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Boss Radio was the name chosen to promote two new radio programming formats which were both launched in May, 1965 on both KHJ-AM broadcasting from Los Angeles and on Swinging Radio England broadcasting from the motor vessel Laissez Faire anchored three and a half miles off the Frinton-on-Sea, Essex coast of Britain in international waters. Although the name of the format was the same, its application on both stations was quite different and while the KHJ version actually came on the air that month, the SRE version which was born in May of that year would take several months more to actually hit the airwaves. 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... KHJ Radio in Los Angeles, California was one of Americas most formidable Top 40 radio stations in the 1960s and 1970s as 93 KHJ. KHJ went on the air in 1922 with a frequency of 930 kHz. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D)  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Swinging Radio England (SRE) was a top 40 offshore commercial station billed as the Worlds Most Powerful that operated briefly from 3 May to 13 November of 1966 from a ship anchored in the North Sea, three and a half miles off Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England. ... Frinton-on-Sea is a small seaside town in Essex, England, in the Tendring district. ... Essex is a county in the East of England. ... The terms international waters or transboundary waters apply where any of the following types of bodies of water (or their drainage basins) transcend international boundaries: oceans, large marine ecosystems, enclosed or semi-enclosed regional seas and estuaries, rivers, lakes, groundwater systems (aquifers), and wetlands [1]. Oceans and seas, waters outside...

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Boss Radio in two versions

KHJ, Los Angeles

Radio station KHJ broadcast at 930 on the AM dial. The station was owned by RKO, a legendary U.S. corporation that has produced movies, television and radio programming over its own stations. In May, 1965 KHJ was under performing in the local ratings and because it was a commercial radio station, it was losing potential revenue for its owners. KHJ Radio in Los Angeles, California was one of Americas most formidable Top 40 radio stations in the 1960s and 1970s as 93 KHJ. KHJ went on the air in 1922 with a frequency of 930 kHz. ... RKO could stand for: RKO Pictures The R.K.O. - finishing manoever (and initials) of WWE professional wrestler Randy Orton. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...


Two California radio programming pioneers, Bill Drake and Gene Chenault, who had been successful in radio programming in San Francisco, San Diego and Fresno were hired to remake KHJ into a financial success by switching the radio format to rock and roll music. The unsuccessful programming on KHJ, one of the original radio stations in Los Angeles, consisted of block segments of drama, mystery, soap opera, news, and music, both live and recorded. His real name is Philip Yarbrough, but he is known by his on-air name, Bill Drake. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Americas Finest City Location Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates , Government County San Diego Mayor City Attorney         City Council District One District Two District Three District Four District Five District Six District Seven District Eight Jerry Sanders (R) Michael Aguirre Scott Peters Kevin... Nickname: Location in the state of California County Fresno Government  - Mayor Alan Autry Area  - City 104. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... For Philippine soap opera, see Teleserye. ...


Block programming gave way to top 40 formula radio during the 1950s. Drake and Chenault took this formula one stage further and gave it a brand name called Boss Radio, since the word boss had come to mean something hip, new, exciting and the top of its class. Within a few months the Boss Radio format of KHJ had taken the once failing station to the top of the Los Angeles market. As a result of the station's success several other stations adopted the format over the US, eventually reaching as far North as Canadian 'border blaster' CKLW, which, as a result of its massive transmitter and overnight signal propagation, was able to garner an international audience, making it almost certainly (But unprovably) the biggest of the 'Boss Radios'. See also the profiles of boss jocks The Real Don Steele and Robert W. Morgan who helped to put Boss Radio on the air in Los Angeles. Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A border blaster, unlike an international broadcasting station, is a term that has been specifically used to describe licensed commercial radio stations that have transmited at very high power to the United States of America from various points along the Mexican side of the border. ... CKLW is a 50,000 watt AM radio station broadcasting at 800 kHz located in Windsor, Ontario. ... Radio propagation is a term used to explain how radio waves behave when they are transmitted, or are propagated from one point on the Earth to another. ... Don Steele, born Donald S. Revert (April 1, 1936 - August 5, 1997), was one of the most popular disc jockeys in the United States, from the middle of the 1960s until his retirement for health reasons in May 1997. ... Robert W. Morgan entertained the Los Angeles radio audience for over three decades. ...


