Jeff Kallman's excellent The Easy Ace: A Journal of Classic Radio
is a wonderful place to spend hours on end, rediscovering the Golden Age of Radio
as it's meant to be discovered and celebrated. Article after article
is filled with a wonderful new vignette about Golden Age Radio History.
---The Digital Deli Online.

[I]n his matchless on-this-day approach to chronicling “yesteryear,”
he easily aces out a less organized mind like mine,
which promptly lapsed into a more idiosyncratic mode of relating the past.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The Quaker Valley and the Fab Four: The Way It Was, 9 January

1922---Having received Federal Communications Commission sanction at last to change to the call letters, KQV (it stood for King of the Quaker Valley) hit the air in Pittsburgh under those letters. The station actually signed on the air under the birth letters 8ZAE a year earlier, under Doubleday Hill ownership.

Known since 1975 as an all-news station, KQV eventually became a beloved Pittsburgh Top Forty station. It also sparked a small controversy in September 1964, when it found a semantic loophole around a presumed agreement that a certain concert, and a pre-show press conference with the performers, would not be aired live.

KQV beat it by playing both the press conference and the Pittsburgh Civic Arena concert on thirty-minute tape delays. Apparently, that didn't compromise a reputed friendly relationship between the artists and KQV. You may have heard of the artists: The Beatles.

1949: ALLEN & ALLEN---Humourist and longtime admirer H. Allen Smith joins in an offbeat literary panel on tonight's edition of The Fred Allen Show (NBC).


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