Bob James, 1220 WGAR Cleveland | February 3, 1978

1220 Cleveland WGAR

Big Apple Airchecks Matt Seinberg CraigDate of Recording: February 3, 1978
Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks
Station: 1220 WGAR Cleveland
Featured Air Talent: “The Real” Bob James
Aircheck Entry: 1,400


WGAR (AM) was the flagship station of Nationwide Communications. Like many of the national radio ownership groups at the time, Nationwide placed emphasis on high quality broadcasting, personality driven stations with a well processed audio chain. In the case of WGAR, there was ‘light’ reverb in the audio chain. It was highly compressed and the modulation was CRANKED… but it was very clean. Jingles were from JAM Creative Productions in Dallas. WGAR had a full news department and led the Cleveland market in all dayparts during this time period. There’s a full newscast here read by John Callahan.

The Real Bob James… if memory serves, Bob James would end up at WNBC New York, doing the “Time Machine” at the end of WNBC’s life before Emmis purchased the station and turned it off, moving WFAN from 1050 down to 660. Somewhere, we have a recording of Bob James and the Time Machine which we’ll post at a future date.

1220 Cleveland WGAR


  1. Gary Kerns

    I noticed that WGAR called itself “Musicradio”. In 1988, WNBC, on “The Time Machine”, appropriated the title. Obviously, WGAR wasn’t country at this time, but I wondered in a WHK Don Imus posting if they, WWWE, and WHK were country simultaneously. Imus was also on WGAR if my memory serves me correctly

  2. Tommy

    There was no one better at a smooth delivery, pacing, timing and quick wit in Cleveland, than THE REAL Bob James on the BIG 1220/WGAR… I was fortunate to hear him booming in at nights after 9, while listening from Asheboro, NC as a kid…he was my inspiration that led to a 17yr radio career! Simply the best!

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