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Jimmy Rabbitt, KROQ AM/FM Pasadena CA | November, 1976

Date of Recording: 11.xx.1976 Exact Date Unknown Station: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM KROQ Pasadena, California, USA Format: Hit-Based AOR Featured Air Personality: Jimmy Rabbitt Contributor: Frank Davis Comments: This is a very unique aircheck in the sense that it probably illustrates what Freeform Progressive Rock radio really sounded like at it’s apex in the mid 1970s. Now, we’re not sure if this was a special show or if this was the actual day-to-day format of KROQ, but we do know a few facts. First, KROQ is an AM 1500/FM 106.1 simulcast. Second, Jimmy Rabbitt is a jock known better to Texans than those in Los Angeles (in fact, he’s in the Texas radio Hall of Fame). Here, Rabbitt is very long winded, playing songs of many different genres, then (in his second break), talks abo...

“Banana” Joe Montione Flashback Show, KIIS-AM/FM Los Angeles | Undated

Date of Recording: Unknown Station: 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles, California, USA Format: CHR Featured Air Talent: “Banana” Joe Montione Contributor: Robyn Watts/East Coast Airchecks …”you could be there as we play Flashback Jeopardy!” Comments: Many of these “East Coast Airchecks” tapes came in undated, only labelled with the jock and station, thus we leave it up to our listeners to pinpoint when the aircheck was recorded. This is the Banana Joe Flashback Show on Kiss-FM. Lots of promos for Rick Dees in the Morning, plenty of callers and tons of 80s hits are heard in this ultra high-energy scope that we’re guessing was probably made sometime around 1992 or 1993. CHR radio’s approach to an oldies show sounded incredible, especially since t...

QuickCheck: Eric Chase, KIQQ “K100” Los Angeles | July 18, 1975

Date of Recording: 07.08.1975 Station: 100.3 KIQQ Los Angeles, California, USA Featured Air Personality: Eric Chase Comments: K100 was L.A.’s first serious contender in the top 40 wars, and this short glimpse into mid-70s KIQQ sounds great. Eric Chase was better known in San Francisco at KFRC, and his personality is the same here. He’s an enormously talented jock and this aircheck proves it. By the time of this aircheck, K100 was on the decline, its best talent, Robert W. Morgan, The Real Don Steele and Humble Harve having recently (at the time of this recording) having quit. This station was the first programming project for Bill Drake after leaving RKO General.

The Real Don Steele, KRTH K-Earth 101 Los Angeles | Date unknown

Date of Recording: Early 1990s (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 101.1 KRTH Los Angeles, California, USA Featured Air Talent: The Real Don Steele (04.01.1936 – 08.05.1997) (KBUC, KEPR, KIMA, KXLY, KOIL, KISN, KEWB, KHJ, KIQQ, KTNQ, KRLA, KODJ, KCBS-FM, KRTH) Contributor: Robyn Watts Airchexx Entry: 657 (repost at 1,451) Comments: Thanks again to the massive Robyn Watts collection, the late Don Steele is featured in this 7+ minute scope of K-Earth 101 from sometime in the early 90s, we’re guessing around ’91 or ’92. Charlie Van Dyke’s pipes are lower than ever in the incredible imaging, and the jingles…. well, KRTH has used a variation of nearly the same jingle sing for well over 30 years now so what does that tell ya? Very few radio stations have had the sam...

Machine Gun Kelly, Oldies 93 KCBS-FM Los Angeles | Date unknown

Date of Recording: Unknown Station: 93.1 KCBS-FM Los Angeles, California Featured Air Talent: M.G. Kelly Airchexx Entry: 654 (Repost at 1,451) Comments: Its always great to hear the gunner, and this is no exception… but why does your webmaster detect a hint of Dan Ingram sarcasm in Kelly’s delivery? Were it not for this exceptionally orchestrated set of KCBS-FM jingles and Southern California traffic reports, one could easily imagine being on the east coast and listening to 101.1 FM. Obviously this was a cloned station, CBS trying to imitate it’s NYC format in Los Angeles… and perhaps if not for KRTH being so well entrenched in the format, KCBS-FM could have done well.. but that’s a discussion for another time. There is no date on this recording but we know th...

Dick Biondi, 1110 KRLA Los Angeles Reunion, Part 2 | October 31, 1981

Date of Recording: 10.31.1981 Station: 1110 KRLA Pasadena/Los Angeles, California, USA Featured Air Talent: Dick Biondi (WINR, WCBA-AM, KVOB, KSYL, WHOT, WKBW, WEBR, WLS (AM), KRLA, WCFL, WMAQ, WBZ, WSAI, WNMB, WBBM FM, WJMK, WLS-FM) Airchexx Entry: 1,038 (Repost at 1,450) (What does this mean (1)) KRLA Big Time is… a little after half past the hour! Comments: One of the early pioneers of Top 40 radio (think back to Biondi singing “On Top of a Pizza” back in ’61 on WLS Chicago), Here’s Dick Biondi, a former KRLA jock and one who always knows how to bring excitement to any on-air party! This is part two of the KRLA Reunion, or, as they put it, “KRLA’s look back to the 1960s…”. Now, KRLA doesn’t exactly sound like a barn burner. The...

