Boston

Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsburg, 1510 WMEX Boston | December 12, 1965

Date of Recording: 12.12.65 Station: 1510 WMEX Boston, Massachusetts Featured Air Talent: Arnie Ginsburg Aircheck Entry: 1,427 Comments: When radio listeners in Boston think of early Top 40 radio in their city, they don’t think of WRKO. The early days were dominated by different stations. In Framingham there was 1200 WKOX, which did a faux-Drake format for a short time (along with it’s FM station at 105.7), and 1510 WMEX. WMEX had a decent signal, but it was highly directional. Like its later competitor, WRKO, WMEX could be heard well north up into Maine, but the signal was attenuated to the south and west to protect 1500 in Washington DC, and 1520 WKBW Buffalo NY, both of whom would otherwise get co-channel splatter from WMEX if it was non-directional. It’s those signal ...

Joel Cash, 68 WRKO Boston | August, 1972

Date of Recording: August, 1972 (Exact date unknown) Station: 680 WRKO Boston, Massachusetts Featured Air Talent: Joel Cash Contributor: Robyn Watts – 114 Unique Additions as of this aircheck! Aircheck Entry: 1,419 Comments: Four minutes, 16 seconds is all we get of Joel Cash, sitting in on the Dale Dorman show. Joel only says his name once, which, considering this is probably a half hour unscoped recording, is pretty remarkable! Plenty of those early accapella jingles! Also take note, the music in this era was rather subdued. Part of it was likely this being the morning show. The other factor was the music itself. Lots of ballads in ’72, like Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, lots of songs in rotation by Bread and The Carpenters. What, yo...

Old Gold 1971 Remastered, Part 1 of 4

Going WAY back to the beginning of this website – well, okay, WAY back to the days when the radio industry trade circulated audio specials on vynl, here’s a completely re-mastered copy of one of the very first exhibits we had on airchexx way back in 2002! Old Gold was actually a vynl print – well, one could find it on vynl and on cassette in later years. The original copy we had obtained was on a worn out cassette and very muffled, but back then we were happy to post anything. Now, taken right from the record itself, a copy of Old Gold 1971. I’m posting this in four parts for easier listening. Beware, the vynl skips about 3 minutes in, during the WWDJ aircheck.. but not badly. Contained in this segment, in this order: WFIL Philadelphia – Dan Donovan KTSA San A...

Al Gates, Morning Drive, WRKO AM/FM Boston | June 19, 1967

Al Gates is featured in this excellent copy of then-new Bill Drake WRKO. Interesting items on this recording are reverb, which sounds fantastic and not overdone and a simulcast with its FM sister station on 98.5. Historic mentions (Bostonians will especially remember) Curt Gowdy doing sports… although he’s not heard, just announced during news. Gates announces song positions in the Now 30. WRKO is a HOT station at this point in it’s history, having launched earlier that year and you can feel the excitement in the air.

QuickCheck: J.J. Wright, WXKS-FM Kiss-108 FM Boston | 1990

Thanks again to Robyn Watts for this four minute flashback to J.J. Wright’s afternoon drive show on Richie Balsbaugh’s ORIGINAL Kiss station (not Clear Channel’s copycats). Wright sounds great on this all-too-short recording. This is from an era of great sweepers and very tasty jingles. Wish there was more… This tape is from one of many in a long series of “East Coast Airchecks” – a popular subscription aircheck service from that era.

Dale Dorman, WVBF F-105 Framingham/Boston | January 1979

Its the dead of a New England Winter and Dale Dorman is doing wakeups on Fairbanks Communication’s WVBF! Kiss 108 just arrived a few months before this – so, note the conspicuous lack of Disco music (there are a few, but spaced well apart). Today is inauguration day for new Massachusetts Governor Ed King. It’s colder than a witch’s you-know-what outside, and Pete Falconi not only does news for WVBF, he does live broadcasts. And, just to prove that there really was a guy named Joe Giotta (you’ll recognize the VOICE, anyway, on today’s ‘FLASHBACK’ syndicated Classic Rock show), he’s ALSO a WVBF newsman. Extra credit if you know the name Giotta goes by today. From the final year of ‘VBF as a Top 40 station, Dorman would soon find him...

