Month: March 2013

Cousin Bruce Morrow, WINZ Miami, Part 1 | September, 1974

Courtesy of Contributor Steven Green. Recorded off the air into a mic/table cassette machine by the sound of it, our contributor made a couple of hours worth of recordings of this interesting aircheck of Cousin Brucie making an appearance on WINZ. The first aircheck starts with Lee Sherwood but segues in to Bruce. Lee worked at WNBC-AM mangement. And, perhaps thats the missing piece of the puzzle. Morrow would go on to do nights at WNNNNNNNBC shortly after this was recorded. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to bring the huge ratings he’d had at WABC with him. But it was entertaining, nonetheless. Says Green, Bruce left WABC two weeks prior to this day and took some jabs at WABC. Within a year, WINZ would be an all news station. This arrived in several segments. Here’s Part 1...

Cousin Bruce Morrow, WINZ Miami, Part 2 | September, 1974

Courtesy of Contributor Steven Green. Recorded off the air into a mic/table cassette machine by the sound of it, our contributor made a couple of hours worth of recordings of this interesting aircheck of Cousin Brucie making an appearance on WINZ. The first aircheck starts with Lee Sherwood but segues in to Bruce. Lee worked at WNBC-AM mangement. And, perhaps thats the missing piece of the puzzle. Morrow would go on to do nights at WNNNNNNNBC shortly after this was recorded. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to bring the huge ratings he’d had at WABC with him. But it was entertaining, nonetheless. Says Green, Bruce left WABC two weeks prior to this day and took some jabs at WABC. Within a year, WINZ would be an all news station. This arrived in several segments. Here’s Part 2...

Retro Friday Live from the Phoenix, 107.1 CILQ Toronto | July 14, 2000

Description by Steve West: Recorded late on a Friday night (10:45 to 11:30 pm), here’s a multi-faceted aircheck that begins with the number one song on “Toronto’s Most Wanted” countdown (Red Hot Chili Peppers’ – Californiacation) and flows through a night where the station is broadcasting live at a local night club. It’s also an A-Z Weekend as the Q-107 plays ‘Car Tunes’ to go along with Indy Weekend. All this hype and promotion kinda gets lost in the overlap but loyal fans likely knew what was what. Q-107 bills itself as “Pure Rock”. Of course, this is the Active Rock format, and it IS Canada, after all. (As a side note, Wikipedia, such as it is, references the format during this time as ‘Album Rock’. But even w...

News & Dusty Rhodes on Real Oldies 1530 WSAI Cincinnati | January 6, 2003

On this very short clip of WSAI, recorded only SIX days into the new Real Oldies format, you get a feel for the retro format of the station. It starts with News & Traffic, then into a Charlie Van Dyke imager, then into Dusty Rhodes open. Unfortunately, this format didn’t last very long. WSAI Dropped it’s “Real Oldies” format experiment in 2006, at which time the WSAI call letters returned to 1360, swapped for the historic WCKY calls heard on 1530 up through the early 1980s. Your comments are invited below.

Composite: Howard Hoffman, Stephanie Miller & Jeff Thomas – 97.1 WQHT New York | 1991

Courtesy of Contributor Robyn Watts, here’s two separate airchecks of 97.1 WQHT spliced into one composite. Both are from “East Coast Airchecks” Tape #84 Side B. Howard Hoffman’s voice is so processed, he almost reminds me of Imus in the Morning, WNBC circa 1981 or so. But no, the real Howard Hoffman, whacky as ever shines right through. Sidekick Stephanie Miller (a great talent herself) sounds great also. Lots of time & temperature… all the features you’d expect to hear on a good morning show are here, with a lot of dance/hip hop & pop crossovers thrown in. The imaging is fantastic, although I’ve always been stumped as to why the Top of Hour was produced to sound so similar to Z100’s. “…From the Top top top top top̷...

Peter Parker, 97.5 WZOK Rockford IL | 1991

Peter Parker is no Spiderman, but he is one entertaining jock. Its sometime in the early 90s, and like most of these East Coast Airchecks tapes, its often tough to nail down an exact date. We’ll say 1991 for now. Painfully short, at just 2:13, here’s a most accurate representation of a typical day in this era of CHR 97ZOK. Today it’s owned by Cumulus Media – and although it’s still CHR, we’re pretty sure the station doesn’t sound like this today. Listeners are invited to bring us up to speed as to the history of WZOK. Please consider a donation in any amount to support Airchexx!

