QuickCheck: Jim Carnegie, 1410 KQV Pittsburgh | Winter, 1973
At only 3 minutes in length, our first look at Fun Lovin’ KQV from sometime during the Winter of 1973. The tape was labelled August 73, but with a chance of snow in the forecast, its an obvious mistake.
Here’s Jim Carnegie. We know nothing about Jim or his career (somebody out there does), but he sounds personable and upbeat on the station which is famous for two things, besides being the Top 40 ratings leader in the 70s.
First, KQV was actually the very FIRST radio station in the world to go on the air. At the time, November 19, 1919, it was an Amateur licence, 8ZAE This pre-dated KDKA’s actual first COMMERCIAL license which occurred on November 2, 1920. KQV didn’t actually get it’s commercial license until January 9, 1922. All this is important why? Well, it does give KQV a nod in the history books.
Second, KQV was the home to who was then a relatively obscure disc jockey by the name of Jeff Christie. The world would come to know Jeff as Rush Limbaugh when he went national with his world famous Conservative Talk Show on August 1, 1988. As Jeff Christy, Limbaugh did what the rest of the KQV jocks did – spin Top 40 records.
We think you’ll enjoy this short slice of the Jim Carnegie show on KQV, remembering that radio was done so much differently than today, and it was done in mono on the AM band which was much less noisy than today. Remember, there were no computers or digital gadgets to create RF noise!
We processed this aircheck and re-mastered it so that this sounds as close to what it did at the time of it’s broadcast. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this and share on your social media page!