*Contributors

A “Happy” Christmas Night, WTIC 1080 Hartford | December 25, 1985

First time I heard this I nearly fell off my chair! Digressing for a moment, most of us on air people have heard or have access to a station blooper tape that got played at various occasions… Station Christmas parties being the usual place for such hilarity. Not this time. This one is NOT from a station in house recording, it was made by the contributor. Steve McVie Solomon has the knack of having his recorder on at *just* the right time. Here’s an aircheck that reminds us that sometimes automation isn’t ALWAYS bad… given the right circumstances. Steve writes: (Here is an) outtake of WTIC news reader Paul Reynolds, from Christmas night, 1985. It starts with the jingle intro to the news, followed by about 20 seconds of silence(apparently Reynolds was passed out in th...

Composite: 98.7 WXLO “99X” New York | June 15, 16 & 17, 1978

Date of Recording: 06.15-17.1978 Station: 98.7 WXLO New York Format: Top 40 Slogan: “99X-FM” Ownership: RKO General Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Featured Air Personalities: Bobby Rich, Sue O’Neal, Bobby Messina, Jay Thomas, Dick Sloan, Glenn Morgan, Al Bandiero, John Larabee Post Date: 11.20.2017 Airchexx Entry: 1,256 Curator’s Notes Known on air as “America’s most listened to FM Station”, WXLO certainly was memorable in many ways, but was never bigger than it’s AM competitor, 77 WABC. In perhaps any other market, this would likely have been the number one station, however with the competition in the Big Apple, Middle of the pack is about where 99X stood for most of its existence. Semantics aside, 99X was indeed memorable and loved by man...

Dale Dorman, WXKS-FM Medford/Boston (Kiss 108 FM) | May 1, 1999

What teens, do you suppose, knew that in 1999, one of their favorite DJs was in his 50s? On the occasion of Uncle Dale’s passing in 2014 at age 71, at the time of this aircheck, he was at the tail end of a 20+ year run as the Afternoon Drive jock at Boston’s “Kiss-108 FM”. Dorman is one of those jocks who made it big in the RKO chain of stations back when personality really mattered. Once the Morning Show host at WRKO in it’s top 40 heyday, Dorman also spent time doing West Coast top 40 at KFRC San Francisco in the late 60s, and after WRKO was the morning guy at Fairbanks’ WVBF in it’s “F-105” incarnation. Over 9 minutes scoped from the original 30, here’s Uncle Dave, STILL doing top 40 and sounding like he’s relevant and lo...

Jim Hampton, 1270 WXYZ Detroit | August, 1966

Date of Recording: 08.xx.1966 Station: 1270 WXYZ Detroit Format: Top 40 Ownership: ABC Featured Air Personality: Jim Hampton Contributor: Jim Hampton Post Date: 11.19.2017 Airchexx Entry: 1,525 Curator’s Notes: This self-submission came along with a few extras from Mr. Hampton’s career. This recording is unique. Hampton is doing the all-night show, and he does everything including the news. There’s one sponsor during his first hour, a local audio retailer selling a record player for automobiles. Apparently, those things worked, I’ve seen pictures. A full newscast read by Hampton is included toward the end of this scoped aircheck.

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!

Ron Lundy, WABC New York | July 29, 1970

Date of Recording: 07.29.1970 Station: 770 WABC New York Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Ron Lundy (WIL/WABC/WCBS-FM) (June 25, 1934 – March 15, 2010) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Hello Love! Original Comments: Here’s Ron Lundy at a very sold out WABC! While this is scoped, the unscoped version still has more commercials than music. You’ll need patience to listen to this, as the source audio as we received it is choppy and a bit muddy, otherwise its a great representation of America at the height of the Vietnam war. Listen for a full newscast including stories about fish with mercury, extreme pollution, a heatwave causing reductions of electricity, and more.

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...

