WHRV was a radio station in Ann Arbor; it later changed its call sign to WAAM.
- Wikipedia: WAAM
The station signed on as WHRV in October, 1948. WHRV was a typical full-service radio station of its day, with a wide variety of music ranging from pop vocals to rock and roll to Southern gospel, and a heavy commitment to local news and sports play-by-play. Ollie McLaughlin, a black DJ on WHRV, is credited for helping to discover early 1960s rocker and Michigan native Del Shannon, and, after he left the station in 1961, helped launch the careers of several other Michigan artists, including Barbara Lewis, The Capitols, and Deon Jackson.
The station was sold in 1963 and changed its calls to WAAM.
After the move to Ypsilanti, Red went to work at Ford Motor Company and at radio station WHRV (later WAAM) in nearby Ann Arbor as an engineer. In 1957, Red added DJ responsibilities to his work at WHRV. Many of the factory workers in and around Detroit were from the Appalachians who enjoyed the country and bluegrass music that Red played on the radio.
- Ivory Photo Photograph collection, boxes 4, 6, 20.