© 2016 Steven M. Geisler
© 2016 Steven M. Geisler
A Tribute to Florida’s first radio station - Tiger Radio in Miami, Florida - One of the great Storz Stations HELP!
WQAM Jingles Needed   I am desperately looking for the following WQAM jingle packages: Ullman “One-derful” Series Pepper Fun Series CRC Series 34 Holiday Series Futursonic Time and Temperature Jingles PAMS Series 25B “The Happy Differnce” - Sonovox Version PAMS Series 25D “Cheerleaders” - Male Vocals PAMS Series 17 and 18 - Instrumental Cuts A 1963 package by a group called the Skipjacks It was a complete set of jingles including new time and temperarure jingles. If you have any of these please contact: wqam@560.com
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  WQAM’s Jingles 

The majority of WQAM’s jingles were produced by PAMS of Dallas. PAMS was the most popular jingle producer in the 60s and 70s and their jingles far surpsassed the other companies in quality and popularity. When I started listening to WQAM in 1962, PAMS Series 15, 17 and 18 were in use along with R.H. Ullman’s “One-Derful” Series. WQAM was automated at the time and jingles produced by Futursonic were used to give the time and temperature. In 1963, WQAM produced their own jingle package of over 1000 cuts to replace the PAMS, Ullman and Futursonic jingles including a complete new set of time and temperature jingles. The underlying theme sounds like 10 Little Indians! (See this Miami Herald article for more information). At the time, I really hated these "home-grown" jingles. They just did not compare to the quality of the PAMS or Ullman jingles. I used to call the station and beg them to bring back the PAMS jingles. (I wonder how many other people called and requested jingles rather than records).  Eventually, they did bring back the older packages and phased out most of the Skipjack jingles. Although my requests probably had little to do with it, I guess they didn't hurt. in 1964, WQAM returned to PAMS for Series 25, “The Happy Difference”. WQAM continued to use PAMS for most of their jingles for the remainder of the Sixties with PAMS Series 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31. Also, some cuts from PAMS Series 20, 23, 34, and 37 were acquired at some point. A few packages were obtained from other producers. One was Pepper Sounds’ “Fun” Series package. It’s easily recognized as the theme sounds like Woody Woodpecker’s laugh.  Ullman’s “Grabbers“ Series was obtained at some point. It was the source of the famous “WQAM Shout”, probably the most used jingle on the station throughout the mid to late Sixties. In the Seventies PAMS Series 40, Clyde, a custom series callled Q56 and a custom Grid Series were obtained.
PAMS Series 15 "Living Radio" PAMS Series 15A "High School Salute" PAMS Series 17 "The New Frointier" PAMS Series 18 "Sonosational" PAMS Series 20 "Weatherettes" PAMS Series 23 "Ani-Magic" PAMS Series 26 "Let's Go America" PAMS Series 27 "The Jet Set" PAMS Series 28 "Happiness Is" PAMS Series 29 "Go Go" PAMS Series 30 "The In Set" PAMS Series 31 "Music Explosion" PAMS Series 34B "Music Power" PAMS Series 25 "The Happy Difference" PAMS Series 37 "Power Play" PAMS Series 30U "Put Down Plays" PAMS Series "Clyde" PAMS Series 25D "Cheerleaders" PAMS Custom Series "TJB" PAMS Custom Series "Q56" Listen to WQAM’s Jingles! “One-Derful” “Grabbers” “One-Derful” “Grabbers” JingleMill “Unknown” “Unknown” Futursonic “Temperatunes” “Temperatunes” “Fun Series” “Fun Series” Ray Conniff Singers “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” WQAM (Producer Unknown) “1963 Skipjacks” “1963 Skipjacks” Storz Broadcasting  “Satellite Radio” “Satellite Radio” “Cool Gold” “Cool Gold” Various Producers  “Demos with WQAM Jingles” “Demos with WQAM Jingles” PAMS Series 40 "Changes" “Series 34 Christmas Seasonal” “Series 34 Christmas Seasonal” CRC
© 2016 Steven M. Geisler
HELP!
WQAM Jingles Needed   I am desperately looking for the following WQAM jingle packages: Ullman “One-derful” Series Pepper Fun Series CRC Series 34 Holiday Series Futursonic Time and Temperature Jingles PAMS Series 25B “The Happy Differnce” - Sonovox Version PAMS Series 25D “Cheerleaders” - Male Vocals PAMS Series 17 and 18 - Instrumental Cuts A 1963 package by a group called the Skipjacks It was a complete set of jingles including new time and temperarure jingles. If you have any of these please contact: wqam@560.com
WQAM’s DJ copy of “She Loves You”
This is a picture of the DJ copy of “She Loves You” by the Beatles given to me by Jim Dunlap. I was actually able to scan it. The story goes something like this: Back in 1963 “She Loves You” received air play a few times on WQAM. When I hadn’t heard it for a while I called the station to request it. The receptionist put me through to Jim Dunlap who told me it had been taken off the play list because it wasn’t very popular. He said if I come down to the station he would give me the record. That’s what I did and I still have it to this day. It is the very disk that was played on the air back in ’63! The Beatles recordings of “Please Please Me” and “She Loves You” both got air play on WQAM in 1963. “Please Please Me” actually made the Fabulous 56 Survey in April of that year. The two recordings made a come-back in 1964 when The Beatles made the big time. The rest is history. Graham Pugh
Courtesy of Graham Pugh

