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Bill Bailey, 97 WWDJ Hackensack NJ | 1972

Date of Recording: 1972 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 970 WWDJ Hackensack NJ Format: Top 40 Slogan: 97/DJ Featured Air Personality: Bill Bailey (WWDJ/WLS/WGVU/others) Contributor: Sandy Bailey Post Date: 12.17.2017 Total Time: 3:39 Airchexx Entry: 1,535 Bill Bailey playing the songs by request… Curator’s Notes: There were two people named Bill Bailey who worked in radio, and whom many remember. The first was “The Duke of Louisville”, who was known primarily for his work at WAKY. He passed away a number of years ago. I had spoken at length with one of his good friends and collegues, Tom Prestigiacomo about his career when Tom and I worked together at WMC-FM Memphis. The ‘other’ Bill Bailey worked at several different large and major market stations around...

Program Director Larry Berger Explains New Format, WPLJ New York | July 1983

Those who’ve been in the radio industry for a long time probably remember the day WPLJ flipped from Rock to CHR. Many even remember former WPLJ jock Carol Miller’s comments to a trade publication of the day (which escapes your webmaster at the moment) saying that WPLJ wanted to switch formats while on top – it WAS the top rated AOR formatted station of the day. “Lets Hear It” was a forum in which Program Director Larry Berger could talk to the audience and get a feel for what they were thinking about WPLJ at the time. What station would do that today? Back in 1983, Berger used this forum to explain the impending format change to CHR, and why the station was going in that direction. Whether this was the real reason or not, he sure made the case that WPLJ needed...

Bill Bailey, 98.1 KSLQ St. Louis | May 13, 1977

Date of Recording: 05.13.1977 Station: 98.1 KSLQ St. Louis (KSTL-FM/KRCH-FM/KSLQ/KYKY) Format: Top 40 Slogan: “KSLQ” Featured Air Personality: Bill Bailey (WWDJ/WLS/WDRQ/KSLQ/WLHT) Contributor: Sandy Bailey Total Time: 12:46 (Telescoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,536 If your sock or stocking falls today, someone is thinking of you… Curator’s Notes: Without much to go on, it took a bit of work to look up the history of this long-gone Bartell-owned Top 40 station. Today’s KYKY “Y98” was the original KSLQ. Originally taking to the air under those call letters in 1972, the station lasted just 10 years, then changed to Adult Contemporary in 1981 and the call letters changed to the current KYKY in 1982. The late Bill Bailey (of WLS fame) is heard here doing morn...

Drake Davis, 92.5 KAER Sacramento | August, 1986

Date of Recording: 08.1986 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 92.5 KAER Sacramento (KFBK-FM/KAER/KOBY/KHLX/KBEB) Format: Adult Contemporary Featured Air Personality: Drake Davis Contributor: Drake McDonald Davis Post Date: 12.14.2017 Airchexx Entry: 1,534 KAER 92.5.. There it is (smack!), Got it. Jitterbugs! Curator’s Notes: Contributor Drake Davis is heard here, taking liberties with your typical mid 1980’s softer Adult Contemporary format. I think what strikes me is that during this time period, your curator worked a station with a similar format and at least during the dayparts, liner cards were just about all anyone were allowed to say, so I relate completely to this aircheck. The station format itself, while you are reminded of just how good (or bad for some of you) the music w...

The Benny Goodman Show, 660 WEAF New York | January, 1935

Date of Recording: 01.1935 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 660 WEAF New York (W2XY/WBAY/WEAF/WRCA/WNBC) Format: General – Pre-Rock era Network Block format Featured Air Personality: Benny Goodman Contributor: Archive.org Post Date: 12.11.2017 Total Time: 41:04 Airchexx Entry: 1,533 Curator’s Notes:       At left, the giant, 50 KW transmitter in use at WEAF New York during the 1930’s       Visitors to this archival site may be somewhat unfamiliar with how radio sounded during the “Golden Age” of radio broadcasting in the 1930’s and 1940’s.   In the days before television, radio was often the only source of entertainment.  While radio stations across the United States and Canada pretty much carried similar programming, mos...