Swinging Radio England

Swinging Radio England or SRE was the home of the boss jocks and much more music. It began life just as KHJ retuned to its new boss format and arrived off the coast of Britain in the spring of 1966 as an illegal ship-based station. SRE was not so much a format as a hybrid of formats. It claimed to be totally unlike any other radio station that had previously been heard in Europe. While the PAMS jingles were the resung version of those heard on WABC in New York City, the high-power bannerline news presentation had been lifted from WFUN in Miami, Florida and the DJs were using the heavy echo and the forced approach of stations such as KBOX in Dallas, Texas. Swinging Radio England (SRE) was a top 40 offshore commercial station billed as the Worlds Most Powerful that operated briefly from 3 May to 13 November of 1966 from a ship anchored in the North Sea, three and a half miles off Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... PAMS of Dallas (Production,Advertising and Merchandising Services)was the most famous jingle production company in American broadcasting. ... WABC may refer to: WABC (AM) (770 kHz), also known as NewsTalkRadio 77, the flagship station of the ABC Radio Network, serving the New York metropolitan area WABC-FM (95. ... New York, NY redirects here. ... Wax has traditionally referred to a substance that is secreted by bees (beeswax) and used by them in constructing their honeycombs. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... KBOX is a commercial radio station located in Lompoc, California, broadcasting to the Santa Maria, California area on 104. ... Dallas redirects here. ... Official language(s) No Official Language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...


The U.S. boss jocks who came over with the ship trained the few English air personnel how to develop this same style of presentation. Everything was "over the top" when it came to the 50kW watts transmissions of SRE. While some loved it, others tuned to the more relaxed top 40 formats of its competitors such as Wonderful Radio London and Radio Caroline South. Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... This article is about the English as an ethnic group and nation. ... Wonderful Radio Londons transmitter ship, the MV Galaxy Wonderful Radio London or “Big L” was a United Kingdom unlicenced off-shore commercial station, with studios and transmitter aboard a former US Minesweeper anchored three and a half miles off Southeast England from late December 1964, until 3 p. ... Carolines second ship, MV Mi Amigo, c. ...


Swinging Radio England shared the ship from which it broadcast with another 50 kW station named Britain Radio, a beautiful music format station which called itself the Hallmark of Quality. These two 50 kW stations attempted to broadcast at full power by using caged antennas slung from a central broadcasting mast, which caused constant headaches for the radio engineers. Because of the difficulty in getting the two stations to stay on the air a lot of early investment money was squandered. Other problems also arose when the British government announced that it would introduce legislation to close all of the offshore stations down.


Because of technical difficulties, the slow start and the impending legislation, SRE was forced to sign off the air during November, 1966 in a cloud of adverse publicity surrounding its London based advertising sale arm which went out of business in a hailstorm of debt. However, when anyone who is old enough to remember boss radio (and if they did, as the stations had little real impact) in Europe, they recall the arrival of the boss jocks on SRE. 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This article is 150 kilobytes or more in size. ...


References

  • Mass Media Moments in the United Kingdom, the USSR and the USA, by Gilder, Eric. - "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu Press, Romania. 2003 ISBN 973-651-596-6

External links

  • Boss Radio on KHJ as explained by Woody Goulart.
  • Boss Radio on SRE as explained by Svenn Martinson in Norway
  • History of KGB Boss Radio by David Leonard

  Results from FactBites:
 
Boss Radio - definition of Boss Radio in Encyclopedia (739 words)
Boss Radio was the name chosen to promote two new radio programming formats which were both launched in May, 1965 on both KHJ broadcasting from Los Angeles and on Swinging Radio England broadcasting from the motor vessel Laissez Faire anchored three and a half miles off the Frinton-on-Sea, Essex coast of England in international waters.
Two California radio programming pioneers, Bill Drake and Gene Chenault, who had been successful in radio programming in San Francisco and Fresno were hired to remake KHJ into a financial success by switching the radio format to rock and roll music.
Boss Radio on SRE (http://www.northernstar.no/sre.htm) as explained by Svenn in Norway.
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