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Sunny Joe White, WXKS-FM Kiss 108 Medford/Boston | November, 1989

Date of Recording: 11.xx.1989 Station: 107.9 WXKS-FM Medford, Massachusetts, USA Format: CHR Featured Air Personality: Sunny Joe White (1954-1996) Contributor: Robyn Watts Comments: In the history of Boston radio, perhaps no other Program Director was as successful or famous as “Sunny” Joe White. Hired by Ritchie Balsbaugh to launch Disco “Kiss 108” in 1978 from the ashes of Beautiful Music WWEL-FM 107.9, White took Boston’s first Disco station straight to number 1. By late 1979, as the Disco fad faded into oblivion, White took Kiss in a new direction, and by mid-1980, Kiss was straight-ahead Top 40, where it remains as of this writing. Sunny Joe White’s success with Kiss 108 really is unparallelled, at least from a longevity standpoint. While the decade...

Ron Riley, 89 WLS Chicago | October 11, 1968

Date of Recording: 10.11.1968 Station: 890 WLS Chicago, Illinois, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Ronald Riley (WLS/WBKB (TV), others) Contributor: Jim Hampton Airchexx Entry: 1,487 …10:31 LS most music time Ron Riley feelin outta sight baby! How ’bout YOU?! Comments: From the era before John Records Landecker & Fred Winston, the Big 89 had the edge in Chicago music radio. Here’s America’s number one Batman fan Ron Riley talking between every record and doing what so many jocks imitated over the years (to their detriment) – ‘puking’… But this is Sir Ronald Riley doing what he was best known for. There are two (incomplete) newscasts featuring WLS News Anchor Jerry Golden. Listen for a story by reporter John Schubeck (sp). New...

Steve West Last Show, WMC-FM Memphis | October 30, 2005

Date of Recording: 10.30.2005 Station: 99.7 WMC-FM Memphis, Tennessee, USA Format: Hot Adult Contemporary Featured Air Personality: Steve West Contributor: Steve West It’s another WHATEVER WEEKEND, here on FM 100! Comments: FM 100 was the culmination of a career to me. True, I was only full time there for one Summer, but the station’s reputation, the life, the energy… the whole aura that surrounded this station put me in a trance from the first day I entered the building. I can’t say why I hold such an emotional attachment to WMC-FM. I will say that this particular evening was the last time I was on major market radio, the last time I got to interact with callers or really be myself on a commercial radio station. Given my feelings toward this station, and Memphis, T...

Bill Brown, WCBS-FM New York | July 12, 1971

Date of Recording: 07.12.1971 Station: 101.1 WCBS-FM New York, New York, USA Format: Oldies Owner: CBS, Inc. Featured Air Personality: Bill Brown Contributor: Steven Green Comments: There are few recordings out there from before the Oldies format took hold at WCBS-FM. Still, many do remember the somewhat-progressive Rock format which was heard at 101.1 FM prior to 1972. Its an odd format that took many elements of AM top 40 radio – the jock talking over the music, Jingles, and one or two spots every other record or so. Hardly what one remembers as progressive rock. But what makes this stand out is the playlist. No doubt, Bill Brown is picking much of the music himself. Some album songs, a few hits (Its nice to hear “Mercy, Mercy Me from Marvin Gaye), and some low charting music...

104.1 WBCN Boston Says Goodbye, Part 3 | August 8, 2009

Date of Recording: 08.08.2009 Station: 104.1 WBCN (WBMX) Boston, Massachusetts, USA Format: Rock (Active/Modern Rock) Featured Air Personalities: Ken Shelton; Howard Stern Contributor: Jeff Lehman Comments: If you’ve landed here and are wondering what happened to WBCN’s internet stream, which they said would remain along with the WBCN Rock format on WBZ-FM HD2? Well, click this link. It points to wbcn.com, which CBS has turned into an information page along with ‘listen live’, and a link page to the other Boston area CBS radio stations. In this part you’ll hear more of Ken Shelton and his recollections, part 2 of a long, live segment with Howard Stern, best wishes recorded by artists like Bono, and more. Runs almost two hours, scoped.

104.1 WBCN Boston Says Goodbye, Part 4 | August 8, 2009

For the third time this year, an iconic rock radio station in a major city is shifting formats: Boston’s 104.1 WBCN, “The Rock of Boston”, departed the airwaves on August 13th. The rock station had been broadcasting for 41 years. According to Billboard.biz, WBCN was a victim of CBS Radio’s desire to launch an all-sports talk radio station on the FM dial. The company’s Adult Top 40 Mix station (made) the jump from 98.5 to 104.1, with the sports station taking over at 98.5. WBCN (lives) on off the radio waves as a Web and HD-radio broadcast. – Rolling Stone Magazine, July 16, 2009 Part four of this four-day retrospective concentrates on PM Drive. Bradley Jay is an in-studio guest, as is Ken Shelton (continued from the previous segment), and others. YouR...

