Does anyone have the set of jingles that were used in 1967 at the BigJ in Laconia,NH?
Gary, I actually might have what you're looking for, although
I believe that the set of eight PAMS series 34 cuts are from 1968 and not 1967.
First though, let me present to you a jingle that I remember hearing on WEMJ starting around the summer of 1966 and they were still playing this jingle by the summer of 1968. Unfortunately I did not live in the Laconia area although at age thirteen, believe it or not I actually told my parents that I wanted to move to Laconia because I thought that Laconia was the most exciting place that one could possibly live, and this was completely based on the sound of WEMJ at the time. Back then I was living in Shelburne Vermont so the only time that I got to hear the station, was when I accompanied my dad who was working for Gulf Oil at the time on his trips to New Hampshire. Since I attended the Perkins School for the blind in Watertown Massachusetts during the school year so I didn't have too many friends at home in Vermont, even though he wasn't technically supposed to do this, he would let me accompany him to work on his trips throughout both the granite and the green mountain states, and I heard all kinds of wonderful little radio stations whose memories are very nostalgic for me.
Gary, I too always had a definite soft spot in my heart for WEMJ, and even then, I wanted to somehow obtain the station's jingles. Back in the fall of 1967, I had written to WKBR in Manchester, asking them if they could possibly dub a copy of their jingles for me because I loved them so much more than those horrible Drake series A a capellas that WRKO in Boston was running. The station actually answered me, and explained that they could not copy the jingles for me because they were copyrighted. But they suggested that I write to PAMS Production Company in Dallas Texas, and maybe I could get the jingles from them. With no more of an address than that, right in the middle of the Christmas rush of 1967, I typed out a letter to PAMS which I was sure they'd never receive because I didn't have a proper mailing address for them. I even forgot about the letter. But on Saturday March 2, 1968, I actually received PAMS series 31, Music Explosion, and series 29 Radio A-Go-Go for WKBR in Manchester. I thought to myself, "Wow. Is this ever neat" and thus began my jingle collecting hobby.
Well, since it had worked with WKBR, I decided I'd write to WEMJ as well and ask them not to record their jingles for me, but if they could give me the name and address of the company where they had bought their jingles from. Unfortunately the station never answered any of my letters to them over the many years that I wrote them.
But luckily, Ed Brouder at his Man From Mars Productions in Manchester New Hampshire did have some WEMJ jingles in his collection. This first jingle is perhaps the one that I remember hearing the most on WEMJ. As I mentioned above, I remember hearing this jingle as early as 1966, and they ran it right through the summer of 1968. The box had the date of April 9, 1961 on it, and the package was called Music Makers, and it was recorded by Mitch Lea, and distributed by Richard H. Ulman and company. So Gary or anyone else that is interested in this vintage WEMJ jingle, click here to download this jingle
or if you prefer, click here to stream it.
Now, there was a much longer version of this jingle which had the following lyrics:
"It's the fun sound,
Number 1 sound.
The sound that will brighten your day.
Keep in time with the tunes,
Keep in tune with the times,
Fabulous fun radio."
Then at that point, you hear the shorter jingle that you've just heard here.
The station ran another jingle with the lyrics "WEMJ Laconia" but the tune was very different than the jingle that I let you hear above.
However Gary, I don't think
that this is the jingle that you remember hearing on WEMJ that you are looking for. Now, the story that I've heard about these jingles is that someone squealed on both WKBK in Keene and WEMJ in Laconia, and informed PAMS that these small stations were lifting portions of their jingles from PAMS demos, and were using them on the air. So PAMS told both stations that they had to buy some legitimate PAMS jingles, and both stations chose these eight cuts from PAMS series 34 called The Power Of Love. I guess the package did come out in the fall of 1967, and I know that CHUM here in Toronto was running these jingles as early as December of that year, but many stations bought the package in 1968 or later. So here Gary, are the eight PAMS series 34 cuts for WEMJ for you.
Again as before, click here to download these pAMS series 34 jingles for WEMJ
or if you prefer,click here to stream them.
Now, I understand that you've been trying to contact me Gary. I'm really sorry that I haven't checked into the forum much over the past week. This was just one of those really busy weeks when I had a couple of system problems, a lot to do with both my website and my music mailing list, and I had a birthday blast last Thursday which kept me from answering too many E-mails that day. But when I read the private messages from you, believe me I was absolutely ThRILLED to hear from you. By the way Gary, I love that groovy1490 handle and you are absolutely right, there were a lot of great small town radio stations on 1490 that had their own very unique sound. They weren't exactly major market radio but some big names came out of 1490 stations, like Dale Dorman at KFRC San Francisco and WRKO in Boston for example. Before all that, he worked at 1490 WOLF in Syracuse. Anyway Gary, I do have my own Audioldies website
and if you hunt around for my Audioldies contact form, that will establish the beginning of our communication and I will reply to your contact form message and then I will give you my E-mail address. I'm really sorry for the delay in getting back to you and believe me, I am extremely interested in any audio material that you might have from WEMJ. I would also like to thank MickeyD for contacting me and alerting me that Groovy1490 was trying to get in touch with me.
Thanks to you both. I hope Gary that you enjoy what little WEMJ jintle material I do have, and naturally I am always looking for more, especially that longer version of the jingle that I do have whose lyrics I quoted to you above.