Friday, May 8, 2009

Flashback Friday: Kiss 108

This week's flashback is a nod to a Boston radio powerhouse that shaped my musical tastes and fed my obsession for Pop and Dance Music. If you grew up in the Boston area during the 1980s chances are you too listened to WXKS FM better known as Kiss 108 and you are familiar with names like, Lady D, Dale Dorman, J.J. Wright and of course the late "Sunny" Joe White.

I loved everything about Kiss 108 in the 1980s. I loved that they played "Wishing on a Star" by Rose Royce every Saturday at 12:00pm. I can still recall the first time I heard the song when I lived in Atlanta in the early 90s and the DJ played it on my evening commute home. I was totally caught off guard and had to laugh at myself when I realized why.

Those names I mentioned along with a handful of other DJs have been off the air for a more than a few years now and Kiss 108 has not played "Wishing on a Star" at noon on Saturday's for a while. So today at lunchtime I'll hum a few bars from the Rose Royce classic and think of "Sunny" Joe White and his cast of characters who played such a big part of my teen age years.


Anonymous said...

You forgot Joe Savone. I don't know how he spelled his name. I used to sneak and use my brother's turn tables when he wasn't home. I remember mixing Pat Benatar's Love is a Battlefield and David Bowie's Modern Love. Then heard Joe do a similar mix a few days later! It was so fun to listen to Kiss back then. Being a girl, my brother's friends were surprised that I could mix too as they could hear me mixing when they stopped by looking for him.

Anonymous said...

They play that song every day at 12:00 PM because of my mother! :)