Memphis

Stew Robb, 56 WHBQ Memphis | 1976

We just been in contact with the police department concerning a traffic light at Watkins & Chelsea? Checked to see if it’s been stolen or not! A bit of tongue in cheek humor about a traffic light being out, but it does highlight, even if snarkily, the problem with crime in certain parts of the Memphis metro area. Anyway, this isn’t about Memphis crime, its, rather, a kinda funny morning show done by Stew Robb. I say ‘kinda’ because some one-liners are really funny and others… well, kinda corny. As with most WHBQ, and in general, RKO General-owned radio stations, this includes DJ patter going into and coming out of commercial breaks, after station jingles and pretty much anywhere the talent can get a word in. Speaking of jingles, WHBQ jingles are heard out...

The Curtis J. Morning Show, 92.7 WKRA Holly Springs, MS– Date Unknown

It’s early in the morning!… Indeed it is! Here’s the first in a series of airchexx which I think will either open some eyes or create applause. “From the PD’s Box” is, LITERALLY, a box of aircheck tapes given to me by a former program director who, upon hearing of my work at this website, gave it to me and basically said, “go ahead and see if there’s anything you can use”. It goes without saying that these jocks didn’t get the job they were looking for at the former Citadel Memphis Radio Group… but that doesn’t stop us from giving them a chance, some 15 years later, right? Ok.  Now you’ve seen the FIRST “From the PD’s Box” post.  Now, how about YOU?  Send me your tape (CD, mp3, whatever) and I&#...

Walt Jackson, 56 WHBQ Memphis | 1976

Walt Jackson is a great jock!  What this recording exudes is pure FUN!

“Dicky Doo” Edwards, 560 WHBQ Memphis | 1976

Station: 56 WHBQ Memphis Format: Top 40 Branded: “56 HBQ” Ownership: RKO General Featured Air Personality: “Dicky” Edwards Contributor: Rob Grayson #1606 …Magic Man, and ya know I really don’t swing that way… Voluntary Subscription Options Yearly Subscription : $80.00 USD – yearlyMonthly : $10.00 USD – monthlyWeekly : $3.00 USD – weekly Here are some other WHBQ Airchexx you might enjoy: George Klein, 56 WHBQ Memphis | Spring, 1973 Composite: 56 WHBQ Memphis | Summer, 1974 QuickChexx: Robert Gray, 56 WHBQ Memphis | October 31, 1977

Rob Grayson: 45 Years in 5 Minutes

Description by Steve West I don’t know if this was intended to be a demo or not, but longtime Memphis radio personality Rob Grayson recently put together this really fun piece, condensing his radio career down from his early radio beginnings in the 1970s right up to just about current, as of this writing. While there’s really no way to include all the great moments in someone’s career, this one leaves us begging for more. Here’s hoping Rob sends us some more of this awesome radio candy!  And yes.  It really does only run about five minutes! #1605

“Jumpin’ Jack Flash & Froggy Nights – 94.1 WOGY Froggy 94 Memphis (December 12, 2000)

Station: 94.1 WOGY Memphis (WLVS/WEZI/WODZ/WOGY/WMBZ/WSNA/WKQK/WFLP) (Wikipedia) (WFLP The Wolf Website) Format: Country Branded: “Froggy 94” Featured Air Personality: Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Steve West) (WCAT/WFGL/WFMP/WXLO/WHAI/WINQ/WEZL/KOUL/KLTG/WOGY/WGKX/WMC-FM/WCTZ/WSTC) Contributor: Steve West (see above) Total Time: 27:31 Aircheck #1,591 Coming up I’ve got the funniest doggone song… Curator’s Notes: I looked high and low for this tape and it eluded me, until one day last week while moving the furniture containing rows of neatly stacked tapes, this one literally fell out and hit me square in the face! Not quite an Isaac Newton moment but my hard head did, indeed, learn a lesson about emptying the cabinets before attempting to move (they way half a ton...

Severe Weather Coverage, WREG-DT/WMC-DT Memphis | May 1-2, 2010

Here’s a unique aircheck which records for historical purposes, a day of violent weather.  It’s important as an educational tool for both those interested in the study of meteorology, and weather during what’s sometimes referred to as the “southern” tornado season, which runs roughly from March 15 to May 15, affecting the Southeastern U.S.  Memphis, Tennessee is considered the Mid South, while Nashville and other points due south and east are considered Southeastern U.S. May 1, 2010 may well be remembered as a day of natural disasters over a wide area of the Southern United States. Not only was there a tornado outbreak in the lower Mississippi Valley/Tennessee River Valley with incredible flooding from up to 18 inches of rain in ONE DAY, but in the wee hours o...

