Month: May 2011

Jack Scott, 66 WNBC “Time Machine” | April 18, 1988 – Pt. 2

More Jack Scott, Instant Requests, transit & traffic reports, NBC News and the Classic Hits of the 60s on WNBC! This was recorded between 11:05-1148am on 4/18/88.

Jack Scott, 66 WNBC “Time Machine” | April 17, 1988 – Part 1

Here’s another in our series of WNBC “Time Machine” airchecks. Jack Scott was another of the Weekend Time Machine jocks, one who stayed nearly till the end of WNBC’s run as a radio station. The Time Machine was all 1960s, and given that the ’60s were only 20 years ago in 1988, this was the ‘money demo’. We’ve often commented that WNBC did a better job with the WABC ’60s format than ABC did, and here’s another recording that proves our point. Everything in this format was streamlined, yet personality based. And these jocks didn’t disappoint! The Time Machine format dovetailed nicely into the rest of WNBC’s potpourri of programming. WNBC had something for everybody – from Rock to Talk, Imus in the Morning when Mr. ...

Bob Raleigh Jr., 1580 WPGC Morningside MD | Undated

Here’s two minutes of Bob Raleigh Jr. on WPGC. There are just two quick breaks here, and we really don’t get a feel for the real tempo of the station since this is an ‘oldies’ segment done at 11AM daily. I can’t give you a date on this although I suspect it’s from sometime in the early 70s. Now I’m really stumped. Bob Raleigh Jr.? So, father and son worked at WPGC. There are listeners in the Capitol region who know far more than I do, so here’s your chance to post your memories of the old WPGC and Bob Raleigh – Sr. or Jr.! Post your opinions in the comment section below.

“Tiger” Bob Raleigh, 1580 WPGC Morningside (MD) | August 30, 1966

Courtesy of Contributor Frank Davis, here’s a rare recording of Tiger Bob Raleigh during the ‘Good Guys Radio’ era at WPGC. This station was an AM / FM simulcast even in the ’60s, and there’s even a promo about two thirds of the way through this scoped aircheck prompting listeners to purchase an FM radio and if they have one to tune to 95.5 FM. Considering this is 1966, it’s quite amazing to hear this. WPGC is using reverb, although it’s applied lightly – certainly not the bone-crushing reverb that WABC New York used through the 60s and 70s, but it’s there. Listen for some features that WPGC used through the 1970s – right up till the station flipped to Urban in the early 80s – “Sound off”, which was one where lis...

1580 WPGC Morningside MD | 1960s Undated

Here’s something interesting that came in on a tape labelled simply “DC Radio, ETC..” This is a very high quality recording of the old 1580 WPGC / 95.5 Simulcast from sometime in the mid-1960s. This is really too short to extract much out of. You won’t hear the jock name, but you will get a generous dose of old jingles and some vintage Washington-area commercials. Anyone remember Glen Echo Amusement Park? Also, this is so old that we hear a very short 10 second or so ad for Newport Menthol Cigarettes! Perhaps someone can nail the exact date for us… at least the correct year, which we guess is 1964. Someone in our audience always knows. Listen. And discuss.

Murray The K, 102.3 WHFS Bethesda MD | 1971

In one of the best FM recordings in terms of quality we’ve ever received from 1971, here’s morning man Murray Kaufman (aka Murray the K) on the old WHFS 102.3. Interesting thing about this station, it was the first station to broadcast in quadrophonic in the Washington DC area. Quad didn’t really catch on until the mid-70s, and even then, it never became very popular due to the scarce nature of receivers. UPDATE: Visitor Jay Schlossberg left an interesting reply in the comments (below) which sheds some new light on this unique radio station Reposting it here for information as follows: “There are a few factual inaccuracies here but the biggest one is that ‘HFS was never quadraphonic. The truth is that when it was launched as a mostly classical station (with a smatte...

