WIDB turns 50 in 2020 so we will re-unite and celebrate June 26-27-28 in Carbondale and Giant City!
Your hard-working reunion committee is already rising to the challenge! WIDB’s 50th will have something for everyone ages 18-70! Old friends, music, the splendor of Giant City in June, re-visiting C’dale and WIDB, and this one should be the BEST REUNION YET!
It’s never too early to mark your calendars for the only reunion “between the eclipses” June 26-27-28 in C’dale and Giant City! Remember that many wished they came days early and/or stayed late, so this is the time to plan extra days.
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By 1977 advertising was in full operation. WIDB’s production department had several producers who were competent, effective, and also creative. Here’s Luke Banks’ production featuring Mike Hillstrom and others.
The Daytona Beach/Spring Break trip had to be given away at the Bowl-a-Thon in March. The jocks got wasted and bowled, total pins only were counted, and the winner entry was the listener who came closest to guessing total pins. It was one of the first events that took the station into the community for entertainment purposes. Produced by Sam and Gary, this features Michael K. Murphy (now at WMVP), W. Clark Pettit (now farming in New Jersey), Michael J. Cheylewski, Sam and Keith Weinman, as well as Phil Hejtmanek.
Throughout the ’90s (when we first posted this) it was not uncommon to hear a radio station promote itself with a vignette of song snippets that were decidedly NOT of their format, followed by a song in their style.
In the late ’70s thru the mid ’80s, conservatism in radio dictated that drawing attention to your competition this way was a bad thing and this type of promotion was practically non-existent.
This spot, produced by Tom, took the former approach to sell what was then the only all “new wave” club in town, and perhaps to also take pot-shots at the local CHR station. Airwaves was located in the basement of ABC Liquors and featured a 6″ high stage.
WIDB held the “Beat Night” promotion there on Thursdays beginning with the club’s opening in Fall 1982, and the club played host to the Circle Jerks, Violent Femmes and Ministry among others in 1983, as well as being the late-night hangout for many of our staff. Does anyone know how long Airwaves stayed open?