Houston

Julie Williams, Ernie Brown; 790 KULF Houston | October 24, 1981

If its been 33 years since you heard this, you’re not alone and in good company! KULF sounds Bigtime, running a full service AM format and playing all the hits, minus the real hard rock stuff. This sounds NICE! And yes, it would have been nicer had this been a more crisp recording, but this will do. Julie Williams mostly just goes by just Julie. Its sounds like late afternoon. There’s a full newscast by Randy Kendrick. Its all live, and while scoped, you will enjoy hearing those once-overplayed hits by Kenny Rogers, Air Supply and Sheena Easton, along with a rare catch from the Atlanta Rhythm Section. Ernie Brown takes over at 6pm and he gets a couple of breaks in before the end. Comments? Please post below! Courtesy of BigAppleAirchecks!

The Gary Ryder Road Show, 610 KILT Houston | 1981

Gary Ryder checked in with some audio of himself on COUNTRY 610 KILT. Much like KHJ in Los Angeles, KILT had been a full blown Top 40 station but saw ratings slide with the increase in FM radio listening. In this case, KILT flipped to Country shortly after the FM side dropped its AOR format for Country, and 610 opted to simulcast the FM for much of the day, but as you can tell here, not ALL of the day, as this is a live AM-Only show for truckers. Could this have been a precursor to “The Road Gang” show, long broadcast from WWL New Orleans? We’ll have to ask our Contributor!

Barry Kaye, 610 KILT Houston | 1974

New Contributor John Hale writes, “…here’s the aircheck Barry Kaye cut at KILT back in ’74 that won him DJ of the year recognition. And no wonder he won the award. There should be an award category for the most high-energy personality! Compare Barry Kaye to someone like Jack “Your Leeeeeeeeeeeeeder” Armstrong, and you get the picture.

Blake Lawrence on KKBQ Houston | 1985

Here’s an aircheck that’s most definitely worth posting here! Broadcasting in AM Stereo, KKBQ, known as “Hot 79Q” is a serious Top 40 contender. You have to have been there. In 1985, there was, for a time, a resurgence of AM top 40 as a handful of stations nationwide tried to come back as music stations while pushing the then FCC endorsed C-Quam AM Stereo system. It sounded great on the stations that did actually go stereo and many of these stations had fantastic sounding streamlined CHR formats! Unfortunately, the AM stereo experiment was an utter failure, mainly because of the failure of the industry and radio manufacturers to promote or even mass produce receivers capable of receiving AM Stereo. Kinda like today’s HD Radio, aka IBOC (which stands for In Ban...

Hudson & Harrigan on KILT Houston | 1977

And now… the legendary Hudson and Harrigan! Plenty of excitement and fun on this legendary Top 40 powerhouse in the waning days of AM Top 40! This and the KRBE aircheck posted today came to us via an ‘anonymous’ contributor back around Christmastime 2004. Does this ring a bell – if you recorded this we’d sure like to know who you are! KILT is now an all-sports station on 610, but back in 1977 this was THE station to listen to. Travel back in time with us now and imagine yourself heading to work listening to this pair on your car’s Delco AM radio… you remember, the one with one large speaker in the center of the dash… the one you probably bought an FM converter to try out with only to discover that AM still sounded better.

Shotgun Cook & C.C. McCartney, 104.1 KRBE Houston | 1977

And now, some Mid-70s FM Top 40 Gold! KRBE has a long history doing Top-40/CHR in Houston – in fact, it’s still the hit music ratings leader! This features two jocks who were prominent in the late 70s during a time when KRBE’s format was a mix of Top-40 and hard Rock ‘hits’. You’ll hear that in this aircheck! Total Time: 15:17 | Monaural

Allen Beebe, KODE ‘Oldies 94.5’ Houston | Undated

More Allen Beebe! It’s sometime in the late 1990 and Beebe is in Houston on KODE. Beebe sounds great playing the good time great Oldies. Beebe is filling in for Barry Kaye in Afternoon Drive. This is a real Oldies station, with a 60s and 70s playlist (heavy on the 60s). Listen to the Legal ID – AMFM, Inc was one of those companies that got swallowed up by Clear Channel, so I’m going to GUESS that this was recorded sometime in the 1997-98 timeframe. This runs about 15 minutes and is scoped down VERY tightly. Still, while it gets a bit tiresome hearing ‘Good Times, Great Oldies’ every break, Beebe’s personality shines through, at least in places where he can do more than talk over an intro. Definitely worth your quarter-hour!

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