Los Angeles

Lee Sherwood, 93 KHJ Los Angeles | January 23, 1981

Station: 93 KHJ Los Angeles (Wikipedia) Format: Country Branded: “The New 93 KHJ” Featured Air Personality: Lee Sherwood Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 34:48 Aircheck #1,595 I mentioned a few moments ago that Humphrey Bogart was born on this day... Curator’s Notes: Fans of “Boss Radio” will surely be disappointed with this, COUNTRY aircheck of KHJ. There is a bit of history mentioned on the news (read by Lee Marshall) with the story of the Iranian Hostages being released this particular day. That day in history, “Gone With The Wind” was released. Country or not, I *LIKE* Lee Sherwood. Great pipes, knowledgeable and topical, Lee puts on a good morning show. Better, in my humble opinion, than a lot of modern radio people. If you enjoy t...

The Real Don Steele, 101.1 KRTH Los Angeles | August, 1993

Station: 101.1 KRTH (KHJ-FM) Los Angeles (Wikipedia) (Website) Format: Oldies Branded: “K-Earth 101“; “Southern California’s Greatest Hits” Featured Air Personality: The Real Don Steele (Donald Steele Revert; April 1, 1936 – August 5, 1997) (KBUC/KEPR/KIMA/KXLY/KOIL/KISN/KEWB/KHJ/KHJ-TV/KIQQ/KRLA/KCBS-FM/KRTH) (Wikipedia) Contributor: Robyn Watts Total Time: 9:44 Aircheck #1,594 Tina Geldado is Alive, ALIVE! Curator’s Notes: The “Boss” era is definitely alive in this sunny California Aircheck presentation of a Fractious Friday on K-Earth 101!  The Real Don Steele is captured, doing what he does best, and that’s entertaining Southern California the same way he did on KHJ, only on both sides of your ears in glorious stereo! I remember fin...

Mark & Brian Interview Pete Townshend – 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles | August, 1993

Station: 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles (Wikipedia) (Website) Format: Album Oriented Rock/Classic Rock Branded: “The Rock of Southern California” Featured Air Personalities: Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps, Pete Townshend Contributor: Robyn Watts Total Time: 13:13 Aircheck #1,593 “You really have to be fit to do Rock & Roll“ Curator’s Notes: This is less of a jock oriented aircheck than a great interview with The Who frontman Pete Townshend. Pete talks about his career, his love for theater and how that intertwines with his rock opera “Tommy”. It’s an interesting listen for fans of the band. This interview was in conjunction with a station sponsored concert where local musicians could play along with Townshend. I can’t find details of the ev...

Dr. John Leader, 93/KHJ Los Angeles | July 1, 1977

First published on this website eight years ago. An original recording obtained by contributor Daniel Coulombe, here’s the great Dr. John Leader… on KHJ! 1977 was still a good Top 40 year for the AM band, and KHJ was still in contention, even if K100 was the hot FM at the time, and with KTNQ was about to hit… Leader was also heard at WQXI Atlanta (See graphic) and KSTP in the Twin Cities, but surely never better than here on KHJ!

“The Breakfast Bunch” – Charlie Tuna @93.1 KODJ Los Angeles | March 7, 1991

Date of Recording: 03.07.1991 Station: 93.1 KODJ (KNX-FM/KCBS) Los Angeles Format: Oldies Branded: “Oldies 93” Contributor: Russ Horton Featured Air Personality: Charlie Tuna (04.18.1944 – 02.19.2016) (Wikipedia) Total Time: 25:00 (Telescoped) “Hey, did you know this is national procrastination day? (caller:) I’ll call you back This is Aircheck #1,559 Curator’s Notes The Russ Horton collection is now filling up with gems acquired from north of the border!  Here’s the late Charlie Tuna featured on what was “Oldies 93”, a format/station sandwiched between the old KNX-FM and KCBS-FM.  As you listen, notice the format… the music is ALL 1950s and early 1960s!  Oldies the way it was originally formatted! Tuna here is part of the morning...

Wink Martindale, 980 KFWB Los Angeles | June 2, 1965

Date of Recording: 06.02.1965 Station: 980 KFWB Los Angeles Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Wink Martindale (WHBQ, KFWB) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Post Date: 12.03.2017 Airchexx Entry: 1,530 The KFWB Principal of the Year contest has just two weeks to go!… Curator’s Notes: If you thought Wink Martindale seemed a little ‘stiff’ on the WHBQ “Saturday Morning Dance Party” from 1956, here’s a different side of Wink. Martindale is doing the morning show on KFWB and this is a music intensive show with a very upbeat presentation! The “Principal of the Year” contest is in full swing. Is there a station doing a similar promotion today, in the U.S. or Canada? Also, this comes with an obligatory PARENTAL ADVISORY for advertisements...

