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Mornings

Mornings   •   Middays   •   Afternoons   •   Evenings/Nights   •   Promos   •   Assorted   •   Retro Commercials

DATE MORNING
PERSONALITY
LENGTH COMMENTS
Feb., 1968 Bob Sievers,
Jack Underwood
3:18 A funny segment where Bob and Jack trade their worst corny jokes! Aircheck courtesy of Jim Cassell.
1968 Bob Sievers 1:00 This is the most celebrated blooper in the history of WOWO. Bob Sievers innocently reads a live Kramer Furniture commercial, but the script has been secretly rewritten by the evil genius, Larry Kenney! (You can hear Larry's version of the story by clicking on the "Interviews" tab on the left menu.) Recording courtesy of Randy Meyer.
April, 1970

Bob Sievers,
Jay Gould

4:42 Composite aircheck of the Little Red Barn featuring Bob Sievers and Farm Director Jay Gould. Aircheck courtesy of Alan Mitchell.
05-14-1970 Bob Sievers 3:44 Excellent aircheck of Mr. WOWO, Bob Sievers from May 14, 1970. Aircheck courtesy of Alan Mitchell.
02-20-1971 Bob Sievers 5:36 The most harrowing moment in Bob Sievers' career: a mistake by an Air Force employee triggers a nationwide activation of the Emergency Broadcast System. Bob was the consummate professional, but he had good reason to believe the United States might be under nuclear attack. In 1998, Bob shared his memories of the incident with the News-Sentinel. Conelrad expert Bill Geerhart has written an excellent summary of the nationwide impact of the incident. Aircheck courtesy of Jim Cassell.
12-25-1972 Bob Sievers 1:27 It was Christmas morning, 1972, 7:35am. A youngster in Kingsport, TN had received a Sears AM/FM/cassette stereo player/recorder and the first thing he recorded on it was Bob Sievers on WOWO. Recording courtesy of Steve Howard.
1974 Bob Sievers 4:40 A flabbergasted Bob Sievers is "streaked" live on the air! Recording courtesy of Bob K.
5-1-1974, 5am Bob Sievers,
Jay Gould
59:59 It's Wednesday, May 1, 1974 and this is Hour 1 of the World Famous Little Red Barn with Bob and Jay. All May 1974 recordings are courtesy of Chris Pollnow and are part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project.
5-1-1974, 6am Bob Sievers,
Jay Gould,
Jerry Hoffmann
1:00:53 Hour 2 of the Little Red Barn with Bob and Jay.
5-1-1974, 7am Bob Sievers,
Dugan Fry
1:00:18 The first hour of the Bob Sievers show gets underway on a busy morning
5-1-1974, 8am Bob Sievers,
Dugan Fry
1:00:15 The Bob Sievers show continues on May 1, 1974.The WOWO News Department is busy with Watergate stories, and the capture of the notorious Zebra serial killers in San Francisco.
5-1-1974, 9am

Bob Sievers,
Dugan Fry,
Jerry Hoffmann

1:01:10 The third and final hour of the Bob Sievers show for May 1, 1974.
5-8-1974, 5am Bob Sievers,
Jay Gould
59:59 Hour 1 of the  Little Red Barn with Bob and Jay on Wednesday, May 8, 1974. All May 1974 recordings are courtesy of Chris Pollnow and are part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project.
5-8-1974, 6am Bob Sievers,
Jay Gould,
Dugan Fry
1:00:53 Hour 2 of the 5/8/74 Little Red Barn with Bob and Jay.
5-8-1974, 7am Bob Sievers,
Dugan Fry,
Jay Johnson
1:00:18 The first hour of the Bob Sievers show gets underway on a busy post-election morning.
5-8-1974, 8am Bob Sievers,
Dugan Fry
1:00:15 The Bob Sievers show continues on a busy morning. The WOWO News Department is busy with coverage of the previous day's primary election, Watergate developments and the Patty Hearst kidnapping case.
5-8-1974, 9am

Bob Sievers,
Jay Johnson

1:01:10 The third and final hour of the Bob Sievers show for May 8, 1974. Bob plays the WOWO Pace Car Puzzle Game. General Manager Carl Vandegrift delivers a WOWO Editorial.
08-26-1976, 7:50am to 9:20am Bob Sievers,
Jack Underwood,
Chris Roberts
1:23:04 Bob Sievers marked his 40th anniversary on WOWO in 1976, and on August 26, Bob was honored by the entire WOWO airstaff and many local luminaries with a special remote broadcast from his alma mater, South Side High School. Aircheck courtesy of Jason Blosser.
11-29-1976 Bob Sievers 22:18 Bob Sievers remote broadcasts in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Hall's Restaurants. Aircheck courtesy of Jim Cassell.
11-29-1976

Jay Gould,
Bob Sievers,
Dugan Fry,
Nancy Lee & the Hilltoppers

1:00:26 Legendary WOWO Farm Director Jay Gould celebrated his 40th anniversary at the station in 1978, and on Nov. 29th, the cast of the Sunday Little Red Barn spent an entire program honoring Jay and his multi-faceted life. This show contains a number of very rare and old recordings of Jay's career. Aircheck courtesy of Jason Blosser.
12-16-1976

