Baltimore

Rachel Logan, 106.5 WWMX Baltimore | 2014

Date of Recording: 2014 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 106.5 WWMX “Mix 1065” Baltimore, Maryland, USA Format: Hot Adult Adult/Contemporary Featured Air Talent: Rachel Logan Contributor: Rachel Logan Airchexx Entry: 1,453 …”Ok, so it’s Try from Colby Caillait, because maybe he should try a little bit harder…” Comments: Our first entry from new Contributor Rachel Logan is also the first archived recording of Baltimore’s “Mix 1065”. Recorded in 2014, this shows Logan’s warm personality, and the station’s format allowing for plenty of jock audience interaction. Eight years after the disasterous Telcom ’96 decision, and not all radio was reduced to antiseptic bottom line mentality, or so it seems by listening to this t...

Chris Stevens, WMAR-FM 106-Hits Baltimore | December 30, 1983

One of the great “Hot Hits” ™ formatted CHR stations of the 80s was Mike Joseph’s creation in Baltimore. Today’s “Mix 106.5” got its start as WMAR-FM, an incredibly high-energy hit music station that did, indeed, play all the hits. Rock, Pop, R&B… if it charted, they played it. A true Top 40 in every respect. Heard in this nine-minute scope are those wonderful Hot Hits ™ jingles, heard elsewhere at WFBL, WTIC-FM, WBBM-FM and WCAU-FM, KITS, along with a few others. Listeners are playing for ‘Baltimore’s Big Bucks’, where the jackpot is never less than $106.00. Does anyone remember Barry Manilow’s “Read em And Weep”? I forgot this song ever existed! One thing that stands out on this aircheck is the...

Composite: 93.1 WPOC Baltimore | July 18, 1999

Some things were just MEANT to be shared! If you’re a fan of Country music, this aircheck will warm your heart. From the middle of the last great period in Country music, where the stars of the 90s, like Travis Tritt & Alan Jackson were still hot, and the upcoming stars of the 2000s, such as the Dixie Chicks (who indeed sabotaged their own careers after 9/11), this showcases a radio station that has withstood the test of time, carrying on a tradition of Country music started by AM 600 WCAO decades earlier. For quite a while, WPOC was owned and operated by Nationwide Communications, a division of the infamous Nationwide Insurance company. The station jingles reflected the insurance company’s commercial melody to ‘Nationwide is On Your Side”, but by 1998 the stat...

Forgotten 45s – Alan Lee, 105.7 WQSR (Catonsville) Baltimore | January 31, 1993

Mr. Lee has a personalized jingle to open this show, which on this night, he says is a tradition on the night of the Super Bowl(TM)! Lots of 1950s Do-Wop songs, most of which, the host hopes you’ve long forgotten. I know I have! Back when this was recorded, WQSR was a powerhouse, with high ratings, a great morning show (Rouse and Company), and listeners all over Anne Arundel County. Who knows, your webmaster might have been listening that night, as I was working out of Ft. McHenry, ordering Naval Reservists around like they were mine to order! (Just kidding – ask former Capt. Livingstone, who was my fmr C.O.). WQSR was a station at the time, which played the 60s and 70s during the week, but all the specialty shows revolved around 1950s music. This show is typical of what you...

J.R. Russ, WBSB B-104 Baltimore | November 1986

Description by Contributor J.R. Russ: “B104, WBSB, Baltimore, 1986. This was a #1 Station programmed by Steve Kingston. J.R. Russ, “utility infielder” for a couple years.” The days of this monster CHR are long gone, so enjoy this silice of PRIME mid-80s Top 40!

Russ Mottla, 97.9 WIYY Baltimore | June 1, 1990

Contributor Russ Varndell sent this one in last year and now that we’re freezing in January, its probably time for a Summer warm up! This was recorded the weekend after Memorial Day, and ‘Detour’ Dave Sandler (WBAL 1090/WBAL-TV 11) is giving the traffic reports to Ocean City and all over the Baltimore area, from the helicopter. Note the scare Sandler gets toward the end of this aircheck as helicopter pilots jockey for landing zones. From a time before computer automation and mp3’s (but not much), here’s Russ, juggling carts that fail to recue and fanfare carts that have been misplaced by the new morning show engineer! Russ is having a bad AIR day, but he does make the most of it. A final note. This format here at 98 Rock was somewhat in transition. Its very mu...

