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High Flying WING in the 5s,60s and 70

High Flying WING in the 5s,60s and 70

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High Flying" WING in the 50s,60s and 70
sIt was in the 1940s during the Big Band era and later with the advent of R&B-fusioned rock n' roll inthe 1950s when WING became Dayton's original hit music station. .Charlie Reeder, inducted into theDayton Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007 was one of its first morning personalities during this erawith his program "Sunny Side Up." Local DJ legend Gene "By Golly" Barry came on board with theevening program "Swingin' With Wing" and became a staple there from that point up through the 1960swhen WING (then, owned by Dayton-based Air Trails Broadcasting. .later Great Trails Broadcasting) became Dayton's first official Top 40 station. It was also the chain's flagship station. Its sister stationsincluded WIZE in Springfield and the legendary WCOL(AM) (now conservative talk station WYTS) inColumbus which all had the same format at that time as well. During this time a downtown studio wasopened at 128 West First Street which became the affectionately nicknamed "WING Island."A weekly "super hot hits" survey was issued regularly to record shops and other retailers across theMiami Valley. With that, the format was tightened with a stable of personalities who became known asWING's "Lively Guys" (possibly inspired by WSAI's "Good Guys" in Cincinnati) which includedBarry along with such personalities over the years as Lou Swanson, Jerry Kaye, Ken Warren, Big JimQuinn, Dave Parks, Bob Holiday, Ritchie "Duke of Dayton" Allen, Jerry "Big D" Dennis, DonRobertson, Dan Clover, John Alexander,Rod Williams station news director and Broadcasters Hall Of Fame inductee, Jack Wymer "Dayton's Man On The Street," among countless others and a youngJohnny Walker who came to WING by way of sister station WIZE who later moved to WKEF-TV in1970.Wolfman Jack was aired late at night in syndicated form in the 1970s.Aside from Gene "By Golly' Barry, the "lively guy" who enjoyed the most extended stay from 1967 to1992 was morning man Steve Kirk(formerly from Cincinnati's WSAI) best known for his telephone"put-ons" and other screwball on-air gags and drop-ins from 1966 until well into the late 1980s. He wasequally known for his familiar and flamboyant on-air self-introduction: "Hi-ya gang. ..Kirkie here. ..ha-chi-chi-chi-chi-chi!"Its news department was also legendary with Jim Briggs, George Wymer (Jack's son), G. Paul Tantum,Terry Lafferty, Bill Nance, Roy Dittman, Kathy O' Connor (Dayton's first female news reporter) andRetha Phillips among others. Nance and Phillips were also 2007 inductees into the DaytonBroadcasters Hall of Fame. In the early 1960s it was at first a top of the hour "rip and read" newscastfrom wire services with an echoed voice shouting the dateline location at the beginning of a story
 
