Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January 17 Radio History

In 1937...the show "Kay Child, Stepmother" was first broadcast on the CBS Radio Network.

In 1949..."The Goldbergs" was first broadcast on CBS-TV. The show had been on the radio since 1931.

In 1964...the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was “There! I’ve Said It Again” byBobby Vinton. This song was considered the last No. 1 song before the British invasion. After four weeks at No. 1, Vinton gave way to the Beatles and their first U.S. hit, “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

In 1986...Radio personality Joel Sebastian died.

Sebastian  began his radio career in his native Detroit at station WXYZ. He moved to Chicago in 1966, after working at stations in Dallas, New Haven, Conn., and Los Angeles.

For 20-years+, he was DJ and morning on-air personality at eight Chicago radio stations, including WCFL, WLS, WGN, WMAQ and, most recently, WJMK-FM (104).

He began his Chicago career at WCFL as a talkative morning disc jockey. He would open each show with the greeting ``Good morning Chicago, baby,``

He also worked at WNEW, WKHK, WHN and WNBCin New York City, returning to Chicago in June 1983 to WJMX.

In 1989...Scott Shannon last show at WHTZ Z100 NYC.

Shannon founded the "Z Morning Zoo" concept and he was the driving force in helping Z100 become the top-rated FM station in New York City within a mere 74 days of signing on the air.

In 1989, Shannon left Z100 for Los Angeles to start up Pirate Radio, KQLZ. Pirate Radio employed a similar Top 40 concept. As the 1990s began, Top 40 radio experienced a decline, and eventually Pirate Radio struggled as well, leading to Shannon's departure.

In 1991 he returned to New York and resurfaced on Z100's biggest rival, WPLJ.

In 2004...TV talk show host, Jerry Springer, began a new radio show on WCKY-AM, Cincinnati.

In 2012...Disc jockey/bandleader/drummer/singer/songwriter (Willie And The Hand Jive) Johnny Otis died at the age of 90.

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