WQMV AM 1060
Playing the Best of 30 Years of Rock & Roll
For over 30 years Rock & Roll music dominated the airwaves of America and reflected the mood and energy of the nation.
In today’s world of packaged formats and automated radio stations, fans of real rock & roll find it impossible to enjoy the songs that were a soundtrack for their lives.
WQMV has developed a format that features the best of the entire rock & roll era. WQMV plays songs from 1955, the year that the first rock & roll song charted, to the 80s when the rise of the urban sound and modern country became a more profitable format for stations and record labels.
WQMV not only plays the top songs from each of the years of the rock era but we also play the songs that you remember but maybe they didn’t make a huge impact on the sales charts. We invite you to listen to WQMV and we can guarantee you will enjoy getting to hear once again the songs that played such a part in your life and relive the memories that they inspire.
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and enjoy the Soundtrack of your Life from the best of 30 years of Rock & Roll.
Heard it on the Radio
By Austin Taylor
In late May of this year, Pat Boone released his latest gospel album called “Legacy”. It contained seventeen songs that were all written by the artist. The album was his first release since 2007 and his 77th album over all. A press statement released shortly after the album, quoted Boone as saying it might be his last. Boone, who is celebrating his 50th year in the recording industry this year, assures his fans that even though he is cutting back on recording he has no plans of slowing down. Reading the release I couldn’t help but remember the strange tale of Boone’s final appearance in the top ten of Cashbox’s top selling charts that occurred this week in 1962. First let’s learn a little more about the man who was born Charles Eugene Boone eighty-one years ago this past June 1st.
After graduating from David Lipscomb High School in 1952, Boone entered David Lipscomb College with every intention of becoming a high school teacher. However, after winning on “The Ted Mack Amateur Hour” and securing a regular position as a performer on “The Arthur Godfrey Show” all thoughts of being an academic were forgotten. In 1954, Boone met record producer Randy Wood who had an idea that the right white artist could become very successful at covering black artist’s R&B songs that were not being aired on many white owned radio stations. Wood had seen how popular Boone had been on television and radio talent programs. He felt Pat’s clean cut boy next-door look would be perfect for introducing R&B and Rock & Roll songs to a wider audience.
Their first project together was a cover of Fats Domino’s “Ain't That a Shame”. It gave Boone his first number one record, his first million seller and a top ten hit in England. What followed was a string of R&B cover songs mixed with standard pop ballads that led to thirty-eight top 40 hits and helped him set the record of spending 220 consecutive weeks on the charts with one or more songs on the charts each week. Boone still holds this recording industry record nearly forty years after reaching the mark. What is almost forgotten today is that in the early days of the rock & roll era, Pat Boone was the face of Rock! He was a star before Elvis; in fact, Boone loves to tell the story of how Elvis opened for him one night in Cleveland. “There I was looking out on stage at Elvis performing and thinking, ‘I have to follow him!’ Luckily, at the time, I had several hit records and I got away with it. But I never had him opening for me again!”
Something that might surprise Elvis fans and is contrary to many published stories in the mid-fifties Pat and Elvis had a very good relationship and for many years would play weekend games of tag football at each other’s homes. To show just how successful Boone’s recording career was, here are some numbers: According to Billboard magazine, Boone was the second biggest charting artist of the late 1950s, behind Elvis Presley but ahead of Ricky Nelson and The Platters. On the list of Top 100 charting artists from 1955 to 1995, Boone was ranked at No. 9 behind The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney but ahead of artists such as Aretha Franklin and The Beach Boys. This last listing takes on even more impact when you consider that Pat Boone had transitioned to Gospel music by the time the British invasion began and hadn’t had a top ten hit on the Hot 100 charts since 1962. That brings us back to that final visit to the top ten and the strange story of how it came about.
While touring the Philippines in late 1961, Boone heard a local group doing a cover version of a novelty tune about “the fastest mouse in all Mexico”, “Speedy Gonzales” that had briefly charted in America for David Dante. Speedy Gonzales was the name of a popular character in Warner Brothers’ “Loony Tune” cartoons. Boone had to plead with his producer Randy Wood to let him do the song. Wood had been guiding his recording career since 1954 and didn’t like the idea of his star doing a novelty song. However, Boone was so excited about the project that he soon won Wood over, but he insisted that if Boone was going to do the tune it had to be an all-out effort. Wood, signed Mel Blanc to voice Speedy Gonzales just as he had in the cartoons. He also hired comic actress Robin Ward to sing the female part.
