The Southern Ontario frequency of 95.3 converted to classic rock in 1991 and the Hamilton Ontario station known as Y 95 was born. The station did very well and at one point in the mid 1990’s was beating Toronto rock giant Q 107 in the ratings. Quite the accomplishment for a Hamilton station. In 2001 the station changed frequencies to 107.9 and became Y 108.
This air check from 1995 features the afternoon drive team of Scott Thomson and Lori Love. There is also a newscast by Dave Spragge and an ad for station morning man Jeff Lumby.
In April 1969 ABC started the mostly automated Love format on it’s seven stations. Brother John Rydgren did many of the voice overs. The brother was an ordained minister and he interspersed his shows with poetry and spiritual readings.
This was generally a more commercial variety of progressive FM rock. The format lasted for a short period and was heard on FM stations from New York to Los Angles. This particular broadcast was taped off KABC Los Angles in August 1969 and it includes Brother John, a newscast and a segment about Carole King by Howard Smith. Quality is not great and the tape is in mono.
Interesting to note that the group Bread who later became soft rock staples have the last track on the air check. ABC FM must have liked the first Bread album because there is another air check on the net at reelradio from WLS FM where the group and album are featured.
This is part two of the election day broadcast by Scott Muni on WNEW from 1980. A great station which retained a semblance of the free form ethos on this late date. Love the two early 1970’s Byrds tracks played. Neither track is considered the Byrd’s best but both were staples on FM rock for a time. Great memory music as they say.
I have lots of other WNEW content uploaded to the site with more to come.