The Swingin’ Soiree will be in session Saturday night at 7 PM when “The Grooveyard” celebrates the 100th birthday of legendary disc jockey Murray the K. The disk jockey’ was born February 14, 1922. Information on a campaign to nominate him to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is available on the family’s tribute website.
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 Brooklyn Fox, Brooklyn Paramount and other locations. The show was originally broadcast last March, as a preview of a PBS special, “It’s What’s Happening Baby”.
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. More information on Murray the K is available on a website developed by his son, Peter Altschuler, who contributed many of the recordings.
Along with the tribute, we’ll look back at the Grooveyard Top Ten for March 6, 1958 and play many more favorites during our Grooveyard Party Hour.
Listen to “The Grooveyard” following “Rick’s Redneck Ranch” each Saturday night at 7 PM on 88.1 FM on Long Island or by clicking the 88.1 FM link on wcwp.org, via the TuneIn app. or the WCWP app on your iPhone or Android device. You can also follow us on Twitter. and on the Facebook groups for the show and WCWP.
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