Month: March 2012

Killabrew, 94-9 WZTA Miami Beach | March 25, 2004

I never know just who I’m going to run across when doing these airchecks… Killabrew, featured here on 94-9 Zeta “South Florida’s New Rock Alternative”, was also in Memphis at WMFS “93X” sometime before my tenure in the WMC-TV/AM/FM complex that housed MFS. Here’s a station that really rocks, and for those of you who remember the good ole’days of Alternative radio – here it is, with all the major acts one would remember hearing; Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Offspring and more! This station is the former WINZ “I95” CHR station, which met with much success back in the 1980s. Prior to that, WINZ, beginning in 1975, was a progressive Rock station and ironically, called itself “Zeta 4” – so, the ZETA of ...

680 CFTR Toronto – AM CHR- | August, 1988

Original Post Date: November 18, 2004 – You only need the two minutes spanning this sample of Toronto’s CFTR. It’s high-energy, late 80′s CHR at it’s finest… and in true Canadian style, on AM! Couple of quick trivia items. First, the CTRC, Canada’s version of USA’s FCC, licenses stations for FORMAT, unlike in America, where the company and marketplace dictate what format a station will air. So it was that up until the late 90s, the CTRC kept music alive on most of the country’s AM stations – many of which were in glorious, rich-sounding AM Stereo. Canada has since changed it’s policy on music formats in favor of largely abandoning the AM band, allowing most stations to shift their format over to FM, and in many cases shutting down their AM counterpart. But lookee here how this AM sta...

96.9 WFFM Pittsburgh PA “Promotional Demo” | 1980

We begin the all-new Tom Lacko collection with this sales demo tape of WFFM Pittsburgh. Cut from a monaural studio reel (or cart), this tape gives a comprehensive look at the WFFM broadcast day, circa 1980. For those who never actually worked in radio, a tape like this is something salespeople could take to prospective advertisers to give them an idea of what the station sounded like. Most radio stations that were well programmed made an official demo for the sales department – or, sometimes it was good enough to win a trade magazine award (can anyone say GAVIN?) Listen to WFFM and see if this wasn’t a station you would have listened to. The station is known today as WRRK – “Bob-FM” (apparently Jack’s brother…)

Beth Bacall; Al and Nichole, WTJM “Jammin’ 105” New York, Part 2 | October 21, 1999

Here’s part 2 of our first posting of the former “Jammin’ 105” before they went full-blown Urban. This picks up where part 1 left off, right in the middle of a station promo voiced by WTJM personality Famous Amos and continues for several minutes. Then, mysteriously, it picks up, apparently either later that same morning or a different day (I really can’t tell), with the Al & Nichole morning show. Now, I was very pleasantly surprised to hear Al Bandiero on this aircheck, as Al was my inspiration for getting into radio all those years ago, from listening to him on WKBW Buffalo via nighttime DX. He sounds GREAT here! He and Nichole have a smooth morning show, and the Jammin’ Oldies continue – only, without the great jingles we hear in part 1. Bo...

Beth Bacall, WTJM “Jammin’ 105” New York, Part 1 | October 21, 1999

Beth Bacall is the star attraction on R&B Oldies “Jammin’ 105”. From 60s Motown, through the Disco era of the 70s and into the Rhythmic hits of the 80s, this station played the soundtrack of three generations. The jingles in use here are classic JAM WABC cuts resung for WTJM. I can identify three packages, including a Top Hour cut that WASN’T used at WABC (They NEVER had a sung TOH until sometime early in the TalkRadio years), but instead was a “Hot Hits” cut used by WZOU in 1985, and lots of other 80s CHR stations. Extra credit for you jingle fans if you can list all the jingle packages and cuts, in order in our comment section. At the end of this, first of two scoped airchecks, you’ll hear a promo for our good friend Famous Amos – and ...

Jeff Davis, MusicRadio WLS “AM Stereo 89” Chicago | January 23, 1985

No matter what anyone says about how WLS disintegrated in the mid-80s, this aircheck proves that as 1985 began, WLS was still Chicago’s ENORMOUS 89, and still rocking as hard as ever! Proof? Listen for a rare hair band, Guiffria (does ANYONE remember them besides me?), a power gold cut, Boston’s “Long Time”, and plenty of mainstream pop. Call WLS at 591-8900 to win… just listen for the WLS “Touch Tones”. This was recorded during the overnight hours, as today’s booming WLS imaging voice, Jeff Davis, talks about what’s coming up on Larry Lujack’s morning show ‘later this morning’. In fact, he mentions it’s 12:51 just before this ends. Hot Top 40, that AM compression recorded on a widebanded AM receiver, classic ori...

