Hi everyone, my interest in music first started around the time I was becoming a teenager in the mid-1970s and over here in the UK at that time there was a big 1950s music revival taking place, modern bands were starting to cover old songs by Curtis Lee like his Under The Moon Of Love, Gene Chandlers’ Duke Of Earl, The Edsels’ Rama Lama Ding Dong and The Rays’ Daddy Cool plus many more started appearing in the UK pop music charts back then, this was the start of my love affair with 1950s American music.
Around the same time I inherited my parents old record collection from the 1950s which included many Rock’N’Roll classics by Gene Vincent, Little Richard, Bill Haley, Elvis etc, this plus my growing interest in all things 1950s prompted me to join the UK rockin’ scene in 1978 and I started to attend local R’N’R clubs and making friends with like-minded people and dressing the style of the period too complete with a Ducktail hairstyle, because of this I’m proud to say I as there at the start of the UK Rockabilly Revival has it is now documented and called over here. In 1983 I started to DJ around my home city of Nottingham at the local clubs but in 1985 i moved away to the south-coast town of Bournemouth where I still live today. Over the last 30+ years I have run several rockin’ clubs myself and DJ’d at clubs and weekenders all over the UK including the biggest 1950s music festivals which include Hemsby, The Rockabilly Rave & The Rhythm Riot to name but a few, also 1950s music festivals in Italy @ the Summer Jamboree & the Get Rhythm, in Spain @ the Screamin’, the Rockin’ Race & the High Rockabilly, in Germany @ the Berlin Shake, in Belgium @ Rockin’ Around Turnhout plus others in Finland & France too. In 2006 I joined Forest FM and started presenting my weekly ‘Wednesday Night Rockin’ Party’ radio show on East Dorset’s Forest FM 92.3 and on WWW.FORESTFM.CO.UK between 20.00 – 22.00 (uk time) spinnin’ the current hot rockin’ club classics, forgotten gems and the latest new releases from the hottest bands from around the Planet and at least once a month I have a ‘live’ band or a guest DJ come into the studio to promote themselves. Now you can listen to the Wednesday night ‘live’ show, on Jukin’ Oldies Internet Radio at 9pm, eastern standard time.
I was born and raised in Shelby, NC and now reside just west of Clover, SC. When I was just a boy I listened to Big Ways 61 and Magic 96.1 out of Charlotte. My love of music has always been the Rhythm and Blues, Motown, Oldies, Carolina Beach and Shag Music.
At Fall SOS 2006 I was talking to Kyle Beam, one of the DJ’s from WSGE 91.7 radio station. I told him of my interest in purchasing some DJ equipment and learning to play around with the music, maybe at parties or in my backyard. He said I should come and hang out with him during some of his shows. As it turned out I attended the required training class and in 2007 my radio career began. I began filling in at WSGE when the regular DJs needed a day off, and loved every minute of it. For seven years I was the fill in, playing the music I loved and making friends. Then an opportunity came for a full time slot and the “Beach Beat Radio Show” began on Saturday mornings from 6-9:00 a.m. I am having a blast and feel blessed to have made so many friends at WSGE.
I am excited to expand my career of playing great music by joining JukinOldies.com. Please tune in to the The “Beach Beat” with Lamar Walker each Saturday from noon to 3:00 p.m.
I love the music and mixing it up with YOU, the listener.
Ron Ramsey first created and produced the radio show Headliners In Review Beach & Oldies Show in 1984 for a local AM radio station in his home area. WAAK 9600 in Dallas NC. His theme song was written by Clifford Curry and the song was originally performed by Bill Pinkney and the Original Drifters. I liked the song so much I had Chris Cassells re do the song at his studio in Greenville, SC and it because the Headliners Theme Song. I moved the show to WCGC in Belmont, NC a 5000 watt AM station covering the Charlotte market in 1985 through 1988. I also created a music magazine “ Healiners in Review that we published for 3 years and showcased groups from the Carolina etc.
Phil Kistler also help me do a recorded Headliners show for played on 5 area station for a number of years. I received did a “live” Headliners In Review Beach & Oldies for WSGE 91.7 FM the Beach Music Station of the year from 2004 through 2018. I received retired from that volunteer position.
Ron Ramsey & Phil Kistler created a show called Dem Shaggin’ Blues radio in 2007. We created our own Theme song and it was also played on a number of stations in our area. One station WHIP at Lake Norman recently changed music format, but they carried the show for over 10 years.
