WMCA New York – Beatles History
Station Broadcasts Live From the 1965 Beatles Shea Stadium Concert
Promoter Sid Bernstein got the idea of his career – why not book the Beatles in a stadium? Even though it was the Beatles, the hottest band ever, Bernstein was taking a risk. 14,000 seats at Carnegie Hall – sure. Madison Square Garden – that was a possibility with about 20,000 seats – but 55,000?
Turns out – he could have used more seats. At the same time, he changed pop culture music history. Forthwith – stadium concerts became popular – music festivals such as “Woodstock” would soon follow. “Filling a stadium” became a familiar phrase in concert lexicon.
And, getting one of the biggest scoops in pop culture history – was New York radio WMCA. In 1965 – the station was tops in ratings popularity. It already had solidified itself as the place for the Beatles with song exclusives, information and custom Beatle ID’s.
On Sunday night, August 15 – WMCA broadcast the entire concert – as close as possible. While the station didn’t air the “live” performance, as soon as the Beatles began playing a tune, WMCA would grab (as much as it could) – the recorded version. Ed Baer – sitting high atop – described the action perfectly – while the rest of the WMCA Goodguys – introduced the Beatles on stage. Sometimes the crowd was so loud, they couldn’t hear the song!
Listen to what it was like – on that special August night in 1965. Back in time – a mrpopculture.com exclusive – The Beatles at Shea – listening live on WMCA, New York.