Month: October 2011

WABC Rewound ’04: Bob Cruz, August 31, 1978

Courtesy of Matt Seinberg at Big Apple Airchecks, here’s another ‘lost’ tape: From Rewound ’04, Hour 2 featured Bob Cruz during his program on 8/31/78. As host Johnny Donovan says, this segment is for those who love ‘lost 45s’. WABC played a lot of disco music at this point in time, but it begins with a Cruz intro to Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded” More archives restoral still to come at Airchexx.com!

Tim Byrd, 1390 WXTC (AM) “Charleston’s Oldies Station” | June, 1988

Once again from California Aircheck via Contributor Robyn Watts, we present more from Charleston SC. WXTC (AM) 1390 has flipped formats more than a few times since the 1980s. In this recording made in June, 1988, WXTC is branded as “Charleston’s Oldies Station”. Even though 102.5 WXLY is also doing a form of oldies, er, Classic Hits at the same time, WXTC gets the credits for the right formatics. Decent jingles (from the same package WXTC-FM used), faux drake formatics and even the old RKO-style news sounder. The jock is Tim Byrd, who was heard on many Charleston stations over the years, here doing wakeups on WXTC. Longtime Charlestonians will remember 1390 as Charleston’s Rock station, WCSC. It was a good sounding station through most of the 1970s. There is a tribu...

Classic Hits 102.5 WXLY Charleston SC | June 1988

102.5 FM in Charleston SC never seemed to ever stay with a format for very long. In 1993, your webmaster went to work, ever so briefly, for WEZL. One of the jocks that I was fortunate enough to make friends with, Rhett Bledsoe, said that he and TJ Phillips had the morning show on WXLY before coming to WEZL. At that point in time, WXLY had just flipped to Oldies from Country, so apparently, WXLY was Classic Hits, then Country, and then Oldies. Or so that’s how I remember it. This recording, made in June, 1988 for California Aircheck, shows a “Classic Hits” format on 102.5 with a very wide playlist. It is even too loose for a modern “Classic Hits” based upon the few songs you hear showcased here. No jingles, not even any imaging – just a female jock and th...

Gus Gossert; The Oldies But Goodies Show, WPIX New York | 1971

From New Contributor Stewart Tick, here’s an early 70s show that became a classic and was the genesis for WCBS-FM’s “Do Wop Shop” which ran for nearly 30 years on 101.1. Writes Stewart Tick: l vocal groups, and featuring many of the more obscure and offbeat doo-wop records that had been played by DJs like Alan Freed and Alan Fredericks in the New York area. (I suppose this was probably mostly an attempt to provide an alternative to the national Billboard-chart Top 40 oldies that WOR-FM was playing in their regular format then.) In ’71, Gossert switched to WPIX-FM and expanded his show to Saturday night as well as Sunday. His mellow and laid-back “FM rock DJ” approach contrated sharply with the Top 40 format of WPIX at that time. Then in early ̵...

WABC Rewound 2004: Hour 1: Les Mashack 1970

And thus begins the 2004 edition of WABC Rewound, a program that was heard for exactly 10 years each Memorial Day Monday, from 1998 until 2008. The 2009 edition was an internet only event and upon the semi-retirement of Johnny Donovan, the show disappeared completely in 2010. This is hour 1 which features Les Marshack who did overnights in 1970. In fact, Marshack started doing the overnight show the previous year when Program Director Rick Sklar had Roby Younge removed for breaking format. This aircheck begins with a then current ABC Newscast with information on the war in Iraq, etc. Then moves on to Rewound itself. Listen closely as WABC’s normal audio gets ‘tweaked’ within the first minute of the news to insert the legendary WABC reverb! Listen for plenty of hits and co...

A Sample of WWHT AM/FM Charleston – “Hot 94” | June, 1988

Here’s another aircheck where the jock never says her name. Running just over 5 minutes scoped, that would come out to about twenty minutes air time, the music isn’t genuine ‘urban’ format (unless you think Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” is Urban), although the station is certainly branded that way. Another from “California Aircheck” provided by Contributor Robyn Watts.

Steve Jay, Bill Stevens; ’60s Pool Party Weekend on KRTH K-Earth 101 Los Angeles | September 5, 1998

In September 1998, your webmaster was in Southern California on business… as a trucker with Transcend Carriers out of Gill, Massachusetts. When I took loads out to the L.A. area, I used to park my rig at the Culver City Sports Center – a big ice skating rink used by some semi-pro hockey teams and area schools. I was lucky, my uncle was the manager so I always had a place to park an 18 wheeler. To make a long story short, I recorded this aircheck on Uncle Butch’s Kenwood system. Unc always had the best stereo equipment, and so this aircheck is nearly perfect quality. We join Steve Jay on a ’60s Pool Party Weekend. K-EARTH 101 seemed to always have multiple promotions going on at one time and this is no exception. Heavily promoted by K-Earth’s morning host and i...

Michael Dee and the Rude Wake Up, 107.5 WKQB ‘Q107’ Charleston SC | June 1988

Courtesy of Robyn Watts’ fabulously huge collection, here’s another ‘California Aircheck’. WKQB ‘Q107’ was considered the number one hit music station in Charleston in 1988, before Hurricane Hugo all but destroyed the station one year later. Station VP/GM Steve Judy comes on with an announcement at the 5 minute mark that the winner of the ‘which station played more music’ audience survery is Q107. He announces that the results were certified by a local law firm. Amazingly, I’ve never heard something like this before, although its a clever promotion ploy. Station background: WKQB was the last station knocked off the air during Hugo in 1989, as the airstaff rode out the storm in the studios. Most experts say that Q107 provided the best st...

95SX Talent Search, WSSX Charleston SC | June, 1988

Courtesy of California Aircheck via Contributor Robyn Watts, here’s a short clip of the night show on WSSX ’95SX’ Charleston. About a year before hurricane Hugo would devastate both the city and the radio landscape (crosstown Q107 would never return after the storm), 95SX was around playing the hits. We don’t know the jock’s name here, but he has fun with a segment called ‘talent search’, where listeners call in and they have 30 seconds to do SOMETHING with their mouth – some sing, one just makes noises!! Apparently the jock picks the winner. Listen all the way to the end, as the last contestant heard actually answers the question “What’s Your Favorite Radio Station” with ‘XL 95’! The ‘shortcut’ wasn&...

Jonathan Holly, 1520 WINW Canton | May 1976

Courtesy of Contributor Keith Teicher. Here’s a crystal clear recording of Rockin’ WIN! WINW here features some great jingles, reverb and talented jocks. This is from a great era in AM radio, before FM killed off the great AM hit music stations, here’s a recording which shows off how great wideband AM sounded. Now, try to imagine this in AM Stereo and compare it with today’s compressed (and digitized) FM broadcasts. Definitely, AM sounded better back then!

Composite: 610 KFRC San Francisco | August 14, 1968

It’s the heavy sound of KFRC as the Bay Area’s Top 40 giant plays the phsychadelic rock hits of the late 60s! These guys SOUND like hippies – yes, scads is a real word, and everything was groovy. True, this really does sound as old as it is. Its hard to believe we actually talked like this back then but hearing is believing! Most of this is Dave Diamond, probably three different recordings all rolled up into one composite aircheck. The first several minutes of audio are a bit muffled, as tape wear took its toll on this golden aircheck, but it does get much better about 8 minutes in. You’ll hear some great commercials, both local and national spots, such as Aretha Franklin singing “Things Go Better With Coka-Cola”. And along with the Bill Drake Intro-Lega...

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