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Some of the best radio ever produced happened in the smaller towns and regions of the USA. One of the best stations in that regard throughout the 70's was 98.3 WSUX-FM in Seaford, Delaware. Our subject, one Allan Frazier, known to listeners as 'Big Al Frazier', presided over the station's programming for a large part of his time there, 1972-1980. The station was located in a concrete cinder block building just south of Seaford on US Route 13. The station only fired up 3,000 watts, but the coverage hit all the right places and for most of it's run, WSUX was the most listened to station in Delmarva. Jocks at other stations would snicker at the call letters (a variation of its county of location, Sussex), but secretly wanted to work there.
Al Frazier was born in Ohio and was hired at the station in 1972. Shortly thereafter, Kentucky TV News Anchor Bill Crisp bought the station. From then on, the two commenced a sometimes tumultous but highly successful relationship in delivering interesting radio to the area.
It is said the mark of a great program director is how well he manages his staff...and Frazier had some managing to do at WSUX. The station seemed to attract its fair share of wayfarers, rogues, and eccentric personalities who also were very talented. Occasionally, Frazier had to get up in the middle of the night and drive to the station to put the music back on the air when the overnight guy fell asleep from too much booze. Or every now and then, break up skirmishes between enraged personalities. In the midst of all that, Frazier put together one smoothly run and entertaining show every afternoon. He worked various shifts during his tenure at WSUX, but his bastion of bombast was usually 2-7 PM. With Big Al, the shift was not so much 'afternoon drive' as it was 'Wall Street at the closing bell'. WSUX's sales staff liked to run spots in that daypart and sometimes Frazier aired 22 of 'em an hour, in addition to network feeds and news, and somehow found time to play a few records. Whatever. It worked. The station itself was known for its 1 to 1 ratio of current hits to oldies, and the library went back to the 50's, so the listeners never knew what was coming next with every other record.
By 1980, Frazier wanted to advance in the business, so with a new wife he left Delmarva to work at WKNT in Kent, Ohio. After sometime in his native state, he returned home to Delmarva. Al worked for a good while at 107.1 WTDK-FM ('The Duck') in Federalsburg, Maryland. Today, he lives in Milford, Delaware, where he is currently employed with a technologies company and entertains locals on weekends with a show at an area establishment. Big Al Frazier. Like the rest of us, he loves radio and the memories.