Month: May 2012

Jade Alexander, ‘Thursday Evening’ on WHYI “Y100” Miami | September 17, 1996

Its not often we post 1990s CHR airchecks, but this one is notable for some less than obvious reasons. First, it came in on a cassette (digital airchecking wouldn’t really become mainstream for about 10 years from this). Second, this is NOT a morning show, but a late afternoon show, transitioning into a live 7-midnight show – how often are there live NIGHT shows these days?. Scott Shannon is the imaging voice for Y100, and you’ll also note lots of commercials for area dance clubs… this IS the Ft. Lauderdale vacation spot, after all! The music mix on Y100, at least on THIS recording, is right in the center – dance, mainstream hits, even teen stuff – just who, after about 1999, ever wanted to hear Hanson – “Mmmm Bop” again? Y100 plays it ...

Jonathan Walker, 960 KALE Richland, WA | November 22, 1975

Courtesy of Tom Lacko, here’s a crisp, 30+ minute scope of 960 KALE. This features Jonathan Walker doing the afternoon show a few days before Thanksgiving, 1975. We know virtually nothing of this radio station or its legacy. Listeners who remember KALE are cordially invited to post their comments (below).

Cox & Zoeller, 1320 WKTQ “13Q” Pittsburgh | Sometime, 1975

Here’s a long-awaited aircheck from Contributor Tom Lacko. One of our earlier contributors, Tom sent this in back in 2003. Don “Cox on the Radio” Cox and Ray Zoeller obviously had the teen audience glued to 13Q! At the time of this aircheck, 13Q was #2 in the Pittsburgh market, right under 50kw blowtorch KDKA, and with an inferior signal and no jingles or much in the way of imaging, the station with its super high-energy jocks and an assortment of early disco records made its mark on Pittsburgh listeners. The audio on this can be a bit tough to listen to, but if you can get by the occasional static, its well worth your 22 1/2 minutes. This is a scoped presentation, but the unscoped version provided to us on CD runs over an hour in length!

Boston Composite: WRKO & WEZE | 1973

Courtesy of Contributor Steve Bleecker (In Your Speaker…) Steve writes: Well…Dale Dorman is ” Riding thru’ the Air ” to YOU right now…along with his Buddies Tony Mann, and Mike Addams! You will certainly notice that Dorman is “off his mark” (to a pretty large degree) THAT day…But…we’ll cut him some slack , due to it’s being the Holidays (Day before, or even Thanksgiving Day (’73?) itself. A wonderfully mastered recording featuring some Boston greats! Mike Addams was better known as time went on, in the late 70s, and early 80s at WRKO – even did some time at WAQY Springfield (Rock 102/Wacky 102). Dale Dorman’s career is legendary, including stints at WVBF, WXKS-FM and WODS until his retirement. Tony Ma...

Emory & Erica, 98 Rock WIYY Baltimore | June 1, 1990

Here’s our first aircheck of Hurst Broadcasting’s WIYY ’98 Rock’. The station is truly a Baltimore legend, and although its morphed from mainstream Rock to Heavy Metal and Alternative, the station has had a consistent Rock format since March of 1977. The Emory and Erica show is heard here, doing a live remote from downtown Baltimore. Notable appearances here are Traffic guru ‘Detour’ Dave Sandler (who did concurrent traffic duties on sister station 1090 WBAL AM) and Lopez, who was a fixture of morning news and a part of a number of 98 Rock morning shows over the years. Not sure how long this particular morning show lasted. Your webmaster was in Baltimore from 1993-1996 and in ’93, there was the ‘Grego & Moe’ show that always had me...

Sly Stone, KSOL San Francisco | 1967

KSOL (the original incarnation) was an AM station in San Francisco on 1450. AM 1450 was known as KSAN until July 1964, when the KSOL calls were first used. As KSAN, the station had devoted much time to ‘soul’ music, and the change to KSOL meant a change to full time Soul music as a 24/7 format, the first such format in America. The Soul format would continue until 1970. Most notable on this aircheck is Sly Stone. Before becoming a music sensation, he was a Deejay on KSOL. Here he is, doing the Soul Music format in much the same manner as many of the Top 40 stations of the 1960s. In fact, KSOL featured all the same program elements as it’s Top 40 counterparts, such as jingles, time checks and lightning fast personalities. Sly Stone fit in exceptionally well here. We wish t...

