The Steve DiCo Mannix Collection

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Steve DiCo Mannix, 2009
I was born in Connecticut, USA in 1961. I listened to WABC, WQQW, WPOP, WDRC(AM) and WAVZ in the early 1970s and WRCQ (mostly oldies format) in the late 1970s. I remember Harry Harrison the most from WABC in the early '70's. KHJ, WIXY, WQAM, WFUN, WMCA, WABC, WFXM, KYA and KRIZ are among my favorite mid '60s stations. Yes, there are many others I haven't mentioned.

I am sure I listened to radio at seven years old, but by then, I missed GREAT radio. Born too late. I first got into oldies back in 1976, when to me, Top 40 had started going downhill. In 1978, I bought Liar, Liar by The Castaways on a reissue b/w Run, Run, Run by The Gestures out of Minneapolis, MN. I said wow, there must be other great records that sound like this! I found a reisssue of Lenny Kaye's Nuggets album, then in a record collectors magazine, this guy wanted to trade 60's Garage music. We traded and he sent me a WCFL (Ron Britain, Barney Pip, Jim Stagg) tape. WOW! That was my first aircheck! I thank my buddy, the Kaptin from Ohio, for that one.

Since the early to mid 1980s I have been collecting '60s airchecks. I mostly love the '65 to '67 era, but I spillover a few years in both directions. Thanks to Tom Konard's Aircheck Factory and my trading friends. I hope to contribute more in the future. My brother made tapes for my other brother who was in the Navy, back in 1968-1972, and my next-door neighbor, Lou, gave me a few tapes to dub. Thanks to all!

The Repository thanks Steve DiCo Mannix for sharing!

[Descriptions by Uncle Ricky]

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PLAY Ron Britain, Barney Pip, WCFL Chicago January 28, 1967 (01:01:33)

. . . It's Sonny & Cher without a care in their underwear . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

It's SHOWTIME! This recording of only slightly-edited Ken Draper-consulted WCFL in Chicago has all the hooks and gadgets, Mini-Spin, Preview and Capsule Countdown, plus show intros & outros AND jingles. This is all the "clutter" that Bill Drake had already eliminated in Los Angeles. But, at the time, It's a Saturday night Bash and/or Blast, your choice, and it was the best of Chicago Top 40 SHOW-BIZ! Barney Pip is on stage for a few minutes at the end, just long enough for an Instant Encore that you've never heard, maybe.

But the first 50 minutes stars Ron Britain, whispering love messages just "under" the music. Britain loved to use SFX, after all, it was a SHOW, and imagine how good his board operator had to be to hit everything on cue! How many cart machines in the WCFL air studio circa 1967, I wonder?

There's a Psych-O-Delic Happening (Why Is That, Ron?)... and more than one musical surprise. And as expected, several riots, shooting wars and crazed confusion are all part of The Big Radio Show.

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PLAY Ken Griffin, WDRC Hartford CT., December 29, 1969 (01:01:28)
Play Scoped This Exhibit 'SCOPED (13:43)

. . . Heart my radio, baby! Don't squeeze the knobs now, just hug . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

Ken Griffin was livin' the life on The Kenny Thing and it's all fun for him, as it was for most of his listeners in 1969 Hartford, where Crime Check protects your children and Bill Drake reports the news. Even better, the weather report comes directly from the United States Weather Bureau. And you can get one of those high-tech industrial jobs at the aerospace plant. Cold Blood, from San Francisco, is appearing next to the bus station in Springfield. Life was good, VERY good.

This is a mono recording of WDRC-FM. One song was restored because the original recording had dropouts and ugly sounds, and two songs were restored because they were not complete. It was not reasonable to restore Kenny saying "1969, I know you'll remember this, The Clique". Please note that this station DID NOT play two songs back to back without someone talking between them. This exhibit just makes it sound that way, the unfortunate result of a tape change.

It's the Decade Of Hits, or something, and WDRC is bringing Three Dog Night to Hartford. We can be thankful that Felina was still in El Paso at that time. She seems to have upset Marty Robbins, and we must fear the worst. But, the good news is that Steve Dico Mannix contributed much more of Mr. Griffin, a very original and creative DJ.

Ken Griffin (real name Joseph T. Mulhall, Jr.) passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at his home in Punta Gorda, FL. He was 73. Thanks to Ed Brouder in COMMENTS.

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PLAY Ron Lundy, WABC NY September 5, 1970 (33:35)

. . . with The Doors, from the album Absolutely Live . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

Ron Lundy is playing an album cut in midday on WABC! Of course, it was Labor Day weekend, but still, it seems something unusual was captured here. On the other hand, it's not like Lundy could just grab the LP and throw it on the turntable (the Union would have shut down the station), so maybe it wasn't that unusual after all.

This recording was made between 11:43 am and 12:13 pm on Saturday, September 5, 1970, about 100 miles from New York City, which accounts for the high noise level.

Also included: WABC news and ABC news. The cue for the news? A jingle, of course, that sings "The Most Music, WABC". What better place to play a jingle about the MOST music than just before the news?

WABC was SO big, it didn't really matter.

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PLAY Bobby Rivers, WPOP Hartford CT. January 1971 (44:47)

. . . I'm all out of Tommy Roe records . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

This recording was made between 1:20 and 2:05 AM, and not too long after New Year's Day, 1971, based on Bobby Rivers' frequent references to the Top 100 hits of 1970, and a temperature of 13 degrees.

At this time in the morning, legendary Top-40 WPOP blurred the line between familiar hits and AOR. There are a few album selections here that are surprising, and we welcome identification of the last song here for music reporting purposes. The tape ran out before Bobby said what it was (assuming that he did.)

This exhibit is a welcome diversion from the expected Top 40 playlist, and what we know about Bobby Rivers follows in COMMENTS. The few jingles are far between and of poor quality. The station was heavily processed and the recording was noisy, so the fidelity is a bit disappointing, but the content is intriguing.

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