Charleston SC

Charlie Bird Lindsay, 103.5 WEZL Charleston | June, 1988

Here’s the ‘old’ 80s version of Hot Country “Weazel 103.5” WEZL. The Weazel was a name used up until about 1991 or so, when Charlie Bird Lindsay, Larry Farina and a few others left WEZL and became part of a group that purchased the old Q-107. They were able to do that because Q-107 was never able to recover financially from the damage sustained in Hurricane Hugo two years earlier. That station became Country “Bubba 107.5 WBUB”, and while the name is different, is still Country to this day. I’m particularly intriqued by how ‘local’, or, ‘regional’ the station sounds. Yes, its a BIG Country station, with huge ratings at the time, but note the deep Carolina southern drawl. Radio stations in the south weren’t afraid ...

The Wakeup Crew, 96.1 WAVF (Hannahan) Charleston | June, 1988

Charleston, as with so many markets these days, has had a lot of format and frequency changes since the new millenium took hold. The 96.1 frequency is certainly no exception. At one point, WAVF, known as “96 Wave-FM”, was a very popular Mainstream, then Alternative, Rock station. Their yearly “Battle of the Bands” attracted numerous local artists and countless shows in the Lowcountry. Back to June, 1988 and this recording of the Wakeup Crew featuring Atom Taler. 96-WAVE was ahead of the technology curve, with listeners phoning in traffic reports on their gigantic mobile phones via the Cellular 1 network. Lots of traffic gets reported, too, around places like the Navy base, Goose Creek, the Old Cooper River Bridge… you get the picture. Music on this tape was al...

Mark Cardnella, 96.9 WXTC Charleston | June, 1988

Here is a glimpse of 96.9 FM after it emerged from the long dark tunnel of Beautiful Music, which WXTC was from the early 70s after it changed call letters from the heritage WCSC. Hurricane Hugo would devastate the Lowcountry just a few months after this was recorded, but the station survived a few more years before going Smooth Jazz, then there were more changes, finally settling on the Country format it has today. This is an excerpt from California Aircheck Tape #SM-3, donated to the airchexx archives by Robyn Watts. It features the Morning Show with Mark Cardnella, Janet Conklin with Traffic Reports and Mona Higgins with News Headlines. One of the big stories of the day: Marine Lt. Col Higgins is held captive in Lebanon. Remember, Ronald Reagan was still president during this time. Runs...

The Top 5 At 10 – A Sample of WSSX Charleston, SC | July 28, 1998

I wish I could tell you who the jock is on this aircheck, but in the 45 minutes of the original recording, he never says his name once. No jock imaging is heard… nothing! But its obvious from this 6-plus minute scope that 95-SX is all about the music and their audience. We join the station at about 9:40pm. Its amazing. 1998 seems like just yesterday, and all the music (there is no music just a bit on the front and tail ends) seems as fresh as it was then. In 1998, the CHR format was still a good mix of Dance, Hip Hop, Pop and Rock, although it didn’t seem so back then, compared to earlier years. The Top 5 at 10 is the five most requested songs of the day. At the end, listeners have a chance to call in and name all the artists and songs in order in 9 seconds for a chance to win....

WOKE Charleston SC | Sometime 1980’s

Here’s a rare aircheck of Standards WOKE Charleston SC. I remember hearing the station when I was stationed there in the early 90s during my Naval service, and remember this sounding like a relic from my grandfather’s era! Not much I can say about this one, just a few minutes of programming and some unique jingles (for you jingle freaks take a listen).

Calvin Hicks/Mitch Zano, WSSX 95SX Charleston SC | November, 1996

Charleston, SC is an under-rated market. I say that knowing that there are a lot of Large and Medium sized markets that did and still do have plenty of talent gracing the airwaves. This time, we have a pretty long late afternoon/evening composite of 95SX. At the time of this recording, it was pretty much the lone survivor of the CHR war that once was between 95SX and the former WKQB Q-107 which flipped to Country as WBUB in 1990. That 80s CHR war was not so much won by 95SX due to ratings, but thanks to divine intervention in the form of Hurricane Hugo, which devastated much of the Lowcountry in 1989. Q-107 took six months or longer to get back on the air, and when it did, it was for about a month before going bankrupt and the station purchased by a group which included Charlie ‘Bird...

