October 31, 1967/Tom Merriman Custom (Dallas) - Tom
Merriman was a central figure in Commercial Recording Corporation
(CRC). When he went out on his own he produced a customized package
for WDRC. While retaining the familiar musical logo, the lyrics
were changed to "WDRC Is Hartford." Many of the
cuts were mixed with an acapella "13-60" at the front,
so the cuts could be used on AM or FM. The series contained one
specifically for Big D FM.
May 18, 1968/Tom Merriman Winner's Circle w/ short outros (Dallas)
- These themes were used as personalities played the Top 13
hits. The October package included chanted numbers (7, 12, etc.).
The cuts were re-edited and
WDRC's traditional countdown numbers with reverb were inserted.
September 3, 1968/unknown Experimental
FM ID's - These
3 cuts sound like edited versions of the Roy Ross package, though
it is possible they were actually re-sung by Merriman's singers.
There are just 3 cuts and each ends cold on the word "Hartford"
rather than ending with an instrumental punctuation.
March 21, 1969/TM RB Format (Dallas) - By this time Tom Merriman
had incorporated as TM Productions. Four acapella cuts (voice only)
were produced utilizing the familiar musical logo but neither the
words "Is" or "In" between "WDRC"
and "Hartford." Their use was limited.
May, 1969/Custom oldies intros - These were not jingles in the
truest sense, but instead were a series of tympani drum stabs followed
by the spoken year, 1955-1969. They were used to preceed an oldie.
The voice belonged to the production man at Buckley's San Fernando
September, 1969/unknown Custom oldie intros - This series
utilized one of the Roy Ross basic cuts plus an electronic effect
and the sung year, 1958-70.
- WDRC used these electronic tones to tag all live weather
forecasts; it is believed they came from sister station KGIL in
Hear an example from Joe
Hager on July 7, 1970.
February 8, 1971/TM Productions, Inc. Where Your Friends
Are (Dallas) - This package marked a major departure for Big
D in that it used an entirely new musical logo. The first client
for this package was Buckley's Philadelphia station, WIBG. The WDRC
version didn't include some soul-flavored cuts recorded for WIBG.
The package included two cuts specifically for WDRC FM; here's one
of them .
They began airing February 19, 1971.
1971/TM Productions, Inc. Where Your Friends Are (Dallas) -
Here are six cuts that were recorded but WDRC didn't buy. They never
aired and are heard for the first time on this web site, directly
from the TM master reel!
December, 1972/Susan & Gary DeGraide Christmas Custom - Announcer
Gary DeGraide was married to
a professional singer and together they wrote and performed ten
cuts for holiday use which complemented the "Friends"
April, 1973/TM Custom Acapellas (Dallas) - This was a series
of six short, acapella cuts specifically for use on Big D FM.
spring 1974/Tanner Land of the Free (spec) - Pepper Sound Studios,
Inc., of Memphis, was a well-known producer of economical station
jingles which were frequently provided for barter rather than cash.
At this point in its history, Pepper had merged with Tanner Productions
and produced a demo tape for a new package. This version never aired
at WDRC but a re-lyriced version did (see next).
summer 1974/Tanner Friendly & Free - The first station to air
this package was WCOD on Cape Cod. WDRC's version used different
lyrics and an entirely new musical logo from TM's "Friends"