Month: February 2010

Jimmy Jam, Hot 99.9 WHXT Easton/Allentown PA | July 15, 1991

We don’t know much about Easton PA (as with many lesser markets), but this is a good sounding Top 40 at the end of the 80s CHR era. By ’92, grunge and rock would take over much of the landscape… but this is a rhythmic, 80s-imaged CHR and it is good to hear! Added by Lance Venta: This aircheck is about 6 weeks before the station would become “Oldies 99.9” WODE. The demise of WHXT would also lead to its primary CHR competitor “Laser 104.1” WAEB-FM to rebrand as “B104”, a name it would keep to this day.

Charlie Harrigan, 750 KFQD Anchorage | June, 1985

Our first aircheck from Alaska features this AM Stereo hit music station from Anchorage. The only information we can dig up about KFQD is that it is still around, doing a news format these days. Recorded by contributor Bob Gilmore on one of those Sony SRF-80 (I believe) AMAX radios, this is a wideband mono aircheck of the morning show. Charlie Harrigan is filling in for the regular guy (Marcus in the Morning), so we don’t really know what the real morning show sounds like, but Harrigan doesn’t skip a beat. This is a contemporary hit station, but they play the 4 Seasons and what we hear is the Adult type songs you’d typically find on AM. The rest of the day may have been more uptempo. The news guy has a gravely-sounding voice and reminds us of Terrance McKeever, sarcasm an...

Howard Hoffman, 77 WABC New York | April 8, 1980

1980 was a year of change for WABC. By the end of the year the music would begin to shift to a more adult sound, but in the early part of 1980, WABC was still a hot Top 40 station, as evidenced by this short scope of the wacky Howard Hoffman show. Hoffman is really out of control on this night. How does one describe the Howard Hoffman show? Well, lets just say that he wouldn’t be allowed on the air with this approach anywhere today. WABC, with Hoffman in the lineup, is a much different sounding station than that of just over a year prior, when PD Al Brady cleaned house, getting rid of most of the staple WABC jocks except for Ron Lundy and Dan Ingram (who, at the time of this aircheck, was doing mornings). Still, this is Top 40 WABC and the brand with it’s late 70s Jam jingles i...

George Michael, MusicRadio 77 WABC New York | February 28, 1977

The Late George Michael is tagged here doing a great show on WABC from 2/28/77. This is an original recording, donated by Bob Gilmore. Notables here include much signal fading and white noise on the tape, which suggests this was recorded some distance away from New York City. No matter, Michael is in top form, as was the norm on the George Michael Show – he never misses a talkup or hitting the post! These are the pre-disco days of the 1970s. Sure, a few stiffs are sneaking in, like The Sylvers – Hotline, but this is real Top 40 variety, with a generous dose of Jam jingles, Dan Ingram voiced imaging and that hot reverb! Here’s an original, never posted on the web anywhere – so pass the word and tell your listener friends that WE have the airchecks most coveted around...

Charlie Van Dyke & Company, 68 WRKO Boston | April 6, 1979

Bob Gilmore is proving to be a great source of airchecks – having recorded thousands himself, his are original recordings of vintage radio. This one’s no exception. Check out Bob’s website, www.bobgilmore.com. Charlie Van Dyke is one of America’s foremost voices, heard on TV, Radio and even in Movie Trailers… but for most of the 70s and 80s, his career was spent behind the mic of some of the best Top 40 stations ever heard. WRKO, by 1979 is feeling the pressure from FM – WVBF, in particular, and unbeknownst to most people, is in it’s final year as a Top 40 station. I consider this the best that RKO sounded, even better than the 60s Drake incarnation.

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