final year of the 1950s was a difficult one at WDRC. In July station
founder Franklin M. Doolittle sold
the station to WNEW executives John
Jaeger and Richard Buckley; they installed a new general manager,
Victor Forker. In October WDRC FM was born.
1959 several established WDRC names left. Twenty-four-year veteran
Harvey Olson was the first in
February; Lou Terri jumped ship
for WPOP in July; Russ Naughton
departed in September; Cal Kolby
left in late December.
CBS had put affiliates on notice that the network would discontinue
most of its daytime feeds in early 1960, Buckley and Jaeger were
faced with building a local schedule. WPOP had been programming
pop music for several years so the new owners of WDRC decided to
build a music format based on strong personalities. They were accustomed
to a strong two-man morning team at WNEW in the persons of Gene
Klavan and Dee Finch so one of the first decisions was to create
a two-man team at WDRC.