Teenage Heart-throb Tommy Shannon


Buffalo’s teenage radio heartthrob. Tommy Shannon began his career at WXRA and later joined WKBW radio in its pre-rock days as a teenaged newsman. His career changed when he was asked to host a weekend music show when the station turned Top 40 in 1958. Shannon was a major fixture on the local record hop circuit with his "Shannon Caravan." He emceed shows that featured teen idols such as Frankie Avalon and Fabian and even once squired Shelley Fabares in his fireball red Corvette. His theme, "Wild Weekend," was almost as famous as the songs he played hitting #8 on the national pop charts in 1963. That year Tommy moved down to the opposite end of the dial to spend a year of WGR. Tommy was also host of WKBW-TV’s "Buffalo Bandstand" and WGR-TV’s "Hit or Miss." In 1964 Shannon left his hometown and joined CKLW in Windsor, Ont (Detroit) where he was voted the #1 pop music DJ in America in 1968.

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