Month: October 2010

Dan Ingram, WCBS-FM 101.1 New York | June 30, 2002; 1-3 PM

Honestly now… what do I write about the world’s best disc jockey that hasn’t already been said? He’s the greatest ever. Period. Listen to this nicely scoped aircheck and you’ll hear why. Furthermore, if you want to laugh, really belly laugh, Dan Ingram’s one liners are REALLY funny on this particular day! The honored group of the day are people who have kooky fantasies! Don’t ask, just listen! Word of the day: Conglutenate. And of course Ingram has at least half a dozen different definitions (probably only one of which is listed in Webster’s Dictionary). Ingram is so funny this day that you can actually hear his engineer laughing in the background! This is where I stop talking and the listening begins. And, of course, thanks to Ray Bozzanca f...

William B. Williams Farewell; Bob Jones, WNEW 1130 New York, Part 2 | August 3, 1986

… There’s only one. WNEW Eleven Three Oh in New York. There was, until 1992. Not counting it’s sister Album Oriented Rock FM station on 102.7, WNEW (AM) was the most unique radio station in America. To be sure, there were radio stations, primarilly on the AM dial, which played American Standards, but most of those were either some sort of automated jukebox, or part of the nationally syndicated “Music Of Your Life” satellite format. WNEW was different. It was alive, with a personality that only a New Yawker could possibly understand. Presented to us thanks to Contributor Ira Warren Patasnik, this is part two of a wonderful tribute to the late William B. Williams, who hosted the “Make Believe Ballroom” for three decades. He was a man who was a true f...

William B. Williams Farewell; Bob Jones, WNEW 1130 New York, Part 1 | August 3, 1986

Somewhere, in some vault, there is a master recording of this tribute to the late William B. Williams. But, for this website dedicated to classic radio, perhaps it’s better that we present the following original ‘off the air’ recording, made by Contributor Ira Warren Patasnik on a simple table radio.. CORRECTION (10/27/10) – Our Contributor actually has a nice recording setup, as he contacted Airchexx to describe; “I recorded it off a Technics by Panasonic FM/AM Stereo Receiver SA 300 that was 30 watts per channel and recorded it on a JVC KD-W7 Stereo Double Cassette Deck Recorder at Normal Speed in DNR Dolby Noise Reduction.” Nice. We’ve got something similar here at the Airchexx studio. Thanks for the correction. We received several tapes from ou...

Mike Hotaling, WQBK 103-5/103-9 The Edge Albany

Contributor Mike Hotaling sent in this great ‘check of himself on the now-defunct 103.5/103.9 “The Edge” Alternative simulcast. Undated (as of this writing), this sounds to be a late-90s recording. Lots of phones and a clear, almost CD quality aircheck, this features Mike putting some real personality into a format that usually features great Rock… but hardly anything but jock promos and liners. I think that’s what makes this a fantastic aircheck. I’ve heard Alternative and Classic Rock stations all over the country and rarely do you hear anything outside the morning show that sounds as good as this. Take three quarter hours of your time, won’t you… and give Mike Hotaling your attention!

Pete Stone, 13 WAVZ New Haven | December, 1974

From longtime contributor Andy Bologovsky, yet another clip of Kops-Monahan’s 13 WAVZ – “The New Waves” and “Lucky 13” – for some reason the station used both slogans on air at the same time, “Lucky 13” being a holdover monniker from the 1960s. This is very short, just over 2 minutes, featuring Pete Stone, although there is a slight similarity to Mason Dixon, another 13 WAVZ jock from the same era heard elsewhere on this site.

Bill Beamish, WAVZ ‘Lucky 13’ New Haven | September 6, 1965

Back we go to a tape that Andy Bologovsky sent in back in 2008. This features Bill Beamish, a jock from the days when deejays sounded like big race track announcers. Listening to this, you’ll be struck by how important the DJ was considered a part of the station’s programming. Listen at about 4 minutes in for the WAVZ “Straight Shooter Sweepstakes”… its a station contest that sounds like a horse race, with all the ‘horses’ being the names of all the station jocks. The listener had to pick the winning jock to win! This is packed with so much in 11 minutes that it takes longer than that to describe. But, the highlights are these: The PERFECT amount of reverb (I think WABC at the same time period had so much reverb they sounded like they were at the e...

