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The Famous Jim Sands and His Saturday Night Oldies Show!

The "Famous Jim Sands" was born to be on radio. Best known for his time on WHDH 850 AM, Sands had one of those made-for-radio voices -- resonant and driving, but personable. Next to the legendary Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsburg, Sands had the best terrific local oldies show I had ever heard (on Saturday night for several years in the 1970s and 1980s). Sands was also a fill-in weekday announcer who sounded better than many of the regular radio show hosts. Having met Sands once at an on-location Arlington, Mass., broadcast of his oldies show, I remember him being a humorous sort, but quite humble and with an innate ability to connect with his audience.  Does anyone else remember Sands that way?


  1. Jim Sands (nee Samprakos) is an enormously talented jock, and - get this: a very good violinist. In the '70's he played in the string section of the Newton Symphony Orchestra. No kidding! I worked with him at 'HDH for years, and miss those oldies!

  2. I have so many good memories of Saturday nights and going out with family and friends in the 1970s and early 1980s, from those years of our listening in the car to Jim Sands serenading us with his great selection of "oldies" and his caller requests. I just associate it with many a memorable night out, and he was always there and played songs that you really felt should be oldies, and classic at that. And a great voice and, yes, he did connect warmly with listeners. Always looked forward to those Saturday nights on WHDH-AM here in Boston! :)

  3. Oh yeH, music of the 50s and early 60s every Saturday night of my teenage years. Oldies by request!


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