Akron/Canton

Joe Cunningham, WHLO Akron | May 30, 1970

Someone commented on another exhibit that it was so nice back in the old days of AM music stations to be able to travel from one city to another and be able to tune into local and regional, live stations, staffed by talented jocks and newsmen. Looking back, these guys put together a sound that sounded great. Perhaps that’s how you’ll feel listening to this aircheck of Newsman Dave Lieber and Deejay Joe Cunningham on the Big 64. What I find interesting about this is not so much the format, are the songs in the playlist. These are NOT the same junk tunes we hear over and over ad-nauseum on today’s Oldies or Classic Hits stations. Webmaster’s disclaimer: Full length songs are edited out to comply with copyright law. You only hear a few seconds at the beginning and end....

Brett Summers on 97.5 WONE Akron | August 1986

We don’t have much information on WONE, but we do have one aircheck from 1986. Here’s Brett Summers recorded in the month of August. Anyone with memories of this station, or who knows anything about the jock, please comment below.

WNPQ Canton “Quick 96” | August 1986

Included on a cassette with other northeast Ohio airchecks posted recently was this composite of Rock formatted WNPQ. I’m sure some of our visitors remember, but we can find nothing on the web or elsewhere to indicate the history of this station. Wikipedia (we like this a lot) has only this information on WNPQ: WNPQ is a commercial FM radio station licensed to New Philadelphia, Ohio, USA, serving the Canton market. It broadcasts at 95.9 MHz with a contemporary Christian format. The station also carries Malone College (USA) basketball, University of Akron sports, and local high school basketball. It is the FM sister station of WBTC (AM), owned by James Natoli in the name of his company, Tuscarawas Broadcasting Co. Its studios and offices are near Belden Village in Canton, and its tran...

Chick Thomas on 92.5 WDJQ Canton | August 1986

Wikipedia says this station is licensed to Alliance, OH. In fact, it lists the history this way: WZKL is an FM radio station in Alliance, Ohio, operating on 92.5 MHz with a CHR format. It is owned by the family company of Don Peterson who is the former publisher of the Alliance Review, and is co-owned with AM station WDPN. The station originally signed on May 29, 1979 as WFAH-FM. It became WDJQ on January 1, 1980 and WZKL on March 13, 1992. Okay, thats the info for those who aren’t familiar with this particular market. Here’s what I’d call your average run-of-the-mill mid-80s CHR station. Good music. Average jocks, but definitely radio that you can’t hear today since the advent of voice tracking and common satellite formats have all but eliminated the local jock asp...

QuickChexx: “Nice T”, The Soulful Journey – 88.1 WZIP Akron | March 1, 1991

This comes to us via one of many assorted airchecks on a tape provided by Robyn Watts. Recorded on 3/1/91, this starts with ABC network News, (while he doesn’t say, sounds like anchor Doug Limerick) and goes directly into a sweeper about “Akron’s New Jack Station”. The show name is “The Soulful Journey, the jock is called ‘Nice T’. Yes, 88.1 is in the ‘non-comm’ part of the FM band, and WZIP runs a quick promo saying they play no commericals. We can’t tell from the tape if this is a full-time format, or block programming – although we’d guess the latter to be true, as WZIP is the University of Akron station. Still, it’s serving a unique, and probably underserved back in 1991 audience, and this is nice to hear, a ...

1060 WRCW Canton | January 2, 1989

WRCW sounds automated on this 3 minute quick scope of AM 1060 Canton. But, this may be deceiving. You can hear what sounds like the start of a 45 rpm record in spots. The station is, as we would term it in today’s digital radio world, ‘jockless’. True, there’s no announcer heard as the station goes from music right into commercials, and then liners-out into music again. About the only thing that sounds live is the News, which is read by Mike Keating. The News airs at a few minutes past noon on this recording, so either it is automated and the news ran late, or they normally did news AFTER the top of the hour. This is an important recording, because in 1989, there were few music stations left, except for in smaller markets. This was because at that point in time, FM ...

Jonathan Holly, 1520 WINW Canton | May 1976

Courtesy of Contributor Keith Teicher. Here’s a crystal clear recording of Rockin’ WIN! WINW here features some great jingles, reverb and talented jocks. This is from a great era in AM radio, before FM killed off the great AM hit music stations, here’s a recording which shows off how great wideband AM sounded. Now, try to imagine this in AM Stereo and compare it with today’s compressed (and digitized) FM broadcasts. Definitely, AM sounded better back then!

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