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
The last military invasion of America by the British occurred in 1814 when troops landed just outside New Orleans. 150 years later the American record charts found themselves under assault by a British invasion of the rock & roll world. The year 1964 is universally seen as the beginning of the British invasion of American music. Out of the five top selling records of that year, four belonged to English groups; three were Beatle releases and the sole American artist was a 28 year old former songwriter named Roy Orbison whose “Oh, Pretty Woman” would sell over seven million copies and be ranked the second best seller. For the entire year of 1964, the cream of American rock artists found themselves blocked from reaching the top ten by a flood of young British artists.
In this youth drenched background, it is unusual to find that during the week of November 14, 1964, two artists who are pushing 50 years of age are holding spots in the top ten of the Hot 100. According to that week’s Cashbox Top 100, 49 year old actor Lorne Greene was holding down the #9 spot on the charts with the spoken word song “Ringo”. The Canadian born Greene was in his fifth year of playing Ben Cartwright on the mega TV western hit “Bonanza”. Like so many TV actors of the early 60s, he took advantage of his star status to cross over into the music world. He recorded several albums of western/folk songs that initially weren’t well received and his first record label dropped him. However, after being signed to the RCA Label his luck changed. Wanting to take advantage of Greene’s familiarity with his TV fans, they began referring to his hit show in his LP titles starting with the Christmas release “Christmas on the Ponderosa” an album full of yuletide songs. The first release “Ringo” from his second western themed album called “Welcome to the Ponderosa” earned Greene his top ten ranking on the November 1964 chart. Three weeks after being released, “Ringo” moved into the top ten on its way to reaching number one. To the amazement of most music insiders, the country sounding spoken word tune raced up the Hot 100 charts to take the #1 spot during the first week of December 1964, bumping the English group the Zombies out of the top spot. It also reached the top of the Easy Listening chart staying there for six straight weeks. “Ringo” even reach #21 on the country charts.
On the same Cashbox chart, sitting at #8 is an artist who started charting singles in 1948 but after being off the charts for five years he returned to the Hot 100 by doing the impossible early in 1964. Dean Martin was never a fan of rock music but when the Beatles stormed the music charts in 1964, he was incensed at not only their music but also their dress and what he saw as their lack of professionalism. When he found out that his son Dean Paul was a huge fan he told the fourteen year old that, “I'm gonna' knock your pallies off the charts”. Shortly afterward, he released “Everybody Loves Somebody” that raced up the charts and on August 15, 1964 knocked the Beatles’ “A Hard Day's Night” out of the #1 spot on the Hot 100. Three months later the 48 year old Martin proved it wasn’t a fluke when he returned to the top ten with “The Door Is Still Open to My Heart”. The song would eventually peak out on the Hot 100 charts at #6 but just like Martin’s earlier release it would reach the top spot on the Easy Listening chart staying there for one week.
Unfortunately, for the parents of teenagers in 1964 it wouldn’t take long for the rock & roll world to right itself. Soon the young British bands regained control of the U.S. music charts and by early 1965 young American bands began returning to the top ten. Lorne Greene would never return to the top ten of the Hot 100 and Dean Martin would only have one more top ten hit before dropping out of the top 40 for good in 1968. I sometimes wonder if they were still with us today how Greene and Martin would react to the fact that Rod Argent of the Zombies turned 70 this year and that Paul McCartney turned 73, Ringo Starr is 75, and their music is all but forgotten by the age group they once ruled.
Luckily, their music hasn’t been forgotten on AM 1060 and you can hear the best of Dean Martin, Lorne Greene, the British invasion, and the American Rock & Rollers every day on WQMV AM 1060 or you can stream our programming by going to our website at wqmv1060.com where the best of the rock and roll era plays.
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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!