Motor City Radio Flashbacks

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October 30th, 2014

Motor City Radio Flashbacks logoIN LOVING MEMORY OF GEORGE GRIGGS

It is with much sorrow and with great regret we wish to inform our friends here, George Griggs, curator of Motor City Radio Flashbacks, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, October 28, 2014. He was 65.

Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. We will provide further information, here, as they become available.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 2:54 P.M.


HARRY J. WILL FUNERAL HOMES | 37000 W. Six Mile Rd., Livonia, MI 48152  734-591-3700


In Memory of

George Griggs
April 23, 1949 – October 28, 2014



George “Butch” Griggs passed away on October 28, 2014 at his home with his family by his side. He was 65 years old. George was born April 23, 1949, in Detroit, to Mary (nee Perrin) and George M. Griggs.

George was a dedicated member of the United States Air Force before becoming a lab technician and scheduler for the Ford Motor Company.

George is survived by his loving wife Patricia of 39 years. His son Scott (Teresa) and daughter Gina (Geoff) Novack. His sisters Diane (Daniel) Giesin and Karen (Hilton) Ehrisman. His brother-in-law Gary (Dawn) Pedinelli, his nieces Rebecca Kolbicz, Danielle Giesin, Alessandra Pedinelli, and nephew Antonio Pedinelli.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 2 to 8pm at Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Road, in Livonia. A Funeral Service will take place on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11am at Harry J. Will Funeral Home. Friends may visit the funeral home on Friday beginning at 10am.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:34 P.M.


Reflections by Art Vuolo, Jr.

George L. Griggs, 65 has passed away, as reported in on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, he was only 65. In recent weeks he had been fighting lung cancer, even though in over twenty years that I called George a close friend, I never saw him with a cigarette. People call me a radio archivist, but it was George, who in concert with Scott MacKinnon and a few other broadcast enthusiasts who started an amazing web site originally called “Detroit Radio Flashbacks” it is now known as “Motor City Radio Flashbacks” but is best accessed by the initials It represents many years of his collecting audio clips and memorabilia from Detroit area stations, dating back the late 1950’s. He was an amazing man and I will miss him terribly.

Please visit the web site he founded at for photos and audio memories. The Detroit Radio community has lost the true “Keeper of the Flame” to the Motor City’s radio glory years. George may be gone, but his efforts and the signal will go on for years to come. Rest in Peace my friend.

Art Vuolo, Jr.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:47 P.M.
George L. Griggs April 23, 1949 - October 28, 2014

George L. Griggs  April 23, 1949 – October 28, 2014

Art Vuolo, George Griggs, Michael Collins, Jimmy Hampton and Scott MacKinnon. Photos courtesy Jim Hampton October 28, 2014; 7:48 p.m.

Art Vuolo, George Griggs, Michael Collins, Jimmy Hampton and Scott MacKinnon. Photos courtesy Jim Hampton (October 28, 2014; 7:48 p.m.)


October 30th, 2014
George Griggs with Scott MacKinnon

George Griggs with Scott MacKinnon
(click on photo for largest view).

LEE ALAN and GEORGE GRIGGS * Jimmy James Show * WPON-AM 1460


Motor City Radio Flashbacks logoGeorge Griggs. Scott MacKinnon. Motor City Radio Flashbacks had its beginnings, some 10-years ago. And it all started with them. From 2004 to 2011, this website today, was the former Detroit Radio Flashbacks. In part, the fact we are here on the web is because of George Griggs. This is his website. If Motor City Radio Flashbacks holds any degree of success by your many, many frequent visits here (over 2 million 300,000 plus-hits just short under a year), we are reminded that it was due to his passion, his love for Detroit radio which transcended well everything this website is about today. Preserving memories of great Detroit radio and its glorious past. Remembered. All archived here. All here in one place. And to that end we are indebted to him, always.

Thank you, George. Our good friend. For this wonderful website you gave us all.

   J i m   F e l i c i a n o 

Monday, October 27, 2007 12:06 AM




October 30th, 2014

BILLBOARD - OCTOBER 30, 1965A MCRFB VIEWING TIP: To fully appreciate this Billboard Hot 100 October 30, 1965 chart feature — to enlarge this image FULL SCREEN — click on the image and open to second window. See ‘Original size: ‘3283 × 4533‘ at the top/left and click on that link for EXPANDED LARGEST VIEW (twice). Click image anytime to return to NORMAL image size. (Click your server’s back button to return to MCRFB main home page).


October 30th, 2014

From the MCRFB radio news scrapbook: 1948

Fort Industry Corp., WJBK in Detroit News Tie-In





FLASHBACKDETROIT, October 30 – A new full scale tie-in on news coverage between WJBK, flag station of Fort Industry Corporation, and the Detroit Times, Hearst-owned daily, was completed Monday, October 18, with a schedule of hourly news broadcasts — on the hour — at the station covering 24 hours of the day. The program is being interjected into the various shows on the air, chiefly the two Jack The Bellboy shows, the Joe Gentile and Ralph Binge three-hour morning stint, and Bob Murphy’s two daily jockey shows.

Actual newscast will originate in the Times office,where a special broadcasting booth has been installed adjoining the newsroom. Both United and Associated Press wires as well as the paper’s own local coverage will be available to WJBK under the new set-up. This will give WJBK, which has no network affiliation despite rumors of changes, a closer newspaper tie-in than any other local station except WWJ, which is owned by the Detroit News, the only other afternoon newspaper edition in Detroit. END

(Information and news source: Billboard; October 30, 1948).

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