Bob Gilmore

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 Farr, 107.9 WEBE Bridgeport CT | March 10, 1984

Date of Recording: 03.10.1984 Station: 107.9 WEBE (WMMM-FM/WDJF) Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA Format: Adult Contemporary Station Slogan: “Music Radio WEBE 108” Featured Air Personality: Charlie Farr Contributor: Bob Gilmore Date of Posting: 09.24.2017 Total Time: 4:29 Airchexx Entry: 1,517 …Charlie Farr on the All-New WEBE 108. Music Radio Curator’s Notes: When Bob Gilmore gave this to me about two weeks ago, he said, “Yea! WEBE 108 was GREAT back then”. That was a reply to my question about what WEBE 108 sounded like. Now, granted, the overnight slot isn’t really representative of a full broadcast day on this station, but you get a good idea what it sounded like. The station processing was very hot! Sounds like they used an old Compeller for maxim...

Bob Gilmore, 1220 WNNR Hamden CT | July, 1987

Date of Recording: 07.xx.1987 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 1220 WNNR (WDEE/WCDQ/WOMN/WSCR/WNNR/WXCT/WQUN) Hamden Connecticut, USA (1960) Format: Oldies Featured Air Personality: Bob Gilmore Contributor: Bob Gilmore Date of Posting: 09.23.2017 Total Time: 10:04 Airchexx Entry: 1,516 It’s a Beach Party Weekend! Curator’s Notes: There are times when I really wish I could post an aircheck unscoped. This is one of those times. Here is AM 1220 Hamden, Connecticut, just a bit northwest of New Haven. It’s a 1,000 watt station that gets out pretty well but what makes this shine are the formatics, the jingles, the fact that it’s TOTALLY live – in fact you can hear the scratches at the beginning of songs – and most important, it’s in AM Stereo! Now, I don...

Dr. Don Rose, 610 KFRC San Francisco | January 25, 1982

Date of Recording: 01.25.1982 Station: 610 KFRC San Francisco, California, USA Format: CHR Featured Air Personalities: Dr. Don Rose (WQXI/WFIL/KFRC, Jayne Dornacker (Traffic) (KFRC/WNBC), Robert McCormick (News) Contributor: Bob Gilmore Date of Posting: 09.21.2017 Total Time: 1:18:14 Airchexx Entry: 1,514 By the way, this program came in 2nd to a documentary… Curator’s Notes: There are KFRC airchecks, and then there are 1st generation Bob Gilmore KFRC airchecks! The backstory to that is, so often, the airchecks that people hear elsewhere are 3rd or more generation copies down from the original recording. Here, we have an original that became the possession of our contributor, who digitized this in three parts. Listen to the audio quality. This is fantastic! The only way this co...

Charlie Van Dyke, WRKO Boston | April 6, 1979

Date of Recording: 04.06.1979 Station: 680 WRKO (WNAC) Boston, Massachusetts, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Talent: Charlie Van Dyke (jock), Ed Walsh (News), Bill Rossi (Sports), Jordan Rich (Weather) Contributor: Bob Gilmore Date of Posting: 09.18.2017 Total Time: 28:24 (Telescoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,511 … WRKO at Seven Forty-Two. Got Tom Kasano on the phone… thanks for listening and try to stay awake! Curator’s Notes: One of the big movies featured during this time is The Deer Hunter. It’s uncharacteristicly cold for April 6th, temperatures dropping into the 30s, and WRKO is still doing a traditional Top 40 format. That would change in about a year. Who in the world would figure that this cast of misfit radio pros would all go on to legendary status? One could a...

“The Radio BBQ”, WRMI International, Lake Okeechobee FL | September 09, 2017

Date of Recording: 09.09.2017 Station: 7.78 Mhz WRMI International (Shortwave), 94.1 and 107.1 FM local and Paul DiMarco’s “Totally 70’s Radio Network“ Format: Assorted Brokered Time / Oldies Featured Air Talent: Various Date of Posting: 09/12/2017 Total Time: 1:24:28 (Original unscoped recording runs 3 Hours) Telescoped Airchexx Entry: 1,509 Curator’s Notes: We’ve Been HACKED! What follows is three hours of on air lunacy, brought to you by the original inventors of radio lunacy! Here is an Airchexx.com WORLD EXCLUSIVE! Seriously, you put nearly 30 of Eastern America’s finest radio personalities (all but ONE is now out of radio, if that tells you anything) in one place, and then give them a microphone, I guarantee they put every other radio station...

