1. Oops! Who left
that stinky dead fish in the Call for Action Offices? Who removed it?
Ans. (C) The "gift" fish was given to J.B. Louis who
promptly put it in the Call for Action Offices for safe keeping overnight...then forgot
about it. Chief Engineer, Roy Taylor, rescued our mistress in distress, Call For Action's Marion Shaw,
the next morning by removing it. Fresh fish anyone?!
2. What two characters once
locked Joe Gallagher out of his studio and comandeered WHEN's airwaves for some 30 minutes
before order was finally restored... without one shot ever being fired?
Ans. (C) None other than the irrepressible Marge and
Wrinkles. Surely a station out of control...when two old biddies are able to
trick a grown man (Joe Gallagher) into going out in the hall...then immediately locking
him out of his studio.. Anybody have an aircheck of this wild time? Yup, it's in the archives.
3. Which WHEN air
personality's wife called the Y-94 "Shove It" Line?
Ans. (C) Ray Diorio's
4.Which WHEN air
personality won Foreigner tickets on Y-94 with Big Mike and also had his car towed the
night of the concert?
Ans. (A) Peter King
5. Shortly after the
incident in question 4, which WHEN air personality was introduced at McArthur Stadium
(P&C Stadium) while sitting in the WSYR box seats with Big Mike?
Ans. (C) Joe Gallagher
6. Who became airsick
while filling in for Captain Scott King? (Fortunately they weren't flying the plane.)
Ans. (D) All of the Above. Who said it was easy
doing air traffic in Syracuse?
7. Which WHEN DJ once
asked the question, "Whatever happened to Mama Cass?" and referred to singer
Chris Rea's sister named "Di"
Ans. (B) Vic Johnson
8. Who was the only WHEN
personality to have a star on his "Dressing Room" (a.k.a. The Bomb Shelter)?
Ans. (C) Weekender Dick Helfer
9. Which WRRB (WHEN sister
station) personality is best remembered for throwing up at a Hotel Syracuse Christmas
Ans. (C) Bob Paris
10. This WHEN employee was known as "Mr.
Amway", and also specialized in real estate, with no money down.
Ans. (D) Bruce Siegel
11. SHE GOT A NOSE JOB was a "hit"
during the Summer of '80. Can you name the group that recorded this piece of
Syracuse musical history?
Ans. (D) Boogaloo Brucie and The Barflies
12. Who caused the "No Impromtu Impressions
in the Hallways" Memo?
Ans. (C) Then WHEN sales executive, Mike Frazer
Who was it that Peter King's then girlfriend,
Lori, identified by voice while blindfolded in "Guess The Real Peter King"
Ans.(B) Mike Frazer
14. Which WHEN Personality had 2 porno stars on
his show as on-air guests?
Ans. (C) Jay Flannery - One guest was the infamous
Annie Sprinkle. The interview was halted before its conclusion by General Manager,
Bob Carolin. After the first commercial break in the interview, Jay was directed by
Bruce Siegel, then Operations Manager, that the interview was over. The
guests were promptly escorted from the studio and not a word was ever uttered on-air about why the
interview had ended so abruptly or why they had simply vanished.
15. The two WHEN GP Basebreakers to discover
running water in the far outfield were...
Ans. (D) Joe "wee wee" Gallagher and Vic Johnson
gave new meaning to the expression, "You're all wet."
16. Who is the only person ever known to have won
the Joe Gallagher MVP Award?
Ans. (A-B-C-D) Who else? Joe
17. What female Newswatch 62 Reporter was sent out
to a motel to look for striking truckers?
Ans. - We don't know for sure! Every good quiz has a
trick question. This was a trick question.
18. That catchy tune "She Had Freckles on Her
Butt" sung by politically incorrect male staffers at the time often embarrassed this
Ans. (C) Cathy Miller
19. Which WHEN newsperson helped give
"JoyGerm Joan" national exposure?
Ans. (C) Bill Carey
Go to the front of the class and get your smiley face, Bill.
20. Who was Jules Coleman's
Ans. (B) John Holcomb --- Jules committed a
major faux paus one evening when he left a recorded story for newswoman Rhenda Kimble to
use during her nightly news broadcast. While recording the report, Jules made
a mistake and as was often the case, removed the tape from the machine and used
another "clean" (erased) tape. When Jules made his initial verbal
mistake, he had continued recording the story, injecting a few choice expletives and using
them to jokingly refer to the subject of the report, Mr. Holcomb. At the conclusion
of Jules' recording of a number of taped reports that evening, he labeled the tape
cartridges --- obviously not playing them back to see if they were okay --- and
inadvertently must have labeled the wrong report (the one containing the
expletives). Rhenda Kimble played that tape later in one of her hourly news reports.
Upon receiving a number of listener complaints the following day, Jules was
suspended for 3 days for his mistake. Allegedly without pay. The tape of that
recorded story still exist today and is in our archives.
21. What Prizes! What fun!
Ans. (D) We gave away all that great stuff. You're
probably buying it at garage sales today.
22. Who was it that was loaded
for bear...and equipped with all that "stuff"?
