Tuesday, June 6, 2017

FM Rock: October 1967



WOR-FM in New York City had been inching toward a freeform format for a number of months but it was in October of '67 that WNEW-FM adopted the new progressive rock underground format focusing on album cuts instead of hit singles. Right before WNEW's switch, they had stumbled on a unique gimmick by using only female on-air personalities playing standard pop/easy listening records and marketing themselves as "sexpot radio", one of these women was Alison Steele. She was the only person that stayed on after the switch to a progressive format and she adopted the moniker "The Nightbird" taking over the overnight programming hours. She always opened her show by reciting "The flutter of wings, the shadow across the moon, the sounds of the night, as the Nightbird spreads her wings and soars, above the earth, into another level of comprehension, where we exist only to feel. Come, fly with me, Alison Steele, the Nightbird, at WNEW-FM, until dawn." Now with both coasts having flagship progressive stations which were becoming increasingly successful, it became inevitable that other major markets would soon follow suit.


  • 1 Ticket To Ride by Vanilla Fudge
  • 2 Are You Gonna Be There (At The Love-In) by Chocolate Watchband
  • 3 Tales Of Brave Ulysses by Cream
  • 4 Third Stone From The Sun by Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • 5 Within You Without You by The Beatles
  • 6 We Love You by The Rolling Stones
  • 7 She's My Girl by Turtles
  • 8 Itchycoo Park by Small Faces
  • 9 Hole In My Shoe by Traffic
  • 10 Astronomy Domine by Pink Floyd
  • 11 Frantic Desolation by Sopwith Camel
  • 12 People Are Strange by The Doors
  • 13 Grovvin' Is Easy by The Electric Flag
  • 14 Fall On You by Moby Grape
  • 15 Bluebird by Buffalo Springfield
  • 16 All My Dreams Blue by The Youngbloods
  • 17 I by The Electric Prunes
  • 18 Today by Jefferson Airplane
  • 19 I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain by Tim Buckley
  • 20 Epistle To Dippy by Donovan
  • 21 Black Roses by Clear Light
  • 22 David Watts by Kinks
  • 23 Substitute by The Who
  • 24 Yellow Brick Road by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
  • 25 Section 43 by Country Joe & The Fish
  • 26 Morning Dew by Grateful Dead
  • 27 Gratefully Dead by Eric Burdon & The Animals
  • 28 Plastic People by The Mothers Of Invention
  • 29 Drinking Muddy Water by The Yardbirds
  • 30 Homburg by Procol Harum
  • 31 The Castle by Love
  • 32 Goin' Back by The Byrds
  • 33 1941 by Nilsson

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