Classic Top 40 Radio ..... Jingles, Jocks, Breaks, Hitz ...... Real Radio The Way I Think It Should Be Done ..... RokJok
Had to be Thurl. He worked often with Johnny Mann. He did TONS of work for Disneyland and Disney World. Live hosting all summer for the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters. I was privileged to sit in the booth with him one night, then a personal tour backstage during intermission. And TONY THE TIGER was classic Thurl. What a kind and wonderful and gentle and talented man. (After his passing, the North American voice of Tony is performed by LA radio and wrestling announcer Lee Marshall.)
WIBG-Philadelphia, The Big 99, was a FAKE-Drake station. It was owned by Storer Broadcasting in Miami, and not by RKO-General, as were the other Drake stations.
WIBG was programmed by Paul Drew, Drake's national Program Director, in his capacity as an independent consultant.
I think 'Boss Radio' would work even today. but if you're too young to remember when it ruled the AM dial back in the late 1960s and early '70s, google "The Nine Tape" and you get a pretty good idea of how bad small-market radio sounded back in the early and middle l960s. Boss Radio just eliminated all the useless clutter and streamlined the top 40 format.
Being that it's the Johnny Mann singers on these tracks, is it safe to assume that's Thurl ("Tony the Tiger") Ravenscroft as the bass voice in the chorus?
Where's the famous 20/20 news sounder>
A middle KHJ jingle (legal ID/Los Angeles) isn't Drake, it's the TM You campaign by Dick Hamilton. The rest are, tho...
Love this stuff. Most of the jingles are good quality. When I used to collect this stuff in the 1960's, I could only get AM airchecks, never very good. Thanks for the collection.
I listened to KHJ when I was last in Los Angeles back in 1983. It's a pretty good station.
I was a DJ at WJIM in Lansing, MI. while at MSU on the weekends. Our jingles were similar but not quite the Drake jingles. I did try to emulate the Big 8 (CKLW, the Motor City) jocks as closely as possible. We had the Sound Power survey (I don't know if anyone else used it or not) and after the news at 5 minutes after the top of the hour the jingle would say, "DJ's name, WJIM plays power sound and it would countdown 10,9,8,7,6,5,5,5" and you would play the no.5 song of the week.
Grew up w/Big 8.
@Glinkaism1 The Drake jingles were recorded by The Johnny Mann Singers. I believe at RCA studios in LA.
CHICENMAN was certainly not created at CKLW. "The Big 8" may have leased CHICKENMAN from creator Dick Orkin at WCFL. His "Famous Radio Ranch" is now in the Sherman Oaks area of the City of Los Angeles. Orkin is still going strong, according to last reports, and he deserves the credit--along with several others--for creating and producing CHICKENMAN at WCFL.
OMG, I love your post. These jingles remind me of the Hi-Lo's style. I love the way that they tone it down, when singing the name of the city.
It is in Windsor, Ontario ...eh.
Noted, having known Dave Diamond (KFRC, KBLA) and Barry Shane (Salberg) of KSTN
Love the Drake jingles, however I do take issue with KSTN being labeled an imitator. In reality, Boss Radio and the Bill Drake genius was given birth @ KSTN Stockton. A real imitator (and a poor one) was KAFY Bakersfield. They had the jings and not much else. There was no true understanding of the Boss Radio format. I worked for both. Bakersfield is where the "whole world would agree, I was no Dave Diamond, and never would I be".
KCMO FM was kinda doing a drake-style jingle clone at once!
one more drake station, WMEE 1380 fort wayne, in.
cklw at 3.12 was the best detroit/ windsor/cleveland/toledo
that KSTN was 2005, also used a combination of the CKLW top of hour fanfare, and then, after "and the hits just keep on comin," used a jingle made by Gwinsound, also used for WTRY
WIBG was not Drake Chenault. It was a clone, consulted by Paul Drew, an ex-employee of Drake's. There were many other clones out there as well.
Also, by the late 60's, just about any radio station could buy the jingle package.
Grew up listening to the "Lucky 13" as a kid...and later worked there in the mid
I got a chance to work at 13/KYNO back in the early 70's...which was great, cause I grew up listening to the "Lucky 13" as a kid...Got a chance to work with Mike Novack, John Berry, Kris Van Kamp and Danny Romero...also worked for the rival station, KMAK...those were the days...
boss radio forever!
What a thrill to hear the KAKC jingle! Wow. Thanks.
Bill Drake passed away Nov 30, 2008.
I definitely remember CKLW. I used to pick it up at night right here in Philly.
WIBG went off the air in 1977. It then became WZZD, which first featured the top songs of that day (the late 1970's), and it then switched to religious programming in 1980. It is now WNPT with Dennis Prager, Laura Ingram, and Rush Limbaugh.
Besides WFIL, I used to listen to WIBG as well. We used to have WIBG on the school bus every morning.
Awesome. I has inspired me to get out some of my old collections and post them.
wiping the tears from my eyes...cool shit!
Such a great sound. Thanks for posting this!!
Very cool! Another great imitator was 1050 CHUM, Toronto.
Somebody must have a compilation of the famous Hit Parade 68 and 69 packages. Drake syndicated them to radio stations all over the U.S. This is a terrific compilation right here and they would add to it.