Saturday, January 2, 2021

Rock Radio JANUARY 1971 Outasight!

Have you ever seen the rain

Comin’ down on a sunny day ♪* … Just think … we have a whole New Year of grand opportunities waiting to be discovered, if you can see them through the rain. As we learned in 2020, good … even great … can come from extreme adversity. Like the sun peeking out from behind the clouds and its beauty, opportunities are in the eyes of the beholder. Find your sun …

I really need to stop making promises. Tried not to take another day, but life these days is too erratic for promises. Blast from Your Past’s 50 Years Ago this Month is (finally) ready (a day late and a dollar short … literally) to bring you another year of music and mayhem behind the microphone of those wild-and-crazy Rock & Roll Radio DJs. Happy New Year 2021 and let’s flip the switch to ...  

JANUARY 1971 News & Notes …  
For all of my BFYP writings, from books to blogs, the most fun is researching radio station histories.
Not always an easy task, as memories dwindle and ill-kept records on numerous format flips disappear over the years. What’s left can be a skewed timeline that’s as fuzzy as those dice hanging from the rear view mirror of a 1965 Chevy Impala. 

      Case in point is this month’s Featured Radio Survey: KADI/St. Louis. It had so many incarnations that 1971 kind of got lost in the shuffle and sandwiched between its progressive Rock in 1969 and a move down the dial in 1972, from 96.5 (96-FM) to 96.3, where it stayed. But through the decades KADI’s personality eventually morphed into the current WFUN-FM Adult R&B.
      If you ask me, it was just as “fun” back in ’71, with its “Outasight Record Report” boasting, “Under 1 Billion Listeners” on its groovy survey #40.

January 2nd:
  The 1970s continued the ‘60s’ society reformation efforts with a ban on radio and television cigarette advertisements. Ummmm, I don’t see that it has done much to help quash smoking in the past fifty years.

January 21st:
Every year in January on his birthday, we honor the guy who loved playing wolfman with his nephews long before he became the infamous DJ
Wolfman Jack (Robert Weston Smith, 1938-1995). His salacious microphone style and over-the-top personality endeared him to fans and set him on a path to fame and fortune, and all the fun and not-so-fun stuff that comes with it.
      Wolfman’s book title says it all: Have Mercy! Confessions of the Original Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal. The Blast from Your Past book series is dedicated to the DJ who introduced syndicated radio shows and turned his captivating persona into a business brand. Awwwwoooo! You diggin’ the Wolfman Jack Show!

On Your Tinny Transistor Radio 

KADI/St. Louis vacillated between album-oriented Rock, top 40, and progressive formats, throughout 1971. Their surveys reflected the muddled music lineup. Makes ya wonder how the program director kept track of what music to schedule and when!
KADI’s January album survey features Creedence Clearwater (*Pendulum), Grateful Dead (American Beauty), Ten Years After (Watt), and John Lennon (Lennon / Ono Band) in the top ten, at Cincinnati’s WSAI, the top 40s format listed none of those artists in the top ten. The Osmonds’ “One Bad Apple” topped WSAI’s hit list, with “Precious Precious” (Jackie Moore) coming in at #10.
What makes the WSAI survey unique is its top ten songs include two by George Harrison—“Isn’t It a Pity” and “My Sweet Lord” tying at #3—and two by the inimitable Elvis Presley—“There Goes My Everything” and “I Really Don’t Want to Know” doubling up at #4. Nice goin’ guys! There goes the one of my dreams♪ No, no … I’m right here … sigh.

BFYP Featured Radio Survey  
Meet Me in St. Louis!* ♪ at KADI/St. Louis, Missouri, January 8, 1971 to see a brooding Elton John on the cover. He had just enjoyed a great run with “Your Song” and his new Tumbleweed Connection album still held on at #26 of the KADI album survey … 50 Years Ago this Month in Rock & Roll Radio! Where were you that groovy day when your radio played …

Celebrate JANUARY 1971 and … Rock On!  

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LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and author by way of Rock & Roll. Two books (of three) are published in her Blast from Your Past series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!

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