I am an avid music bluff, I have over 2000 albums and ton’s of great music. Thanks to Dr Philgood I have developed a deep appreciation of the Great Blues Shaggin’ music. Several years ago I created a small private corporation, Atlantic Coast Rhythm & Blues Association, Inc as a means of promoting our music outside the carolinas, mainly overseas. This has led to us creatinig a show “ The Atlantic Coast Rhythm and Blues Radio Show” We are looking forward to playing some of the greatest music in the world on Jukin’ Oldies.
A native of NC, born in Lincolnton, I have been a collector of music since the early ‘70’s. I have collected everything from rock and country but my true love is old jump blues. For example songs by Joe Turner, Hank Ballard and Muddy Waters are just a few of the early ‘50’s artists I treasure. My love for the music is reflected through my collection of 20,000 LP’s and 45’s.
I began my career as a DJ in 1985, playing in the local shag clubs. In 1995, I joined the team at WSGE 91.7 FM and along with Ron Ramsey we hosted a show called “Dem Shaggin Blues”. During this time we were privileged to win a Cammy award. We have also hosted a show called “Headliners in Review”. One of the highlights of my career was DJing at the Boulevard Grill in North Myrtle Beach, SC during a semi-annual event called SOS (Society of Stranders).
Ron Ramsey and I are pleased to bring you our show “Atlantic Coast Rhythm and Blues”. Artists, such as Anson Funderburgh, Snooky Prior and Muddy Waters are just an example of music we will bring to you. We hope you will enjoy our show as much as we love bringing it to you.
John R Williford has been a DJ since 1978. He started at the age of 13 playing for local parties and quickly started playing in a local night Club in Roxboro, NC. Not yet old enough to be in the club, he was the DJ between sets for many bands like the Embers, Chairman of the Board, Tams, Drifters, Band of Oz and more. John also was the sound technician and trumpet player for a local Beach music and Top 40 band Crossfire all through high school. He would DJ between sets for the band and DJ parties and school dances when the band was not playing. His DJ work quickly turned into a business and he was in high demand. It was not long he was picked up as DJ talent represented by booking agency Hit Attractions and later East Coast Entertainment in Charlotte, NC. John has played for many Beach and Shag Parties and events over the years.
Beach and Shag music has been John’s favorite since he first heard Ms Grace in the 1970’s. He enjoys playing for Beach functions and Shag Clubs. John has always had a Beach Music show on the Radio or played Beach Music at all events when he could. In the 1980’s John was the biggest DJ company in the area and responsible for introducing new music to the crowds he played for. In the Age of MTV John started playing music videos at events and clubs he played for on two large 9’ screens. Since Beach Music was not on MTV John shot several hours of video at North Myrtle Beach. There were scenes of the ocean both day and night, Ocean Blvd at the MB Pavilion, The Magic Attic, and all over. He also captured video of the shagger’s at Ducks and Fat Harold’s and all over OD. He use to love to tell the crowd during summer events that we now go live by video to NMB at see what’s happening at the beach. The crowds loved it and wanted more as they shagged to Carolina girls and all their favorites. He was always sent new music on a regular basis from Ripete Records, General Johnson and Andy Smith at Insight Talent. His dedicate following of party goers use to call to find out where he was playing on New Year’s Eve so they could make sure they attended. John even once used leaf blowers to throw confetti on the crowd at Midnight. John loves to play during DJ Throwdown at Ducks in NMB every March and any opportunity to emcee or DJ at a Beach club or event. John has a special love and passion for the music and really enjoys doing his radio show where he can take calls and interact with the audience. John says “Beach Music is my happy music and it takes me to my Happy Place, the Beach”
John got his first job in Radio working for WYNC in Yanceyville, NC. He worked weekends and started his first Beach Music Radio show on Sunday afternoons. John graduated in 1985 from Central Carolina Technical College in Sanford, NC with a major in Radio/TV Broadcasting. He continued to run his mobile DJ business and had a beach music show on the radio at about every station he worked at. John worked for several radio stations in NC and Virginia including WKML Fayetteville, NC (air talent), WDVA Danville, VA (air talent), WJLC South Boston, VA (air talent), WTIK Durham, NC (Program Director & Air talent), WPCM Burlington, NC (Production Manager & Air Talent) where was known as The Original Jack Daniels on the air, WKRX Roxboro, NC (air talent). John also had his Beach Radio shows airing on many stations all over the east coast. John left radio full time in 1996 to focus on his DJ business Carolina Productions & Entertainment full time. He continues to help produce the Saturday Afternoon Beach Party part time and his show Classic Soul Saturday Night. John is a Voice Over Talent and Videographer and works out of his studio on Hyco Lake near Roxboro, NC. For 25 years John was known as the Voice of the NC State Fair.
