Society & Culture:History
WATG-FM aircheck - May 13, 1947
Finally this week, we have an unusual aircheck that came from the same group of “throw away” lacquers that originated from WHBC in Canton, Ohio.
This disc includes two excerpts from FM station WATG-FM in Ashland, Ohio. This side of the disc is dated May 13, 1947. According to Wikipedia, WATG-FM went on the air on May 18, 1947, so perhaps this is a recording of some kind of test broadcast from the station or the date on the article is incorrect.
The aircheck starts off with an upbeat boogie boogie-style number from a small combo. An announcer introduces a request for Omar Moore of Orville, Ohio, who says “everything is coming in fine”, Joe Mooney and his Quartet performing “Tea for Two”. In the middle of the record, the announcer notes that Moore is receiving the signal without an antenna. Another request for a Charlie Spivak number and Perry Como. The recording ends with another unidentified boogie boogie recording.
Our mp3 was transferred from a ten inch Audiodisc lacquer cut at 33 1/3 rpm. Our next post features the other side of the disc.
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