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. . . so if you hear a squeak on the air, that's Roy! . . .
Description by Uncle Ricky
This is the "Vanity Exhibit" for my Sixty-Third birthday, January 8, 2014. It features me and the people at WYCL, a kilowatt directional daytimer on 980Khz in York, South Carolina, in April of 1973. York was a one-station market, but we had serious competition from Charlotte, N.C. WAYS and WBT boomed into York.
I like the music in this 50 minutes, I also think I sounded happy. Some of the staff is represented on the commercial and public service announcements. Steve Casey did a lot of the commercial production in this hour ("The Radford Sisters"). Steve went on to Fred magazine, but I haven't heard from him in years. Denny Little and Bill Nichols are also heard, along with our paid voice Bob Chesson on promo announcements.
Roy Rosen, our amazing 17-year-old disc jockey is not featured on this recording, but I enjoyed promoting him because he needed encouragement. I also found a picture of Roy in the WYCL control room. I helped design and build this control room. It doesn't look very spectacular in this old Polaroid picture, but it was grand. The console was a custom console, the same in use at WAYS in Charlotte - with one big difference - it didn't have Viking cart decks built into the top. Instead, we built a cabinet for the console and our five McCarta cart machines, curved around the top. We still played vinyl, the cart machines were for the other stuff. By the way, Roy grew up and continued his career for many years in the Charlotte area. He wrote me a few years ago that the old WYCL building had been plowed under.
Above the jock were big alarm lights. PRS indicated a bulletin from the wire service. MOB meant the remote vehicle was transmitting. FMC and FMA were warning lights for the carrier and audio on our co-owned, mostly automated FM station in nearby Chester, S.C. And 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 were the "end of message" cues from the five cart machines. Above the lights, three speakers. The left and right were driven by a big power amp - the inputs were switchable from air to program or audition channels, and there was an intra-studio-office intercom system on the middle speaker. The jock could just talk through his mic to the front office, the news room, etc. I designed it and wired it myself. It was ... a learning experience.
On this day, I apparently wanted to experiment a bit. I think I had been listening to WBT and wanted to sound like a young adult radio guy, not a teen DJ, and I know that a lot of what you will hear in this hour was not what I told the other guys to do. I didn't want to fight the music that day, it could have been a lot tighter - but I was the PD and could do whatever I wanted. If nothing else, I played a few of my favorite Carolina Memories.
I was off to Providence R.I. and WJAR a few months after this.
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