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
Here is a trivia question for you, “Can you name a song from the rock & roll era that uses a United State’s President as a theme?” With Presidents Day happening this coming Monday, I couldn’t help but start to wonder if I could find any songs with a presidential theme.
After spending some time searching through WQMV’s library of over 6000 songs, I was surprised to find that I could! In fact, I found examples of this type of song in three of the four decades our playlists cover.
I first encountered a 1959 release by Johnny Horton, "The Battle of New Orleans", a song that was all about the 1814 exploits of one of Tennessee’s favorite sons and future president, Andrew Jackson. Released in April of 1959, the song took only a month to reach the top of the Country Single Charts, holding that spot for ten straight weeks. A week later on the 26th of May the song took over the top spot on Cashbox Hot 100 where it would sit for six weeks. It would also be named the best selling song of 1959.
Next, I found a song that would be the highest charting song in 1962 for singer/songwriter Jimmy Dean. Dean had first appeared on the Cashbox Hot 100 charts in 1961 with the number one hit song “Big John” and it would be another John that would return him to the top ten in 1962. The World War II adventure of John F. Kennedy and the crew of the “PT-109” proved to be the key to Dean’s return to the top of the charts. Kennedy was just starting his second year as President when “PT-109” peaked at number three on the Country Chart, where it enjoyed a thirteen week stay. It would also give Dean a number eight hit on the Cashbox Hot 100 and it would peak at number two on the Billboard Easy Listening Chart.
One of my favorite of the Presidential inspired songs is a tune that I first saw performed on the 1975 Dick Clark’s New Year's Rockin' Eve special by the group Chicago. In the wake of the resignation of President Richard Nixon, Chicago’s lead vocalist and keyboard player Robert Lamm felt the nation needed to be inspired. He wrote a song about his boyhood hero Harry Truman with the hope that remembering the plain spoken man from Missouri would inspire hope in his fellow Americans. The song was a compete departure from the horn driven sound of earlier Chicago releases and proved not to be a favorite of any of the other members of the band. However, Lamm read the American public correctly and "Harry Truman" became a number thirteen hit on the Cashbox Hot 100. Despite the song’s popularity in the early months of 1975, it has only been used on two of the group’s greatest hits albums and is rarely used as a part of their concerts. Much to Lamm amusement "Harry Truman" always proves to be a crowd pleaser!
If you should come across your own Presidential inspired song call WQMV AM 1060, your home for classic rock & roll’s 24 hour request line at 296-9768 to hear it!
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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 Daniel Collier 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 & 8pm Sundays
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.