Robyn Watts

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...

LearJet, 96.5 WTIC-FM Hartford | 1992

Date of Recording: 1992 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 96.5 WTIC-FM Hartford, Connecticut, USA Format: CHR Featured Air Personality: Learjet Contributor: Robyn Watts Airchexx Entry: 1,462 “Today’s Best New Music First, 96-TIC-FM“ Comments: Two years before PD Paul Cannon would take the station to Adult Contemporary, the intensity of this mostly Dance/R&B CHR mix is here for all to hear in a VERY short scope of a jock known as “Learjet”. By 1992, TIC-FM shared the CHR format with KISS 95.7 (WKSS) and KC-101 (WKCI 101.3) in nearby New Haven. Connecticut is a small state and markets overlap. Still, at this point in time, WTIC-FM was the heritage Top 40 station, having been in the format longer than it’s two competitors. Click to Donate Now!

Composite: 970 WWSW Pittsburgh | July, 1980

Date of Recording: 07.xx.1980 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 970 WWSW (WTKN/WBGG) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Format: Full Service Adult Contemporary Featured Air Personalities: Charlie Warren, George Heart, Jay Mitchell Contributor: Robyn Watts Airchexx Entry: 1,461 “…In a 1979 People Magazine Poll, who was America’s favorite MALE singer?“ Comments The first half of this recording is dedicated to Charlie Warren and the morning show. Investigating the history of WWSW, there is very little reference to the slogan by which the station is branded here in 1980 – “Double Double”. There’s even a jingle package cut for it. Of course, the talent uses both Double Double and 970 WWSW to identify the station, which on this recording sounds very good. N...

The History of Black Radio With Dr. O.C. White And Jim Frazier, WAWA 1590 Milwaukee | February 10, 1987

Date of Recording: 02.10.1987 Station: 1590 WAWA (WCZN/WPWA) Milwaukee (West Allis), Wisconsin, USA Format: Black Gospel/Soul/R&B Featured Air Personalities: Dr. O. C. White, Jim Frazier Comments: Here is one of the most interesting airchecks I’ve heard in a long time. Dr. O.C. White and Jim Frazier talk about the history of Black radio from the days of 1590 WAWA about a year before the station went dark. The old jocks… where are they now and what stations were they heard? How did Black radio start? These questions are answered on this one hour recording. it’s a MUST LISTEN for anyone who wishes to know about Milwaukee area Black radio!

“Radio Magazine”, 1070 KENR Houston | November, 1982

Date of Recording: 11.xx.1982 Station: 1070 KENR (KCRR/KRBE/KKHT/KNTH) Houston, Texas, USA Format: Full Service Oldies Featured Air Personalities: Bruce Barker, Chuck Scott, Penny Crohn (News); Jeannie Long (Horoscopes); Paul Harvey (News & Comment) Contributor: Robyn Watts Airchexx Entry: 1,460 …”You have 15 minutes to call me at 390-K E N R and you’ll be a winner” Comments: The current 1070 KNTH Houston bears no resemblance to the station formerly known as KENR. Going back to 1982, this was a station that boasted full news and sports departments, and an Oldies format that teetered on Standards, as the station played a wide variety of music from Do-Wop 50s oldies to Frank Sinatra. The morning show was billed as “Radio Magazine” and included compreh...

Jim Quinn, 1410 KQV Pittsburgh | May, 1971

Date of Recording: 05.xx.1971 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 1410 KQV Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Jim Quinn Contributor: Robyn Watts Airchexx Entry: 1,459 “Once again, we are giving away hot pants!” Comments: Sounding much as if a table microphone was placed in front of a transistor radio speaker, here’s a quick aircheck of Jim Quinn. Quinn runs a very up-tempo show and has a good sense of humor. There is a promotion going on, giving away ‘hot pants’. The first break you hear there’s a winner on the phone. KQV was the leading Top 40 station in Pittsburgh in 1971 – an era before FM listening had caught up with AM. You’ll enjoy this 4:25 scope of 14/KQV! Click to Donate Now!

