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December 14th, 2012


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  • Chuck says on: January 10, 2013 at 5:23 PM


    This brings back many memories. Do you remember Flag Flier shoes?

    • Jerry McFarland says on: January 31, 2015 at 9:32 PM


      Sure do, bought all of my “cool” boots there.

    • Dennis Krug says on: October 12, 2017 at 11:57 AM


      I used to buy all my pointed shoes with Cuban heels at the Flag Flyer store on 6 mile Rd and Gratiot !
      Do you remember when the Eisenhower Expressway (now known as I-94) was just a hole in the ground ?

  • Sherry from Livonia says on: March 11, 2013 at 7:04 PM


    Really enjoyed your website…so many great reminders of a more innocent time in life and music! It took me back and made me smile! Thanks!

  • Shelby Newhouse says on: March 29, 2013 at 3:08 PM


    I was a member of the WWJ-AM-FM-TV announcing staff 1950 – 1976. Memories? Got a million if ’em!
    Thanks for your web site!!!!

    • jay bacchus says on: July 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM


      I’ll bet you do have a million memories, Shelby. I do have a question for you, one that just popped into my head.

      I worked in the field myself, though I think you’ve got a few years on me. Age 66, I started in radio at the old WGPR. Served in American Forces Radio and TV. Came out and had a radio job waiting for me in suburban Cleveland, O. Amazing set of circumstances had me doing a sidestep then, directly into the newsroom at WEWS TV, then Eyewitness News in Cleveland. And that’s where I spent the biggest part of my career, as a live general assignment reporter.

      But now my question. The WWJ’s must have all been ‘closed shops’, that is AFTRA. In the mid 60s, let say, which shops were AFTRA in town. WXYZ surely would have been.

      During the mid 60s, what would AFTRA scale have been (roughly) for a full time radio announcer in Detroit?

      I’m just curious what the minimum would have been for someone like Bob Allison, Lee Alan or Joel Sebastian, though I realize they were paid well above scale. Or were they?

      Don’t want this to become a Gettysburgh Address. Appreciate being able to touch base with you, as someone who would know such minutia.

      Best wishes, my friend!

  • Jay MacCarroll says on: April 10, 2013 at 10:46 AM


    Does anyone know when “Wipe Out” first aired on Detroit/Windsor area radio? It probably would have been in May or June of 1963. I’d like to know the exact date, as “Wipe Out’s” 5oth anniversary is coming up soon. It was copyrighted May 6, 1963. Thanks.

    • Jerry McFarland says on: January 31, 2015 at 9:31 PM


      No I don’t, but I do remember us pounding out the drumbeat on the front porch steps.

  • Joe D says on: June 18, 2013 at 12:26 PM


    looking back at all those places and times makes you wonder how everything has been corrupted this day and age

    • Jerry McFarland says on: January 31, 2015 at 9:29 PM


      So true Joe. All the great & innocent times that once were. Don’t like what has happened to our country.

  • STU NEWMAN says on: September 21, 2013 at 6:26 PM



    • Jerry McFarland says on: January 31, 2015 at 9:22 PM


      Stu is right! Life would be so much better.

  • Sandy Lundberg Marketich says on: December 3, 2013 at 1:36 AM


    This page brought back so many memories, how I love those legs on that dancing cigarette box, and how I hated howdy doody, too much like a clown.

  • Jeff Eberts says on: January 20, 2014 at 2:10 PM


    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  • Chuck from Las Vegas grew up in ferndale says on: February 8, 2014 at 2:31 AM


    Does anyone remember peppys hamburgers in Ferndale?

    • David says on: May 27, 2014 at 10:03 PM


      I don’t know where Peppy’s Hamburgers in Ferndale was located but I did work at the Peppy’s Hamburger fast food restaurant in Clawson. It was located on Main St. just north of 14 Mile Rd. on the west side of the road.
      I worked there for a few months in late 1964 and early 1965. They paid me $1.25 per hour for working the front window and flipping burgers. That was my second hourly job as a teenager and a step up from my first hourly job at A&W in Clawson. That job paid 90 cents per hour to start. After about a month there the boss gave me a 10 cent per hour raise to $1.00 per hour. I was really excited about earning triple digit pay and couldn’t wait to tell all of my friends! A dollar went a long way back then. It bought me 3 packs of cigarettes. I moved on to sunny Florida in the late 60’s and I’m still here enjoying the sunshine and flowers.

      • Jerry McFarland says on: January 31, 2015 at 9:26 PM


        I remember both Peppy’s. Ferndale’s was on Nine Mile just west of downtown, possibly at Pinecrest, on the north side of the street, as I recall.

        • Vince says on: December 9, 2016 at 12:16 PM


          Correct 😄

      • Tammie says on: January 24, 2016 at 6:40 PM


        I remember the Peppy’s in Clawson. Hamburgers were only 15 cents in 1965 and they tasted delicious!

