The PAMS Series 18 sonowaltz for KFWB Channel 98 Color Radio in 1961. The station has a colorful history, being the radio voice of Warner Bros. Studios in the early days of broadcasting, and a long-time CBS all-news radio station from 1968 to 2009. Shipping and handling. The KFWB “Color Radio” jingles – the first of their kind, had a distinctive, memorable signature. The late Gene Weed best known for KFWB and WQAM Date of Recording: 11.23.1958 Station: 980 KFWB Los Angeles (Slogans: “Color Channel 98”, “All News 980”, “The Beast 980”, “Desi 980”, “Mera 980”) Format (at time of recording): Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Gene Weed b 1935 d 1999 (WQAM/KFWB/AFRTS/Dick Clark Productions) Contributor: Anonymous (per request) Los Angeles, CA, USA. This item will ship to United States, but the seller has not specified shipping options. Profile Pictures. The station was the first to broadcast the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena. "KRLA was a legendary station in the Los Angeles market. THE BAY AREA RADIO MUSEUM & HALL OF FAME ARE PROGRAMS OF THE CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL RADIO SOCIETY, DEDICATED TO PRESERVING AND HONORING THE HISTORY OF RADIO BROADCASTING IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. According to some sources, it would be played occasionally on KEWB, KFWB and KDWB through 1963, mostly in the evening hours. It was Blore, however, who gave it a polish that elevated his stations—and those that imitated them—beyond the ultimately limited confines of a teenage audience. KFWB became one of the most listened-to stations in the Southland and a leader in the Top 40 format around the country. The theme, entitled “Image Part I” and performed by Hank Levine & Orchestra, was released as a single (ABC-Paramount #10256) and charted for one week only on the Billboard Hot 100, showing up at #98 (oddly enough the dial position of KFWB Channel 98) on October 9, 1961. KFWB was sold to it's long-time general manager, Harry Maizlish in 1950 & soon after moved off the Warner Brothers lot to join Maizlish's FM station, KFMV, on Hollywood Boulevard. Contact the seller- opens in a new window or tab and request a shipping method to your location. The lineup included Bruce Hayes, Al Jarvis, Joe Yocam, Elliot Field, Bill Ballance, Ted Quillin, and Gene Weed. One more thing. At KFWB, he programed a solid jingle package and some … MacKinnon, who came to KEWB from L.A.’s KABC, would return to the Southland in 1963, first at KLAC (1963-64) and later at KFWB (1964-65). SoundCloud. When one thinks of vintage Top 40 Radio in Los Angeles, there were choices - the Bill Drake programmed KHJ with it's more tight playlists and and KFWB. Under new owners Crowell-Collier Broadcasting, program director Chuck Blore pioneered the Top 40 format on AM 980, calling it Channel 98 Color Radio. KXLA’s owners got in on the Top 40 trend in 1959. Hawthorne Back at KOA in Denver. In 1964, when the British invaded America, KRLA seized the moment and became the first southland station to air The Beatles. On January 2, 1958, KFWB became a pioneering Top 40 station known as "Color Radio/Channel 98," and the DJ's were known as "The Seven Swinging Gentlemen." By the time Chuck Blore switched on “Color Radio” in Los Angeles, on KFWB in January 1958, Top 40 had been around for several years. An instrumental theme built around the six “jingle” notes of the three Crowell-Collier stations’ call letters — KFWB (Los Angeles), KDWB (Minneapolis) and KEWB (Oakland-San Francisco). Chuck Blore was put "In Charge" of the station and actually started using the term before moving to KFWB "Color Channel 98" in Los Angeles, and implementing it on January 2, 1958. !Numerous weeks/months in 1961 ~ A Little History ~ From the late 50's to the late 60's, one of the trend-setting Top 40 radio stationsin Los Angeles, California was KFWB, Color Radio Channel 98 on the AM dial. I was a fan of KEWB, "Channel 91" out of Oakland, Calif. (and a little sister to KFWB, "Channel 98" in Los Angeles). However, based upon my research, the "cutting edge" Top 40 station in the "southland" was KRLA. These are more like teasers – but, there were many. KEWB Channel 91, Oakland Fabulous Forty Survey September 16, 1961. KFWB, which billed itself as "number one in Los Angeles," owed some of its success to morning host Wink