Tom & Paul Collins, 79 WQXI Atlanta | December 19, 1964. Pt. 2

Date of Recording: 12.19.1964 Station: 790 WQXI Atlanta Format: Top 40 Station Slogan: “Audio 79” Featured Air Personalities: Tom Krimsler (“Collins”), Bob Krimsler (“Collins”) Contributor: Bob Jones Post Date: 12.08.2017 Airchexx Entry: 1,532 We’re the Tiger Twins Tom & Paul Collins and we got lots of calls for this record… Curator’s Notes: Here’s the second part of the Tiger Twins radio program recorded between 12 midnight and 2am 12.19.1964. Commercals, news and sports reports left intact for your listening enjoyment. Some light processing was performed, mainly to restore the right audio track, as this came to us with audio only in the left. Contributor Bob Jones says this was his original recording, the oldest one he has. We’re very thankf...

Tom & Paul Collins, 79 WQXI Atlanta | December 19, 1964, Part 1

Date of Recording: 12.19.1964 Station: 790 WQXI Atlanta Format: Top 40 Station Slogan(s): Quicksie, Audio 79 Featured Air Personalities: Tom Krimsler (“Collins”), Bob Krimsler (“Collins”) Contributor: Bob Jones Post Date: 12.07.2017 Airchexx Entry: 1,531 We got a brand new secret word for ya… Curator’s Notes: Over the years, we’ve posted many WQXI airchecks and most feature Gary McKee or someone else and mainly all of them are from the 1970s. This one takes us back to the year that the Beatles broke upon the music scene. You’ll hear some beatles played and mentioned in the banter. Tom was working with his brother Paul – true story. They called themselves the “Tiger Twins” and had the late night/overnight show. We’ll re...

Jagger In The Morning, WIOQ Q102 Philadelphia | 1989

Date of Recording: 1989 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 102.1 WIOQ Philadelphia (Branded as Q102) Format: Rhythmic CHR Featured Air Personality: Chris Jagger Contributor: Robyn Watts Original Post Date: 12.10.2004 Curator’s Notes: This is a confusing aircheck, to say the least. About six minutes or so into this recording, it flips to what sounds like format change day at Q102. Granted, this MAY be two recordings strung together. Couldn’t tell other than the tape label which just said Chris Jagger, WIOQ. I’d like to leave the comments to our visitors about this aircheck, as I know very little about Q102 in this era. Please leave your notes below. Thank you.

Steve West, WGKX Memphis | October 9, 2004

Date of Recording: 10.09.2004 Station: 105.9 WGKX Memphis (Branded as “Kix 106“) Owner: Cumulus Media//Memphis Radio Group Format: Contemporary Country Featured Air Personality: Steve West Contributor: Steve West Original Post Date: 10.11.2004 Curator’s Notes: The artist known as Steve West was digitally captured from a tape, recorded in Millington, Tennessee directly off the air on this particular date. Now, frankly, it’s been quite a while since I listened to this (and I’m not sure what’s on it, if I sounded good or if a dose of embarassment will follow), so let the listener judge for his or herself just what this guy sounds like on the air. Being that this was 2004, and I’d been on the station doing weekends and fill ins for about 2 1/2 years at...

Composite: Kansas City CHR Stations | May, 1989

Curator’s Comments: This was posted a LONG time ago. So long ago, it sat at the bottom of the list of posted airchecks… within the first 100 donated to the site back in the year 2002. Therefore, much of the ‘technical information’ isn’t quite available. Still. its a good composite showing off some of the best of Kansas City from 1989. Original Comments: (From 2002) This Kansas City offering brings us back to the tail end of the golden years of FM CHR. It was Top 40 radio’s second golden era (the first having been the AM Top 40 days that ended in the late 70s). A time of zany morning show teams, hot jingles and larger than life hits. Some of the personalities have moved on to bigger things on the internet and elsewhere. People like Joel Denver (All Access...

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...

New England Sampler #3: Radio 85 WHDH Boston | April 1, 1980

Date of Recording: 04.01.1980 Station: 850 WHDH Boston Format: Full Service Adult Contemporary (Dayparted: News/Talk all night) Featured Air Personalities: Sean Casey, others Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Post Date: 12.3.2017 Total Time: 6:23 Airchexx Entry: 1,529 …This oughtta be the first day of Spring! Curator’s Notes: This is from an interesting time, of which I’d call more of a time of transition for WHDH. Transition because at this point in time, WHDH was becoming a more contemporary radio station than it had been for a long time. Through the 60s and 70s, WHDH played a much more ‘Middle of the Road’ blend of music, much softer and non-Rock based than it’s competition. For decades, the station’s main competitor was crosstown WBZ. In fact, w...

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