Friday, July 17, 2009

Disneyland opens

On this date back in 1955 Disneyland first opened to invited guests and the media for "Dedication Day." The park would open to the general public the next day. Grand opening events were carried live on ABC television and hosted by Art Linkletter and Ronald Reagan. The press preview did not go well and was later referred to as "Black Sunday" by Disney executives. Counterfeit tickets were rampant among the invitation-only guests. Shoes sunk into new asphalt which was growing soft in temperatures that reached 101 degrees. Many of the park's water fountains didn't work due to a plumbers strike. Some thought this was done on purpose to force people to buy Pepsi, one of the park's sponsors. Food ran out and a gas leak forced large sections of the park to be closed for the afternoon.

WCOG (Wonderful City Of Greensboro) runs a Children's Music format and is licensed to Greensboro, North Carolina. It is one of about 50 Radio Disney affiliates nationwide, mostly on the AM dial. WCOG started as a Top-40 station in the 1960s and has gone through a handful of formats and call letters over the years:
Beautiful Music, Oldies and Adult Standards as WGLD
Talk as WWWB
News/Talk and Sports Talk as WTCK
In 1999 the WCOG call letters returned along with a Christian Talk format before the switch to Disney in 2000.

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