Randy Rust, WERQ “92Q” Baltimore | March 1993

Now, an aircheck that’s so short if you don’t turn up the volume, you’ll miss Randy Rust saying “We Only Stop The Music Once An Hour”. In ’93, this CHUrban station was so full of Hip Hop that you had to love it to keep the station locked in. Considering the growing number of Hip Hop fans who frequent this website, it only seems natural that the next era of ‘classic’ radio would be the 90s. By then, radio was very fragmented as it is today. Baltimore’s Rock fans would turn to WIYY “98 Rock” back then, but CHR fans really had nowhere to turn, as the combined Baltimore/Washington market’s two true CHR stations had flipped previously (‘Q107′ WRQX was already HotAC “Mix 107.3” and 95.5 WPGC had alrea...

Emory & Erica, 98 Rock WIYY Baltimore | June 1, 1990

Here’s our first aircheck of Hurst Broadcasting’s WIYY ’98 Rock’. The station is truly a Baltimore legend, and although its morphed from mainstream Rock to Heavy Metal and Alternative, the station has had a consistent Rock format since March of 1977. The Emory and Erica show is heard here, doing a live remote from downtown Baltimore. Notable appearances here are Traffic guru ‘Detour’ Dave Sandler (who did concurrent traffic duties on sister station 1090 WBAL AM) and Lopez, who was a fixture of morning news and a part of a number of 98 Rock morning shows over the years. Not sure how long this particular morning show lasted. Your webmaster was in Baltimore from 1993-1996 and in ’93, there was the ‘Grego & Moe’ show that always had me...

John Bouchet, “Club 102-7”, WXYV B102-7 Baltimore | November 20, 1999

Club mix fans will enjoy this scope of John Bouchet mixing live at Baltimore’s Rhythmic Top 40 B102-7. Running just about 21 minutes out of the original two-sided TDK D-90, you get a real feel for the near perfect mixes done the only way a real mix show can be – with vynl. Remember, this was a mere three years after Telcom ’96, and the disasterous unintended consequences of rampant consolidation hadn’t completely become evident. Yet. Note the complete lack of any mention of internet, smart phones, tablets or computers. I believe we were still using America Online back then, right? And it was all on dialup. In fact, the housing market hadn’t crashed yet, and 9/11 was still two years away. Do you realize just how long ago this was?

Chris Emory, 93.1 WPOC Baltimore | October 24, 1998

In the world of Country Radio, there’s not a lot of difference between one station and another, unless they’re in the same market. We recently posted a ‘check of 100.7 WGRX in it’s Country incarnation, which it was in at the time of this recording. There are subtle differences, the most pronounced being that WPOC is, and always has been, very AC in it’s approach. The WGRX format was more CHR in it’s presentation. WPOC was owned by Nationwide Insurance Company for much of its existence, it’s jingles reflected that through the mid-1990s, sung to the melody of the parent company’s insurance ads “Nationwide is on Your Side”. At the time of this aircheck, jingles were not being used, as the station had gone from calling itself FM 93 WP...

Danny Carlisle & Roy Sampson, New Country 100.7 WGRX Westminster/Baltimore | July 19, 1999

Out of the archives, just as the new millenium was upon us, this short scope of a full 45 minute cassette side features the Country incarnation of the (former) WGRX Westminster, MD… A station that tried, unsuccessfully, for many years to compete with WIYY Baltimore (98 Rock), but with signal problems downtown, found itself having to flip to something… That something started out as Froggy 100.7, but by the time of this recording was simply using the WGRX call letters. This Country station really didn’t stand a chance, going up against the team of CMA DJ of the year several-times-over Laurie DeYoung and her morning team on crosstown WPOC 93.1 (A team that included TV Meteorologist Marty Bass – who was really MUCH more than a Weatherman, rather, a real showman!). Howev...

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