*Contributors

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...

The WPGC Files – Part 3. Lee Logan. January, 1979

Station: 95.5 WPGC Morningside Md (Washington DC) //1580 WPGC Washington (Wikipedia) (WPGC Tribute Site) Format: Top 40 Branded: “Music Radio” Featured Air Personality: Lee Logan Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 5:09 Aircheck #1,592 You’re dealing with a sick man here… Curator’s Notes: This aircheck could serve as a clinic on how to do nighttime Top 40 radio!  Really, I wish there was more of this but it runs only 5 mintues scoped.  Lots of disco music was played here, but showing that this was a TRUE Top 40 station, Boston and the Rolling Stones make their appearances in this short clip.  And… it wouldn’t be 1979 if the Bee Gees weren’t all over the radio!

“Jumpin’ Jack Flash & Froggy Nights – 94.1 WOGY Froggy 94 Memphis (December 12, 2000)

Station: 94.1 WOGY Memphis (WLVS/WEZI/WODZ/WOGY/WMBZ/WSNA/WKQK/WFLP) (Wikipedia) (WFLP The Wolf Website) Format: Country Branded: “Froggy 94” Featured Air Personality: Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Steve West) (WCAT/WFGL/WFMP/WXLO/WHAI/WINQ/WEZL/KOUL/KLTG/WOGY/WGKX/WMC-FM/WCTZ/WSTC) Contributor: Steve West (see above) Total Time: 27:31 Aircheck #1,591 Coming up I’ve got the funniest doggone song… Curator’s Notes: I looked high and low for this tape and it eluded me, until one day last week while moving the furniture containing rows of neatly stacked tapes, this one literally fell out and hit me square in the face! Not quite an Isaac Newton moment but my hard head did, indeed, learn a lesson about emptying the cabinets before attempting to move (they way half a ton...

The WPGC Files – Part 2. Dan Mason, December 23, 1978

Station: 95.5 WPGC Morningside Md (Washington DC) //1580 WPGC Washington (Wikipedia) (WPGC Tribute Site) Format: Top 40 Branded: “Music Radio” Featured Air Personality: Dan Mason Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 5:27 Aircheck #1,590   WPGC FM and AM Morningside. Hello! Just after 12 noon with Dan Mason and a Blues Brothers album on the way, hang on. (Bee Gees music) This has, actually, posted elsewhere, but as part of our WPGC series, it’s important that we hit ALL the highlights of this radio station which employed so many talented individuals. Dan Mason, of course, would become Program Director of WPGC shortly after his 1978 arrival, and moved right up the executive ladder from there. His entire career is on public display at many places on the web, including the N...

The WPGC Files – Part 1. Steve Michaels, Autumn 1978

Station: 95.5 WPGC Morningside Md (Washington DC) //1580 WPGC Washington (Wkikipedia) (WPGC Tribute Site) Format: Top 40 Branded: “Music Radio” Featured Air Personality: Steve Michaels Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: :52 Aircheck #1,589 …Just tell me WPGC is your FAVORITE radio station! Curator’s Notes: The first of a long series of WPGC airchecks is also the SHORTEST aircheck posted in a long while. At just under a minute long, this shouldn’t take up too much of your time. Steve Michaels was, according to the WPGC Tribute Site, the late evening jock. He sounds better than most prime time jocks today do!

Dan Ingram on “Channel 77” WABC New York (January 25/March 22, 1966)

Station: 770 WABC (WJZ) New York (Wikipedia) (WABC Website) (WABC Tribute Website) Format: Top 40 Branded: “The All-Americans” Ownership: The American Broadcasting Company Featured Air Personality: Dan Ingram (Wikipedia) (Dan Ingram interview with Allan Sniffen at Musicradio77.com) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 10:26 Curator’s Notes: This aircheck is a bit confusing. Actually three different ‘checks on one tape, this starts with the beginning of the famous New York City blackout – Dan Ingram mentioning the electricity ‘slowing down’. Really just a clip, before it moves on to January 25, and then March 22 of 1968. Notice the majority of this recording lacks WABC’s reverb. Most likely either recorded directly off the board or fro...

Dan Ingram, 77 WABC New York | July 22, 1967

Sure, this is a post update, but there’s really nothing better than hearing MusicRadio 77 from its best-loved era, with it’s best-loved jock! This begins at the tail end of WABC News, then its right back into a fast-paced format full of Beach Boys, Rolling Stones and Beatles! It’s also a blistering hot July afternoon and New Yorkers are trying to cool off any way they can. Note how clean and crisp this recording is. It came to airchexx by way of Big Apple Airchecks and this proves that the aircheck sharing partnership we have with Matt Seinberg’s hobby site is not only valuable, but providing our listeners with the highest quality airchecks, comparable with the original master copies being donated to us by the jocks themselves! IF YOU ENJOY THIS AIRCHECK, PLEASE CON...

Composite: Lee Roberts, WXLO “99X” New York | December 17, 1977; February 4, 1978

Station: 98.7 WXLO (WOR-FM/WRKS/WEPN) New York Format: Top 40 Branded: 99X Ownership: RKO-General (General Tire & Rubber, Co.) Featured Air Personality: Lee Roberts (WAVZ/WTIC-FM) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks (Website) Total Time: 20:38       “The whole reason they never put escalators in apartment buildings...! Curator’s Notes: We originally posted this on 11.04.2010 after receiving it on cassette. A great dub of decent quality from the master tape still held at Big Apple Airchecks. 99X was probably at the peak of it’s success as WXLO. Lee Roberts would later go on to work with yet another New York legend (he didn’t know it yet), “Broadway” Bill Lee, at Mike Josephs’ “Hot Hits” Top 40 formatted 96 TIC-FM Hartford...

Bill Bailey, 99.9 WNFY “Y100” Middleburg FL | 1982

Recording Date: 1982 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 99.9 WNFY (WNFY/WNFI/WFKS/WGNE-FM) Middleburg (Serving Jacksonville and Daytona) FL (Wikipedia) (Current Website) (Tribute Page) Format: Top 40 Branded: “The All-New Y100” Featured Air Personality: Bill Bailey Contributor: Sandy Bailey Total Time: 6:36 (Telescoped) Aircheck #1,586     …I happen to be an accomplished ventriliquist… Curator’s Notes: Special thanks to Mark Kattoura for the corrected information. This monaural recording came in on reel, as most of the Bill Bailey airchecks we received from Sandy Bailey did.  Here, Bailey sounds GREAT doing mornings.  This is a ‘straight’ morning show, with a few sound effects, a few features and mostly music.  No obnoxious morning show team. ...

Sample: 104.7 KIXR Ponca City, OK | January 20, 2002

Recording Date: 01.20.2002 Station: 104.7 KIXR (KQSN) Ponca City OK (Wikipedia) (KQSN Website) Format: Adult Hits Branded: “Power 104.7” Featured Air Personality: “Mark” Contributor: Anonymous Total Time: 18:53 Aircheck #1,587 Curator’s Notes: Proving that not everything on Airchexx.com is ancient, this recording from 2002 will remind some of our listeners that jockless isn’t always a bad thing in today’s radio world. I know nothing about the jock on this tape, but this was a Sunday afternoon, and it SOUNDS as if it might have been mechanically tracked into one of those reel to reel automation systems, with cart decks for playing commercials, jingles and imaging. Now, I could be wrong about this, but considering that there are long pauses between w...

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