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JULY ’67: WHEN DETROIT CANCELLED MONKEES’ SHOW

July 29th, 2017
National Guardsmen patrolling Detroit’s Grand River Avenue in front of the Olympia, Thursday, July 27, 1967

The National Guardsmen patrolling Detroit’s Grand River Avenue in front of the Olympia. Thursday, July 27, 1967 (click on image for largest  view)


 J U L Y    2 9 ,  1 9 6 7 :   T O D A Y  I N   M U S I C   H I S T O R Y

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Unused-Monkees-Detroit-Concert-Ticket-1967-Olympia (MCRFB)In Detroit, the Monkees scheduled concert at Olympia Stadium was immediately canceled days earlier due to widespread rioting, shootings, fires, and block-to-block looting — affecting local and federal mandated curfews imposed over the entire city through a four day period, week of July 23-27. Sponsored and scheduled by Dick Clark Productions and WKNR for Saturday, July 29, the concert would later be rescheduled for another date in August.

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Today In Pop Music History: July 29, 1967

MCRFB NOTE: Previously featured on Motor City Radio Flashbacks, July 29, 2014


THE DETROIT FREE PRESS Tuesday July 25, 1967 (click on image 2x for detailed PC view)


1967 DETROIT RIOT -- July 23-27, 1967

DETROIT ABLAZE. At the intersection of Linwood and Clairmount. Tuesday, July 25, 1967 (click on image for detailed view)


WKNR ANNOUNCEMENT — DETROIT MONKEES CONCERT POSTPONED
J. Michael Wilson * Wednesday, July 26, 1967

SPECIAL THANKS to Greg Innis for the WKNR J. Michael Wilson audio byte above.


THE DETROIT MONKEES CONCERT was rescheduled for Saturday, August 13, 1967 at Olympia. One year to the day after the Beatles performed there last, 1966.



A WKNR CONTACT NEWS PRESENTATION: DETROIT 1967

July 23rd, 2017

From the the desk of Jim Feliciano

A 1967 WKNR Keener Contact News Presentation

(Re-post; updated; previously featured July 16, 2012)

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DETROIT. 50 YEARS AGO

 


“My Fellow Americans, we have endured a week, such as no nation should live through. A time of violence and tragedy.”Lyndon Johnson, President of the United States

“I think the President of the United States, uh, played politics uh, in a period of tragedy and riot.” George Romney, Governor of Michigan

“We made it very clear — we do not want more than our share and we are determined to settle for nothing less than our share.” Walter Reuther, UAW President

“I deplore the actions of the UAW in forcing Ford into this situation. I am sorry that we do not have laws, that effectively prevent the use of this kind of bludgeon, against the public interest.”Henry Ford II,  Ford Motor Company


The WKNR Contact News album for 1967

DETROIT. 1967. The opening commentary you will hear is the voice of WKNR News Director Philip Nye

“These are the sounds and voices of a year. As WKNR News present an electronic diary in 1967. A year marked by rioting, by a continuing war and growing protest, by a rise in crime and cost, and by tragedy and triumph. As with all years, there was good and bad. We shall recall both.”

 

 

 

 

. . .WKNR microphones was there.


 Philip Nye WKNR KEENER CONTACT NEWS 1967 (Play 43:43 audio)


DETROIT FREE PRESS Linwood and Hazelwood. July 23, 1967 (click on image 2x for largest view)


BY THE TIME DETROITERS awoke to this Sunday edition headline, a large swath of flames was intensifying at the north side of the city, spreading block-to-city-block. Rioting, looting began to spread throughout that part of Detroit with each passing hour. (click on image 2x for largest detailed read)


Sunday, July 23, 1967

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T H I S  1 9 6 7  W K N R  N E W S  N A R R A T I V E  recalls many of the events which affected the city of Detroit. Of certain news events which impacted the lives of Detroiters marking the passing of 1967 moving forward into 1968. The stories, news, voices and sounds you will hear was electronically imprinted on recorded tape by the WKNR news staff who covered the stories. The sounds you will be hearing, or, have heard, was also permanently preserved on vinyl records by the WKNR news department ending the year 1967. This news recording served as a marker of what took place in Detroit that year. Whether in or outside the boundaries of the city, WKNR microphones was there. Whether reporting the big news affecting the great state of Michigan, Keener was there. Whether covering the news of the nation, 1967 was an unforgettable year for news that year as well, when it happened. As it happened. How it happened. This WKNR Contact News album will take you back to a time and place. This was 50 years ago. The city was Detroit.

With a single toss of a gasoline bomb (6:30 a.m.) Detroit erupts in flames, Sunday morning, July 23, 1967. (Click on image for larger view)

But the biggest story that put the city on national and international news headlines — the riot that was the summer of 1967. The date set was July 23, to be exact. And the WKNR news department microphones was there when Philip Nye and his six-man news staff and the station’s two mobile units began picking up the story. By early Monday morning more dramatic news began to intensify with every passing hour as “the story” began to unfold. The civil disturbance sparked with a toss of a single Molotov cocktail during the early morning hours on Sunday. The flashpoint was marked on 12th near Clairmount in the city’s near west side. The riot’s spark ignited during a Detroit police raid on a liquor establishment’s “blind pig.” By mid-afternoon, the rioting spread rapidly out of control. Spreading from block to city block. Looting, shootings, arson became widespread. Detroit, the fifth largest metropolis in the United States, was in flames.

