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The Big Montage, 95.5 WPLJ New York | 1978

One of our most popular attractions has to be this fabulous montage put together and aired by Pat St. John. It’s been remastered and put to CD now – and we have it for you in it’s entirety. Courtesy of BigAppleAirchecks. If you enjoy airchecks, PLEASE SUPPORT THIS SITE. Joining is optional, but this intends to redirect to another part of the site which will feature UNSCOPED airchecks. Your donations will pay the royalty fees. The way it works is, I can show ASCAP/BMI exactly how many listeners donate or pay on airchexx. I want you all to know that this is STRICTLY VOLUNTARY. Its intended to let interested loyal visitors pay back without worrying about the station. You all may listen to every aircheck on the website right now. That will NEVER change. Joining Airchexx down ...

Dan Ingram, 101.1 WCBS-FM New York | September 7, 2002

Date of Recording: 09.07.2002 Station: 101.1 WCBS-FM New York, New York, USA Format: Oldies Featured Air Personality: Dan Ingram Date of Posting: 09/14/2017 Total Time: 8:00 Telescoped Airchexx Entry: 1,510 Our Word for the Day on the Ingram mess is Contravene… Curator’s Notes: In writing liner notes, sometimes there are no words… Listen, kemosabe. Nobody is better at one liners than Dan Ingram! Period. Now, obviously, Big Dan doesn’t make a funny every break, but most. If you take the time to really LISTEN to this tightly scoped aircheck, you’ll be laughing before it’s done. I’m not posting the punch line, you need to hear it, every time! This is posted on the occasion of Dan Ingram’s 83rd birthday. Happy Birthday, Kemosabe and here’s ...

Cousin Bruce Morrow, 101.1 WCBS-FM New York | September 9, 2002

Date of Recording: 09.07.2002 Station: 101.1 WCBS-FM New York Format: Oldies Contributor: Bob Gilmore Featured Air Personality: Cousin Bruce Morrow (WINS/WINZ/WABC/WNBC/WCBS-FM/SiriusXM) Date of Posting: 09/11/2017 Total Time: 17:22 Telescoped Airchexx Entry: 1,508 Hello cousins, it’s your Cousin Brucie! Curator’s Notes: We should consider this an Airchexx Exclusive since nearly everything our Contributor sends are original recordings. This came in on cassette. Unlike some tapes we get in, this one was in nearly perfect condition, obviously recorded on a high-end machine! Here’s some of the things you are going to LOVE about this aircheck. Cousin Brucie fans will note that most of this 17-plus minute scope is all Brucie talking with listeners and reading live commercials....

Jay Thomas, Charlie Steiner, 98.7 WXLO “99X” New York | October, 1978

Date of Recording: 10.xx.1978 Station: 98.7 WXLO (WOR-FM, WRKS, WEPN) New York City, New York, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Jay Thomas Comments: Jay Thomas, who was well established in TV sitcoms after his radio career, died on August 24, 2017. His publicist says he had been suffering from cancer for quite some time. Original Comments: Its shortly before Haloween and Disco is in full swing. Here’s what seems to be a collection of airchecks which were recorded on one cassette side. I put this all together into one composite because it all deals with the morning show bits of Jay Thomas and includes several full newscasts from Charlie Steiner. The ongoing theme here is the 20 part special which 99X is running on the Disco craze. The first part we hear at the end of the f...

Airchexx Presents: MusicRadio 77 Recreated Featuring Steve O’Brien | December 31, 2005

Date of Recording: 12.31.2005 Station: None Format (Simulated): Top 40 Featured Air Personalities: Steve O’Brien (WABC/WMGQ/WPLJ/WIBG/WCBS-FM/WNYW-TV/WNBC-TV), Steve West(WOGY/WMBZ/WGKX/WMC-FM/IRN/WCTZ/WSTC/others) Contributor: Steve West Airchexx Entry: 1,499 Comments: Here’s a song we never got tired of playing at WABC in the middle of the disco era… Station recreations are a labor of love for your webmaster and over the years, I’ve produced several. In my opinion, none tops this third of a four part special that I produced for this website for New Year’s Day, 2006. This was originally posted in Real Audio form, back in the days before we went to the WordPress publishing platform. What precipitated the change in platforms and streaming media was a server cra...

George Michael, MusicRadio 77 WABC New York | February 28, 1977

Date of Recording: 02.28.1977 Station: 770 WABC (WJZ) New York, New York, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Talent: George Michael (Career: WRIT/KBTR/WFIL/WABC/WJZ-TV {Orioles}/WABC-TV/WRC-TV/George Michael Sports Machine) Contributor: Bob Gilmore Comments: The Late George Michael is tagged here doing a great show on WABC from 2/28/77. Notables here include much signal fading and white noise on the tape, which suggests this was recorded some distance away from New York City. No matter, Michael is in top form, as was the norm on the George Michael Show – he never misses a talkup or hitting the post! These are the pre-disco days of the 1970s. Sure, a few stiffs are sneaking in, like The Sylvers – Hotline, but this is real Top 40 variety, with a generous dose of Jam jingles, Dan Ing...