Wolfman Jack, 1090 XERB Rosarito, Baja California | 1967

Born Robert Weston Smith, “Wolfman Jack” (or just “The Wolfman”) was perhaps best known for his exciting broadcasts in the 1960s at XERF Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, beginning in 1963. That was his first taste of Mexican radio and after a few months of that, he returned to the States to program little KUXL in Minneapolis, but nothing there could fulfill the excitement of running a 250,000 watt ‘border blaster’ station, so it was back to Mexico, this time to run 1090 XERB. Rosarito, where the actual transmitter was located, was said to be a 10 minute drive to the U.S. border crossing at Tijuana and it was rumored that Wolfman did his shows from Mexco, but fact is, when he did shows on XERB, he actually recorded them ahead of time from an office he opened in Los ...

Wolfman Jack, 66 WNBC New York //First Show | August, 1973

Making one of those rare memorable appearances where you actually hear the Wolfman say the station call letters, here’s the late, great Wolfman Jack, allegedly on his first show at WNBC New York! By this time in Wolfman’s career, he was in great demand and making appearances at stations all over the country. If this IS indeed his ‘first’ show at WNBC, it was one that would last for quite a while, replaced by crosstown WABC Jock Cousin Bruce Morrow a few years later. (an interesting side note, “Battlestar Galactica 1980” would feature an episode where the Cylons befriend the Wolfman and get invited to ‘WNBC”‘s studios – because the Cylons needed a high powered transmitter to tell the Cylon fleet where Earth is so they can come and ...

Composite, WXLO 99X New York | December, 1974

“…99X, WXLO New York, Giving Away 1974!…” Walt Baby Love has always been one of our favorites and this end-of-year ‘check of the old WXLO doesn’t disappoint! Neither does Big Ron O’Brien, who follows Walt… This is the “Q” format perfected for the east and on FM. 99X is legendary, and while it’s been gone for about 30 years now, the memories linger on. Donated this year by Contributor Frank Davis, this recording is another in our series of 99X-Chexx, and we’re impressed! Listen to the wide variety of music that the Funky X (as Walt Baby Love likes to say) is playing at this time… Led Zeppelin into Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes is a great example… and when was the last time anyone heard Elton John’...

Syd, 92.9 WMFS “93X” Memphis | October 10, 2005

In October of 2005, as your webmaster was preparing to leave Memphis (the first time), I wanted to record a snapshot of the market as it was at that time. It’s also nice knowing the people who you record :). Syd, as I recall, was the promotions director for 93X as well as the midday host. 93X was live all day, and didn’t go jockless until midnight. It was the only Mainstream/Alternative Rock station in the city at that time and despite it’s low power (3.5 KW) still managed to show up in the ratings. Mainstream Rock had been the format of WMFS since 1996, when Belz Broadcasting first put the station on the air. The transmitter was/is in Bartlett, which meant that the signal did have city grade coverage to all of Memphis and the rest of Shelby county, although there were si...

Kay Manley, WSRR 98.1 “The Cat” Memphis | September 28, 2004

Here’s one donated to the site way back in 2004 but just now posting. Contributor Kay Manley (WRVR, WSRR, WGKX) is featured here on her live afternoon show. The “Rockin’ Hits” ™ format was invented by Rich ‘Brother’ Robbin while in Nashville, and as part of it’s format overhaul, Citadel Broadcasting (Memphis Radio Group), upon taking ownership of WSRR from Barnstable, brought in Robbin to take the Classic Hits station to the next level. Always suffering from mediocre ratings, 98.1 did see a sizeable bump from this format tweak but it really wasn’t enough. But it sure sounded good on the air, and given Memphis’ demographics, the format would have done better in almost any other city. The station is now WXMX “98.1 The Max̶...

Charles Allen, 56 WHBQ Memphis News | 1967

Looking back, for all the history that goes with WHBQ including the launch of Elvis’ career, the station that got Rick Dees noticed, etc., there’s really very little in the way of recorded audio left for us history buffs. Especially the 1960s. What does exist likely was recorded by the people that were there and experienced it firsthand. Such it is with this full newscast. We’re guessing the year 1967 (and sure that somebody out there knows the EXACT date, because you guys are THAT good!). Charles Allen is the newscaster here. Charlie (as we knew him later as the first morning man on WGKX “Kix 106) sounds great here, in the sticcato, quick reading style that was so commonplace in the 60s. Charlie gave this to me several years ago while he and I worked together for a...

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