Bob Sievers,
Jerry Hoffmann

45:01 It's a typical December morning: Bob Sievers is on remote for Penny Pitch, this time at the I&M Building in downtown Fort Wayne. This reel was recorded right in the WOWO air studio. Aircheck courtesy of Jason Blosser.
Mid 1970s Bob Sievers 2:29 The folks in the WOWO newsroom loved to pull the wool over ol' loveable Bob Sievers' eyes. He usually he fell for their gags, but this one didn't get past him! Aircheck courtesy of Bob K.
Mid 1970s Bob Sievers, Jerry Hoffmann 2:19 The circus was coming to Fort Wayne and here's another practical joke from the WOWO Newsroom that Bob DID fall for! Aircheck courtesy of Alan Mitchell.
Late 1970s Bob Sievers, Dugan Fry 0:39 Rare recording: Bob and Dugan sing a special Penny Pitch song! Recording courtesy of Mike Stein.
Late 1970s Bob Sievers, Dugan Fry 1:59 Dugan and Bob try out some of the new candy Pop Rocks, and Bob falls for another gag! Recording courtesy of Mike Stein.
Late 1970s Bob Sievers 0:32 An amusing moment as the WOWO transmitter gives Bob Sievers a hard time when he tries to pass along info about a traffic accident. Aircheck courtesy of Mike Stein.
02-21-1977, 5-7am

Bob Sievers,
Dugan Fry,
Jay Gould,
Jim Schweickart,
Jerry Hoffmann

58:37 Bob K writes: After 25 years in the Gaskins Building, WOWO moved to a new facility in the Central Building at 203 W. Wayne Street. The old building was dismal. It was dark, had no windows and the only way of knowing what the outside weather was like was to walk back to the “World Famous WOWO Fire Escape.” Nonetheless, 25 years of great radio magic came out of those makeshift studios. The new studios were only a block away, so on a Sunday night in February 1977, Public Affairs programs were played on tape from the WOWO transmitter building. The old studios went silent and piece-by-piece, all of the gear from the four studios and the newsroom were disconnected and moved over to the new building. Some pieces of equipment were moved by professionals and everything that could be carried was moved over by WOWO staff and their families, who volunteered to come down and work through the night and into the next morning to complete the project. Everyone was so happy to be out of the Gaskins Building that we had no problem getting volunteers to help. It became a party atmosphere, as we were thrilled to move into a brand-new sparkling clean building, with windows everywhere. The spirits of radio past, in the Gaskins Building, must have sensed our leaving and rebelled by causing some of the equipment to refuse to go off, after wires to their power had been clipped. This almost caused us to miss our Monday 5am sign on, but thanks to the diligent efforts of everyone who volunteered, and especially the engineering staff of Billy Wolfe, Steve Moreen and others we just made it. This is an actual over-the-air recording of Bob Sievers' first sign-on from the new studios: the first “Little Red Barn” show, Bob's first Police Calls, and the first walk out to the barn from the new studios. Aircheck courtesy of Bob K.
05-28-1977, 8am

"Big Daddio"
Bob Sievers,
Doug Fisher

1:02:09 Mr. WOWO on a "WOWO Happy Days Weekend," from Memorial Day Weekend, 1977! Aircheck courtesy of Bob K.
11-01-1978, 5am

Bob Sievers,
Dugan Fry,
Victor Locke,
Richard Walker

58:37 A non-stop hour of Bob Sievers and Dugan Fry on the Little Red Barn, complete with Bob's police calls, the Song of Inspiration and Jay Gould's daily commentary! This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project! Special thanks to John Morton and Jack Didier.
11-01-1978, 6am

Bob Sievers,
Dugan Fry,
Victor Locke,
Richard Walker

56:20 Hour 2 of the Little Red Barn with Bob and Dugan, along with Earl Finckle and the WOWO News Team. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project.
11-01-1978, 7am

Bob Sievers,
Victor Locke,
Richard Walker

57:32 Hour 1 of The Bob Sievers Show. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project.
11-01-1978, 8am

Bob Sievers,
Victor Locke,
Richard Walker

1:04:04 Another hour of the Bob Sievers Show from 11/01/1978. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project.
11-01-1978, 9am

Bob Sievers,
Victor Locke,
Richard Walker

1:02:22 Final hour of the Bob Sievers Show. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project.
01-01-1979, 5am

Bob Sievers,
Dugan Fry,
Victor Locke,
Richard Walker

1:02:51 Bob signs on the station at 5am. A non-stop hour of Bob Sievers and Dugan Fry on a New Year's Morning edition of the Little Red Barn, including Bob's police calls, the Song of Inspiration and Jay Gould's NY's Day commentary! This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project! Special thanks to John Morton and Jack Didier.
01-01-1979, 6am

Bob Sievers,
Dugan Fry,
Victor Locke,
Richard Walker

59:48 Second hour of New Year's Morning edition of the Little Red Barn. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project.
01-01-1979, 7am

Bob Sievers,
Victor Locke,
Richard Walker

59:09 The Bob Sievers Show on New Years Morning, 1979. Bob begins WOWO's countdown of the Top 100 Songs of 1978. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project.
01-01-1979, 8am

Bob Sievers,
Victor Locke,
Richard Walker

1:03:19 Another hour of the Bob Sievers Show on New Years Morning, 1979, as he continues WOWO's countdown of the Top 100 Songs of 1978. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project.
01-01-1979, 9am

Bob Sievers,
Victor Locke,
Richard Walker

58:08 Final hour of the Bob Sievers Show on New Years Morning, 1979, as he continues WOWO's countdown of the Top 100 Songs of 1978. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project.
Early 1980s Bob Sievers,
Linda Losch
1:09 The newsroom folks use Halloween morning as another opportunity to haunt our buddy Bob! Aircheck courtesy of Mike Stein.
Early 1980s Bob Sievers, Dugan Fry 1:30 It's Earth Day and Bob is greeted by a special guest who wormed his way into the studio. Aircheck courtesy of Mike Stein.
Early 1980s Bob Sievers,
Victor Locke
1:01 Bob and his newsman Victor Locke discuss the dangers of desperate deer. Aircheck courtesy of Mike Stein.
Early 1980s