(replaced in 1965 by a tone chord simulating an electronic telegraph key sounder.) The newscast wasalso upgraded by world news actualities from Metromedia Radio, a predecessor of UPI Audio Network who bought the news-feed service in 1971. By 1968,it switched to the Drake-inspired "20-20" News(aired at 20 minutes before and after the hour.) with expanded local news coverage. Top of the hour news returned in 1980 from ABC Radio's American Information Network followed by a local newscastand weather without the catchy elements of the 1960s."High Flying WING" was the theme of a high energy upbeat jingle package in the mid 1960s produced by PAMS Productions in Dallas. In the early 70s,the famous Drake "rum-pum" Boss Radio jinglesfeaturing the Johnny Mann Singers were used. .the same package used by then-legendary CKLW inWindsor, Ontario during the late 60s and 70s. Adult Radio 1410 WINGIn the mid 1970s FM rock stations started to chip away at AM radio's Top 40 audiences. During this transitional time, WING began to soften its format to adult contemporary as "Adult Radio 1410." "Kirkie" continued hismorning show (followed by John Alexander on mid-days) with the addition of John King and TerryDorsey doing afternoons. The highly popular mock ads and comedy sketches of the fictitious BabsKnieiven's Bar and Grill of New Carlisle, Hiney Wine and a comedic spoof on current events called"The King and Dorsey Report" kept its fans laughing and listening. .even with the 80s onslaught of FMcompetitors WTUE and WDJX in nearby Xenia (now WXEG licensed to Beavercreek.) It was alsoduring this time when Great Trails decided to acquire an FM sister station for the now decliningWING..in so doing purchased the original WCTM-FM in nearby Eaton from Stanley Coning re-namingit WJAI with the branding "WJ-93"(inspired by the Florida sport known as Jai-Alai) at first continuingWCTM's beautiful music until 1979 when it switched to country (later Big Band/Nostalgia) and addingone of its first female on-air personalities Kim Faris. End of an eraWING in the 1980s and 90s showedmore signs of listener burnout as even more listeners switched to FM. "Adult Radio 1410" added asupplemental tagline "Your Fun Oldies Station" with its vast record and jingle library featuring "TheSixties at 6" with King and Dorsey. An on-air reunion of the original WING Lively Guys took place in1985.Eventually its Top 40 format was moved to its Eaton FM sister re-branded in 1984 as WGTZ "Z-93"(formerly WCTM-FM and WJAI respectively) which at first used the catchy (and barely legal) ID"WGTZ Eaton/Dayton and Springfield ALIVE!" (as in "Eatin' Dayton and Springfield ALIVE!" whensaid fast) and with it John King moving to mornings with Terry Dorsey on a tape-delayed basis from astation in Texas where he was working at the time. Kim Faris, already there since the WJAI days stayedthere doing mid-days and later as a morning sidekick to Jeff Wicker after "Dr. Dave" Gross and WildBill left for a different market. Faris (who now works at WLQT after briefly moving to sales in 2007for Z-93) occasionally did late evenings at WING in the mid 1980s as well. Carl Day did afternoon
 
drive for a period of time after John King moved to mornings at Z-93.WING switched to a satellite oldies format during daytime hours after Kirkie's morning show. A talk  program with Stacy Taylor was added to the early evening shift with Mutual's Larry King Show frommidnight to 6am. After Steve Kirk's departure for a brief gig at Beavercreek's WYMJ-FM "Oldies 104"he retired and eventually moved to Florida where he resides today. WING's "High Flying" era was nowa thing of the past.In the fall of 2006,former newsman Bill Nance (now with WFCJ in Miamisburg) and Z-93's Kim Faris(now with FM competitor WLQT) organized a reunion party of WING's past and present air  personalities at the Holiday Inn near Dayton Mall with a special memorial tribute to Gene "By Golly"Barry who died in 2001. WING TodayAfter a stint as a CNN Radio affiliate in the 1990s and variousnetwork talk programs, it found its new niche in sports/talk as a competitor to WONE's "980 Homer" brand (which it also competed with in the 1960s for its Top 40 audience.) WING now airs the programming of ESPN Radio in addition to local sports coverage of Dayton Dragons Baseball andOhio State Buckeyes Football and Basketball. Mike and Mike in the Morning (Mike Golic and MikeGreenberg) is aired here. Dan Patrick's afternoon program was also aired prior to his departure fromESPN on August 17, 2007. Patrick was best known in Dayton by his real name Dan Pugh who was anair personality on WING's FM competitor, album rock-formatted WTUE in the early 1980s. WING wasowned by Radio One which acquired its previous owner, Cincinnati-based Blue Chip Broadcasting in1999.On May 17, 2007 Philadelphia-based Main Line Broadcasting announced the acquisition of RadioOne's stations in the Dayton and Louisville market areas[1]. Main Line took over the Dayton stationson September 14, 2007[2]. See alsoESPNESPN RadioRadio One (Former owners)WROUWGTZWDHT

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