Creating legacies for pioneering Rock & Roll Radio DJs, 1954 ~ 1979. Rock on!
Blast from Your Past book series dedicated to Wolfman Jack and your fave Radio DJs of yesteryear.
By BFYP-Living Legacy author, LinDee Rochelle.
50 years ago this month in Rock & Roll Radio (and Musicland Memories) - NOVEMBER, 1963:
Radio DJs played a huge part in the tragic Kennedy
assassination, Nov. 22, 1963. Listeners of ABC Radio knew something
catastrophic had happened when DJ Don Gardiner halted
“Hooray for Hollywood” by Doris Day,
mid-song, to make what is considered the shooting’s first national news broadcast.
Our high school routed a local radio station through the loudspeaker. We sat,
listening stunned and unbelieving – and likely the quietest we’d ever been – for
nearly an hour before we were sent home for the day.
Featured Survey: The day before, life in America was relatively
carefree as the now iconic “Louie Louie,” produced by BFYP’s DJ Ken
Chase, KISN/Portland (Mike Korgan) hit the top of WKNR/Detroit’s chart.
Blast from Your Past is a site-full of memories. Mine, yours, theirs ... mostly as a legacy for pioneering Rock & Roll Radio DJs. But you can't talk about early Radio DJs without recalling the era, events, and att-i-tudes that shaped the music and our lives. 1954 - 1979 were the magical years for Rock Radio. At Blast from Your Past, I hope to entertain and reminisce with you as we remember what was, and how it continues to influence what is. Let's Rock! LR
Blast from Your Past! Rock & Roll Radio DJs: the First Five Years 1954-1959 (Book 1) is available now in print and eBook (enhanced and expanded) at Amazon OR order author-signed print edition here (great
gift!). 15 DJs' personal stories reveal coast-to-coast fun facts and history wrapped around true tales of behind-the-microphone music and mayhem in Rock & Roll's infancy. Most, previously known only to industry insiders.
Ron Riley (WLS/Chicago), Ken Chase (KISN/Portland), Dr. Don Rose (KFRC/San Francisco & earlier, East Coast), "Cousin" Brucie Morrow (WABC/NYC) and many more famous and infamous DJs, recall antics and attitudes behind the mic. Special vignettes of the life and times of Wolfman Jack. Relive or revel for the first time in Radio's early years of Rock & Roll. Images & photos! Excerpts and TOC.
Author, LinDee Rochelle invites
you to cruise down Memory Lane
to revisit life in bobby sox and
malt shops! Cool, man.
edition / coming in late 2012.
*see below for photo &
book cover design credits
~ Foreword by Lonnie Napier, Wolfman Jack's 25-year friend and VP of Wolfman Jack Enterprises
~ Special Introduction by Bill Gardner, popular "morning guy" DJ/former Program Director (Philly-WIBG; San Diego-KCBQ; Phoenix-KOOL and more!)
DJs interviewed include Cousin Bruce Morrow, Bill Gardner (w/ DJ bros, Andre ♫ ♫
& Al) Joey Reynolds, Shotgun Tom Kelly,
Dr. Don Rose (son, Jay), Frosty Mitchell, Ron Riley & tons more! Read excerpts.
DJ promo trivia answer:
Cousin Brucie was fast-talkin' his way through WINS/New York when Sandy Deanne, of the Harborlites (later, lead
singer of Jay & The Americans) realized they were dating sisters. It was 1959
and shortly after, the Harborlites' "Is
That Too Much to Ask" hit the radio airwaves, bigtime. Brucie liked it!
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|Got a minute? Give a listen to some of the BFYP radio tour
archives or catch a listen to upcoming broadcasts about the good ol'
days of Rock & Roll Radio DJs on radio stations nationwide.|
Let me take you back ... to the dawn of Rock & Roll seen through the eyes of the DJ in the fishbowl studio or the MC/DJ at the Beatles' first US concert. Dedicated to Wolfman Jack - the consummate Rock & Roll DJ!
BLAST FROM YOUR PAST! TM
Rock & Roll Radio DJs:
the First Five Years 1954-1959
More fun, trivia, and be first to learn the release date of the 25-year edition (1954-1979).Every great era is built on a dynamic foundation. Rock & Roll Radio's first five years, 1954-1959, set the stage for the rebellious Sixties and Psychedelic Seventies. BFYP ... the First Five Years (Book 1) redefines our perception of the Rock & Roll Radio DJs who rocked us into a new music era.
