WLAV-AM (1340 Khz), WZZM-FM (95.7 Mhz), WMAX-AM 1480 Khz)
I just found a couple more of my radio shows and these date back 47 years. I was 20, and Linda and I would be married a week later. Here’s two of my Gary Dean [Hunt] shows, tied together, with the first airing on September 19, 1969. I was doing the 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift (Monday – Friday) on the Grand Rapids, MI top 40 station, 95.7 WZZM FM (50,000 watt). Click on the link below (app dot box dot com) to listen. https://app.box.com/s/6dqicnx8udxgpecqqlrulnaruv71ig3t
TBT–Here’s another one of my radio shows when I used the name Gary Dean [Hunt]. Let’s go back to 1480 WMAX in Grand Rapids, MI, July 22, 1971, when I was 21 years old. I’m filling in on the John Paul Show. How’d I get there? I was at the Forest Hill Pharmacy and overheard the station co-owner Jim Gaskin telling the pharmacist about the radio station he and a friend bought and introduced myself. I got the part-time weekend and fill-in job I was looking for. At that time, WMAX was a contemporary middle of the road music station. Click on the link below (app dot box dot com) to listen. https://app.box.com/s/oy23arknhsnorao2zjqf3d5m5dj3p5wz
TBT–Here’s one of my radio shows when I used the name Gary Dean. Dean’s my middle name and I was 22 years old then. This goes back to August 6, 1972 and is 1340 WLAV AM Grand Rapids, MI. Click on the link below (app dot box dot com) to listen. https://app.box.com/s/ighdejs3af5c4gmi9r5pkghl9xcn0xru
Time again for another radio show on a TBT. Here’s Jay Walker, with George Gump on THE BIG 14 WGRD radio in Grand Rapids, MI. Jay continued in radio as Sonny Fox in Miami and later on SiriusXM satellite radio. You’ll also hear station promos and commercials with the voices of Bill Merchant, John Mack, Wayne Thomas, Granny Gerkins and others. This is a portion of the WGRD All-Time Top 300 countdown on New Years Day 1969. Here’s the link, so you can listen to the Jay Walker January 1, 1969 radio show: https://app.box.com/s/55izuvqytf0ydn633bcbfcxji5yzxg9j
Matt Weber The audio was “challenging” to say the least when I transferred this aircheck from Al Gamble’s original microphone to speaker recording from reel tape. We would be remiss if we did not credit Al for this rare recording, Thanks, Al.
Ricky Schultz Says: The songs on this chart were compiled from listeners, like myself that wrote down 3 songs on a 3 x 5 card, and mailed it in a letter sized envelope, with a self addressed, stamped envelope. The votes were tallied, and the chart was created, then mailed back to every person who sent a self addressed stamped envelope. Very labor intensive, but it was a very rare collectible chart. Not available at any record store.
October 17, 2016. I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Tom Carter of the early 1960’s West Michigan group Tom Carter and the Ramrods last Friday. In 1962, the group had a local instrumental hit with “Flyin’ Saucer Twist” (https://youtu.be/rBUpw2bXlzU). Tom was the group leader and played guitar. I bought the 45rpm record when I was a kid and got it autographed by Tom. I’ve always loved guitar instrumentals!