DA GREASE on THE BIG APE! This show aired the day before the execution of John Spenkelink at Railford, Florida. Spenkelink was sentenced to death for first degree murder and was electrocuted on May 25, 1979. The prison where Spenkelink was being held was relatively close to Jacksonville and the Greaseman’s radio show was extremely popular. “The Big Ape” on AM 690 was a huge station in this part of the country. So, it was widely speculated that Spenkelink and his fellow inmates listened to WAPE in the morning. Grease aka Doug Tracht taunted Spenkelink repeatedly in the days leading up to his execution.
This aircheck was provided to me by my friend Tom, owner of www.radiotapes.com. His is a fantastic resource with several airchecks, video clips, and memorabilia of Minneapolis/St. Paul radio from the 1930s to today. Since Tom’s site focuses on Minnesota stations, he felt it wasn’t appropriate for him. So, he graciously offered it to me and I am in turn offering it to you here.