Bob Sievers,
Dugan Fry

1:11 Bob rids the studio of a pesky turkey! Aircheck courtesy of Mike Stein.
Early 1980s Bob Sievers,
Victor Locke
1:00 Bob takes the bait when Victor asks Bob to flip an unmarked switch in the studio! Aircheck courtesy of Mike Stein.
Early 1980s Bob Sievers,
Dugan Fry
0:50 Dugan hands bashful Bob a news story about the 7 Dwarfs. Aircheck courtesy of Mike Stein.
Early 1980s Bob Sievers,
Dugan Fry
0:36 An unusual station break with Bob and Dugan! Aircheck courtesy of Mike Stein.
Early 1980s Bob Sievers,
Victor Locke
0:56 It's Bob's birthday and some special visitors stop by to sing. Aircheck courtesy of Mike Stein.
Early 1980s Bob Sievers,
Dugan Fry
1:01 Bob happened to be wearing some suspenders on this morning and he takes some ribbing for it! Aircheck courtesy of Mike Stein.
09-24-1981 Bob Sievers 40:36  
08-01-1983 Bob Sievers 59:57 A non-stop hour of Bob Sievers and Dave Russell on the Little Red Barn, from 5:20 to 6:20am! Aircheck courtesy of Chris Witting.
09-02-1983 Bob Sievers 54:52 Another non-stop hour of Bob Sievers and Dave Russell on the Little Red Barn, including Bob's daily police calls and the "Song of Inspiration." Aircheck courtesy of Chris Witting.
01-1984 Sunday Little Red Barn 27:10 Direct from the original master tape, the Sunday LRB tribute after the death of Jay Gould. Aircheck courtesy of Randy Meyer.

07-26-1986

Bob Sievers,
Jack Underwood,
Bob Chase,
Don Chevillet
44:46 Hour 1 of the WOWO Fabulous Four on a special edition of Jukebox Saturday Morning. Aircheck courtesy of Randy Meyer.
07-26-1986
Bob Sievers,
Jack Underwood,
Bob Chase,
Don Chevillet
,
46:09 Hour 2 of the WOWO Fabulous Four on a special edition of Jukebox Saturday Morning. Aircheck courtesy of Randy Meyer.
07-26-1986
Bob Sievers,
Jack Underwood,
Bob Chase,
Don Chevillet
34:02 Hour 3 of the WOWO Fabulous Four on a special edition of Jukebox Saturday Morning. Aircheck courtesy of Randy Meyer.
10-21-1989 Ken Schurb 54:33 Ken was part of WOWO--on and off--from 1979 to 1994. Here's a great scoped aircheck of Ken hosting a Saturday morning shift! Aircheck courtesy of Ken Schurb.
06-18-1992

Bob Sievers
Brian Walsh

29:54 Bob Sievers still sounds great as he steps out of retirement for a day to sit in with Brian Walsh on the WOWO Good Morning Team. Aircheck courtesy of Jim Cassell.

 

 

 

Middays

Mornings   •   Middays   •   Afternoons   •   Evenings/Nights   •   Promos   •   Assorted   •   Retro Commercials

DATE MIDDAY
PERSONALITY
LENGTH COMMENTS
05-18-1970 Jack Underwood 1:57 WOWO's smooth midday personality Jack Underwood on May 18, 1970. Aircheck courtesy of Alan Mitchell.
Circa 1969 Jack Underwood, Jay Gould
2:17 Another classic WOWO blooper as the normally unflappable Jack Underwood comes unglued while reading a rather unusual live spot for a lingerie sale. Recording courtesy of Randy Meyer.
5-8-1974, 10am Jack Underwood, Jay Johnson 1:00:18 Hour 1 of the Jack Underwood Show, as Jack salutes Peter, Paul and Mary and plays the WOWO Pace Car Puzzle Game.
5-8-1974, 11am

Jack Underwood,
Jay Gould,
Art Saltsberg

1:00:15 More of the Jack Underwood Show from May 8, 1974, plus the WOWO Pace Car Puzzle Game
5-8-1974, 12pm

Jack Underwood,
Jay Gould,
Art Saltsberg

1:01:10 Hour 3 of the Jack Underwood Show for May 8, 1974.
5-8-1974, 1pm

Jack Underwood
Art Saltsberg

1:01:10 Final hour of the Jack Underwood Show for May 8, 1974 plus the WOWO Pace Car Puzzle Game.
03-05-1975 Jack Underwood 17:16 Another great scoped hour of Jack Underwood, right from the PD skimmer. Aircheck courtesy of Chris Witting.
01-01-1979, 10am

Jack Underwood,
Victor Locke

1:01:04 First hour of the Jack Underwood Show on New Years Day, 1979, as he continues WOWO's countdown of the Top 100 Songs of 1978. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project! Special thanks to John Morton and Jack Didier.
01-01-1979, 11am

Jack Underwood,
Dugan Fry,
Richard Walker

59:13 Jack Underwood Show on New Years Day, 1979, as he continues WOWO's countdown of the Top 100 Songs of 1978. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project!
01-01-1979, 12pm

Jack Underwood,
Dugan Fry,
Richard Walker

1:00:59 More of the Jack Underwood Show on New Years Day, 1979, as WOWO's countdown of the Top 100 Songs of 1978 rolls on. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project!

05-07-1981, 9:22 to 10:18am

Jack Underwood,
Debra Balyeat
56:25 Unscoped hour of the Jack Underwood Show. Aircheck courtesy of Chris Witting.
05-07-1981, 11:00 to 11:55am,

Jack Underwood, Dugan Fry,
Debra Balyeat

56:46 Another good unscoped hour of the Jack Underwood Show! Aircheck courtesy of Chris Witting.
09-02-1983 Jack Underwood 61:40 Unscoped hour of Jack Underwood. Aircheck courtesy of Chris Witting.
10-06-1983 Jim O'Brien 17:51 Middays, filling in for Jack Underwood. Aircheck courtesy of Chris Witting.
10-07-1983 Jim O'Brien 27:15 Middays, filling in for Jack Underwood. Aircheck courtesy of Chris Witting.

