February 3, 1990

WBMT Playlist

Sep 24, 1987
My high school, Masconomet Regional High School, has a FM radio station: WBMT 88.3 FM. At the time WBMT had a 740-watt transmitter, so it wasn't just an in-school project- the whole North Shore of Boston could hear WBMT. I joined the station when I was a sophomore, played the 45 of "Say It Isn't So" by Hall & Oates as my first song, and I was hooked. I stayed on WBMT, playing "The North Shore's Best Rock" all through high school. I would occasionally begin my show by playing the theme to "Mister Rogers Neighborhood", only to "blow up" the record into Van Halen's "Panama".
The format was AOR, which stands for "album-oriented rock". AOR is basically classic rock, plus new rock music. This was the format of WBCN in the 1980s, for example. This playlist is pretty typical- I transcribed this from a recording I made (on eight cassettes) of an eight hour double-shift I pulled one Saturday. I had just turned 18, and I was about to graduate in 4 months. Eight hours is a brutally long shift, so I played "double-shots" all day to make the song selection a little easier. I also mixed in stand-up comedy throughout.

"The Star-Spangled Banner"
NOON: Sign On Announcement
Underwriters List
Community Calendar
Concert Calendar
"Permanent Waves" Introduction
  • "Mr Rogers Neighborhood" Theme
  • "Panama/Jump" Van Halen
  • "Live and Let Die" Paul McCartney
One of my music clip montages
  • "My Brave Face" Paul McCartney
  • "The Long Run" The Eagles
DJ Break
  • "Already Gone" The Eagles
  • "Nobody Told Me/God" John Lennon: I think "Nobody Told Me" was one of the songs Lennon had not released when he died; Yoko released it one one of his posthumous albums. I only knew the song because I saw a video for it (composed of old home video footage) on the local UHF video channel V66.
  • "God Part II (remix)/Pride" U2: Oooh, how clever of me (and Bono) to play U2's sequel song right afterwards!
Bobcat Goldthwait: "Childbirth"
  • "Kickstart My Heart" Motley Crue
  • "Who Are You" The Who
  • "You're Only Human/That's Not Her Style" Billy Joel
Dennis Miller: "National Enquirer"
  • "You Shook Me All Night Long" AC/DC: Say what you will about the uncoolness of the song selection so far, but I did play two AC/DC songs!
Promo: "Lazy Bum"
  • "Back In Black" AC/DC for Paul Schricker
1:16pm: DJ Break
  • "Things Can Only Get Better" Howard Jones
My love for pop art tee-shirts hasn't changed.
Long live Commander Salamander!
DJ break
Promo: Ferris Bueller
  • "No One Is To Blame" Howard Jones
  • "Sldegehammer" Peter Gabriel
PROMO: Talk-free radio
  • "Shock The Monkey" Peter Gabriel: My first-ever concert was Peter Gabriel, on the So tour, in the summer of 1987 at Great Woods. Youssou N'Dour opened.
  • "Dirty Laundry/All She Wants to Do is Dance" Don Henley
1:43pm: DJ Break
  • "Head Over Heels/Turn To You" The Go-Go's
  • "Freeze Frame/Rage In The Cage" J. Geils Band
  • "Bank on Your Love/Missed Opportunity" Hall & Oates
  • "Radio Free Europe/Superman" R.E.M.: I don't know where WBMT got all the R.E.M. vinyl, perhaps I.R.S. Records also had us on their list, but we had Eponymous and the "Superman" 12-inch single (with the drawing of a baby on the cover) in the library.
  • "Abacab/Paperlate" Genesis
DJ Break

