WQMV AM 1060 & 93.5 FM
Playing the Best of 30 Years of Rock & Roll
For over 30 years Rock & Roll music dominated the airwaves of America and reflected the mood and energy of the nation.
In today’s world of packaged formats and automated radio stations, fans of real rock & roll find it impossible to enjoy the songs that were a soundtrack for their lives.
WQMV has developed a format that features the best of the entire rock & roll era. WQMV plays songs from 1955, the year that the first rock & roll song charted, to the 80s when the rise of the urban sound and modern country became a more profitable format for stations and record labels.
WQMV not only plays the top songs from each of the years of the rock era but we also play the songs that you remember but maybe they didn’t make a huge impact on the sales charts. We invite you to listen to WQMV and we can guarantee you will enjoy getting to hear once again the songs that played such a part in your life and relive the memories that they inspire.
Stream us online by clicking on the Jukebox on this page
and enjoy the Soundtrack of your Life from the best of 30 years of Rock & Roll.
Heard it on the Radio
By Austin Taylor
The Monkees second album holds the record for the fastest rise to the top of the Hot 200 Album Charts yet it is described as one of the worst projects ever released by the group.
The story comes from the early days of Monkeemania in the mid-1960s. “The Monkees” TV series debuted on September 12, 1966 and was inspired by the Beatles’ film “A Hard Days Night”. The show’s producers convinced ABC that they could show the craziness of a young band trying to make it into the rock & roll world. The show starring Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork became a smash hit and the show’s producers had the fictional band releasing very real records. Beginning with the release of their single “Last Train to Clarksville”, the Monkees became a chart sensation. By November of 1966, the song was sitting at the top of the Hot 100 becoming the first gold record for the group. Their first album, simply called “The Monkees” followed and a week after the single reached the top of the charts the album did the same thing. The LP went gold and stayed at the top of the Hot 200 for three months.
The music direction of the show was placed in the hands of Don Kirshner who earned the nickname of “The Man With the Golden Ear”. Kirshner was known for taking complete control of a group’s career and directing even the smallest detail of a recording session. He quickly realized that the four actors’ limited musical ability would not allow them to meet the demanding recording schedule. Songs would be needed for the series and record releases. Kirshner developed the formula of using the group’s vocals and professional studio musicians to meet the demands. The formula also freed the actors to be available to meet the filming schedule for the series.
With the success of the Monkees’ first single and album, Kirshner was hailed as a genius. When the money began pouring in and the investment in the music aspect of the series was easily met, Kirshner was given total control over the group’s musical output.
That brings us to January of 1967 when Monkeemania was becoming a national phenomenon. The TV series was the top rated show, the group had a number one album, single and the four actors were on a nationwide promotional tour. In the middle of this craziness, the demand for new Monkees’ releases had reached a fever pitch. With the group not available to return to the studio, Don Kirshner made the decision to produce and release a new album using songs that were recorded by the Monkees for use in the TV series.
The new album was called “More of the Monkees” and was released in late January 1967 and debuted on the Hot 200 charts on February 4th at the 122nd position. The Monkees were appearing in Cleveland, Ohio when they were surprised by questions about a new album that no one had bothered briefing them on. The next week, February 11th, “More of the Monkees” took over the top spot pushing the group’s debut album to second place. The album’s jump was the biggest of any release during the rock & roll era. Sales of the album’s lead single “I'm a Believer” had driven the album’s jump that had given the group their second number one single and gold record.
With such success, no one expected the firestorm that would erupt in the aftermath of the second album’s release. The group’s members had been hammered with questions about why didn’t they play their own instruments and did they call themselves actors or musicians. In an interview Mike Nesmith was deeply upset with the songs selected for the album and called the “More of the Monkees” one of the worse releases the group could have done. As a result, the band members wanted to take greater control of the show’s musical direction including having a final say over what songs would be released and begin playing their own instruments. Don Kirshner, fresh off of signing a new contract giving him complete say of the bands musical direction, had no interest in giving up any of his authority. Meeting with the band during their tour, Kirshner arrived with royalty checks and felt once the young men saw the money they were earning with him in charge they would quickly fall back into line. The meeting quickly dissolved into a shouting match and Mike Nesmith even put his fist through a wall explaining that could just as easily have been Kirshner’s face. Kirshner left the meeting vowing not to release any control to the group.
The fallout from the meeting continued into the next recording session for the group’s next album “Headquarters” and the second season of their TV series. To keep the group happy, the series production team had given the group final say on what songs would be released and used on albums. Kirshner had selected the Neil Diamond written “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” as the group’s next release but none of the group members were happy with the selection and voted not to use the song as a single. Kirshner ignored the objections and released the song without permission from the record label. Despite the fact that the single gave the group another number one hit on the Cashbox Hot 100 and a number two hit on the Billboard charts, Kirshner was fired as the music director for the Monkees. Soon after Kirshner’s dismissal, the group announced they would begin playing their own instruments and no longer using studio musicians. They would follow this practice during the remainder of the TV series that ended in early 1968 and on songs released by the Monkees until the group broke up in 1971.