 

 

 

Afternoons

Mornings   •   Middays   •   Afternoons   •   Evenings/Nights   •   Promos   •   Assorted   •   Retro Commercials

DATE AFTERNOON
PERSONALITY
LENGTH COMMENTS
02-14-1968 Don Chevillet 20:33 This is a very rare Don Chevillet aircheck! Don was WOWO's afternoon personality from 1963 to 1968. In this hour, Don plays the" WOWO Fortune" contest with 13 yr old Diane Clark of Huntertown, plus you'll hear the memorable "Voice of a Thousand Main Streets" jingle. This aircheck plus the 1968 Larry Kenny tape (in the evenings section) also are good illustrations of how far the station had drifted musically in the 1960s, from Top 40 into an Easy Listening/MOR format--perhaps the prime reason that WLYV's Top 40 format knocked WOWO off its #1 perch in the ratings in the fall of 1968. Aircheck courtesy of Don Chevillet.
05-1970 Stu Collins 1:47 WOWO afternoon drive personality Stu Collins from May, 1970. Aircheck courtesy of Alan Mitchell.
09-01-1973 Chris Roberts 9:13 22-year-old Chris Roberts' very first appearance on WOWO, a Sat. night warmup before taking over PM drive the following Monday. Aircheck courtesy of Bob K.
5-8-1974, 2pm Chris Roberts,
Art Saltsberg
1:00:18 Hour 1 of the Chris Roberts Show. He truly was Young Chris; he had been at the station about 8 months at this point. He plays the WOWO Pace Car Puzzle Game.
5-8-1974, 3pm

Chris Roberts,
Ed Kusuba

1:00:15 More of the Chris Roberts Show from May 8, 1974, plus the WOWO Pace Car Puzzle Game.
5-8-1974, 4pm

Chris Roberts,
Ed Kusuba

1:01:10 Hour 3 of the Chris Roberts Show for May 8, 1974.
5-8-1974, 5pm

Chris Roberts,
Ed Kusuba

1:01:10 Final hour of the Chris Roberts Show for May 8, 1974 plus the WOWO Pace Car Puzzle Game.
03-05-1975 Chris Roberts 28:13 More of Young Chris Roberts in afternoon drive at WOWO! Aircheck courtesy of Chris Witting.
05-28-1977, 11am

Mad Dog Roberts

1:02:09 Chris Roberts on a "WOWO Happy Days Weekend," from Memorial Day Weekend, 1977! Aircheck courtesy of Bob K.
05-28-1977, 12noon

Mad Dog Roberts

1:02:09 Chris Roberts on a "WOWO Happy Days Weekend," from Memorial Day Weekend, 1977! Aircheck courtesy of Bob K.
10-31-1978, 2pm

Chris Roberts,
Jerry Hoffmann

1:00:32 First hour of the Chris Roberts Show on Halloween, 1978! Chris plays the "Onesy-Threesey" contest plus the WOWO Whiz Kids trivia contest with listener John Freistroffer of Fort Wayne. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project! Special thanks to John Morton and Jack Didier.
10-31-1978, 3pm

Chris Roberts,
Cynthia Harris,
Art Saltsberg

1:00:34 Hour 2 of the Chris Roberts Show in afternoon drive on Halloween, 1978! Chris plays the WOWO Whiz Kids trivia contest with listener Chuck Lange of Fort Wayne! This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project!
10-31-1978, 4pm

Chris Roberts,
Jerry Hoffmann,
Art Saltsberg

1:00:34 4pm hour of the Chris Roberts Show on Halloween, 1978! Chris has the Onesy-Threesey instant replay plus the "Record You Ain't Heard in Years!" He also plays the WOWO Whiz Kids trivia contest with listener Linda Brumbaugh of Garrett, IN. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project!
10-31-1978, 5pm

Chris Roberts,
Bill Fisher,
Art Saltsberg

1:01:25 Final hour of the Chris Roberts Show on Halloween, 1978! He plays the WOWO Whiz Kids trivia contest with listener Jeff Miller of Fort Wayne. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project!
12-15-1979, 12pm

Chris Roberts

47:54 It's a Saturday afternoon and Young Chris is on remote for WOWO Penny Pitch '79 at L.S. Ayres North! This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project!
12-15-1979, 1pm

Chris Roberts,
Juanita Hayes

1:01:09 Final hour of the Chris Roberts Show on remote for WOWO Penny Pitch '79 at L.S. Ayres North!. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project!
02-08-1982 Chris Roberts 19:15 Classic Chris Roberts in afternoon drive at WOWO! Aircheck courtesy of Chris Witting.
06-04-1982 Chris Roberts, Van Rockefeller 1:12:28 In Spring, 1982, WOWO had a 25 share in the latest ratings and was still in its prime as a Top 40 powerhouse. This unscoped aircheck features Young Chris at the helm, for the start of a WOWO Million Dollar Weekend! Aircheck courtesy of Chris Witting.
09-02-1983 Chris Roberts 59:06  
10-06-1983 Chris Roberts 23:39  
10-07-1983 Chris Roberts 34:09  
06-24-1984

Ken Schurb,
Paul Ellis,
Nancy Korn

27:30 Ken Schurb started out in the WOWO News Dept., then became a weekend air personality, on and off, throughout much of the 1980s and early 90s. Here he's hosting a Sunday afternoon shift on a "WOWO Coke Olympics Weekend!"

