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

During a concert in early 1956, Fats Domino stopped the music when he learned that Pat Boone was in attendance and to the shock of his fans called the singer up on stage. A very uneasy pause occurred as the artist who had recently scored a national number one hit record with a cover of Domino’s song "Ain't That a Shame" walked to that stage. Many in the crowd felt Boone’s release had kept Fats from becoming the first black artist to achieve a pop chart #1.

To help you better understand the tension during that long walk let us look a little deeper at what some call a dark chapter in the Rock & Roll era.  When the success of Bill Hailey’s “Rock Around the Clock” launched the rock music explosion, the bulk of music with what was becoming known as the rock beat was being produced by artists on R&B record labels and most were black performers.  This caused two problems; first, a percentage of radio stations rejected the idea of playing black artists feeling their predominantly white listeners would not embrace their music. Contrary to popular myth, these stations were not all located in the south, in fact stations in New York, California and even Chicago and Detroit held this position.  Secondly, and maybe more importantly, most of the R&B labels were small and their limited production and distribution systems were no match for the sudden demand for their music. The larger record labels met these challenges by buying a song’s master recordings and then released them on their own label but this often cut heavily into profits.  A more lucrative option was to have a white artist the label had under contract record a version of a song. Other than royalties paid to the songwriter and the singer, the bulk of the money made from the release stayed with the label. This method of dealing with the demand for rock music was called doing cover version.

This practice became so common that many artists felt they were being deliberately kept off the more profitable white dominated pop charts.  In fact, in early 1955 R&B singer LaVern Baker appealed to Congress in a letter to Michigan Representative Charles Digges Jr., asking for a revision of the Copyright Act of 1909. She asked that recording artists be protected against "note-for-note copying" of already recorded R&B tunes and arrangements that were being released by white artists and arrangers. Congress ignored her request and the practice continued.

Some artists took exception to their work being covered by white performers. For example, Pat Boone’s next major release was a “very toned down” cover of Little Richard’s "Tutti Frutti". Richard was quoted as saying, “When 'Tutti Frutti' came out ... They needed a rock star to block me out of white homes because I was a hero to white kids. The white kids would have a picture of Pat Boone on the dresser and my record in the drawer 'cause they liked my version better, but the families didn't want me because of the image that I was projecting.” In fact, when Richard recorded his next song "Long Tall Sally" he wrote and recorded it with an extreme up-tempo melody and sang the lyrics so fast that he hoped to intimidate Boone from trying to cover it.  Legend has it that after singing the last note of the song, Richard said, “Try that one Pat”! Oddly, Pat did try it and his version peaked at #8 on the Hot 100 but Richard’s version reached the charts first and peaked at #6. Richard grudgingly admitted that though Pat Boone "took [his] music," Boone made it more popular due to his high status in the white music industry.  That popularity resulted in an unexpected cash flow for not only Richard’s publishing company but other small R&B labels as well.  This new source of income allowed these smaller labels to release more records and sign more artists, which made the R&B artists more popular. Eventually the larger labels began to sign their own black artists and the practice of cover songs began to fade. 

This brings us back to the end of that long walk by Pat Boone at that 1956 Fats Domino concert. Not knowing what would happen when he got on stage, Boone likes to tell how he was surprised by what did happen.  When he got there, Domino welcomed him on stage, then showed the crowd a large gold ring on his finger, and told them "Pat Boone bought me this ring".  Domino was actually grateful for the exposure Boone’s cover had given him. Despite having a dozen top ten hits on the R&B charts, he had never had a top twenty hit on the pop charts. Because of Boone’s cover of "Ain't That a Shame", Domino’s version had reached the top ten on the pop charts. It brought his music to the attention of a completely new listening audience.  It jump started a career that would see Domino score 35 top 40 hits and between 1956 and 1959 Fats was never off the charts.

You can hear all the hits of Fats Domino, Little Richard, Pat Boone and the songs that started the Rock & Roll era, while you listen to the best of the rock years 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. 
Classic Rock & Roll Radio