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.
Stream us online by clicking on the Jukebox on this page
and enjoy the Soundtrack of your Life from the best of 30 years of Rock & Roll.
Heard it on the Radio
By Austin Taylor
Today would have been Elvis Presley’s eighty first birthday and this August will mark thirty-nine years since his voice was silenced. The man who would be called the King of Rock & Roll wasn’t born into that title; he earned it!
We live in a time where most people feel entitled and act like the world is obligated to fill their needs. Elvis Aaron Presley came from another time and he wasn’t born into a world with privileges or advantages but grew up poor and came from what some would call the wrong side of the tracks. When he was three years old, his father was sent to prison, the loss of his income lead to his mother losing their house and they were forced to move in with relatives. When his father was released from prison, the family bought a new house but in less than a year, they were forced to sell the home to avoid foreclosure. Beginning in 1941, the Presleys began living in the poorer areas of Tupelo moving from house to house. Then in 1948, they moved to Memphis and after being there for a year, they were awarded a house in public housing.
While still in grade school, Elvis was recognized as having a talent for singing and was encouraged to enter a singing contest that was held yearly at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. His performance earned him a fifth place ranking and the following Christmas he received a guitar and began taking lessons. While a teenager in Memphis, he earned a reputation for performing what was then called black music. One day a music teacher questioned his ability to sing and the following day he brought his guitar to class and sang a more traditional tune. Afterward the teacher admitted that she just didn't appreciate his kind of singing but later she gave him a passing grade. He would continue playing and singing in high school and even performed a song in the senior talent show being the only act called back for an encore.
He believed in his talent and saw it as a way to provide for both himself and his family. After high school, Elvis began working as a truck driver for a Memphis electrical company but continued to work with music. When he recorded a song for his mother at the Memphis Recording Service, he caught the attention of the staff who later recommended that the owner Sam Phillips try giving him a tryout. Just before his nineteenth birthday in January of 1954, he walked into the studios that would become known as Sun Records. Sam Phillips was the recording engineer when Elvis cut a demo that would lead to his first professional recording session later in the summer. He began to be an in demand performer and the money from his musical work began to be harder to hide. Finally, he had to make the decision to start declaring the income even though he knew it would cost his parents their right to public housing. Since Elvis was less than twenty-one years of age his income was still counted as part of his families. When he told his family, Elvis promised his mother that he would get her a real house someday.
Less than a year later, Elvis and his back up group were earning $150.00 a night for their bookings. By this time, he had already scored a couple of hits on the Memphis charts and one solid hit on the national country music charts. He celebrated his twentieth birthday in January of 1955 while performing his weekly appearance on the Louisiana Hayride on radio station KWKH. The following year when he turned twenty-one, he would spend the year dominating the national pop music charts with five number one singles, eleven top 40 hits and earning the title of the King of Rock & Roll. After that year, his career skyrocketed and Elvis Presley became a legend. Looking over Presley’s life and all he did in his career, using his fame to help numerous charities and individuals it is easy to forget that it was the result of a young man using his talents to pull himself up to levels that he could only dream of coming true.
We know that Elvis Presley the man had his faults and shortcomings along with his achievements. However, maybe the next time you hear one of his songs or see one of his films you will remember that poor kid from Memphis who believed in himself and along with enjoying his talent be inspired by how he got to be the King of Rock & Roll.
All of us at WQMV invite you to join us in remembering Elvis on his eighty first birthday and to hear all his songs throughout the rock & roll era by listening to AM 1060 or by streaming the station live at wqmv1060.com where the spirit of the King is always alive.
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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!