1974 – FM Stereo!


19741974 was a year of real music discovery for me. Growing up as a teen listening primarily to Top 40 AM Radio, I had no idea what depths of Rock music were out there until I landed my first on-air gig on an FM Stereo station.  It was Saturday October 5, 1974.  The first record I led off with after the 4pm Legal ID was a “Current”:  Billy Swan’s “I Can Help”.  Still in high school at the time, I was scared out of my wits that afternoon!  Much calmer now in my old age, it’s time to resurrect some musical memories from the days of my first taste of DJ-ing on FM radio.

In that year, we were introduced for the first time to bands like Bad Company, Supertramp, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Robin Trower, Jefferson Starship, and Golden Earring (just to name a few).

Also In 1974:

  • Minimum wage in the U.S. was $2.00 per hour
  • The average annual income was $13,869
  • A new car set you back $3,756
  • You could build a new house for $34,900
  • A loaf of bread was 35 cents
  • A full-service gallon of gas was 55 cents
  • First Class postage was only 10 cents

Hear some of the great Progressive Rock that dotted the FM airwaves plus lifestyle and memorable events from 1974 on-the-air right now on TuneIn!

Thanks for listening!

– Fred