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Sep 23

Make It Or Break It – WFUN in 1971

 

WFUN d.j. Don Wright

Make It Or Break It was a nightly feature on WFUN’s  Don Wright radio show, back in 1971. South Florida listeners had the chance to tell the station brass whether they liked, or hated, a selected new release.

A few of the “break it”s, such as “Want Ads” by the Honey Cone and “Stay Awhile” by the Bells, went on to become substantial hits, while many favorably-received tracks went on to sink like a stone. And then there’s
“Timothy” by the Buoys, a song that debuted in the Miami market on “Make It Or Break It”… passed easily… yet was later ignored by the station, due to its subject matter. (WQAM had no problem with “Timothy”, which rose to #2 on the station’s chart.)

The complete WFUN “Make It Or Break It” list has probably been lost to time. What follows is the best I could do at trying to reconstruct the results of the voting.  Please feel free to make any additions or corrections.

 

2/22/71
NEIL YOUNG – When You Dance I Can Really
Love

2/24/71
OSMONDS – I Can’t Stop (make it)

2/25/71
RAIDERS – Indian Reservation (make it/winner for the
week)

2/26/71
BUOYS – Timothy (make it)

3/3/71
TOM RUSH – Sweet Baby James

3/5/71
BELLS – Stay Awhile (break it)

3/8/71
CRAZY PAVING – Any Time Sunshine (make it)

3/9/71
IDES OF MARCH – L.A. Goodbye (make it)

3/19/71
LOBO – Me & You & A Dog Named Boo (make
it)

3/22/71
COCHISE – Love’s Made A Fool Of You (make it)

3/25/71
HONEY CONE – Want Ads (break it)

3/26/71
MIKE NESMITH – Nevada Fighter (break it)

4/1/71
POCO – C’mon (make it)

4/2/71
“C” COMPANY – Battle Hymn Of Lt. Calley
(make it, 375-64)

4/3/71 “C” COMPANY easily beats POCO for “Make It
Or Break It” winner of the week, 215 votes to 7.)

4/5/71
DAVE EDMUNDS – no other info noted

4/7/71
REDWING – California Blues (make it)

4/13/71
JOHNNY RIVERS – Sea Cruise

4/14/71
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD – Feelin’ Alright

4/15/71
JERRY REED – When You’re Hot You’re Hot

4/21/71
REDEYE – Red Eye Blues (break it)

4/22/71
BOZ SCAGGS – We Were Always Sweethearts (make it,
191-147)

4/23/71
T. REX – Hot Love (make it)

4/27/71
ELVIS PRESLEY – Life

4/28/71
SOURCE – You Don’t Know What’s Goin’
On

5/4/71
TOM JONES – Puppet Man

5/6/71
BILL MEDLEY – Swing Low Sweet Chariot

5/14/71
BOBBY BLOOM – We’re All Goin’ Home

5/15/71
GRASS ROOTS – Sooner Or Later (make it, winner for
the week)

5/25/71
EDGAR WINTER’S WHITE TRASH – Where Would I Be
(make it, 194-30)

5/25/71
STONEY & MEATLOAF – What You See Is What You Get
(make it, 128-88)

5/27/71
BUDDY MILES – Wholesale Love (break it, 130-112)

5/27/71
CYMARRON – Rings (make it, 116-80)

6/1/71
VAN MORRISON – Call Me Up In Dreamland (break it,
140-76)

6/1/71
DAVY JONES – Rainy Jane (make it, 202-108)

6/18/71
MIKE NESMITH – Texas Morning

6/22/71
STYLISTICS – Stop Look & Listen (make it,
168-88)

6/22/71
CHUCK MANGIONE – Hill Where The Lord Hides (128-128
tie. A runoff was held and the voters said “break it”, 84-76)

6/25/71
STEPPENWOLF – Ride With Me

6/25/71
ANDY KIM – I Been Moved

7/16/71
SEARCHERS – Desdemona

9/22/71
MANFRED MANN – Please Mrs. Henry (break it,
137-126)

9/23/71
JEAN KNIGHT – You Think You’re Hot Stuff (make
it, 114-34)

9/23/71
NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE – Louisiana Lady (make
it, 114-62)

9/24/71
OPEN ROAD – Born By A Woman

9/24/71
ALIAS BILLY SMITH – Maybe I’m Old Fashioned

9/29/71
BREAD – Baby I’m-A Want You (make it, 106-46)

9/29/71
INCREDIBLE BROADSIDE BRASSBED BAND – Little Dead
Surfer Girl (break it, 154-101)

10/1/71
ERIC BURDON & JIMMY WITHERSPOON – Soledad (break
it, 112-38)

10/1/71
GREGORY HAVRILAK – Proud Woman (break it,
138-128)

10/4/71
TOM JONES – Till

10/4/71
GAYLE McCORMICK – It’s A Cryin’ Shame

10/14/71
COVEN – One Tin Soldier (make it)

10/14/71 DENNIS COFFEY – Scorpio (make it)

 

“D.O.A” by Bloodrock was also a Make It Or Break It winner, but I don’t have any specifics.

It should be noted that WFUN had earlier dabbled in similar call-in competitions, but it didn’t become a regular nightly feature until 1971.

Rival WQAM would also occasionally let listeners decide about new releases, including local band The Beaver Patrol’s great Columbia 45, ‘E.S.P.”   The record didn’t become a hit, but as you can see on WQAM’s former copy of the record, 41 out of 69 callers believed that it should have been.

ESP 45 by the Beaver Patrol

Now that you’re here, check out the OTHER POSTS about Florida records and radio on the SAVAGE LOST blog.

 

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