Month: May 2010

Shotgun Tom Kelly, KFMB-FM B100 San Diego |Undated

Contributors Joyce and Bob were eager to add this really short recording of Shotgun Tom Kelly on B100 FM! We don’t have a date for this one, but there are a few audio clues and we’ll let you listeners figure out when. As of this writing, Kelly can be heard afternoons on K-EARTH 101 in Los Angeles.

John London, 101.3 KDWB Twin Cities | July 15, 1996

Mid Summer in the mid-90s – It’s a hot time in the Twin Cities and the upper Midwest is listening to a great radio station – 101.3 KDWB! We’ve got a few other airchecks from this station, which started out as a legendary AM Top 40 in the 60s. Here’s an original recording from the year of deregulation – and KDWB is really a tight CHR station. The only thing that bothers your webmaster is that there are too many songs and elements in between jock breaks. John London sounds great, when we hear him. You’ll hear a lot of 1996 commercials (check out some of the car prices!) and a moderate use of the KDWB jingles. Here’s 47 minutes of great radio listening for your enjoyment!

Mike Raub, 96.5 WTIC-FM Hartford | Undated

Sent in by our good friend Daniel Coloumbe in Canada, here’s Mike Raub (HitOldies) on 96 TIC-FM. This sounds like it was from sometime in the early to mid 90s. Raub is currently Program Director of 96.7 The Coast (Gold Based AC) and 95.9 The Fox (Classic Rock) in Stamford CT

103.5 WAPP Lake Success/New York | January 3, 1983

One recording we didn’t post when Matt over at Big Apple Airchecks sent us a bunch in ’07 was this aircheck of AOR station WAPP. Now, WAPP, for a time, was a great rock station after having changed formats from WTFM Beautiful Music sometime in 1982. By 1983 it was time for a change, and while this is essentially still a hard rock station in January of that year, it would flip to CHR a few months later. Darryl Hall & John Oates sounds conspicuously out of place sandwiched in between Jethro Tull and Journey, but it’s certainly a sign of things to come – Best example of this kind of change might have been 94.5 WCOZ Boston, which after ditching the “Kick Ass Rock n Roll” hard Rock format from John Sebastian, found itself lost in a world of some hard roc...

Brad Stone, 1520 KCPX Salt Lake City, Utah | March 27, 1980

From the Matt Seinberg collection, here’s one he donated to us sometime in 2007. Brad Stone is a good jock, 1980 is a great year for radio, and AM Music Radio is still alive, at least in the short term. This is our first look at the Salt Lake City market, and while this is a low-fidelity recording, all the elements of good personality radio are there! This shows us that even smaller markets sounded good back in the early 80s, whether they were on AM or FM. In fact, your webmaster would make the arguement that music radio had reached it’s peak and 1981 was the very beginning of the end of great radio, even if it did take 20 years to see radio’s true demise come to fruition. You’ll really enjoy this aircheck of KCPX, if you can get by the poor quality of the source re...

Cousin Brucie, WCBS-FM New York Radio Greats Reunion | June 09, 1988

WCBS-FM is known for it’s “Radio Greats Reunions” every few years. Back in 1988, this one reunion weekend, Cousin Brucie had friend and former fellow jock Les Marshack as his phone in guest as they went back in time with airchecks and discussion of the day Marshack took over from Roby Younge on WABC. If you haven’t heard this, its an interesting look back to when WCBS really played up 1960s radio and music… one can thank Joe McCoy for this great programming on WCBS-FM, back when it really WAS New York’s OLDIES station!

Ron Sedaille, 102.9 WDRC-FM Hartford | July 21, 2007

“All Request Saturday Night” on DRC-FM has been a staple in Hartford for several years now. Ron Sedaille is well known in Connecticut and does a show that’s quite reminiscent of 1960s radio. He even has his own jingles! You can view his bio from 102.9 WDRC-FM HERE. Your webmaster recorded this one Saturday evening in North Central Massachusetts (about 8 miles from the New Hampshire state line), using a 7 element FM DX antenna from Radio Shack. The signal has a bit of white nose on it but otherwise this is really great!

Mark Simone, 77 WABC New York | July 21, 2007

Good radio shows don’t last forever and at some point the “Saturday Night Oldies” show on WABC with Mark Simone will probably go away. I think, in fact, it’s been re-branded as just the “Saturday Night Show” and I’m not sure he does the format re-creation anymore. So it was with that in mind that in 2010, I decided to post a noisy recording from July of ’07. For those who never heard this show, WABC added this program right after WCBS-FM dropped oldies in favor of the “Jack-FM” format, trying to capitalize on the tremendous heritage that WABC had as a music station. Mark Simone is a consummate professional, able to host a talk show on WABC and be very serious talking politics, and yet still be a fantastic disc jockey – he sh...

Tony Terzy, WKCI KC-101 Hamden/New Haven | Undated

Found this in a pile of tapes – okay, that’s not very good housekeeping on our part, but this was sent in sometime since Oct. 09 and I wanted it posted, because it’s SO good! I believe this was recorded sometime in the early 90s. It features Tony Terzy (sp) in a scoped presentation that sounds light years better than the station does now. Listen closely, you’ll hear a hint of reverb as Terzy interacts with callers (a female contest winner from Milford, CT – hey, was that you?) and plays Connecticuts Hottest Music! Listening to this one more time… on the Top 10 at 10 here, Madonna, New Kids on the Block…? This has to be 1989. The station is imaged by Charlie Van Dyke! Oh yes, this is so awesome! This is KC-101 at it’s 90s best!

“The Official World Chart Show”, CKKL ‘Cool-FM’ 93.9, Ottawa, Ontario | May 3, 1997

And now, for your listening enjoyment, here’s something really GOOD from the late 90s. Your webmaster has never heard this show. Perhaps it didn’t air in the United States (maybe it did, somebody out there knows). But this is Canada, a place where radio sounded better in some ways than in it’s southern neighbor… certainly different. Here’s something called ‘The Official World Chart Show’. It featured music from the various music charts in different countries – even RUSSIA! The show’s host sounds suspiciously like Ryan Seacrest, and featured a female co-host. They certainly made a great team! As of this writing, the station is known as 93.9 Bob-FM, one of those “Whatever” stations originally trademarked in Canada as “Ja...

Don Cox, WINZ-FM (I95) Ft. Lauderdale/Miami Beach | July 2, 1984

RESTORED AUDIO This was sent in by Daniel Coulombe… an original recording of Don Cox on I95 in South Florida. This is vintage 80s. Entertainment news, featuring who else? Michael Jackson. Not to mention, Cox IS counting down the top 10 songs of the week. Heard at the end of this aircheck is Johnny Dolan, apparently coming in to do his shift. Whatever happened to this kind of personality top forty?? Never mind, we know the answer (that’s why I’m not in the biz anymore…)

Norm N Nite, WCBS-FM 101 New York | November 22, 1981

Recently, we featured the legendary Bobby Jay on WCBS-FM. Now, after numerous requests, here’s something from Norm N Nite. Contributor Ray Bozzanca says of this aircheck, On May 1,1982 Norm N Nite would start the Top 20 countdown shows on WCBS FM N.Y. The first Top 20 countdown show featured the year 1966.This aircheck is from Novemeber 22 of 1981 when Norm N Nite would countdown the Top 10 songs of 1961 in his last hour of his show.