Alison started her first radio gig on July 4th, 1966 as part of the new line-up of disc jockeys for the newly launched rock station WNEW-FM.
The station hired an all-female staff that was marketed as "sexpot radio".
Alison was chosen as one of the final four selected out of 800 women that applied.
She worked from 2- 7 PM.
After a year and a half, the station decided to dump the format and move to a progressive rock format and Alison was the only host they asked to stay.
As the sad anniversary of her passing comes around again, it’s also a perfect excuse to hear this interview from 1992 that I did with Alison. It was called "The Rise & Fall of FM Radio - The Glory Days".
In it, I interviewed three of New York's finest radio pioneers that helped create the legacy that WNEW-FM would become back in the late 60's-early 70's. Jonathan Schwartz, Pete Fornatale and Alison Steele.
I asked each of them to tell me their stories about how they arrived at WNEW-FM and what they experienced while making history together.
This post features my audio interview with Alison including some of her favorite songs interspersed throughout.
If it weren't for the huge influence they had on me growing up, I would have never been able to look back at the past 26 years (as of this post) of carrying the torch for them on my radio show FM Odyssey.
Enjoy this bit of "Edutainment’!