WRMF WAMT WMEL
Bob started doing overnights in January of 1979 at
1060. The format was "full service" playing AC hit and oldies. Bob got the job through his friendship with
Captain Frank Reed who, at the time was at WNBC in New York, would come by the college radio station that Bob attended. Frank was a frequent guest on the Saturday night talk show produced at the college. Frank knew
Michael W. Lowe and was instrumental in Bob and
Gary Tee acquire their first jobs at
WRMF. Bob joined the station just prior to the sale by Fairbanks, in the spring of 1979. By summer the
staff was introduced to the new owners at a big dinner party thrown at the Holiday Inn in
Titusville. It was announced at that party what changes would take place over the Labor Day weekend on both the AM and FM sides. Plans were made to change the AM call letters to
WAMT, without a major format change. The FM would go from Bonneville Beautiful Music
to an automated rock format. The station became WAJX "98X-The Album Station".
Weeks prior to the switch from WRMF to WAMT,
the audience was teased with "Coming Soon; WRMF will be a thing of the Past." All this hype culminated with a "Thing of the Past Weekend" as the station celebrated their history and the "new 1060" with all oldies.
Gary Tee was on the air on that Friday when the song "Those Were The Days" by Mary
Hopkins was put on the air followed by ABC Network news at noon. After the news, a recorded announcement was made by the new GM how the station would now be known as
WAMT-Titusville. The first song played on the new WAMT was "Hello Goodbye" by the Beatles.
Bob explains the two videos.
"Recently, I had some time and digitized an 18 minute composite of WRMF that Michael W. Lowe created 30 yrs ago this summer! I have had this on cassette since then, and I decided with the 30th anniversary, I would finally do something with it. So, I decided to digitize it and add some sights to the sounds on the air check." "...back in '79, WRMF's owner Mr. Fairbanks sold the station to "Regional Broadcasting". They were an outfit from Grand Rapids, Mi. In preparation for their takeover, they wanted the PD (Michael W. Lowe) to create a station composite so that they could hear the station. So, Michael asked us all to air check our shows. He edited the air checks down, and wrapped up into this 1979 WRMF Composite.