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


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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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DJ DON MCLEOD QUITS; WJBK MIRED IN 1959 PAYOLA

August 7th, 2015

WJBK Don McLeod 1959 (Payola)

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Don McLeod, a popular nighttime Detroit radio personality, was the third disk jockey to leave WJBK behind Tom Clay and Dale Young. Tom Clay was fired. Dale Young abruptly resigned. McLeod left the station on Monday, November 23, 1959. Reportedly, all three were alleged having been involved taking gifts, accepting “cash-for-play,” known in the industry as payola, while at the Storer Broadcasting station that year.

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FOR OUR PREVIOUS Motor City Radio Flashbacks coverage on the PAYOLA scandal that rocked the industry in 1959, please go HERE, HERE and HERE.


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WJBK 15 TOP 52 HITS IN DETROIT: ON THIS DAY IN 1964!

July 17th, 2015

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DETROIT’S TOP 15: NUMBER 07 * Beach Boys * WEEK OF  07/17/64

 

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DETROIT’S TOP 15: NUMBER 12 * Bobby Freeman * WEEK OF  07/17/64

 

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ON THE WAY ON ‘JBK: NUMBER 16* The Beatles * WEEK OF  07/17/64

 

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 ON THE WAY ON ‘JBK: NUMBER 42 * The Dixie Cups * WEEK OF  07/17/64

 

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  ON THE WAY ON ‘JBK: New! * Jackie Ross * WEEK OF  07/17/64

 

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ON THE WAY ON ‘JBK: New! * The Beatles * WEEK OF  07/17/64
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MCRFB has every song selection on this WJBK playlist archived in it’s music library. All SIX featured song titles randomly were selected for your listening enjoyment here.

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WJBK 15 TOP 52 HITS IN DETROIT: ON THIS DAY IN 1964!

June 26th, 2015
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WJBK DETROIT’S TOP 15: NUMBER 06 * Rita Pavone * WEEK OF 06/26/64

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ON THE WAY ON ‘JBK: NUMBER 28 * Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto * WEEK OF  06/26/64

 

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ON THE WAY ON ‘JBK: NUMBER 45 * Earl-Jean * WEEK OF  06/26/64

 

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ON THE WAY ON ‘JBK: NEW * The Surfaris * WEEK OF  06/26/64
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MCRFB has every song selection on this WJBK playlist archived in it’s music library. All FOUR featured song titles randomly were selected for your listening enjoyment here.

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WAY-BACK DETROIT RADIO PAGES: WAR YEARS DETROIT RADIO EVENTS . . . JULY 8, 1944

April 22nd, 2015

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Army Air Show Sold In Detroit; One Newspaper Plus Every Detroit Radio Station Breaks Records for 20-Day Military Shindig

 

 

 

FLASHBACKDETROIT (July 1, 1944) — The consistent, but most important use of radio by the army was the major factor in building an all-time record attendance for the Army Air Show. Turnstile clicked 2,100,000 in the 20 days ended Sunday (June 25). Show was sponsored by The Detroit Times and received general space there, naturally, but as The Times itself commented, it was just “not publicized” by the other newspapers. Practically all credit therefore for the large attendance goes to radio.

John Payne in Army uniform, 1943.

Pvt. (film actor) John Payne in Army uniform, 1943.

The show, staged five miles from town at the municipal airport, had a mile of exhibits under tent of Detroit-made (military) war products. Covered stage at the center of midway was used for on-the-ground shows and for the series of programs aired.

The Army Air Show set a record of three shows fed to national networks, three fed to regional networks and 52 local stations shows. Originating stations for the network shows were WXYZ, feeding the Blue and the Michigan Radio Net, and, WWJ, feeding the NBC-RED.

Local stations taking the shows were WJLB, WJBK, WJR, and CKLW. One show each was also fed to WTOL, Toledo, and to WCAR and WHK, Cleveland.

How Variety Shows Pull Best

Most consistent air show were Victory Varieties, opening five days in advance of the show on WJLB and broadcast through the entire run of the show. Program was variety with patriotic angles. Features of this, as of every practically show aired, was a combination of standard radio entertainment, with the casts of the radio station making the daily trip, via police escort, to the exhibit.

Billboard, July 8, 1944

Billboard, July 8, 1944

Among guest artists were Lt. William Holden and Pvt. John Payne, Hollywood stars; “Skeets” Gallagher, Benny Baker, and Gloria Humphrey, of Good Night, Ladies; Russell Swann, noted magician, and Norman H. Birnkrant, general counsel for the National Association of Theatrical Agents.

Numerous shows were not broadcast because of lack of air time. These were broadcast over the show’s P.A. system to all tents.

Reopening of the shows, which was closed four days because of a blow-down of fourteen big tents, was plugged by 35 spot announcements over various local stations.

Top accolades for the success of the radio program go to two former radio men, Lt. Col. J. Gordon Lloyd, and Staff Sgt. Arthur Sutton, assigned to the public relations office of the Sixth Service Command, Detroit Command, Detroit office. Lloyd was formerly account executive at WJZ, Blue Network, New York. Sutton was formerly production man and continuity writer at CKLW, WXYZ and WWJ, Detroit. END

 

(Information and news source, The Billboard; July 8, 1944).

 
 
ARMY’S AIR DISPLAY AGAIN SHOW DETROIT AS WEEK-END TOWN

DETROIT (July 1, 1944) — The Army Air Show, which featured a mile of tent exhibits of war products made in Detroit, closed a twenty-day span Sunday with attendance of 2, 100,000. Admission was free, but a check was made by General Motors and Ford Motor Company, principal exhibitors.

