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  • FRANK CONA says on: August 28, 2012 at 11:44 AM



  • Robert A. Howe says on: November 25, 2012 at 10:34 AM


    When I was twelve and thirteen I spent every Friday at WEXL in Ferndale. I became friends with Dave Carr, John Ramsey (The Bearded One Loves You) Rick Devitt, Mike Jason, Don Kirk. I learned to run the board and loved practicing in the old board room in that great studio. I stay in touch with Dave Carr who lives in Northern Michigan after years of owning and operating his own radio station WKKM. My memories of those days and those guys have stayed with me for over forty years.

    • Jim Feliciano says on: December 2, 2012 at 10:37 PM


      Hi Robert, thanks for your shared comments. WEXL was already a country legend when you frequented the station, as you described, back in those days. Thanks again for sharing with us your reflections here on Motor City Radio Flashbacks. And tell all your friends we are here!

  • Anthony Calloway says on: December 31, 2012 at 5:33 PM


    I loved the airchecks. What great memories of what was once a great pace. The airchecks bring back the glory days of Detroit & Southeast Michigan. I grew up in Detroit on the westside (Joy Road & Linwood near Sacred Heart Seminary).

  • David Riley says on: January 1, 2013 at 1:11 AM


    I turned 10 a few weeks after WKNR started, and listened to Gary Stevens everyday after school. I eventually ended up as an engineer at WXYZ-TV where I still work to this day. Would love to become a member of the site.

  • Ron stiltner says on: April 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM


    Our band The Ramada’s played many places with Jim Jeffries and Jerry Goodwin of WKNR – KEENER13. From ’65 thru ’67. Many great memories and good times 🙂

    • Jim Feliciano says on: April 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM


      Hi Ron!

      WOW — maybe one day if you care to share any of your stories with us, we’d welcome that! We can transcribe your story (or stories) and we can post it on the site for all to see. Have any photographs from those events with the Keener guys? Please let us know….

      Thanks Ron for dropping in our website. Hope you’re enjoyed spending some of your time here!

  • Jim Sanders Beasley says on: May 25, 2013 at 9:03 PM


    Love the site. Lots of WKNR memories.

  • Chuck Mirisciotti says on: October 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM


    Trying to find out if you have any video of my two appearances on Swingin Time. The band was The Bottle Company. Had a record on Hideout Records, with Punch Andrews. It was summer of 67 or sometime in 68. Once with Robin Seymour and the other with Tom Shannon.

    How would I research this?
    But WOW what a great site.


  • Audra Belser says on: October 23, 2013 at 12:48 AM


    I want to say I love oldies music its the best. I also love Kevin O’Neill, he is an awesome DJ.

  • Tom Hogan says on: November 13, 2013 at 12:13 PM


    The radio was our constant companion when we were dating or just cruising with your friends from school. No better memories than a warm summer night with the windows rolled down and the radio turned up. A beautiful girl by your side and a full moon riseing over lake St. Clair.

  • Michele Bezel says on: November 22, 2013 at 11:38 PM


    was 5 when I received my very 1st transistor radio- always loved music would just like to stroll down memory lane in the motor city- east side!

  • Lauren Tolbert says on: November 28, 2013 at 1:42 PM


    The late Earle Dickinson on WWJ. He always used to read the Hottest and Coldest temperatures in the 48 contiguous United States. He’d also read the temperature at International Falls, MN in the winter (coldest) and in Death Valley, AZ in the summer (Hottest)

  • Frank Charles Dodson says on: December 8, 2013 at 8:13 PM


    Ed Mckenzie was one of my personal favorites, the original Jack the Bellboy. Long before II ever watched Alan Freed, or Dick Clark I watched his ‘Saturday Dance Part’ being broadcast from WXYZ-TV, out of The Mcabees Building, on Woodward Avenue.

    Frank Charles Dodson,

    Author of ‘Wednesday’s Child’
    Xlibris Publishers.

  • Bert Crane says on: February 9, 2014 at 6:45 PM


    Worked with j Michael Wilson @kbtr in 65 I did the east of midnite shift from the crappy transmitter site then would head back to the main studio to take record and logs back. Many times I would til j mike ended his shift just to talk and watch him work, he was amazing and with Rodney the rodent, fantastic. I was see him leave for Detroit, when he left and Tom Griffiths took over the 6-10am went south. Shows what true talent can do.

  • John Vobbe (aka) JUack Thomas) says on: October 30, 2014 at 8:22 AM


    Unable to get on to request a sign on and password to enjoy your wonderful site, When I do a lot of symbols like the facebook one comes up but it says out of date.

  • Gerry Tebbe says on: November 24, 2014 at 2:21 PM


    Lee Alan is still my favorite radio personality after all the years during the ’60s when I would listen to his show on my little transistor radio.

    I clearly remember Mr. Alan doing a narration with some kids over Jackie DeShannon’s “What The Needs Now.”

