Month: May 2009

Musicradio 77 WABC Rewound!

NewsTalk 77 WABC, The Most Listened to Talk Station In the Nation becomes MusicRadio 77 WABC! For ten years, 1998 – 2008, 77 WABC New York paid homage to its legendary top 40 format by becoming MusicRadio 77 each Memorial Day. The first year, WABC simply called its event WABeatleC and gave away Volkswagen Beatles in a day long promotion featuring classic airchecks and interviews with former WABC staffers. The event was hosted by WABC’s then TalkRadio show hosts. Beginning in 1999, each Memorial Day the station aired “WABC Rewound”. It was narrated by WABC current Production Director and former MusicRadio 77 jock Johnny Donovan. Recent Additions: Bob Cruz with an hour of Rewound magic from his program on 8/31/78. This was Hour 2 of WABC Rewound ’04 donated by M...

Tommy C, “Arizona Country” 102.5 KNIX Phoenix | December 20, 1996

Showcasing what, in your webmaster’s opinion, was the best year for Country radio in terms of both the music and how the format sounded, here’s Tommy C on Phoenix’s KNIX. I especially like how the jingles sounded that year. In a format where the jingles seem to always have a similar sound no matter what station you listen to, something about this period in time… stations really did try to be unique in sound and thats one thing I remember, having worked in the format for a decade. There was a sense of creativity, here at the height of modern Country’s popularity. Note the incredible number of spots… KNIX was VERY sold out! Course, one would expect this, just days before the Christmas holiday. One somewhat negative observation is similar to the one I made ...

Rob Banks, 98.5 KLUC Las Vegas | December 21, 1996

There are some airchecks here that we just don’t know much about, or are so typical of a particular format that we just can’t think of something original to write about. Knowing next to nothing about the Vegas market is a handicap, to be sure, but what stands out is the similarity to a typical CHR format today. Note that this is late 1996, Telcom ’96 was passed this particular year, and even though the consolidation that brought ruination had yet to begin, this is what CHR had become up to this point. Could it be that this was as far as the format would evolve, then stagnate from this point on? Who knows. Rob Banks is an upbeat jock, and there’s plenty of excitement on KLUC, but this could be TODAY. Interesting. It’s 13 years old (as of this writing). We’...

Philadelphia Composite, July 1991

Hold on to your hats for 30 minutes of scopes from WEGX, WIOQ and WYSP. From the monster-sized Robyn Watts collection comes this one side of a cassette called Philly CHR from Hecht Enterprises out of Kansas City, KS… an aircheck service which is apparently long gone since we can’t find any information about on the internet or elsewhere. In case you’re familiar with Hecht… this one is numbered #61. We’ve been sitting on this for a few years now, and it seemed like a good time to pull this out and post it. Listen at the end for a couple of minutes of Howard Stern on WYSP, way back in the days before syndication or even Sirius/XM radio! But pay attention, if you blink, the segment will go by…

Steve West, Last Show on WMC-FM Memphis | October 30, 2005

FM 100 was the culmination of a career to me. True, I was only full time there for one Summer, but the station’s reputation, the life, the energy… the whole aura that surrounded this station put me in a trance from the first day I entered the building. I can’t say why I hold such an emotional attachment to WMC-FM. I will say that this particular evening was the last time I was on major market radio, the last time I got to interact with callers or really be myself on a commercial radio station. Given my feelings toward this station, and Memphis, Tennessee, its little wonder why I was very emotional on this day. At the end of this, is my farewell to Memphis. Nobody does a farewell… I figured what the heck. I wasn’t going to get to be on Memphis radio anymore. So...

Wolfman Jack, XERB 1090 Rosarito BC, Mexico | 1967

The movie “American Graffiti” featured a howling Wolfman Jack… it was THIS station, XERB 1090 in a town close to Tijuana, south of San Diego. Listening to this, you hear the Wolfman (Bob Smith) in his heyday, probably at the height of his popularity. XERB’s powerful signal carried it up the west coast, into Canada and even Alaska. It’s said that this station was heard in parts of Europe and even Australia. Little wonder that the Wolfman became a cult figure, then full-fledged national celebrity due to the station’s (and Wolfman’s) notoriety. We have contributor Joe Fazio to thank for donating this tape to the Airchexx collection.

California Composite | September 1991

Digging deep into the Airchexx archives, we find this two sided cassette donated by longtime contributor Nick Sarames several years ago. While I called this “California Composite”, this does include many other markets, mainly west of the Mississippi. Most of these include one or two breaks, then move on to another station. There are so many (maybe a hundred or more), it’s difficult to list in order, so you’ll just have to listen. Maybe your favorite is represented here. This covers most of the state of California, and some other markets like Denver, Las Vegas, Lansing, etc… and even Barstow, CA in the high desert. A very interesting collection to say the least. Enjoy!

Daniel Coloumbe, 900 CKTS Sherbrooke Que | February 9, 1985

The station no longer exists, but the Eastern Townships’ main English speaking music station was on AM through the end of the 1980s. At 900 Khz and a power of 10,000 watts, this station was heard as far south as St. Johnsbury, VT and all across most of Southern Quebec. It was a great Top 40 outlet for the limited Anglo audience, with personalities like morning man Ted Silver, and Daniel Coloumbe. The music is true Top 40, with all the music on the charts represented… including a fair representation of Canadian-only hits, in accordance with CTRC regulations. Included here, two complete stopsets (commercial breaks), and CKTS jingles, used infrequently – and that makes them really good! Notice the station’s slogan in 1985, “The Amazing AM”. This was used by...

QuickCheck: Leo Knott, KOWH Omaha | 1972

Lets give contributor Leo Knott some time in the sun. Included on the disc with Jay Johnson at WVON was this very brief recording showing off our contributor’s many talents as an air personality at KOWH Omaha. At about 35 seconds this is definitely the shortest aircheck on the site…

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