      • Neil Silke says on: February 7, 2017 at 12:30 PM


        peppys was on w 9 mile road …just east of pnecrest on n. side of st……there is a large quarter car wash there now

      • Jeffory Martin Urquhart says on: March 2, 2019 at 5:14 PM


        I grew up in Royal Oak.
        Great childhood.
        Now live in Coral Springs, FL.
        All of those pics were just a treat to look at.
        Vernors is one my favorites, and that pop is not readily available where I live 🙁

    • Vince says on: December 9, 2016 at 12:16 PM


      I remember! I won the monster burger challenge as a teen! Free monster burger! I thought everybody had forgotten about this restaurant 🙂 Peppy the Clown’s head staked on the top of the pole 🙂

      • Neil Silke says on: February 7, 2017 at 12:37 PM


        The monster burger came just after Peppys was sold and new ownership took over….while still decorated by peppys decor…..that monster burger could feed 4 to 6 people for sure. I had a neighbor that worked there when it was peppys and since I would walk out with about six bags of food…i guess i always got a discount, my bill was never over 2.00

    • Rob says on: January 17, 2018 at 8:49 AM


      Yes I do. I graduated from FHS in 86 and I think that place closed down in the very early 80s and became an arcade for a short while… I was just feeling nostalgic and searched on it and found your post.

    • Bob G says on: July 26, 2018 at 9:16 AM


      Meet my wife at Peppy’s in 1962

  • Chuck from Las Vegas grew up in ferndale says on: February 8, 2014 at 2:42 AM


    Chuck Libby from Ferndale now living in Las Vegas.
    Thank you so for the memories. Now at 67 years old I often wonder where the time went. These memories comfort me greatly and make me wish Doc Brown were here so I could take a trip back to the fifties and maybe correct some of the mistakes I have made. Detroit memories allows me to go back home free of charge and many times it brings me to tears. The air checks I listen to reminds me of the wonder days at Ferndale High School and the memories of Mr. Burkhart and the rest of the faculty. What”s more, the music was so much better in the fifties and the sixties…….no rap junk! Thank you again for making me feel so good.

    • Beau West says on: September 29, 2015 at 2:01 PM


      Graduated from Coolidge Jr. High, class of ’55, then moved. Lived on 9 mi. and Paxton. Fond memories of Ferndale and that time period……………….

  • kathy (woolsey) ostdiek says on: May 31, 2014 at 8:08 AM


    My Dad was a member of a quartet that sang on one of the stations in Detroit, opening and closing one of the serial broadcast shows in the early 1930s. His name was Clif Woolsey. I know another member was Olie Farish (guessing the spelling) another member went on to playing the organ at Brigs stadium for the Detroit Tigers up until they went to recorded music.I don’t know his name or that of the 4th member. I don’t know the name of the show only that it’s theme had to do with
    flying (I think). I wish I’d written it down when he spoke of it
    I’d really like any info, especially if there are any recordings of the program. I do have a photo of the Quartet. My Dad was about 17 at the time. Thank you for any help you may have on my quest.

  • Nancy says on: July 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM


    What great memories. Truly enjoyed these pictures and your videos on Petula Clark.

  • Juan O'Neill says on: February 27, 2015 at 12:20 PM



  • barb says on: May 26, 2015 at 10:25 PM


    Wasnt there an opening and closing song every morning and night?

  • hank says on: July 8, 2015 at 5:19 PM


    how about the good humor man,the man that sharpened scissors and knifes in the street.
    the vegetable wagon,the ragman,dirty hotdogs, just to name a few. godbless

  • Peter Bernard says on: July 14, 2015 at 12:18 PM


    Does anybody remember the name of the hostess who had Hudson’s Minute Parade – Mon-Fr- 7:00 – 9:00 AM

    Her theme was a waltz from Offenbach.

    Peter Bernadr

    • Pete says on: September 23, 2016 at 10:59 PM


      Elizabeth Duggan was the director of the program. I don’t know whether that meant she was the hostess.

      You can find her obituary in the Free Press at

      I’ve been trying to track down the theme song for decades. This (waltz Offenbach) puts me a hundred steps closer. Thanks.

    • Pete says on: September 23, 2016 at 11:30 PM


      I found the theme song:

      Offenbach – Gaite Parisienne – Waltz (La Pericole)


  • Curt says on: October 24, 2019 at 12:19 PM


    I remember “Sealtest” dairy products delivered in a horse-drawn wagon…and “Johnson’s” milk depot…1/2 gallon glass bottles. Hudson’s 12th floor at Christmas time..the noisy.”Peter Witt” electric streetcars with wire window inserts and the carbarn on St. Jean on the eastside…the strong odor associated with burning coal on winter mornings…and the huge natural gas storage silos…”Iron Fireman” coal stokers and Colgate’s early washing powder, “Super Suds”…and the issues associated with our early 4 party telephone line the smelly “DSR” busses with the theme ‘RIDE OUR TIRES”…most of all, the strong, audible roar one could hear in the morning when Detroit was the arsenal of democracy.

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Motor City Radio Flashbacks

Memories From the Soundtrack of Your Life