Month: August 2012

Steve Cherry, Gary James; WQMX “Mix 95” Medina, OH | April 13, 1989

The former WDBN is showcased in this short scope of the then reasonably new AC format known as “Mix 95”. The station does have liners indicating that they are on 94.9, although interestingly enough, they don’t seem interested in calling themselves by their proper frequency. Listeners apparently had no problem finding the station on the FM dial, however. Steve Terry opens this with the first break, then hands things off to Gary Joseph, whose filling this particular day. The station apparently played a good mix of new music and recurrents, but since we don’t have another recording from which to compare, we’ll just go with mainstream AC. Remember, this is 1989 and many of the 80s’ biggest CHRs are blowing out the format in favor of AC. This was the trend in...

The Runners Up of Classic Rock and Roll Weekend; KRTH Los Angeles | August 29, 1987

Description by Contributor Jose Harrison: .. This specialty weekend (which began at 12 noon on Friday) involved all the songs that peaked at #2 (Runner’s Up) in Los Angeles from 1956 to 1979. It aired the weekend before Labor Day Weekend, every year in the mid 80’s until it was unfortunately discontinued after 1988. In 1984 and 1985, music was played to the current year. From the Years 1958 to 1965, K-Earth 101 utilized the KFWB radio surveys. From 1965 to mid 1977, the Boss 30 (KHJ) surveys were used. From mid 1977 to 1985, KRTH used their own radio surveys. This same manner was used in the following weekend (Labor Day) for the Number One Music Weekend, which also was discontinued after ’88. The #1’s actually began in 1955 and was considered a Southern California m...

Carol King, 1200 WBZY New Castle PA | January 6, 1989

Another AM Music station that’s been gone for quite a while is WBZY. Licensed to New Castle, Pennsylvania, the station’s largest close metro area is Youngstown, Ohio. We don’t know much about this station other than today the station is WKST. The jock on this is Carol King – whether that’s her real name or stage name is anyone’s guess. Still, this is a good sounding station and was live in an era where AM stations were increasingly utilizing satellite music formats before the music completely died off on AM. Notice AP Network News at the bottom of the hour (at around the 4 minute mark), then local news with Joan Henning. This news break was probably 6 minutes long but here, its scoped and cut down to about 20 seconds between the first headline and the ne...

Cousin Bruce Morrow, 77 WABC New York | September, 1965

From the heyday of WABC, here’s a GREAT aircheck of Bruce Morrow when he was a teen jock. Right off we hear Brucie’s custom jingle recorded by the Four Seasons. You’ll love the classic commercials, like Coca-Cola recorded by Freddie and the Dreamers, and more! Dan Ingram is the voice for WABC’s music promos.. and listen to how young he sounds! WABC is calling themselves ‘Go Go Radio’ at this point in time. Listen as Cousin Brucie announces that Ron Lundy is in at Midnight on this particular night. Lundy came to WABC from St. Louis’ WIL, and somehow I thought he got to WABC later than 1965 but apparently not. A bit later, a Dan Ingram voiced promo saying that Ron Lundy is the brand new All American overnight jock. That’s the first time I ever ...

Launch Day, 100.7 WXXP Pittsburgh | June 15, 1986

Nothing like an aircheck with no historical reference… Given that the tape that this was recorded on only lists this aircheck as having been recorded in June of ’86, we can only guess as to the date. There is one promo in the middle of this recording that says, ‘on June 15, 1986 WWCL becomes WXXP’… and the fact that the aircheck is all new Rock and ‘100.7 Double-X’ liners using the WXXP call letters. This leads us to believe that this was recorded on launch day, 6/15/86, or perhaps a day or two either side of it. We’ll go with 6/15 for the purposes of this exhibit. The format apparently didn’t last very long. On 8/22/88, 100.7 FM became WMXP, and then a succession of formats and call letters happened over the years, the last being on 1/...

Phil Gardner, 1220 WGAR Cleveland | May 1976

Phil Gardner is celebrating his two year anniversary on WGAR, and judging from the outstanding audio quality, it might have been put out on vynl or something – either that or someone took exceptionally good care of their tape! Dick Clark even sent audio congratulations for Phil’s show! Listen for Phil Gardner’s rendition of Byron McGregor’s “Our Americans”… almost the same, but with a few twists. (Frankly, this doesn’t even compare with the CKLW version) We LOVE the WGAR jingles here, and the reverb is SUPERB making WGAR sound larger than life! This is an impressive aircheck, one that you should NOT miss!

