Month: December 2012

Peter Tripp, “Your Hits of the Year”, 1050 WMGM New York | December 31, 1959

To some, 1959 may seem like just yesterday, but this recording returns to a time when even in New York, everything was slower. WMGM 1050 owned by Metro Goldwyn Mayer (the film studios), was in a heated battle for the teen audience with its pioneering Top 40 format. Its main competition was WINS 1010. The two stations competed in every aspect, their news departments scrambled to get stories aired before the other (see the DeGaule incident) and the music was teen dance oriented, in the time of the Payola scandals. In fact, while host Peter Tripp denied ever being involved, the scandals greatly affected his career, along with the careers of other high profile DJs. When the government forced WMGM’s owner at the time, Loew’s Theatres, to sell out, Storer came along with a promise th...

Del DeMontreaux and “Your Hometown Countdown”, 103.5 WYNY New York | August 28, 1992

There is a long history of Country music in New York, although a city grade signal hasn’t truly been available for about 10 years. Sure, there is “My Country 96.1” out on Long Island, and for those far enough south of NYC, there’s WXTU on 92.5 out of Philadelphia. But except for what was known as the “Quadcast” Y107 (four separate stations fed the same Country programming on 107.1 rimshotters), it has been since 1996 that New York City, proper, has had a Country station of it’s own. 103.5 WYNY came about in 1988 after a complex series of events where 97.1 WYNY and 103.5 WQHT swapped frequencies. Country had been programmed on 97.1 WYNY for the previous year. Prior to that, Country music was heard on 1050 WHN since 1973, ending only at the launch of...

Charlie Fox, 64 KFI Los Angeles | December 25, 1978

Back in ’78, Charlie Fox was heard on the legendary 64 KFI. And, for a guy who isn’t exactly considered a legend himself, unlike his contemporaries, he sounds pretty darn good here. KFI is TIGHT! Nothing sloppy about this presentation! KFI in the 70s was essentially put together by PD John Rook – a legend himself in the world of programmers! This was at the time that KHJ was taking a major nosedive after essentially wiping out personality – and the competition clobbered them for it. The other player in L.A.’s three-way Top 40 race would be out of it two years after this ‘check – KTNQ. Ten-Q was so well programmed, it made the competition so tight, KFI just HAD to be great! Notice how, while this is Christmas day, KFI isn’t playing all Christm...

Joe Niagra, 95 WPEN Philadelphia | Undated

Posting just in time for the format and call letter change this date to Family Radio programming, this came to us with no date, but the music is mainly late 70s fare. Joe Niagra is the jock. WPEN here sounds like a full-service AC and you’ll hear all the great elements that made good radio including traffic and a full newscast. Courtesy of our good friends at Big Apple Airchecks!

Dave (and Greg) Scott, 14 KQV Pittsburgh | August 1, 1966

This is an interesting aircheck in the respect that DJ Dave (corrected) Scott promotes that his son Greg is going on – and does in this 16 minute scope of mid-60s “Audio KQV”. KQV is a unique radio station from a number of different standpoints. First, it is still known by the only set of call letters ever issued to it dating all the way back to 1922. The station itself first went on the air in 1919, only weeks after the first station dedicated for broadcasting. WBZ Springfield MA. It took 3 years to get an actual broadcast license for KQV, however. The top 40 era at KQV began on January 13, 1958. Many later-to-be famous deejays were heard on KQV over the years, including TV game show announcer Rod Roddy “…Come On Down!”, and somebody known as Jeff Chris...

Chuck Nowlin, 100.7 WZLX Boston | January 13, 1998

Here’s a station that has managed to stay the course for a couple of decades as “Boston’s Classic Rock”. The station outlived Boston’s heritage Rock station WBCN, and other stations which have come and gone since WZLX first came along out of the ashes of a one-time Beautiful Music station (WHUE) and CHR (WKKT). The only real competitor for WZLX is Active Rocker WAAF, at the younger end of the spectrum, and Classic Hits 105.7 WROR. Even Oldies/Classic Hits mainstay 103.3 WODS is gone. Chuck Nowlin was know for his days at WAAF Worcester, and notice the promo for “The Big Mattress” – Charles Laquidera moved his morning show over to WZLX from WBCN, which itself would expire when WBMX 98.5 moved to 104.1. So, lots of changes in the Boston market ...

Bill Lenke on WTIC-FM Hartford | 1979

Broadway Bill Lee is caught on tape once again at the station that made him famous! WTIC-FM was in it’s “Hot Hits” ™ era, before WKSS arrived and took the CHR format to new heights. Here in 1979, 96 TICS is on FIRE! Lee used his real name in Hartford, before moving on to a great run in San Francisco at KFRC. Today, he’s legendary at 101.1 WCBS-FM! Courtesy of longtime Contributor Steve McVie!

Chip Binder, 1220 WGAR Cleveland | April 22, 1980

The second of two perfect-quality, right off the air monitor airchecks of Chip Binder on WGAR courtesy of Joy Binder! This time from 1980, listen as Musicradio 1220 sounds essentially as it did in ’79, complete with reverb and all! Be amazed realizing that Chip was an overnight guy… who today with that talent and voice would probably be holding down a top 10 morning drive gig with a partner. Why? Well, the obvious. Overnights almost everywhere today are either voicetracked, a satellite feed or jockless. And if there’s actually a live jock on the air, they usually sound horrible (apologies to all the overnight jocks out there, but hey, everybody starts somewhere, right?). But certainly almost nowhere does one hear an overnight jock with the professionalism heard on this 6 ...

CKLW Windsor/Detroit “Million Dollar Weekend” | 1976

CKLW may have been Canadian, but it was likely the most creative and best station in the RKO chain. It’s also likely that the period of 1970-1976 was probably the height of “The BIG 8”. CKLW was a 50,000 watt music blowtorch covering most of Eastern North America… and it catered to interests in Detroit as well as to it’s own Canadian listeners. Today, however, this is known as “The Information Station” and primarilly serves the Canadian side of the boarder only. If only Canada’s CTRC knew the monster that was created way back when had the power to affect people thousands of miles away… well perhaps they did know. Either way, the CanCon rules enacted in the 70s may have helped Canadian artists, but it did spell doom for CKLW– as th...

Composite : New York City Radio Dial | 1974

Now, thanks to Contributor Norman Riczu, aka “Stormin’ Norman, the current morning guy at WEBE 108, here’s a really great look at what the radio dial looked like back in ’74. This features, among others, Walt Baby Love on 99X, Imus in the Morning on WNBC, Johnny Donovan for Ron Lundy on WABC and more!

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