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June 30, 2020 7:42 pm  #1


WABC Radio To Air One Time Oldies Special This Weekend

It's a legendary radio station that long since abandoned its classic Top 40 days, a format that saw it achieve the highest ratings in the medium's history. A lot has changed since then - including ownership - and it's become known as a defender of Donald Trump. But this charitable event, to support First Responders, will hopefully be devoid of politics. 

It's called The All American Weekend and according to the website will be:

"Featuring the music and the stories behind the hits with interviews from Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, Tommy James, Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, Gary Lewis, Bobby Rydell, Larry Chance of the Earls, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, Bob Miranda of the Happenings, Bob Cowsill of the Cowsills and Florence LaRue of the Fifth Dimension and many more special guests to be announced."

It takes place - when else? - July 4th, with a repeat on July 5th and is available on the Internet.

The special is three hours long and whatever you think of the station now, it will be good to hear that music back on 770. No word if the old jingles will be included.

The All American Weekend

 

June 30, 2020 8:17 pm  #2


Re: WABC Radio To Air One Time Oldies Special This Weekend

For several years, the station annually devoted an entire weekend to WABC Musicradio Airchecks.

https://www.musicradio77.com/WABC%20Rewound.html

 


"The radio craze ... will soon fade." - Thomas Edison, 1922
 

June 30, 2020 9:37 pm  #3


Re: WABC Radio To Air One Time Oldies Special This Weekend

I remember that. I think it was an annual event during the U.S. Memorial Day weekend if memory serves.

They also used to have a 3-hour Saturday night show hosted by Mark Simone that relived the glory days of Musicradio WABC. It was a must hear for me.

And then when new ownership took over, it appeared they couldn't get far enough away from their own past and completely cut ties or any references to the Top 40 era. This latest ownership at least seems willing to pay homage to that storied period. I'll be curious to hear how this show sounds.  

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July 1, 2020 10:57 pm  #4


Re: WABC Radio To Air One Time Oldies Special This Weekend

i listen to WABC every morning and have for the past 6 months or so.

They've been promoting this July 4th event like crazy. 

Let's hope it lives up to the hype.


"I'll kick your ass down Yonge Street"... CFTR's Robert Holiday circa 1979...
 

July 2, 2020 7:55 pm  #5


Re: WABC Radio To Air One Time Oldies Special This Weekend

Speaking of WABC, wouldn't it be nice to be this rich? The new owner of the station lives near Long Island and was upset he couldn't get the 50,000 watt clear channel "goes all over the Eastern seaboard" signal clearly. So what did he do? 

He bought a local FM, WLIR, so he could simulcast 770's programming on it and hear his own station.

From Newsday:

"I've lived [in the Hamptons] for the last ninety days [and] I was getting a lousy [WABC] signal out here," [said John Catsimatidis.] "WABC is a 50,000 watt clear-channel station at night that you can get in 50 states but not eastern Long Island for some reason [so] when the opportunity came along to buy an FM station where I could simulcast, I bought [WLIR.]" 

Hasn't he ever heard of streaming? 

I'm not sure what I would do if I had a zillion bucks, but I don't think it would be this!

WABC radio's owner buys East End's WLIR-FM for simulcasting

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July 2, 2020 8:11 pm  #6


Re: WABC Radio To Air One Time Oldies Special This Weekend

The station owner is giving serious consideration to running for the mayors job in NYC

He liked to get rid of comrade Bill de Blasio

Who wouldn't?


"I'll kick your ass down Yonge Street"... CFTR's Robert Holiday circa 1979...
 

July 3, 2020 7:23 am  #7


Re: WABC Radio To Air One Time Oldies Special This Weekend

WABC's signal does have a significant null to the east. Why waste a 50K signal over mostly water. I agree, streaming would be a much simpler and less expensive solution to Mr. Catsimatidis's listening dilemma. But when you are worth $3.4B, what he paid for a small Long Island radio station was probably pocket change to him.