Short Composite: WHK Cleveland | June 1986

At just over 6 minutes in length, there’s not much that can be said about this short aircheck, other than it was an AM Oldies station in 1986 – a time when most AM stations had already quit the music race. Still, it sounds good, with a little thunderstorm static on the signal and a lake weather advisory. Chip Binder starts this off, followed by Barb Lincoln.

Jim Runyon, WCFL Chicago | August, 1966

The Chicago Federation of Labor station, as heard during the Summer of 1966. The jock is Jim Runyon – he’s got a smooth voice, and the advertisements feature smooth ladies’ voices! At least, the one for “Compoz” does. You’ll hear five minutes of scoped Jim Runyon, then a minute of WCFL News headlines before its back to music and the end of the recording. The recorded level on this tape was so low that about 50 percent of the audio sounds like tape hiss… but re-mastered it’s not too bad. Runs 7:34, scoped. Enjoy.

Bill Ballance, KFWB Los Angeles | August 19, 1959

Here’s one that barely needs any introduction. Bill Ballance was a legendary Deejay from the dawning days of AM Top 40 radio. The format hadn’t been around that long in 1959, but KFWB was on top of the ratings in those days. KFWB began doing Top 40 a year earlier, in 1958. Programmed by Chuck Blore, The station was known on the air as “Color Radio, Channel 98” and at that point in time, the format was relatively loose, with the Deejays pretty much picking the music to play themselves. KFWB might actually have been the first radio station in the U.S. to employ Disc Jockeys. History records that as early as 1946, Maruice Hart and Martin Bloch were brought in from New York City by KFWB as Deejays. With no established Top 40 format, these two gentlemen picked their own ...

Glen Burnie & Richard Hamilton, 1290 WGLI Babylon NY | July, 1982

Its been a while since this tape contributed by Ira Warren Patasnik was sent in, but we here at Airchexx give everyone equal time. This is the Glen Burnie, Rich Hamilton show featuring our contributor as Glen Burnie. While the tape is un-dated, our contributor believes it to be from July of 1982. This tape is very interesting. Burnie and Hamilton are playing music from the 50s and 60s. Lots of Motown music, many of the songs even I don’t recognize. But… not just 50s and 60s music, you’ll hear some 70s hits and even some then Currents (Steve Martin’s “King Tut” sounds conspicuously out of place) But… I like it! After a few decades of watching Oldies stations water down their playlists to only a few hundred of the most popular mainstream oldies hits,...

The “Bobby Blue Demo” Tape – Bob Marini

Contributor Bob Marini sure has a lot to contribute to the radio industry – he’s even got his own website! Bob sent in a few airchecks but I think it’s appropriate to start with this demo tape. This SOUNDS like a great aircheck of the legendary 68 WRKO Boston… but as with many things in life, all isn’t exactly as it seems. We’ll leave it to Contributor Steve Bleecker to explain this, then be sure to listen to this most excellent of demo tapes… “The Bobby Blue Demo.” ! Talk about a STORY…’Gotta share this with you ! When I was Growing my career at Rochester’s W A X C 1460…there was this dude named Bob Marini, from Gates, N.Y. who was, perhaps, my Biggest Fan…(rivaled only by Explorer Scout Bruce Galloway)! B...

Denny St. John, 1050 KOFY San Francisco | June, 1986

Here’s an interesting aircheck of a radio station which did much to promote itself, not only as an Oldies station playing music from the 1950s, but as a daytime only AM station that was on the verge of getting its nighttime authority and going 24 hours. Denny St. John is your host for this 21 minute scope that starts off with a PAMS cut (from 1966, I believe but can’t remember which package – you purists will know), Oldies (this is scoped, remember?) and then a LOT of the personality of Mr. St. John. Our jock in charge spends a great deal of time promoting the fact that KOFY, which is somewhat conflicted as to how to identify itself, is about to go fulltime due to new FCC regulations. This is a fascinating explanation of the then-new treaty between the U.S. and Mexico reg...

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