We’ll pay tribute to legendary disc jockey Murray the K on “The Grooveyard” this Thursday night at 9 PM on WCWP. Host Alan Seltzer will share rare clips from Murray the K’s radio shows, plus play music from many of the artists who appeared at his shows at the old Brooklyn Fox theatre.
From 1958 until 1967, Murray “the K” Kaufman ruled the airwaves of New York. He began his radio career doing the overnight show on WINS-AM, which he titled the “Swingin’ Soiree”. He eventually moved into the evening time period previously held by Allan Freed. He made radio history with innovative segues, jingles, sound effects and other routines. The show led to a successful series of concerts at the Brooklyn Fox theatre. That was a showcase for new talent, including Bobby Darin, Dionne Warwick and other performers. Murray the K co-wrote “Splish Splash with Darin. His association with the Ronettes, who were Murray’s “Dancing Girls” led to him befriending a British group touring the United States for the first time in 1964, and becoming known as “The Fifth Beatle”. Murray the K later became one of the first progressive disc jockeys on FM radio, as one of the original hosts on WOR-FM.
The show will feature several rare recordings of Murray the K, provided by his son Peter Altschuler. More information on the disc jockey can be found on the family’s tribute site.
Along with the tribute to Murray the K, Top Ten @ 10 will feature the hits of February 21, 1957. Hosted by Alan Seltzer, “The Grooveyard” can be heard on 88.1 FM on Long Island, the 88.1 FM link on wcwp.org. Feel free to send song requests, comments and suggestions via Twitter or the form below.