad songs than to ruin good ones. But, this was considered to be a lot of fun back then.

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Promotion: "It's Golden Time in Good Guy Land"

August 4, 1967

Contributed by Myles Putnam

A promotion piece publicizing new jingles, The Who and the Monkees, among other things.

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Joe O'Brien reports on the Robert F. Kennedy shooting

June 5, 1968

Contributed by Rob Frankel

Since this site is primarily about stations that broadcast rock music, there's not much on here that we need to take very seriously. But every once in a while, there's an event (like 9/11) that shakes our foundations. I debated whether to post this aircheck, but in the interest of radio history, I decided it was too important not to post.

This aircheck is of WMCA music DJ Joe O'Brien in a very serious mood providing a status update about Robert F. Kennedy after he was shot in Los Angeles. Kennedy was undergoing surgery during the time of this broadcast.

This aircheck tells us several things: that Joe O'Brien was much more than a screaming, happy top-40 DJ, that full service radio was important in that it kept people who might not turn to a news station informed and that 43 years later, this broadcast still stirs the emotions.

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Link to aircheck

Murray the K rejoins WMCA

New York Times - October 26, 1968

I found it strange that Murray would join WMCA after quitting WOR-FM a year earlier over issues of creative freedom, but he did. His show seemed to be a mix of his own ideas and WMCA demands, but it seemed out of place.

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WMCA Cuts DJ's From Voting - They Gain Freedom In Pacing

Billboard - November, 1968

This article describes format changes at WMCA, no doubt influenced by the increasing importance of and competition from FM rock radio. It also announced the end of the "Good Guys" promotion.

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Murray the K Joins WMCA

December 3, 1968

Contributed by Myles Putman

Here's an photo and (screwed-up) caption, probably from Billboard, announcing a party to celebrate Murray the K's return to WMCA, which actually happened back in October (see above).

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WMCA Announces Format Change

Go Magazine: April 4, 1969

Contributed by Myles Putman

They announced a format change, but it doesn't really seem like much of one, other than there's an implication that it's an oldies format. Yet the survey from later this month features contemporary tracks.

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WMCA News & Promotion

Go Magazine: April 24, 1969

Contributed by Myles Putman

Some news from WMCA as published in GO Magazine announcing that they'll be a music station from 10am to 10pm and a talk station from 10pm to 10am.

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WMCA News & Promotion

Go Magazine: May 2 and 9th, 1969

Contributed by Myles Putman

Some more ads and promos from WMCA.

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WMCA Good Guys at the Cheetah

circa August 22, 1969

Contributed by Myles Putman

Here's an image of the late-era Good Guys supposedly taken at the Cheetah and pubished in August of 1969. However, I would think that this is actually an older photo because the "Good Guys" promo had ended by now.


Addendum: Contributor Rob Frankel wrote in to state that this was indeed a 1969 photo. Rob writes, “The first Good Guy era ended in September, 1968. But after a disastrous year of programming changes that just didn't work, WMCA made an attempt to revive the Good Guy format in August '69 by bringing back as many of the old guys as they could rehire, plus returning to the 1963 jingle package. Ed Baer, Dean Anthony and Jack Spector were all rehired. Dominic Quinn's talk show was bounced from morning drive and Dan Daniel took over the shift in September. Gary Stevens was still in Europe at this point, so Frankie Crocker continued (and did an excellent job) as the evening jock. Alex Bennett was still doing a talk show on the overnights, and replaced Murray the K in October '69 for the weekend music shows.”

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WMCA 570 SURVEYS


October 16, 1969

Contributed by Myles Putman

The WMCA survey from October 16th, 1969 as published in GO magazine.

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September 18, 1969

Contributed by Myles Putman

The WMCA survey from September 18th, 1969 as published in GO magazine.

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July 25, 1969

Contributed by Myles Putman

WMCA had some surveys reprinted in magazines in a somewhat different format than the record store handout surveys. This is one of them.

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July 18, 1969

Contributed by Myles Putman

A hot survey from WMCA.

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May 1, 8, 27, 1969

Contributed by Myles Putman

The WMCA surveys from May 1st, 8th and 27th, 1969 as published in GO magazine.

