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A 1948 DETROIT WJBK RADIO NEWSPAPER FLASHBACK!

September 9th, 2016

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Saturday, September 4, 1948

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: WJBK-AM ‘. . . The Bell Boy’s Peeves — Kenton and Monroe’

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A 1959 DETROIT WJBK RADIO NEWSPAPER FLASHBACK

July 29th, 2016

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Tuesday, December 8, 1959

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: WJBK-AM ‘WJBK Drops Disc Jockey Lee Alan’

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RIVALS: AIR PROMOTION SHAPES DETROIT BOOM . . . JULY 21, 1962

July 21st, 2016

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WJBK, WXYZ Trending More Newer Pop Record Singles

 

 

 

 

 

DETROIT — Distributors here are crediting aggressive promotion of new material by stations WJBK and WXYZ for some of the best singles business the area has enjoyed in years.

Nearby Toledo, with stations WOHO and WTOD, also is reported to be very receptive to new releases. Though not exactly a trend, distributors note that often material breaks first in Toledo, then moves into the Motor City.

Detroit’s big singles stations -WJBK and WXYZ – always have been sensitive to pop hits, but lately distributors feel the stations are getting on new material much faster. As one distributor put it, “They’re willing to pioneer and test, making for a much ‘hipper’ record picture here.”

Discounting continues on par with prices ranging from $2.77 to $2.98 for a regular $3.98 album. Rumors are circulating that Gem and Korvette are expected to open stores in the area before too long.

Three of the city’s newest distributors – Record Merchants, S & L and Merle appear to be getting well established. The latter two were formed when Merle Schneider and John Shepherd, who previously owned S & S Distributing Company split.

Schneider formed Merle Distributing, and Shepherd took on a new partner, Bob Lymperis, to form S & L. Shepherd and Lymperis now have some 15 lines including MGM, Disneyland (acquired recently from Henry Droz), Request, Circa and Allied.

Firm employs three salesmen, Rick Tecker, Jerry Light and Roy Austin, and two promotion people, Curley Dmytro and Betty Alexander.

The new distribution has also enjoyed a steady percentage of sales increase each month and recently bought a new building in the North-West “Record Row” section of Detroit. Another big distributor, John Kaplan, is also breaking ground up the street from S & L for a new building. END

(Information and news source: Billboard; July 21, 1962)

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A 1958 DETROIT WJBK RADIO NEWSPAPER FLASHBACK

July 1st, 2016

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Sunday, February 9, 1958

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: WJBK “SOUND”

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A 1956 DETROIT WJBK RADIO NEWSPAPER FLASHBACK!

April 22nd, 2016

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Sunday, April 29, 1956

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: WJBK 1500 ‘Radio Station WJBK Undergoes Changes ’

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A 1959 DETROIT WJBK RADIO NEWSPAPER FLASHBACK!

January 28th, 2016

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Monday, November 23, 1959

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: WJBK ‘PAYOLA’ ‘WJBK Fires Disk Jockey, Bandstand MC Resigns’

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THIS WEEK IN DETROIT! WJBK 15 ‘FORMULA 45’ 08/1958

August 20th, 2015

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WJBK “FORMULA 45” WAS  COMPILED BY BOB MARTIN and ROSEMARY McGANN

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WJBK FORMULA 45 NO. 01 * The Elegants * WJBK 1500 (08/18/1958)

 

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WJBK FORMULA 45 NO. 03 * Perez Prado * WJBK 1500 (08/18/1958)

 

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WJBK FORMULA 45 NO. 04 * Everly Brothers * WJBK 1500 (08/18/1958)

 

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WJBK FORMULA 45 NO. 06 * Ricky Nelson * WJBK 1500 (08/18/1958)

 

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WJBK FORMULA 45 NO. 07 * Robin Luke * WJBK 1500 (08/18/1958)

 

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WJBK FORMULA 45 NO. 09 * The Pony Tails * WJBK 1500 (08/18/1958)

 

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WJBK FORMULA 45 NO. 14 * Billy Vaughn Orchestra * WJBK 1500 (08/18/1958)

 

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WJBK FORMULA 45 NO. 18 * Kalin Twins * WJBK 1500 (08/18/1958)

 

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WJBK FORMULA 45 NO. 22 * Pat Boone * WJBK 1500 (08/18/1958)

 

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WJBK FORMULA 45 NO. 24 * The Imperials * WJBK 1500 (08/18/1958)

 

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WJBK FORMULA 45 NO. 31 * The Four Preps * WJBK 1500 (08/18/1958)

 

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WJBK FORMULA 45 NO. 35 * Eydie Gorme * WJBK 1500 (08/18/1958)

 

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WJBK FORMULA 45 NO. 36 * Skee Brothers * WJBK 1500 (08/18/1958)

 

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WJBK FORMULA 45 NO. 42 * Tommy Edwards * WJBK 1500 (08/18/1958)

 

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WJBK FORMULA 45 NO. 44 * The Four Lads * WJBK 1500 (08/18/1958)

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These were the records you bought in the 1950s. Many went on to become some of the most popular singles heard played on WJBK RADIO AM 1500 in Detroit, August 1958.

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