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!
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.
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.