Local radio show offers an ear on the doo wop era
For many people who are near or just past retirement age, the sounds of the “doo wop” era take them right back to high school and all of the memories of the “good life,” according to the “Dean of Doo Wop,” Dino Fradelos, and Don “Majka Man” Majka, radio hosts of WEES-107.9, who have a show that airs twice a week out of their studio at the Gold Coast Mall in Ocean City, Md.
“We are reminiscing,” said Majka. “We are taking a stroll down memory lane.”
This past week, in addition to their usual trivia and song selections from that era, they concentrated on playing songs from groups that had car names, in honor of the annual Cruisin’ Car Show in Ocean City, with music from the Cadillacs, the Impalas, the Fleetwoods and the Jaguars.
Asked what their favorites are, the two hesitated, saying it’s too hard to pick. But they said they do love playing some Johnny Maestro and the Crests, the Jive Five, Earl Lewis and the Channels and Jimmy Beaumonts and the Skyliners.
“The list goes on,” said Fradelos.
The two men are retired, Fradelos from work as a motel and hotel supply salesman and Majka from a 31-year career with AT&T, so they call their volunteer radio gig at the non-commercial, educational radio station a “labor of love.”
“It’s a passion,” said Majke. “We love this music and want to keep it alive. You really don’t find it anymore.”
And, in more than eight years on air, they have gained plenty of listeners in Ocean Pines, Ocean City and the surrounding areas. Fradelo said they’ll even get calls from Florida or across the country, so they know the listeners are taking them home with them and listening online.
“We try to have a good time” said Fradelos. “And we do have faithful listeners. And we love it — that’s why we do it.”
And while they may look a little different than they did back then, at heart they are still the youngsters who first heard and celebrated the tunes back in the “good ol’ days.”
“We used to be greasers — and now we’re geezers!” joked Fradelo.
Their show can be heard on Friday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. and on Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. on WEES-107.9. In addition, the “Dean of Doo Wop” is available for gigs, sock hops, weddings, birthday, reunions and more, at the client’s hall or location. Interested parties can contact Fridelo at the radio station on Friday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. and on Monday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m.
For more information on WEES-107.9, visit them online at www.wees.org or call (410) 520-0373 or (866) 302-0373.