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Sunday, January 31, 2010

November 16, 1975

Here's a show with Paul Anka as Spotlight Artist.

Featured songs: "Got a Lot of Livin' To Do" - Elvis Presley, "Everlasting Love" - Robert Knight, "This Diamond Ring" - Gary Lewis & the Playboys, "It's Only Make Believe" - Conway Twitty, "Tonight My Love, Tonight" - Paul Anka and even some C&W from Hank Locklin.

Click here to listen.

(Oh, and I'm sorry about the howling sound during the first part of the recording. That's probably AM radio frequency drift.)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

A third clip from Sept. 21, 1975

Here's the last clip from the Connie Francis show featuring the "DJ Jamboree" and WKMH out of Detroit in 1956 via the Cruisin' series.

Songs: "Gee" by the Crows, "In the Still of the Night" by the Five Satins, "Together" by Connie Francis and a classic Budweiser commercial with the Crew Cuts ("Sh-Boom").

Here's the video version of the commercial:

Budweiser • The Crewcuts ♠ Where There's Life There's Beer 1952 - The best free videos are right here

Remember, where there's life, there's Bud!

Friday, January 29, 2010

More from Sept. 21, 1975

Here's another clip from the Connie Francis show. Pay particular attention at the 15:00 mark and you'll hear a blooper when Bud has his turntable set to the wrong speed for Valerie Carr's "After Midnight (When the Boys Talk About the Girls.)"

Other songs featured: "Sugar Sugar" by the Cadillacs, "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley & the Comets, "Stupid Cupid" and "Who's Sorry Now" by Connie Francis.

Click here to listen!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

September 21, 1975

Here's a recording of "Nostalgia Place" from September 21, 1975 with Connie Francis as Spotlight Artist of the evening.

Featured songs: "The Poor Little Doggie" by The Scholars (Kenny Rogers first band), "Raining In My Heart" by Slim Harpo, "Raining In My Heart" by Buddy Holly, "My Happiness" by Connie Francis and "Gee Baby" by Joe & Ann off the fabulous Ace label out of New Orleans.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Another podcast

More Beach Boys from July 13, 1975.

Featured songs: "Little Deuce Coupe" by the Beach Boys, "All Around the World" by Little Richard (not the same song as recorded by Little Willie John), "Forever" by Little Dippers and "Here Today" by Beach Boys (off the legendary Pet Sounds album.)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Promo bumper #1

Here's an old WFAA "57 Nostalgia Place" bumper for ya.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The first podcast!

Here is the first podcast. An original 57 Nostalgia Place recording featuring the Beach Boys as Spotlight Artist. I can't remember what the date was. I will post it when I find it. Bear in mind, this is only a 16 minute clip.

Bud Buschardt's 57 Nostalgia Place

Songs featured: "Do You Want to Know a Secret?" by the Beatles, "Are You Really Mine" by Jimmie Rodgers, "I Can Hear Music" by the Beach Boys (originally by the Ronettes), "Indian Love Call" by Ernie Freeman, and a historic CBS news broadcast.
(Notice that the price of oil was $5.25 a barrel!)

OK, based on Alexander Butterfield's appearance on 60 Minutes, the date of this show was July 13, 1975!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Q&A with Bud Buschardt

How did you get your start in radio?

I started in college at the University of Houston campus radio station KUHF-FM which was then run entirely by students. I was inspired by local DJ's on music stations KLBS, KILT and KNUZ.

Whose idea was 57 Nostalgia Place and how did it get started?

It was my idea. I had proposed it to WFAA management years earlier, but it took then-new program director Ira Lipson to get it started. It was first called "Midnight Nostalgia" and went on the air on January 27, 1974. It moved to Sunday nights on April 16, 1974 and was re-named "57 Nostalgia Place" to match the old "77 Sunset Strip.

Who were your celebrity guests?

Lots of local folks and almost anyone who came through town on tour. I'll have to look them up. There were lots!

Which one did you enjoy the most?

One of the most colorful guests I had was a record producer named Major Bill Smith. No one had ever asked him about the making of his hits, so it was a first for him...and for me too. It was a different angle to the old philosophy of just interview the stars. There are people behind the scenes you can give very memorable experiences. Major Bill produced Hey Baby (Bruce Channel), Hey Paula (Paul and Paula) and Last Kiss (J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers). I also interviewed some of the stars of 'Happy Days' before the show became a hit.

Which celebrity guest would you most have liked to appear on your show? I know you have a fondness for Buddy Holly.

For sure. I did the closest thing by having Maria Elena on the show.

Who was your cohort, Paul?

Paul Hitt was a Radio-TV major at UT-Arlington. He answered phones and kept tabs on telephone surveys that we did.

How did you get involved with the "Mr. Peppermint" TV show?

When I was a cameraman at WFAA-TV, we would switch shifts. We'd work six months on the the night crew and six months on the morning crew. That's when I met "Pep". Later, I officed with him and directed the show for a few years. Nice guy.

What was the "DJ Jamboree"?

That was a segment of the program where I would run DJ airchecks from all over the country and from way back when. I would edit in the complete songs (since DJ airchecks rarely have the full song on them) and play them back as if a jock from the past was doing a 10-15 minute segment of the show.

How long did you work for WFAA?

A total of 17+ years.

Where have you worked after WFAA?

I worked at KVIL radio in Dallas and the Satellite Music Network which became ABC Radio.

How did you meet Ron Chapman?

Ron did lots of commericals at Channel 8 when he was "Irving Harrigan" on KLIF. He eventually did a show on WFAA-TV called "The Group and Harrigan...then Chapman" which featured local high school students lip-syncing the hits of the day.

Thanks for your time, Bud!

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!! B.B.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Greetings and Welcome!

Welcome to the new 57 Nostalgia! We have been off the internet for a while now, but we are back for 2010 and the future. Sorry for the "dead air" time. Since we were last here, I got laid off from my job, went to graduate school, got married and had a child.
I decided to make this new site a weblog format. I thought it would be more easily updated, both by me and special guests from time to time.

If you are wondering what this site is all about, I created it as a tribute page for "57 Nostalgia Place", one of the first oldies radio programs. It was a creation of DJ Bud Buschardt and broadcast on Sundays 7 pm to 12 am on 570 AM WFAA in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex from 1973 to 1976.

My father and I would listen to the shows and, more often than not, he would record them on cassette and reel-to-reel tapes. I hope to post a few of these as .mp3 "podcasts" in the near future. We lived about 90 miles southwest of Ft. Worth on a busy state highway. Since this was during the CB boom of the mid-1970's, you may hear CB transmissions break in occasionally!

Stay tuned!