New York’s WABC-AM (770 kHz) will sound different next Monday, Memorial Day, between 6am and 6pm local time (1000-2200 UTC). The station will present its annual “Rewound” special, 12 complete hours of original programming from the 60’s and 70’s when WABC was America’s, and the world’s, number one Top 40 station. Everything will be played back just as it was, including the news and commercials.
Special guest for the day is Dan Ingram, one of the DJ’s who helped create the special sound of “77″. Between 6 and 8pm local time (2200-2400 UTC) he will join current WABC program director Phil Boyce to talk about the station’s heritage and take phone calls.
The special programming has been put together by WABC personality Johnny Donovan, who stayed with the station after it switched to a talk format in 1982. The good news is that Donovan says he has enough material to present these specials for the next ten years, thanks to the help of aircheck collectors.
The first hour (1000-1100 UTC) will be a real treat for those who remember WNYW, Radio New York Worldwide. It’s a show by Les Marshak from 1970. Marshak was the presenter of WNYW’s Worldwide Hit Parade.