Free Form Freedom Presents The Beach Boy Show



Next show planned is Free Form 45’s featuring deep cut singles from various artists but I do plan more Beach Boys episodes in the future and here’s a tease below

Playlist includes music by The Beach Boys and related material by Roy Wood, Psychic TV, The Del Vikings , Todd Rundgren and many more !

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Ron Bruchal on CFNY, WUWU AND MORE – JUNE 28, 1983

This clip begins with the group called  The The and the track “Perfect on WUWU 107.7 FM. After that there is some dial twisting including a bit of Daddy Cool on CFNY at 12:53. You will hear a bit of the  syndicated program Rockline with Bob Cockburn at 13:55 and at 17:20 a DJ from WCMF, Rochester proclaims “history in the making” by having played the first compact laser disc ( Phil Collin’s Face Value album). This part of the clip is possibly from around September 1982 based on a mention of  Billy Joel’s Nylon Curtain as a new release and the introduction of CD’s as a commercial product.

Starting at 17:52 we hear Ron Brushal on CFNY with an interesting mix of music including The Wall of Voodoo’s cover of “Ring of Fire”, Peter Gabriel and Jimmy Pursey with Animals Have More Fun, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel and more.




Jim Reid and James Scott – CFNY 1983

Drum machines and synths and a techno vibe was dominant at CFNY during this period but as you will hear on this clip the station could be still be counted on for  variety. You will hear Jim Reid play Marvin Gaye and Bebop Deluxe who are thought of as a new wave band but they actually predated the new wave and released their first album in 1974. I always thought of their earlier work as the thinking man’s Queen.

Jim Reid may have been the DJ with the longest tenure at NY during the “Spirit of Radio” era. His set is followed by James Scott another stalwart of the Spirit. We get to hear James play Chris de Burgh, “Oh Superman” by Laurie Anderson and even some mid 60’s Bob Dylan. interesting listening and a free form ethos still apparent at the station.

Listen near the very end for an AD by Ivor Hamilton for his import show.

Quality is poor particularly on the first half compounded by the fact that the Bebop Deluxe tune uses the phasing effect.


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Jim Santella – In The Belly of The Beast

Jim Santella could be called the Dean of all Buffalo DJ’s from the free form era and beyond. He started his professional career at Buffalo’s first free form called WYSL.  That station changed it’s called letters to WPHD and Santella also made the transition.  He later moved to 97 Rock where he stayed for many years. More recently he had a blues show on public WBFO and has since retired.

This clip finds him firmly in new wave land on WUWU FM ( June 1983) playing tracks by Q-Field, The Talking Heads and more. Some jazz by Jean Luc Ponty for a change of pace. My favorite musical selection on the clip is “Church of The Poison Mind” by Culture club which finds Boy George in full Motown mode.

An interesting commercial with Jeff Gordon for a WUWU party  plays during the first break.

There’s around the dial twisting starting at the 47:00 minute mark you can hear Rick Ringer on CHUM FM announcing his last set. Yes this was the time when they actually played Quiet Riot. You can also hear James Scott on CFNY announcing an interview with Kajagoogoo by The Live Earl Jive later that day. Unfortunately I did not stay on any one station for too long during the dial changes, save for a classical station near the end.  Quality is so so on the clip and falters badly at the end as the tape rolls off the reel. Highlighting the ephemera of the listening experience.

The clip ends where it began in “the belly of the beast” with Jim Santella. That phrase, used by Santella in his ID’s, quite aptly described the format and vibe at WUWU FM and I hope you enjoy this clip from one of the legendary broadcasters from Western New York.

Cross Posted in the Radio Corner.


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A Mixed Bag – WCMF, 97 Rock and WUWU 107.7

This is an intriguing clip that provides a picture of the rock radio dial in western New York during the summer of 1982.

Things get started with selections played on the Import/Export show on WCMF FM – Rochester, New York with Unkle Roger hosting. Alternative rock and some of it never played in Toronto (cuts by The Dream Syndicate, Fleshtones, The Cramps and Chesterfield Kings). CFNY was not big on this type of garage rock but WCMF’s Import Export and WUWU gave well deserved exposure to the genre.

You also hear a bit of mainstream AOR by way of WCMF and 97 Rock from Buffalo All of the tracks are recorded off the radio but the announcements for some are missing unfortunately,

The best part of the clip is near the end when we hear Jeff Gordon on WUWU playing a comedy cut by George Carlin and a special dance mix of Our House by Madness called Madhouse.  Creative programming could still be heard in some quarters in 1982 and Jeff Gordon’s segment is a great example.

Listen also for a syndicated segment from Pete Fornatale of WNEW FM. He was one of the legendary free form Jocks and in later years hosted the “Mixed Bag” program on WNEW and WFUV.

Cross posted at the Radio Corner.