Howard Hoffman, 77 WABC New York | April 8, 1980

Date of Recording: 04.08.1980 Station: 770 (AM) WABC New York City, New York, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Howard Hoffman (WPIX-FM/WPRO-FM/KUAM/KMEL/KKFR/WQHT/KFRC/KMPC) Comments: 1980 was a year of change for WABC. By the end of the year the music would begin to shift to a more adult sound, but in the early part of 1980, WABC was still a hot Top 40 station, as evidenced by this short scope of the wacky Howard Hoffman show. Hoffman is really out of control on this night. How does one describe the Howard Hoffman show? Well, lets just say that he wouldn’t be allowed on the air with this approach anywhere today. WABC, with Hoffman in the lineup, is a much different sounding station than that of just over a year prior, when PD Al Brady cleaned house, getting rid of most o...

Chris Marino, The 4th of July Non-Stop Party Weekend, 95.5 WPLJ New York | July 4, 1996

Date of Recording: 07.04.1996 Station: 95.5 WPLJ New York City, New York, USA Format: Hot Adult Contemporary (HotAC) Featured Air Personality: Chris Marino Contributor: Anonymous Comments: Here is a recording featuring the current Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia of the Hudson Valley (as of this writing). Chris Marino sounds GOOD in context on this, the early Hot Adult Contemporary version of 95.5 WPLJ. The songs heard as currents and recurrents in rotation at WPLJ in 1996 read like a modern Classic Hits station. This would fit well on today’s version of crosstown WCBS-FM 101.1! A bit of station history: WPLJ is one of those stations that’s just… there. Once WABC-FM in the 60s, WPLJ evolved into an early AOR and stayed there until late 1983 when it slo...

Memorial Day Remembrances – WABC Rewound 2007 | Hour 2

For eight years, from 1999 to 2007, NewsTalk 77 WABC New York took one day out of the year to remember it’s historic music radio format. It was a treat for listeners, and while pre-produced by then Production Director Johnny Donovan (himself a jock during the MusicRadio 77 years), it also gave the talk show hosts the Memorial Day holiday off. Once again, we here at Airchexx would like to present portions of these programs for your Memorial Day enjoyment. Some of you will have the time to sit in front of a computer or mobile device and listen today, others will listen at a later time. But please take the time out both to honor those who fought and never returned for our freedoms, and those who entertained us as the very best American radio had to offer. December, 1967, the Top 100 of ...

Memorial Day Remembrances – WABC Rewound 2007 – Hour 1

For eight years, from 1999 to 2007, NewsTalk 77 WABC New York took one day out of the year to remember it’s historic music radio format. It was a treat for listeners, and while pre-produced by then Production Director Johnny Donovan (himself a jock during the MusicRadio 77 years), it also gave the talk show hosts the Memorial Day holiday off. Once again, we here at Airchexx would like to present portions of these programs for your Memorial Day enjoyment. Some of you will have the time to sit in front of a computer or mobile device and listen today, others will listen at a later time. But please take the time out both to honor those who fought and never returned for our freedoms, and those who entertained us as the very best American radio had to offer. November 21, 1981. This hour is...

Ron Lundy, 77 WABC New York // WABC Rewound 2003

Date of Recording: May, 2003 Station: 770 WABC New York Format: News/Talk Featured Air Personality: Ron Lundy Producer: Johnny Donovan Airchexx Entry: 1,489 … Hello Love!! Comments: At one point early on in the evolution of this website, we had posted the entire broadcast day of WABC Rewound on Memorial Day, 2003. Over various moves, a few of the master CD archive copies were damaged beyond repair. Here is one which survived intact. Ron Lundy is the featured jock. The year is 1975 and the music really sizzled on MusicRadio 77! Rewound was a great feature that WABC did for about eight years, before Johnny Donovan retired from WABC. The show actually started in 1999, the first year it was done live, hosted by then WABC Talk show host Mike Gallagher. Several years later, 89 WLS Chicago ...

Carl Ross, (101.9) WPIX-FM 102 New York | February 27, 1983

Date of Recording: 02.27.1983 Station: 101.9 WPIX-FM (WRXP/WQCD/WEMP/WFAN-FM) New York, New York, USA Format: Adult Contemporary Featured Air Personality: Carl Ross Contributor: Anonymous Comments: We don’t have much in the way of recordings of this particular radio station – noteworthy only due to the volume of material from New York City, overall. This helps address that issue with a recording from a period of time in which WPIX-FM was a *very* sleepy sounding Adult Contemporary radio station. At least from what it sounds like on this tape. Recorded on a Sunday morning, here’s Carl Ross and a 15 minute scope. This features the end of Ross’ show, and the first few minutes of the public affairs program, “This Week in Review” hosted by Roy Frank. 101.9 wo...

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