    I’ve been scouring the web for a copy of this great treatment of our life and times throughout the 1960s-’70s. Considering today’s current world events, I think Lee Alan’s adaptation just as revelant as it was then.

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

  • ron west says on: February 13, 2015 at 12:40 AM


    love your site, a great tribute to WJZZ and Detroit radio.

  • Bruno Hantson says on: April 4, 2015 at 12:36 PM


    love all the things about Detroit and its music…. I’m a radio DJ in Belgium…

  • WATCHMAN2858 says on: May 7, 2015 at 12:00 PM


    Thank you CkLW

  • Bob Kohlmeier says on: May 19, 2015 at 4:40 PM


    Hey Jim can you make me a member ?? This site has some really nice nostalgic pics and things !!! Thanks …. BOB K …. BTW I haven’t forgot the nice job you did for pics from walkthrough !!! Thanks !!

  • Kat Froeber says on: May 31, 2015 at 3:05 AM


    Would love to be a member. I see membership is free…but not sure where to click on to sign up. I sing in a barbershop chorus called Riverport Chorus, of Sweet Adelines and very interested in hearing these old tunes…I was born in 59 the end of the baby boomers…love 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and have heard it all, but love the 30’s thru 70’s the most.
    Kat Froeber

  • Ron williams says on: June 2, 2015 at 10:38 PM


    i want to be a member.

  • Danny "Tiger" Taylor aka J P Morgan says on: August 10, 2015 at 4:43 PM


    Very much Interested in becoming a member Jim…please reply at the Email address listed and I’ll give the necessary info and hearing from you


  • Jeannie Sample says on: October 28, 2015 at 5:36 AM


    Thank you!!

  • Karla Fox says on: December 4, 2015 at 3:21 PM


    I worked at WJZZ for many years as well as Smooth Jazz V 98.7. Lots of interesting things happen behind the scenes at radio stations. Here are a few…

    Miles Davis was quite the grumpy one at a press conference. He liked to cuss people out!

    George Benson said I could introduce him on stage at Pine Knob in Detroit right after the Stage Manager said I couldn’t. So I did!!! He’s my all time favorite!

    Anita Baker doesn’t speak to most radio people. She was mean to everyone and avoided me like the plague!

    Norman Brown is way cool. He taught himself to play guitar and has 9 children!

    Grover Washington was a very kind and gentle man with a big heart!

    Aretha Franklin is cool as ever.

    Al Jarreau is very shy. Very, Very Shy.

    Earl Klugh is an Awesome man.

    Stanley Clarke is the Best!

    Kenny G copies his style from Ronnie Laws. (how did he get into Ronnie’s “closed” recording session?, through his good friend, the sound engineer. got his first break on an album by Kashif. The song is titled “Slip of the Tongue”.

    I could go on but there isn’t enough room…lol enjoy these pics

  • Benjamin Clayton says on: January 9, 2016 at 10:19 AM


    I was introduced to WJZZ jazz radio in the 1960’s, my friends and I used to be late for school because we were up all night listening to the radio, we didn’t play many records at the parties we had, we turned on “the Jazz show” , that’s what we called it. WJZZ became so much a part of our lives that we thought it would always be there, to find MCRFB is a real blessing to me, I hope that the format and Playlist will someday be available on CD

  • Benjamin T. Foxx says on: January 9, 2016 at 11:59 AM


    WJZZ was always on in my house, we used it as our personel music supplier for any function, many of us were late for school because we were up listening to “the Jazz show”, I hope to find Periods of WJZZ on CD or MP3 some day. I grew up on WJZZ, nothing else played in our cars but “JZZ”, and if you didn’t have a car, our transport was the DSR, and nobody on the bus complained if somebody turned on the radio to WJZZ, Detroit was not the same to us without WJZZ, I really thank God for putting me in touch with MCRFB, please don’t go away, keep up the GOOD work, if not for nobody , but Me – 🙂

  • Richard Urch says on: January 13, 2016 at 6:40 AM


    NEW MCFB Member Request

    I just love what you have available here! A true flashback to when I was a kid in the “East of Cleveland” area and listening to Motor City radio stations like CKLW! Richard U.

  • Ned Diamond says on: March 2, 2016 at 2:08 PM


    I am requesting a password and username so I can become a free member.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Thank you,


  • Stephanie R. Morgan says on: March 13, 2016 at 9:10 PM


    Can you please send me a username & password so that I can become a free member of this site? Thanks in advance.

  • GERMAN A. SOSA A. says on: March 15, 2016 at 9:20 PM


    i want to be menber because I like the flasbacks of classic music since I was at Detrot at the seventys, taTH is it, and i would like to heard that information that i now you always re-produce up there TANK YOU

  • Troy williams says on: March 18, 2016 at 5:57 AM


    It’s simple,detroit hasn’t been the same since Wjzz has been gone
    And Rosetta Hinds

  • Vaughn Baskin says on: October 31, 2016 at 7:50 PM


    Ellis B. Feaster sent me.