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April 10, 24, 1969

Contributed by Myles Putman

The WMCA surveys from April 10th and 24th, 1969 as published in GO magazine. Notice the column from Murray the K in the first survey and the columns from Lee Gray and Dandy Dan Daniel in the second..

Survey Survey

January 2, 1969

Contributed by Myles Putman

Here's a slightly different format of the WMCA Survey as published in GO Magazine.

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December, 1968

Contributed by Myles Putman

The WMCA year-end survey from December, 1968 as published in GO magazine.

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December 14th 1968

Contributed by Myles Putman

A WMCA survey from December of 1968 as published in GO magazine.

Eliminate the pop junk from The Cowsills, the Sandpebbles, Bobby Vee, Bobby Vinton, Lulu, Ed Ames, Vikki Carr, and Lesley Gore and it was a really fine playlist. I'm particularly impressed that they were playing "Love Me Two Times" by the Doors. The rest was a nice mix of hit rock and soul.

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November 21st & 28th 1968

Contributed by Myles Putman

Some WMCA surveys from November of 1968 as published in GO magazine.

Survey Survey

September 10th & 17th 1968

Contributed by Myles Putman

Some WMCA surveys from September of 1968 as published in GO magazine.

Survey Survey

May 2nd and 30th, 1968

Contributed by Myles Putman

The WMCA survey from May 2nd and 30th 1968 as published in GO magazine.

Survey Survey

April 25, 1968

Contributed by Myles Putman

The WMCA survey from April, 1968 as published in GO magazine.

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December, 1967

Contributed by Myles Putman

The WMCA year-end survey from December, 1967 as published in GO magazine.

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October 19, 1967

Contributed by Myles Putman

The WMCA survey from October 19th, 1967 as published in GO magazine.

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August, 1967

Contributed by Myles Putman

GO Magazine's versions of WMCA's surveys from August 10th, 16th and 24th, 1967.

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July 27, 1967

Contributed by Myles Putman

WMCA had some surveys reprinted in magazines in a somewhat different format than the record store handout surveys. This is one of them.

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March 23, 30, 1967

Contributed by Myles Putman

The surveys for the weeks of March 1967

Nice mix of music but with some duds that never made it, but those are perhaps the most interesting ones. For a top-40 station, they were brave to play The Blues Project's attempt for a hit single.

Survey Survey

March 1, 10, 17, 1966

The surveys for the weeks of March 1966

This first survey for the month is dated March 1, but we think that's a typo. It should have been March 3rd.

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February 3, 10, 17, 24, 1966

The surveys for the weeks of February 1966

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January 6, 13, 20, 27, 1966

The surveys for the weeks of January 1966

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December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 1965

The surveys for the weeks of December 1965

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November 4, 11, 25 1965

The surveys for the weeks of November 1965

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October 7, 14, 21, 28, 1965

The surveys for the weeks of October 1965

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September 2, 16, 23 and 30th, 1965

The surveys for the week of September 1965

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August 5, 19, 26, 1965

The surveys for the week of August 1965

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Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 1965

The surveys for the weeks of July 1965

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Jun 10, 17, 1965

The surveys for the weeks of Jun 1965

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May 6, 20, 1965

The surveys for the weeks of May 1965
Note that B. Mitchell Reed has departed and Dean Anthony and Gary Stevens have joined.

Survey Survey

April 22, 1965

The survey for the week of April 22, 1965

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March 4, 18, 25, 1965

The surveys for the weeks of March 1965

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February 4, 18, 25 1965

The surveys for the weeks of February 1965

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January, 1965

The surveys for the weeks of January 1965

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December 17, 31, 1964

The surveys for the weeks of December 1964

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November 5, 12, 19, 26, 1964

The surveys for the weeks of November 1964

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October 15, 1964

Contributed by Kimbal Brandner

The WMCA survey from October 15th, 1964

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WMCA 570 Schedule


WMCA Schedule

1958-1970

This is the air schedule for the top-40 era on WMCA. This is sourced from newspapers, FM Guide (which was usually a few months behind changes), Radio Guide, Richard Neer's book on FM radio, personal recollections of myself and DJs and various postings on the web, especially those of Vince Santarelli and Rock Radio Scrapbook. Corrections welcomed. In some cases, the same dates are posted twice due to conflicting information from different sources.

WMCA Schedule



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