Back on a very snowy day December 1, 1970 the concept of producing a vinyl album that contained and documented our Syracuse Music History came to reality. Don Bombard (now Bob Shannon) at this time had left WOLF Radio and had shifted to my competition WNDR. Don and I teamed together many times at WOLF producing All Request Radio, a nine hour Beatles special, The WOLF Story (a history of WOLF Radio 1940- 1970), 15 hour History of Rock & Roll special, and a complete Woodstock documentary to name just a few.
The History of Syracuse Music- Volume 1 arrived in late January 1971. Each vinyl volume issued was limited to 500 copies. It was very unusual that two people from different competitive radio stations teamed together with one goal to document our Syracuse Music History. My one memory was asking "Dandy Dan" Leonard to be involved since he had produced many of the great records we included. Dan's response "Ron no one's going to be interested or buy an album of just local music." Well here we are 44+ years later still going. We have switched gears a bit after 14 Volumes on vinyl & cd. We currently have this new website and in the process of writing a book, to date has 5,726+ pages.
I would like to thanks the following who were there at the beginning- Jack Abert (Monterays), Chet Andrews, Don Barber, Jack Belle, Sandy Bigtree, Don Bombard (Bob Shannon), Howie Castle, Ronnie James Dio, David "Rock" Feinstein, Mike Ferrante, Jan Fetterly, Rick Gary, Terry Golden (Madisons), Mike Greenstein, Pete Hennessey, Mark Hoffmann, Mark Kalsuga (Walt's Record Shop), "Dandy Dan" Leonard, Bob Lorenz (New Times), Sue Mackay, Chuck Mellone (The Seven), The Monterays, Larry Monty, Dave Moziak, Rick Mozzo, Ed Murphy, Dave Murray, Dave Novak, Mickey Palumbo, John Periales, "Little Jan" Perolla, Gary Podsiedlik, David Rezak (DMR), Dave Ridgeway, Rick Ryder, Pete Shedd, Bob Sherman (Bob Lowry), Tom Shine, Jim Sims, Bebo Singleton, Dave Stevenson (Fallen Angels), Joe Whiting, Al Wolf, WOLF Radio, WNDR Radio, WNYS TV (now WSYR TV-9), WCNY TV, Orange Pennysaver, Syracuse New Times, Syracuse One Stop & The Brookside in Dewitt.