I’m Eliot Wagner. I’ve been involved with music and radio in New York City practically all my life. I started listening to top 40 radio station WINS (before it was all-news) soon winning a WINS Pick Hit of the Week, Young Ideas by Chico Holiday. I also listened to WMGM before moving on to the Good Guys and WMCA. While still in junior high school, I walked into the WMCA studios in Manhattan, was given a tour and met Jack Spector (who was later celebrated by the New York City band the Del-Lords as Saint Jake).
In the late 60s and 70s, I spent much time at The Fillmore East, The Academy of Music, The Palladium and anywhere bands would set up and play. I was present when Lou Reed and Bob Dylan recorded seminal live albums.
Throughout the 70s and early 80s, radio would be my constant companion. Sometimes the dial would be set on WPLJ, sometimes on WPIX, but mostly it would be set at 102.7, WNEW-FM. It is probably for that reason that my stint as a DJ on the University of Pennsylvania’s WQHS in the early 80s as the highlight of my time there.
Today, I’ve ended up in the clubs of Brooklyn and the Lower East Side and here on the Internet.