George “Hound Dog” Lorenz can be heard at the very end of Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” saying, “You ain’t nothin’ but a hound.” A radio DJ, he was an early rock and roll advocate, working mostly out of Buffalo, NY - though his show was heard in at least 20 states owing to WKBW’s strong signal.
Lorenz left WKBW in the late ’50s and founded WBLK in 1965. This album is marketed as a “souvenir album,” the liner notes indicating that the station was not yet on the air: “Lorenz feels that music will sound so much better to your ears on the new sound spectrum at 93.7 on the frequency modulation dial.” We call it FM.
The album itself is a run-of-the-mill oldies collection, pressed on the VJ label, but as a Buffalonian, it remains special to me for its local significance, a remnant from a time when Buffalo, and radio, mattered.
WBLK remains on the air today as an urban contemporary radio station.