In 1925...John B. Gambling started at WOR.
|John B. Gambling|
John B. was the host from 1925 to 1959, when he retired in favor of his son, John A. Gambling. With his Musical Clock, his all-in-fun setting-up exercises, cheerio music, wheezy gags, weather information and news scraps, John B. Gambling was a WOR fixture.
In 1945...The Monkees' singer and actor Mickey Dolenz was born
In 1949...WBAP-FM, Fort Worth Texas, began broadcasting. Today the station is Sports KTCK-FM.
In 1971...Jimi Hendrix's rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" was broadcast by Radio Hanoi.
In 1979...Audio Compact Disc prototype is first demonstrated.
In 1994...NYC Personality Jack Spector - WMCA, WHN, WCBS FM (at 4:40), WNBC, WPIX FM, WQCD - Died. He was 65.
After WMCA moved to a talk format, Spector went to WHN, then a vocal-based easy listening station. He remained for a while after WHN became a Country music station in 1973. In 1974, Spector left WHN to go to WCBS-FM where he hosted a 1955-1964 based Oldies show called "The Saturday Night Sock Hop" and another regular weekend shift. He was also a full-time swing host there, filling in for various airstaffers over the years. In 1983, Cousin Brucie began doing every third Saturday night of the month. Spector remained at WCBS-FM until the Spring of 1985.
Late in 1988, Spector left WQCD and joined the staff of WHLI on Long Island, NY playing an Adult Standards format. That station began mixing in more rock and roll oldies by the early '90s. After a few Radio Greats Weekends at WCBS-FM, Jack Spector returned as a part-time swing announcer there in 1993 while working full-time at WHLI.
On March 8, 1994, shortly after starting a recording of Louis Prima's "I'm In The Mood For Love", he suffered an apparent fatal heart attack and collapsed.