18, 2000 marked the 40th anniversary of WDRC dropping CBS
network programming and instituting local pop music programming.
Big D FM marked the occasion with a week-long celebration,
bringing back many voices and sounds of the past (clips courtesy
of Brian Kowalenko).
Anniversary Jingle -
This PAMS Series #27 classic
cut was recorded for the 35th anniversary in 1995.
Top of the Hour ID - This cut features a jingle from JAM's
"Do It Again" package.
Sandy Beach - Sandy phoned
in from WBEN Buffalo with his memories of his best man, Dick
The Righteous Brothers - Dick
Robinson voices a promo for a 1965 Big
D Big Show at The Bushnell.
Montage - Lee Roberts
introduces this piece featuring Danny Thomas; Ken
Griffin and Shirley Klein promoting
an All Request Weekend; the listener song quest intro; Jaeger
Earwitness News intro; and other memorabilia.
Kent Clark - He recalls a 1971 promotion (though he thought
it was 1968) that brought The Birds to Hartford for Thanksgiving;
he also reveals his real name!
Tommy - Dick McDonough
voices a promo for The Who's performance of the rock opera Tommy
at another Big D Big Show from
Bushnell (exact date unknown).
Steve Skipp - Skipper checks
in with some memories of Big D.
Larry Wells - The longtime midday
mainstay points out he has been at Big D for half its
Click here to
read about WDRC's 50th Anniversary
in 1972, or to read an ad celebrating Funday
from August 1960.