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Don Lancer

December 1964

After the departure of Bud Ballou several announcers did the evening shift for a while. One of which was Fred Winston, then Big Daddy Don Lancer. Don was evening host until general manager Ev Wren decided to move Dale Dorman to the night show. Don Lancer later left WOLF and went to Indianapolis and WIFE, was there for a year and then became News Director of WKBW in Buffalo. Don was there for five years before moving to Philadelphia. He was at KYW, Philadelphia for more than 30 years until his passing, April 25, 2011 (See) and (Broadcast Pioneers/KYW).
According to KYW, business and financial editor Don Lancer was the dean of KYW Newsradio 1060. His mellow voice has been a hallmark of KYW Newsradio almost since the inception of the all-news format.
This aircheck one of several courtesy of Ted Smith - WBNS TV, Columbus. Although the quality is marginal (recorded with a microphone) it is great to hear again. Recorded the Monday after Christmas 1964.   
  
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Jim Davies (News) on the Don Lancer Show

Jim Davies on the Don Lancer Show

March 1965

With the departure of Fred Winston, 30 year veteran of KYW Don Lancer steps in to Syracuse Night Time Radio. These airchecks from March 12, 1965 include Don and bannerline news on the half hour. Also an experimental news format Jim Davies called the "Victory at Sea news format", because Jim Sims produced it almost entirely from the Victory at Sea Volume 3 album. It was later varied slightly then dropped.
This aircheck from the vaults of Jim Davies (WOLF News 9/63-3/65).
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Jim Davies (News) on the Dale Dorman Show

Jim Davies on the Dale Dorman Show

March 1965

Dale was then next to continue the tradition of Syracuse Night Time Radio. This aircheck of Jim with news at :55 includes Dale and a happy birthday to Jim's sister. Jim explains "I asked Dale to say a happy 4th birthday to my sister on the air while I recorded it. Of course, she would never hear WOLF in Pa., so I took the tape home with me during the semester break to play for her. It's interesting because of Dale and his creativity--he came up with the idea on the spot." The reference to basketball is because Jim Davies' father played in the NBA and was well remembered at the time. He retired from the NBA in 1955.
This aircheck from the vaults of Jim Davies (WOLF News 9/63-3/65).
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Arlene Dee

Arlene Dee

May 1965

WOLF was ALWAYS the station for firsts and 1965 was no exception. Canadian born Arlene Dee was Syracuse's first full time female disc jockey and on WOLF. Even though she was only to last through the unfortunate format change, it was enough to make Syracuse radio history.
This aircheck recorded the week of May 21st, 1965 features Dennis Rogers WOLF Bannerline News, currently co-owner of WJJL in Niagara Falls.
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Dale Dorman

Summer 1965

Along with Bud Ballou, one of Syracuseís most popular nighttime disc jockeys. With Dorman and Ballou (now competition at WNDR) constantly throwing jabs at each other, evenings were outstanding. A portion of this recorded June 7, 1965. Youíll hear Dale play Down In The Boondocks and dedicate it to "Dudley" (Ballouís real name), and refer to the "swamp" which is what WNDR was called by broadcasters here.
Dorman would eventually leave for KYNO, Fresno and KFRC, San Francisco, California and then to Denver to work WITH Bud Ballou.
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They eventually ended up on competing stations in Boston, Dorman mornings on WRKO.
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Dale was (until August 2003) doing afternoons in Boston on KISS 108FM.
He was last spinning oldies mornings on WODS, Boston until he retired in 2008.
Dale was 71 when he passed 10/21/14.
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James K. Davis

March 1966

The friendly giant, Jim Davis later to become Big Jim Edwards on The Big 8 CKLW. Jim replaced Dale Dorman on the night show, then later went on to CKLW as did Dusty Rhodes after WOLF. Jim Davis, a native of Buffalo, New York became Vice President of Clear Channel Broadcasting of Sarasota Florida but took over as General Manger of the 4 station, family owned company WGYL, WOSN and WGNX and one AM station WTTB in March of 2003. Ironically, the AM station is licensed to 1490.
Following in the footsteps of his mother who was a singer on WKBW/Buffalo, Jim began his career as an air personality. He had a successful run at some of the nation's biggest radio stations; including WOR/FM/New York; KHJ/Los Angeles; CKLW/Detroit; WLS-AM/Chicago. While employed by RKO General Broadcasting, he was twice nominated for Billboard Magazine's "Major Market Air Personality of the Year." Jim also voiced the Top of the Hour ID's for WOLF in 1970. This, recorded March 14, features Dan O'Neil (news).
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Bob Paris

June 1966
 
 Bob Paris, doing the Sunday evening shift.  Bob a long time Syracuse personality has been at WNDR, 106.9 Auburn and TK99 Bridgeport (then both  country) as well as most recently WSEN Oldies 92.
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Jim Sims

October 1966

The legendary production voice passed away July 1998 while the morning personality on WSEN. Jim, a 19 year veteran of WOLF will truly be missed. A tribute to Jim Sims from 1979 is also on the aircheck pages
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The WOLF Country Years

 June 1967- December 1968

Was this someone's idea of a sick joke? Unfortunately, no! Automation had struck WOLF in 1966, and the station was automated MOR during the day, but remained Top 40 at night. There was no way it could compete with WSYR, WHEN and WFBL all doing essentially the same thing, and the station was dying slowly. WNDR was still very strong now on the heels of Bud Ballou, and a staff of veterans like Big George Plavacos, Dandy Dan Leonard, Ron Thompson, Happy Jack MacNamie, Count De Creep, Dave Laird and Jim O'Brien. And with only one station serving the country music audience, and that a daytimer (WSEN 1050), WOLF was given a country music heart. On June 25, 1967 WOLF became All American WOLF Country. Here are some of the jocks during that time period.
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Johnny Gardner

January 1968

John was at WOLF from May 1967 to January 1968 until he was drafted. He says "I was there when they removed the IGM automation and went live and "country." Until that time I had worked weekends at WNDR but when I graduated from SU there were no full-time slots at NDR but rumor was WOLF was going live again so I went for an interview."
After he returned from Vietnam In March of 1970 John says "I returned to radio at WGBB Long Island to do afternoon drive (4-8 pm). GBB was 1,000 watts Top 40 in the shadow of New York City. Owned by Susquehanna; very local in its style. Lost dog reports, etc. And very conservative ("All air personalities must wear neckties.") After about 2 years of that I pretty much lost interest in radio."
John then got into copywriting and graphic design which is what he does today in the Dallas, Texas area at JCPenney headquarters. "I lead a team of artists and writers responsible for the art and copy on JCPenney.com and JCPenney Catalogs. (I) Started in 1972 and have been there ever since except for a 3 year hiatus in the early 80s when I worked in cable TV on Long Island, doing marketing and even some air work. This aircheck recorded January 8, 1968, from the John Gardner collection.
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