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Marc Viques Presents: A Dallas Composite – 1990

Date of Recording: 1990 (Exact Date Unknown) Stations: 97.1 KEGL; 95.3 KHYI Dallas, others Formats: CHR, Classic Rock Contributor: Marc Viques Total Time: 7:50 (Telescoped) Original Post: Contributor Marc Viquez recently sent this in for posting. He writes: This was the first time visiting Dallas, Texas; I was in town for a week for my mother’s teacher’s convention. I found that the city had some great CHR radio stations: Y95 and 97.1 KEGL. They also had 100.3 Jamz, whiched seemed to be leaning towards CHR/Rythmic. However, there was plenty of good music being played on these three stations and, even back as a teenager, I was able to tell that both Y95 and KEGL were in a state of war with one another. A lot of the sweepers and bumpers were typical of the early 1990s and within ...

Dan McGregor, 1520 KOMA Oklahoma City | January 5, 1964

Date of Recording: 01.05.1964 Station: 1520 KOMA Oklahoma City, OK (Wikipedia) (Website) Format: Top 40 Branded: “The Tiger in your Radio” Contributor: Bob Jones Airchexx Entry: 1,554 Total Time: 9:47 Stand By… For the Kissing Tone… on KOMA! Curator’s Notes: The legacy of 1520 KOMA is firmly etched into the hearts and minds of those born between 1962 and 1984. Yep. Those baby-boomers sure had great taste in music, AND a love of the old Top 40 format which back then, resided completely on the AM band. With that in mind, close your eyes and think back to where you were when you first heard KOMA. Then remember the small nuances of this station. What were you doing at this time? How did KOMA help you release it? Those are the questions people generally ask me when...

Mike Wynn, 1280 KJOY Stockton CA | 1978

Date of Recording: Unknown Station: 1280 KJOY Stockton (Website) Format: Top 40 Branded: “The Great 128” Featured Air Personalities: Mike Wynn (DeeJay), Jeff Stein (News) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 11:53 Airchexx Entry: 1,548 Good morning all over your body…! Curator’s Notes: Knowing virtually nothing of radio in Stockton, California, it took a bit of poking around to get the history of this radio station. First off, there is nothing that I can describe about this station that isn’t outlined in fairly great detail at the station’s tribute website, //www.kjoy1280.com. A word about the tape quality. Overall, pretty good. It was received, however, recorded off-speed. I had to adjust for a recording that sounded a few semitones too high (an...

Doug Alling, 103.3 WHTT Boston | December 20, 1984

Date of Recording: 12.20.1984 Station: 103.3 WHTT (WEEI-FM/WHTT/WMRQ/WODS) Boston (Wikipedia) Format: CHR Branding: “HitRadio 103 FM” Featured Air Personality: Doug Alling Contributor: Steve McVie (Website) Total Time: 2:31 (Telescoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,547 Is Santa Claus coming to Natic this year?… Curator’s Notes: The complexities of the Boston Radio Market being what they are, radio stations tend to come and go – but some frequencies have been prone to change more than others. Consider that up until 1982, 103.3 held the call letters WEEI-FM (since 1947) and was considered a very stable and successful radio station. The “Soft Rock 103” era was very popular and it may well be that the Soft AC format they had through the 1970s and very early 80s w...

Composite: 103.3 WEEI-FM Boston | December 2, 1982

Date of Recording: 12.02.1982 Station: 103.3 WEEI-FM (WEEI-FM/WHTT/WMRQ/WODS) Boston (Wikipedia) Format: CHR Branding: “HitRadio 103” Featured Air Personalities: Doug Alling, Alex Stone, Dick Guntin, Hillary Stevens Contributor: Steve McVie (Website) Total Time: 7:29 (Telescoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,546 HitRadio 103 WEEI-FM with Dick Guntin lookin’ down at the Prudential Christmas Tree all lit up and lookin’ GOOD!… Curator’s Notes: At the time of this aircheck, WEEI-FM had begun and was well into the transition from Soft Rock to HitRadio. As an avid listener at the time, I remember this all too well. The change in formats was gradual, with one Monday in November 1982, the station playing new jingles (they hadn’t been for at least a year prior to this...

Al Warren, 600 WICC Bridgeport | December 31, 2000

Date of Recording: 12.31.2000 Station: 600 WICC Bridgeport CT (C-Quam AM Stereo) Format: Full Service Gold Based Adult Contemporary Branding: “Six-Hundred W-I-C-C, Southern Connecticut’s News and Information Leader” Featured Air Personalities: Al Warren, Featured Jock; Chris Conley, News and Sports; Hans Warner, Meteorologist Contributor: Bob Gilmore Total Time: 44:09 Airchexx Entry: 1,540 … the 31st of December and the 1st of January, the one time of the year when BOTH ends meet! Curator’s Notes: Al Warren is captured in this 2000 scope of pre-iHeart Media (ex Clear Channel) owned WICC. 2000 may not seem like a long time ago, but this was pre-IBOC (Ibiquity HD Radio) where the station is still operating its AM Stereo transmitter. In fact, it’s difficult...

