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(VIDEO) Reunion of WHN Personalities for Country Station’s 40th Anniversary

Jessie, Arnold, Fitzgerald, Taylor, Colmes, and Salamon on panel to celebrate 40 years since WHN’s country debut.

Country is alive and kicking on Cumulus’ NASH FM, a first in 17 years on New York. It was also a rare flip to Country 40 years ago today, February 26, 1973. The WHN call letters started in 1922 at 1050. But country would have to wait several more decades and format adjustments.

By the 1960s, Beautiful Music was in full effect as WHN was resurrected for the second time. Owner Storer made the move to Country. Like today with Cumulus’ NASH FM, Country was never a hotbed for New York listeners. Nearby WJRZ in Hackensack, New Jersey, was one of the few area Country/Western spots. But it was gone by 1971, setting the stage for WHN to fill the void.

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The station was sold to the Mutual Broadcasting System in the late 1970s. It got its strongest format competition when WKHK was born in 1980. By 1984, it would become WLTW. WHN prevailed, but the heyday was in the rear view mirror. Two years later, in what was the final nail in WHN’s coffin, Emmis purchased the station. It added sports talk programming to the Mets baseball games, which started in 1983. The Mets also called WHN home in the early 1970s.

On July 1, 1987, WHN’s Country format ceased in favor of the nation’s first all-sports format–WFAN. THe last voice on WHN was Dan Taylor, now WCBS-FM morning man. He talks about the station’s success, and credits program director Ed Salamon for making the difference.

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NASH FM Ready to Give Back to Listeners with Three-Night Concert at Roseland

Time for the rewards! The overwhelmingly positive response to last month’s Country debut at Cumulus’ NASH FM 94.7 is leading to a three-night concert next week at the famed Roseland Ballroom.

Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton is among the headliners at NASH Bash that includes Sara Evans and Lady Antebellum.

“The response to the launching of New York City’s only Country radio station last month has been amazing and we’re excited about this opportunity to let our listeners celebrate with top Country acts as we roll out NASH nationwide,” Lew Dickey, Cumulus CEO, said in a statement.

Tickets for the three concerts are not for sale. The only way to win is by tuning to NASH FM 94.7 for details.

The full schedule of artists is listed after the jump.

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Legendary Country Programmer Ed Salamon: ‘The Time is Always Right’ for Country in NYC

It’s official: New York’s Country station is now WNSH/NASH FM 94.7. The temporary WRXP call letters now belong to a station in Minnesota.

The newly acquired Cumulus station made the historic move to Country last week. Now, the nationwide search begins for an air staff and a combination program director/air personality.

Ed Salamon knows all about programming Country in New York. During the latter half of the 1970s Salamon was in charge at WHN, the most successful Country station New York has ever heard.

The timing was right for a Country return, and also for Salamon to write a book detailing his memories from the WHN days. While he puts the finishing touches on the book, due out next month, it’s a perfect opportunity to pick Salamon’s brain about NASH.

Salamon, who lives in Nashville, took advantage of the Web site’s streaming live feature. Waiting another month or two before NASH starts to use live jocks, Salamon cautions anyone from being critical as this isn’t the final product.

“I can’t be listening and commenting on it, because it’s going to be something different,” Salamon says.

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New York Connection for Two Honorees into Country Radio Hall of Fame

Country Music doesn’t have an outlet in New York today. But that wasn’t the case in decades past.

Charlie Cook was the assistant program director ( under Ed Salamon) at WHN/1050 in the late 1970s.  Cook also had a short stint as program director at Country 103.5/WYNY in 1992.

Cook is being enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame. He’ll be in the Class of 2011 along with Dene Hallam.

Hallam was a programming giant who made his imprint at WHN, serving as program director from 1981 to 1983.

Staying in Country, he was program director at WKHK (106.7 FM) from 1983 to 1984.

Hallam died in 2009.

A formal ceremony inducting Hallam, Cook, and four others takes place in March.