Sample: 1170 WHLW Lakewood Township, NJ | December, 1974

Date of Recording: 12.xx.1974 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 1170 WHLW (WOBM) Lakewood Township, New Jersey, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Big Jay Sorensen (“Jay the Jock”) Contributor: Robyn Watts Airchexx Entry: 1,458 “…And the turntable doesn’t work!!” Comments: From out of nowhere, a small AM Top 40 station in northern New Jersey is featured with a guy named “Jay the Jock”… with jingles to match! The station’s slogan is “Eleven-Seven Jersey Shore”. Actually, you’ll notice the jingles sound like the cheap, cheezy variety. This station gets extra points for trying hard. The signal is compressed but not overly so, and 1170 is running reverb, which is somewhat significant, being that WHLW was solidl...

Sample: 106.5 KQQK Galveston, TX | August, 1986

Date of Recording: 08.xx.1986 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 106.5 KQQK (KQBU/KOBE) Galveston, Texas, USA Format: Spanish Language CHR Contributor: Robyn Watts Airchexx Entry: 1,457 Comments: South Texas might be one of the only markets where radio programming consists of all the major formats, plus Regional Mexican, Salsa and the VERY popular Tejano format. And here, a CHR station playing the top American hits with Spanish deejays and jingles. The only part of this aircheck in English is the Top Hour Legal ID – per FCC Regulations! While your webmaster knows only a few Spanish words, someone out there remembers this station. Wikipedia has some more recent information about this station, and since it swapped frequencies in 2001, a bit of background is in order. Here’s what Wiki ...

Clarke Ingram, 104.7 KZZP Phoenix | August, 1986

Date of Recording: 08.xx.1986 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 104.7 KZZP (KIOG/KZZP/KVRY/KZZP-FM) Phoenix, Arizona, USA Format: CHR Featured Air Talent: Clarke Ingram Contributor: Robyn Watts Airchexx Entry: 1,456 “We have a LOSER on the Make it or Break it… can we please have the big BOO horn…” Comments: This quick scope of KZZP showcases the incredible talent of master Programmer Clarke Ingram, here doing the live evening show. It’s the Top 8 at 8, and there is a giveaway at the conclusion of the countdown. Think back and remember how exciting night shows used to be. Not syndicated or voicetracked back then, this is all heartstopping, live radio excitement! Ingram is having a lot of fun and the audience can feel it! Clarke Ingram is retired these days, and pos...

Composite: WEGX Eagle 106 Philadelphia | February 1993

Date of Recording: 02.xx.1993 Station: 106.1 WEGX Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA (WZGO/WTRK/WEGX/WJJZ/WISX) Featured Air Personality: Various Contributor: Robyn Watts Comments: First in a series of trade releases from FMQB (Friday Morning Quarterback) donated by Robyn Watts is this look back at Adult Hits formatted Eagle 106 in Philly. We start right out with Lander and the morning Nut Hut… a precursor to his next gig in Boston at WBMX. The ‘check then moves on to the rest of the broadcast day.

“Banana” Joe Montione Flashback Show, KIIS-AM/FM Los Angeles | Undated

Date of Recording: Unknown Station: 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles, California, USA Format: CHR Featured Air Talent: “Banana” Joe Montione Contributor: Robyn Watts/East Coast Airchecks …”you could be there as we play Flashback Jeopardy!” Comments: Many of these “East Coast Airchecks” tapes came in undated, only labelled with the jock and station, thus we leave it up to our listeners to pinpoint when the aircheck was recorded. This is the Banana Joe Flashback Show on Kiss-FM. Lots of promos for Rick Dees in the Morning, plenty of callers and tons of 80s hits are heard in this ultra high-energy scope that we’re guessing was probably made sometime around 1992 or 1993. CHR radio’s approach to an oldies show sounded incredible, especially since t...

The Real Don Steele, KRTH K-Earth 101 Los Angeles | Date unknown

Date of Recording: Early 1990s (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 101.1 KRTH Los Angeles, California, USA Featured Air Talent: The Real Don Steele (04.01.1936 – 08.05.1997) (KBUC, KEPR, KIMA, KXLY, KOIL, KISN, KEWB, KHJ, KIQQ, KTNQ, KRLA, KODJ, KCBS-FM, KRTH) Contributor: Robyn Watts Airchexx Entry: 657 (repost at 1,451) Comments: Thanks again to the massive Robyn Watts collection, the late Don Steele is featured in this 7+ minute scope of K-Earth 101 from sometime in the early 90s, we’re guessing around ’91 or ’92. Charlie Van Dyke’s pipes are lower than ever in the incredible imaging, and the jingles…. well, KRTH has used a variation of nearly the same jingle sing for well over 30 years now so what does that tell ya? Very few radio stations have had the sam...

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