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Citizens Band

Citizen’s Band (C.B.) 10/4 Weekend

Airs Friday 10/3 at 5 pm ET through Sunday 10/5 at 11 pm ET

Breaker! Breaker One-Nine! Before there were cell phones, Facebook and Twitter handles, we went crazy over the C.B. From the oil crisis of ‘73 came lower-speed limits, and ‘Smokey Bear’ was using ‘radar’ to give out ‘Christmas Cards.’

Following the lead of the inventive 18-wheel trucker, we learned a coded language for giving ‘bear reports,’ the time of day (a “10-36”), and finding stations that weren’t sold out of gas… But most importantly, America had found its chat room and social media. From coast to coast, millions of newbies installed a 23-channel unit and, by 1976, there were so many radios in use, the channels became almost unintelligible with chatter.

The FCC responded by adding 17 more channels, and Hollywood fueled the craze with a C.B.-themed blockbuster ‘Smokey and The Bandit’ starring Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Sally Fields and Jerry Reed.

As the ‘70s came to a close, the C.B. magnet-mounted antennas began to slowly disappear. New ‘radar detectors’ were in mass production which gave the driver an escape from the ‘ratchet jaws’, noisy squeals and harsh static. Today, the C.B. channels are mostly silent but for the trucker and a few highly amped pirates who still work the night-time atmosphere looking for distant contact.

To recall this era, we ask callers (877-SIRI-XM-7) to give us their handle and speak the slanguage of the beloved 4 watt C.B. on a “10/4 Weekend!”

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  • "Magic" Matt Alan | email
    Weekdays 6 am - 12 pm ET
    Saturdays 2:15 pm - 9 pm ET
    "Magic" Matt Alan started in show biz at the tender age of 10, swallowing razor blades for an audience of Boy Scouts. At age 12, Matt became America's youngest talk show host. He's a lover of the good life, whether it's a well-marbled Cajun rib eye steak, a fine cigar or a perfectly shaken martini.

  • Jaybeau Jones | email
    Sundays - Fridays 12 pm - 6 pm ET
    From a gig in Worcester, MA at 16, to programming in Boston, Chicago, and Hartford, CT, Jaybeau Jones can't seem to shake the love of radio! Author of Heroes Mentors and Friends (Balboa Press), Jaybeau lists HIS heroes as his kids Jordan and Matthew, as well as his sweetheart Heidi … also a DJ! 

  • JJ Walker | email
    Sunday - Friday 6 pm ET
    Saturdays 6 am ET
    Fun-lovin' JJ Walker loves entertaining listeners with wall-to-wall, commercial-free '70s hit music. For decades, he rocked radio stations in NYC, Miami, Detroit, Philly, D.C. and K.C. He hates sushi, can’t recall being abducted by aliens, but has vivid memories of his 1972 Dodge Dart Swinger.

  • Dennis "The Menace" | email
    Saturdays and Sundays at 12 am-4 am ET

    Dennis’ break in the radio biz occurred while working as an intern at a station. The overnight disc jockey never showed up. To this day, his whereabouts are unknown.

  • Casey Kasem | email
    Saturdays 12 pm ET
    Sundays 9 am ET
    Mondays 12 am ET

    Kasem's friendly, "crackling" voice was his trademark. Immortalized in the Radio Hall of Fame, Casey has his own star on Hollywood Blvd, and received two Lifetime Achievement Awards, and the first ever Radio Icon award at the Radio Music Awards. We remember Casey Kasem as the voice of the ‘70s.