Cousin Bruce Morrow, 101.1 WCBS-FM New York | September 9, 2002

Date of Recording: 09.07.2002 Station: 101.1 WCBS-FM New York Format: Oldies Contributor: Bob Gilmore Featured Air Personality: Cousin Bruce Morrow (WINS/WINZ/WABC/WNBC/WCBS-FM/SiriusXM) Date of Posting: 09/11/2017 Total Time: 17:22 Telescoped Airchexx Entry: 1,508 Hello cousins, it’s your Cousin Brucie! Curator’s Notes: We should consider this an Airchexx Exclusive since nearly everything our Contributor sends are original recordings. This came in on cassette. Unlike some tapes we get in, this one was in nearly perfect condition, obviously recorded on a high-end machine! Here’s some of the things you are going to LOVE about this aircheck. Cousin Brucie fans will note that most of this 17-plus minute scope is all Brucie talking with listeners and reading live commercials....

Charlie Harrigan, 750 KFQD Anchorage | June, 1985

Date of Recording: 06.xx.1985 Station: 750 KFQD Anchorage, Alaska, USA Format: Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) Featured Air Personality: Charlie Harrigan Contributor: Bob Gilmore Comments: Recorded by contributor Bob Gilmore on one of those Sony SRF-80 (I believe) AMAX radios, this is a wideband mono aircheck of the morning show. Charlie Harrigan is filling in for the regular guy (Marcus in the Morning), so we don’t really know what the real morning show sounds like, but Harrigan doesn’t skip a beat. This is a contemporary hit station, but they play the 4 Seasons and what we hear is the Adult type songs you’d typically find on AM. The rest of the day may have been more uptempo. The news guy has a gravely-sounding voice and reminds us of Terrance McKeever, sarcasm and all. KF...

George Michael, MusicRadio 77 WABC New York | February 28, 1977

Date of Recording: 02.28.1977 Station: 770 WABC (WJZ) New York, New York, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Talent: George Michael (Career: WRIT/KBTR/WFIL/WABC/WJZ-TV {Orioles}/WABC-TV/WRC-TV/George Michael Sports Machine) Contributor: Bob Gilmore Comments: The Late George Michael is tagged here doing a great show on WABC from 2/28/77. Notables here include much signal fading and white noise on the tape, which suggests this was recorded some distance away from New York City. No matter, Michael is in top form, as was the norm on the George Michael Show – he never misses a talkup or hitting the post! These are the pre-disco days of the 1970s. Sure, a few stiffs are sneaking in, like The Sylvers – Hotline, but this is real Top 40 variety, with a generous dose of Jam jingles, Dan Ing...

Tom Lucas, CFUN 1410 Vancouver BC | March 23, 1977

From Bob Gilmore’s personal collection, here’s a great ‘check of Tom Lucas having a great time on MusicRadio C-FUN! The approach sounds like a combination of WCFL with KHJ imaging/jingles, if there could be such an animal. This is high energy at its best, and of course, for you youn’uns out there, this was on AM before it turned into a barren wasteland of senseless psychobabble. Listen to the reverb… it’s cranked to the level of WABC around the same time period. The jingles are from TM (IIRC), and ‘The Luker (pronounced Luke – er) is a screamer. C-FUN is giving away money – if they call out your license plate you’ve only got a few minutes to call the station and claim your prize! The production is well done, the station not over-p...

J.J. Jeffrey/Chuck Knapp and the “Top 300 Best of All Time”, 68 WRKO Boston | October 20, 1967

Our good friend Bob Gilmore returns with another fantastic aircheck of old! It seems kind of odd that WRKO, a new station at this point, having flipped to Top 40 from the former WNAC earlier in the year, would be counting down the Top 300 Best of All Time – I mean, the Rock & Roll era only began 12 years prior… but I digress. J.J. Jeffrey starts out counting down the hits from #232 to #230 before handing the reigns to Chuck Knapp. Chuck continues with songs #229 – #220. The recording ends in the middle of a commercial break with Knapp doing a live read for Surf Music. This is CLASSIC Drake Top 40! Cue the Johnny Mann Singers, and the original WRKO Jingles. All the formatics are in place, and the commercial breaks are filled with businesses that no longer exist, or ar...

Daniel Coloumbe, 900 CKTS Sherbrooke Que | February 9, 1985

Date of Recording: 02.09.1985 Station: 900 CKTS (Defunct) Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Daniel Coulombe (CKTS/CJMQ) Contributor: Bob Gilmore Comments: The station no longer exists, but the Eastern Townships’ main English speaking music station was on AM through the end of the 1980s. At 900 Khz and a power of 10,000 watts, this station was heard as far south as St. Johnsbury, VT and all across most of Southern Quebec. It was a great Top 40 outlet for the limited Anglo audience, with personalities like morning man Ted Silver, and Daniel Coloumbe. The music is true Top 40, with all the music on the charts represented… including a fair representation of Canadian-only hits, in accordance with CTRC regulations. Included here, two complete stopset...

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