WILD 1950's Stunt
A. Joseph Ross
Sun Dec 18 00:46:47 EST 2005
On 16 Dec 2005 at 6:26, Dan Strassberg wrote:
> I don't recall the stunt--but that doesn't mean it never happened. It
> would most likely have happened when WILD was sold to Bartell Family Media
> around 1958 or so--if memory serves. (This was decades before "Family" in
> the name of a station owner implied a Christian format.) At the time,
> Bartell owned top-40 ratings powerhouses WOKY Milwaukee and KCBQ San
> Diego. I think the 1090 calls were WBMS until Bartell took over and
> flipped them to WILD.
What I remember is moving back to the Boston area from Albany in May 1957 and surveying
the AM dial to see what stations were where. I missed 1090 the first time through because I
did that part of the dial at night. I didn't know about daytime-only stations at that time -- we
didn't seem to have them in Albany. Later, I found WBMS at 1090.
I don't remember any of the promotion of WILD, just that one day, as I was going down the dial,
I found 1090 and was surprised to discover that the call letters were now WILD. That was the
first change of call letters that I experienced, and at first, I didn't quite realize that was what it
was and was puzzled by it.
And yes, the 1150 call letters were still WCOP. They stayed WCOP until sometime in the
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