Don Kirshner would go on to become the music director for the cartoon TV series “The Archies” producing their number one hit “Sugar Sugar”. He would also launch the career of Neil Diamond and Carole King and went on to produce groups like Kansas and many others.
You can hear the music of the Monkees, the Archies and many other Don Kirshner produced artists and groups along with all of the greatest artists and groups of the rock & roll era by listening to WQMV on AM 1060 or 93.5FM and you can stream the station live at wqmv1060.com.
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WQMV Regular Weekly Programs
Rock & Rolls 1st Decade 11am Mondays
This program explores what happened each day during the first ten years of the Rock & Roll era. This locally produced weekly program is hosted by Austin Taylor.
Snapshot 11am Wednesdays
This program examines the events that occurred during each week of the Rock era. Snapshot is written and hosted by Austin Taylor.
Tennessee Valley Views 8:10am Fridays
Every Friday WQMV does a remote broadcast from the McDonald's in the Waverly Plaza where Wayne Coats hosts Tennessee Valley Views and interviews guests to keep our listeners informed about what is going on in Humphreys County.
The Feature Friday Countdown 11am Fridays
Each Friday we pick another week from 1955 to 1985 and count down the top 10 songs from the Cashbox Hot 100 music charts. Hosted by Austin Taylor, the Feature Friday Countdown demonstrates the strength of WQMV’s record library that boasts over 6000 songs.
Woods & Water 5:10pm Fridays
Woods & Water is WQMV’s outdoor show hosted by TWRA agent Ken Smith. The show keeps Humphreys’ County hunters and fishermen up to date on what is happening in the Woods & Water.
McEwen Church of Christ presents the
“Truth In Love” program 8:15am Sundays
This 15 minute Bible study comes to you every Sunday and encourages the listener to study along with the weekly lesson topic and to gain a great knowledge of the Bible.
Humphreys County Church of Christ presents
“Give Me the Bible” 9:05am Sundays
This 30 minute Bible study is designed to give the listener a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Bible.
This 30 minute Bible study is designed to give the listener a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Bible.
Waverly Church of Christ Services
10am & 6:30pm Sundays
Each Sunday, WQMV carries the Waverly Church of Christ morning and evening services live. The morning services are rebroadcast at 1pm on WAV3, Comcast Channel 3, Waverly’s Government Access Channel.
Richland Ave Church of Christ Sunday Services 11am
Every Sunday, WQMV carries the Richland Ave Church of Christ morning services. If you can not join the members of the Richland Ave Church of Christ for their services, they invite you to listen to their weekly broadcast.
The Daily Devotional 12:30pm Monday – Friday
Every Monday through Friday the members of the Waverly Church of Christ invite you to tune into their daily devotional aired on WQMV. This 15 minute program is designed to provide the listener with a daily dose of spiritual encouragement.
Nationally Syndicated Programs Airing on WQMV
Beatle Brunch 11am Tuesdays
Beatle Brunch is a weekly celebration of the Fab Four. The show includes songs and interviews with the Beatles and their associates, plus the latest Beatle news and reviews, live versions of songs and in-studio tracks. The show is hosted by Beatles expert and radio veteran Joe Johnson.
Off the Record 11am Thursdays
Joe Benson has hosted the nationally syndicated OFF THE RECORD program since 1998. Not only does Joe share his vast knowledge of classic rock artists and play their best music, but he also shares his in-depth conversations with the artists.
The Classic Countdown 1pm Fridays & 12 Noon Sundays
This weekly, four-hour countdown show is devoted to the classic hits of rock, pop and soul from the late 60’s to the early 80’s. “The Classic Countdown” is written and hosted by Radio Hall of Famer Dick Bartley.
Elvis Only 12 Noon Saturdays & 5pm Sundays
Elvis Only, the all-Elvis hour, is the only syndicated radio show of its kind and is hosted by Jay Gordon, one of the world’s most recognized Elvis Experts. For more than 20 years, Elvis Only has consistently entertained and delighted Elvis fans of all ages.
Rewind with Gary Bryan 1pm Saturdays
Rewind is a weekly show that focuses on the music of the 60s, 70s and 80s with host Gary Bryan sharing the insights of his 30 years of working with oldies stations across the country. The show was developed by rock legend Dick Clark and the show occasionally still features segments from American Bandstand.
Rock & Rolls Greatest Hits 6pm Saturdays
Broadcasting Hall of Fame announcer Dick Bartley has been hosting America's Classic Hits request radio show since 1982. His Saturday night Rock & Roll show is recognized as the first nationally syndicated request program and it has been entertaining rock fans for over 30 years. Rock & Rolls Greatest Hits toll free request number is 1-866-989-1975 and is open during each program.
The Beatle Years 4pm Sundays
Hosted by Bob Malik, The Beatle Years takes a look at the band and its music that defined a generation with an archive of classic hits and rare audio clips and interviews.
Into The 70s 8pm Sundays
Every Sunday night Todd Chambless takes you back INTO The 70s. Playing the best music of that decade and bringing back the memories that that were uniquely the 70s!