WQMV AM 1060 & 93.5 FM
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
When you spend time studying the music of the rock & roll era you begin to notice certain trends that will surprise you. One example of such a trend is how at certain times of the year you will find the same band or performer realizing particular goals or accomplishments. I was reminded of such a trend in early 2016 when the band Chicago was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held in April of 2016 and I remember how strange it was to be talking about Chicago in the spring when for most of their career they had found their greatest success during the late summer and early fall of the year.
The group we know as Chicago began life with a different name, consisting of students from DePaul University and Roosevelt University both based in Chicago. The group earned a good reputation as a great cover band called “the Big Thing”, that added the energy to their music with a strong horn section. The Big Thing’s original line up consisted of saxophonist Walter Parazaider, guitarist Terry Kath, drummer Danny Seraphine, trombonist James Pankow, trumpet player Lee Loughnane, and keyboardist/singer Robert Lamm. In late 1967, realizing they needed a tenor to help with the harmonies, they added bassist Peter Cetera to the lineup. By 1968, the group had become so established that the members began working into their show original songs written by different members of the band. In the fall of 1968, the group moved to Los Angeles, where they quickly landed a recording contract with Columbia Records. In early 1969, they released their debut album bearing the group’s new name, “Chicago Transit Authority”.
From the beginning, the group went against what was considered normal for rock bands. First, they continued to use a strong horn section in all their songs. Secondly, they continually switched lead singers on songs. Peter Cetera and Robert Lamm provided leads for their debut album and Terry Kath began picking up tracks by the second album, usually the song’s writer would take the lead. The third reason the band stood out and seemed to buck the traditional way to rock & roll stardom was their debut album was a double release.
The idea of a record label investing in a double album was very rare in the late sixties and was something reserved for established bands that were sure to sell. To the surprise of most music critics and record company insiders, the “Chicago Transit Authority” sold over a million copies by the fall of 1970 and the group earned a platinum record. Again trending against the norm, the album didn’t produce a hit single when it was originally released. The lead single "Questions 67 and 68" peaked out at #71 on the singles charts in the fall of 1969 and didn’t become a top twenty hit until it was re-released in September of 1971. However the success of the album also drew the attention of the real Chicago Transit Authority who filed a lawsuit to force the band to “cease and desist” using the department of the city of Chicago’s name.
The group decided to solve the problem by shortening their name to simply Chicago and quickly returned to the studio to record a second album in August of 1969. Because they couldn’t decide on which of the tracks would be the lead single, most albums at the time took their name from a track on that album, the band simply numbered it dubbing the LP “Chicago II” beginning the trend of numbering their album releases.
The “Chicago II” lead single “Make Me Smile” featuring Terry Kath on lead vocals became the group’s first top ten single when it peaked at #9 on the Hot 100 in early August of 1970. The success of “Make Me Smile” lead to a demand of more Chicago singles and throughout the fall of 1970 and early 1971 Columbia Records began releasing singles from the group’s original album “Chicago Transit Authority”. “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”, “Beginnings”, and the re-released “Questions 67 and 68” all became top ten hits nearly two years after they were first recorded for the group’s original LP.
Throughout the 70s and early 80s, the group’s releases became a fixture on the Hot 100 charts during the late summer and fall months. Some good examples are on August 1, 1970 the song “25 or 6 to 4” entered the Hot 100 on its way to giving Chicago their first top five hit. Also on July 31, 1972, the group received a gold record for their first #1 album “Chicago V” that featured the hit single, “Saturday in the Park”. Even former members of the band seemed to keep up the trend. On August 2, 1986, one time lead singer Peter Cetera scored his first solo #1 with the song “Glory Of Love” from the soundtrack of the movie “The Karate Kid II”.
During their peak years, from 1969 to 1985, Chicago sold over forty million records in the US market alone, and earned 23 gold, 18 platinum and 8 multi-platinum albums. They also achieved five #1 albums and 21 top ten singles.
You can hear all the songs of Chicago and the Chicago Transit Authority along with all the greatest hits of the rock & roll era by listening to WQMV on AM 1060 or 93.5FM and you can stream the station live at 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
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.
Into The 70s 8pm Sundays
Every Sunday night Larry James takes you back INTO The 70s. Playing the best music of that decade and bringing back the memories that that were uniquely the 70s!