Month: November 2011

Martin & Jennings, 1090 KAAY Little Rock, Part 1 | 1971

Courtesy of contributor and former alumn Pat Walsh, here’s a three-part series featuring the legendary Little Rock powerhouse, 1090 KAAY. Originally part of a presentation simply titled “The KAAY Collection”, here’s the first aircheck in a three part series, originally posted in Real Audio format. Right off, in the first few minutes of this aircheck, our morning duo play an aircheck of the previous day’s broadcast from 1190 KLIF Dallas where the station is giving away a nude fold out of the 7 KLIF jocks (I’d really have loved to seen that promotion!) in support of the Cosmopolitan foldout of Burt Reynolds. And that sets the tone for the rest of this aircheck! Donated to Airchexx in the Summer of ’06 featuring daytime top 40 programming, full newsca...

George Allen, 94.3 WLVS ‘Stereo Country’ Memphis | 1979

SPECIAL THANKS TO SAMMY REED FOR ALLOWING US TO POST THIS AIRCHECK. Check out Sammy Reed Online here. For most Memphians who remember listening to Country music over the years, the stations most remembered are today’s WGKX “Kix 106”, 790 WMC and a station known for seven years as “Froggy 94” – WOGY. The Frog notwithstanding, a radio station at 94.1 actually didn’t exist before Froggy 94. There WAS, however, a radio station at 94.3 with a bit less coverage. 94.3 WLVS was owned, at the time of this aircheck, by Sun Records mogul Sam Phillips. Given his ties to Elvis Presley, his radio station got the call letters WLVS. WLVS signed on the air as a Rock station in 1978, but flipped to Country in 1979. It’s main competition was 790 WMC (AM). WGKX ...

Robert Murphy in the Morning, WKQX Q-101 Chicago | 1991

1991 was still an exciting time to listen to the radio, even if we usually think of the 90s as a time of our favorite personalities disappearing from the airwaves. Robert Murphy is giving away Steve Winwood front row tickets to a show at World Music Theater in Chicago on this recording. Dave McBride is the newsman, and the morning show sounds like there are a lot of voices coming and going. Its certainly a lot of fun to listen to! In addition to the interns, show producer and Murphy and friends, you’ll hear parts of tunes from Steve Winwood, Amy Grant, REM and more, here on the CHR incarnation of Q-101! Recording taken from East Coast Airchecks #49 via Contributor Robyn Watts.

Mike Raub & Friends: 1400 WSTC / 1350 WNLK Ends Commerical Broadcasting | Sunday, November 6, 2011 – Part 3

Outgoing Operations Manager Mike Raub hosts the final three hours of a two station simulcast operation. 1400 WSTC Stamford & 1350 WNLK Norwalk, the final two stations in the former Cox Norwalk cluster, were sold to Sacred Heart University for a mere $300,000. The stations went off the air at 6pm on November 6th, and they went on the air the next morning as another NPR outlet, broadcast from the studios of WSHU Public Radio. There are more guests and conversations about the rich history of these radio stations than can be described here. You just have to listen. Part 3 of 3

Mike Raub & Friends: 1400 WSTC / 1350 WNLK Ends Commerical Broadcasting | Sunday, November 6, 2011 – Part 2

Outgoing Operations Manager Mike Raub hosts the final three hours of a two station simulcast operation. 1400 WSTC Stamford & 1350 WNLK Norwalk, the final two stations in the former Cox Norwalk cluster, were sold to Sacred Heart University for a mere $300,000. The stations went off the air at 6pm on November 6th, and they went on the air the next morning as another NPR outlet, broadcast from the studios of WSHU Public Radio. There are more guests and conversations about the rich history of these radio stations than can be described here. You just have to listen. Part 2 of 3

Mike Raub & Friends: 1400 WSTC / 1350 WNLK Stamford/Norwalk Ends Commercial Broadcasting | Sunday, November 6, 2011

Outgoing Operations Manager Mike Raub hosts the final three hours of a two station simulcast operation. 1400 WSTC Stamford & 1350 WNLK Norwalk, the final two stations in the former Cox Norwalk cluster, were sold to Sacred Heart University for a mere $300,000. The stations went off the air at 6pm on November 6th, and they went on the air the next morning as another NPR outlet, broadcast from the studios of WSHU Public Radio. There are more guests and conversations about the rich history of these radio stations than can be described here. You just have to listen. Here’s Part 1 of 3:

