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.

10 Responses to About

  1. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks. Delighted to have found your blog and I’ll explore further. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (drop a nickel).

  2. Denis Donovan says:

    Did you ever find your way to Bananafish Park in Bay Ridge in the early 70’s when it was a live music club or Bananafish Garden (aka Loew’s 46th Street theatre) during its short run during the same time period? I coordinated the shows at both.

    • Eliot says:

      During that time, I was living in Queens and hanging out in Manhattan, so no, I never did make out to your shows.

      • Jim O'Malley says:

        Hi Denis…I was part of the group “The Braid”…we played at Bananafish Park and opened the shows for Harry Chapin, Tim Hardin …..long ago and far away…but great memories!!!…you did a superb job!

  3. Les says:

    kudos to you on what appears to be a well researched…..if I may hazzard a guess, indi-rock blog

  4. AE Velez says:

    Great Blog.
    Is there an email address for you?

  5. AE Velez says:

    is there an email address for you?

  6. david wagner says:

    Most interesting. Today I learned things about you that I never suspected. Keep up the good work.

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