45rpm record sleeve autographed by the

Beatles, Sept. 11, 1964

 I grew up in Coral Gables, Florida, which is part of the Miami area.  I was visiting my friend Mikie Lally's beach house in beautiful Vero Beach, FL.  Mikie's much older sister brought along a friend, Charlie Murdock. Charlie, at the time, was THE rock 'n' roll DJ on Miami radio.  He was with the top station WQAM.  As a thirteen-year-old girl I was thrilled to meet this celebrity. During our day at the beach Charlie mentioned the Beatles were coming on their first American tour and would be in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, FL for a concert.  Charlie said there would be a contest for WQAM listeners to win a trip to the concert.  He mentioned needing a plane to get the contest winners there.  My dad, Dan Brock, was Vice President of National Airlines based in Miami.  With cocky assurance I piped in, "I can get you a plane, my dad is Vice President at National."  Charlie said that would be great and when I returned home I relayed this to my Dad and he actually had his staff follow through and arranged for a big commercial National Airlines jet as part of this contest and promotion. Charlie called our home and as a thank you for my efforts he offered to take Mikie and me to the concert on September 11, 1964.  Mikie and I were beyond thrilled but my dad absolutely would not agree. He had seen scenes of screaming fans and was worried about my safety. I was crushed and could not understand such a wrong parental decision.  I cajoled, begged and I am sure was thoroughly annoying but my dad would not allow me to go.  Mikie was crushed because her parents said they would only allow her to go if I went.  Now as a parent to three sons I fully understand not sending a thirteen-year-old girl off with a handsome young DJ to a rock and roll concert.  Charlie was disappointed for us but said he would bring me back a surprise.  When he returned he called and came by my house and presented me with the four Beatles autographs on a 45 record sleeve.  His autograph and the date, September 11, 1964 were also on the record sleeve with the Beatles autographs.  He said he had interviewed the four Beatles backstage in their dressing room.  I have a small photo of Charlie and Ringo that was in my school newspaper, Ponce de Leon Junior High School.  Charlie, over the next couple of years kept in touch with me.  I would call the station and request songs and was always thrilled when I would be on the radio and Charlie would acknowledge me as a friend and take my record request.  Charlie continued to collect autographs for me when he interviewed celebrities from time to time and the ones he collected for me that I still have are Jayne Mansfield, Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis and Pat Boone. Timi Brock Most, Menlo Park, California timibmost@gmail.com
Courtesy of Timi Brock Most

WQAM Beatles Interview Record

The Beatles Magazine

WQAM Sposored Tickets for the Beatles’

Movie “A Hard Days Night” Premier

The Miami News September 11, 1964 The Beatles Tour WQAM + The Beatles Like everywhere else in the world, the Beatles were huge in Miami. WQAM and WFUN battled to be first with all Beatle related things.  When WQAM would debut a new Beatles song they played the WQAM Tiger roar over it so WFUN couldn't record it and play it on their air! Charlie Murdock and Ringo