This aircheck is so good, I don’t know where to begin! Over 15 minutes of pure 1970s KFRC heaven!
Now Reloaded in higher definition!
This is arguably one of the very best airchecks I’ve ever heard. If WABC New York is considered the greatest Top 40 station of all time, then 610 KFRC has to be the west coast’s answer to MusicRadio 77.
Actually, west coast Top 40 was significantly different than it’s east coast counterpart, so in this regard there’s really no comparison – and no equal. KFRC was, in it’s own way, really THE very best Top 40 in America. There was no echo, but they didn’t need it. The station engineers must have been geniouses – KFRC’s processing was so good that the music literally lept out of the speakers, but WITH NO DISTORTION!
Probably the best part of the KFRC sound was the jocks and incredible production. When you listen to this aircheck, remember, all this was done manually with no fancy computer toys. All the imaging was done with a reel of tape and a razor blade. These guys were the best in their trade – and it showed as KFRC was rewarded with the consistantly highest ratings in San Francisco… a feat accomplished by an AM station running only FIVE THOUSAND WATTS!!!
Enough of the technical stuff. The quality of this aircheck was so good that I didn’t do any processing at all. What you hear is what came off the tape – and folks, I’d argue that what comes out of your computer’s speakers sounds better than ANY AM station today
Now… enough talk. Just listen!