WYSI / WSDS Story – Part One: Rock’n’Roll Years

The early history of WYSI / WSDS radio Ypsilanti, Michigan, which faithfully broadcast country music for more than 40 years after starting with a rock format in 1962. Written by the station's last program director, Keith Jason Cady.

Detroit country-western handbills

1956 handbill for Eddie Jackson, Lucky Lee and Jimmy Franklin gig at Conner Show Bar Handbills, circulars, or fliers have been around for a long time. Here we survey several rare examples of handbills advertising Detroit-based country music entertainers from the 1930s to 1950s.

Eddie Jackson and Don Rader, early inspirations

Craig Maki, Eddie Jackson, and Marv Weyer It took a community to help write the forthcoming book. I've always been crazy about records, and record collectors got me started on this project by sharing vintage Detroit music. Some of my earliest boosters who played music (not records) included the gentlemen in these photos.

Detroit recording sessions of Jimmy Work

Tennessee Border by Jimmy Work In 1993 Bear Family Records assembled all of Jimmy Work's records in a double compact disc package, including his sessions in Detroit. Here are my updates to Rich Kienzle's and Richard Weize's guesses at the personnel for these sessions.