Program contents include Beatles recordings; solo recordings by former members of the Beatles; cover versions of songs written or performed by the Beatles or the former members thereof; music by close associates of the Beatles, such as Yoko Ono, and the children of members of the band; news, features, and interviews related to the Beatles, former members and associates; and interviews with experts on Beatle history and trivia.
Disc Jockey Helen Leicht created, hosted and produced an early version of Breakfast with the Beatles on WIOQ in Philadelphia beginning in 1976 and running through 1989; when WIOQ changed formats, Leicht moved the program to station WMGK. Disc jockeys and program directors at other stations picked up the idea and variations on a Beatles-themed programming block appeared throughout the US. The concept proved a good fit for morning programming (particularly on weekends) and so the Breakfast name, or a variant, was often used.
It is a reflection of the cultural influence of the Beatles that radio stations have been able to sustain this format, sometimes running daily, for at least 25 years.
Radio stations which feature, or have featured a Breakfast with the Beatles program include: WXRT in Chicago, WMGK in Philadelphia, WGRF in Buffalo, WMXJ in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, KMET, KLSX, KLOS in Los Angeles, WZLX in Boston, and others.
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono have all called in to the longest running version of the show in Los Angeles, which was dropped in 2006 by KLSX-FM, but picked up by 95.5 KLOS in November 2006. The Los Angeles show is currently hosted by longtime Beatles expert Chris Carter, who replaced the late Deirdre O'Donoghue in 2001.
A syndicated version of the program format, Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast With The Beatles, which is syndicated to 47 U.S. radio stations and two on the internet. Mitchell is a Las Vegas broadcaster who had hosted a local version of the program for sixteen years prior to moving to syncication. Mitchell's guests have included Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Sir George Martin and many others.
There are also two other all-Beatles radio formats that air nationally, although with slightly modified names: Joe Johnson's Beatle Brunch and Bob Malik's The Beatle Years are both distributed by Westwood One.
BBC rings up local Fab Four hostess 'I thought that it was a joke,' says Ann Stevens of WTUE's 'Breakfast With The Beatles.'
Jun 22, 2006; DAYTON -- For nine years, Dayton disc jockey Ann Stevens has been spinning songs by the Fab Four for Miami Valley listeners as...