The Real Don Steele, 93/KHJ Los Angeles | January 8, 1970

Date of Recording: 01.08.1970 Station: 930 KHJ Los Angeles Format: Drake Top 40 Featured Air Personality: The Real Don Steele (Donald Steele Revert April 1, 1936 – August 5, 1997) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Date of Posting: 11/18/17 Airchexx Entry: 1,524 Sockin’ it to ya! Three Oh Nine with the Real Don Steel and Johnny Nash! Curator’s Notes: There are those in this audience who know the Real Don Steel Personally…. or at least did while he graced our radios with his presence. Here’s a typical RDS show scoped down from 35 minutes unscoped to keep us legal. Comments: Please, reply to this post below!

Robert W. Morgan, 93 KHJ Los Angeles | August 8, 1970, Part 1

Date of Recording: 08.08.1970 Station: 930 KHJ Los Angeles Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Robert W. Morgan Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Post Date: 11/10/2017 Airchexx Entry: 1,524                 Curator’s Notes: The evolution of radio, television and now the internet as means of mass communications often reminds us of how rapid the general public embraces new technology.  Consider that from the time KHJ debuted it’s now legendary Top 40 format until roughly 1971, KHJ was the single most listened to radio station in Southern California.  Fast forward just nine years, and ratings were so low (impacted by FM) that the station changed to Country, then to Oldies, and by 1986, disappeared altogether. FM radio was king in Los Ange...

Hollywood Hamilton, 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles | October 1989

Date of Recording: 10.xx.1989 Station: 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles, California, USA // Branded as 102-7 Kiss-FM Format: CHR Featured Air Personality: Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton (WHTZ/KIIS-FM/WKTU/KBIG, others) Contributor: Anonymous Original Post Date: 10.14.2010 Airchexx Entry: 877 Curator’s Notes: Sean (his real name) Hollywood Hamilton is one of America’s most talented and highest rated radio personalities, according to ratings company Nielson. He performs as host of two national syndicated countdowns each week (The Remix Top 30 Countdown and the Weekend Top 30, both syndicated by iHeart Media) in addition to performing his current radio program on 103.5 WKTU New York City. This aircheck represents Hamilton at a point where his career had just taken off. His faceboo...

G.W. McCoy, 100.3 KIQQ Los Angeles | July 31, 1984

Date of Recording: 07.31.1984 Station: 100.3 KIQQ (KSWD/KRBV/KKBT/KCMG/KIBB/KXEZ/KQLZ-FM) Los Angeles, California, USA Format: CHR Featured Air Personality: G. W. McCoy Contributor: Daniel Coulombe Date of Posting: 09.04.2017 Total Time: 13:49 Airchexx Entry: 1,506 …with requested music now from Twisted Sister! Curator’s Notes: By 1984, KIQQ was having difficulty maintaining it’s CHR identity, and with plenty of name recognition in crosstown KRTH K-Earth 101, KIIS-FM and others, it was clear that SOMETHING had to be done soon. That something would eventually be “Lite-FM” under the same call letters. That, in turn, led to a purchase by Westwood One, who brought in somebody named Scott Shannon, a new set of call letters (KQLZ) and a new slogan – “Pir...

John Lennon sits in as Guest DJ: 93/KHJ Los Angeles | September 27, 1974

Date of Recording: 09.27.1974 Station: 930 KHJ (KRTH/KKHJ) Los Angeles, California, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: John Lennon (The Beatles) Contributor: Daniel Coulombe Airchexx Entry: 1,494 Comments: Given the intense popularity of John Lennon, both as a major recording artist and his status as an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War, this appearance on the might 93 KHJ should be well documented. At the time, this was included in on-air promos of what was known as “Superstar” week at KHJ. And yes, obviously, recordings were made of the event. Yet, all these decades later, there’s not much historical information written online about this one time appearance in Los Angeles. There are a few references on Wikipedia (Curator’s note: Not everything printe...

QuickCheck: Russ O’Hara, KRLA Los Angeles | June 12, 1969

1969 was a good year for Top 40 radio in Los Angeles. KFWB was still around, albeit more like a Middle of the Road station, 93/KHJ was at the top of it’s game, and then there was KRLA. Never the powerhouse hit station that other AMs were, past or future, it was a warm and cozy station that played current music and featured warm personalities. You’d probably call it your parent’s music station. Russ O’Hara is filling in for Rob Foster (KFRC) here. Russ is a laid-back jock, one you’d perhaps find on a late 70s/early 80s Soft Rock FM station. Its a cozy aircheck, and shows that KRLA was certainly not going to try and beat KHJ at its own game.

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