NEWS BROADCAST ABOUT THE PLANE CRASH THAT KILLED BUDDY HOLLY, RICHIE VALENS AND THE BIG BOPPER - February 3rd, 1959
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  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: