The holiday season is here once again and that means it's time to dip into the WHOT archives for some classic holiday broadcasts! This week we bring you the Thanksgiving Eve show from 1987, which had more of the Brooklyn Station staff in the studio than the fire marshall would have probably allowed. There's holiday cheer from Hank, Jim, Pete, Ivan, Terry Walker and also Tommy Edison via phone. It's vintage silliness from The Hot One, featuring plenty of food talk, news of the day, phone calls and a whole lot more. Grab a drumstick and enjoy!
Another holiday approaches, which provides another excuse to post a classic WHOT AM and FM broadcast, this time from Labor Day 1986. It's a jam-packed, multi-hour affair (as most holiday broadcasts were), and we have about seven-and-a-half hours presented here for your listening pleasure. Since we're wrapping up a Beatles and Monkees weekend, there's plenty of selections from both for the entire east coast, plus you'll get to enjoy a Brooklyn Station reenactment of a standard Ben Casey episode, a visit from WFUN's Neil and Joe (who just happened to be rebroadcasting The Hot One that night as well), regular telethon check-ins, and Hank's frantic attempts at getting Tony Orlando on the phone! There's plenty of great music and jingles along the way, and oh yeah - I'm pretty sure I had way too much coffee on this night. It's a little trip back to the crazy, hazy days of 32 years ago...enjoy! - Pete
What would Independence Day be without a marathon 4th of July show from The Brooklyn Station? Certainly not boring, that's for sure! That was definitely the case 32 years ago as it was also Liberty Weekend and the city was abuzz with celebrations and the sounds of The Hot One! There's all kinds of silliness plus live coverage of the fireworks (of course) and a whole lot more. Grab yourself a cold one and a mat of firecrackers and celebrate with us, 1980s-style. Enjoy!
This week we bring you a classic evening of insanity from Memorial Day 1987. Beginning shortly after the start of the broadcast, the night quickly evolves into madness when Hank and Tommy join Jim and Pete at the studio for some good old-fashioned mayhem that only slows down when the fellas depart to join Terry Walker for a few cocktails and slices of pizza (at Stromboli's, of course). Jim takes the con for the remainder of the show and takes us back to the golden days of Sheildsmania (remember them?) with an extended Jingles on Parade thrown in for good measure. There's enough in-jokes here (that are still funny) to fill an ice cream truck..and we probably tried. Enjoy!
Now that the big nor'easter is moving out (and the power is back on), I figured this would be a good time for a classic WHOT show that followed the great Nor'Easter of March 1984. The storm featured "hurricane-like" low pressure and wreaked havoc on the northeast. There's also a rare recording of "The Hank and Jim Show" from 1944! It's another full night of fun 'n games on The Brooklyn Station - enjoy!
This year marks an important day in the history of underground radio, the 40th anniversary of the first broadcast of WFAT Fat Radio! Having been off the air over a year since the WCPR-AM bust, Hank (Hal Hall) and Jim (Larry McRae) decided it was time to return to the airwaves. They did so with new call letters and DJ names to fill a niche missing at that time in New York: there were NO locally-originated late-night talk programming. Everything on the air at that time was a nationally-syndicated show. Thus, WFAT was born, providing an outlet for people to discuss issues of the day and hear some great tunes as well (with a signal that blanketed the east coast). WFAT would become a part of the New York radio scene right up until another FCC bust, this time in April of 1979 (and yes, if you are keeping score at home, WHOT would make it's debut just over a year later. You just can't keep good pirates down!). Thankfully, we have most of this historic broadcast (with a few additional minutes provided by a listener). Come with us back to New Year's Eve 40 years ago and get ready to ring in 1978 with us...!
Back at Christmastime of 1988, we decided to start a yearly tradition of presenting OUR version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". The script was full of in-jokes, running gags and all sorts of things regular listeners would have laughed about. The idea was to update and change it every year to reflect what was going on at the time. Unfortunately, we'd never get the chance due to the FCC bust in July of '89. Thankfully, we have this ONE to enjoy - so sit back and enjoy Jim Nazium in the role he was born to play, Ebenezer Scrooge. God Bless Us, Everyone!
Here's a pretty loose (but very amusing) Christmas Show from 31 (yikes!) years ago, wrapping up a few consecutive days of extended holiday broadcasts. Among the things you don't usually hear on a HOT broadcast is Jim Nazium actually BREAKING a turntable, but this night was the exception! Hank arrives to join Jim (and the broken turntable), with Chuck Simpson soon after and a few studio guests along the way. Pete spends all night trying to get to the studio, only to arrive just in time for the sign-off (hey, better late than never, right?)! There's calls a-plenty and even a three-station simulcast of Hank and Jim performing "The Christmas Song"(!), plus some questionable station "staff" messages along the way for good measure. It's the standard fun holiday fare from your friends at The Brooklyn Station...enjoy!