WKNX, WSAM, WTAC, and WTRX
The three power stations in the Tri-city area that played the Bossmen's hits were: WKNX 1210 AM(advertised 10,000 watts - the most power station north of Detroit), WSAM 1400 AM (known as "Big Sam" where all the DJ's firstnames began with Sam or Sammy), WTAC 600 AM out of Flint (advertised as "Big 6 Good Guys"), and WTRX - Trix - 1330 AM - Number One
Each station published it's own hit survey for the fans: WKNX Powervoice 1210 BIG 10 Survey, Big SAM 1400 Super Sound Survey, WTAC Fab 40 List of Top Records. WTRX 1330 AM - Trix - who on December 9, 1966 listed the Bossmens hit "Baby Boy" at number two on their list.
DJ Sammy Major
We asked former DJ from WKNX and WSAM (Big Sam) what are the chances of a local band having a local radio station play their music today like the Bossmen and other Michigan Garage Bands did back in the sixties, and this is what he said:
As far as the possibility of music today versus then there is no comparison. Today because of all the consultants, the larger radio ownership with group program directors make it as much as 50 times harder to make a regional hit outbreak No one wants to take a chance. Most of my time in the earlier years, like 67-88, I was in some position to determine what songs the station aired, and how often etc. There was less latitude in the later years. Then computerized music selection programs, consultants, etc, totally changed the face of radio. I did almost hour long interview for a tribute site here in Louisville last year. It has a lot of the insight of those days Gary Major Interview.
Bob Dyer and Dick Fabian held a 25th Y-A-Go-Go reunion at the Saginaw Y’s gymnasium that hosted The Bossmen, a band played there on many nights in the 60’s. The Bossmen were Saginaw’s Beatles from mid to late 60's. Led by Dick Wagner, the group issued 12 classic singles that were big hits in the Tri-Cities and got lots of airplay on WKNX.
Lanny Talks About Number One Songs
WTAC WeeTac - April 15 - 22 - 1965
Lists "Take a Look" at Number 18
WTAC WeeTAC - June 1 - 8, 1967
Lists "On The Road" at Number 16
WTAC - 11-17-1966 - Baby Boy - No. 31
WTAC - 11-3-1966 - Baby Boy - No. 34
WPAG 1967 - Ann Arbor - Baby Boy - No. 27
WPAG 1967 - Ann Arbor - Baby Boy No. 44
WTAC 600 AM FLINT, MICHIGAN Week: 06/01/67 Format: T40 WTAC - THE BIG 600 SERVING FLINT AND THE SAGINAW VALLEY WeeTAC FAB 40 RECORD HIT LIST WEEK OF JUNE 1 - 8, 1967 1. Groovin' - Young Rascals 1 2. Tramp - Otis & Carla 7 3. My Girl Josephine - Jerry Jaye 2 4. She'd Rather Be With Me - The Turtles 18 5. Creeque - The Mamas & The Papas 4 6. Mirage - Tommy James & Shondells 3 7. Respect - Aretha Franklin 5 8. Little Bit O' Soul - Music Explosion 13 9. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison 20 10. I Got Rhythm - The Happenings 6 11. Release Me - Englebert Humperdink 9 12. Six O'clock - Lovin' Spoonful 8 13. Somebody To Love - Jefferson Airplane 12 14. Girl (You Captivate Me) - ? & Mysterians 23 15. We Had A Good Thing Goin' - The Cyrkle 10 16. On The Road - The Bossmen 14 17. Let Yourself Go - James Brown 28 18. Harlem Shuffle - The Fabulous Pack 24 19. Love To Love - The Thyme 27 20. Him Or Me-What's It Gonna Be? - Paul Revere & The Raiders 11 21. New York Mining Disaster 1941 - The Bee Gees 22 22. Come To The Sunshine - Harpers Bizarre Pick 23. Shake A Tail Feather - James & Bobby Purify 17 24. Here Comes My Baby - The Tremeloes 16 25. Bowling Green - The Everly Brothers 19 26. No Good To Cry - Wild Weeds 32 27. Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead - The Fifth Estate Pick 28. Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli Pick 29. Sunday Will Never Be The Same - Spanky & Our Gang Pick 30. I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman - Whistling Jack Smith 15 31. Windy - The Association -- 32. Up, Up And Away - The 5th Dimension Pick 33. Do It Again - Jon & Robin 26 34. Seven Room Of Gloom - The Four Tops 31 35. Girls In Love - Gary Lewis 30 36. Love Is A Beautiful Thing - The Puppets 29 37. Happy Jack - The Who 33 38. Come On Down To My Boat - Every Mother's Son 36 39. Mary In The Morning - Al Martino -- 40. Sound Of Love - The Five Americans -- WTAC'S BIG SIX PICKS OF THE WEEK C'mon Marianne - The Four Seasons Lizbeth Peach - Terry Knight Don't Blame The Children - Sammy Davis Don't Sleep In The Subway - Petula Clark Step Out Of Your Mind - American Breed Let's Live For Today - The Grass Roots THE WeeTAC "GOOD GUYS" MAKE THE SCENE Bob Dell Tom Roberts Gary Raymond
Week of December 29, 1966 – January 5, 1967
Lists "Baby Boy" at Number 5
1. SNOOPY vs. BARON Royal Guardsmen 2. I’m a Believer Monkee’s 3. Tell It Aaron Neville 4. Coming Home Bobby Vinton 5. Baby Boy The Bossmen 6. Stand By Me Snyder Turner 7. Standing In the Shadows Four Tops 8. Color My World Petula Clark 9. Nothin Yet Blues Magoo’s 10. Passed This Way Jimmy Ruffin 11. Words Of Love Mama’s & Papa’s 12. Tell It To Rain Four Seasons 13. Talk, Talk Music Machine 14. Nashville Cats Lovin’ Spoonful 15. Georgy Girl Seekers 16. Little Tenderness Otis Redding 17. 98.4 Keith 18. Galiant Man Senator Dirkman 19. Your Heartaches Lou Rawls 20. Single Girl Sandy Posey 21. Too Much To Dream Electric Punes 22. Little Black Egg Nightcrawlers 23. Wish Rainbow Gunier Kallman 24. Constant Rain Brazil ‘66 25. Soul Sister Four Gents 26. Pushin’ Too Hard Seeds 27. Misunderstanding Critters 28. Lady Godiva Peter Gordon 29. Money Junior Walker 30. Pretty Ballerina Left Banke 31. Love Me Bobby Habb 32. Going Nowhere Los Bravos 33. Karate Emperors 34. Winchester Cathedral New Vaudeville Band 35. Sugar Town Nancy Sinatra 36. Need Somebody Question Mark and The Mysterians 37. Hello, Hello Boowith Camel 38. Girl That Stood Bobby Darin 39. Come On Children Jayhawkers 40. Questions/Answers In Crowd
The Bossmen Surveys from WTRX, WTAC
Survey Released Title Recording Studio ______ ________ _______________________ __________________________ 0 1964 Apologies VIM (Variety In Music) 522 4 1964 Take It Easy VIM (Variety In Music) 522 0 1965 Bad Girl Dicto 1001 1 1965 Help Me Baby M&L 1809 2 1965 Here's Congratulations Dicto 1001 4 1965 Thanks To You M&L 1809 0 1966 You're The One For Me Lucky Eleven 227 0 1966 You And I Lucky Eleven 231 3 1966 Wait And See Lucky Eleven 227 5 1966 Baby Boy Lucky Eleven 231 1 1967 Tina Maria Lucky Eleven 001 3 1967 On The Road Lucky Eleven 001
Rest In Peace Bob Dyer
Bob Dyer's Obituary - one of the greats from WKNX and Y-A-GO-GO.
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