Listen again to the biggest Detroit news story of 1967. Listen whenGovernor Romney requested the federal government deploy federal troops immediately into Detroit; Presidential Assistant Cyrus Vance informed the city that troops were on the ground in Detroit; President Johnson addresses the nation, deploring “law and order have broken down in Detroit, Michigan.”. . . .

By Monday evening, July 24, the flames, looting, and shootings escalated. Rioting was widespread and was by then out of control in Detroit. (Click on image for larger view)

Philip Nye went on to record, that, “At it’s peak, the riots spread over fourteen-square miles of the city. A curfew was in effect, a complete ban placed on liquor sales, gasoline can be purchased only during certain hours and never in a container, offices, banks, schools, businesses, industries were closed down; the heart of Detroit was deserted. Deliveries were curtailed. Food ran short. All normal activities in the nation’s fifth-largest city was at a standstill… they said it couldn’t happen here, but it did.”

The Detroit Free Press headlines below provided a more grim reality —


THE DETROIT FREE PRESS: Monday, July 24, 1967 (click on image 2x for largest detailed read)

THE DETROIT FREE PRESS Monday, July 24, 1967 (click on image 2x for largest detailed PC read)


 THE DETROIT FREE PRESS: Tuesday, July 25, 1967 (click on image 2x for largest detailed read)

THE DETROIT FREE PRESS Tuesday, July 25, 1967 (click on image 2x for largest detailed PC read)


 THE DETROIT FREE PRESS: Wednesday, July 26, 1967 (click on image 2x for largest detailed read)

THE DETROIT FREE PRESS Wednesday, July 26, 1967 (click on image 2x for largest detailed PC read)


 THE DETROIT FREE PRESS: Thursday, July 27, 1967 (click on image 2x for largest detailed read)

THE DETROIT FREE PRESS Thursday, July 27, 1967 (click on image 2x for largest detailed PC read)


 THE DETROIT FREE PRESS: Friday, July 28, 1967 (click on image 2x for largest detailed read)

THE DETROIT FREE PRESS Friday, July 28, 1967 (click on image 2x for largest detailed PC read)


 THE DETROIT FREE PRESS: Saturday, July 29, 1967 (click on image 2x for largest detailed read)

THE DETROIT FREE PRESS Saturday, July 29, 1967 (click on image 2x for largest detailed PC read)


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Above DETROIT FREE PRESS related articles courtesy freep.com newspaper archives. Copyright 2017. Newspapers.com



While the July ’67 civil disturbance overshadowed other local events and news for the year, Detroit had other issues the city found itself grappling with throughout 1967. WKNR Contact News covered these stories as well:

  • A 61-day strike between the UAW and the Ford Motor Company….
  • In July, the nation’s railroads were shut down by rail-machinists, affecting rail and transport commerce in Detroit….
  • Teamster Steel-haulers went on strike; spanning 8 states, including Michigan, lasting 9 weeks while inciting violence….
  • Detroit Federation of Teachers went on strike; teachers reached an agreement with the city two weeks into the new school year….
  • Contract discussions with the Detroit Officers Association and the city reach a stalled impasse, DPOA stop issuing traffic tickets….
  • The Teamsters Union strike both the Detroit newspapers over wages; The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press were still shut down due to the strike as of December 31, 1967 . . . .

WKNR Assistant News Director Eric Smith. Photo courtesy Keener13.com. (Click on image for larger view)

And those were just several of the important news stories WKNR reported for Detroit in 1967. Headed by Philip Nye and assistant news director Eric Smith, WKNR Contact News was awarded five prestigious first-place honors — five different categories — for “news presentation par excellence” in 1966 by the Michigan Associated Press.

The entire WKNR award-winning news team in ’67 were: Philip Nye, News Director; Eric Smith, Assistant News Director; Mike O’Neill, reporter; Dick Buller, reporter; John Maher; reporter; Pat Kelly, Doug Fernlock.


“…The hour’s catalog a year’s living; A year’s dying; a year’s luck. For WKNR News… this is Philip Nye, reporting.”

“A great tragedy has visited our city, and now our ability to face an awesome challenge is being tested. It is for us to meet the challenge with the same resolve and dedication for which we have been noted in the past. We must have a united determination torebuild our city into a kind of urban environment in which every citizen can say with dignity and self-respect that he is a Detroiter and proud of it. Like the legendary Phoenix, Detroit shall rise from its ashes.”

Jerome P. Cavanagh, Mayor of Detroit; 1967


Uprising flashpoint. Where the police raid took place, 3:30 a.m., 9125 12th. Street. Sunday morning, July 23. (Detroit News)


DETROIT Sunday, July 23, 1967 (AP Wire Photo) Click on image for largest view.


