Lee Roberts, Saturday Morning on 99X – December 17, 1978

“99X…. Rockin the Apple in Stereo with a world of Odessey…”

The late 70s was a particularly good time for Lee Roberts, who was heard at 13 WAVZ New Haven, 96 TIC-FM Hartford AND 99X all in the same general time period!

Lee, IMHO, is an incredible talent whose delivery, while it didn’t particularly stand out like Bill Lee’s, was very smooth and polished. I don’t think I ever heard an on air mistake from Roberts.

That said, lets enjoy a bit of this Connecticut native on 99X from a few days before Christmas ‘78.

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Tony Taylor on WOR-FM: The Bill Drake sound from 1969, Continued

This one is short, only about 2 minutes scoped but thanks again to Bill James for this excellent look at WOR-FM, the PRE-99X sound of 98.7!

WOR-FM, 1969

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Tony Taylor on WOR-FM: The Bill Drake sound from 1969

Tony Taylor now, on WOR-FM from the Drake days.

After the success of RKO General O&O stations KHJ, CKLW and WRKO, the format was imported to New York City on the first FM outlet in the RKO Chain. In this, the first Top 40 incarnation of 98.7 FM, the standard Drake formatics are in place, as are the Johnny Mann jingles.

This would last for two more years before the Drake sound would run it’s eventual course, but the stage was set for future success with the “Q” format as WXLO 99X would emerge by 1972. Here is the genesis of that transformation…

WOR-FM, 1969

This is part one of a scoped two part series. Original commercials included!

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Al Bandiero – Nights | Early 1978

Thanks to Bill James (WEEX Easton PA), we have this excellent scope of the Al Bandiero night show on 99X. Bandiero is the one jock who turned your webmaster on to the radio business – the first jock that captivated me from his days on WKBW.

He owes me an apology!

Posted by Steve West | Al Bandiero, Bill James | 3 comments