Denny Sanders on WDLW

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  • Participant
    #186279

    It’s good to see WDLW expanding.And I wish them the best.But with that comes some trade off.It’s already getting a little sickening hearing the new call out “Serving Lorain County,Cleveland and the World” every time the DJs open and close their mouths.I know they’re pushing their online streaming but come on now!That’s one problem with terrestrial radio in Cleveland….The first and last words out of the DJs mouths between songs and commercials are the stations call out.It’s like we know what channel we are listening to.We don’t need to be told every commercial break.That plus I’ve noticed WDLW is playing alot more mid 70’s burned out garbage music.And the commercial breaks are getting longer.If I want to hear “Dream Weaver” I’ll listen to it on 98.5 WNCX.To me garbage music like that has no place on a true oldies like WDLW used to be.I understand that the baby boomers like Denny Sanders are getting older now and that this is their type of music and they are the main demographic that they are going after now but to me the original WDLW oldies format has changed since Denny came on board.It’s probably the way it has to be,but I liked it the old way…..And I’m not a baby boomer.I’m 46.My parents raised me on Elvis and early rock n’ roll….The original stuff.So I know I’m in the minority here but that’s what I like.There were times when WDLW would play up to 10 vintage 1950’s songs in a row……Without interruption!Now you are lucky to get 3 in a row….If that!And then you have that new call out they are pushing now…..”Serving lorain County,Cleveland and the World.”….Sounds cheap to me.Probably something that Denny came up with as somebody posted that he is a consultant for them now.I know Denny is a local Cleveland legend and all but the 1970’s music just doesn’t do it for me.Sorry….I liked the DJ that was on WDLW before Denny came back.Wally Mintus was in Dennys time slot and was real good.Played alot of vintage 50’s and 60’s hits.Even some 40’s hits every now and then.He played some 70’s garbage junk but not enough to offend…..He’s been relegated to early mornings on Saturdays now…..1 day per week!…I don’t know if he was pushed out out or if it was his choice but Wally Mintus is missed on WDLW……But I do hope that WDLW succeeds….But it’s just not for me anymore…Thankfully that’s what Sirius Radio is for……50′ on 5 is just up my alley. Plus there are no DJs to listen to,just one hit after another.


    Participant
    #186282

    Frankly, I like the new direction of WDLW. They still play a great deal of 1950s classics along with 1960s and 1970s, but what drove me nuts about the previous iteration of the station was a total lack of focus and balance. In the old days you might hear six 1950s songs in a row and then four songs from the 1960s followed by Perry Como followed by The Ames Brothers. Jeez. Listening lately, there seems to be a balance of 50s, 60s, R & B, 70s, Motown and some AOR/CHR crossovers presented in a pretty balanced way. Gone are Perry Como and The Ames Brothers. You said you liked some stuff from the 1940s that they used to play (!) and consider 70s stuff “garbage”?  Very revealing.  Well, as you say, maybe the station is not for you anymore. I called Denny and asked him about Wally and he said that Wally retired from the weekday show due to health reasons and only wants to do a couple of Saturdays a month. It was his decision. Yes, the new IDs are getting on my nerves, too, but I suspect they are pushing the net big time right now and will probably back off after a while.  If you want 1940s music, you should go to WKHR 91.5, which also streams.


    Participant
    #186287

    Wally retired from full-time duties of his own volition… family coming first. WDLW offered him the rotating weekend shift.

    Should also be noted that Kevin “KC” Coan, formerly of WQAL, has also been brought aboard as a weekend/fill-in host, and that’s his voice on the new imaging being rolled out.

    Edit: I just heard a sweeper with Matt Slys promoting a new Beatles hour-long show on Saturdays starting next week; he used to host a similar show on WNCX.

    Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!


    Participant
    #186288

    Frankly, I like the new direction of WDLW. They still play a great deal of 1950s classics along with 1960s and 1970s, but what drove me nuts about the previous iteration of the station was a total lack of focus and balance. In the old days you might hear six 1950s songs in a row and then four songs from the 1960s followed by Perry Como followed by The Ames Brothers. Jeez. Listening lately, there seems to be a balance of 50s, 60s, R & B, 70s, Motown and some AOR/CHR crossovers presented in a pretty balanced way. Gone are Perry Como and The Ames Brothers. You said you liked some stuff from the 1940s that they used to play (!) and consider 70s stuff “garbage”? Very revealing. Well, as you say, maybe the station is not for you anymore.

    There really wasn’t any music schedulers for WOBL and WDLW prior to now. Technically the traffic department probably did that as they scheduled the spot loads, but they weren’t actively picking out the songs for cohesiveness. The live programming was almost entirely request-driven (one exception being David “Q” Velez’s 80s-centric Saturday program).

    For an older-skewing format like this, there needs to be balance. Denny and John Gorman nailed it when they ran WMJI, even with the “oh wow” selections… at the core, they both had tight playlists and knew how to execute them. Ditto with Ted Alexander’s execution of a multi-decade sweep that John Basalla mentioned earlier.

    Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!


    Participant
    #186289

    Yes, one of the hallmarks of both John Gorman and Denny Sanders’ stations was the ability to give structure and shape to the music policy, while still tossing in an occasional surprise.   John’s OWow stream does this quite nicely and I notice that Denny’s WDLW is also featuring an occasional surprise.  Denny played Suzi Quatro’s “Hit The Road Jack” the other day which fit perfectly with the oldies format.


    Participant
    #186290

    SCOTTY BOY:  Another source for 1950s and early 1960s music is “The Golden Age of Rock and Roll” every Sunday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm on WBWC 88.3 FM (heard on-air in Southwest Cuyahoga County and much of Lorain County, and even northern most Medina)… on-line they are at http://www.wbwc.com.  The host “Commander” Greg plays a good amount of lesser remembered tunes from that Golden era, as well as tried-and-true hits.

    Personally, when I listen to the radio, I want to hear a “DJ” or show host.  Not to talk too long, but if I want to hear just music and no human contact, I’ll play music out of my library at home.

     

     


    Participant
    #186294

    For a city that is supposed to be the rock and roll capital of the world, it would be nice if there was a full power Cleveland station that played vintage rock and roll from the early days.  They don’t have to do it 24/7, but perhaps a few hours on the weekend.  Maybe they could recruit “Mr. Music” Norm N. Nite to host the show.

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