In the beginning, there was AM Top Forty radio.
It played the "Big Boss Sounds" and the "Platters That Mattered", Motown and Merseybeat, folk-rock and Frank Sinatra, girl groups and garage bands and the Beatles, the Stones and "1, 2, 3, Red Light," and you could hear it across the land with 50,000 mighty watts from W-A-Beatle-C in New York to WLS in Chicago to KHJ in L.A. And the people listened, and it was good.
From hip DJs to outrageous concerts WNEW 102.7 FM Radio was an integral part of my and many New York metro area teenager/young adult's life.
We listened, talked about, laughed and yes, sometimes even cried with the DJs and the events of the day. This was the place to get your local, regional and national news.
On October 30, 1967, WNEW-FM adopted a progressive rock radio format, one that it became famous for and that influenced the rock listenership as well as the rock industry. The original disc jockeys were William "Rosko" Mercer, who started on October 30, 1967; Jonathan Schwartz, who made his debut on November 16, 1967; and "the Professor" Scott Muni, who first appeared on November 18, 1967. Alison "the Nightbird" Steele would stay on from the previous all female staff and eventually take over the overnight shift on January 1, 1968. Disc jockeys would broadcast in ways that bore out their personalities:
Although the original "102.7" is no longer with us, WNEW-FM continues to play in the memories of millions of fans. Although WNEW Radio went through several different programming formats, the "free form" format from 1968 to 1972 was especially cherished by its fans.
This is not just another radio station, but YOUR place to go and listen to the songs of "THE" FM era, to music from those artists and new artists who carry that spirit forward. I'm a huge collector so I also like to play a lot of B-Sides & deep tracks as was done then. No structure here, I threw the rule book out! If you're looking to hear your average 500 song rotating top hits playlist, Gypsy's Radio isn't it! I've tried to program each DJ's show as an emulation of what they did then and I believe they would now.
Weekend programming is genre specific in two hour blocks with the exception of "Live From The Archives" and "Night Flight". In addition to music, comedy recordings such as from Monty Python, the Firesign Theater, Richard Pryor, Steven Wright and others as well "vintage" radio shows and commercials are also aired.
Looking for fun and a wide mix to expand your mind? Gypsy's Radio, "A New Groove!"