Steve West, WGKX Memphis | October 9, 2004

Date of Recording: 10.09.2004 Station: 105.9 WGKX Memphis (Branded as “Kix 106“) Owner: Cumulus Media//Memphis Radio Group Format: Contemporary Country Featured Air Personality: Steve West Contributor: Steve West Original Post Date: 10.11.2004 Curator’s Notes: The artist known as Steve West was digitally captured from a tape, recorded in Millington, Tennessee directly off the air on this particular date. Now, frankly, it’s been quite a while since I listened to this (and I’m not sure what’s on it, if I sounded good or if a dose of embarassment will follow), so let the listener judge for his or herself just what this guy sounds like on the air. Being that this was 2004, and I’d been on the station doing weekends and fill ins for about 2 1/2 years at...

Arkansas Tornado Coverage, WMC-TV, WLMT-TV and WREC-AM Memphis | February 24, 2007

Sometimes, you just can’t help but be glued to your radio or TV set when the weather guy says there’s a chance of tornadoes. Such was the case when your webmaster still lived in the Bluff City, and I couldn’t help but hit the record button in Adobe Audition, as I had TV, Radio, tape and a record player all patched in as audio sources at the time. I had my Ham radio HF rig patched in, too, but there’s nothing terribly interesting for our listeners that I might record off the ham bands, but I digress. When you listen to this aircheck, see how detail oriented the local weather guys are, This might be interesting to listen to for those who live outside ‘Tornado Alley’. If you’re on this page because you’re a weather enthusiast, you might be inter...

Steve West Last Show, WMC-FM Memphis | October 30, 2005

Date of Recording: 10.30.2005 Station: 99.7 WMC-FM Memphis, Tennessee, USA Format: Hot Adult Contemporary Featured Air Personality: Steve West Contributor: Steve West It’s another WHATEVER WEEKEND, here on FM 100! Comments: FM 100 was the culmination of a career to me. True, I was only full time there for one Summer, but the station’s reputation, the life, the energy… the whole aura that surrounded this station put me in a trance from the first day I entered the building. I can’t say why I hold such an emotional attachment to WMC-FM. I will say that this particular evening was the last time I was on major market radio, the last time I got to interact with callers or really be myself on a commercial radio station. Given my feelings toward this station, and Memphis, T...

QuickChexx: Robert Gray, 56 WHBQ Memphis | October 31, 1977

Date of Recording: 10.31.1977 Station: 56 WHBQ Memphis, Tennessee, USA Featured Air Talent: Rob Grayson (Robert Gray) (WHBQ, WMC-FM, WKNO-FM/TV, others) Contributor: Rob Grayson Aircheck Entry: 1,110 (Repost at 1,450) (What does this mean? (1)) I’m heading back to my coffin till next year Comments: Contributor Rob Grayson checks in with a coveted couple of audio snippets we pasted together into one, three-minute scope of RKO General’s Memphis outlet, 56 WHBQ. As many, we’re sure, would attest, the RKO stations all had that trademark sound, a perfectly clean audio chain, no reverb, and jocks who were encouraged to be a funny and creative on air as possible. This is no exception. It was a WONDERFUL time for this radio station, Rick Dees had gone to Hollywood, ratings were u...

Composite: 56 WHBQ Memphis | Summer, 1974

Date of Recording: 1974 (Exact date unknown) Station: 560 WHBQ Memphis, Tennessee Featured Air Talent: George Klein, J.J. Jordan, Robert E. Knight, Dude Walker, Mason Dixon, Tom Kent, Steve Weed Contributor: Steve Bleecker Aircheck Entry: 1,429 Comments: WHBQ, that’s Billy Preston with George Klein in the Morning, 8:12 and Nothin from Nothing – looks like my paycheck every week! Where else can will you find a recording of George Klein on the air doing half of what made him famous, I mean, listening here, you almost expect Elvis to make an appearance! Klein was programming WHBQ at this point, but listen, this has the same ultra-tight format and big sound heard at every other RKO/General owned radio station! Note the jock list! Many of these guys would go on to much larger market...

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