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QuickCheck: Terry Nelson on 64 KFI Los Angeles | 1978

Contributor J.R. Russ sent this in back in 2008 and it’s a superb aircheck from the days when KFI and KHJ were duking it out, along with KTNQ – “The new Ten-Q”! FM was making inroads, but in L.A., the biggest format, arguably, was AOR.. and its own battle of stations KMET and KLOS. But that’s a different story. There’s something about a three-way battle for top ratings that makes all three stations sound great. They had to be and this is no exception. Before anyone gets too excited, this is a short and rather difficult aircheck to listen to, as it was obviously recorded from a great distance from Los Angeles. Certainly, Terry Nelson sounded great on KFI and this would be an awesome aircheck, except for the fact that this is a DX catch and there’s j...

Eric Chase, 64 KFI Los Angeles | April 13, 1978

64 KFI, Eric Chase with Johnny Nash, who formerly didn’t see Diddly… Eric Chase is another one of those California legends who was heard on so many of the big stations up and down the coast. Perhaps spoken a bit less about than, say, M.G. Kelly, or Robert W. Morgan. But he’s definitely cut from the same cloth. KFI in 1978 sounds like KHJ’s little brother. Similar formats, but I’d say KFI’s was just a tad more subdued. That would completely change within a couple of years, as into the 1980s, KFI would be the last AM Top 40 standing… and it would have to become louder and more exciting to compete with FM. But that was still a few years off when this was recorded. Listen for Marv Howard, KFI News, and Bruce Wayne, KFI Traffic. Aircheck #1,337 since Ma...

640 KFI and 710 KMPC Los Angeles: A Car Radio Recording | November 13, 1978

While 93 KHJ was desperately trying to hold on as a Top 40 stations, other AM stations sounded incredible. Not included on this composite – which is really mostly KMPC – is the other competitor that for a short while gave everyone a run for their money, KTNQ Ten-Q. You’ll hear two breaks from Tim Kelly on the “Super 64”, and the rest is all personality driven Geoff Edwards on KMPC. This is mid-day, just before lunchtime and listen to how sold out KMPC is! Also listen to how Edwards weaves the Mickey Mouse contest in and out of records, then airs ALL the contestants who call till the one gives the right answer! No, radio isn’t done this way anymore, that requires a personality who can communicate, and a live body on the air to do it. Expensive for the sta...

QuickChexx: Terry Nelson, 64 KFI Los Angeles – DX Reception | 1978

Contributor J. R. Russ sent this in quite a while ago and while it was labelled ‘1976’, obviously the music zooms us in on 1978. This is not the typical aircheck you’d normally hear on this website. It was recorded a long distance from Los Angeles, and I really can’t tell you where from, but the filename included ‘KFI in MC’, if that helps. This was recorded in the 9pm hour, Pacific time. Also, there’s something else trying to come in in back of KFI, possibly from Mexico or Canada? Who knows? We have very few airchecks of KFI and there’s not many anywhere from 1978, so this is a gem, even if the quality is poor and the length short. I’m sure you’ll enjoy what you do hear.

Charlie Fox, 64 KFI Los Angeles | December 25, 1978

Back in ’78, Charlie Fox was heard on the legendary 64 KFI. And, for a guy who isn’t exactly considered a legend himself, unlike his contemporaries, he sounds pretty darn good here. KFI is TIGHT! Nothing sloppy about this presentation! KFI in the 70s was essentially put together by PD John Rook – a legend himself in the world of programmers! This was at the time that KHJ was taking a major nosedive after essentially wiping out personality – and the competition clobbered them for it. The other player in L.A.’s three-way Top 40 race would be out of it two years after this ‘check – KTNQ. Ten-Q was so well programmed, it made the competition so tight, KFI just HAD to be great! Notice how, while this is Christmas day, KFI isn’t playing all Christm...

Lohman & Barkley, 64 KFI Los Angeles | December, 1978

Courtesy of BigAppleAirchecks, another gem we’ve been holding on to for the last 8 years is this classic clip of the late Al Lohman and Roger Barkley. Both gentlemen have passed on now, but they left behind a 30-plus year legacy of waking up Southern California on 64 KFI. Notice the style. Certainly not the quick pace heard at competitors 93 KHJ and KTNQ Ten-Q. But then, KFI, in 1978, was hardly a Top 40 station. This was a contemporary station that skewed older, mixing a generous dose of 60s and 70s oldies into the mix, along with a slower pace with personalities that were more likely to talk to you instead of shout. The morning show here is loaded with talk, and plenty of format elements to keep working adults tuned in. Marv Howard does news (it, like the music, is scoped, unfortun...

Lohman & Barkley, 64 KFI Los Angeles | October 18, 1976

Courtesy of BigAppleAirchecks… Here’s our first recording of the legendary Al Lohman and Roger Barkley of KFI. Here, they are featured essentially at the height of their approximately 30 year reign as one of the most popular morning teams in Los Angeles radio history. Being that your webmaster is from the East Coast and not familiar with Lohman & Barkley except of their reputation, I’m sure that others have important things to say about this program and what it meant to them – and so I’ll leave it to our visitors to comment. Listen for plenty of News, Traffic… and those dreaded commercials that everyone loves to hate. Included here to preserve the historic nature of Lohman & Barkley on 64 KFI from 1976!

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