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690 WAPE / Jacksonville

Composite: 690 WAPE Jacksonville | September 16, 1971

BigAppleAirchecksLongtime contributor Matt Seinberg over at BigAppleAirchecks sent in this, the first of a new collection of goodies!

WAPE lives on today in Jacksonville, on the FM dial as a mainstream CHR, continuing the tradition started over four decades ago on 690 AM. North Florida isn’t exactly the place you’d expect a major Top 40 station, but then again, WAPE, “The Big Ape” wasn’t your average radio station. Home to many who would go on to eventual stardom elsewhere, this onetime larger-than-life Drake station had a killer signal heard from Florida to the Carolinas, the Bahamas and elsewhere!

Here’s a slice of WAPE from 1971. See if you remember any of the names here.

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  1. Nice to hear Ted “The Bear” Richards prior his time at CKLW and then Jay Thomas prior to Z-100 and then Los Angeles.

    These are the final two jocks on this excellent aircheck.



  2. Anybody know how to get in touch with Jack McCoy?


  3. I was a dj at WAPE 690 from 1963 to 1965…We were Jacksonville radio.
    Wild Bill Miller


  4. Jay Thomas never worked at z100. He did mornings at 99X WXLO New York (now WEPN-FM.


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