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Johnny Apollo, 1590 WWUN Jackson MS | 1968

Recording Date: 1968 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 1590 WWUN (WHYT/WZRX) Jackson, MS (defunct) Format: Top 40 Branded: “W-Fun!” Featured Air Personality: Johnny Apollo Contributor: Rob Grayson (WHBQ/WKTQ/WMQM/WJDX/WMPS/WMC/WMC-FM/WKNO-FM/WKNO-TV) Aircheck #1,582     I tell ya, they all over the place tonight, we got winners, and winners, and winners and music… Curator’s Notes: Here’s a straggler that waited the four years from the time Contributor Rob Grayson sent it in to make it to the Airchexx Archives! Rob scoped this down himself from the source reel and this is as close to exactly how it would have sounded out of your car radio’s center dash speaker! Complete with reverb, sound effects and wonderful PAMS jingles! It’s so good, you&#...

Buzznet Media Presents: 99! – The Ultimate Radio Format!

A sequel is usually reserved for TV and the Movies. But the original NINE! – The Ultimate Radio Format, done in 1974, was so good and found its way into the headphones of so many jocks over the years, that the original crew reunited to give the original a facelift. Like the original, this is SO prophetic! Recorded only three years after the infamous Telecommunications Act of 1996 which changed the face and sound of radio forever, this group of creative genius found a humorous way to predict the future of radio. And so far, it’s been totally correct! Curator’s Notes: A few important things. First, this truly is an original, donated to me, personally, by one of the East Coast’s most brilliant programmers ever, Pete Salant (Ironically, then-recently let go by iHeart Me...

Frank Kingston Smith, 105.7 WVBF Framingham (Boston) | August 15, 1978

Recording Date: 08.15.1978 Station: 105.7 WVBF (defunct) Framingham Ma (Wikipedia) Format: Top 40 Branded: “F-105” Ownership: Fairbanks Communications Featured Air Personality: Frank Kingston Smith (Bobby Mitchell at WRKO) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 17:00 (Telescoped) Aircheck #1,581 F-105 Carly and James. Good morning! It’s 7:13 with Big Frank… Curator’s Notes: Frank Kingston Smith is well known in Boston, having appeared on nearly all the Top 40 stations at one time or another. He was a longtime personality on the Top 40 format at 68 WRKO (AM), first as Bobby Mitchell in the Drake era and later as himself. Smith was also heard for a little while on 98.5 when it was WROR after flipping to live (assist) AC from automated Oldies. In fact, he w...

World Exclusive! Ron O’Brien, 68 WRKO Boston | September 17, 1978

Recording Date: 09.17.1978 Station: 680 WRKO (WNAC) Boston Format: Top 40 Branded: 68 WRKO – Boston’s Concert Station; Boston’s Super Star Station Featured Air Personality: Ron O’Brien (Real Name: Richard Walls; October 24, 1951 – April 27, 2008) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 22:39 Aircheck #1,580 WRKO.. Yes, if I had to pick between loving and fist fights, I’d pick love every time!!… Curator’s Notes: There’s not much I can say to describe this aircheck. You really must listen for yourself. This is probably the best that WRKO ever sounded as a Top 40 station. (All you current WRKO Talk listeners never heard what this station REALLY was like) WRKO simply COOKS! RKO General really knew how to program a tight radio station. And th...

Rich Wall, 103.3 WEDG Buffalo | July 13, 2000

Recording Date: 07.13.2000 / 5:40 – 6:25 pm EDT Station: 103.1 WEDG Buffalo (Wikipedia) (Website) Format: Modern Rock Branded: 103.3 The Edge Featured Air Personality: Rich Wall Contributor: Anonymous Total Time: 11:35 (Telescoped) #1,579 ..just looking for someone to call, and ask nicely for tickets… Curator’s Notes: Perhaps the one thing that stands out in this almost 18 year old recording is… distortion. Apparently recorded at too high a volume level, this aircheck is plagued with loudness distortion through the entire 11 minutes. It’s not terrible, but enough to give ME a headache. It only gets worse as the aircheck rolls on. The jock is no one I’ve ever heard before, Rich Wall. I think he gives his name just once. The music is all Alternative/Grunge...

“Real Country” 1580 AM KCWW Tempe AZ | 1996

We really don’t have much information on this particular aircheck or radio station other than it was owned by legendary Country music singer Buck Owens from 1967 to 1998. Don’t ask where we get some of these obscure airchecks, some of these are from stations that aren’t around anymore and weren’t memorable enough even for basic mentions on the web. We had to do some digging to figure out that this station apparently WAS airing the syndicated Real Country format in 1996 under the call letters KCWW. On air, it was simply referred to as KCW. Wikipedia apparently has the call letter timeline wrong, listing 1580 as KNIX during this period (Listeners feel free to post corrections in the comment section) 1580 in Tempe was part of Walt Disney, Inc., airing it’s syndic...

