Marty Brooks, 2001
Marty Brooks, 2001

The Marty Brooks Collection

Marty Brooks has been a fan of New York radio since he discovered rock & roll around 1961. He grew up listening to B. Mitchell Reed on WMCA, Scott Muni & Dan Ingram on WABC, Murray the K on WINS and Hal Jackson almost everywhere. He also remembers Alan Freed's TV show in New York and attended many of Murray the K's holiday spectaculars at the Brooklyn Fox and similar shows hosted by the WMCA Good Guys at the Paramount.

Marty purchased his first hi-fi FM receiver in January 1966 and discovered Pete Fornatale on WFUV. In September of 1966, WOR-FM went on the air without jingles, screaming, contests or commercials between every single track. Marty became completely hooked on this new radio format while still appreciating the best of what Top-40 radio had to offer.

In 1968, he became an active member of the staff of WNEU, the college station of Northeastern University, and until 1971, he spent his summers programming music and jocking on disco amusement rides at Palisades Amusement Park. In 1971, he became a recording engineer and eventually a producer. He engineered and/or produced commercials, educational materials, industrials and a very large number of syndicated radio shows for such clients as Mobil, The Literary Guild, Playboy, Billboard and others. In 1978, he joined the educational publishing division of CBS to produce recordings and other educational media materials. By 1981, he got heavily involved in the development of some of the earliest educational software. In 1986, he joined R.R. Bowker (which eventually became a division of Reed-Elsevier), the publisher of Books In Print and other bibliographic databases, to produce a large line of CD-ROM and eventually, web-based products. Marty became Senior VP & Publisher responsible for all electronic publishing. (Bowker is a sister company of Cahners, which publishes Broadcast magazine.) In 1996, Marty left Reed to form his own consulting company, The New York Intermedia Authority, and eventually took on Bertelsmann as a client to help develop its e-commerce sites.

Marty still loves old radio because there's so little interesting to listen to on the conglomerate radio of today.

The Repository thanks Marty Brooks for sharing!

[Descriptions by Marty Brooks ]

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WABC New York and The Beatles, August 28, 1964 (27:13)

. . . Listen to what happens when I poke a microphone out of the window . . .

On August 28, 1964, thousands of girls converged on the Delmonico Hotel on Park Avenue in New York City to greet The Beatles upon their second visit to the United States. WABeatleC played this to the hilt and even got the girls to sing along to PAMS jingles, which must have sounded strange to observers who weren't listening along on the radio. WABC was also lucky enough to have one of their listeners find a St. Christophers medal that Ringo had lost. "Cousin Brucie" Morrow and Scott Muni covered the hotel and Dan Ingram worked the crowd from the WABC studios.

In spite of the crowd manipulation, it all seems more exciting and less contrived than the crowds that clog Broadway today outside of the MTV studios. (Would the MTV crowd sing "Happy Birthday" to the President?)

Aircheck quality is pretty good except for some occasional static of unknown origin. Featured: Dan Ingram, Bruce Morrow, Jim Gordon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and Scott Muni (d. 9-28-2004)

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Bruce Morrow, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, WABC NY August 13, 1965 (04:43)

. . . Presented to Ringo Starr from W... ah, I can't do it . . .

By the time The Beatles returned to the U.S. for the third time, in the summer of 1965, Scott Muni (d. 9-28-2004) had left WABC-AM to open a Manhattan bar (the Rolling Stone, I think).

I was about 40 miles from New York City when this was recorded using a cheap table radio so the quality is not as good as the 1964 recordings. Notice how polite George Harrison is to Cousin Brucie.

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Pete Fornatale with Rosko (Bill Mercer) WFUV-FM NY October 7, 1967 (14:39)

. . .
How do you come in on a successful program and say 'we can make it successful'?
. . .

When RKO gave a consulting contract to Drake-Chenault in 1967, it included one of the first progressive-rock (or underground) stations in the country, WOR-FM.

Rosko (Bill Mercer) resigned in an on-the-air protest. An aircheck of his resignation exists elsewhere on this site. Rosko died of cancer on August 1, 2000.

Several days after his resignation from WOR-FM, Rosko was interviewed by Pete Fornatale at his college radio station WFUV-FM (Fordham University). Pete later became a fixture at WNEW-FM. As of 2001, he had a Saturday evening show on public radio station WFUV, where he was followed by Vin Scelsa.

Pete Fornatale passed away at the age of 66 on April 26, 2012.

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