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Did anyone else listen to this?  Back in the early 90s, before he left for the WWF, Ross had a call in type show on the Atlanta radio station WSB.  WSB is one of those 50,000 watt superstations that can be heard far away at night.  Even here in upstate NY, there was a certain parking lot on campus where I could get a fairly good signal most weeks on my car radio.  

I have to give JR credit as he couldn't yet break kayfabe but he'd still discuss roster moves and talent in a way that let smart marks understand what he was saying without coming right out and saying it.  I'm not sure I ever learned anything groundbreaking while listening, but it was a step up from what you'd get watching syndicated TV or the TBS shows.   



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Yeah I listen for a few times When I was able to pick it up in PA. One show I remember him having Michael Hayes on.  



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I listened occasionally as well. It was a really cool show for the time and I have no idea how I knew about it, perhaps Ross talking about it on tv but I’m not really sure? I was only maybe 10 or so and the only radio that could pick the station up well enough was in my grandmas car in the garage of all places.



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Yes, listened whenever I had a chance. I think I found out about it either by reading the old rspw board on Usenet or perhaps Ross mentioned it on one of the Saturday night shows. I was able to pick it up in December of ‘91 when I was home on Christmas Break in Chicago. It barely came in, and it would fade a little bit, but I could get it. I remember a specific episode when Schiavone joined Ross and they took calls. Ross also mentioned that he’d autograph the old WCW Impel trading cards (that were out at the time) if you sent them to him at WSB with a SASE. I sent him a couple, and they came back. Still have them in one of my card boxes.
WSB was 750 AM if I recall.  We have WGN at 720 and WBBM at 780 AM in Chicago, so WSB had a fairly clear space to come in.  What’s crazy is that I was able to pickup the FAN from NY in 1992, which is/was 660 AM, while we had 670 WMAQ in Chicago (50,000 Watts).  No idea how I was able to do that.  This wasn’t in the car either. 

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Blazer wrote: Yes, listened whenever I had a chance. I think I found out about it either by reading the old rspw board on Usenet or perhaps Ross mentioned it on one of the Saturday night shows. I was able to pick it up in December of ‘91 when I was home on Christmas Break in Chicago. It barely came in, and it would fade a little bit, but I could get it. I remember a specific episode when Schiavone joined Ross and they took calls. Ross also mentioned that he’d autograph the old WCW Impel trading cards (that were out at the time) if you sent them to him at WSB with a SASE. I sent him a couple, and they came back. Still have them in one of my card boxes.
WSB was 750 AM if I recall.  We have WGN at 720 and WBBM at 780 AM in Chicago, so WSB had a fairly clear space to come in.  What’s crazy is that I was able to pickup the FAN from NY in 1992, which is/was 660 AM, while we had 670 WMAQ in Chicago (50,000 Watts).  No idea how I was able to do that.  This wasn’t in the car either. 


That reminds me of driving back to Western New York after attending the Royal Rumble in Albany.  The guy I went with and I were Steelers fans and that was the day they hired Bill Cowher.  In 1992, there was no sports radio in Buffalo, but we were able to get a signal from the FAN almost the entire way home, and they discussed the hiring quite a bit.  
Today, I imagine that where I live WSB would be drowned out by the signal from Toronto's AM740, which has a massive signal.  



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KGB wrote: Blazer wrote: Yes, listened whenever I had a chance. I think I found out about it either by reading the old rspw board on Usenet or perhaps Ross mentioned it on one of the Saturday night shows. I was able to pick it up in December of ‘91 when I was home on Christmas Break in Chicago. It barely came in, and it would fade a little bit, but I could get it. I remember a specific episode when Schiavone joined Ross and they took calls. Ross also mentioned that he’d autograph the old WCW Impel trading cards (that were out at the time) if you sent them to him at WSB with a SASE. I sent him a couple, and they came back. Still have them in one of my card boxes.
WSB was 750 AM if I recall.  We have WGN at 720 and WBBM at 780 AM in Chicago, so WSB had a fairly clear space to come in.  What’s crazy is that I was able to pickup the FAN from NY in 1992, which is/was 660 AM, while we had 670 WMAQ in Chicago (50,000 Watts).  No idea how I was able to do that.  This wasn’t in the car either. 


That reminds me of driving back to Western New York after attending the Royal Rumble in Albany.  The guy I went with and I were Steelers fans and that was the day they hired Bill Cowher.  In 1992, there was no sports radio in Buffalo, but we were able to get a signal from the FAN almost the entire way home, and they discussed the hiring quite a bit.  
Today, I imagine that where I live WSB would be drowned out by the signal from Toronto's AM740, which has a massive signal.  