Ans. (E) Bob Swahn
23. In the early 70's whose office had "The Liquor Store"?
Ans: (C) Station manager John Patton ---
A liquor store went dark owing WHEN a good deal of money for advertising.
When the owner didn't have the cash to pay the bill, GM Patton, nobody's
fool, took payment in the form of the store's inventory. The coat closet in his office
(James Street) once held several cases of booze. Reportedly some
interesting parties were held in that office. As a sidebar, (no pun intended) there was a sudden
and strange investment in ice trays for the refrigerator that the WHEN-TV Engineers had in
their break room on the first floor.
24. Which WHEN DJ was billboard banned in Syracuse?
Ans: (C). Jerry Morgan - Jerry's February billboard showed him nude with only a heart covering his
midsection. An appendage, Jerry claimed it was his finger, was just
barely visible. The outdoor advertising company refused to show it so we
rented a flatbed truck, mounted the board and drove it around town. So much for banned billboards!
25. Name the porno film that was part of a WHEN morning promotion.
Ans: (B) Deep Throat
"Sweet Dick" Burch held a contest where all the winners were given masks and taken by a chartered bus
...wrapped in brown paper... to the movie.
26. Which WHEN DJ used parts of a clock as a prop for his program?
Ans: (B) Dick Burch - Burch had the sounders from a cuckoo clock taped to the microphone.
He'd use the sounds for everything from a "rim shot" at the end of a gag
line to a time check.
27. Ans. (C) Stingers
When Arbitron ratings determined that WHEN was the dominant station in town (# 1 in
every time period and every demographic except 12 to 18), the drink of choice at the celebration
party were Stingers
28. Ans. (A) (B) (C) and (D) Who was upset when "Sweet Dick" Burch first went on the air?
- All were upset.
29. Ans. (B) Evil Ways - Thanks, Jack! You took the station out of the dark ages. We like your gusto.
30. Ans. (D) None - Nada - Zilch - Zero calls of complaint during this historic moment in
31. Ans. (B) The Titanic
32. Ans. (A) Jack Mindy. His resemblance to the General back then was remarkable.
Anyone have a photo?
33. Ans. (C) When Phil first came to the attention of General Manager, John Patton, (circa 1971) Phil was playing at The
Governor's Grill in the Lincoln Bank Building, just down James Street from the station. One day some of the WHEN staff including, PD Deane Parkhurst, went in for lunch
and Phil, recognizing Patton,
improvised a tune based on the WHEN jingle. When Dick Burch went on
vacation Patton asked Phil if he'd be interested in filling in, piano
and all. The rest, as they say, is history.
34. Ans. (A) In 1985, WHEN morning man Phil Markert played the role of the judge during the courtroom
scene of Marie... a true story.
35. Ans. (C) Both Manager John Patton and Program Director Deane Parkhurst took flight instructions from Gordon. He needed to
sharpen his skills as an instructor and both John and Deane wanted to learn
how to fly "The Spirit of Syracuse".
36. Ans. (D) All these many years and thousands of flying hours later, "The
Spirit of Syracuse" regularly flew over Syracuse commuters with Tony Bombardo (a.k.a Captain Scott King)
at the controls. Tony ceased his broadcasts as of March 1, 2010 after having been on Syracuse's airwaves for nearly 33 years.
37. Ans. (C) Beeblebrox Rabblekleebe was the elf-in-charge at the North Pole in the late 1970s. "The Beeb" was
a canterous little fella...and often called in to Jay's show to voice his dissatisfaction with working conditions and
various goings on at the Pole during the pre-holiday season.
38. Ans. (B)62 WHEN..."The Syracuse Entertainer" was the promotional slogan Roy H. Park was known to dislike. The reason is unknown, however, the
slogan was used for a very long time (A number of years). As a strictly "hands off" CEO when it came to programming at his very successful station, he never ordered its use stopped.
39. Ans. (B) Eglantine is the title of the mysterious song often played at the end of Phil Markert's show. This song was featured in the 1971 Disney Movie "Bedknobs and Broomsticks".
40. Ans. (A) In the summer of 1974 nighttime air personality John Simmons spent over a week above the street in downtown Syracuse in one big banana. This custom banana was attached to the side of building that was home to a furniture store...and presumably a sponsor. Incidentally, John has yet to recover from that event.
41. Ans. (B) Santana's "Evil Ways", was mutually chosen by Program Director Deane Parkhurst and air personality Jack Morse. It was to be the first song ever played as the new 62 started on its successful personality driven Adult Contemporary format in late 1969.
42. Ans. (A) Tom Owens - Tom made the flying trip from James St., thus, making him the last man out...and the first man in at 620 Old Liverpool Rd. Today Tom is co-host of the popular morning
show with Becky Palmer on B104 in Syracuse.
43. Ans. (A)Sweet Dick Burch. So that was his secret to Syracuse Success. Rancher's Coffee! In Southern California Sweet Dick still likes his coffee black!
44. Ans. (B)In early 70s when Captain Gordon piloted "The Spirit of Syracuse" while reporting traffic conditions his replacement sometimes was weekend air personality Leigh Taylor who identified herself to
commuters as "Private Galore"