A question I am often asked is “how long are you going to continue playing the oldies ?”
I guess the answer is simple … as long as so many of you continue to turn on the radio Saturday mornings and listen to the Oldies Attic.
The music is very special to the baby boomer generation and now, because so many movies feature the oldies, a new generation is discovering that there IS something special about our music.
I remember my Dad warning me that my Tru Tone transistor radio would grow to my ear as I wore out battery after battery listening to Porky Chedwick, Bob Livorio, Chuck Brinkman and Terry Lee.
I didn’t begin amassing records until I was a sophomore at Wilkinsburg High School. I bought five at a clearance sale and haven’t stopped yet. It wasn’t until my senior year that I convinced my parents to allow me to attend the American School of Broadcasting in Pittsburgh. I knew then I wanted to play records on the radio.
My first job was at WPSL in Monroeville as the afternoon drive announcer but I managed to convince the boss that we needed a good old oldies show on the weekend. (In 1965 we called the music from 1955 through 1963 – oldies.)
After three years in the Army, I returned to Western Pennsylvania and found a job at WLOA in Braddock and was the evening host for light and classical music while I attended school. After relocating to the Baltimore area I was part of a Christian station – WTOW- owned by two frustrated rock and roll dj’s who were kind enough to give me many of their records. In 1971 while working for Western Electric, I landed a weekend gig at WVOB in BelAir Maryland and began playing oldies.
As luck would have it, I had the opportunity to return to Western Pennsylvania, specifically Indiana, in 1973. Within a year I was doing weekends on WDAD while working for Bell Telephone. Yes, several oldies found their way onto my playlist.
It was June 1, 1985 while working for Bell Atlantic that I first started playing the oldies on a regular basis. The program was called “Prime Gold Saturday Night” and aired from 7 pm to 10 pm. The program eventually moved to the FM affiliate, WQMU.
Since so many radio stations had an oldies show on Saturday nights, I thought the time was perfect for oldies on Saturday mornings. The opportunity didn’t exist on WDAD so the management at WCCS in Homer City agreed and the Oldies Attic opened its door on May 11, 1989 and has been going strong ever since.
I dropped my first needle on a 45 rpm record back in April 1965. Since that time I have played too many songs to count. But I do know this, these tunes sound as good today as they did back then.
Thank you so much for making the Oldies Attic a huge success!!!
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