Gene Chenault died.
There is no reason most of you should have ever heard of him. But if you listened to radio in the 60s and 70s, you heard his work. In just about every city and town, there was a radio station that programmed the Drake-Chenault format.
My first full-time job was at one of those stations. WAVZ in New Haven was known as The Lucky 13 (13 on your AM dial) and The New Waves. I was on the “New Waves Eyewitness News” staff. And yes, it was an actual staff, at a time every radio station was as competitive in news as it was in music. (Another story for another time.)
The stories we did had to be short and to the point. And they had to be written and delivered to make sure you didn’t “touch that dial,” because on the other side of the news would be the boss jock with more music! including 3 in a row!: Chevy Van, Kung Fu Fighting, and The Hustle.
I remember the outcue as if it was yesterday. I’m Gerry Brooks, New Waves Eyewitness News. Now, Pete Stone, New Waves music!
The experts say everything you need to know you learned in kindergarten. Looking back, everything I needed to know to get ready for this 36-year-and-counting journey I learned at WAVZ.
Thank you, Gene Chenault.