A wave of nostalgia overcame me today as I read through the latest entries on the Pittsburg Morning Sun's discussion board.
The quality of local radio stations has been discussed for the past few months on the board, and lately a few posters reminisced about radio the way it used to be.
And radio in the 1960s in this area was WHB (World's Happiest Broadcasters) 71 on your dial out of Kansas City. The top disc jockey for years was Johnny Dolan (Rollin' with Dolan), who normally worked the afternoon shift, but seemed to fill in just about any time day or night. I remember in 1973, Dolan selected the first East Newton High School yearbook queen, though I can't actually remember who it was. It may have been Ginger Knight, if memory serves. (For those of you looking for hard news, don't worry, I'll get to it eventually.)
For about a four or five-year period in the mid to late 1960s, my older sister, Vicki, and I would write down the 40-Star Survey when they played the top 40 songs in Kansas City every Friday afternoon. I remember when "Twist and Shout" by the Beatles stunned eveyrone by entering the survey at number five and when the Beatles had the top five songs in K. C. at one point in early 1964. I wish I still had a copy of those surveys.
Another memorable WHB personality was Phil Jay with his "Uncle Phil's Filthy Files." Phil Jay got his radio start as a disc jockey at KQYX in Joplin.
I can also remember Jeff Roberts and Rock Robbins. Both Phil Jay and Jeff Roberts returned to the station when it tried to return to its roots and cash in on the oldies craze in the 1980s.
It was WHB in the daytime and when the signal faded, we would turn our radios to 89 WLS in Chicago and listen to Larry Lujack or WOAI in San Antonio.