Don sent along an aircheck of himself on
Modern Country WOLF which was more a mix of country and Top 40
crossovers. This from November 10, 1968 just weeks before the
switchover to the Drake format.______________________________________________________________________
Don says, " It is of my weekend
show (I was 18 years old then!). A few weeks later, "WOLF
1-4-9-0" became The BIG 15! I will always remember Jim Sims telling
me we were doing a "Slim Whitman Weekend" on the last weekend we
were Country to make WNDR (Dave Laird) think we were going deeper
into C&W when in actuality we were changing over to Top 40 the
following morning." "I did the last WOLF country show that Sunday
night (playing a heavy mix of Slim Whitman records!).
student at S.U. (1967-1971), I did deejay and news shifts at both
WOLF and WNDR. It was the most fun I've ever had in this crazy biz
great sounding smooth jock! Recorded May 20th, 1969 John replaced
Sonny LeDet in 1968 and stayed on to kick off "The Big 15". But (I'm
told) country music was his true love and he left on Memorial
Weekend 1969 to be replaced by Jerry "Good" Morgan.
Jerry replaced Big John Allen in June
of 1969 and remained until August 1971. He left for WHEN and was
replaced by Chris Kaye "The Sugar Bear". Jerry had been in Syracuse
radio for a number of years including WNDR (early
1969 here) and "Hot Hits" WFBL.
Jerry became a prominent attorney in Syracuse but retired in
2001. He is now a Teacher and coaches in Aiken, South
Howie came to
the Big 15 from Radio Caroline off the coast of the UK.
http://www.offshoreradio.co.uk/djsb.htm This link has a very nice story of Howie (who used Bud
Ballou on Caroline) as well as an aircheck from 1967. What the story
dosen't mention is Howie was program director of the very successful
94 Rock (WSYR-FM) until he left Syracuse in 1981. He is currently
the weekend news anchor on KOGO San Diego,
Don was first heard on WOLF
in 1962 while attending Grant Junior High as a Teenage
Guest DJ winner on the Marv Albert show (click here). The
following year he began compiling his Big 50 song list and placed it
in local record stores, competing with WOLF and WNDR's charts. In
1964, he was asked by Bud Ballou to help compile WNDR's year-end Top
100. Don ran a pirate radio station on the city's north side called
WQBR (he was actually getting record service from many labels and
the call letters stood for "we quite buying records"). At Syracuse
University in 1965, he joined the staff of WAER-FM, and in 1968
hosted their first-ever pop music show, playing current Soul hits.
The year before, he had been hired at WNDR as a weekend DJ. and
newsman. In '68 he went full-time on WOLF as the night DJ during the
station's country period, but soon the shift became "All Request
Radio" and played all types of music-- paving the way for WOLF's
return to rock in 1969. He was the Music Director for the new Big 15
but was soon lured back to WNDR, where (as Assistant Program
Director) he did afternoon drive and the "Saturday Night of Gold".
In 1976 he returned to WOLF part-time and then became Program
Director upon the departure of Howie Castle. Leaving Syracuse in
1977, Don went to Pittsburgh and 13Q (WKTQ) where he originated the
highest-rated show in the city's history: "The Sunday Night Oldies
Party". From there, he moved to New York City, working
simultaneously part-time at WYNY (as Don Bombard) and WCBS-FM (as
Bob Shannon). He began full-time nights on CBS-FM in 1982 and
continued with the new Shannon name. In 1986 he became their
afternoon drive DJ until the stations unfortunate format change in
"Bob" has been nationally syndicated with the shows "The
Oldies Countdown", "Keepin' the 70s Alive" and "Behind The Hits";
the latter two were heard in Syracuse on WSEN-FM. "Behind the Hits"
is also the book he co-authored as an in-depth chronicle of the
stories behind hit songs.
This aircheck is actually a
compilation of several on WOLF from 1969.
The "Real" Bob
Bob (Lowry) Sherman who
attended SU from 1967-1971, spent a short time at WNDR before moving
to WOLF as a once a week overnight part timer Sun/Monday (12m-6am)
in 1968-9. After doing
various shifts on the station finally took over evenings replacing
Don Bombard, then later Johnny Mack in 1970.
In March 1972 he
drove Syracuse home after returning from a 6-month leave for Army
Bob left Syracuse the final time for Lowell,
Mass. in the summer of 1973. He currently resides in Scottsdale,
Arizona and retired from full time consulting in
Jerry replaced Big John
Allen in June of 1969 and remained until August 1971. He left for
WHEN and was replaced by Chris Kaye "The Sugar Bear". Jerry had been
in Syracuse radio for a number of years including WNDR and "Hot
Jerry became a prominent attorney in
Syracuse but retired in 2001. He is now a Teacher and coaches in
Aiken South Carolina.
*note to former WOLF jocks. Ain't It
Funky Now by James Brown must have been playing on the left
turntable, because you can hear the distintive sound of the
headphones being placed on the counter. "Thump!"
The "Real" Bob
Thanks to Bob (Lowry)
Sherman for these great airchecks of the Big 15. This recorded
on a WOLF Million Dollar Weekend the Sunday before Earth Day April
Ron White filling in for Les
Howard. Ron left WOLF for Rochester; WHFM and WBBF, later to become
Pete McKay and return to the Big 15 in 1973. The name actually came
from WGRD in Grand Rapids, Michigan, WOLF's sister station where the
"real" Ron White was the P.D. Not bad though for his first
night on WOLF.
John's stay was short at
The Big 15, not even long enough for a picture of him to ever end up
on the Hot 30. After his stay in Syracuse he landed at WHFM99 in
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