Tom Ambrose on WCCO-FM Minneapolis/St. Paul | 1978

Another from the archives. 103 FM WCCO FM – this is a very laid-back aircheck, reminiscent of the old Soft Rock 103 WEEI-FM in Boston. If anyone knows the history behind this station, leave a comment below. Click the above graphic to listen. Real Player Required.

Gary James, 1140 CKXL Calgary | February 1985

While by 1985, most top 40 music in the United States had migrated to FM, with very few exceptions, in Canada, the format survived – even thrived in many markets on AM, thanks in part to the policies of the CTRC, Canada’s radio regulatory body, their version of the FCC. In Canada its not just stations that are licensed, but FORMATS that are licensed to stations for each community, a concept that people in America would find somewhat absurd, but it works north of the border. With that explanation, enter the decade of the mid 80s, where AM CHR is the norm, and talent is plentiful in Canada. CKXL is an amazing station, and could hold its own with the likes of any of the major US stations given a comparison. I like Gary James, and the entire air staff. The whole presentation is tig...

Jo Jo Morales, WHTZ Z100 New York | July 26, 1989

Z100 is celebrating its 6th year as New York’s Number One Hit Music Station, and all sorts of people are congratulating the station including (then) New York Governor Mario Cuomo. We love it when politicians and other celebrities personally voice station liners! This is Z100 in all of it’s glory, playing ALL the hits with an airstaff that reads like a who’s who of blockbuster jocks. Jo Jo Morales sounds great here, but this is no different than any other day on this station. Lightly processed and restored to near perfect condition, here’s a three-plus minute scoped listen to one of America’s finest FM CHR stations ever!

JoJo Morales; Elvis Duran, 100.3 WHTZ “Z100” New York | 1991

“From the top of the Empire State Building…” It really doesn’t get any better than this! Z100 is blazing hot and always had New York’s best talent! Still does, depending upon who you talk to. Again, from Robyn Watts‘ incredible collection and off side two of East Coast Airchecks Tape 84 side B, we get to hear another fabulous aircheck of the FLAMETHROWER, Z100! Once upon a time, back when we were short on aircheck donations back in 2002-2003, we posted a lot of New York city stuff and then backed off, thinking we had over-done the Big Apple. We’re certainly not in that position today, thanks to tons of contributors and hundreds, almost thousands of tapes to pull from now. So it was definitely time to do a new Z100 aircheck. The time is right. Radio...

Bill Lee, Renel, Lisa St. Regis; First Day of the “New Jack Zoo – 106.1 KMEL San Francisco

One-time Rocker turned CHR, then Hip Hop & R&B station KMEL began embracing what was known in the early 90s as “New Jack Swing” – a fusion genre of Hip Hop and mix/samples which really has become more mainstream over the years in the Hip Hop world. With that background, here’s the first morning of KMEL‘s “New Jack Zoo” morning show. Bill Lee (WTIC-FM, WCBS-FM), was a veteran of San Francisco’s airwaves for much of the first half of the 1980s on the one station nobody could beat until just before its demise as a Top 40 station – the great 610 KFRC. Lee alludes to this fact without naming the call letters early on in this aircheck. Also featured are “Renel” and Lisa St. Regis. After researching KMEL for a while, I st...

“Mr. 70s” Paul DiMarco, 98.3 WDAQ Danbury | September 16, 1995

“Mr. 70s” himself, Paul DiMarco contributed this aircheck of himself on WDAQ. It’s a 70s Saturday night and Paul plays the 70s classics, a specialty of his which continues today on the “Totally 70s” Internet station. The station was featured on Stickam.com, but Stickam went out of business a few weeks ago as of this writing. There is a new host and I will update this post with it shortly. Mr. 70s does a great, upbeat show, even here on this station which is just outside the New York City radio market. You’ll really enjoy this high quality aircheck which runs 18 minutes, scoped!

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