Bob Jones

Posted by on Apr 20, 2013 in Legacy DJs | 0 comments

Legacy WNEW Radio Personality Bob Jones Bob Jones joined WNEW-AM in 1973. Growing up in New Haven CT. he listened to Martin Block, William B. Williams and Art Ford.  According to Bob, “by the time I was eleven I wanted to do The Milkman’s Matinee, it was always my goal”. In 1976 Bob took over the evening slot replacing Bob Hickok on “The Nightmare Show”. Soon Bob started to transform the time slot: “I brought my own personal copy of “The...

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Martin Block

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Legacy DJs | 0 comments

In 1935, while listeners to New York’s 1130 WNEW in New York were awaiting developments in the Lindbergh kidnapping, Martin Block built an audience by playing records between the Lindbergh news bulletins. This led to Block’s show, Make Believe Ballroom, which began February 3, 1935.  Block borrowed the concept and the title from West Coast based disc jockey Al Jarvis. The idea was to create the illusion that the broadcast was from a...

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William B. Williams

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Legacy DJs | 0 comments

William B. Williams was hired as a staff announcer at WAAT in Newark.  According to Williams “the guy who did the all-night show had just been fired for being bombed on the air.”  Six weeks later, a staffer at WNEW heard Williams on the air at WAAT and invited him to apply for a job at the station. He was hired at WNEW and worked several time slots before being fired by station manager Bernice Judis in 1947. An article in the New York...

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Ted Brown

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Legacy DJs | 0 comments

Ted Brown attended Roanoke College in Salem,Va.  He got his first taste of broadcasting at a college dance when the master of ceremonies failed to show up and he filled in. After college he joined the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He was a tail gunner in a B-17 bomber.  He was shot down over Germanyand spent 18 months as a prisoner of war. In his early days of broadcasting, Brown broadcasted from his basement studio at his...

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Jim Lowe

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Legacy DJs | 0 comments

Jim Lowe, a Missouri native, worked his way to Chicago as a disc jockey and singer/songwriter. He was signed in 1954 by Mercury Records where his recording of one of his own songs, “Gambler’s Guitar.” climbed in the charts. One year later Lowe switched cities and labels, moving in 1955 to Dot Records inNew York City. He quickly scored with the novelty songs, “Close the Door (They’re Coming in the Windows),” and “Green Door,” which became a #1...

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Al “Jazzbo” Collins

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Legacy DJs | 0 comments

Al “Jazzbo” Collins started broadcasting at WNEW in 1950.  Just as Martin Block created the illusion that he was speaking from the “Make Believe Ballroom”, Collins claimed to be broadcasting from a cloud high above the city of New York, the show “Collins-on-the-Cloud” was born. Jazzbo significantly promoted Jazz and, more importantly, often promoted the east coast jazz scene and the respected artist that made up its core. Over the course of the...

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