In 1903...bandleader Lawrence Welk was born in Strasburg North Dakota.
The Champagne Music Maker was, early on, a popular staple of radio station WNAX in Yankton South Dakota. When he settled in for 10 years at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, his dance remotes developed a national radio following. In 1951 Welk began weekly appearances on KTLA Los Angeles, which led to an ABC television show beginning in 1955. His show was near the top of the ratings throughout the 1950’s and ’60s. His big hit was the 1961 million seller, Calcutta.
He died from pneumonia May 17, 1992 at age 89.
In 1948...Audio Engineering Society founded in New York City.
In 1969...The Jackson Five signed a contract with Motown Records
In 2009...WXRK 92.3 FM NYC changes to CHR.
In 2011...Longtime New York City area radio host (WNYC, WNSW, WJDM, WNJR, WPAT, WEVD) Danny Stiles died at the age of 87.
Stiles, who among other alliterative monikers called himself The Vicar of Vintage Vinyl, had a loyal fan following and a distinctive radio presence. At the end of his life, Danny was being heard on four stations in Metro New York, on WRCA 1330 AM, serving the Boston area, and was streaming 24 hours a day on the Internet. The broadcast material came largely from his personal collection of over 250,000 albums, many in their original 78 rpm format.
After his death, Stiles continued to be heard on the airwaves, with vintage shows re-aired Saturday nights at 8 PM Eastern time on WNYC 820 AM, until its final broadcast on January 3, 2015. His website dannystiles.com still offers a stream of archived shows.
In 2015...Longtime WGY 810 AM Albany, NY Morning Host Don Weeks died at age 76
The station called Weeks "legendary" in its announcement -- and it might be difficult to argue that he wasn't, according to the Albany Times-Union. Weeks joined WGY in December 1980 and retired from his morning show, a ratings juggernaut for years, in 2010.