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Sample: 104.7 KIXR Ponca City, OK | January 20, 2002

Recording Date: 01.20.2002 Station: 104.7 KIXR (KQSN) Ponca City OK (Wikipedia) (KQSN Website) Format: Adult Hits Branded: “Power 104.7” Featured Air Personality: “Mark” Contributor: Anonymous Total Time: 18:53 Aircheck #1,587 Curator’s Notes: Proving that not everything on Airchexx.com is ancient, this recording from 2002 will remind some of our listeners that jockless isn’t always a bad thing in today’s radio world. I know nothing about the jock on this tape, but this was a Sunday afternoon, and it SOUNDS as if it might have been mechanically tracked into one of those reel to reel automation systems, with cart decks for playing commercials, jingles and imaging. Now, I could be wrong about this, but considering that there are long pauses between w...

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...

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. ...

Rich Kaminsky, 95.5 WPLJ New York City | April 10, 1999

Recording Date: 04.10.1999 Station: 95.5 WPLJ (WABC-FM/WWPR) New York City (Wikipedia) (Website) Format: Hot Adult Contemporary (Hot AC) Branded: New York’s Hit Music Station! Ownership: (Now) Cumulus Media Featured Air Personality: Rich Kaminski (WPLJ/WLTW) Contributor: Anonymous #1,570 You know what this song means? (Livin La Vida Loca?)… Living the crazy life! Curator’s Notes: By the time of this recording, WPLJ was firmly established as a Hot AC, with a playlist that was big on uptempo pop hits, and some lighter Rock hits… but no Rap. That’s the setup for our first aircheck of Rich Kaminski. He sounds GOOD doing the WPLJ format. One note about airchecks made from the late 90s to present is, there are long music sweeps with produced liners and sweepers and ...

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...

Barbara Simpson, Coast To Coast AM: 105.7 WXYV Catonsville (Baltimore) MD – Part 2 | May 18, 2003

Date of Recording: 05.18.2003 Station: 105.7 WXYV (WQSR)Catonsville (Baltimore), Maryland, USA Format: FM Talk Weekdays, Active Rock Weekends Station Slogan: “Live 105” Featured Air Personality: None (Jockless) Contributor: “Anonymous” Airchexx Entry: 1,502 Comments: In Part 1 of this 90 minute tape recording, we presented the music portion of “Live 105″‘s format. Best as we can guess, the Active/Grunge Alternative jockless music format seemed to be mostly filler for the high-profiled talk shows, as the Broadcast Day really begins with Howard Stern in the Morning – obviously prior to his moving to Sirius/XM, and one might argue that the entire format revolved around Stern. Perhaps someone associated with the station in 2003 knows and will chi...

Rock Sample: 105.7 WXYV Catonsville (Baltimore) MD – Part 1 | May 18, 2003

Date of Recording: 05.18.2003 Station: 105.7 WXYV (WQSR)Catonsville (Baltimore), Maryland, USA Format: FM Talk Weekdays, Active Rock Weekends Station Slogan: “Live 105” Featured Air Personality: None (Jockless) Contributor: “Anonymous” Airchexx Entry: 1,501 Comments: Split up into two parts, this 8 minute scope of the weekend Active Rock portion of the format on WXYV “Live 105” is actually rather boring. No personality, obnoxious imaging, no commercials and Grunge Alternative with no jock. You can get that on Pandora or SiriusXM (and we wonder why so many in radio today take a sour view on the industry’s future outlook) – but remember, this was 2003! Part 2 is quite a bit more interesting. In the next post: USA Radio News, then Coast to Coast...

CHR Sample: 107.9 WXKS-FM Medford/Boston | August 20, 1998

Date of Recording: 08.20.1998 Station: 107.9 WXKS-FM Medford, Massachusetts, USA Format: Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) Station Owner: Jacor/Evergreen/Clear Channel Communications (iHeart Media) Contributor: Anonymous Airchexx Entry: 1,491 Kiss-108 wants to know, what did YOU DO last Summer? Comments: It seems that every decade, the trends in popular music rotate back to rock before rotating around to R&B, Hip Hop or whatever today’s stuff is called. 1998 saw so much current Rock product that even an heritage Rhythmic CHR like Kiss-108 was playing a LOT of Rock based music in rotation. Commercial free Kiss hours (which meant about seven minutes of commercials when the commercial free hour was done), personalities that were still allowed to speak and a heritage format kept Kiss 108...

Tom Konard’s “Aircheck Factory” Presents: Wolfman Jack, 1090 XERB Rosarito Beach, Mexico | December 12, 1966

Date of Recording: 12.12.1966 Station: 1090 XERB (XERB/XEPRS) Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico (Studios in Chula Vista, California) Format at time of recording: Leased Time Brokered (Pre-Recorded material) Featured Air Personality: Wolfman Jack (Robert Weston Smith) b. 1938 d. 1995 (WYOU/KCIJ/XERF/XERB/KDAY/AFRTS/WNBC/WXTR) Contributor: Anonymous (Per request) Airchexx Entry: 1,485 …Tobacco Road on the Wolfman Jack Show from the Big X over in Los Angeles, The Mighty 1090 spot on your radio dial… Comments: In doing the audio editing for this presentation, we had a choice: Adaptive Noise Reduction or none. Given the already somewhat distorted nature of the original recording, we chose to leave that feature off and so while you’ll hear that annoying tape hiss, it̵...

Tom Konard’s “Aircheck Factory” Presents: Gene Weed, 560 WQAM Miami | July 23, 1957

Date of Recording: 07.23.1957 Station: 560 WQAM Miami, Florida, USA Format: Popular Music Featured Air Personality: Gene Weed (WQAM/KFWB) Contributor: Anonymous (per his request) Airchexx Entry: 1,483 …WQAM…First in Hooper, first in Pulse and first in Trendex Comments: One of the oldest recordings on this website, you’ll notice a few things right off the bat that may bust any misconceptions you might have about radio stations playing popular music in the mid-1950s. Sure, 1957 is considered by many to be the somewhat ‘official’ start of the Rock & Roll era, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to WQAM. Tommy Dorsey, Patti Page, and then a few early rockabilly songs slide in during this recording but they seem to be more of the exception rather than ...

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