Buffalo

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 Bandiero on WKBW 1520 Buffalo | January 28, 1979

Of all the recordings I kept over the years, only two have survived from the 70s. The first is a Chicago “Greatest Hits” cassette that I got for Christmas in 1976. The second is this aircheck that I recorded one cold winter night – from my home in Massachusetts, about 500 miles from the station. One of the nice things about AM radio (what some would call annoying) was the nighttime propagation which with even a decent table radio would pull in these powerhouse AM top 40 stations at night. And, it was good quality, too. No computers to throw spurrious buzzes and whirrs all over the spectrum. So it was that KB Radio was my favorite station, and Al Bandiero was definitely my favorite jock in 1979. It wouldn’t be till years later that I knew he was big at WIFI 92 in Phi...

Johnny Barrett on WKBW 1520 Buffalo | July 24, 1961

We don’t do it often, but the audio quality is so good on this that we have to take you back to 1961. KB really WAS the biggest thing to ever happen to Buffalo! This aircheck proves why WKBW took off from it’s earliest inception as a Top 40 station in 1959 to become a legend among its fans right up through the early 80s. Enjoy newsman Irv Weinstein with “Pulse Beat News”, the old weather reports (it’s 74 KB-grees), real KLASSIC commercials (wow this shows how more ‘modest’ our society was), and those old, OLD jingles! Remember, this is an ORIGINAL recording of WKBW, not a recreation. Compare this with a much-later recording of Al Bandiero’s night show from 1979. Current owner Entercom, of course, tried to capture lightning in a bottle a few y...

QuickCheck: J.R. Russ on 1230 WECK Cheektowaga NY | Undated

Here’s a very young J.R. Russ on Buffalo suburban WECK. The recording is distorted, probably due to the receiver being tuned slightly off frequency. It’s interesting to note that this station, while likely not trying to compete with then powerhouse WKBW, is playing some of the same music. WECK is still around today. RadioTime.com lists it as Classic Country, but in programming notes, the only item listed is for Polkas. How many stations out in suburban areas tried right up till the 80s to program a semi-contemporary music format, only to find that by the early 80s they were pretty much irrelevant, do you suppose? Nonetheless, this is the radio we all remember, for good or bad and frankly, it’s refreshing to remember how many of us got our start in this radio business.

Al Bandiero, 1520 WKBW Buffalo | March 1979

After searching for ten years for another aircheck of the jock who inspired your webmaster to get into radio at the age of 16, here’s Al Bandiero on the legendary WKBW Buffalo! Here’s KB Radio 15 the way many of us remember it – the night show via skip during a bitterly cold winter, and the KB forecast is for more snow squalls! I think most would agree, this station was HOT in ’79! All the hits and an incredible night show full of listener requests, and the KB Top 15 Countdown, which happened every Tuesday night at 7pm. Bandiero mentions that he had just given away a ‘multi-thousand dollar jukebox’. Indeed, the big contest on WKBW throughout January and February was a jukebox loaded with 45s and albums from, I believe, AM&A’s music store in Bu...

“Super” Shannon, WKBW Buffalo | 1976

Sounding suspiciously like Jack Armstrong (I know he’s not, but they say imitation’s the best form of flattery), motor mouth Super Shannon speeds through a 2 and a half minute scope of one of my all time favorite stations, WKBW! Not much more can be said of this other than I wish it was longer, mid-70s KB was hotter than a firecracker, as most people who listened up and down the eastern seaboard will attest to.

Bud Ballou, WKBW 1520 Buffalo | 1967

Another Frank Davis presentation… Bud Ballou would become legendary in Boston, at Fairbanks Communication’s WVBF. But before his stint at 105.7 in suburban Framingham, Ballou was heard all up and down the Eastern Seaboard on WKBW AM 1520 Buffalo. KB itself is legendary, with a signal that blankets the eastern half of the United States and Canada, from the Maritimes to Florida, WKBW, and its present-day relative WWKB, on 1520, easily has the strongest signal on the AM dial. It was a station known for launching the careers of many artists just by virtue of their records being heard on KB. Ballou has always been… himself. He was one of those jocks who had his own way about him on the air. Like many jocks of that era, Ballou made a name for himself with his audience, one that...

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