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Mike Stone, WFIF “The Spirit of America” Milford CT | March, 1976

Date of Recording: 03.xx.1976 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 1500 WFIF Milford, Connecticut, USA Format: Top 40 Slogan Used: “15 FIF” Featured Air Personality: “Mike Stone” (Pete Salant) Contributor: Pete Salant: (WNRW/WAVZ/WFIF/WPOP/WELI/WWYZ, others) Description by Contributor Pete Salant, former PD at Clear Channel Connecticut – WWYZ, WELI, WPOP and WAVZ… Nobody can “best” Willie B/Cliff Kenyon, but I thought you might like to hear a higher quality aircheck of WFIF from March 1976. Randy West actually IS my oldest friend in radio. We met at WRNW when it was an 800 watt mono station in Mt. Kisco, NY, above a hardware store; we both had summer jobs there following our freshman year at college, Randy at City College (now City University of NY) and me at B...

The Top 500 of All-Time, WKHL “Kool 96.7” Stamford CT (Port Chester, NY) | May 29, 1994

Date of Recording: 05.29.1994 Station: 96.7 WKHL (WCTZ) (Defunct) Port Chester, New York, USA Format: Oldies Featured Air Personality: None Contributor: Ray Bozzanca Definitions: OLDIES – Refers to a format which plays music from the 1950s through the 1970s or any time period in between. VARIETY HITS – A format which plays the hits mainly from the 1980s through the first decade of the 2000s. STL – Studio-Transmitter Link. A small transmitter which beams the programming from the radio station’s studio on a separate frequency to the transmitter, where it is received and processed prior to the decoded audio being fed to the main transmitter on the station’s assigned FM (or AM) frequency. Comments: Another Oldies station that went the way of Variety Hits was WKHL ...

Jay Douglas, WTIX-FM New Orleans | 1996

Date of Recording: 1996 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 94.3 WTIX-FM (KLEB-FM/KZZQ-FM/KBAU) New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Format: Oldies Featured Air Personalities: Jay Douglas, Doug O’Brien (News) (WNBC/WINS) Contributor: Annonymous Comments: I hate to call this ‘sloppy’, but there are numerous pauses between elements in this format. It sounds as if WTIX-FM is using one of those old fashioned reel-to-reel automation systems that had a bit of a lag at times when switching from one reel, or cart machine to another. Either way, this was recorded before computer automation and it’s associated ability to allow production folks to make gawd-awful, effects laden sweepers that run between every song these days. Yes, there are plenty of dead segues here, and that’s nice t...

Walt Grayson, 1590 WWUN, Jackson MS | 1974

Date of Recording: 1974 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 1590 WWUN (WYHT/WZRX) (Defunct) Jackson, Mississippi, USA Format: Top 40 Slogan(s): “Rock 159”, “W-One” Featured Air Personality: Walt Grayson Contributor: Rob Grayson (WHBQ/WKTQ/WMQM/WJDX/WMPS/WMC/WMC-FM) Airchexx Entry: 1,478 (jingle)…That was our Singing Rubber Band, betcha didn’t know that. It took years to train him! Comments: Contributor Rob Grayson writes: I’m a little biased, but I think this guy is great. He’s my brother. This is a slice of an afternoon in 1974. The station imaging is voiced by the legendary Dr. Grady Brock, who went from Jackson to WCFL, Chicago and beyond We know next to nothing about this little station that could compete with the big boys in SOME markets, we&#...

Paul Poteet, 101.7 WURK Elwood/Anderson and 104.9 WERK Muncie IN | June 25, 2000

Date of Recording: 06.25.2000 Station(s): 101.7 WURK Elwood/Anderson, Indiana and 104.9 WERK (WOKZ) Muncie, Indiana, USA Format: Oldies Featured Air Personality: Paul Poteet Contributor: Auston Douglas Airchexx Entry: 1,477 Work radio, WERK. Featuring the best mix of Oldies... Comments: How does one do a write-up about an Oldies format which was mostly automated? This was your basic 1950s-1970s Oldies format on an original Oldies station. 104.9 signed on the air in 1985 as WOKZ, then changed call letters to WERK-FM in 1991. The format was modified from Oldies to Classic Hits in 2014. This is obviously voice-tracked. The clue is the weather breaks, which are done by someone OTHER than the jock, Paul Poteet. Plus, this was done using an early PC automated station, or an old reel to reel and ...

Dennis Jon Bailey, 620 WJDX Jackson MS | 1976

Date of Recording: 1976 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 620 WJDX (WJDS) Jackson, Mississippi, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Dennis Jon Bailey (WJDX/WRKO) Contributor: Rob Grayson (WHBQ/WKTQ/WMQM/WJDX/WMPS/WMC/WMC-FM) Airchexx Entry: 1,476 …Gonna go back to the days when revolution was COOL! Comments: Contributor Rob Grayson writes: “From before WRKO, and long before he won a Marconi Award, DJB already had it…”. With that intro, you know this is gonna be good! 62 WJDX may have been way down in Mississippi but it’s fantastic AM Top 40 in the same league as WRKO Boston, KHJ Los Angeles and even 79 WQXI Atlanta. BIG city sound and a really great radio station in it’s prime. Seven minutes and fifty-two seconds of pure radio bliss. You will enjoy ...

