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
The inspiration for this article came from my research for the trivia question: “What connection do the classic television programs, “It Takes a Thief”, “The Six Million Dollar Man”. “Battlestar Galactica”, “Magnum, P.I.”, “The Fall Guy” and “Knight Rider” and the singing group The Four Preps have in common?” To answer that question I need to first introduce you to the most successful recording group you’ve never heard of!
The Four Preps were signed to a recording contract by Capitol Records in 1956 after one of the company executives saw them perform in a talent show at Hollywood High School. The four high schoolers quickly scored a minor hit in late 1956 with a cover of "Dreamy Eyes". The group’s lineup featured Bruce Belland as lead vocalist, Marv Ingram as high tenor, Glen Albert Larson as baritone and Ed Cobb as bass. This version of the group would stay together till 1966 just three years before they officially disbanded. Two years after their first chart appearance, The Four Preps scored a major hit called "26 Miles (Santa Catalina)" that was written by group members Belland and Larson. The song would give the group a #2 hit and their first gold record. The Four Preps’ style was hard to categorize. They had close harmonies but were not Doo-wop. They sang popular style music, not the folk songs favored by groups like the Kingston Trio and the Hilltopers. Despite starting their career at the height of the rock & roll craze and lasting deep into the sixties, they racked up eight gold singles and three gold albums while outlasting most of their peers and even surviving the British Invasion.
In fact, they were one of the few American acts that took a potshot at the Beatles, they released a novelty tune called "A Letter to The Beatles" in which they expressed the frustration felt by many teenage males, by telling the story of a girlfriend that kept sending her devotion and love in letters to the Fab Four and all she would get back was invitations to join their fan club. The song was actually on the charts for three weeks before the Beatles management team served them with papers forcing them to cease selling the song and turn over all unsold copies to them. The group had used a portion of a Beatles song in their release without getting permission and that allowed the stop order to be issued.
This wasn’t their first outing into novelty songs. In 1960, they released the parody single “More Money for You and Me” that poked fun at many of their contemporary groups like the The Fleetwoods, The Hollywood Argyles, The Platters, The Four Freshmen, The Kingston Trio and Dion and the Belmonts and suggested that if these groups were drafted there would be more money for them. The song explained how each group would fit in so well with different military career fields by impersonating each groups style as they served in uniform. The Four Preps were a very in demand group making regular appearances backing up Ricky Nelson on “Ozzie and Harriet”, and Sandra Dee in the “Gidget” movie and numerous other television programs. Despite achieving such successes and making a good living for ten years, their work has become widely forgotten.
To answer the question that began this article, “What connection is there between all those classic TV programs and The Four Preps?” Glen Albert Larson, the group’s former baritone went on to form Glen A. Larson Productions which produced some of the most successful TV programs of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Larson not only created them he also wrote for many of the shows that his company produced.
As for the songs of The Four Preps you can hear them regularly while you listen to the best of the rock & roll era on WQMV AM 1060 or stream them at www.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 & 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.