August 9, 2016 at 12:01 pm #22457Andy BrownParticipant
On this day in 1974, Richard Nixon, the most evil U.S. President to ever hold office resigned. I was working the all nighter at WSAN in Allentown, PA. I got to work and having slept all day and not having watched the news did not know. I got to the station and the AP wire machine had gone nuts. The special alert bells were ringing all Friday evening after his announcement at night and into the Saturday wee hours. For years (until it was stolen) I had the piece of wire machine copy that read something like this:
Alert: Nixon Resigns
President Richard Nixon announces resignation.
You get the picture.
The phone in the control room was jumping off the hook. Friends and listeners called in, jubilant and excited that the vermin living in The White House was finally exterminated. There was little to no sadness over the blow to the American political system nor the national and international shame the Republican Party had dumped on the country. Many described Gerald Ford as a casper milk toast kind of politician that would be the place holder until the next election cycle. So many people from all walks of life called in for any details I might have (I didn’t) beyond the headline itself.August 9, 2016 at 12:22 pm #22459
I was crawling around on the floor, as I am sure that I had not yet learned to walk.August 9, 2016 at 12:27 pm #22461paulwalkerParticipant
Backyard BBQ with another family in Seattle. Us kids, all between 12 and 15, thought it was hilarious. Old enough to be interested, young enough to make fun of it.August 9, 2016 at 1:02 pm #22465Andy BrownParticipant
I still have my music log from that night.
I was so busy trying to clean up the paper overflow mess at the AP machine, I heard Dave Foxx’s voice “Seeya” as he headed out the door after doing the ID and going into the NBC net news. I ran into the CR trying to figure out what to play first on such an auspicious occasion, knowing that Nixon had announced his resignation but had not yet actually resigned (which happened later that day which was now Saturday AM the 9th.
Heartsfield: Racin’ The Sun
Sutherland Brothers and Quiver: Have You Had A Vision
Allman Brothers: Wasted Words
Grateful Dead: Eyes Of The World
Argent: God Gave Rock and Roll To You
It took a few sets more to dig up some even more appropriate stuff like the third set:
Kathryn & Duffie & The Enemies List: Nixon’s The One
(a single we had, I should have played the ‘B’ side titled ‘Pre-Impeachment Blues which had guitar by Waddy Wachtel and Lindsay Buckingham).
Arlo Guthrie: Presidential Rag
David Frye (comedy): Richard Nixon Superstar
Robert Klein (comedy): Mind Over Matter
Kinks: Celluloid Heroes
(Larry Coryell & The) 11th House: Lo Tee Tah
Atomic Rooster: Death Walks Behind You
Andy Robinson: Needs Somebody
Other songs that morning included ‘Framed’ by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, ‘Whale Meat Again’ by Jim Capaldi (“Mr. Politician, can’t you see
You’re gonna kill everything including you and me
So while you’re talking in your expensive clothes
I think somebody’s going to shove something up your nose.”) and ‘Helpless Dancer’ from The Who. The rest of the show that morning fell back into my normal rut after a few hours of buzzing on the news. Perhaps one more song I normally did not play, ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ by Jimi Hendrix got a spin, though.August 9, 2016 at 6:57 pm #22486mwdxer1Participant
I was working as News Director at KVAS Astoria and the UPI wire dinged so I went and checked and it was quite a shock.August 9, 2016 at 8:20 pm #22487August 9, 2016 at 11:35 pm #22494
Where, praytell, is Herb?August 11, 2016 at 12:25 am #22517nosignalallnoiseParticipant
“Where, praytell, is Herb?”
Burying his head in the sand probably.August 11, 2016 at 10:06 am #22522
Or, perhaps, Herb is at Burger King.
P.S. I’m not Herb.
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