Author: Steve West

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Become a literal part of history… This all started out as a labor of love back in 2002.  Every month, tens of thousands of classic radio enthusiasts visit this site and enjoy hundreds of thousands of hours of Top 40 era radio fun! This is all possible because of people just like you who financially support this website and it’s content. Won’t you join hundreds of others just like...

Bob Lewis, 95.5 WABC-FM New York | January 10, 1970

Bob “Bobaloo” Lewis was best known as one of the “All Americans” on 77 WABC (AM). Lesser known was the fact that he was also heard on the FM side. WABC-FM 95 1/2 was a Progressive Rock station. The format was called “Love”. It featured tons of album cuts from all the heavys of the time, Hendrix, the Doors, the Who, and many more similar artists which would becom...

The Big Ron O’Brien Files, Part 3: 102.7 KIIS-FM, KIIS 1150 AM Los Angeles | October 7, 1986

Courtesy of Big Apple Airchecks, yet another original Ron O’Brien recording from the generocity of his estate. This is a pretty good recording, with just a bit of FM static. Otherwise, the dynamic range is excellent and Big Ron sounds right at home at “The New Kiss FM & AM”. Apparently, KIIS-FM was in the midst of a bit of a re-tooling of the overall sound, de-emphasizing Ro...

The Big Ron O’Brien Files, Part 2: Giant 1130 WCAR Detroit | March 16, 1972

That’s Neil Young, he’s got a Heart of Gold. I would settle for an aorta of silver… The Big Ron O’Brien Files will eventually end up on its own page, due to the sheer number of airchecks available from the estate. Here’s Part Two of the collaboration between Big Apple Airchecks and us featuring the very best of one of America’s legendary radio dj’s! This i...

The Big Ron O’Brien Files, 95.5 WPGC Morningside 1977

We run a family show here… Picking up where we left off some time ago in 2018, the parade of Big Ron O’Brien (Richard Walls) aircheck tapes continues on courtesy of the family of the late Big Ron via Big Apple Airchecks. In this 12+ minute clip, we find our subject at another legendary station (at least legendary during this time period), the AM/FM Top 40 combo of WPGC 1580/95.5. This ...

Mike Demambro, 105.7 WVBF Framingham/Boston | December 31, 1980

…don’t bring any kind of fire water into the city! Salvaged from my personal collection, here’s Mike Demambro on a somewhat subdued WVBF toward the end of the ‘F-105’ era. It’s New Year’s Eve, and WVBF was in the waning days of Top 40 before going what would be VERY soft AC within a year. Still, listen for all the hits as a Boston legend rang in 1981! Most...

Bill Berlin, 1240 WKDA Nashville | December 27, 1968

Right off the reel, here’s a brand new exhibit from Karl Phillips. WKDA has occupied three AM frequencies, that we know of, since 1968. 1240, as in this aircheck, more recently as a Spanish station on 1430, and currently on 1200 (later info courtesy FYBUSH.COM) after a move there in 2002. This aircheck is unique for a number of reasons. First, this really is typical of most of the top 40 sta...

Uncle Johnny, 107.3 WRQX Washington DC | December 26, 1983

Date of Recording: 12.26.1983 Station: 107.3 WRQX Washington DC, USA Format: Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) Featured Air Personality: “Uncle Johnny” Walker (WWCO/WRBQ-FM/WRQX/WZOU/WXXL/WSHE/WQJQ/WMGF/WSIG) Contributor: Robyn Watts Comments: Back to the day after Christmas, 1983 for a great, original recording of Uncle Johnny (WZOU) at play on Q107. Listen for plenty of overplayed CHR sti...

Airchexx.com Presents: A Christmas Carol, as produced and aired by 66 WNBC Radio New York | December 24, 1975

To the left, the players of the cast of “A Christmas Carol” Beware the ides of Christmas past… Date of Recording: 12.24.1975 Station: 660 WNBC New York City, New York, USA (WEAF/WRCA/WNBC) Format: Top 40 Featured Air Talent: Don Imus (Imus in the Morning), Dick Summer, Cousin Bruce Morrow (Cousin Brucie), Bill Rockefeller, Bob Vernon, Charles McCord Contributor: Steve Tefft Comme...

Dale Dorman; Steve Lundy, 610 KFRC San Francisco | December 24, 1967

This is our own custom scope from a recording provided by Matt @ BigAppleAirchecks. The whole thing runs just over four minutes out of 20 before I took out the music. Dale Dorman went from KFRC to Boston’s WRKO where he’d do wakeups. He’d also hold down mornings at WVBF Framingham for a while during their “F-105″ Top 40 era, then on to truly legendary status at WXKS-F...

Kermit Schafer – “Pardon My Bloopers”

Now, for something completely different. I’m sure that when this was released, during the prim and proper years when modesty was still in fashion, this probably invoked hysterical laughter. By today’s standards (even among today’s young broadcasters), this is rather tame. However, there are some gaffes that are so funny you WILL laugh, thinking these things actually made it to th...

Composite, 1000 AM WCFL “Big 10” Chicago | December 22, 1970

Nine oh two at the Voice of Labor, this is Robert E. Lee for Clark Webber… Curator’s Notes: This aircheck came to us somewhat unscoped. It’s a somewhat strange aircheck, in that the music is not what I’d consider true Top 40 fare, but considering this was three days before Christmas, perhaps WCFL, as some other stations ESPECIALLY back in 1970, toned it down for the holiday...

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