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Soul Sixteen

February 29, 2016

Soul Sixteen

In New York City during the 1960s, radio station WWRL-AM (1600 kHz) exerted a cultural force well beyond its 5000 watt signal. Under program director Hal Jackson the “Soul Sixteen” broadcast a wonderful blend of regional Soul and R&B, including a healthy dose of Memphis Soul as well as Motown.

Disk Jockeys included Jerry Bledsoe, Hank Spann, Gary Byrd, and above all Frankie Crocker, a master of oral-formulaic composition who was so influential that there was an LP of his DJ patter.

Here’s an excerpt. If you don’t dig it you’ve got a hole in your soul and you never eat chicken on Sunday: