Albany Radio (was FCC applications...)

Dave Doherty
Mon Feb 15 14:26:57 EST 2010

WOKO switched from MOR to country in late 1969 or early 1970.

About that time, WPTR was a rock station, shouting about serving the "Quad 
Cities" and making much mystery about the fourth city - Albany, Schenectady, 
Troy, and...  (Moline?  Bettendorf? Oh, yeah, Saratoga.)  Roy Urbinas had an 
airshift at WPTR, maybe mornings. He  eventually went north and worked at 
WIRY in Plattsburgh.  The afternoon drive guy was "Boom-Boom" Brannigan.  I 
think Don Weeks might have worked there also between gigs at WTRY and WGY 
and a stint as a weatherman. And for a while, nights were the province of 
the "Wild Child..."  WPTR was an exciting place in those days, and a lot of 
the area's rock jocks took a turn there.

I don't recall Dave Denny and his wife at all, though. I was not a country 
fan, though I did stay with WOKO for a while after the big switch.



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