 

 

 

Evenings/Nights

Mornings   •   Middays   •   Afternoons   •   Evenings/Nights   •   Promos   •   Assorted   •   Retro Commercials

DATE EVENING/NIGHT PERSONALITY LENGTH COMMENTS
02-28-1966 John Cigna 2:24 Rare aircheck of longtime WOWO evening personality John Cigna from Feb. 28, 1966. Aircheck courtesy of Stevan Speheger.
1967 John Cigna 2:59 WOWO evening personality John Cigna reads a poem submitted by a listener from Hagerstown, IN, which spotlights the entire 1960s WOWO airstaff. Aircheck courtesy of Mike Stein.
Early 1968 Larry Kenney 10:23 Larry taped 30 minutes of his evening show on a regular basis and sent it to servicemen in Vietnam or elsewhere. Aircheck courtesy of Larry Kenney.
02-1970 Bob Dell 25:03 WOWO evening personality Bob Dell, circa Feb. 1970. One of Bob's imaginary recurring characters was Harry the Hog, who he referred to as his producer. This is an example of Bob’s style of theater-of-the-mind, as he presented, “Harry, This Is Your Life.” The characters of Ludwig and the Western Union guy were portrayed by WOWO Executive Producer Bob K, who also helped with writing some of the bits. Note, there is no reverb on this recording, since it was taken from the skimmer tape, which was pre final audio processing. Aircheck courtesy of Bob K.
05-1970 Bob Dell 2:55 WOWO evening personality Bob Dell from May, 1970. Aircheck courtesy of Alan Mitchell.
05-1970 Listo Fisher 1:30 WOWO late evening personality Listo Fisher from May, 1970. Aircheck courtesy of Alan Mitchell.
05-1970 Diamond Jim Brady 2:20 WOWO overnight personality Diamond Jim Brady from May, 1970. Aircheck courtesy of Alan Mitchell.
1971

Bob Bolton

4:15 WOWO evening personality Bob Bolton in 1971. Recording courtesy of John Yanagi.
1972-73

Bob Bolton,
Bob Dell,
Ron Gregory

2:26 Short compilation of WOWO evening personalities: Bob Bolton on March 17, 1972, Bob Dell from September, 1972, followed by Ron Gregory from April, 1973 (Ron had been at WOWO roughly one month at that time). Recording courtesy of Jim Heddle.
03-1973 Ron Gregory 6:27 Ron arrived at WOWO in March of '73, so this skywave recording is one of his earliest airshifts! Aircheck courtesy of Ron Gregory.
05-1973 Ron Gregory 18:45 More from a young Ron Gregory in May, 1973! This is an excellent quality recording, direct from the WOWO studio skimmer reel! Aircheck courtesy of Ron Gregory.
08-01-1974 Ron Gregory 7:11 It's Renaldo's birthday, and he gets a surprise call from a mystery guest, plus Larry Glick from sister station WBZ, Boston! Aircheck courtesy of Ron Gregory.
08-30-1974 Calvin Richards 26:04 Calvin was on primarily at night, but on this aircheck, he's filling in for the vacationing Chris Roberts in afternoon drive! Aircheck courtesy of Ron Gregory.
08-30-1974 Ron Gregory 4:37 Another good (but short) scoped aircheck of Ron Gregory, direct from the studio skimmer! Aircheck courtesy of Ron Gregory.
1973-75 Ron Gregory, Calvin Richards, John Silvers 49:27 Skywave compilation recorded over several summers from Westchester Co., New York. Recording courtesy of Mike McCann.
09-01-1973 Bob K 33:04 Bob K's final WOWO appearance before heading to WIND, Chicago. Recording courtesy of Bob K.
03-10-1975 Ron Gregory 8:10  
03-10-1975 Calvin Richards, Bodie the Janitor 18:10 A late-night appearance by Bodie the Janitor!
11-1976 Ron Gregory, Bodie the Janitor, Rena Giannakef 29:08 Unscoped skywave recording of the Ron Gregory Show, featuring an appearance by Bodie the Janitor! Aircheck courtesy of Quentin LaFond. Recorded in northern Michigan.
11-18-1976 Ron Gregory 25:06 Another couple of great scoped hours of the Ron Gregory Show, direct from the Studio A skimmer! Aircheck courtesy of Ron Gregory.
11-16-1976 Ron Gregory,
Art Saltsberg
13:20 Skywave recording of the Ron Gregory Show, opening with a full Art Saltsberg newscast and a WOWO editorial by WOWO GM Warren Maurer! This one is a little scracthy at points, but is still an excellent historical artifact. Aircheck courtesy of Quentin LaFond.
12-22-1976 Ron Gregory 21:40 Skywave recording of the Ron Gregory Show from Christmas Week, 1976! Aircheck courtesy of Quentin LaFond.
05-29-1977, 12 midnight

Carol Ford,
Dugan Fry,
Linda Loshe

1:02:50 Carol Ford on a "WOWO Happy Days Weekend," from Memorial Day Weekend, 1977! This is the morning of the Indy 500 so Dugan checks in with "Countdown To Indy" race previews, and Linda has traffic reports. Aircheck courtesy of Bob K.
05-28-1977, 1am