Bobby D., WRFY Y102 Reading (PA) | August 29, 1998

Description by Steve West Here’s one of those ‘checks we don’t really know much about, other than it’s from Reading, Pennsylvania. The signal probably makes it into Philadelphia, although probably very weak. Here’s Bobby D., playing the (mostly) Rock hits on a CHR station that leans Alternative/Modern Rock, but with a Top 40 approach. No jingles, but some pretty good, and simple imaging. Scoped, but commercials included for historical context.

Chris Emory, 93.1 WPOC Baltimore | October 24, 1998

In the world of Country Radio, there’s not a lot of difference between one station and another, unless they’re in the same market. We recently posted a ‘check of 100.7 WGRX in it’s Country incarnation, which it was in at the time of this recording. There are subtle differences, the most pronounced being that WPOC is, and always has been, very AC in it’s approach. The WGRX format was more CHR in it’s presentation. WPOC was owned by Nationwide Insurance Company for much of its existence, it’s jingles reflected that through the mid-1990s, sung to the melody of the parent company’s insurance ads “Nationwide is on Your Side”. At the time of this aircheck, jingles were not being used, as the station had gone from calling itself FM 93 WP...

Ellen Rockwell, WFLY FLY-92 Troy (Albany) | January 27, 1998

Description by Steve West: Yes, WFLY was a huge powerhouse station, from the early 80s on, and this time, we hear Ellen Rockwell on FLY-92! She does one of Leeza Gibbons’ Entertainment Tonight reports during her show! Now, correct me if I’m wrong (and you will…), I thought Gibbons was on WXKS-FM (Medford / Boston) in the 80s before her career really soared! Perhaps I’m thinking of Lisa Lips. Ellen Rockwell… voice sounds so much like Gibbons! No matter. This is an outstanding aircheck for a number of reasons. First, the year is 1998 and WFLY has fantastic local talent. Second, listen for REVERB!!! Third, this is a super-clean, HD quality recording! The tape survived 10 years of abuse and sounds great.

Scott Brady, WASH at Work – 97.1 WASH-FM Washington DC | July 19, 1999

Description by Steve West: A mainstay of Washington area radio, WASH-FM has been Adult Contemporary for as long as anyone can remember – 1975, I think (someone out there knows). I’m sure there are people who remember the beginnings of WASH-FM as a Classical station, but there’s no better branding than longevity! Aside from a couple of years in the early 80s when the station tried to do a CHR format (which didn’t work at all – WASH-FM couldn’t compete with WPGC), the station has aired some form of Soft Rock since breaking away from Classical music. Featured here, first, is Scott Brady (Update 10/19/10). You hear a couple of breaks, then Randy Martin comes in at 2pm to start the Afternoon Drive. Lots of jingles, very melodic (and we LOVE the Top of Hour ID...

Jason Garrett on K-HIT 107.5 Tucson | 1996

Description by Contributor Jason Garrett… From 1994-1996, the parody show, “70’s Saturday Night with Jason Garrett; Live on the Polyester Radio Network” enjoyed strong ratings success on KVRY-Variety 104.7/Phoenix. In 1996, the station flipped formats back to its heritage KZZP calls. But it was not Garrett’s last dance in the 70s format. In June 1996, Garrett was hired for the midday shift at Slone Broadcasting’s (pre-Citadel) K-HIT 107.5/Tucson. The station (KHYT-FM) was new to the market with a mix of all 70s Hits from Donna Summer to 10CC. As heard in this scoped aircheck, Garrett’s presentation is mellow when compared to his CHR/Hip Hop days as “Kid Corona”on Jammin’ Z-90, KOY and KKFR; but his conversational style became a “listen at work” ratings winner in the Tucson metro. Jam...

Danny Carlisle & Roy Sampson, New Country 100.7 WGRX Westminster/Baltimore | July 19, 1999

Out of the archives, just as the new millenium was upon us, this short scope of a full 45 minute cassette side features the Country incarnation of the (former) WGRX Westminster, MD… A station that tried, unsuccessfully, for many years to compete with WIYY Baltimore (98 Rock), but with signal problems downtown, found itself having to flip to something… That something started out as Froggy 100.7, but by the time of this recording was simply using the WGRX call letters. This Country station really didn’t stand a chance, going up against the team of CMA DJ of the year several-times-over Laurie DeYoung and her morning team on crosstown WPOC 93.1 (A team that included TV Meteorologist Marty Bass – who was really MUCH more than a Weatherman, rather, a real showman!). Howev...

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