Little Rock

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...

The Jennings and Martin Program; 1090 KAAY Little Rock | October 13, 1972

Courtesy of BigAppleAirchecks.com, we travel back to 1972 to listen to what morning drive sounded like on the Mighty 1090! KAAY is something of a legend among radio listeners in the Southwest part of America, with its 50,000 watt signal covering nearly every state west of the Mississippi at night! Some of our guests may remember “Beaker Street” as a staple on this station every night. This begins in the 7am hour on Friday the 13th of October. Sonny Martin is the morning man, George T. Jennings is the newsman – hence, the Jennings and Martin Program. The morning show is supposedly music intensive, but some of the things you will notice are the music itself – are these all album cuts? This is certainly not your typical Top 40 fare! Also, seemingly in between nearly ev...

Peter Butler & The Z Morning Zoo, 98.5 KZOU Little Rock | October 23, 1989

Little Rock’s hit music station here is Zoo 98 – officially, 98.5 KZOU. This encompasses a bit of the Z Morning Zoo featuring Peter Butler, and friends… includes News, Sports and the (scoped) hits of the day. The date of this recording is based upon the birthdays noted shortly after the start of this aircheck. Our keen sense of irony here at airchexx notes that here in Little Rock, the “Zoo” format is made official with the KZOU call letters, while in Boston, their “Zoo” format had already morphed away from the slogan “Zoo” by 1989, and was simply identifying as Z-94 WZOU. Both stations here in Little Rock and in Boston had similar playlists and formatics, and both would soon enough succumb to CHR format burnout that happened as the dec...

Michael P., 105.1 KMJX “Magic 105” (Conway) Little Rock | October 23, 1989

“…We’re dealing with goofy middle names today” Like much of the Little Rock radio market as of this writing in 2013, the station formerly known as “Magic 105” has changed formats, this time to Country. But here in 1989, KMJX was a Rock station. Not knowing exactly the form of this format at the time, it SOUNDS like Classic Hits, although this may have simply been an evolving Classic Rocker or even Active Rock, although there’s not much ‘new’ music heard in this portion of the Morning show. They do get a request for Fine Young Cannibals, during a phone call just before a News break. Did you know there was a UFO sighting in Pine Bluff, Ark? That’s what Michael P. says… As with most of our airchecks, this is scoped. Even the NE...

Don Christy, 94.9 KOLL “Kool 95” Little Rock | October 23, 1989

Yet another morning drive of Little Rock radio is presented here, on a tape from California Aircheck contributed by Robyn Watts. Here’s the Don Christy morning show on Kool 95. This is a mainstream Oldies station playing the hits of the 50s, 60s and early 70s. A pretty good sounding station as most Oldies outlets were as they cropped up on FM beginning in the early 80s. Nationally, Oldies did very well until the early 00s, then the format drifted into Classic Hits (70s, 80s and even 90s). Some Oldies stations simply went on to some other kind of music. And some never saw the huge successes of stations like WDRC Hartford, WOGL Philadelphia or KRTH Los Angeles. This is one of those that managed to hang on through the new millennium pretty much intact.

Craig O’Neil, 103.7 KKYK Little Rock | October, 1989

We’re guessing on the date of this aircheck as sometime in October, 1989, based upon the news item that Jim Bakker was sentenced to prison the day before this was recorded. (Can’t find the exact sentencing date but the trial lasted six weeks and began in August of 1989, so this is just a guess). This opens up at 6:51 AM in “Crazy” Craig O’Neil’s morning show. This is the old “FM 104” KKYK with a contemporary format, and plenty of good morning show elements, including Comedy, News & Sports. This is not over the top as is the norm with so many hit music stations today. Strangely enough, there is very little in the way of historical information on the old KKYK. We do know that the station changed call letters to KSYG on 9/6/96, then to KABZ...

Steve Edwards, KHLT Little Rock | 1987

Here’s Steve Edwards’ morning show on AC KHLT, known on air back then as K-Lite. Note the wide variety of music, although we don’t get a true feel for the rest of the day’s programming. We do get a News and Traffic update along with a weather forecast for the Little Rock area. This is courtesy of longtime contributor Robyn Watts. California Aircheck is a company that services radio station program directors (and I suppose, collectors) with samples of other markets. This is a tape excerpt from cut one, side two of #SM-11. I don’t know if these old tapes are still available or not but California Aircheck is still around online, and we thank them for their diligent aircheck services over the years.

Martin & Jennings, 1090 KAAY Little Rock, Part 1 | 1971

Courtesy of contributor and former alumn Pat Walsh, here’s a three-part series featuring the legendary Little Rock powerhouse, 1090 KAAY. Originally part of a presentation simply titled “The KAAY Collection”, here’s the first aircheck in a three part series, originally posted in Real Audio format. Right off, in the first few minutes of this aircheck, our morning duo play an aircheck of the previous day’s broadcast from 1190 KLIF Dallas where the station is giving away a nude fold out of the 7 KLIF jocks (I’d really have loved to seen that promotion!) in support of the Cosmopolitan foldout of Burt Reynolds. And that sets the tone for the rest of this aircheck! Donated to Airchexx in the Summer of ’06 featuring daytime top 40 programming, full newsca...

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