Carol Ford,
Dugan Fry,
Linda Loshe

1:02:42 Carol Ford on a "WOWO Happy Days Weekend," from Memorial Day Weekend, 1977! This is the morning of the Indy 500 so Dugan checks in with "Countdown To Indy" race previews, and Linda has traffic reports. Aircheck courtesy of Bob K.
Mid 1970s Ron Gregory 3:18 A very patient Ron encounters one of the must confused callers ever, thanks to the station's seven-second delay! Recording courtesy of Alan Mitchell.
09-27-1979 Ron Gregory,
Art Saltsberg
18:17 On WOWO Sportstalk, Ron and Art always kept their listeners abreast of the biggest figures in sports, and this interview is definitely not a bust. Their special guest is the lovely and talented "Morganna, the Kissing Bandit!" Aircheck courtesy of Ron Gregory.
10-1979 Ron Gregory 4:47 Ron and WOWO Chief Engineer Steve Moreen read some letters from listeners around the world, thanks to WOWO's 50,000 watt blowtorch signal. Aircheck courtesy of Roger Griswold.
10-1979 Ron Gregory 31:09 It's the 3rd anniversary of the ever-popular Hollyweird Report! Ron and Rick play some of their favorite highlights of past shows and take calls from listeners. Aircheck courtesy of Ron Gregory.
10-22-1979 Ron Gregory 15:21 Good example of one of the best-remembered features of the Ron Gregory Show: the Hollyweird Report with the Real Rick Marr. Aircheck courtesy of Robert Sobczak.
11-05-1979 Ron Gregory 14:13 Another edition of the famous Hollyweird Report with the Real Rick Marr. Aircheck courtesy of the Real Robert Sobczak.
12-15-1979, 2pm

Robb Westaby,
Juanita Hayes

1:01:21 It's a Saturday afternoon and Robb is on remote for WOWO Penny Pitch '79 at L.S. Ayres North! This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project!
03-05-1981 Robb Westaby 22:52  
03-06-1981 Terry Morgan 11:52  
04-16-1981 Robb Westaby 36:38  
04-16-1981 Tony Robinson 37:00  
10-18-1981 Chris Witting 55:04 WOWO's Program Manager covering Saturday overnight, 1-2am
10-18-1981 Chris Witting 44:37 WOWO's Program Manager covering Saturday overnight, 2-3am
02-08-1982 Ron Gregory 40:43  
03-10-1982 Ron Gregory 10:42  
04-09-1983 Chris Roberts 57:01 The Saturday Night Oldies Show was a fantastic use of WOWO's 50,000 watts, as Chris Roberts took listener requests from all across the eastern half of the United States and Canada. This is hr 1 from April 9, 1983. Aircheck courtesy of Chris Witting.
04-09-1983 Chris Roberts 56:27 The Saturday Night Oldies Show, hr 2. Aircheck courtesy of Chris Witting.
04-30-1983 Chris Roberts 57:14 The Saturday Night Oldies Show, hr 1 from April 30, 1983. Aircheck courtesy of Chris Witting.
04-30-1983 Chris Roberts 56:39 The Saturday Night Oldies Show, hr 2. Aircheck courtesy of Chris Witting.
04-30-1983 Chris Roberts 56:45 The Saturday Night Oldies Show, hr 3. Aircheck courtesy of Chris Witting.
09-30-1983 Ron Gregory 25:21  
09-30-1983 Paul Ellis 24:33  

 

 

WOWO Promos

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DATE PROMO DESCRIPTION LENGTH COMMENTS
June, 1966 WOWO Promo :52 This is a extraordinarily rare 1966 WOWO music promo, produced by Group W production whiz Bob Oakes and voiced by Group W National Program Director Jim Lightfoot and Bob Whitney. Recording courtesy of Bob Oakes.
June, 1966 WOWO Promo :52 Another Bob Oakes production: a combination station promo and PSA. Recording courtesy of Bob Oakes.
June, 1966 WOWO Promo :15 This is a rare Don Chevillet tease promo from June 1966! Recording courtesy of Bob Oakes.
1970 Bob Dell ,
Jerry Hoffmann, Stu Collins,
Bob Sievers,
Jay Johnson
5:00 How many radio stations could play a contest featuring a puzzle of songs that sang the station's name? The "WOE-WOE Music Contest" was played a number of times in the 1970s. This is the promo for the very first contest. It’s followed by the drawing of the winner of the shiny new Pontiac, then Bob Sievers calls the excited winner, who recognizes Bob’s voice and knows why he’s calling. And finally, the answers to all 21 songs. Bob K says the last time he was involved in a count, they had identified 144 WOE-WOE songs. Recording courtesty of Bob K and Al Mitchell.
1971 WOWO Promo :30 HoHo WOWO was one of the most memorable WOWO contests ever! It was used several times in the 1970s (it is discussed by both Alan Mitchell and Bob K on the "WOWO Interviews" page). This is a 1971 promo for the original verison of the contest! Recording courtesy of Alan Mitchell!
1968 WOWO Promos 1:32 Two promos for the famous "Ulmer/Kenney Lemonade Stand" promotion. Recording courtesy of Larry Kenney.
1968 WOWO Promos 1:31 Two WOWO promos spotlighting the 1968 air lineup. Recording courtesy of Larry Kenney.
1977-78 Neil McGinley & Co. 6:50 Neil McGinley was WOWO's Exec. Producer/Production Director and produced some of the most memorable WOWO promos ever! Here is a montage of some of his favorites, including the intro to WOWO Sportstalk, plus promos for the Indy 500, Komets Hockey, School Closings, and a "WOWO Endless Summer Weekend!" Montage courtesy of Neil McGinley.
1981 WOWO Promo :53 Two WOWO custom promos for "The Dick Clark National Music Survey."
1983 WOWO Promo :53 Excellent promo for a" WOWO Golden Weekend!"