National Guard on Woodward Avenue, downtown Detroit. Detroit on curfew, under federal martial law, July 26, 1967

The National Guard poised on Woodward Avenue, downtown Detroit. By July 26, 1967, Detroit was under imposed curfew and federal martial law.


U.S. Army tanks, armed with 50 cal. machine guns patrol the streets of Detroit, July 25, 1967

U.S. Army tanks armed with 50 cal. machine guns patrol the streets of Detroit, July 25, 1967.


‘KEENER CONTACT NEWS’

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For more on the Keener Contact News year-end albums, go to the left-sidebar menu column on this website and click WKNR Contact News. For everything on WKNR news, go to Scott Westerman’s WKNR tribute website at keener13.com.


Official WKNR personality profile card for news director Philip Nye. (Courtesy Scott Westerman and keener13.com)


MCRFB NOTES / LINKS

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The YouTube video titled Detroit Riots 1968,” while seeming erroneous, it was titled as such the year it was released. The footage is silent.

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ALSO| For a more comprehensive visual of the riots, watch this vintage 30 minute 1967 WXYZ-TV film segment on the Detroit civil disturbance GO HERE.

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ALSO| For a more comprehensive review (link; detroit1967.org) on what took place 50 years ago on this day in Detroit, GO HERE.

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ALSO| The Detroit News Interactive feature FIVE DEADLY DAYS IN DETROIT is a informative review of Detroit’s week of infamy, covering the week beginning Sunday, July 23, 1967. This special report includes many photographs of the ’67 civil unrest. For more on this Detroit News timeline GO HERE.

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ALSO| From the DETROIT NEWS archives. 150 historic photos from the Detroit 1967 riot cans be SEEN HERE.

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ALSO| From the Detroit Free Press. Detroit ’67. An interactive hour-by-hour timeline. GO HERE.



AS IT HAPPENED. WHEN IT HAPPENED. DETROIT 1967


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SCOTTIE REGEN, TAKES “HERMAN” OVER TO MOTOWN!

July 20th, 2017


TAMLA MOTOWN Appreciation Society’s Margaret Phelps chaperones Stevie Wonder, Peter Noone outside Hitsville U.S.A. Friday, July 29, 1966


Friday, August 5, 1966

A DETROIT RADIO BACK-PAGE

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: ‘Herman Visits Motown Studio 

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DETROIT WKNR AM 1310 1965 NEWSPAPER FLASHBACK

July 13th, 2017


Sunday, October 24, 1965

A DETROIT RADIO BACK-PAGE

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: WKNR-AM ‘Dick Purtan (And That Other Voice)’ 

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WKNR DETROIT RADIO: ’66 NEWSPAPER AD FLASHBACK

June 30th, 2017


Friday, June 10, 1966

A DETROIT RADIO BACK-PAGE AD

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: “’Win This WKNR Pontiac GTO”

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WKNR DETROIT RADIO: ’66 NEWSPAPER AD FLASHBACK

June 30th, 2017


Thursday, November 24, 1966

A DETROIT RADIO BACK-PAGE AD

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: “’Win A 1967 GEE-TO”

(Above WKNR ad courtesy freep.com newspapers archive. Copyright 2017; Newspapers.com).


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A DETROIT WKNR-AM 13 NEWSPAPER 1966 FLASHBACK

May 30th, 2017


Monday, October 17, 1966

A DETROIT RADIO BACK-PAGE

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: WKNR-AM ‘Scott Regen: Sort Of ‘Hipburger” ’ 

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WKNR-AM BACK ON THE RADIO: SCOTT REGEN!

May 30th, 2017

WKNR RECALLED ON MOTOR CITY RADIO FLASHBACKS

WKNR-AM 1310 * 1967 * SCOTT REGEN

Scott Regen WKNR aircheck date: Friday, May 12, 1967

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NEW! Special THANKS to Mike Lockhart, Ferndale, Michigan, for recently donating this WKNR radio aircheck to Motor City Radio Flashbacks!

The Mike Lockhart Collection


IN REMEMBRANCE OF SWINGIN’ SWEENEY. 05/25/2017

May 26th, 2017

* Frank ” Swingin’ ” Sweeney *

IN MEMORY

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Late last night, Motor City Radio Flashbacks received sad word Frank “Swingin'” Sweeney passed away, yesterday, May 25, in New York City. He was 83.

In tribute to the WKNR legacy of Frank Sweeney please visit Keener13 com.Remembering “Swingin'” Sweeney

On October 31, 2013, Frank Sweeney reflects his memories of WKNR for the 50th year on the birth of Keener 13. You can listen to Frank Sweeney (audio @ 10:09 to 16:13) in this Motor City Radio Flashbacks aircheck HERE.

Photo: Frank Sweeney with Gary Stevens, Novi, MI., April 25, 1998


IN REMEMBRANCE OF TED CLARK. DECEMBER 25, 2015

May 26th, 2017

* Ted Clark *

IN MEMORY

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In February of this year, Motor City Radio Flashbacks received word, having been confirmed by his daughter, Patricia, from Illinois, Ted Clark (real name Alva Phillips) passed away on December 25, 2015. He was 84.

For more on the WKNR legacy of Ted Clark visit keener13.com.


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