of the pioneers in Top 40 programming was George
Hound Dog Lorenz. He was among the first
deejays to embrace rhythm and blues music on the radio,
presenting it in a unique, hip-sounding way.
poster to the left is a bit of a mystery in that it
promotes both WPOP and Hound Dog's Buffalo
station, WKBW. It would appear to be from late 1957
or early 1958 and refers to the Hound Dog's Anniversary
Show. We know Lorenz started at WPOP around
July 22, 1957 and resigned at WKBW in July 1958 when
a regime change shifted programming to a Top 40 music
rotation he didn't subscribe to.
WPOP newspaper ad from January 5, 1958 promoted
The Hound Dog
as being on the air Monday through Saturday from 8:30
till 10:30 p.m.
Hound Dog Show
disappeared from WPOP as suddenly as he arrived. By
October 1958 he was airing on WPOP competitor WHAY
(840 AM) in New Britain.
Connecticut Sunday Herald
- October 19, 1958
At both Hartford stations,
the Hound Dog Show
was heard on tape, though most listeners never realized
it. None of the tapes are known to exist 50 years