I love discussions like this.  I'm sure kids ten years from now won't get it.  Maybe they don't even get it now.  I read recently that some new cars don't even have AM radios.

Another AM sports radio find for me was in late '89 or early '90, pulling in WLW (AM 700) out of Cincinnati. Pete Rose had a nighttime call-in radio show after he got booted from baseball.  That was a fun listen. 

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Blazer wrote: KGB wrote: Blazer wrote: Yes, listened whenever I had a chance. I think I found out about it either by reading the old rspw board on Usenet or perhaps Ross mentioned it on one of the Saturday night shows. I was able to pick it up in December of ‘91 when I was home on Christmas Break in Chicago. It barely came in, and it would fade a little bit, but I could get it. I remember a specific episode when Schiavone joined Ross and they took calls. Ross also mentioned that he’d autograph the old WCW Impel trading cards (that were out at the time) if you sent them to him at WSB with a SASE. I sent him a couple, and they came back. Still have them in one of my card boxes.
WSB was 750 AM if I recall.  We have WGN at 720 and WBBM at 780 AM in Chicago, so WSB had a fairly clear space to come in.  What’s crazy is that I was able to pickup the FAN from NY in 1992, which is/was 660 AM, while we had 670 WMAQ in Chicago (50,000 Watts).  No idea how I was able to do that.  This wasn’t in the car either. 


That reminds me of driving back to Western New York after attending the Royal Rumble in Albany.  The guy I went with and I were Steelers fans and that was the day they hired Bill Cowher.  In 1992, there was no sports radio in Buffalo, but we were able to get a signal from the FAN almost the entire way home, and they discussed the hiring quite a bit.  
Today, I imagine that where I live WSB would be drowned out by the signal from Toronto's AM740, which has a massive signal.  

I love discussions like this.  I'm sure kids ten years from now won't get it.  Maybe they don't even get it now.  I read recently that some new cars don't even have AM radios.

Another AM sports radio find for me was in late '89 or early '90, pulling in WLW (AM 700) out of Cincinnati. Pete Rose had a nighttime call-in radio show after he got booted from baseball.  That was a fun listen.
Chicago radio used to come in here in the evenings when I was a kid and I listened all the time, especially out camping in the summer, staying out in the tent. AM 1000 as I recall.


Hawks games I still listen to in the car, most evenings I can get AM720 quite easily with little fade in or out.


One of the things I remember is that the Chicago radio had a lot of hillarious commercials, which didn't really exist in this part of the world on our radio stations, which were basic and by-the-book for programming and commercials.

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khawk wrote: Blazer wrote: KGB wrote: Blazer wrote: Yes, listened whenever I had a chance. I think I found out about it either by reading the old rspw board on Usenet or perhaps Ross mentioned it on one of the Saturday night shows. I was able to pick it up in December of ‘91 when I was home on Christmas Break in Chicago. It barely came in, and it would fade a little bit, but I could get it. I remember a specific episode when Schiavone joined Ross and they took calls. Ross also mentioned that he’d autograph the old WCW Impel trading cards (that were out at the time) if you sent them to him at WSB with a SASE. I sent him a couple, and they came back. Still have them in one of my card boxes.
WSB was 750 AM if I recall.  We have WGN at 720 and WBBM at 780 AM in Chicago, so WSB had a fairly clear space to come in.  What’s crazy is that I was able to pickup the FAN from NY in 1992, which is/was 660 AM, while we had 670 WMAQ in Chicago (50,000 Watts).  No idea how I was able to do that.  This wasn’t in the car either. 


That reminds me of driving back to Western New York after attending the Royal Rumble in Albany.  The guy I went with and I were Steelers fans and that was the day they hired Bill Cowher.  In 1992, there was no sports radio in Buffalo, but we were able to get a signal from the FAN almost the entire way home, and they discussed the hiring quite a bit.  
Today, I imagine that where I live WSB would be drowned out by the signal from Toronto's AM740, which has a massive signal.  

I love discussions like this.  I'm sure kids ten years from now won't get it.  Maybe they don't even get it now.  I read recently that some new cars don't even have AM radios.

Another AM sports radio find for me was in late '89 or early '90, pulling in WLW (AM 700) out of Cincinnati. Pete Rose had a nighttime call-in radio show after he got booted from baseball.  That was a fun listen.
Chicago radio used to come in here in the evenings when I was a kid and I listened all the time, especially out camping in the summer, staying out in the tent. AM 1000 as I recall.


Hawks games I still listen to in the car, most evenings I can get AM720 quite easily with little fade in or out.


One of the things I remember is that the Chicago radio had a lot of hillarious commercials, which didn't really exist in this part of the world on our radio stations, which were basic and by-the-book for programming and commercials.

