BFYP DJ Rick Snyder was at home on the turntable at WTRY/Troy, New York, in July 1965. His story is coming up in BFYP Book 2. In the meantime, a couple of tidbits in a sneak preview!
“‘My mother played the piano, my aunt sang, and I played the trumpet,’ said Rick. ‘But the only music that was constantly available was on the radio.’
“One day he rode his bike across town to WOLF (Syracuse, New York) and watched Denny Bracken doing his DJ thing. (Another station with a studio window on the world.) Denny invited Rick and his friend into the studio. It didn’t take long—watching the DJ say a few words while the engineer did all the work—Rick was hooked.
“Rick Snyder is New York radio through and through … But before hitting WTRY’s airwaves, Rick polished his platter playing skills at WNDR/Syracuse NY in 1962, and sailed through WTRX in Flint, Michigan, prior to scoring the gig in 1964 at WTRY/New York. The mid-Sixties at one of New York’s most fun radio stations! A DJ’s dream job.”
Featured Radio Survey(s): Rick was spinning the hot new sounds of “Unchained Melody” by the RighteousBrothers, a lot. It’s #1 on our copy of the WTRY Great 98 Big Sound Survey for July 23, 1965.
So slap some 45s on the turntable, my “Cara Mia” (BFYP-Book 1 band, Jay & the Americans @ #14), because “What the World Needs Now” (Jackie DeShannon @ #15) …
… is love sweet love …
And memories of Independence Day gatherings and a sultry summer, fifty years ago.
Celebrate this month and …
Enjoy the moment … again!
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