Mr. Pop History -
Another 1970′s radio syndicator called, “Audio Stimulation” did an incredible look at the Beach Boys called “The Best Summers Of Our Lives.” This was back in 1976.
This history of the Beach Boys was narrated by Charlie Van Dyke and Wolfman Jack and was six hours long.
The 1970′s is when radio syndication really took off – thanks to companies such as Audio Stimulation and Watermark.
Mr. Pop History – When it comes to Wolfman Jack, many get confused on his radio background. So, let’s go back to April of 1972 – when Wolfman Jack:
Moved to KDAY, Los Angeles on April 16. He retained full syndication rights to his show, about to be heard heard in 28 other markets six times a week – an edited taped version of his live KDAY show.
Wolfman Jack didn’t have such a deal at his station beforehand, XPRS, which beamed his show from Tijuana to the north at night. But the KDAY signal stunk, so syndication was necessary for Wolfman Jack to be heard again in places such as Stockton, Sacramento and Seattle-Tacoma.
From there, he went to WNBC, NY. Wolfman Jack was never a big ratings draw, but he had radio pizazz, – a character bigger then the sum of his parts, and made money on live appearances. And, about this time, he increased his appearances on national TV – on such shows as “Midnight Special” on NBC-TV.
Gary West @ mrpopculture.com
Mr. Pop History – Love this. OK music fans – can you dig it? From April 1976:
David Geffen will teach a UCLA weekly seminar on entertainment business… Rodney Bigenheimer reportedly got fired as DJ Gino’s Hollywood disco for playing too much of the new Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods LP instead of hustles and bumps… David Bowie will star on the King Biscuit Hour’s Fourth anniversary radio show, April 25… The Staple Singers kick of the new Casino Concert season at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City… Richard and Karen Carpenter gave their long-time engineer, Ray Gerhardt, a ’76 Jaguar XJ-S… Wolfman Jack with Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids joining for a summer tour package in state fairs and amusement parks…
Gary West – mrpopculture.com