The result proved to be well worth the effort, when “Speedy Gonzales” peaked out on the June 30, 1962 Hot 100 Chart at #6 giving Pat Boone his final top ten hit thus ending a seven year run that had produced thirty-seven other hit singles.
You can hear all of Pat Boone’s hits including “Speedy Gonzales” along with the best of the rock era from 1955 to 1985 on WQMV AM 1060 or by streaming the station live at wqmv1060.com.
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WQMV Regular Weekly Programs
Rock & Rolls 1st Decade 11am Mondays
This program explores what happened each day during the first ten years of the Rock & Roll era. This locally produced weekly program is hosted by Austin Taylor.
Snapshot 11am Wednesdays
This program examines the events that occurred during each week of the Rock era. Snapshot is written and hosted by Austin Taylor.
Tennessee Valley Views 8:10am Fridays
Every Friday WQMV does a remote broadcast from the Waverly Café where Wayne Coats hosts Tennessee Valley Views and interviews guests to keep our listeners informed about what is going on in Humphreys County.
The Feature Friday Countdown 11am Fridays
Each Friday we pick another week from 1955 to 1985 and count down the top 10 songs from the Cashbox Hot 100 music charts. Hosted by Austin Taylor, the Feature Friday Countdown demonstrates the strength of WQMV’s record library that boasts over 6000 songs.
Woods & Water 5:10pm Fridays
Woods & Water is WQMV’s outdoor show hosted by TWRA agent Ken Smith. The show keeps Humphreys’ County hunters and fishermen up to date on what is happening in the Woods & Water.
Waverly Church of Christ Services
10am & 6:30pm Sundays
Each Sunday, WQMV carries the Waverly Church of Christ morning and evening services live. The morning services are rebroadcast at 1pm on WAV3, Comcast Channel 3, Waverly’s Government Access Channel.
Richland Ave Church of Christ Sunday Services 11am
Every Sunday, WQMV carries the Richland Ave Church of Christ morning services. If you can not join the members of the Richland Ave Church of Christ for their services, they invite you to listen to their weekly broadcast.
The Daily Devotional 12:30pm Monday – Friday
Every Monday through Friday the members of the Waverly Church of Christ invite you to tune into their daily devotional aired on WQMV. This 15 minute program is designed to provide the listener with a daily dose of spiritual encouragement.
Nationally Syndicated Programs Airing on WQMV
Beatle Brunch 11am Tuesdays
Beatle Brunch is a weekly celebration of the Fab Four. The show includes songs and interviews with the Beatles and their associates, plus the latest Beatle news and reviews, live versions of songs and in-studio tracks. The show is hosted by Beatles expert and radio veteran Joe Johnson.
Off the Record 11am Thursdays
Joe Benson has hosted the nationally syndicated OFF THE RECORD program since 1998. Not only does Joe share his vast knowledge of classic rock artists and play their best music, but he also shares his in-depth conversations with the artists.
The Classic Countdown 1pm Fridays & 12 Noon Sundays
This weekly, four-hour countdown show is devoted to the classic hits of rock, pop and soul from the late 60’s to the early 80’s. “The Classic Countdown” is written and hosted by Radio Hall of Famer Dick Bartley.
Elvis Only 12 Noon Saturdays & 5pm Sundays
Elvis Only, the all-Elvis hour, is the only syndicated radio show of its kind and is hosted by Jay Gordon, one of the world’s most recognized Elvis Experts. For more than 20 years, Elvis Only has consistently entertained and delighted Elvis fans of all ages.
Rewind with Gary Bryan 1pm Saturdays
Rewind is a weekly show that focuses on the music of the 60s, 70s and 80s with host Gary Bryan sharing the insights of his 30 years of working with oldies stations across the country. The show was developed by rock legend Dick Clark and the show occasionally still features segments from American Bandstand.
Rock & Rolls Greatest Hits 6pm Saturdays
Broadcasting Hall of Fame announcer Dick Bartley has been hosting America's Classic Hits request radio show since 1982. His Saturday night Rock & Roll show is recognized as the first nationally syndicated request program and it has been entertaining rock fans for over 30 years. Rock & Rolls Greatest Hits toll free request number is 1-866-989-1975 and is open during each program.
The Beatle Years 4pm Sundays
Hosted by Bob Malik, The Beatle Years takes a look at the band and its music that defined a generation with an archive of classic hits and rare audio clips and interviews.
Into The 70s 8pm Sundays
Every Sunday night Larry James takes you back INTO The 70s. Playing the best music of that decade and bringing back the memories that that were uniquely the 70s!