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We'll add to the Fifties, and pick up on the Sixties and Seventies in the next BFYP series book:
BLAST FROM YOUR PAST! TM
Rock & Roll Radio DJs who
ROCKED Your World! 1954-1979 (Book 2)
The 1950s, '60s & '70s are bound together by a fantastic music phenomena. Rock & Roll music explored its babyhood, discovered its power, and exploded into its own universe in these three amazing decades.
Talkin' about Blast from Your Past! Rock & Roll Radio DJs: the First Five Years 1954-1959 ...
Wow! Put on your poodle skirt and slick back your hair. LinDee Rochelle provides fascinating portraits of the DJs who introduced us to rock & Roll. Great writing, great insights. LinDee's passion for the topic shows on every page, and as a result, you'll find it difficult to put down. Great job! ~ Melanie Rigney, Editor for You
Who were the most influential people to stoke the Rock & Roll fire? Musicians, record moguls, ambitious advertisers, and Radio Disk Jockeys. Blast from Your Past pays tribute to the men and women of the Golden Era of Rock & Roll Radio who rocked our world!
when ... beehive hairdos, slicked-back guy-hair and tricked-out cars ('50s)
led into a decade that changed the world ('60s), into the next trippy
decade of barely controlled confusion ('70s).
We spun the radio dial as the fast-talkin', slow-walkin' DJs stroked our musical senses, introduced us to our wings and sent us soaring through life. Nationwide, more than 40 DJs and three bands interviewed! (So far!)
Periodic News & Notes about radio and DJs
Coast to coast, border to border, these energetic keepers of the music world - DJs, disc jockeys, announcers, broadcasters, jocks, whatever term you remember them by - told us what to listen to, what records to buy, what to dance to, and listened to us when we phoned in to ask why.
Enjoy the moment ... again! Receive fun and lively Blast from your Past email updates in the Fuzzy Dice News, and be the first to learn the release date of Blast From Your Past! (Book 2, 25-year edition). Submit your email address today! *Absolutely no address-sharing goes on here! No self-respecting '59 pink caddy was without fuzzy dice!
Boomers! Check out the Rock & Roll Baby Boomer Gift Guide!
Gift-giving for you and your friends will never be the same!
Shimmy & bop through these testimonials:
Take the Rock & Roll Radio Poll!
|Ahhhh, the memories! Chocolate malts ... nights at the diner ... bitchin' cars ... fuzzy dice ... psychedelic synergy ... and Boss Jocks!|
A social network of unparalleled music-lover unity, live radio is quickly fading in today's automated programming and anonymous online substitutes. Blast from your Past is a legacy to the wild-n-crazy guys (and a few brave gals) of the mid-1950s, through the 1960s and '70s.
From a BFYP Rockin' DJ:
you so much for the advance copy of BFYP. It is a real page turner for me.
have learned a lot of stuff I didn't know about the R&R history. You have
great job research and of blending history with the feelings of the
time. I can't
wait for the final copy and BFYP "the movie."
~ Ken Chase (aka Mike Korgan)
DJ and producer, The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie"
From a Rock & Roll fan:
I grew up in South Dakota, and listening to the big-watt rock stations
made places like Chicago come alive for me... and expanded my music
knowledge. Larry Lujack... Dick Biondi... and so many others were my
connection to the world beyond. For Baby Boomers, this was the golden
age of radio. LinDee Rochelle has talked with people and jocks from all
over the country to bring back those memories. Find yourself a bottle of
your favorite soft drink, put on your saddle shoes or love beads, and
rock on with LinDee and the jocks!
~ Melanie Rigney, EditorForYou.com
Past Writer's Digest editor
A note from the author ... I am determined to ensure at least some of
the att-i-tudes and moods of "the good ol' days" are preserved for a
future world that without these memories, would not begin to grasp the
craziness, creativity - and FUN - that defined the era, and real Rock & Roll Radio.
aka Rockin' Rochelle
Check out BFYP's Notes & News and the weekly (or as often as possible) blog about the
Blast from Your Past! projects, and news of the people, places, and prattle
that was or is Rock & Roll Radio.
Book cover design by Christopher Master
*Photo credits (l-r):
~ Jim Higgs, WKMI Kalamazoo MI, with Wolfman Jack c. 1972
~ Mike Korgan/aka Ken Chase produced the Kingsmen's
version of "Louie, Louie" - this photo, c. mid-1950s
Take the Rock & Roll Radio Poll!
DJ: Don Owens; October 1, 1959; Tidewater, VA(Not interviewed for BFYP. Survey from BFYP Collectibles.)
Interviewing this capricious cadre of DJs was a pure pleasure; especially when they imitated other DJs they worked with or idolized. What fun! LR
Copyright 2008-2013, L. Rochelle, Penchant for Penning Santa Rosa, California