This week we travel back 31 years with a REAL crazy show for you! Every now and then (more often that one might think) a show would go completely off the rails into areas unknown, the land of the lost. THIS is a prime example of one of them! All it took was an album of historic radio broadcasts and some instrumental beautiful music LPs, and voila a trip to crazy town. THESE are the shows people would always remember. We’d get calls for months after a show like this from folks saying, “Oh man, remember that night…???”. You could never force broadcasts like this, they only could happen organically, and it didn’t get much more “organic” than this. You’ve been warned...enjoy!
It was a spooky night 33 years ago as The Brooklyn Station presented its' annual Halloween show on both the AM and FM bands. A creepy affair full of seasonal sounds and tunes, made more ghoulish by the fact that we were fully involved in Pirate War I at this point (soon to be rectified by year's end, tahnkfully), with random pepperings from The Hot One's favorite resident pest and a whole lot more. It's all preserved here (with a risky Halloween night trip to Coney Island Nathan's to boot) along with the usual fun and insanity. It's craziness like this that kept people tuning in to our shenanigans, I guess...enjoy!
Today we turn back the clock 30 years to a historic day in underground radio - the day of the final WHOT broadcast. It was the eighth-annual Independence Day extravaganza and this year The Brooklyn Station was pulling out all the stops to make the show even more special - with street microphones, a carload of fireworks, a few invited listeners and almost the entire staff on hand to bring it to you! There are explosions a-plenty, dozens of WHOT Good Guy t-shirts being given away, tons of great music and a few adult beverages mixed in to lubricate the action. I guess you could say The Hot One literally went out with a bang - in fact, MANY of them! This was certainly one of the most ambitious marathon broadcasts undertaken by WHOT, and we are happy to bring you the eight-and-a-half hours' worth of it that still survives. Sadly, mere hours after signing off for the final time, the FCC came armed and arrogant and violating their own court order, carted away the studio equipment, putting an end to eight and a half years of entertaining Brooklyn, the tri-state area and on occasion, the Eastern Seaboard. WHOT would appear sporadically on the FM dial at 91 and a Half over the next few years (of course!) until going "legal" with Radio Free New York and eventually, The Hank and Jim Radio Network. Join Hank Hayes, Jim Nazium, Pete Sayek, Tommy Edison, Terry Walker and Chuck Simpson as they celebrated freedom in the freest way possible for one last time with this classic broadcast. Enjoy!
At the Easter weekend approached, we turn back the clock 31 years to the Easter weekend of 1988 with another classic holiday broadcast from The Brooklyn Station! The Hot One was finally embracing CD technology as the quality of the sound continued to improve, and there's some fine sounds throughout the show (many of the little silver discs provided by the one and only Jay McCarty!), lovingly enhanced by the WHOT Exclusive Stereo System. Color your eggs with Hank, Jim, Pete and Jay as they hop on down the bunny trail...enjoy!
It wouldn't be New Year's Eve without a classic WHOT broadcast to ring in the year with! As per usual, there are countdowns for each time zone, plus great music, a plethora of phone calls, Jim Nazium "live" from Times Square, all the hijinks you'd expect from The Brooklyn Station, plus the official end of Pirate War I. An eventful evening for the champagne to be a-flowing! Pop a cork and welcome in 1987 with us. Enjoy!
Here's a rarity from the archives, one of the few surviving pre-1983 shows that still exists, and it's a Christmas Eve show, no less (please forgive the occasional reception issues)! There's plenty of festive holiday calls from listeners, Jim finds himself under attack - and Hank delivers his annual Christmas message. It's a jolly night and some rare early sounds of The Brooklyn Station. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!