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Station Profile: 13 WAVZ New Haven | September, 1976

Date of Recording: 09.xx.1976 (Exact Date Unown) Station: 1300 WAVZ New Haven, Connecticut, USA Format: Top 40 (Later: Standards – 1981, Liberal Talk – 2001, Sports – 2007) Featured Air Personality: Various Contributor: Andy Bologovsky Comments: 13 Waves sported some of the best talent in the U.S., and this 8 minute profile from 1976 showcases the talents of such names as Paul “the Morning Mayor”, Midday guy Tom Morgan, “The Chucker” (who narrates this profile), Afternoon personality John E. Walker, Night guy Mike West (WGNG Providence, WTIC-FM Hartford), Sunshine 10pm-2am and Early morning she-jock Lise.

WDRC-FM Oldies Sampler | 1980s

Date of Recording: Unknown Station: 102.9 WDRC-FM Hartford, Connecticut, USA Format: Oldies Featured Air Talent: Ken Gilbert (WAQY/WTIC-FM/WDRC-FM/WDRC/WKNE-FM/WZRT/WVTK) Contributor: Ken Gilbert Airchexx Entry: 1,455 “I see Jerry Kristafer has a friend who travels there” Comments: For the sake of just ONE break on a 90 minute cassette, the rest of which appears to have been bulk erased (the original tape you can hear bits of audio from a prior recording trying to bleed through), we present a sample of the beginnings of Oldies “Big-D 103”. As Ken describes elsewhere, WDRC-FM morphed from CHR to Oldies over a few months in late 1983 into 1984, and by the time of this recording was firmly in the Oldies format. But its just one break with one listener call-in, and you ...

The Ron & Ron Radio Network, 99.5 WAIL Key West, FL | July 3, 1996

Date of Recording: 07.03.96 Station: 99.5 WAIL (Whale 99) Key West, Florida, USA Format: Active Rock Featured Air Talent: Ron Bennington & Ron Diaz Contributor: Ken Gilbert Airchexx Entry: 1,454 “…Do we come from UFOs?” Comments: Here’s a unique morning show. We know very little about these guys, although one of them went on to start the “Ron & Fez” show heard elsewhere. This is where you, our visitors, come in. Help fill in the blanks about these two morning show guys. Note, this is a Rock station, but there’s zero music in this, a seemingly long diatribe about terrorists, Muslims and other controversial issues surrounding the Olympic Bombing in Atlanta, and issues surrounding Saudi Arabia. These two really stirred the pot and if you did...

Sonny Fox, WHYI Y100 Miami | July 6, 1984

Date of Recording: 07.06.1984 Station: 100.7 WHYI (Y100) Miami, Florida, USA Format: CHR Featured Air Personality: Sonny Fox Contributor: Daniel Coulombe Comments: Thanks to site friend Daniel Coulombe, here’s a GREAT, original recording he made of Sonny Fox and the morning show on Miami’s legendary Y100!. You’ll love this scoped look at a hugely entertaining and funny jock with all the elements that made morning radio fun. Unlike most of today’s morning shows which are laden with Hollywood fluff… this is so good, and Sonny Fox is just himself. Its refreshing to hear how morning shows were in the mid-80s. We miss it, and you probably do too!

Composite: WEGX Eagle 106 Philadelphia | February 1993

Date of Recording: 02.xx.1993 Station: 106.1 WEGX Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA (WZGO/WTRK/WEGX/WJJZ/WISX) Featured Air Personality: Various Contributor: Robyn Watts Comments: First in a series of trade releases from FMQB (Friday Morning Quarterback) donated by Robyn Watts is this look back at Adult Hits formatted Eagle 106 in Philly. We start right out with Lander and the morning Nut Hut… a precursor to his next gig in Boston at WBMX. The ‘check then moves on to the rest of the broadcast day.

Rachel Logan, 106.5 WWMX Baltimore | 2014

Date of Recording: 2014 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 106.5 WWMX “Mix 1065” Baltimore, Maryland, USA Format: Hot Adult Adult/Contemporary Featured Air Talent: Rachel Logan Contributor: Rachel Logan Airchexx Entry: 1,453 …”Ok, so it’s Try from Colby Caillait, because maybe he should try a little bit harder…” Comments: Our first entry from new Contributor Rachel Logan is also the first archived recording of Baltimore’s “Mix 1065”. Recorded in 2014, this shows Logan’s warm personality, and the station’s format allowing for plenty of jock audience interaction. Eight years after the disasterous Telcom ’96 decision, and not all radio was reduced to antiseptic bottom line mentality, or so it seems by listening to this t...