Dave Hull, 1110 KRLA Los Angeles Reunion, Part 1 | October 31, 1981

Date of Recording: 10.31.1981 Station: 1110 KRLA Los Angeles, California, USA Featured Air Talent: Dave Hull (KGFL, WONE-AM, WQTE, WTVN, WFLA, KRLA, KFI, KGBS, KIIS, KMPC, KHJ, KRTH, KIKF, KWXY) Airchexx Entry: 1,037 (Repost at 1,450) (What does this mean (1)) Presented in two parts. This is Part 1 of 2 (Click here for Part Two) “..I worked at so many… I think that was the other station before the other station before the other station..”) Comments: Presenting Part one of the KRLA Reunion… Halloween Weekend 1981. There was a list of who’s who in L.A. radio who graced the airwaves of KRLA, including Humble Harve and Dick Biondi. We actually only have this from Dave Hull for part 1. Part two will feature the talents of Dick Biondi and will post at a later time. ...

Charlie Tuna, 101.1 KRTH Los Angeles | February 9, 2008

Date of Recording: 02.09.2008 Station: 101.1 KRTH Los Angeles, California Featured Air Talent: Charlie Tuna (08.14.1944 – 02.19.2016) (KGFW, KELO, KOMA, WMEX, KHJ, KROQ, KKDJ/KIIS, KTNQ, KRLA, KODJ, KMPC, KIKF, KLAC, Your Oldies Magazine, Back to the 70s) Contributor: Daniel Coulombe (CKTS, CJMQ, HitOldies.com) Date of Contribution: 10.16.2016 Aircheck Entry: 1,446 “I remember you when you were with 93 KHJ…” Comments: The late Charlie Tuna, captured here in a very short scope of his first show on K-Earth 101 toward the end of KRTH’s Oldies format. Today’s KRTH is 80s leaning Classic Hits. Charlie seems very happy to be on the air on this great station. He’s filling in for Joshua Escandone this particular day in 2008. Charlie Tuna passed away silent...

Barry Kay, 93/KHJ Los Angeles | 1972

The Johnny Mann Singers are still playing in between the records on 93/KHJ. This is 1972 and while Drake is on his way out, the Boss Sound is still present. Listen now to Barry Kay, as he weaves in and out of commercials and records like a crotch rocket weaves through traffic at high speed. Its one spot, then a record, and it all seems so effortless. 1972 was not a kind year for KHJ, the station was on the verge of ending one era, and launching a new. But it does sound good to our ears, which are accustom to 6 minutes of commercials, followed by the same dozen songs heard the previous hour and the same liners said by the same under-paid voice track. Yes, it was so much better in ’72, and Barry Kay was one of the good guys we remember.

QuickCheck: The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles | 1971

“…You can trust your car to the man who wears the star” So begins this all-too-short, rare recording of RDS on 93/KHJ. We join things right in the middle of a commercial break (Texaco). We’re listening to KHJ in ’71, and while the Bill Drake era is all but over, the format is intact with all the familiar Drake formatics.

Machine Gun Kelly, 93 KHJ Los Angeles | November 7, 1975

Date of Recording: November 7, 1975 Station: 930 KHJ Los Angeles, California Featured Air Talent: Machine Gun Kelly Contributor: Robyn Watts Aircheck Entry: 1,420 Comments: This recording was recorded HOT! Hot recording levels to almost distortion levels, the tape ran very fast and I slowed it down as far as I dared (and still ended up with a bit of gurgle at the end of this 11 minute scope). There are some radio historians (yes, there are others besides myself) who feel that KHJ’s best era was during the 1965 launch of “Boss Radio” by PD Ron Jacobs, and Consultant Bill Drake. Certainly that particular format was a ‘first’ for radio, but best? Ask New Yawkers if they really thought KHJ in the 60s was better than Cousin Brucie or Dan Ingram on WABC? Its all in ...

Big Apple Airchecks Salutes the late Jack Armstrong | March 25, 2008

You know you’re a monster talent when creative folks come out of the woodwork from seemingly everywhere to pay tribute. In so many ways, Jack Armstrong, whose real name is John Larsh, was one of the pioneering voices in the history of Top 40 radio. In a career that spanned over 50 years on air at dozens of stations, many of them legendary, Armstrong paved the way for other fast talking on air lunatics (we say that in a complimentary way) to captivate massive audiences on both coasts, and the hinterlands in between. From legendary status at WKBW Buffalo, to KFI in Los Angeles and KKHR Los Angeles to morning drive at an Oldies station back home in North Carolina concurrent with a voicetracked appearance on the short lived KB Klassic format at WWKB Buffalo, Armstrong set the standard fo...

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