  • Richard Campbell says on: December 11, 2016 at 3:20 PM


    Plase send me a username & pasword

    • Vaughn Baskin says on: December 12, 2016 at 11:09 AM


      Ellis’ YouTube username is EBFeaster, but i don’t know his password so sorry.

  • Roger Radcliffe says on: December 28, 2016 at 7:32 PM


    Great site!!!

  • Kirk Fair says on: January 16, 2017 at 9:19 PM


    My dad, Carl Fair, played trumpet with Merle Alvey Tigers Dixieland Band along with Shultze(trombone), Johnny McDonald(clarinet) and Merle Alvey(drum). At that time Merle Alvey was president of the DETROIT FEDERATION of MUSICIANS LOCAL 5. I believe the same band members recorded “Roundin’ Third, Headin’ Home, with Intro by Ernie Harwell”. Thanks for posting the Mp3. Around 1960 I got to see quite a few games. I’d pay for grandstand seating and when possible my Dad got me moved down behind the dugout in late innings. I loved those Tigers and hated the Yankee’s(especially in ’61).

  • leon jones says on: February 27, 2017 at 12:57 AM


    I am so glad there is such a helpful site for those who are in need of finding lost, but existing, music. I am a dj and I collect classic dance music. On vinyl of course. The songs I am looking for is in the late 70’s and middle 80’s. The first one is a sort of disco hit that sounds like Andrea True, Karen Carpenter, Silver Connection or The Ritchie Family. It is not either of those artists mentioned. It might even be a dude with a.. soft soothing singing style. One lyric I can remember is they say: Never thought I ever fall in love. ‘Til found you. La da da, La da da, you. The other song I last heard on WJLB in July 1984.This is my favourite song ever! A female singing over Kraftwerk”s Numbers beat with a nice bass line. cool melody and a killer metal guitar riffs and solo at the end. She sings: I’ve been searchin’, spending all my time. I’ve been waitin’, for such a long,long time. When I found you, I was so alone. When I met you, all my sadness were gone! Please help me!
    Thanking you in advance. Sincerely, Leon

  • Richard Kath says on: March 14, 2017 at 5:32 AM


    Please add me as a member – thanks.

  • Brian Rex Wood says on: May 26, 2017 at 1:22 PM


    I wood like to be a new mcrfb member. I grew up listening to Detroit radio. A transistor radio under the pillow at night was the best.

  • Fred LeFebvre says on: June 1, 2017 at 6:40 AM


    Grew up listening

  • Charlie O'Brien says on: June 17, 2017 at 11:46 AM


    Hi all: just a quick note about the CKLW Charity Tribute this summer for the 50th Anniversary of the BIG 8 Format. It was spring/summer 1967 50 years ago that the Big 8 debuted on CKLW. The Mt. Clemens Fraternal Order of Eagles are holding a FREE party at their lodge and property along the Clinton River in Harrison Township on Saturday July 15 from 4pm-10:30-pm. All proceeds from food and raffles got to Ronald McDonald Charities of Detroit. Bill gable , JoJo Shutty MacGregor and Charlie O’Brien are scheduled to appear. Its’a FREE event open to all CKLW and all Motor City radio fans!! More info on the Big 8 Facebook page: – see you there!

    • Jim Feliciano says on: June 17, 2017 at 5:21 PM


      Great Charlie! This will be our lead I will copy and paste your comments here, underneath the CKLW poster you sent as well. Sounds great! I was going to ask you to send me something about the event so this will be it. Thank you Charlie!

  • robert m collins says on: July 8, 2017 at 9:26 PM


    please sign me up as a member

  • robert m collins says on: July 8, 2017 at 9:27 PM


    sign me up

  • Rich Harvey says on: July 9, 2017 at 3:01 PM


    Bold Venture Press acquired a license to reprint WYXIE Wonderland by Dick Osgood — the unauthorized 50 year diary of WXYZ Detroit. While our proofreader is going over the text, I’m gathering photographs for the book. Radio historian Martin Grams has lent of most of the photos (Dick Osgood gave them to him years ago), but Osgood didn’t have photos of everyone. Perhaps you could you be of some assistance as we search for photos of WXYZ personalities not originally represented in the book by a photo?

    • Jim Feliciano says on: July 10, 2017 at 2:43 PM


      Hi Rich, I’ll drop you an email in regards in the next day or so. Thanks!

  • B. W.T. von Dille says on: July 30, 2017 at 8:51 AM


    Would like to behome a member.

    Used to listen to Honey 56 am years ago.

    Thank you

  • sherry mccormick says on: November 10, 2017 at 2:11 PM


    I so miss the days of “Rosie Rosetta Hines” on WJZZ and cruising with my Dad, who kept his radio locked on WJZZ FM

  • Cat Ireland says on: January 24, 2018 at 5:52 PM


    I love finding rare gems like this. Will you add me please?

    Cat Ireland

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