Big Wilson, 66 WNBC New York | April 1969

Date of Recording: 04.xx.1969 Station: 66 WNBC New York Featured Air Personality: Big (John) Wilson Format: Pop/Full Service Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Original Post Date: 03.02.2010 Curator’s Notes: There’s a lot that’s been said about Big Wilson – he’s a legendary personality on the old WNBC. Problem is, when people think of radio in the 1960s in New York City, the first station that always comes to mind is WABC. So, WNBC was always dwarfed… and never really tried to compete in the Top 40 arena anyway, as NBC, the network, always had features running on air which disrupted the music presentation. Big Wilson is captured here in a recording that sounds like it was made with a microphone placed in front of a table radio speaker. The audio quality is...

Charlie Van Dyke & Company, 68 WRKO Boston | April 6, 1979

Date of Recording: 04.06.1979 Station: 68 WRKO (WNAC) Boston, Massachusetts, USA Format :Top 40 (News/Talk) Featured Air Personality: Charlie Van Dyke (KHJ/WLS) Contributor: Bob Gilmore (bobgilmore.com) Original Post Date: 02.01.2010 Airchexx Entry: 985 Curator’s Notes: This is posted today as part of an overall facelift. Charlie Van Dyke is currently retired and living in Arizona, where he still records occasional voiceovers. Original Comments: Charlie Van Dyke is one of America’s foremost voices, heard on TV, Radio and even in Movie Trailers… but for most of the 70s and 80s, his career was spent behind the mic of some of the best Top 40 stations ever heard. WRKO, by 1979 is feeling the pressure from FM – WVBF, in particular, and unbeknownst to most people, is in i...

Charlie Brown & Sign Off, 1190 WBMJ San Juan | August, 1968

Date of Recording: 08.xx.68 Station: 1190 WBMJ San Juan, Puerto Rico Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Charlie Brown Contributor: Karl Phillips Total Time: 24:10 Airchexx Entry: 1,523 Curator’s Notes: This dovetails nicely with the Scott Brady aircheck posted recently. Recorded a bit prior to this one, WBMJ is using a wide selection of PAMS 60s classic jingles. The formatics are right out of the ABC ‘mainland’ playbook, and WBMJ has the entire English speaking market to itself. This was recorded during the afternoon show and includes the final half hour or so right up till sign off.

Scott Brady, 1190 WBMJ San Juan | January 22, 1973

Date of Recording: 01.22.1973 Station: 1190 WBMJ San Juan, Puerto Rico Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Scott Brady (jock). George MacDugal (news) Contributor: Karl Phillips Post Date: 10/29/2017 Total Time: 30:44 (scoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,522 …From San Juan (Whaaaaa!!), W B M J. A Bob Hope Station! Curator’s Notes: Shortly after Puerto Rico was devastated for the second time in two weeks by a hurricane, I put the call out to see if there were any airchecks of radio on the island to post, to give more publicity for the need for more help for this ravaged U.S. Territory. Contributor Karl Philips immediately contacted me to say he had a few recordings of his time on the island several decades ago. What follows is a great recording highlighting the Rock of San Juan in it&...

Terry Young, 102.1 WIOQ Philadelphia | May 14, 1999

Date of Recording: 05.14.1999 Station: 102.1 WIOQ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Format: CHR Featured Air Personality: Terry “Motormouth” Young (CKLW/WCAU-FM) Post Date: 10.25/2017 Contributor: Anonymous Airchexx Entry: 1,521 If you’re having phone sex with someone, are you supposed to call them the next day?… Curator’s Notes: By 1999, WIOQ had the CHR format pretty much to themselves, having outlasted the old 98.1 WCAU-FM “Hot Hits” format called “98 Now”, and long past the time when AM stations like WFIL fell by the wayside as big Top 40 stations. Terry Young spent plenty of time in the big leagues by the time this aircheck was recorded. One time a member of CKLW’s Drake format and an alumn of WCAU-FM, Young’s lightning f...

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