John’s broadcasting Career took him in many directions. He worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry in many ways. He was emcee for many concerts including shows at The Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh for such artist as Travis Tritt, Clint Black, Wynonna Judd, Reba McEntire and Faith Hill. He once emceed a concert at a local small town county fair where a new and upcoming artist was set to perform. John hit the stage and introduced this new artist as Garth Brooks. A year later he introduced Garth Brooks at the NC State Fair. John also emceed shows at the North Carolina State Fair for Allison Krauss, Rickey Van Shelton and others. One of his biggest moments was when he was invited to sit in on a live national radio broadcast in Nashville, TN one night with the Great Wolf Man Jack.
In the 1980s John was hired on a regular basis to provide and run sound and lighting systems for special concert shows at a night club called the Flaming Star. John got to work lights and sound for such professional country artist such as Merle Haggard, Gene Watson, Ronnie McDowell, Johnny Paycheck, Vern Gosdin, Mel McDaniel, Jerry Reed, John Anderson and many others.
In 2010 John produced a weekly TV show for USAR Pro Cup Racing (formally Hooters Racing) that aired on 18 different national sports networks across the country. John and His video crew filmed all of the races across the country and he edited and produced the TV show. John has also produced video content for the Montel Williams Show, CBS Sunday Morning show, NBC Wedding Bloopers, Dr. Phil Show, WRAL News and WTVD News. John is a volunteer with UNC TV as studio Floor Manager and Camera Operator.
John says he is blessed to have been able to play the music he loves and experience the things he has in his career. He wears many hats but enjoys them all. Music is his passion and entertaining people is something he takes very seriously. Even though he plays all types of music its Beach and Shag music that he loves the most. John is excited to join his friends on jukinoldies.com and is looking forward to many years of playing the music that we all love so much. John says he would be honored one day to be included in the DJ Hall of Fame and maybe be able to put a Cammy on display in the studio. He is a founding member of the Triangle DJ Association and Associate Member of the Association of Beach and Shag Club DJs.
And the ‘Top 40’ Hits of 2019 from John Williford Fans goes to …
Back in 1965 my first record player spun the sounds of Motown. I grew up the small town of Asheboro NC home of Archie’s Record Store, WGWR AM Radio Station and WZOO AM. WGWR hosted one of my favorite nightly radio programs “The Platter Party” spun by Asheboro High School students. During my ECU college years, I started seriously collecting records. ECU was a hotbed for college beach clubs like Chapter 10, The Elbo Room, Louie’s Lounge, Papa Kats, The Buccaneer, and Peaches Beach Club. In 1981 I happened to DJ at Peaches Beach Club, the next night I was was working 3 nights a week spinning tunes! 1982 I moved to Cary NC, from there I built my first DJ rig and 40 years later I’m still spinning tunes. Red’s Beach Club was my first break into Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Eastern NC Beach clubs which lead to Shag Social club parties. Dj’d my first SOS in 1990. The Capital Area Shag Club (Raleigh) invited me to DJ one of the best SOS parties for 5 and half years the Tilghman Pool Party! 1991 Gary Bass gave me my first shot playing at Harold’s Across The Street on Ocean Blvd.
My first break into radio occurred in 1990 on 1590 WHPY AM Clayton NC “The Beach Party.”
Since then I’ve worked at many stations……
WHPY “Beach Blast” 1590AM Clayton NC
WYLT “On the Beach” 96FM Raleigh NC
WBZB “Beach Party” 1090AM Garner NC
WODR “Cool Beach” 105.3FM Whiteville NC Monday Thru Friday 10 AM till 3pm
WVCO “The Surf’ 94.9FM OD SC “Friday Night Beach Party” – “Saturday Afternoon Beach Party” – “Soul Sunday” – “Sunday Morning Gospel Brunch” – “Sunday Deck Party” OD Cafe Deck.