 

 

Assorted

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DATE ASSORTED DESCRIPTION LENGTH COMMENTS
1950s-1990s Nancy Lee & the Hilltoppers :40 This is the famous Nancy Lee & the Hilltoppers version of the Little Red Barn theme!
1950s-1970s Nancy Lee & the Hilltoppers, Jay Gould :40 Nancy Lee & the Hilltoppers also created a theme for the midday Dinner on the Farm program! Recording courtesy of Sam Katz.
Unknown Jay Gould 3:54 WOWO Farm Director Jay Gould was well known as a philosopher and poet. Here's a rare recording of his most well-known poem, "My Life I Carry In A Leaky Pail." This was broadcast many dozens of times over the years. Recording courtesy of Sam Katz.
Unknown Bob Sievers 1:08 Did you know that Bob Sievers could sing? Jay Gould convinced Bob to sing at an event in Portland, IN for the very first WOWO Penny Pitch. Here is a rare recording of that performance--a song called "When the Work's All Done This Fall." Recording courtesy of Jim Cassell.
Unknown Bob Sievers 1:00 Another exceptionally rare recording of Bob Sievers singing. This song is called "The Old Wooden Rocker." Recording courtesy of Jim Cassell.
Unknown Jay Gould 1:43 Jay Gould would occasionally take a stab at singing, too! Here he sings a song called "Blue Indiana Skies." Recording courtesy of Sam Katz.
Unknown Jay Gould 1:52 Another rare Jay Gould singing performance, called "Phooey on Love." Recording courtesy of Sam Katz.
07-20-1945 Lazy Listening Time 8:15 Old Crown Ale & Beer sponsored the program "Lazy Listening Time" featuring Howard Roper, Cathy Gould, Guy Fitzsimmons and the Old Crown Orchestra. Aircheck courtesty of Sam Katz.
Mid 1970s Earl Finckle 6:16 Earl Finckle was the meteorologist for many radio stations throughout the country. This is a demo tape for prospective stations, and includes clips of WOWO's Bob Sievers, along with Stu Collins and Bob Dell, who had both moved from WOWO to WIND, Chicago by this time. Recording courtesy of Chris Witting.
circa 1971 Robert W. Morgan 1:52 The legendary Robert W. Morgan was morning man at WIND from 1970-72, and he had a brother who lived near Fort Wayne. From time to time, WOWO would fly him down from Chicago to go feeshin’ with his brother. In exchange, he would track stuff for WOWO, and he even supplied the Bill Drake tympani sounder. Here he is doing some production sounders for one of WOWO's Memorial Day 300 countdowns. At the end, he does a spoof one for The Little Red Barn, which of course, never made it to the air. Recording courtesy of Bob K.
Late 1970s Bob Sievers, Dugan Fry :39 Rare recording: Bob and Dugan sing a special Penny Pitch song! Recording courtesy of Mike Stein.
1977 Chris Roberts, Warren Maurer, Bob Sievers,
Jack Underwood, Jay Gould,
Jerry Hoffman
4:27 This is a little promotional piece for the “Great Place To Be” imaging campaign and Bob Sievers taking his first walk out on to the new “World Famous Fire Escape.” Notice how as soon as he steps out on to the fire escape, people driving by start honking their horns. More proof that almost everyone in Fort Wayne listened to WOWO. Recording courtesy of Bob K.
7-24-1978 Doug Fisher,
Jerry Udwin
8:54 Aired the week of July 24, 1978, this five-part series from the WOWO News Dept. was nominated for the prestigious Peabody Award. It examined the Federal Revenue Sharing Program in Fort Wayne and found that Wayne Township had received hundreds of thousands of federal dollars it wasn't entitled to. The series was produced by WOWO reporter Doug Fisher with Jerry Udwin (of the Group W D.C. Bureau) plus additional production by Neil McGinley. This series won a San Francisco State Univ. award and has been archived by the US Library of Congress. Audio provided by the Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia.
10-31-1978,
6:15pm
Linda Losch 24:42 Summit Conference was a weekly Public Affairs Program produced by the WOWO News Dept. This week, Linda Losch interviewed 32-yr-old Congressman Dan Quayle about his run for a second term in the 4th District. Among the topics: tax cuts, healthcare and the growing federal deficit. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project! Special thanks to John Morton and Jack Didier.
12-31-1978,
11pm
Victor Locke 24:40 On this edition of Summit Conference, Victor Locke interviewed Fort Wayne Mayor Robert Armstrong, to review Fort Wayne's city government in 1978 and look toward 1979. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project!

01-01-79,
12am news

Linda Losch 8:08 The first WOWO Newscast of 1979, the midnight news anchored by Linda Losch, followed by the weekly Sunday night station sign-off complete with National Anthem. This aircheck is part of the WOWO SoundScriber Project!