AM 1000 was a one-of-a-kind station back in the mid to late 80s.  It was sort of comedy-talk before that really became a thing.  Steve Dahl and Garry Meier were on in the afternoon, and the station re-broadcast the show overnight.  The rest of the lineup was similar - sort of comedy/pranksters.  Kevin Matthews and Johnathon Brandmeier were the midday and morning guys respectively.  They had Chet Coppock at night for sports.  There were plans on trying to syndicate the entire station across the country in the days before Howard Stern was syndicated.  Things fell apart, but I have fond memories.
By the way, AM 1000 could be heard as far east as NY, but at night you couldn’t hardly hear it to Iowa.  It had a weird directional signal.  I think there was some kind of ruling due to an AM 1000 station is Seattle.



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Never heard Ross’ show. But this thread brings back memories. It’s funny that you forget things over the years, but to this day on weekend nights I can pick up Cleveland 600AM on my car radio in my driveway. And found out by mistake because we disconnected the battery cable to do some work on something and when we reconnected it, 600 was the station that came on. I never remember getting Atlanta, but back in the day I could get WGN 720. And we must’ve been able to get AM 1000, because my cousin was from Wisconsin and listened to Chet Coppock, and he would come out here for the summer and we would listen sometimes. This thread now gives me inspiration to find out exactly what I can still get in my car; my house barely pulls in a local signal, but my car can still get things done.



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I recall they tried a "Radio WWF" show once he got to Titan. My only listening experience to that was finding an affiliate I could pick up around 1996 and he had Curt Hennig as a guest. When a question came up about Greg Gagne from his AWA days, Curt simply said "Small men have never intimidated me."

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Radio WWF was on in the Twin Cities for a good part of its run in 1993 and 1994. I believe it aired on Saturday nights and definitely aired live.

It was very interesting at times. I recall Randy Savage, not as the Macho Man but effectively as Randy Poffo, absolutely burying Hulk Hogan on one of the shows, speaking about how he considered Hogan and Linda to have influenced Elizabeth to leave and divorce him after badmouthing him to Liz while he was on the road wrestling. I believe these comments were preceded by a simple call in question from a fan who wanted to know why Elizabeth wasn’t on TV anymore. Vince or whoever the main host was seemed a bit taken aback. This incident got some newsletter attention at the time.

There was another time when Razor Ramon was on the air and sort of casually slipped into being Scott Hall. The accent faded out and he talked in realistic terms about his career. This was not long after The Lex Express tour and Hall talked about how he gave Lex Luger a lot of credit because being on the road for that long while doing multiple personal and media appearances a day was far more grueling than people realized.

What led to the undoing of Radio WWF was Vince’s attempt to keep everyone in character and to sidestep or bury any question that didn’t conform to the storylines. For instance, a fan called and wanted to know the whereabouts and activity of someone who’d left the WWF. I forget who it was, but let’s say the guy asked, “What happened to Bad News Brown?” Vince responded by condescendingly saying, “I don’t think anything happened to him.” He then asked co-host Stan Lane, “Did something happen to him?” Fans don’t have a lot of patience for that sort of tone to reasonable and polite questions. It did in Livewire in its inital format and helped sink the radio show too.

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tamalie wrote: Radio WWF was on in the Twin Cities for a good part of its run in 1993 and 1994. I believe it aired on Saturday nights and definitely aired live.

It was very interesting at times. I recall Randy Savage, not as the Macho Man but effectively as Randy Poffo, absolutely burying Hulk Hogan on one of the shows, speaking about how he considered Hogan and Linda to have influenced Elizabeth to leave and divorce him after badmouthing him to Liz while he was on the road wrestling. I believe these comments were preceded by a simple call in question from a fan who wanted to know why Elizabeth wasn’t on TV anymore. Vince or whoever the main host was seemed a bit taken aback. This incident got some newsletter attention at the time.

There was another time when Razor Ramon was on the air and sort of casually slipped into being Scott Hall. The accent faded out and he talked in realistic terms about his career. This was not long after The Lex Express tour and Hall talked about how he gave Lex Luger a lot of credit because being on the road for that long while doing multiple personal and media appearances a day was far more grueling than people realized.

What led to the undoing of Radio WWF was Vince’s attempt to keep everyone in character and to sidestep or bury any question that didn’t conform to the storylines. For instance, a fan called and wanted to know the whereabouts and activity of someone who’d left the WWF. I forget who it was, but let’s say the guy asked, “What happened to Bad News Brown?” Vince responded by condescendingly saying, “I don’t think anything happened to him.” He then asked co-host Stan Lane, “Did something happen to him?” Fans don’t have a lot of patience for that sort of tone to reasonable and polite questions. It did in Livewire in its inital format and helped sink the radio show too.


Here's Bruce Pritchard talking about it.


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