Month: January 2011

The “Spaceman”, CHOG AM 640 – “The Beat of Toronto” | September 1, 1995

Who does the Spaceman sound a little like to you? Well, I’m sure its pure coincidence that the featured jock here comes off like John Records Landecker, of WLS, and CFTR fame. Either way, Spaceman sounds great here. We hear two jingles in this scope, along with the hits of 1995. AM 640 was little more than a month away from flipping to Talk radio, and at this point in time, was the LAST contemporary hit station left in Toronto – on AM OR FM! CHOG had a great lineup at the time, including John Gallagher, Tarzan Dan, Kenny ‘The Hitman’ Caughlin, Roger Kelly and the Toronto radio team of Jesse and Gene. There’s one stopset included. Imaging is used sparingly. This is the way Top 40 radio is supposed to sound like!

104.3 KXME Honolulu – “Extreme Radio @ 104.3” | February, 1998

A Rock-Leaning CHR aimed at men? That’s what this was all about. Jerry Clifton had in mind to take KXME in a Rock/Rap direction, hoping to build on ratings. It didn’t work, and six months later, 104.3 went the other direction, and turned into a Rhythmic CHR aimed at a much younger, female audience. This was tried elsewhere. Three different markets, namely Phoenix at KPTY (posted here at airchexx), and in Baltimore at 102.7, where the format also didn’t quite work out. Sometimes new formats are born, yet never take hold. This is just another example.

A Sample of KPTY “Party Radio @ 103-9” Phoenix | September 12, 1998; 7:25 – 8:10 PM

“Party Radio @ 103 point 9… We Don’t Suck!!” At four minutes in length, scoped down from a 90-minute cassette, you get the impression that there’s not much to this Alternative/Rap hybrid station, but there’s more than meets the ear in this short representation of the former KPTY Phoenix. The station wasn’t around very long – 1997-2000, but it did make it’s mark on the Phoenix market. About a year after this aircheck, the station relaunched under the same call letters and slogan, but only this time marketed toward a much younger, teen audience, with a rhythmic lean. You can hear that relaunch HERE, courtesy of our sister site, the Format Change Archive.

Melody Meadows, (99.7) WMC-FM 100 Memphis | November, 1997

Going through some tapes I had laying around the studio, I ran across this unmarked c90 that I apparently picked up while living in Millington, TN. This is Melody Meadows who had already moved on to greener pastures when I arrived to work at FM 100 in 2005. UPDATE: We found Mel, she’s at 1070 WDIA, one of the nation’s legendary Rhythm & Blues stations, and incidently, one that consistently ranks in the top 5 stations in Memphis (routinely beating out most of the city’s FM stations – of ANY format!) WMC-FM was at the time of this recording, still co-owned with WMC-TV 5 and News/Talk 790 WMC AM by Raycom Media. It would be sold a year or two later (if memory serves, the sale went through in either late 2001 or early 2002) to Infinity Broadcasting / CBS Radio. It&...

A Sample of Scott Shannon’s “True Oldies Channel”, 850 AM Stereo WREF Danbury, CT | January 20, 2011

Who says AM Stereo is dead? With all the talk about HD Radio and it’s associated pros and cons, we thought we’d highlight an exciting Oldies format (well, this should be classified as “Classic Hits”) done on an AM station that is STILL broadcasting in Motorola C-QUAM ™ AM Stereo. 850 WREF is a daytime-only station that suffers from a lot of interference during twilight operation. Still, it has a powerful signal that does cover about half the state of Connecticut. We can’t say how big the audience, in an area that is inside the footprint of Oldies’ WCBS-FM New York and WDRC-FM Hartford, but it does sound good, despite being noisy here at the Airchexx studios. This is Scott Shannon’s “True Oldies Channel” Satellite Network. It would...

Bill Houston, 98.3 WKJY Patchogue NY | 1990

Courtesy of Contributor Ray Bozzanca, here’s a short glimpse into the previous Oldies format at 98.3 WKJY. Ray writes: Oh back around 1989 or 1990 Bill Chamberlin AKA Bill Houston fills in on an overnite shift on “The New WKJY” Bill Houston is featured elsewhere on this website, at WJDM, WHLI and WLNG. Runs a brief three minutes, fifty seconds.

Format Change: 96.1 flips from WKJI “K-JOY” Center Moriches, NY Simulcast to WJVC “My Country 96.1”

Its been a long-awaited event in this part of New York, where Country actually can be heard on FM, but as was announced on our sister site, radioinsight.com, JVC broadcasting launched a new Country format on 96.1 at the stroke of Midnight, January 19, 2011. The change had been slated for 12pm on January 18th, but bad weather forced the flip to be pushed back by 12 hours. The change was very low key. No announcements beforehand on-air. Simply the normal “John Tesh Radio Show” until just before Midnight, a 5 minute stop-set, a final ‘Legal ID’ as WKJI, then a full :30 seconds of silence. Country then began as a Legal ID of WJVC, and combined sweeper announcing one thousand songs in a row, commercial free. Here is the flip, including the last half hour or so of the K-J...

Allen Beebe, KNFX “99.5 The Fox”, Bryan TX | Undated

Another, from Matt over at Big Apple Airchecks, in a series of ‘checks from Allan Beebe (WEZB, KMJC, KGBC, KNOE, WAPP, others). We’re trying to help Beebe get his collection of airchecks back by posting what we have of him here. Allen Beebe is doing the morning show on The Fox – a good sounding, albeit typical Classic Rock station in the heart of Texas. You won’t hear much in the way of music but there IS a lot of Beebe, along with morning traffic reports, etc. Beebe is a great personality and it shows in this 7 minute glimpse of him during his time at KNFX, 99-5 The Fox.

Jay Allen in the Morning, 1540 KGBC Galveston TX | April 30, 2002

Courtesy of “Magic” Matt and his huge collection over at BigAppleAirchecks.com, here’s a fantastic aircheck featuring Jay Allen’s morning show on KGBC!. Now, the secret is that Matt Allen really is Allan Beebe. One quick listen gives it away. Allen does a very upbeat morning show here. Remember that this is an Oldies format on AM radio. Alan Beebe lost just about all of his airchecks in the flooding that accompanied Hurricane Katrina, so if one of our visitors happens to have one, please contact your webmaster, as we’d like to help Beebe out in helping restore his collection of personal airchecks. You can send emails HERE, or to Matt Seinberg at his address: [email protected] We both thank you greatly!

‘Vinnie’, 94.7 WSAI-FM Cincinnati | Undated

Who remembers what AOR radio REALLY sounded like? It wasn’t all hard rock of the 70s, as one might think, since today’s Classic Rock format was what grew out of the original AOR format. No, back then, FM stations would take album cuts and popular rock songs and play the album versions, and it sure wasn’t all hard rock, although to be sure, there was a lot of hard cuts in the format. Enter WSAI-FM. It’s AM sister station was a true Top 40 station with all the formatics intact. On this QuickCheck, you’ll hear ‘Vinnie’ doing a flawless show. Remember now, its the mid-70s, there are NO jingles, NO imaging, just the jock and a bunch of Rock Albums. You get 4 1/2 minutes, scoped. Also, investigating info on WSAI-FM, we came across this link for the Cinci...

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