Geoff Fox, 95 WPEN Philadelphia | Sometime, 1978

Geoff Fox and WPEN both have exciting histories – Fox was an AM Top 40 Deejay before obtaining a degree in meteorology and launching a career in Television. He was a longtime Weatherman for WTNH News 8 in New Haven, CT before being let go in 2010 (in favor of a young female Meteorologist). Fox moved to NBC Connecticut in Bristol shortly afterwards. WPEN – 95 PEN as it was know by through most of the 1970s, was a pop music station, with more of an AC lean to the format towards the end of the 70s’, before flipping to Adult Standards in 1980. WPEN was also a pioneer in the use of Motorola ‘C-Quam’ AM Stereo through much of the 1980s, 1990s and even the early 2000s. Recorded in 1978, here’s Geoff Fox sounding fantastic as a Top 40 personality – I’...

Chris Marino, The 4th of July Non-Stop Party Weekend, 95.5 WPLJ New York | July 4, 1996

For those of you in a Summer kind of mood, here’s the HotAC version of 95.5 WPLJ as they play Classic Hits for the 4th of July holiday! Considering the position this station is in today, they couldn’t get away with it with WCBS-FM playing all these hits in rotation now, but in ’96 this was a big deal! WPLJ is one of those stations that’s just… there. Once WABC-FM in the 60s, WPLJ evolved into an early AOR and stayed there until late 1983 when it slowly evolved into CHR. It sounded great and for a time, even used some of the WABC Jam jingles resung for WPLJ. The CHR war evolved into a head on collision with CHR powerhouse WHTZ Z100, a war which WPLJ eventually lost. The station threw in the towel as a hit music station after it’s hottter-than-hell “...

A.J. Hammer, WPLJ 95.5 Mojo Radio New York | June 21, 1991

WPLJ’s last try at the CHR format was this super-hot version of the format which lasted for a short period of time. Mojo Radio sounded great and gave crosstown Z100 a run for it’s money before flipping to HotAC. Here’s A.J. Hammer, a voice that fits right in with the format. Its a Friday afternoon, and there’s a Top 5 countdown that begins towards the end of this recording… you’ll hear number 4 before it ends. No jingles, but some hot sweepers! This station had potential…

“Match Game 1984”, 66 WNBC New York | December, 1984

Listen now, to the ORIGINAL broadcast of “Match Game 1984” as broadcast on 66 WNBC New York. This is NOT a re-creation, but a recording of the authentic broadcast, made by contributor Bob Gilmore as it was heard in 1984. In your webmaster’s opinion, the whole of WNBC’s format in the years 1983-1986 was one of the most entertaining and best all around radio that was ever done in New York… maybe anywhere. You got music, information, laughter… this is a comment about WNBC radio, not Stern. WNBC IMHO, was at least as good in it’s own right, during these years, as WABC was in it’s heyday in the 1960s. This is what radio was SUPPOSED to be like, and NBC actually got it right! Even after Stern was gone, the Soupy Sales / Joey Reynolds era in 1986 wa...

Darryl B, 800 CKLW Windsor, Ontario | Sometime 1970

Its the heyday of “The Big 8” and the Drake format is alive and well in this 3 minute QuickCheck of CKLW. The Motor City is used as CKLW’s legal ID, and time/temperatures are given for both cities. This is ORIGINAL gold from RKO’s Canadian outlet – heard up and down the eastern seaboard. We don’t remember Darryl B., but he certainly fits in on this “Million Dollar” Weekend! Thanks to contributor Paul Ford in Michigan.

Jack Anthony, 800 CKLW Windsor, Ontario | 1972

Loosely scoped and running about 30 minutes in length, here’s a trip back to 1972 with Jack Anthony on CKLW! Note, of course, the Johnny Mann singers Jingles and Drake formatics! The Drake sound stayed at CKLW for a long time, even longer than at KHJ. You’re listening to Jack Anthony on CKLW – Motor City Rock! One of the great all time Top of the hour announcements. Nothing fake about the voice of Bill Drake himself! Thanks again to contributor Paul Ford for this golden great!

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