Rock 103 WHVY Grasonville/Annapolis MD | 1992

Contributor David Varnell sent in about a half-dozen airchecks from the Mid-Atlantic region and this one, while short, piqued my curiocity. WHVY first took to the air on 3/25/1991 and featured the format heard on this aircheck – mainly new, Alternative Rock music. The format had stiff competition from 99.1 WHFS, with it superior signal and deeply entrenched audience. Sometime after this recording, the call letters were changed to WXZL, while the format remained mainly currents, the Rock music shifted to Heavy Metal instead of Alternative. Sometime in 1994, the station changed call letters again, this time to WRNR – and these call letters and the ensuing AAA format would last for a while, in fact, it remains to this day (as of this writing).

The Mojoman, 1470 WOHO Toledo | 1969

Sid Grubbs welcomes you to his world (http://themojoman.com/) with words only the Mojoman (c) could have uttered YES, GEAR JAMMERS, DOUBLE CLUTCHERS, CURB JUMPERS, MAMMY JAMMERS, COOKIE CRUNCHERS, AND BABYCAKES THE MOJOMANĀ® IS ALIVE AND WELL. It’s 1969 and thank heavens Bill Drake wasn’t at WOHO to hear THIS delivery! This is all personality, uniquely the Mojoman, a name that Sid Grubbs says he got after a talk with his friend, Bo Diddley. The persona was so unique, he had it trademarked. Here’s an original aircheck of WOHO, an AM station with a long history of Top 40 radio in Toledo. 1470 today is relegated to the relative dustbin of historic radio stations, now (yet) another transmitter for ESPN radio (as WLQR)… so those young sports fanatics can sweat more testos...

Big Zach; The “New Star-98” WZST Signal Mountain/Chattanooga | August 19, 1996

One would think that a station sounding this good would have been around for a while. Perhaps it’s the poor signal that killed off the station known as “The New Star 98” – Even on top of Signal Mountain, just one-thousand watts pushed the station’s reach barely into Chattanooga’s suburbs. Your webmaster happens to genuinely LIKE WZST 98.1 as presented here, featuring Big Zach. The music is the standard HotAc fare heard in the mid-90s (and didn’t THAT bring back some memories), presented in an almost CHR approach. One thing that amazes me is just how much radio call letters are recycled around the country. From 1992 to present, there have been six different sets of call letters on 98.1 from Signal Mountain, TN. Conversely, the WZST call letters have...

Cadillac Jack/Ginger Gregory, 97.3 WKXJ “Kicks-FM” Chattanooga | August 19, 1996

Cadillac Jack is all excited about the New Sound of Kicks-FM, and judging from the amount of reverb (which my wife says gave her a headache), station management is, too! Here’s a scope of the Kicks Morning Show with Cadillac Jack and Ginger Gregory, apparently without Traffic reports this particular morning ‘because the receiver is down’. A few small technical glitches mar an otherwise fun segment for the morning crew, trying to give away a $100 dollar bill to some lucky listener. Listening to this, which could be on any CHR station today, you gotta remember that this was done just slightly before everything went to hard drive based audio delivery systems, so most likely the Kicks staff was working with several Denon CD cart machines, a Reel to Reel might still have been ...

98.7 WRKS “Kiss-FM” New York Says Goodbye, Part 5 | April 29, 2012

Here’s the final segment of the final day broadcast of 98.7 Kiss-FM. WRKS began it’s life in June, 1981, the call letters chosen by then-parent company RKO General. They stood for RKO-Station. RKO-General had up till that time, a long history of creating exciting Top 40 (CHR) formats at some of the largest radio stations in the United States, including KHJ Los Angeles, KFRC San Francisco, WRKO Boston, and the format that was on 98.7 New York from October 1972 until June 1981, WXLO, known then as 99X. When WXLO transitioned from Top 40 to Adult Contemporary in 1980, the station’s ratings tanked, and in 1981, RKO General decided to take WXLO in a different direction, this time morphing into a station that played a heavy rotation of Disco and Rhythmic/Dance hits, with little...

98.7 WRKS “Kiss-FM” New York Says Goodbye, Part 4 | April 29, 2012

This entire section is the “Champagne & Bubbles” show of love songs – or as it was always referred to as The Sexiest show on the Radio by host Andre Harrell. This is completely ‘scoped and runs 16:20 in total. But even scoped, listen to the songs played during this show – WOW! Imagine yourself with your significant other listening to this over a candlelight dinner – or elsewhere! Andre Harrell did a masterful job of maintaining a music format in the final hours of Kiss-FM, and saying goodbye in a classy way without going over the top. The final minute of this aircheck finds “Champagne and Bubbles” ending, and the beginning of “The Hour Of Power” with Reverend Al Sharpton, who calls his show in live from Los Angeles. Unfortuna...

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