“1972 – Big D: 50 Years of Broadcasting History”, WDRC Hartford | December 31, 1972

Produced for it’s 50th anniversary of broadcasting, this off-air recording (with some additions by your friendly webmaster) starts in 1922 and records many important events, including the Hindenburg Disaster, the bombing of Manilla (WW2), programming highlights including Big Band music shows and radio operas like The Lone Ranger… then it’s on to WDRC’s years as a Top 40 station up to then-current 1972. The final portion of this is a recording made with a mic at a radio speaker at the stroke of midnight as Big D welcomed in 1973. This is an authentic original recording and we thank Steve for his contribution!

Composite: Final Day as “Hot Hits” “Fire 14”, 1390 WFBL Syracuse | November 15, 1980

Date of Recording: 11.15.1980 Station: 1390 WFBL Syracuse Format: Top 40/CHR Branding: “Hot Hits“(tm) (Wikipedia), “Fire 14” Featured Air Personality: Various Contributor: Steve McVie (Website) Total Time: 11:55 (Telescoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,544 It’s Nine O’Clock, Exciting Todd Parker working NIGHTS!… Curator’s Notes: A format with a rather high burnout rate, Consultant Mike Joseph’s “Hot Hits” CHR format graced a number of radio stations, mainly in the Northeastern United States, before grinding to a halt by the end of the 1980s. In May of 1979, WFBL Syracuse switched to this Hot Hits format. The format lasted 16 1/2 months before it was replaced by Standards and Big Band music, as one of the very first outlets of the synd...

Frank Kingston Smith, WBZ Boston | December 28, 1979

Date of Recording: 12.28.1979 Station: 1030 WBZ Boston Format: Full Service Adult Contemporary Branding: “WBZ Radio 1030” Featured Air Personality: Frank Kingston Smith (Bobby Mitchell) (WFIL/WIBG/WICE/WRKO/WABC/WHDH/WVBF/WBZ/WRKO/WKKT/WODS) (Wikipedia) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 9:48 (telescoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,545 Don Kent likes to keep the weather secret… Curator’s Notes: Considered the first commercial radio station in the United States, WBZ 1030 was one of New England’s original Top 40 stations. WBZ joined WMEX it was the second Top 40 station in Boston. When WRKO (ex WNAC) flipped to Top 40 in March, 1967, along with increased competition in the format, WBZ dumped Top 40 for Middle of the Road music (later termed Adult Contemporary)....

Bob Terry, 1300 WAVZ New Haven | July 5, 1967

Date of Recording: 07.05.1967 Station: 1300 WAVZ New Haven (1260 – 1947-57) Format: Top 40 Branded: “Lucky 13” Featured Air Personality: Bob Terry (WAVZ) Contributor: Andy Bologovsky Total Time: 8:05 Airchexx Entry: 1,543 …Right here where the miracles are performed… Curator’s Notes: This was donated way back in 2003, when the site was only just over a year old! Bob Terry sounds very much like Frank Terry who worked at KFRC San Francisco around the same general time frame. There’s no information available on either Bob Terry or Frank terry in any of our usual research places, so if anyone can confirm yes or no, we’d sure appreciate it. WAVZ was using PAMS jingles in 1967 and if one flipped from WABC to WAVZ during this time period, they would...

Jim Collins & “The Time Machine”, 66 WNBC New York | November 29, 1987

Date of Recording: 11.29.1987 Station: 660 WNBC New York (W2XY/WBAY/WEAF/WRCA/WNBC) Format: Full-Service Gold-Based Adult Contemporary Branding: “Sixty-Six W NNNNNNNN BC“ Featured Air Personality: Jim Collins (WPGC/WNBC/others) Contributor: Frank Davis Total Time: 54:10 Airchexx Entry: 1,542 WNBC Burnin’ up in a heatwave of hot STEAMING Rock N Roll!… Curator’s Notes: But, you say, this aircheck is already posted!! Well, yes. But this is the LONG version. Our Christmas present to you is this 54 minute clip of WNBC’s signature Oldies program, “The Time Machine”. Pre-dated in the New York area ONLY by 101.1 WCBS-FM, this was simply the best Oldies show on the air at that time. The whole idea was to re-create the 1960s sound of 77 WABC, and, righ...

Roy Orthega, 1200 WOAI San Antonio | May 12, 1974

Date of Recording: 05.12.1974 Station: 1200 WOAI San Antonio, Texas Format: Pop Music Branding: “The Great American Music Machine“; “Music Radio, 1200 WOAI” Featured Air Personalities: Roy Orthega, Jock; Jack Welby, NBC Network News Contributor: Bob Jones Total Time: 9:51 Airchexx Entry: 1,541 …Music Radio 1200 WOAI, bringing back a few memories… Curator’s Notes: This is a “Super Oldies Weekend” at WOAI. Significant, format wise, because in 1974 there were very few “Oldies” programs, much less formats on the air anywhere at this point in the evolution of Rock based Top 40 radio. It’s not all Oldies music, as there are plenty of then-current songs in the mix. But to go back ten years and call it “Oldies” ...

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