This has been fun but here is my last tape from the ‘HFS-102.3 days. I know versions of this have been posted before. In fact, I’d be interested if you would repost your last 3 hours tape. To give it a bit of a twist, I’m including some of the newspaper clippings showing the announced sale of 102.3 to the Outlet Company and the speculation that HFS would re-surface on AM 1390. Thankfully, that didn’t happen and the long run on 99.1 did happen, although for most of the fans of the old 102.3, the 99.1 years were a slow fade to irrelevance.
Last Hours of 102.3
Here is my last tape of WHFS-102.3 FM Bethesda, MD. Fittingly it is the last 90 minutes or so of the final sign off on July 14, 1983. The announcement of WHFS’ sale to the Outlet Company (as shown in The Washington Post story from December 31, 1982), got hundreds of tape recorders busy in the 6 ½ months to follow. There were many references to ‘The Other Side’ which was intended to be 1390AM. Interestingly that stirred resistance from another generation, as 1390 was playing a Big Band format at the time. As we know, that move never happened and the other side ended up being a move across the river to Annapolis and 99.1 FM.
Milo spinning tunes on 102.3 for the last time
Followed by the group sign off and the first verse of the Velvet Underground’s ‘After Hours’ … and the tape fades out…