20 thoughts on “I Can’t Even Guess 

  1. was it on something like this?

    unless it signifies ‘French Upper Volta” the overwhelming internet answer seems to be the non-politically correct, “F*#k You Vehicle” (an antidote to all the electrics and hybrids out there).

    1. It was on an Audi Q, don’t remember if it was a 5 or 7. But if FUV means what you think, I want one. Make that three. Or five. That’s totally awesome and right up my snark alley.

    1. At Fordham University? Hmmm, that could very well be. Not the radio station, but just a different way of saying your kid goes to Fordham. I like the Latin version the best so far but your suggestion has merit.

  2. FUV airport style sticker, represents The Fordham University Campus, it’s bigger than PVD, smaller than ORD.
    The radio station there HAS A GREAT transmitter TOWER that was originally solely dedicated their dinky FM radio station. Let me know when you listen to WFUV 907.7 FM on your transistor radio. Fun and young station. I just turned it on it’s all old and new music.
    NOTED, NYT article,circa 2006: Radio Tower in the Bronx Falls: Botanical Garden Hears It, Happily: “a humming Erector Set nearly the size of the Empire State-was barely a hundred feet from the garden and a disturbance to its peace.”
    I believe it’s still standing. Looming over the Botantical Garden, an ipso facto Crown Jewel of North America. Along with Big Sur, Grand Canyon, Texas State Fair Grounds, Everglades, all of the East Coast, Coastal CA from top to bottom, Kansas City, Montreal, Toronto, Country Club of North Carolina, Muskoka Lake, and even Lenox, Massachusetts, and Austin, TX.
    And of course, Bedford.

    1. …however, if you are too far away, they are on the iTunes radio tuner (under Eclectic). they used to have an iOS app (no more), but, a new app is supposedly on its way.

    2. I found and listened to 90.7 today for the first time while out and about. I didn’t listen long enough to form an opinion of its music, but the signal came in loud and clear.

  3. WFUV was the training ground for almost all of NYC’s sports radio guys thanks to the involvement of Marty Glickman. Hasn’t been the same since they got rid of the Bill Shibilski “Polka Party” show on Saturday nights.

  4. SAAB Story at 7:21: Thanks so much for bringing WFUV back to the forefront of my brain! It’s a wonderful station. I’ll seek it out on iTunes shortly.

    Anonymous at 1:48: I thought WFUV’s Polish programming was Sunday evenings, but I could be wrong. I still don’t know who stole the kishkas … do you?

    Everyone: The FCC rules for noncommerical radio stations–even very professionally-run stations such as WFUV — used to mandate X hours of “community oriented programming” per week, and WFUV’s Polka hour fell into that category. Hey, I was a college DJ with a Class 3 license back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I knew my stuff. Of course, the rules might have changed, eh? 😦

    Am I making this up, or did Darren Devivo (sp) die a ways back?

    1. Definitely Saturday night – 6 to 8pm on FUV. I think there was a Westchester AM station that had the Sunday show.

      An old Frankie Yankovic favorite – I don’t know who stole it but Yaschel found it!

      Dziadek was a Li’l Wally fan. “In heaven there is no beer” and the “too fat” polka were his two favorites.

  5. My college DJ days were in the early 70s. The station was open air but teeny (750 watts). EOS, I think I got interested because I was so impressed with Carol Miller on WMMR.

    SAAB Story, “left of the dial” does sound vaguely familiar, but I can’t quite place it. (Many brain cells went missing in the 70s, including plenty of mine.) Please explain!

    Anyway, it was rock during the day and classical at night. The classical DJs tended to know their stuff, usually brought in their own LPs, put together thoughtful programs, and had consistent time slots and distinct personalities. We rock and roll slobs, on the other hand, slunk on and off the air randomly and spoke as little as possible. We’d all grown up with the nonstop advertising blather of AM Top 40 radio, and the cool thing was to talk as little as possible. Station ID at the top and bottom of the hour; the occasional PSA announcement, sometimes to be read on the air, sometimes pre-recorded (punch in that eight-track-looking thingy!), and the occasional news roundup someone pulled together from the clattering Reuters machine. Other than that, all music.

    My favorite part was creating segues. You’d have the next song cued up just so on the second turntable, gently holding the record still while the the turntable spun below, and then manage the timing of potting down the song that was ending and bringing in the next one.

    All aspects of the station were run by unpaid college kids, a motley mix of engineering students, hippies, hippie wannabes (that’d be me), and a few with some management skills (thankfully!). Nothing remotely like WFUV or WXPN … but maybe they weren’t like WFUV and WXPN back then either.

    Thanks for asking. This was fun!

  6. More than one of us was a college DJ– RLRR. I too worked at my college radio station and my first job out of college was reading the news at WMMM/WDJF in Westport, CT. Now WEBE 108 on the FM. I had to take that radio engineering license down in lower Manhattan and was a wreck preparing for it cause they gave me the job with the provision I get a license. I had to sign off the AM station at sunset and then run the FM station for my shift. It was a prerecorded jazz show done by some guy in California who shipped out Reel to reel with his program taped. I put them up, spun em, took calls, wrote, and read the news. During the day I’d go and cover local stories. People would phone in asking to talk with the host but of course the magic was it was just lil ole me running the place! (oh I just found this little history nugget – thanks for conjuring up old memories)
    http://www.ctradiohistory.org/wmmm/radio-without-disk-jockeys.html

    1. What are the chances that not one, but TWO of my readers were college DJs???????????????????????????????????????? You need to meet each other. RI, next summer. Be there.

  7. This is amazing indeed!

    Sound Beacher, you clearly went on to a level of professionalism — aka A Real Job — that I didn’t attempt to attempt. I read your link and really enjoyed it, independently of the college DJ aspect, as a 70s and 80s FM listener (in major markets, not my college town), who knew the FM personality was being revamped but didn’t understand how or why.

    You undoubtedly had a higher class FCC license than I ever had. I could spin and I could talk on-air, but there was no way I was in charge of anything bigger than that. There was always someone with higher regulatory ranking around. I did mention the Engineering School guys, right? Some of them seemed to live there. I’ll bet that over the decades they were smart enough to buy enough Apple stock to offset the demise of their Radio Shack franchises. Yes, that is heavy-duty stereotyping, but it’s genuinely complimentary, given that I was a dumb-ass history major who had to learn how to really actually type to get a really actual job. (Things did improve over time.)

    RI next summer … I am game to be there! Curiously coincidentally, at a Master Gardener meeting here in LR today, someone mentioned her daughter being in Montauk for the past few days. I have no particular allegiance to Montauk per se, but it seriously reminded me how I miss the Atlantic Ocean in the northeast, where I grew up.

    Here’s to you, EOS, for creating a place where these sorts of stories can intersect.

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