104.1 WBCN Boston Says Goodbye, Part 2 | August 8, 2009

Date of Recording: 08.08.2009 Station: 104.1 WBCN (WBMX) Boston, Massachusetts, USA Format: Rock (Modern Rock/Active Rock) Featured Air Personalities: Various Contributor: Jeff Lehman It was more than 40 years ago, on a March night in 1968, when WBCN-FM (104.1) decided to break from its classical music format. Instead of Bach, listeners that evening heard I Feel Free, by the Eric Clapton-led rock band Cream, and right then Boston’s local music scene was transformed. The Boston Globe – July 15, 2009 Read the full article here. Comments: That was what the Globe printed the day after WBCN parent company CBS, Inc. announced the frequency swap of WBMX to 104.1, the demise of the then-current WBCN and the impending launch of a new FM Sports station on 98.5, which became 98.5 “T...

Jim Hampton’s Radio Recall Featuring Kris Eric Stevens

Date of Recording: Unknown Station(s): 104.3 WOMC Detroit, Michigan, USA; 890 WLS & 1000 WCFL Chicago, Illinois, USA Format: Oldies Featured Air Personalities: Jim Hampton (WXYZ/WOMC, others); Kris Eric Stevens (WLS/WCFL) Contributor: Jim Hampton Airchexx Entry: 1,486 Comments: Described as perhaps one of the youngest jocks ever on WLS, Kris Eric Stevens is featured in this interview on Jim Hampton’s Radio Recall show. In it, they talk about Stevens’ career at WLS and at WCFL, as he was one of a few jocks who worked both sides of the river in one of America’s closest Top 40 battles in the early 1970s. Radio Recall was a Podcast featured on the Motor City Radio Flashbacks website, which also airs on Classic Hits radio station 104.3 WOMC Detroit. The program has itR...

Ken Gilbert, 97.1 WZRT Rutland (Killington) VT | March 4, 1995

Date of Recording: 03.04.1995 Station: 97.1 WZRT Rutland, Vermont, USA Format: Hot Adult Contemporary Current Owner: Catamount Radio Featured Air Personality: Ken Gilbert Contributor: Ken Gilbert Airchexx Entry: 1,485 Vermont’s home for the most music in a row – Z-97! Comments: Moving right along on a typical frigid day at Killington (even for MARCH), here’s another of the dozens of KG tapes that Mr. Gilbert was so kind enough to contribute to our museum archives. In 1995, WZRT was marketed toward a young adult audience, and it’s music (what you hear of it) here reflects that. Technically, Z-97 is CHR but in much of Vermont, programmers can’t fragment the audience into traditional categories so they program for a wide audience. It’s possible that this wa...

Joel Sebastian, 66 WNBC New York | October 7, 1985

Date of Recording: 10.07.1985 Station: 660 WNBC (WEAF/WRCA/WNBC) New York, New York, USA Format: Top 40/Variety Featured Air Personality: Joel Sebastian (WLS/WNBC) Contributor: Jim Hampton Airchexx Entry: 1,486 …here’s a little bit of the Gary Burgess humor, he wrote out the forecast listen to this… what’s for tonight? Dark! Comments: If you’ll listen closely enough, you’ll definitely notice Joel Sebastian’s voice. Yes, where did I hear him before? WLS, of course! New Contributor Jim Hampton, who just donated roughly a dozen airchecks to the Airchexx Museum archive, recorded this himself – and so that’s high-quality, first person tape recordings from an incredibly historic WNBC broadcast. This was just before the Weekend “Time Mac...

The End of an Era: 104.1 WBCN Boston Says Goodbye, Part 1 | August 8, 2009

Date of Recording: August 8, 2009 Station: 104.1 WBCN (WBMX) Boston, Massachusetts, USA Format: Rock (Modern Rock/Active Rock) Featured Air Personalities: Charles Laquidera (WBCN/WZLX), Bradley Jay (WBCN/WZLX/WBZ) Contributor: Jeff Lehman Comments: With very special thanks to contributor Jeff Lehman, we are proud to be the only place to chronicle the end of an era: A four-day celebration of the “Rock of Boston” WBCN. The history of WBCN is described in various places on the web, but the technical and historical aspects of 104.1 can be viewed HERE, courtesy of The Archives @ BostonRadio.org.. We provide this historical link because we feel that the history behind WBCN is as important as the entertainment value of the airchecks featured in this series. After 41 years as THE Rock ...

California Composite | September 1991

Digging deep into the Airchexx archives, we find this two sided cassette donated by longtime contributor Nick Sarames several years ago. While I called this “California Composite”, this does include many other markets, mainly west of the Mississippi. Most of these include one or two breaks, then move on to another station. There are so many (maybe a hundred or more), it’s difficult to list in order, so you’ll just have to listen. Maybe your favorite is represented here. This covers most of the state of California, and some other markets like Denver, Las Vegas, Lansing, etc… and even Barstow, CA in the high desert. A very interesting collection to say the least. Enjoy!

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