Paul began at WCOD at the dawn of the 1970s. And until one memorable Thanksgiving weekend in 1972 (when he elected to sign off at midnight and go home early), he was THE personality of Stereo 106, as well as its Music Director. Everyone knew Paul and tuned in to hear him 6-10pm. Here’s a slice of how he sounded on the evening of August 15, 1972.
Alan came on board as Station Manager in December 1972
and remained until April 1975. During that time, the Bearded One hosted the Auction Show, recorded ads and occasionally did an airshift.
This one is from January 1973.
This January 1974 aircheck features both Alan Bishop and Dana Kott.
And here’s a compilation of some of Alan’s Auction Show bloopers
(along with his farewell remarks in April 1975).
Over the past four decades, Cape Codders have become
very familiar with Dusty. But here are two airchecks of the night it all began. It was a Sunday evening in February 1973. WCOD Owner Dana Kott was hanging around the studio with his Sales Manager
and decided to switch off the automation system and go live.
Dana had been “Johnny Ringo” on Top 40 station WAVZ/New Haven, CT during the 1960s. Why not demonstrate to his eager, neophyte
colleague how to be an air personality? On this occasion, he used the name “Dusty Rhodes” and spun some oldies for a half-hour. Then he turned over the microphone and the controls to his
Listeners must have been confused to hear Dusty’s voice change so abruptly in the middle of his show! An alert staffer switched on a
tape deck, thus preserving for posterity this historic hour of broadcasting. So here ya go...
Dana as Dusty Rhodes “Dusty” as Dusty Rhodes
Jon joined WCOD as its first Sports Director,
concurrent with the debut of the Cape Cod Cubs of the Eastern Hockey League (whose games were broadcast over WCOD). Jon’s brilliant play-by-play, the plush-but-not-overly-ostentatious Cape Cod Coliseum,
and the coaching of ex-NHL star Bronco Horvath spurred the Cubs to a Division championship in their inaugural (and only) season.
Jon’s PBP highlights Jon’s season signoff (March 27, 1973)
Weekends were fun at WCOD. The
regular staff relaxed at the beach and entrusted the station to part-timers who enjoyed taking requests, giving away prizes, sitting alone in an empty building and earning $3.50/hour. Here’s “Teimer On The Weekend” from the
Bicentennial Summer of ’76.
When Tony did middays during the mid-70s, WCOD had four
telephone lines, but only one telephone number (775-6800). And it was nearly impossible for any business calls to get through during Tony’s shift, because “T.A.” constantly had a bevy of fans
calling in for extended conversations! If you were “on hold” and missed hearing Tony in April 1977, here’s your chance.
This son of the Midwest brought his talents (and those
oversize Chicago softballs) to Stereo 106 during afternoons and evenings of the Disco Era. The same week that Bucky Dent sank the Sox, Bruce left WCOD for bigger things. Here’s Bruce’s finale from October 6, 1978.
Undoubtedly the best golfer ever to sit at a WCOD microphone, this Williams College alum brought personality and wit to afternoon drive (and the Trivia Show) from
1976-78. He also bears an amazing resemblance to 30-year Pittsfield, MA morning drive legend Rick Beltaire. Come to think of it, no one has ever seen them in the same room
Rick Stuart, 1978 Rick’s WCOD sayonara (November 17, 1978)
The Trivia Show
Mondays may never be everyone’s favorite day
of the week, but you can’t blame the Trivia Show for that. For one hour (10-11am) each week, a pair of WCOD DJs would ply their improvisational chops with eager contestants. Some of the bits
enraged management, but that’s what they get for listening.
Dick Teimer, Ed O’Toole, Deven Black (Sept 27, 1976)
Trivia’s tribute to Jack Cassidy (Dec 13, 1976)
Trivia’s “tribute” to just-executed Gary Gilmore (Jan 17, 1977)
Bill Stephens & Len Thomas (1977)
During the 1976 Presidential Election campaign, Trivia somehow unearthed a few ancient “radio broadcasts” of various U.S. presidents
meeting their doom -- and shared these century-old treasures with our Trivia Show listeners.
Deaths of Presidents #1: William Henry Harrison (March 4, 1841)
Deaths of Presidents #2: James Garfield (July 2, 1881)
Deaths of Presidents #3: William McKinley (Sept 6, 1901)
Deaths of Presidents #4: Warren Harding (Aug 2, 1923)
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Avis 'Weekend Proposition' (Alan Bishop) Oct 13, 1973
B&B Automotive (Dana Kott) Sep 30, 1972
Bass River Auto Sales (Dana Kott) Nov 28, 1972
Bourne Bridge Auto Sales (Dana Kott) Sep 30, 1972
Burger King (Dana tag) Dec 29, 1972
Cape Cod Motor Sports Center (1973)
Dipsy Poodle (Dick Teimer) July 9, 1976
Dumonts Pharmacy (Tony Arden)
Egg & I Restaurant (Dana Kott) Dec 29, 1972
Haskell's (Dana Kott) Oct 11, 1973
Jim Kissam Chevrolet (Dana Kott)
Man's World Massauna (Alan Bishop) Oct 13, 1973
Martin & Martin Tire (Dana Kott) Dec 29, 1972
Maximus Super (agency) Sept 30, 1972
Ocean Park Inn (Dana Kott) Oct 12, 1973
Peter Lorry Waterbeds (Barry Greenberg) Sep 30, 1972
Sitzmark II (Dana Kott) Oct 11, 1973
Skipper (Dana Kott) July 9, 1976
Sub & Pub (Alan Bishop) 1973
Swamp Fox (Bill Stephens) July 9, 1976
Ultra Brite (ABC Network)
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American Top 40 promo (Casey Kasem) Sept 30, 1972
Auction Show promo (Don Bartlett) Nov 28, 1972
Auction Show promo (Alan Bishop), Dec 29, 1972
Bronco Horvath Show promo (Bronco Horvath), Dec 30, 1972
Cape Cod Cubs Debut promo (Sept 30, 1972)
Cape Cod Cubs promo (Jon Wetterlow) Dec 29, 1972
Cape Cod Cubs 'Screaming Highlights' promo (Jon Wetterlow)
Harry 'Mr Slenderizer' Kaufman Exercise Club promo (Alan Bishop), Dec 29, 1972
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WCOD “Double Gold” sweeper (Dana Kott)
WCOD “Instant Hitline” intro (Dana Kott)
WCOD “I Had My Number One Pair Of Cutoffs On” jingle (PAMS)
WCOD “KotCom Broadcasting” nightly sign-off (Dana Kott)
WCOD Staff Holiday Greetings, 1977
Peace Corps PSA Parody - Plowing With Oxen (Deven Black & Dick Teimer)
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A tradition among Top 40 stations was to compile a list of the Top 100 (or 106) songs of the year and then count them down during the week after
Christmas. WCOD was no different -- except in the way we introduced the #1 song of the year.
Listeners would hear a five-minute sequence of the “hooks” from Songs #100 to #2, followed by a booming tympani heralding the top
song. The task of somehow squeezing all this onto a 330-second tape cartridge usually fell on weekend DJ Dick Teimer, which was great practice for his eventual career producing and syndicating Time Capsule® Quizzes.
WCOD Mini-100 of 1975
WCOD Mini-100 of 1976
WCOD Mini-106 of 1977
WCOD Mini-100 of 1978
WCOD Mini-100 of 1979
Extra credit: What were the #1 songs of each of those years?
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