News from WRCT: What are you doing New Year’s Eve Day 1972?

Get out your platform shoes and your Roberta Flack records. Despite popular demand, WRCT-FM (88.3) will once again return to the golden age of glorious AM monophonic sound this Dec. 31 and flashback the final day of 1972.

Yep. It’s that time again.

In a much-tolerated New Year’s radio tradition dating back a decade, WRCT’s resident oldies guru, Jay Thurber, will again roll back the clock 40 years. This year’s broadcast will air from 12 to 3 p.m. and will also be available online at www.wrct.org.

On Dec. 31, WRCT’s time-traveling Plymouth Valiant Scamp will rev up its slant-six flux capacitor to 88.3 MPH and head for Carnegie
Mellon’s old student union, Skibo Hall, in the era when the station was still at 900 kHz AM.

Kindly Uncle Jay, who hosts an oldies program on WRCT on Saturday afternoons (www.jaythurbershow.com), will count down the top songs of 1972, interspersed with news reports, commercials and other announcements from the era when the Pirates, not the Steelers, were the “champions” of the Steel City.

The “number one song of 1972″ will be unveiled at 3 p.m.

Past broadcasts aired from 9 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve. Thurber claims this year’s earlier broadcast is designed to make it
easier for people to listen — though station sources claim he moved the show to an earlier time slot because his increasing decrepitude is making it harder for him to stay up past 9:30.