Gary Burbank, 790 WAKY Louisville | 1971

Date of Recording: 1971 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 790 WAKY (WGRC/WAKY/WVEZ/WWKY/WXXA/WKRD) Louisville, Kentucky, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Gary Burbank (WAKY/CKLW/WLW) Contributor: Rob Grayson (WHBQ/WMQM/WKTQ/WJDX/WMC/WMC-FM) Airchexx Entry: 1,475 Today we will take a trip through the Louisville Children’s Zoo with Ranger Bob… Comments: Considering the immense popularity of the recently retired Gary Burbank from 700 WLW, one would think there’d be more recordings of him among the various enthusiasts who recorded radio over the years. Yet, there are very few that can be found. Courtesy of one of our Memphis Contributors, Rob Grayson, Here’s an extremely high quality recording of Mr. Burbank on the old 79 WAKY. Other Wacky 79 airchecks were dona...

Dr. John Leader, 790 WQXI Atlanta | December 23, 1972

Date of Recording: 12.23.1972 Station: 790 WQXI Atlanta, Georgia, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Dr. John Leader (WQXI/KHJ) Contributor: Daniel Coulombe (CKTS/CJMQ) Airchexx Entry: 1,474 …How ’bout it babe, a little puppy would make a great Christmas gift!” Comments: Dr. John Leader is a hidden gem on an airstaff of unbelievable talent. “Quicksie in Dixie” was one of the monnikers used over the years, but in this recording made JUST before Christmas, 1972, the station is simply calling itself ‘QXI. Really. This moves along so fast it’s hard to keep up. Dr. John Leader has that keen, sharp wit that the best of the best Top 40 jocks had, the ability to say something incredibly funny right off the top of his head in between a record. Fas...

Steve Shannon, 1500 KSTP Minneapolis St. Paul | September, 1977

Date of Recording: 09.xx.1977 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 1500 KSTP (AM) Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Steve Shannon Contributor: Daniel Coulombe (CKTS/CJMQ) Airchexx Entry: 1,473 …Salvation does exist! Comments: Here’s the second old recording of KSTP from it’s Top 40 era. High powered AM radio that simply went by the slogan “The Music Station”.

Charlie Greer, 77 WABC New York | October 5, 1965

Date of Recording: 10.05.1965 Station: 770 WABC (WJZ) New York, New York, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personalities: Charlie Greer, Peter Jennings (news) Contributor: Daniel Coulombe (CKTS/CJMQ/others) Airchexx Entry: 1,472 “That’s Number One in New York, Hang On Sloopy by the McCoys…” Comments: Just when you thought you’d heard every WABC aircheck ever recorded, we give you this, courtesy of Contributor Daniel Coulombe. There are some significant historic portions of this recording. Nothing that happened on this date, but some of the content is priceless! First, you’ll notice right away that the Charlie Greer show is very sold out. There are two and three commercials played between every record! Many of those commercials are live reads. Second, this...

Sample: 94.1 WQXI-FM Smyrna GA | 1969

Date of Recording: 1969 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 94.1 WQXI-FM (WDJK/WKXI/WQXI-FM/WSTR) Smyrna, Georgia, USA Format: Easy Listening Featured Air Personality: Jim Rich (Business News Reporter) Contributor: Bob Jones Airchexx Entry: 1,471 “WQXI-FM salutes Harry J. Reynolds, appointed Southern Regional Manager in the photo and repro division of GAF Corporation” Comments: So often in researching the history of modern FM stations, one finds that the humble beginnings were as a new FM counterpart to an existing AM station. Often, the first programming choice was a straight simulcast of the dominant AM station. For others, Classical Music was the preferred format, as new owners attempted to demonstrate the ultra-high quality sound that FM offered the listener compared to AM. And t...

“Nightwatch”, 94.5 WLRW Champaign/Urbana IL | September 7, 1969

Date of Recording: 09.07.1969 Station: 94.5 WLRW Champaign, Illinois, USA Format: Easy Listening Featured Air Personality: None Contributor: Bob Jones Airchexx Entry: 1,470 Comments: While there seems to be a fair number of surviving Top 40 station tapes all these years later, other formats didn’t get quite the same amount of attention. Any number of reasons could be a factor in this, not the least of which is lack of interest. With that background, here’s an unlikely format to have been captured: Easy Listening. Often referred to as “Beautiful Music”, these stations played popular music that was re-recorded by lesser known (usually) groups, and quite often were simply instrumental versions of the original hits. You’ll notice one thing right off about this rec...

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