Ken Gilbert, 97.1 WZRT Rutland, VT | June, 1993

Recording Date: June, 1993 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 97.1 WZRT Rutland VT (Wikipedia) (Website) Format: Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) Branded: Z-97 Featured Air Personalities: Ken Gilbert (Jock), Bob Bascomb (News) Contributor: Ken Gilbert #1,578   I’m all set today, I’ve got my gun cleaning kit and my bag of trail mix… Curator’s Notes: This begins with the news. Bob Bascomb may be remembered from his network anchor position, ABC, if memory serves, but here doing the local news. The main stories being, Plattsburgh (NY) Air Force Base is recommended for closure, and president Clinton praises Congress for passing a massive debt reduction package. While this is a CHR station, there are two things that stick out to me. First, knowing Ken Gilbert’s work ove...

Sample: 101.7 WZEB Ocean View, Delaware | August 28, 2001 – 11pm Eastern

Recording Date: 08.28.2001 @ 11:00 pm Station: 101.7 WZEB Ocean View, Delaware Format: Adult Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) Branded: The All-New B101.7 Featured Air Personality: None Contributor: Anonymous #1,577 The New B101-7, playing TODAY’S Hit Music! Curator’s Notes: By 2001, “Top 40” music had become more pop and Urban/dance oriented than it had been since, perhaps, the Disco era. Still, there’s a fair amount of Rock being played in rotation. B101-7 keeps running sweepers between all but ONE song (towards the end of this scoped aircheck) which all announce the ‘newer than new’ B101-7. Also, there is absolutely NO air talent. This is jockless and I can’t help but wonder if there was a morning or afternoon jock on duty at this CHR station. ...

Dick Summer, 95.5 WPLJ New York | 1973

Recording Date: 1973 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 95.5 WPLJ (WABC-FM) New York (Wikipedia) (Website) Branded: “Rock ‘N Stereo” Format: Freeform Album Rock Ownership: The American Broadcasting Company / ABC (Current:) Cumulus Media Sister Stations: 770 WABC/WABC-TV 7 (Current:) 770 WABC/WABC-TV 7/94.7 WNSH/103.9 WMBN Featured Air Personality: Dick Summer (WBZ/WPLJ/WNBC/WYNY/others) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 12:25 (Telescoped) #1,576 If you’re 90 years old this Spring and you’re getting married, I suggest you be very careful… Curator’s Notes: If you’ve never heard the beginnings of Freeform Album Rock, this will be quite a shock. There’s almost no trace of any real ‘hard’ rock here. Plenty of album cuts and...

Imus in the Morning – Final Show; 77 WABC New York | March 29, 2018 Part 1

Recording Date: 03.29.2018 Station: 770 WABC New York Format: News/Talk Branded: “Where New York Comes To Talk” Ownership: Cumulus Media Featured Air Personality: Don Imus (Imus in the Morning) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks #1,575 You have no idea… how much I’m gonna miss you… Curator’s Notes: The recording has much white noise in it, however, it’s listenable. I have no words.  The great Imus.  Down to this.  Whether he was forced out or chose to go out and retire on his own is certainly Imus’ business.  But at the end of this long aircheck, Imus gets very emotional.  His deep pipes now very light and raspy, a shell of the ‘shock jock’ he once was, Don Imus performs the final Imus In the Morning Program ever. There’s more...

World Exclusive! Big Ron O’Brien, AM 1490 KBAB Indianola, Iowa | Composite 1969/1970

Recording date: Sometime between late 1969 and early 1970 Station: 1490 KBAB (Defunct) Indianola, Iowa Format: Top 40 Branded: “Boss Radio” (Faux) Ownership: Unknown Featured Air Personality: Big Ron O’Brien Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks #1,574     The Two words describe Ron O’Brien… Curator’s Notes: This aircheck is an original.  Recorded on a two track reel, this was given to Big Apple Airchecks by Ron, himself, just prior to his untimely death in 2008.  We are honored to present this to you, as it came from Big Ron O’Brien himself!

Big Ron O’Brien, 66 WNBC New York | February 2, 1982

Recording Date: 02.04.1982 Station: 66 WNBC (defunct) (W2XY/WBAY/WEAF/WRCA/WNBC) New York (Wikipedia) Format: Adult Contemporary Branding: “Sixty Six, W NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN B C” Ownership: The National Broadcasting Company Featured Air Personality: Big Ron O’Brien (02.24.1951 – 04.27.2008) (Obit) (Wikipedia) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 12:53 (Telescoped) #1,573         W NNNNN B C! Four Fourteen with the all-night creature feature… Curator’s Notes: Knowing Big Ron was in a class by himself, having worked with many of the legends, such as Larry Lujack at WCFL and all, one would think that this talented guy would be holding down drive time on what by 1982 was New York City’s de-facto Top 40 station. Adult oriented...

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