Sunday crowd reached about 300,000, second only to the opening Sunday, June 4, when it hit about 500,000. Mid-week attendance was down.

The factor points to a moral to shows playing in Detroit for the duration at least. The Motor City has become a 100 per cent weekend town, with amusements generally starving about four days a week, followed by turn-away crowds on weekends. END

(Information and news source, The Billboard; July 8, 1944).

WJBK 15 TOP 53 HITS IN DETROIT: ON THIS DAY IN 1964!

March 27th, 2015

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WJBK DETROIT’S TOP 15: NUMBER 13 * The Wailers * WEEK OF 3/27/64

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ON THE WAY ON ‘JBK : NUMBER 40 * Shirley Matthews * WEEK OF 3/27/64

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WJBK 15 TOP 45 HITS IN DETROIT: ON THIS DAY IN 1958!

March 10th, 2015

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WJBK 1500 DETROIT FORMULA 45: NUMBER 05 * Four Preps * WEEK OF 3/10/58

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WJBK 1500 DETROIT FORMULA 45: NUMBER 21 * Mills Brothers * WEEK OF 3/10/58

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WAY-BACK DETROIT RADIO PAGES: DETROIT . . . JUNE 5, 1943

January 21st, 2015

Motor City Radio Flashbacks logoFrom the MCRFB radio scrapbook: 1943

‘MANPOWER PAINS GROW’

Detroit Swings To “Ingenious Substitutes” For Solutions In Wartime WWJ, WJBK, CKLW

 

 

 

 

FLASHBACKDETROIT (May 29) — Despite the fact that the Motor City usually figures as the No. 1 manpower headache in the country, local radio stations are not too badly off in connection with announcing, sales and technical personnel. Several have resorted to ingenious substitutes or policies to meet the situation.

In the background is the fact that Detroit attracts labor in all fields, and this goes for radio stations as well, by its glamour as an alleged high-standard learning center. There has never been a surplus of station jobs available, jobs so far has not exceeded demand.

Billboard, June 5, 1943

Billboard, June 5, 1943

Generally typical is the set-up at WWJ, NBC station, and the only one to turn to female announcers — they now have two femme gabbers and one girl newscaster. Reaction from the public has been favorable, according to Edwin K. Wheeler, assistant manager.  However, the station is not committed to femmes unless they have to — they hired two more male announcers in the past two weeks. It is figured that the leaving of ladies on the staff will help if and when the femmes take over all the way. This may happen in a few months with the drafts of fathers, into which class most of the announcers now fall.

Fertile Sources Closed

The commercial staff of WWJ has not been touched by the draft yet, but has only three men, since most of the selling is done by the net anyway. They expect to lose two of the three, by August 1, and will probably get along with the remaining salesmen.

On the engineering side, WWJ has been able to meet the loss of men without difficulty so far, by drawing in skilled men from other fields. One source, now closed, was the smallest station, but with WMC rulings on job freezes particularly effective in this “essential” industry and especially in the Detroit labor region, this avenue appears about closed without extraordinary special exemptions in an emergency case.

WWJ got one good technical man who was formerly a radio serviceman, despite the shortage of serviceman in this city. Another replacement was formerly a radio “ham” operating his own station. These sources are about exhausted now.

WJBK, typical of the smaller stations, has lost two salesmen and three announcers, with another set to go in a week. They are having their salesmen double-up, and are getting by in the commercial department. So far, enough new announcers have been forthcoming to meet the situation, but the station is using five woman as monitors on foreign-language programs, covering 13 different languages.

Draft Free Breaks

The technical staff has not been touched at WJBK. Although there has been no deliberate policy, N. W. Hopkins commented that “We never figured that a handicap should be discriminated against if a man has the technical ability.” The result is a large proportion of F-4 men and the willingness now to employ any more they can get. In addition, WJBK has some technical men with pre-Pearl Harbor dependents, who has so far been draft exempt.

At CKLW, the situation is peculiar in that the station has studios in Detroit, but has its transmitter and other studios in Windsor, Ontario, and comes under Canadian regulations. The technical staff has been little affected as yet, according to Richard E. Jones, sales promotions manager, who said that “Canadian regulations have evidently given considerable thought to the requirements of the broadcast industry. It looks as though they were a little more liberal in granting deferments where an industry is of public importance.”

The station has lost two salesmen, four engineers and four announcers. The sales situation is being met by older men, and Jones commented that “We will probably have to expect a trend toward the employment of older men than has been usual in radio.”

Public Against Gals 

On announcers, sentiment at CKLW appears to be rather against the use of women announcers. This is based on a study of public reactions to the use of females at other stations, Jones said, though it may, in part, be due to unfamiliarity. CKLW, meanwhile, will try to get by with present announcers doubling up on duties.

Up until the past few weeks, local stations were able to attract staffmen from other cities, both small and large, with good scales of pay in effect here. A new type of difficulty recently became critical when one station lost an announcer from Chicago who preferred to go back to free-lancing there, when he was unable to get rooms to house his wife and family in Detroit after six months of trying. END

(Information and news source: Billboard; June 5, 1943).

WJBK RADIO 15 RECORD REVIEW: DECEMBER 20, 1963!

December 20th, 2014
WJBK-Survey-December-20-1963-Front“DETROIT’S TOP 15″ * Bobby Rydell * WJBK (No. 08) December 20, 1963
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