WTBS Nite Owl
Now at WWW.NITEOWL.BOSTON
Jeff Michel, "The Mighty Spirit"
This page is dedicated to the goings-on at WTBS in the 1960s and 1970s -- primarily Nite Owl and related activities. This site has no formal connection with the present-day MIT campus station (now WMBR).
Latest additions:8 Apr 2019: 15 new promos and (would you believe) 40 tracks performed by the Master Control Chorus & Orchestra, all from the 60s and 70s.
20 Aug 2018: A first! Nite Fowl segments from John Woods & John Vencill, John C. Hein (Leo Rotenberg, engr), and Bill Mohn (Keith Ferguson, engr). Plus Nite Owl with Jeff Michel from May, 1964 and fall 1963, Nite Own with Dan Murphy 64-65, and Rise and Shine with Jeff Michel from May, 1964.
22 April 2016: We are now streaming old Nite Owls and other WTBS programs of the day 24/7. Click the player links above to listen.
"Nite Owl" was the name of the program that was aired at various times on Friday and Saturday evenings on WTBS through the 1960s, 70s, and part of the 80s. It's main claim was always "All-Request" -- the goal was to take telephone requests for all the music played. Much of the time, this was accomplished, with many requests to spare.
Nite Owl was hosted by a different announcer/DJ on each of the Friday and Saturday slots, and was hosted by many different people over the years. While the basic "all-request" policy was a constant, the individual DJs brought their own style to their slot, and several of them became quite distinctive over the course of several years.
Nite Owl was the primary, if not the only, breeding ground for a number of other noteworthy bits of programming that have taken their place in WTBS lore. This includes the "Apple Gunkies" and other pseudo-commercials, the Doormat Singers, the "Master Control Chorus and Orchestra" (MCC&O), "Nite Fowl", and a large number of spots promoting the show.
Dan "Madman" Murphy and Ted Young
Larry Parmenter ready to take requests.
We now have enough that we have set up 24/7 streaming of them. This means you can 'tune in' any time and hear some bits of old-time radio, WTBS style, for as long as you care to listen. Just click the links at the top of this page.
Special thanks to Mike Ward, an MIT student of the era, who sent me
a treasure trove of Nite Owls and related recordings
from the early and mid 1960s which are now being added to the stream.
We continue to seek old recordings, so if you have any,
me know and we'll figure out how to do it. Here are some of the
programs now running:
As an introduction or sampler of WTBS from 1961 to 1976, check out
the WTBS "Retrospective" which I did on my last Nite
Owl shift before leaving WTBS for WCAS in 1976. This includes
numerous segments from the 1960s and early 1970s.
The complete programs from which these excerpts came are in rotation
on the audio stream. For
listening convenience, the program is divided into several segments: