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FACTS AND LITTLE THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW
ABOUT SOCK HOP SATURDAY NIGHT
Those shown in blue text deal with Mark's former
WICC Program Director and are in a class of silliness and unbelievability
all their own.
the show began back in 1994, there has never been a guest host to do
the show in Mark's absence. During vacations Mark either ran a
pre-recorded show or an "encore performance" of a previously aired
program. (Carl Sicinski sat in as a guest CO-host in 2006.)
longest running "tradition" on the show is the use of Fats Domino's "Be
My Guest" as the opening theme song, which has been used in that
capacity (in occasional alternate mixes) for every show since the very
first song played on Show #1 was Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley
& His Comets.
a department head meeting on Monday, April 4, 1994, following the very
first show, his former program director claimed the program would never
last because the music "was weak".
Mark won second place in both "Best DJ" and "Best Radio Personality" in
the annual Fairfield County Weekly's "Best Of" contest, his former
program director chastised him saying he "wasn't entitled to win."
- Mark's former program director
intentionally derailed Mark's efforts to have a media-wide 75th
anniversary recognition/celebration of his old station's longevity and
heritage in the broadcast industry because "listeners will think we're
four recording artist interviews have aired on the program.
once staged a "walk-out" during a show in the mid 90's causing the
station requests lines to become flooded for nearly an hour, even after
announcing it was all a pre-planned practical joke. (Dean Mercier
the first 7 years of the show, Mark used to drag his entire record
collection into the studio for a show, plus a full computer setup.
Everything then had to be setup during a five minute news broadcast
before the start of the program.
the show was first launched, Mark's record collection totaled approx.
2,500 songs (the current number is over 10x that).
Checker once recorded an interview for the show but Mark decided at the
last minute not to air it since Chubby's body of musical worked turned
show ran for 13 years without a direct sponsor.
show was simulcast on WFAS-AM in Westchester for a short time. When the
show was abruptly canceled there, Mark was the last to find out, only
hearing the news the following day from his NY board operator.
- When Mark was the subject of an
interview he was asked if he really hated his former program director.
In typical quick-witted Mark Edwards style, he shot back "only his
guts", causing the live audience to howl with laughter.
the show aired from on the old station from April 2 1994 - September 6,
2003 it was five hours in length. When it moved to WLNG in 2004 it was
shortened to the current four hours.
- Mark's insider's slang for the
constant negative comments from his former program director is
Loulis created the current Sock Hop Saturday Night database program for
the record collection.
O'Neill created the programs that run the request inputs against the
database, as well as the exclusive "browsable and searchable database"
used on this website.
- During the first 10 years at
his former station, Mark hosted one exclusive remote broadcast of his
show. In contrast.......
the current 5 year run at WLNG, Mark has hosted at least 7 remote
record number for requests played in a single night is 101 (during a
the first 8 months of the show, the official closing theme song was Les
Elgart's Bandstand Boogie.
very first Sock Hop Saturday Night website was designed and created by
Joy Miller of Fall River, MA.
was reportedly the first on Connecticut radio to broadcast the news
that Princess Diana died from the injuries suffered in the Paris car
crash. His announcement came with 8 seconds of the newsflash appearing
on the studio printer.
greatest distance reported for a request from the air signal
came from a listener driving a car on the Mass Pike.
- Mark once threatened to cancel
a free Las Vegas vacation when he learned that his former Program
Director has secretly contacted a part timer to host the show in his
absence rather than air his pre-recorded program. The PD withdrew the
plans and Mark indeed went to Vegas.
- On the program following the 9/11 attacks,
Mark felt compelled to open the show with something befitting the
moment and read a syndicated newspaper piece called "We'll Go Forward
From This Moment" that originated in Florida. It stated America's
resolve to stand together and bring those responsible to justice, and
denounced the atrocity of the acts that killed thousands. The following
Monday his former PD reprimanded him for reading the article, asking
how dare HE read something that poignant and not save it for the
morning host. Mark almost quit that day.
- Nearly 2 years later on
September 11, 2003 Mark was released from the employ of his AM station
because he "didn't look happy."
appeared on the front page of the Connecticut Post in August of 1997 in
connection with the 20th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.
he now denies having a single specific favorite, Mark had mentioned
several times that his all time favorite song was Jackie Wilson's Reet
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