Even though CBS6 thinks WTRY was a 50,000 watt station and gets the deejay's name wrong (and then covers the goof by taking the story offline) here is the real deal for you! The DJ was Lee Gray and he brought some local teens up to national prominence and a place in the music history books (the ones TV stations have no time to read.) Here's what you DIDN'T know: Laurie records had to make a critical choice between promoting "Charity" and promoting a song by another group it had signed. NOW do any of you know the name of that group and the song that went on to be a national #1 hit?
And although these guys weren't from Albany, "Free As The Wind" beat The Mamas and The Papas' "California Dreaming" on WTRY's nightly "Voice Your Choice" call-in show with DJ Rick Snyder. The Myddle Class didn't make it big nationally, because the PD at the groups hometown radio station, New York's WABC refused to play their music, and WGLI's PD even broke one of their records to pieces! They had a big NUMBER ONE in Albany with this tune:Thank Google for YouTube!