Composite: 98 1/2 FM WROR Boston | January 7-14, 1980

In all of it’s history, RKO General’s WROR (98.5) may be best remembered for the personality driven Adult Contemporary format launched just weeks before this recording was made. Out of the ashes of what was Boston’s first full-time Oldies station came this – a station where listeners were known to call and request WROR’s “I’d Rather Be In Boston” jingles! Boasting a revamped playlist and a staff of personalities whom are still talked about today, WROR took the market by storm. Morning man Joe Martelle is best remembered for his “Saturday Night At The Oldies” show that ran for over a decade… he’s still revered today. Jim Roberts did middays. He would return to the NEW WROR when it launched on 105.7 in the mid-90s. PM Dr...

Composite: 68 WRKO Boston | January, 1979

Date of Recording: January, 1979 (exact date unknown) Station: 680 WRKO Boston, Massachusetts Featured Air Talent: Charlie Van Dyke, Jordan Rich, Sandy Weaver, Eric Cheney, others. Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Comments: WRKO Boston, it’s eight o’clock with Eric Cheney playing the best music for America’s Greatest City! This aircheck courtesy of Big Apple Airchecks!” title=”This aircheck courtesy of Big Apple Airchecks!” align=”left” width=”220″ height=”340″ border=”0″ />Here’s probably the best overall composite of 70’s WRKO featured on this site. From January ’79, it starts with Sandy Weaver and continues on through this cold Winter day, where a major winter storm is brewing. Noteable...

QuickCheck: Jackson Blue, WXKS-FM Medford/Boston | August 13, 2007

Several years while scanning around the FM band, WXKS-FM was coming in in near HD quality (the HD indicator was flashing on my Boston Acoustics receiver), which is pretty good for being 75 miles from Boston, and I thought it would be a good time to make a new recording of Kiss-108. It’s the Jackson Blue night show on Kiss, and while this isn’t the Sunny Joe White days, compare the old personality oriented Kiss with this lightning fast presentation of today’s hit music with the old days, and I swear there is still some good left in radio. You may or may not enjoy the music of today (I do), but you’ll appreciate the formatics of this RARE live night show on the FIRST and BEST ‘Kiss’ station… even if Clear Channel Communications trademarked the ‘...

Every Station has one (or used to) – 68 WRKO “Blooper Tape, circa 1968-73

For you radio people, how many of you remember sitting down at a staff meeting or a holiday party at some restaurant, and the GM or PD pulled out this tape of things nobody was EVER supposed to hear? How many of you can relate to someone producing the master production reel with 500 pieces of splice tape on it and a recording or two of one of the airstaff trying to get a production piece right while a little frustrated… or in the case of after hours production, a little inebriated? Well, there’s nothing quite THAT shocking on this tape, but to hear well known WRKO jocks making ANY mistakes is shocking in itself. Hand here it is, thanks to Contributor Steve Bleecker, the unofficial bloopers tape from WRKO, from sometime around 1968 or so, up to perhaps, 1974? Someone out there r...

WBZ Reports: Dale Dorman dies at 71 | October 26, 2014

A year ago this day, WBZ Newsradio 1030 began airing the story about the passing of Boston Legend Dale Dorman when the news broke sometime mid-afternoon of Sunday, October 26, 2014. This website did have the scoop within minutes of a Facebook posting by one of Dale’s friends and co-workers at WRKO, Harry Nelson, and by one of our Contributors. It seems the media followed our leads. Dale Dorman’s first major radio gig was in San Francisco, at the famous 610 KFRC. Later, Dale would begin a more than 40 year run in Boston, doing wakeups at WRKO, then on to Fairbanks’ 105.7 WVBF which had then rebranded as Top 40 “F-105”. And after that, a 20 year stint in Mornings at WXKS-FM, “Kiss-108” before going to WODS “Oldies 103.3” Dorman retired in...

Jim Conley, 105.7 WKOX-FM Framingham | January, 1969

WKOX-FM was a radio station that was way before it’s time. Originally a Classical music station, WKOX-FM was the FM side of WKOX (AM), then on 1190. In time, WKOX (AM) would move to 1200 and become “Metro West” radio, serving the city of Framingham and the western suburbs of Boston with a full-service format. The FM side broke away from its Classical format and launched a full-out Top 40 format called “The 105 Sound”, right about when this aircheck was recorded. In fact, its possible, although I have no facts to back it up, but this may have been recorded on the first night of the new WKOX-FM format. Which would make sense, if one wanted to preserve an historic event like this. Very few FM stations tried commercial formats in the 1960s and it would be a few mo...

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