#FM October 2

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Today’s post has nothing to do about leadership just a flashback to FM radio.

I grew up just outside of New York City. I was a teenager in the late 1960’s and early 70’s which meant listening to music.

Something magically happened in the late 1960’s where FM stations started playing cool music that was different from what you would hear Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow play on WABC-AM.

On Monday as I was driving back to North Carolina I heard two songs that made me thing about FM radio. One was a song by Traffic “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boy“. The song was on the studio album released in 1971 with the same name.


I remember hearing this song for the first time on WPLJ and could not believe the song was 12 minutes long. What was happening on FM Stations in the New York area was having disc jockeys being granted the freedom to play what they chose. It opened up many people to lots of different music genres. It was called freeform radio. Commercial freeform radio stations mostly on FM stations were common in the late 1960s and early ’70s

The second song I heard on Monday was even longer at nearly 22 minutes and it was from the Allman Brothers “Live at Fillmore East” album. It was called “Whipping Post”

Live at Fillmore East

FM radio has left its golden age behind but those two songs epitomize what listening to late night FM Radio was like in the 60’s and 70’s in the New York area. I enjoyed listening to both songs on Monday and remembering that you never knew what you might hear back during freeform radio days.

Here are those two songs

The Low Spark of a High Heeled Boy

Whipping Post

As Steely Dan said in their song FM

No static at all
(no static, no static at all)
(no static at all)



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