Thursday, August 14, 2014

Detroit Radio: WOMC To Air 'Dream Cruise' Show

Tying in with this weekend’s Woodward Dream Cruise, CBS Radio's WOMC 104.3 FM will be broadcasting “Radio Recall,” a look back at the classic Detroit disc jockeys — and music — that provided the soundtrack to those classic cars of the 1950s and ’60s.

The Detroit News reports former Detroit air personality Jim Hampton, who was on the air at WXYZ, WJBK, WABX and WCAR, produced the three-hour program, which airs from 5-8 a.m. on WOMC Saturday.

The show consists of vintage airchecks featuring talent including Robin Seymour, Dick Purtan (when he was first on WKNR), Tom Shannon, Scott Regen, Lee Alan, Big Jim Edwards, Bob Green, Dave Shafer, Robert E. Lee and Joel Sebastian, among others. Hampton also features what he sees as the 30 most important car songs of the era — including the Beach Boys’ “Little Deuce Coupe” and “Fun, Fun, Fun,” Jan & Dean’s “Drag City,” Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally” and Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene,” among others.

One jock he made sure to include was Bob Lane, who was on WJBK, and there’s a special reason for that. Lane, whose real name is Bob Liggett, left his on-air job to buy a number of radio stations. After Liggett divested himself of his radio holdings, he bought the Big Boy restaurant chain in 2000.

Big Boy is sponsoring the “Radio Recall” program and has special nostalgia-themed ads that refer to its long history, dating back to 1936.

In addition to the pre-recorded “Radio Recall” program airing 5-8 a.m. Saturday, WOMC 104.3 FM will broadcast live from Dream Cruise locations Thursday-Saturday.

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