THE GUS GOSSERT SHOW
WCBS-FM (101.1), later WPIX-FM (101.9) on Saturdays and Sundays from 6pm to midnight. "The curly headed kid in the second row" played the acapella, street-corner harmony sound in the early seventies, when nobody else in New York did. Some credit him with coining the term "Doo-Wop."
The "curly-headed kid" line itself was a reference to the doo-wop era, specifically to 1950's WMGM DJ Peter Tripp, who called himself "the curly headed kid in the third row."Recordings of Gus Gossert on the air are quite rare. Fortunately, rock radio historian Dale Patterson has included one on his outstanding Rock Radio Scrapbook website.On WCBS-FM in 1969 and '70 Gus began and hosted the "Doo-Wop Shop." This was well before the station went to its all-oldies format in July 1972. The "Doo-Wop Shop" remains a fixture of WCBS-FM, where it is presented today, as it has been for many years, by Don K. Reed. In January 1971 Gus brought his show to WPIX-FM for the 6pm to midnight shift on weekends. He loved old radio and occasionally would play something like a complete Amos 'n' Andy show from the '30s — again, before anybody else was doing Golden Age radio. Gus is now spinning those oldies in rock and roll heaven. Trickle, Trickle.