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RIP legendary Philly boss jock, WFIL’s Dave “The Rave” Parks

WFIL Boss Jocks | Dave Parks on the right | Photo via http://www.broadcastpioneers.com/famous56.html
WFIL Boss Jocks | Dave Parks on the right | Photo via http://www.broadcastpioneers.com/famous56.html

One of the great “Boss Jock” DJ’s from back in the early days of AM radio in Philadelphia at WFIL has passed away. According to All Access, a music industry web site, Parks passed away on Monday, August 24th after an illness. Dave “The Rave” Parks was one of the original DJ’s in the lineup that launched when WFIL flipped to a Top 40 format in 1966. Continue reading →

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Two of Philly’s best AM radio station airchecks in one

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From the late Fifties through the late Seventies in Philly, two AM radio stations that were a large part of our radio listening were WFIL (Famous 56) and WIBG (Wibbage). Over the years, both stations had legendary DJ’s; WFIL had George Michael, Long John Wade, Diamond Jim Nettleton, Jay Cook, Dave Parks, Dr. Don Rose, Jim O’Brien, Banana Joe, Brother Lee Love, and other greats. WIBG (99AM) had Hyski (Hy Lit), Joe Niagara (The Rockin’ Bird), Jerry Stevens, Frank X. Feller, Don Cannon, and John “Records” Landecker. We were enamored by these “Boss Jocks” who captured our imaginations with the “Pop Music Explosion.” We loved their station jingles, their overly reverbed microphone processing, the “Million Dollar Weekend” giveaways, their “Beat The Bomb” contests, their “hitline requests.” There are many air checks on the internet of these stations, but one of the best we recently stumbled upon is a combined WFIL and WIBG that also includes a segment of when WIBG went off the air and “died.” It’s a classic piece of radio history.