Radio Days Revisited – WRDB Shifts and Shows

My Sunday evening was originally 5:00-10:00 pm and then I’d play Robert Goulet singing the Star Spangled Banner. Then I’d power off the station until the next morning – the only overnight that wasn’t covered. Later we had automated overnight programming so I worked 5:00-midnight and the station stayed on.

I usually played a couple hours of music to start my Sunday shift. It was Adult Contemporary with music from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. David Brinkley had a half hour from 7:30-8:00 pm. America’s Ballroom was next until 10:00pm – two hours of music from the 1940’s.

I later picked up a permanent Saturday night shift and did some weekday fill ins in the overnight, evening and afternoon shifts. If someone took their shift off on the weekends it of course had to be covered. A few of us did 12 hour shifts on air as a result. I’ll tell ya – noon to midnight is a heck of a lot better than midnight until noon!

I’ve mentioned WNFM before because that was WRDB’s FM “sister station.” It was mostly automated country music but had a live morning show. We had to pay attention throughout our shifts to make sure it was running correctly.

I learned a lot there and it was a great place to start my radio career. There were some great and helpful people that showed me the ropes. Someone told me when I started that local radio was the bread and butter of a small town. I agree. Many of the “full service” rural stations have changed over to automation since then, including WRDB. But there are some that remain and are their area’s bread and butter.

One of the few commercials I recorded at WRDB: Olson Paint Commercial

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