Get The Connection – Last Weeks Winner Plus Chance to Win Stones Album !

 Revised- New and Improved

This audio program  details the answers to last week’s  quiz plus the winner is announced. There’s also eight more short clips at the end of the program. Get the artists and connections and you might win a copy of the Rolling Stones “Their Satanic Majesty’s Request” with the original 3 D cover. Vinyl is not in great shape but the cover is swell.

Yes I’m trying to emulate the free form programming of days gone by.

First person to email me at with the correct answers will win the album.  Good luck !

This contest is closed and new one is posted.

WUWU 107.7

WUWU  107.7 FM Station ID’s and More





During the 60’s top 40 stations had some great jingles to ID their stations and these were a key part of a stations’s brand image.

WUWU FM in 1982 was definitely not top 40 but they were looking to build an audience, Their playlist during the day included some mainstream acts as you hear Gary Storm announce that he just played Rush and the Headpins. I think they had realized that you cannot build a station just with alternative artists so they would try to woo ( or would that be woo woo) the listeners with a few known commodities and then introduce them to some amazing alternative music as you hear on this clip with an unusual rendition of “Whole Lotta Love”. The clip is from September 1982.

Listen at the beginning to two ID’s. The station was different sometimes way out there and these ID’s are among the best that I have heard. They were longer than the usual but I believe they were a very effective tease to listen to the station. They were not recorded on the same show as the rest of the clip and you will find them interspersed between parts of several tracks. I have also placed a contemporary ID from 97 Rock so you can compare what a more mainstream station was doing.  I love how one ID segues into”Princess of the Universe” by Todd Rundgren. Total Rock’n Roll !

Gary Storm I believe was doing day time and not his Oil of Dog  all night extravaganza  See the Oil of Dog Corner on this web site for more on that.  Also note that you can hear the infamous Bob Allen on this clip  promoting his talk show the Town Crier which he also presented at WBUF earlier. Yes the man who took the station hostage during it’s last day with this format.




Letterman Will Be Missed – The Right Night for the Wrong Company

When David Letterman began his late night show he was truly groundbreaking. The irreverent segments such as “stupid pet tricks and “Larry Bud Melman” etc were pushing the envelope of the usually staid and old school world of TV talk shows. He may have lost some of his edge over the years and who would not after all that time.

The one area where he’s remained a pioneer is in showcasing musical acts which have retained their “indie” cred and credo and which have not received much exposure elsewhere on commercial radio or television.

Groups such as Wilco, The Jayhawks and Dr. Dog have  all been able to showcase their talent and gain a national foothold thanks to Dave.

Enjoy this clip by Dr Dog.  Not from Letterman but a great slice of indie Americana nevertheless.  Steven Colbert please follow the leader !


Listen & Win !

Get The Connection


This is the latest contest for your chance to win a Tim Horton’s or Starbucks gift certificate valued at $ 10.00.

There are eight musical selections and there’s a connection from one track to the next. Your mission is to list all eight artists and also guess what the connection is from track to track.

The first person with the correct answers wins. Contest will be up for about one week. Gift certificates are purchased in Canada but I can look into US redemption if I get a stateside winner. World at large sorry but you are welcome to play for bragging rights.

Email your answers to or leave them in the comments section but I won’t publish those until the contest is closed. Members o the SOWNY Board  can send me a private message there.

A goblin’s added a ninth track but there’s no apparent connection to the eight and it’s just the first track repeated. Maybe you can come up with a connection for bonus points.

Good luck and have fun. Congrats again to the “Original Hank for winning the last contest.

Contest Rules

Anyone is welcome to play but gift certificates used for prizes may be redeemable only in Canada.

Delivery of prizes will be by regular mail and delivery as good as our postal services.


John Farrell WBUF 1975

 Ladies and gentlemen now presenting John Farrell on WBUF from 1975

This air check clocks in over an hour and gives you a great taste of what a real free-flowing rock station could sound like.  Farrell worked at least three of the Buffalo NY  progressive rock stations WPHD, WBUF and WZIR. In a way BUF was the best progressive rock station that the city ever had. They were the longest lasting and the format was never watered down until they changed to pure album rock in 1978.  John sounded serious and was concise and not prone to ramble. The atmosphere created on his show was one of smokey psychedelia. The music featured on this clip includes Spirit, Phil Manzanera, Armageddon, Weather Report, Emerson Lake and Palmer and an entire side of Hendrix.

Yeah this is far out man and you will be somewhat “experienced” in the art of progressive free form after you listen.

The end of the clip segues into the next show.

Farrell’s next stop after BUF was WZIR on the 98.5 frequency in 1980.  New Wave had arrived and his delivery seemed to lighten in keeping with the times.The smokey haze disappeared as he was working the afternoon drive shift. I will be posting quite a bit of WZIR in the future including more John Farrell. Enjoy this for now.

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