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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...

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...

Dan Ingram, 101.1 KRTH Los Angeles | June 24, 1998 – Part 2

First off, big thanks to Big Apple Airchecks for another blockbuster aircheck donation! Matt’s been with us since the beginning and a simple thanks, oftentimes, is simply not enough. So visit his site! Here’s part two of Dan Ingram’s ‘tryout’. While the exact date of this aircheck isn’t readily apparent, Robert W. Morgan had passed away just a month earlier. According to one source, Charlie Van Dyke was already chosen to take the morning show, and the week prior had different morning show hosts each day as a stunt. Notice the music here (what you can hear of it) is solidly 60s & 70s fare. The Classic Hits 70s/80s format was still a few years away. Aircheck #1,363 since May 2, 2002!

Dan Ingram, 101.1 KRTH Los Angeles | June 24, 1998 – Part 1

East meets West! Or, to put it a different way, try to imagine yourself in 1970-something, listening to Dan Ingram on 93/KHJ. Big Dan delivered a one liner better than Robert W. Morgan! This proves something else. RKO General’s quick into and out of every element was far tighter than anything in the ABC chain, yet the best of the best never needed a snappy format to deliver! Nor did they need 15 minute talk-blocks in between songs for content. Dan Ingram is heard here doing a short-lived stint as K-Earth’s morning guy, filling in the enormous shoes of the late, longtime morning host Robert W. Morgan. “Oldies Radio” K-Earth 101 was still playing the hits of the early 60s and 70s when this was recorded, much like Ingram’s second radio home for many years, 101.1 ...

Johnny Hayes, 101.1 KRTH Los Angeles “K-Earth 101” | September 17, 2001

Right in the shadow of 9/11, patriotism is at a 50 year high and Johnny Hayes starts out with comments about flags and buying American in two breaks in a row. One could hardly blame him, most of us felt the same way. And perhaps, thats the best part of this short scope of K-Earth 101. I, your webmaster, personally don’t like this particular aircheck. K-Earth sounds contrived. The slogan, “K-Earth 101, Always with at least Twelve in a Row” is spoken so often my ears bleed. And yes, I’ll get yelled at for this, because working radio myself (in the Country format), the consultants pushed and pushed and pushed the 12-in-a-row theme ad nauseum because they always said that listeners would stay with the station that played the most music. But there’s no place for th...

Frazier Smith’s Wake-Up Call with Jim & Joni, KRTH K-Earth 101 Los Angeles | March, 2002

Good radio seems to be rare here in the 21st century, but there are those moments of greatness that need to be pointed out. From March, 2002, we bring you this excerpt from the Frazier Smith morning show on K-Earth 101. Now, this demonstrates, more than anything, that the team is perhaps more important than the individual. This is true now, more than ever. Especially where morning shows are concerned. Everyone pitches in to create a fun atmosphere in the halls of K-Earth 101. And while you enjoy this team effort, you’ll really love the part where Ozzy Ozbourne calls in at about the 10 minute mark. You know Ozzy.. he’s out there. And in this funny bit, as Frazier Smith is congratulating the OZZ man on his then-new TV show, Ozzy is so far gone you can barely understand him. And h...

“Huggy Boy” (Dick Hugg), 1st Show, KRTH Los Angeles | December 4, 1998

The late Dick Hugg, better known to his listeners as “Huggy Boy”, is captured here at the start of his first show on the legendary K-Earth 101! Hugg was known not only as an early and heavy influence in promoting Do-Wop music, but he heavily influenced 60s & 70s Latino (Chicano) artists. He had his own music label, Caddy Records. He even had his own Television show! Hugg was best known, however, as a disc jockey. Starting in 1951 on KRKD, he blew through most of the major radio stations in the L.A. area finishing with this gig here on K-Earth 101. At first listen, you wouldn’t think this was a man who had spent most of the previous 47 years on the air. He gets off to a rough start, blowing the Top Hour Kickoff… but after a while, you get the sense that this man...

Jay Coffey, KRTH K-Earth 101 Los Angeles

Alright, one more Jeffrey James submission from the legendary K-Earth 101. This one runs six minutes… would run about 2 if I cut everything out of it. From 1992, date unknown.

Remembering Brian Bierne “Mr. Rock & Roll”, KRTH K-Earth 101 Los Angeles | August 1981 and December 4, 2004

Courtesy of New Contributor Jeffrey James, here’s a quick scope of “Mr. Rock & Roll himself, Brian Bierne. We first heard of Brian on this website on this clip of his show from August 1981 – from your webmaster’s collection. Here, we’re treated to exactly ONE break from Bierne, who deserves a whole lot more than that but that’s all we get in a six minute scope from December of ’04. Like WCBS-FM, K-Earth 101 is a Classic Hits station nowadays, as there are few, if any real Oldies stations that play music from the 50s and 60s anymore. Still, its one of the most popular radio stations in America, if not on this website. We hope you enjoy!

The Runners Up of Classic Rock and Roll Weekend; KRTH Los Angeles | August 29, 1987

Description by Contributor Jose Harrison: .. This specialty weekend (which began at 12 noon on Friday) involved all the songs that peaked at #2 (Runner’s Up) in Los Angeles from 1956 to 1979. It aired the weekend before Labor Day Weekend, every year in the mid 80’s until it was unfortunately discontinued after 1988. In 1984 and 1985, music was played to the current year. From the Years 1958 to 1965, K-Earth 101 utilized the KFWB radio surveys. From 1965 to mid 1977, the Boss 30 (KHJ) surveys were used. From mid 1977 to 1985, KRTH used their own radio surveys. This same manner was used in the following weekend (Labor Day) for the Number One Music Weekend, which also was discontinued after ’88. The #1’s actually began in 1955 and was considered a Southern California m...

Steve Jay, Bill Stevens; ’60s Pool Party Weekend on KRTH K-Earth 101 Los Angeles | September 5, 1998

In September 1998, your webmaster was in Southern California on business… as a trucker with Transcend Carriers out of Gill, Massachusetts. When I took loads out to the L.A. area, I used to park my rig at the Culver City Sports Center – a big ice skating rink used by some semi-pro hockey teams and area schools. I was lucky, my uncle was the manager so I always had a place to park an 18 wheeler. To make a long story short, I recorded this aircheck on Uncle Butch’s Kenwood system. Unc always had the best stereo equipment, and so this aircheck is nearly perfect quality. We join Steve Jay on a ’60s Pool Party Weekend. K-EARTH 101 seemed to always have multiple promotions going on at one time and this is no exception. Heavily promoted by K-Earth’s morning host and i...

Jay Coffey, “Top of Pops Weekend”; KRTH K-Earth 101 Los Angeles | November 8, 1986

From the radio station that used the same jingle for over 30 years! Here’s a very capable Jay Coffey cruising through the year 1964 as K-Earth presents a “Top of Pops” Weekend! This is Oldies radio, really at the beginnings of it’s trek to the monster L.A. station that it is today! The station is what you’d term mis-imaged as “Classic Rock & Roll” (as opposed to “Classic Rock”?). On this recording, they DON’T say OLDIES! This is scoped, but you do get a lot of Jay Coffey and plenty of Southern California commercials which aired in the Fall of 1986 – in two stop-sets. Thanks to Contributor Frank Davis!

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