Martindale. In March, 1968, KFWB threw in the towel and switched to an all-news format. CHANNEL 98. While Sande and Greene owned the melodies to the jingle packages, we, KFWB, kept ownership of the logo melody itself. He had the DJ's, and he developed a high-energy, fast paced format, that almost made the music secondary. Shipped with USPS Media Mail. Taken at Hollywood. For about three years its competition was its neighbor on the dial, long-time hit station KFWB "channel 98". Contact the seller- opens in a new window or tab and request a shipping method to your location. KFWB NEWS TALK 980 5670 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite #200 Los Angeles, CA 90036. It … This item will ship to United States, but the seller has not specified shipping options. Copyright © 2020 California Historical Radio Society. KFWB "color channel 98" was the big Top 40 station in town in the early 1960s. Shipped with USPS Media Mail. This was the last jingle package used by KFWB as a music station (1967). On March 3, 1925, KFWB first signed on the air, initially on the frequency of 950 kHz. KFWB "color channel 98" was the big Top 40 station in town in the early 1960s. Incidentally, KFWB continued with funky,innovative jingles right up until March 1968, when the station went to twenty four hour news, which it continues to this day. Top 40 radio, playable with Real Audio, Bobby Ocean Radio's voice & production . La Mera Mera 980 - KFWB, We Feed on L.A. Sports, AM 980, Los Angeles, CA. The very distinctive K-F-W-B chord changes can still be heard today. It was Blore, however, who gave it a polish that elevated his stations—and those that imitated them—beyond the ultimately limited confines of a teenage audience. Bad news, this is neither an aircheck from KMET or KFWB, but WMCA in New York. Till that time all radio station jingles sang the call letters in whatever melody fit the particular form of what they were doing. The station currently clears some Sports Talk from WestwoodOne’s NBC Sports Radio at night. In 1958, the original "Seven Swingin’ Gentlemen" (a nickname for the DJ staff) turned KFWB into a rock & roll powerhouse in Los Angeles. KFWB, which billed itself as "number one in Los Angeles," owed some of its success to morning host Wink Martindale. When the station was sold to Eleven-Ten Broadcasting, they became KRLA, the second AM top-40 station in Los Angeles, competing with KFWB "Channel 98" in the early '60s. Though not much of a DJ himself, Blore had a vision of top 40 radio that would soon sweep the country. 4. Some of the records were even shortened so the format could be executed. Already tagged. KFWB was the first station in Los Angeles to sense the commercial possibilities of baby boomers. It's a custom package labeled as featuring The Count Basie Orchestra and The Vandellas (without Martha!) Special thanks to John Pratt, Rick Burnett, Chuck Blore and David Kaye for additional information included in this presentation. KFWB Channel 98 AM Radio Fabulous 40. J. Glenn (I want to say ‘Jerry’ but I’m not sure of the first name) was the composer of the entire piece, other than the actual logo notes which were originally written by Sande and Greene as part of the jingle packages they did for us. In 1958, the station unveiled a Top 40 song format, calling itself “Color Radio, Channel 98.” Two years later on March 11, 1968 KFWB became an all news station, eventually in the hands of CBS. When the station was sold to Eleven-Ten Broadcasting, they became KRLA, the second AM top-40 station in Los Angeles, competing with KFWB "Channel 98" in the early '60s. It will join a crowded sports radio marketplace including Clear Channel’s 570 KLAC, ESPN’s 710 KSPN, and the Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim’s 830 KLAA. 2 photos. KFWB Channel 98 Fabulous 40 Survey May 23, 1964. It was likened to color TV at the time. KRLA [now KDIS] operated on a frequency of 1110kHz with daytime power of 50,000w and nighttime power of 10,000w [now 20,000w]. But KFWB suffered a series of misfortunes including a 1961 strike resulting in the departure of programming pioneer Chuck Blore and then a payola investigation targeting the … Born and raised in LA and remember nearly all of the DJ's and "Boss Jocks". In 1959, KFWB took out a series of classified ads (who did that?). 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