LISTEN TO ORIGINAL RADIO NEWSCAST ANNOUNCING THE PLANE CRASH HEARD THROUGHOUT AMERICA .
PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center)
In 1984, the music industry was challenged by a group of political wives,
led by Tipper Gore, wife of the former Vice-President. Shocked and
horrified by what they deemed unacceptable lyrics and cover art in rock music, they advocated warning stickers for content that included sex, drugs, violence or anything that would make them want to cover their children’s ears.
This led to a Congressional hearing that pitted the Washington Wives, as they were called, against musicians Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), John Denver and Frank Zappa. (Zappa later released an album Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention that included a “guarantee” that the lyrics wouldn’t “cause eternal torment in the place where the guy with the horns and pointed stick
conducts business”.) Representing radio’s interests was Zappa’s friend, DC deejay Cerphe Colwell, who had been at the forefront of the freeform radio revolution. He shares his memories of Zappa and the PMRC:
96X: The End of an Era.
February 15, 1981 was the end of an era for South Florida radio station 96X (WMJX) A victim of fraudulent practices by a previous owner, it was signed off by General Manager Bob Allen and an emotional Stuart (Boy Wonder) Elliott. Thirty-five years later,
Stuart can be heard on online station 96X.miami
WABC And The Strike of 1967
In the spring of 1967, members of AFTRA (the
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists)
went on strike. For almost two weeks, the deejays
were on the picket line while management and
supervisors took turns behind the mic. The strike
made instant stars out of some, including chief
engineer Bernie (”Bernie the K”) Koval and ABC
publicist Martin Grove, whose Cousin Brucie
impression earned him an “A” for effort. Program
Director Rick Sklar even found a way to make the
strike fun….and a promotion opportunity: