The competition was incredible, and so was the air talent heard every morning in Chicagoland during this, the heyday of FM CHR! Courtesy of Robyn Watts’ fabulously wonderful collection, we bring you Robert Murphy and his style of morning show on WKQX. This is another incredibly high-fi recording from Midwest Aircheck, so turn up those 7.1 surround speakers and enjoy!
Who woulda thought Dick Biondi would still be doing Top 40 some 20+ years after his first gig at WLS? This is Chicago’s BIG CHR B96! Biondi is… well all i can say is it starts out a bit slow, at least for him. Just an opinion, mind you, but considering the various morning shows in Chicagoland in ’84, Dick Biondi, at least on THIS aircheck, sounds bland by comparison. Still, he has his moments, and for those of you who fondly remember, this extremely high-fidelity recording will bring a tear to your eye!
And now, what finished off WLS’ personality rock format for good! By 1984, WLUP was THE king of rock stations in Chicago (and by 1986 the grand experiment to turn the rockers into talkers by moving the most popular personalities to AM 1000 WLUP-AM was ON!). Brandmeier is heard here starting his morning show on ‘The Loop’. As was the trend in the mid-80s, this is lots more talk than rock, lots of phone calls, laughs and plenty of news & information to get the day started. Check out the notable news events of the day on this ‘check!
This one will take you way back, way before Jammin’ Oldies, way before Classic Rock, AOR and Active Rock and back when RKO General still owned “Fire”! It’s Monday morning and CK’s first day on the job. His first official change… no more Monday mornings, now they will be called Tuesday-A. You get the picture. This runs just over 10 minutes and showcases a really good sounding soft AC station, although some have called this an Oldies-based station. You can click HERE for some interesting historical information about WFYR. And, interestingly enough, here’s a link to the station known as WFYR today.
This, apparently, is an edited demo tape probably done by HD himself. How these things get into the pipeline of airchecks floating around is anyone’s guess, but this surely was good enough to get any gig he wanted!!! This begins and ends with a Y100 jingle. In between is some really great material. Very tight 80s CHR from one of the best stations of the era. At under 5 minutes, it’s short, thus an official airchexx.com QUICKCHECK, and certainly will leave you wanting more!
An original recording from Webmaster Steve West, here’s John O’Brien (WCCC, Bax & O’Brien WAQY Morning Show) counting down the biggest songs of the Classic Rock era. Packaged as the Memorial Day 500, WAQY attempted to capitalize on Nascar’s Indy 500 stock car race.. and it worked, as far as I could see at the time. Recorded high on top of a hilltop campground site in Colrain Massachusetts, this tape has held up well over the years. One of only a handful which your webmaster recorded and took everywhere, even onboard Navy ships during his military service. Celebrate the start of Summer right here, listening to one half of Rock 102’s “Bax & O’Brien” morning show back when he was just a jock who even worked weekends. From the site wher...
Well… Look what we found lurking on the back of a KLIF tape… Dueling Top 40 stations 56 WHBQ (RKO General) and 68 WMPS (Plough)! Imagine the surprise hearing this tape. Rob Grayson, where are ya! This is from before the Memphis appearance of Rick Dees, before FM 100 was Top 40… even before FM was even popular! Regardless of how good these stations sound here, the number one station hands down in the city was neither. It was the Soul station, WDIA 1070. And the Memphis sound sure is heard all over this aircheck. Take a listen and go back to a more troubled time, almost 34 years ago! Was it really that long?
KNUS 99 – 98.7 to be exact, was McLendon’s FM powerhouse. Originally slated to be an all-news station, and almost never to be because Gordon McLendon almost sold it in the 60s, KNUS turned out to be the SECOND successful Top 40 station, right behind (and later surpassing) sister KLIF 1190. Here’s two great jocks doing Top 40 in a style imitated by much of the RKO chain (NOT the other way around) throughout the 70s. It’s GREAT radio – no reverb, plenty of personality and some big contests for the time period.
The next series of airchecks pertain to the Dallas market – in particular, Gordon McLendon’s contribution to broadcast history in ’72. Perhaps there has been no greater innovator in all of broadcast history than McLendon, from his baseball play-by-play re-creations to HIS style of Top 40 radio. This is one in a series of KLIF / KNUS airchecks that we’d like to present to you. All scoped, but all apparently original recordings in terrific condition! One thing of note… Notice how many different call letters 1190 Dallas has had since 1990 (from FCCInfo.com): KFXR from 11/12/2001 KTRA from 04/09/2001 KJOI from 09/29/2000 KLUV from 08/17/1998 KOOO from 01/10/1997 KDFX from 11/03/1995 KGBS from 08/17/1992 KUII from 02/04/1991 KYII from 12/25/1990
Here’s a generous dose of quick-witted, fast talking Jack Armstrong… on our favorite station KFRC! Notables for this aircheck include tons of 80s era jingles, a real CHR approach and while it wasn’t labelled this way on the tape, our contributor apparently had an AM stereo receiver because this ‘check is in extremely HI-FI Stereo! So, why, again, are we wasting our time with noisy IBOC? Listen to this and be convinced that AM Stereo really WAS better than FM Stereo! And probably lots better than HD Radio with it’s digital artifacts. You be the judge. Back to this aircheck, Armstrong is hot and KFRC is getting ready to ring in the new year 1983 tomorrow night in a big way. Check out what ‘the last work day of the year’ sounded like on KFRC! Courtesy...
Listening to this you’ll NEVER believe that it’s your LEEEEEEEeeeeeeaaader! from KB and elsewhere! Jack Armstrong has to be one of the most versatile jaws in radio, and to be working for Westinghouse Broadcasting…. who woulda thunk? You’ll never believe this until you hear it. This is the MOR KDKA which was more soft and old sounding than it’s Boston counterpart WBZ 1030 was in ’75. But, it’s a special aircheck for a number of reasons, a subdued Armstrong is one, and the fact that this is really the first real KDKA aircheck we have on the site.
This is a very unique aircheck. First off, it’s not a music station, but there is music, in portions of this aircheck (strangely enough, as one song ends, there’s a long pause before the next one begins… almost like if you play a CD or a record without interruption). The music presented is, of course, scoped. There are also a couple of interviews with local officials. If I didn’t know better, I’d say this was affiliated in some way with NPR… but it’s not. This is called KXLR “Trendformation Radio”. Very different. There’s no further information on this station and if anyone has a clue, we’d appreciate your comments as to what became of it, and what format the station had over the years.