WKBW Halloween archives

Late 1960s and early 1970s specials from the New York radio station
from archive.org

In the 1960s and '70s, Buffalo's WKBW Radio billed itself as "one of America's two great radio stations." Never was that more on display than on Halloween night.

While Program Director Jeff Kaye might be best remembered for that deep resonant voice which he used like Horowitz on a Steinway, he was also perhaps the greatest producer and writer- that is to say, the greatest radio mind- of the generation.

He found superb vehicles not only for his own talent, but also put the stars of KB in situations where they could shine brightest. These Halloween productions are brilliant examples. The writing and production stands up almost 50 years later, and gives the listener a true sense of the talent that went into "playing the hits" on KB.

Most of these recordings played several times through the years, starting in 1967 and running through the late 70's. Three different versions of the war of the Worlds appear. The primary difference in each is the news guy, disc jockey and the music at the start of the show.

  1. 1968: War of the Worlds (82.5Mb)
  2. 1969: Paul McCartney Is Alive and Well (Maybe) (70.7Mb)
  3. 1971: War of the Worlds (69.7Mb)
  4. 1973: Don't Turn Around (7.4Mb)
  5. 1973: War of the Worlds (78.7Mb)
  6. 1973: Vampires (41.8Mb)
  7. 1973: The Darkness (19.9Mb)
  8. 1973: The Bed (24.6Mb)
  9. 1973: The Monkey's Paw (28.6Mb)
  10. 1973: People, Places, Things (30.2Mb)

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