“Banana” Joe Montione Flashback Show, KIIS-AM/FM Los Angeles | Undated

Date of Recording: Unknown Station: 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles, California, USA Format: CHR Featured Air Talent: “Banana” Joe Montione Contributor: Robyn Watts/East Coast Airchecks …”you could be there as we play Flashback Jeopardy!” Comments: Many of these “East Coast Airchecks” tapes came in undated, only labelled with the jock and station, thus we leave it up to our listeners to pinpoint when the aircheck was recorded. This is the Banana Joe Flashback Show on Kiss-FM. Lots of promos for Rick Dees in the Morning, plenty of callers and tons of 80s hits are heard in this ultra high-energy scope that we’re guessing was probably made sometime around 1992 or 1993. CHR radio’s approach to an oldies show sounded incredible, especially since t...

The Real Don Steele, KRTH K-Earth 101 Los Angeles | Date unknown

Date of Recording: Early 1990s (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 101.1 KRTH Los Angeles, California, USA Featured Air Talent: The Real Don Steele (04.01.1936 – 08.05.1997) (KBUC, KEPR, KIMA, KXLY, KOIL, KISN, KEWB, KHJ, KIQQ, KTNQ, KRLA, KODJ, KCBS-FM, KRTH) Contributor: Robyn Watts Airchexx Entry: 657 (repost at 1,451) Comments: Thanks again to the massive Robyn Watts collection, the late Don Steele is featured in this 7+ minute scope of K-Earth 101 from sometime in the early 90s, we’re guessing around ’91 or ’92. Charlie Van Dyke’s pipes are lower than ever in the incredible imaging, and the jingles…. well, KRTH has used a variation of nearly the same jingle sing for well over 30 years now so what does that tell ya? Very few radio stations have had the sam...

Ken Gilbert, 1390 WVAA Burlington VT | September 29, 2004

Date of Recording: 09.29.2004 Station: 1390 WVAA Burlington Vermont, USA Format: Classic Country Featured Air Personality: Ken Gilbert (WAQY, WTIC-FM, WDRC, WDRC-FM, WKNE-FM, WDOT, WZRT, WVAA, WVTK) Contributor: Ken Gilbert Airchexx Entry: 1,452 “We help take away the stress” Comments: Contributor Ken Gilbert is well known for his talents as a Top 40 jock – at WAQY “Wacky 102”, WTIC-FM and WDRC (AM) FM. But as this shows, he’s an all around personality who fits any format. From Oldies to CHR to this live Country format. Which brings up an interesting point. 1390 is one of those ‘graveyard’ frequencies where low powered community oriented AM stations traditionally went off the air at dusk or 11pm… or ran flea power after dark. In the pos...

Mike McGann, 1250 WTAE Pittsburgh | December, 1973

Date of Recording: 12.1973 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 1250 WTAE Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Featured Air Talent: Mike McGann Contributor: Mike McGann Airchexx Entry: 1,451 “Nostalgia Radio. Playin’ it like it was with Roy Orbison!” Comments: Fake or real Drake formatics and jingles abound in this short scope provided by and of Contributor Mike McGann. The station’s imaging voice is none other than Charlie Van Dyke. It’s pretty straight forward and a tight presentation overall. Listen about halfway in to a promo for Byron McGregor’s “The Americans”. Don’t forget that this was a commentary from the legendary Canadian broadcaster which was turned into a single and played on a number of radio stations across North America in 1973. Very...

John Zacherle, Halloween Special, WCBS-FM 101.1 New York | October 31, 1991

Date of Recording: 10.31.91 Station: 101.1 WCBS-FM New York, NY, USA Featured Air Talent: John Zacherle (09.26.1918 – 10.27.2016) (WCAU-TV, WABC-TV, WOR-TV, WPIX-TV, WNJU-TV, WNEW-FM, WXRK-FM, WCBS-FM). Elected into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia in 2010. Died on 10.27.2016 at age 98. Contributor: Ray Bozzanca Airchexx Entry: 433 (Repost at entry 1,450) (What does this mean? (1)) We interrupt this program because of a local weather emergency. This is NOT a test! Comments: With that statement and EBS tones, (at 38 minutes in) the whole tone of this FRIGHTFULLY GREAT aircheck is set in stone! This has to be the best Haloween special I’ve ever heard. WCBS-FM really did it up right, letting John Zacherle take over the hosting duties for a night of scary fun. Contributor Ray...

Steve York, 66 WNBC New York | April 23, 1983

1983 might be considered the year that 66 WNBC finally hit the post as a true Top 40 station. Nights were full of the hits of ’83, one of the top rated shows in New York, and the station was boasting Imus in the Morning and Howard Stern in the afternoon. Having witnessed the demise of WABC almost a year earlier, WNBC finally achieved what it couldn’t all throughout the 70s – ratings superiority over 77 WABC. In addition, while the programming was superb, the station switched to AM Stereo (the Khan system) and it sounded incredible even in mono! This era is largely forgotten by nearly everyone but its important to remember that while Z-100 launched in 1983, WNBC really took over for a time as THE Top 40 station in the Big Apple. Shortly before WHTZ came on the air, 7-Midni...

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