Some time in 1969 my friend Howard Lapides heard about a job opening at WSAR in Fall River, MA. For $2.50 per hour I became the weekend/fill-in disk jockey at WSAR 1480, Fall River MA. My prior experience: zero.
The station stood at the end of a residential street. The address we used was “The foot of Home Street, Somerset, MA” Behind us was a huge marsh with a gigantic power station at the other end.
Back then disk jockeys operated the control console, aka ‘the board,’ playing records and cartridges. Our board, intended for limited use, only had a few volume controls which had to be shared between the sources. It was a recipe for disaster, especially when left in my quivering hands.
People talk about the big time. This was the little time. Our request number was 4-9911. Really, 4-9911.
There was one piece of WSAR that didn’t belong. Our poor downtrodden station had amazing jingles produced in Dallas by PAMS. That was big money at a penny pinching operation.
Today PAMS and its archives belongs to our friends the Wolferts who visited a few days ago. While here, Jon found this cut. It is surely the first thing I ever played at WSAR.
This afternoon I called Bob Lacey in Charlotte, the guy who sat with me my first on-air day, to play him this short song.