  • "Money For Nothing" Dire Straits
Dennis Miller: "Hotel Rooms"
  • "Tainted Love" Soft Cell
  • "Always Something There To Remind Me" Naked Eyes
  • "Mexican Radio" Wall of Voodoo
  • "Keep Your Hands To Yourself" Georgia Satellites
  • "You Got It" Roy Orbison
  • "I'm Not Your Man" Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers: This is one of those songs that I only knew about because we WBMT was on the mailing list of Epic and Columbia Records. They sent us the LP and a 12-inch single of this song too. Has anyone else heard of them, or was I their only fan?
  • "Midnight Blue" Lou Gramm: A few years later, I bought Lou's LP, Ready or Not, from the cutout bin at HMV Records in Harvard Square. I assume I paid only a few bucks, I honestly don't remember. I do remember I also bought The Cars Heartbeat City that same day.
  • "Closer to Fine" "Indigo Girls: We also had all their vinyl thanks to Epic Records.
  • "Locomotive Breath" Jethro Tull
  • "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" Joe Jackson
 3:02pm: DJ Break
  • "I Don't Like Mondays" The Boomtown Rats
  • "F.I.N.E." Aerosmith: I had just seen Aerosmith ring in the new decade at Ye Olde Boston Garden a few weeks earlier. I waiting in the freezing cold, along with hundreds of other fans, outside the Garden to buy tickets, and ended up in the balcony behind the stage. Skid Row opened.
  • "Edge of Seventeen" Stevie Nicks
Dennis Miller: "Big Gulp"
  • "Jack & Diane/Pop Singer" John Cougar Mellencamp
4:57pm: DJ Break
  • "In The Air Tonight/Another Day In Paradise" Phil Collins: If you're counting, that's two Genesis songs, two Phil Collins solo singles, plus a song he produced, sings backup, and plays drums on ("No One Is To Blame"), all within 4 hours. Yikes!
  • "Should I Stay or Should I Go?/Rock The Casbah" The Clash
  • "Lay Down Sally/She's Waiting" Eric Clapton
  • "My Best Friend's Girl/You Might Think" The Cars
The console (May 16, 1988) The all-steel turntables
were rock-solid and played great.
 5:29pm: DJ Break
  • "Our House" Madness: I have always loved this silly little song, but never owned a copy, until the summer of 2012, when I purchased a Best Of Madness CD at a yard sale for $1.
DJ Break
  • "One Vision/Under Pressure" Queen
  • "Gimme All Your Lovin/Velcro Fly" ZZ Top
Bobcat Goldthwait: "I Don't Know Any Jokes"
  • "Rock & Roll Is King/Don't Let Me Down", ELO
  • "Rock This Town" The Stray Cats
Promo: WBMT Is Rock And Roll
  • "Stray Cat Strut" The Stray Cats
  • "Anyway You Want It" Journey
Promo: You. Are. Listening...
  • "Send Her My Love" Journey BY REQUEST to Reading
  • "Somebody" Bryan Adams
Promo: "Lazy Bum"
  • "Summer of '69" Bryan Adams BY REQUEST to Reading
6:19pm: DJ Break
  • "What It Takes" Aerosmith- Request for "the wonder twins of Boxford" (I don't remember who this is)
DJ Break
  • "Start Me Up/Sad Sad Sad" The Rolling Stones: I still remember the day The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels LP arrived at the office in it's 13" square cardboard mailer. I really like the LP. Is it because everything sounds better when you're 17 years old?
  • "Everybody Wants You/Don't Say You Love Me" Billy Squier
  • "The Heart of Rock & Roll/Perfect World" Huey Lewis & The News
  •  "Peace of Mind" Boston
6:54pm: DJ Break
  • "Foreplay" /  "Long Time" Boston
  • "Sunshine of Your Love/White Room" Cream
WBMT Station Logo
  • "25 or 6 to 4" Chicago
WBMT Station Logo
  • "Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?" Chicago
  • "Roseanna" Toto
Promo: "Lazy Bum"
  • "Africa" Toto
7:27pm: DJ Break
  • "State of Grace" Billy Joel (Request for Betsy Hopkins)
  • "Everyday I Write The Book / Veronica" Elvis Costello
  • "Seven Wonders / Hold Me" Fleetwood Mac