The Last Great Days of Radio by Lynn Wooley

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By Lynn Wooley

Long-time radio character Lynn Woolley introduces you to the laughs and instances of Texas radio in its heyday. a mix of humor, wit, and nostalgia, this ebook follows the profession of Woolley from the smallest station in a small industry to the most important radio newsroom in Texas, and again back.

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There was a chance that Bostonians might take that little joke the wrong way; they did. For the next year, Jay Scott co-anchored the news in Boston, but his viewers and the local print media never forgot that opening publicity campaign. References to it kept showing up, overshadowing his abilities as a newsman. No one was taking him seriously. The ratings at WNAC-TV did not improve during the year that Jackie was there. So with eleven months still to go on his contract, he was released. This story was not told just in Boston.

Other jocks included Art Riley, Art Roberts, Chuck Buell, John "Records" Landecker (Records is his middle name), and McLendon alumni Charlie Van Dyke and Steve Lundy. Across town, the competition was another 50,000 watt station, WCFL. "The Big 10" was owned by the Chicago Federation of Labor, and though its signal didn't match that of WLS, it certainly had its followers. In 1971, the station brought in Dick Biondi to do afternoons. Biondi, like Russ Knight at KLIF, belonged to that exclusive club of deejays who had "Cruisin''' albums done in their honor.

It was 1967, and at the age of 17, I had reached that first big milestone: I had a job in radio! Never mind that it was a tiny FM station in a small market. Page 3 And never mind that the station bookkeeper hired me while the manager was away. That first job was always the toughest, and I felt like I had finally made it. m. until midnight, playing album cuts to snooze by. The station was short on equipment and people. The office staff was comprised of the aforementioned bookkeeper and the general manager, Boyd Porter, Jr.

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