The Friday 5×2: WKBR (1250 AM Manchester, NH) on this day in 1958

WKBR in beautiful Manchester, New Hampshire was a popular Top 40 station, then switched formats from sports to country and satellite-delivered oldies (you know, robo-DJ’s) until 2006, when it changed its call letters to WGAM (“The Game”) and switched to all sports-talk, first affiliated with Fox Sports, then with ESPN. Last year, WGAM and its FM twin, WGHM, rebranded as “Oldies Radio WGAM.” Maybe they play some of the songs that were on their Top 10 in 1958. There’s some crossover with other stations we’ve done so far, but a couple of interesting others.

  1. Ivan, “Real Wild Child” Ivan is the middle name of Jerry Allison, who was drummer for The Crickets (as in Buddy Holly &).
  2. Bobby Hendricks, “Itchy Twitchy Feeling” Bobby was lead singer for The Drifters before going out on his own. This was his first solo release, and it reached #5 on the R&B chart and #25 on the Hot 100.
  3. Tommy Edwards, “It’s All In The Game” This has shown up a lot of times here. It’s a great song, I’m sure you’ll agree.
  4. Don Gibson, “Blue Blue Day” I know a guy named Don Gibson, and this ain’t him. Gibson was a country singer and songwriter who wrote, among other songs, “I Can’t Stop Loving You” which was covered by Ray Charles. This reached #1 on the Country chart and #20 on the Hot 100.
  5. Roger Williams, “Near You” The Top 40 still had room for easy listening performers. Roger had a #10 hit nationally with this.
  6. Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, “Tea For Two Cha Cha” Okay, no more 1958, especially if this is one of the songs.
  7. Bobby Day, “Rockin’ Robin” A great song even after Michael Jackson did it. Bobby’s original reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
  8. Dion & The Belmonts, “No One Knows” One of their lesser-known hits, this reached #19 on the Hot 100.
  9. Jane Morgan, “The Day The Rains Came” The lovely Ms. Morgan found her initial success in France and the UK, and sang songs in French and English. She only reached #20 in the US with this, but it was a #1 hit in the UK. The flip side is the song sung in French.
  10. Gordon MacRae, “The Secret” An actor and singer of some note, Gordon reached #18 with this nationwide.

And that’s your Friday 5×2 for September 28, 2018.

8 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: WKBR (1250 AM Manchester, NH) on this day in 1958

    1. That’s why I look back at the old surveys. If you listen to oldies stations, you’ll hear one or two of the songs, but the other eight fade from memory. My feeling is there was a time and place when songs you don’t hear anymore were favorites and deserve to be heard again.

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  1. You know, that is quite the range of music from early rock n roll to..Gordon MacRae? He was a big name in the 50’s but never hit it huge like some of his costars like Doris Day and Shirley Jones.


    1. There was still plenty of room for everyone in the Top 40. You had a little of everything here: rock, doo-wop, country, and easy listening. It was an interesting time for music.


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