John Burwell & WTMA (Charleston) Music Machine Blooper

Courtesy of Mike Raub, here’s an aircheck that proves the worth of 5 second delay. WTMA didn’t have one, apparently. This speaks for itself….

Tim Byrd, 1390 WXTC (AM) “Charleston’s Oldies Station” | June, 1988

Once again from California Aircheck via Contributor Robyn Watts, we present more from Charleston SC. WXTC (AM) 1390 has flipped formats more than a few times since the 1980s. In this recording made in June, 1988, WXTC is branded as “Charleston’s Oldies Station”. Even though 102.5 WXLY is also doing a form of oldies, er, Classic Hits at the same time, WXTC gets the credits for the right formatics. Decent jingles (from the same package WXTC-FM used), faux drake formatics and even the old RKO-style news sounder. The jock is Tim Byrd, who was heard on many Charleston stations over the years, here doing wakeups on WXTC. Longtime Charlestonians will remember 1390 as Charleston’s Rock station, WCSC. It was a good sounding station through most of the 1970s. There is a tribu...

Classic Hits 102.5 WXLY Charleston SC | June 1988

102.5 FM in Charleston SC never seemed to ever stay with a format for very long. In 1993, your webmaster went to work, ever so briefly, for WEZL. One of the jocks that I was fortunate enough to make friends with, Rhett Bledsoe, said that he and TJ Phillips had the morning show on WXLY before coming to WEZL. At that point in time, WXLY had just flipped to Oldies from Country, so apparently, WXLY was Classic Hits, then Country, and then Oldies. Or so that’s how I remember it. This recording, made in June, 1988 for California Aircheck, shows a “Classic Hits” format on 102.5 with a very wide playlist. It is even too loose for a modern “Classic Hits” based upon the few songs you hear showcased here. No jingles, not even any imaging – just a female jock and th...

A Sample of WWHT AM/FM Charleston – “Hot 94” | June, 1988

Here’s another aircheck where the jock never says her name. Running just over 5 minutes scoped, that would come out to about twenty minutes air time, the music isn’t genuine ‘urban’ format (unless you think Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” is Urban), although the station is certainly branded that way. Another from “California Aircheck” provided by Contributor Robyn Watts.

Michael Dee and the Rude Wake Up, 107.5 WKQB ‘Q107’ Charleston SC | June 1988

Courtesy of Robyn Watts’ fabulously huge collection, here’s another ‘California Aircheck’. WKQB ‘Q107’ was considered the number one hit music station in Charleston in 1988, before Hurricane Hugo all but destroyed the station one year later. Station VP/GM Steve Judy comes on with an announcement at the 5 minute mark that the winner of the ‘which station played more music’ audience survery is Q107. He announces that the results were certified by a local law firm. Amazingly, I’ve never heard something like this before, although its a clever promotion ploy. Station background: WKQB was the last station knocked off the air during Hugo in 1989, as the airstaff rode out the storm in the studios. Most experts say that Q107 provided the best st...

95SX Talent Search, WSSX Charleston SC | June, 1988

Courtesy of California Aircheck via Contributor Robyn Watts, here’s a short clip of the night show on WSSX ’95SX’ Charleston. About a year before hurricane Hugo would devastate both the city and the radio landscape (crosstown Q107 would never return after the storm), 95SX was around playing the hits. We don’t know the jock’s name here, but he has fun with a segment called ‘talent search’, where listeners call in and they have 30 seconds to do SOMETHING with their mouth – some sing, one just makes noises!! Apparently the jock picks the winner. Listen all the way to the end, as the last contestant heard actually answers the question “What’s Your Favorite Radio Station” with ‘XL 95’! The ‘shortcut’ wasn&...

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