01-01-79,
12am news

Victor Locke 5:15 This is the 2pm WOWO Newscast on the Sunday after the assassination of John Lennon. It's the day of the famous moment of silence requested by Yoko Ono. Aircheck courtesy of Sam Katz.
12-1981 A Christmas Carol featuring the WOWO airstaff 29:30 High school students Tim Goeglein and Jim Skimos produced this version of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol," featuring the entire WOWO airstaff, including Ron Gregory as Ebenezer Scrooge. Recording courtesy of Ron Gregory.
03-30-1982 Paul Harvey,
Robb Westaby
5:00 Paul Harvey visited Fort Wayne after the massive Flood of 1982. The next day, he shared his thoughts on the spirit of Fort Wayne on his national noontime broadcast. That evening, Robb Westaby re-broadcast the segment. Aircheck courtesy of Chris Witting.
1983 Chris Witting 3:21 A Dickie Goodman-style meeting of the WOWO airstaff, produced by WOWO Program manager Chris Witting!
03-1983 Chris Roberts   This is the audio portion of a WOWO Sales video/slide show presentation.
02-01-1981 Sunday Little Red Barn 27:10 A fine example of a Sunday Little Red Barn with Bob Sievers, Sam DeVincent and the music of Nancy Lee & the Hilltoppers. The gang also mentions new Program Director Chris Witting towards the end of this show. Aircheck courtesy of Sam Katz.
02-07-0981 Sunday Little Red Barn 27:10 Another great Sunday Little Red Barn with Bob Sievers, Sam DeVincent and the music of Nancy Lee & the Hilltoppers. Aircheck courtesy of Sam Katz.
07-1988 Hoosier Hop, Pt1,
Bob Sievers, Sam & Nancy DeVincent, Tommy Longsworth, Chris Roberts
13:57 "The 19th State" was a weekly public affairs program produced by the Indiana Historical Society, and broadcast on WOWO. In July 1988, Chris Roberts guest-hosted a special two-part episode that spotlighted "The Hoosier Hop.", and featured a conversation with Bob Sievers, Sam and Nancy DeVincent, and Tommy Longsworth. Aircheck courtesy of Randy Meyer with special thanks to "The 19th State" Producer Stan Sollars.
07-1988 Hoosier Hop, Pt2,
Bob Sievers, Sam & Nancy DeVincent, Tommy Longsworth, Chris Roberts
13:57 Part Two of "The 19th State" spotlighting "The Hoosier Hop," with more from Bob Sievers, Sam and Nancy DeVincent, and Tommy Longsworth. Aircheck courtesy of Randy Meyer with special thanks to "The 19th State" Producer Stan Sollars.
01-1984 Sunday Little Red Barn 27:10 Tribute to Jay Gould. Aircheck courtesy of Randy Meyer.
05-13-1988 Paul Harvey 3:53 Paul Harvey recorded a custom version of "The Rest of the Story" for WOWO, spotlighting the 60th anniversary of Fort Wayne's Embassy Theatre and one of its most famous performers, followed by a WOWO promo for The Big Broadcast of 1988. Recording courtesy of Jim Cassell from the collection of the late Charlie Willer.
05-29-1988 Randy Meyer 29:30 Each year, WOWO sports reporters covered the Indy 500 and Time Trials. This always included a series of reports titled "Countdown to Indy" that would air on Race Morning. Randy Meyer's reports won the Indiana Associated Press Award for "Best Sports Feature" all three years he covered the race: 1987, '88 and 89. Recording courtesy of Randy Meyer.
05-15-1988, 7pm Dugan Fry,
Chris Roberts,
Bob Sievers
1:06:46 "The Big Broadcast of 1988" was a live 2-hour broadcast on WOWO celebrating the 60th anniversary of Fort Wayne's Embassy Theatre. The program featured Hosts Dugan Fry & Chris Roberts, Announcer Bob Sievers, live music from the Dick Seegar Orchestra, live radio comedy by the Renaissance Radio Theater and music performed on the Embassy's mighty Page organ. Recording courtesy of Jim Cassell from the collection of the late Charlie Willer.
05-15-1988, 8pm Dugan Fry,
Chris Roberts,
Bob Sievers
59:46 Hour 2 of "The Big Broadcast of 1988," live from Fort Wayne's Embassy Theatre. The broadcast also included greetings from many of the theatre's most famous performers. including Bob Hope, Lawrence Welk and Donald O'Connor. Recording courtesy of Jim Cassell from the collection of the late Charlie Willer.
circa 1989 Bob Sievers Roast, Pt 1 59:46 First portion of a special live roast of Mr. WOWO, Bob Sievers that literally featured a "who's who" of WOWO alums.   Dugan Fry was the master of ceremonies.  This segment includes comments from Chris Roberts, Linda Losche Buskirk, Tim Borne, Bob Chase, J. Edward Roush,  Cal Stewart Bollwinkel, Smokey Montgomery and Al Mitchell. Recording courtesy of Jim Cassell from the collection of the late Charlie Willer.
circa 1989 Bob Sievers Roast, Pt 2 59:46 Segment 2 of the Bob Sievers Roast, live at the Grand Wayne Center.  This segment features Sam & Nancy DeVincent, Stu Collins, Doug Stephens, Carol Ford, Dick Cott and  Ron Gregory. Recording courtesy of Jim Cassell from the collection of the late Charlie Willer.
circa 1989 Bob Sievers Roast, Pt 3 59:46 Final segment of the Bob Sievers Roast. It includes comments from Larry Kenny, Sen. Dan Coats, Vice President Dan Quayle, and of course, Bob Sievers' rebuttal. Recording courtesy of Jim Cassell from the collection of the late Charlie Willer.
12-07-1997 Sunday Little Red Barn, hosted by Brian Walsh 48:55 Flyin' Brian's tribute to WOWO legend Sam DeVincent on the final edition of the Sunday Little Red Barn. Aircheck courtesy of Randy Meyer.

 

 

Retro Commercials

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DATE ASSORTED DESCRIPTION LENGTH COMMENTS
1974 DeHaven Chevrolet :60 Probably the most memorable commercial jingle in Fort Wayne history. If you're over the age of 40 and grew up in WOWOland, this tune is permanently burned into your brain! The classic jingle was recreated in 2010 by Sweetwater Productions for DeHaven's successor, Summit City Chevrolet!
1982 Scott's Foods :60 This memorable jingle, along with Rick Hughes' trademark delivery, aired every week for more than two decades.
1974 Lawn Boy :60 Some people call it catchy, some people calling it wickedly annoying, but this jingle was used by Lawn Boy for many years.
1982 Sandpoint Greenhouse :60 Memorable jingle, plus the smooth-as-silk delivery of the late "Diamond Jim" Brady.
1976 Roger's Markets :60 Bet you haven't heard this one in years, either!
1976 Ford :60 Although this was a national advertiser, their "Buckle Up" jingle is ertched into many middle-aged craniums across WOWOland.

 

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