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Today in Radio History: Listen to the legendary WIBG’s final broadcast sign off


If you grew up during the glorious days of AM radio in Philly in the 50s and 60s, there were four AM radio stations that you probably listened to for music. For R&B and soul music, you could listen to the incredible WDAS and WHAT. For rock and pop, one option was Famous 56, WFIL. The other was “Wibbage,” WIBG, located at 990 on the AM dial.

These two pop radio behemoths ruled the airwaves during the Sixties. Both stations were very personality-driven, with larger-than-life DJs who played the Top 40 smash hits of the moment, and depending on your favorite boss jock, you were either glued to 560 or 990 AM.

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the final hour of WIBG, hosted by two of the greatest DJs ever – Hy Lit and Joe Niagara – who signed off for the last time on September 10, 1977. 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.