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Meet Wally Newman
Wally’s career in broadcasting has been spent in both radio and television. He got his start as a studio engineer at Gene Autry-owned KMPC radio in Hollywood, where Wally worked with such notable talents as Gary Owens and Dick Enberg. His television work on the West Coast included feature reporting for the ABC affiliate in Portland, Oregon. After moving to Houston in 1983, Wally appeared on Fox 26 TV and produced stories for the PBS’ Nightly Business Report. With his first love in radio, he pulled a weekend shift on KIKK-FM, a popular country music station.
History of the Show In 2007, after founding a successful communications strategies firm, Wally created and began hosting a radio show featuring music from the early days of Rock & Roll. He named it Bobby Socks & Doo-Wop® in honor of the era’s great music and fun times. On June 8, 2019 the show was added to KSEV (AM 700) in Houston, airing Saturdays from 8-9 pm CT. Listeners can also tune in at www.ksevradio.com
What is Doo-Wop?
Doo-Wop is a vocal styling that got its start with rhythm and blues groups in the 1940s, with continued popularity into the 1960s. It originated as groups of young men with strong voices, waiting for the bus, would sing a cappella 4-part harmony on the street corner under the lamp post. Doo-Wop got its name from the nonsensical lyrics, such as “doo-wop” and “shoo-be-doo,” that were used in place of instruments. Most of the songs were about love, with the harmonies reminiscent of a barbershop quartet. Every time you hear a Doo-Wop song you think of good times.
What are Bobby Socks? In the 1940s and ‘50s well-dressed young women wore poodle skirts, saddle shoes and socks they rolled down to their ankles. They called them “Bobby Socks.” They were handy at high school dances, which were usually held in the gymnasium. Street shoes had to be left outside so as not to scuff the floor. Thus the term, “Sock Hop.”