Susan Platt, 94-7 WLS-FM Chicago | January, 1985

Courtesy of our good friends over at AircheckDownloads.com, Susan Platt holds down the overnight shift, back when there were live, warm bodies in the studio at Midnight. Here’s one you shouldn’t miss! WLS-FM was the logical continuation of the “Big 89”, and at this point in time, 890 AM was still playing the hits – although that wouldn’t last very long, nor would Larry Lujack’s morning show which was simulcast on AM and FM. Susan Platt makes reference to Lujack’s show in a live promo about 2/3rds of the way through. Don’t judge this aircheck by 1979 WLS (AM) standards. This is solidly classic 1980s CHR – and really, the best it sounded the whole decade. As for WLS-FM, the station seemed to have ratings trouble and as the decade wo...

Tripp, (99.7) WMC-FM 100 Memphis | May, 2006

Courtesy of one of our great site supporters, AircheckDownloads.com, here’s a capture of one of your webmaster’s friends from Memphis! Tripp (Hurst) is still heard on the Memphis Airwaves, although not at FM 100. WMC-FM, since being acquired by Entercom has pretty much replaced much of the heritage staff since this recording. Much of WMC-FM’s heritage comes from its years as a CHR station. Scott Shannon launched the Top 40 era at this station prior to launching WHTZ “Z100” New York, and the station was red hot CHR into the 1990s before slipping back into HotAC. This recording shows the high-energy approach to “FM 100’s” Adult format, much of the forward momentum programmed in by PD Lance Ballance, who was formerly in California at KBIG. But g...

Jonathan Lange, KBZT “K-Best 95” San Diego | December 11, 1980

Recorded just 3 days after the death of Beatle John Lennon, “K-Best 95” is going to be airing a Beatles special on the evening of this aircheck. I mention that right off to set the year and tone for this, our first of Jonathon Lange and of KBZT. This recording, not only is our first of this historic San Diego Adult/Contemporary station, but probably best demonstrates the state of early ‘Soft AC’ stations on FM in the first year of the 1980s. This is ‘ALMOST’ Middle of the Road. With a generous dose of Oldies and just a sprinkling of new music, “K-Best 95” was in a great position to do well with adult audiences. Listen for the ‘K-Best 95 News Magazine’ about halfway in, and remember just what was going on in the world on 12/11/80. ...

Gerry Peterson & Mason Dixon, 1170 KCBQ San Diego | September 24, 1977

Courtesy of BigAppleAirchecks. Nearly perfect audio quality on this one. On this aircheck, you’ll hear Gerry Peterson, then Mason Dixon on a very music-intensive KCBQ. Now, KCBQ and KGB had always been the Top 40 leaders in this city, but obviously, KCBQ was feeling some heat from FM. We get to hear TWO jingles in this 12 minute scope (down from the original one hour unscoped tape), and while they sound good, it’s nowhere near as exciting to hear a rarely-used jingle out of a stop set as opposed to in-format. The one big plus here is that you will hear a TRUE variety (not diversity) of music. KCBQ really does play ALL THE HITS, and thus does earn it’s right to compete with the new FM competitors… but I sure woulda liked to hear these two jocks put a bit more persona...

Mike Hotaling, Halloween Night – Classic Rock 102.3 WXCR Albany NY (Ballston Spa) | October 31, 1998

Here’s one Contributor Mike Hotaling sent in of his Halloween show on Classic Rocker WXCR Albany. This is a fun aircheck. There’s apparently a whole group of staffers in the studio with Mike this particular evening and they are having a good time as Mike serves up a generous dose of hard rock classics, from Rush to Zeppelin and plenty of 70s & 80s classics. Webmaster’s Note: The logo shown here is incorrect. This version of WXCR is from New Martinsville, West Virginia. In fact, WXCR was first used on a station in Florida at 92.5, then arrived in Albany (Ballston Spa, officially) where they stayed till May of 2000, when Clear Channel took over ownership and imported their “Kiss” branded CHR format. The calls became WKKF – they and the format remain t...

Jackson Armstrong, 1020 KTNQ Los Angeles | January 26, 1979

Continuing our series on KTNQ given to us way back in 2004, Here’s yet another great clip of the late Jackson Armstrong… still in his prime with the Gorilla and a stack of Rock & Roll records (well, probably were carts) on a station that simply COOKED! Compare this with KHJ recordings of the same time period and you can see why KHJ fell off the map. While 93 KHJ was turning into a less talk more music outlet, Ten-Q let the jocks be themselves, and the evidence is clear. Charlie Tuna does the imaging voice on this one, Jack Armstrong is himself, and the music is pure Top 40 magic! Courtesy of BigAppleAirchecks.com!

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