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Hear the exact moment WBLM was officially born


Do you remember the good old days when vinyl and 8 tracks reigned supreme and fondue was all the rage? It was the 1970s, and Maine couldn’t wait to get a new sound on the airwaves.

Fortunately, there was a station ready to take off and never land.

Do you feel ready for Blimp’s story?

Here is a recording of the very first show in WBLM history.

This recording is from March 1, 1973. The very first WBLM morning existed. The voiceover begins before you hear the voice of Jim Mitchell, one of the station’s true pioneers. He is followed by the very first WBLM DJ to be heard on the station, steve hoad.

The first song played was from the legendary band, The moody blues.

“The Story in Your Eyes” would be followed by the best rock and roll and more of the era.

Of course, it wasn’t the WBLM you know and love today. Some may recall that the station was originally incredibly easy to listen to during the day. At night, it’s when the party goes up a notch with the progressive rock of the time.

The studio was originally located in Auburn until 1988 when the “Blimp” would land in downtown Portland. Frequency would increase to 102.9 the following year. This switch would allow WBLM to throw it up to 100,000 watts of full rock and roll.

This clip is a fascinating look at the very beginning of the iconic rock station that I now call home and am more than proud to represent.

Steve said we better end this clip,

“Welcome to WBLM.”

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