Your Beach Music dot com – Internet Radio NMB – “Soul Sunday”
Riptide Radio dot com – Internet Radio NMB “The Morning Tide” Monday thru Friday 9 AM till Noon.
And so now I am currently working at…
JukinOldies.com Internet Radio NMB Mon – Fri 7 AM til 10 AM. “The Morning Tide Show”
Saturday Mornings at 1370 WTAB AM “Beach Party” Tabor City NC – 9 AM till Noon. The Burner!
I am a regular Member ASBDJ’s since 1993.
I’m honored to say, I was inducted into the Beach DJ Hall of Fame 2019. I hope you enjoy my morning show. Grab a cup of coffee, tell a friend and tune in!
Matt The Cat spent the better part of the last decade howlin’ nightly to a national audience over XM Satellite Radio’s 50s channel. On weeknight The Night Prowl Show with Matt The Cat took radio listeners prowling around the back alleys of early rock n’ roll and rhythm and blues. Matt interviewed and profiled such rock n’ roll legends as Lloyd Price, Aaron Neville, Big Jay McNeely, Dale Hawkins, Earl “Speedo” Carroll of The Cadillacs. Also Earl Lewis of the Channels, Pookie Hudson of The Spaniels, Sonny Burgess, Johnny Maestro and rockabilly guitar king James Burton just to name a few. Matt’s focus on doo wop, R&B, rockabilly and early rock n’ roll is unmatched on American radio today. He delivers the “story behind the story” on the hits that enthusiasts remember and the rarities that should have been hits.
Matt The Cat has spent the last 20 years in radio, beginning at the tender age of 13 when his career began, hosting an Oldies radio show on the little 710 watts community radio station WBMT in Boxford, MA. He attended Emerson College in Boston, where he hosted a weekly classic soul music show called “The Soul Bucket.” It was there he interviewed the legendary Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band. Others included Barrence Whitfiled, Bernie Worell, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson, and Otis Clay.
Matt The Cat arrived at XM Satellite just before the historic launch of the nation’s first satellite radio company in June of 2001. Matt’s “Night Prowl Show” was the only live, national call-in request show of its kind to focus on the hits. Including the deep tracks that so many early rock n’ roll fans long for. In 2002, Matt The Cat began hosting a weekly R&B show called “Harlem.” He featured the soul that came before rock n’ roll and focused on post WWII rhythm and blues the music that shaped rock n’ roll. Music historian and singer and songwriter Billy Vera often appeared on the show to offer insight on such topics as West Coast doo wop and R&B. Other topics often included were vocal groups with bird names and the history of iconic record labels. Matt became the Music Director of the 50s channel to his duties in 2004 and he continued to host “Harlem” and “The Night Prowl Show” until October of 2008.
Matt The Cat currently hosts a weekly syndicated rhythm and blues show called the “Juke In The Back,” which airs on both public and commercial radio stations nationally. Matt also hosts a podcast called “The Friday Night Cat Fight” at www.fridaynightcatfight.com
I began listening to R&B and Doo Wop at an early age and fell in love with it. That love of music began my hobby of collecting vinyl. My show is called “Randy Sting’s Shag Dance Party”. My platform for my radio show includes 50’s, 60‘s R&B, Doo Wop as well as a few throw ins. Join me Tuesday nights as we will turn the hands of time and play some great music!
Originally from Fredericksburg, Va., Jim now resides in North Myrtle Beach, SC.
Jim has been interested and involved in music since the 60’s, spinning his first vinyl record for a party in 1968 and playing in a few bands. Collecting vinyl and DJ’n is a passion for Jim. He loves to play the music and make people happy. Jim has played in every club on Main Street in North Myrtle. You’ll find him now at Ducks during SOS’s. He also plays at shag club events from Virginia down to Florida.
Jim’s show, “The Rhythm of the Beach” is a collection of old and new favorites ranging from the 1940’s up to some of today’s hits with emphasis on Soul and Rhythm & Blues. Some of the past shows have included Rat Pack Afternoon, Strictly Northern Soul, Tribute to The Boulevard Grill, Tribute to The Bushes, Tribute to the Jolly Knave and a Smoothies show.
Tune in every Tuesday night for some of the best shag music around!
Been a dj for about twenty years now. Have had a weekly radio beach & shag music show for almost eleven years, with previous weekday show on internet station. When it’s just my playlist, I like to play the “good stuff”, which is real shag dance music. Tunes are selected to get the shagger up and dancing!!