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Jim Collins & “The Time Machine”, 66 WNBC New York | November 29, 1987

Date of Recording: 11.29.1987 Station: 660 WNBC New York (W2XY/WBAY/WEAF/WRCA/WNBC) Format: Full-Service Gold-Based Adult Contemporary Branding: “Sixty-Six W NNNNNNNN BC“ Featured Air Personality: Jim Collins (WPGC/WNBC/others) Contributor: Frank Davis Total Time: 54:10 Airchexx Entry: 1,542 WNBC Burnin’ up in a heatwave of hot STEAMING Rock N Roll!… Curator’s Notes: But, you say, this aircheck is already posted!! Well, yes. But this is the LONG version. Our Christmas present to you is this 54 minute clip of WNBC’s signature Oldies program, “The Time Machine”. Pre-dated in the New York area ONLY by 101.1 WCBS-FM, this was simply the best Oldies show on the air at that time. The whole idea was to re-create the 1960s sound of 77 WABC, and, righ...

Program Director Larry Berger Explains New Format, WPLJ New York | July 1983

Those who’ve been in the radio industry for a long time probably remember the day WPLJ flipped from Rock to CHR. Many even remember former WPLJ jock Carol Miller’s comments to a trade publication of the day (which escapes your webmaster at the moment) saying that WPLJ wanted to switch formats while on top – it WAS the top rated AOR formatted station of the day. “Lets Hear It” was a forum in which Program Director Larry Berger could talk to the audience and get a feel for what they were thinking about WPLJ at the time. What station would do that today? Back in 1983, Berger used this forum to explain the impending format change to CHR, and why the station was going in that direction. Whether this was the real reason or not, he sure made the case that WPLJ needed...

The Benny Goodman Show, 660 WEAF New York | January, 1935

Date of Recording: 01.1935 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 660 WEAF New York (W2XY/WBAY/WEAF/WRCA/WNBC) Format: General – Pre-Rock era Network Block format Featured Air Personality: Benny Goodman Contributor: Archive.org Post Date: 12.11.2017 Total Time: 41:04 Airchexx Entry: 1,533 Curator’s Notes:       At left, the giant, 50 KW transmitter in use at WEAF New York during the 1930’s       Visitors to this archival site may be somewhat unfamiliar with how radio sounded during the “Golden Age” of radio broadcasting in the 1930’s and 1940’s.   In the days before television, radio was often the only source of entertainment.  While radio stations across the United States and Canada pretty much carried similar programming, mos...

Composite: 98.7 WXLO “99X” New York | June 15, 16 & 17, 1978

Date of Recording: 06.15-17.1978 Station: 98.7 WXLO New York Format: Top 40 Slogan: “99X-FM” Ownership: RKO General Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Featured Air Personalities: Bobby Rich, Sue O’Neal, Bobby Messina, Jay Thomas, Dick Sloan, Glenn Morgan, Al Bandiero, John Larabee Post Date: 11.20.2017 Airchexx Entry: 1,256 Curator’s Notes Known on air as “America’s most listened to FM Station”, WXLO certainly was memorable in many ways, but was never bigger than it’s AM competitor, 77 WABC. In perhaps any other market, this would likely have been the number one station, however with the competition in the Big Apple, Middle of the pack is about where 99X stood for most of its existence. Semantics aside, 99X was indeed memorable and loved by man...

Ron Lundy, WABC New York | July 29, 1970

Date of Recording: 07.29.1970 Station: 770 WABC New York Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Ron Lundy (WIL/WABC/WCBS-FM) (June 25, 1934 – March 15, 2010) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Hello Love! Original Comments: Here’s Ron Lundy at a very sold out WABC! While this is scoped, the unscoped version still has more commercials than music. You’ll need patience to listen to this, as the source audio as we received it is choppy and a bit muddy, otherwise its a great representation of America at the height of the Vietnam war. Listen for a full newscast including stories about fish with mercury, extreme pollution, a heatwave causing reductions of electricity, and more.

Big Wilson, 66 WNBC New York | April 1969

Date of Recording: 04.xx.1969 Station: 66 WNBC New York Featured Air Personality: Big (John) Wilson Format: Pop/Full Service Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Original Post Date: 03.02.2010 Curator’s Notes: There’s a lot that’s been said about Big Wilson – he’s a legendary personality on the old WNBC. Problem is, when people think of radio in the 1960s in New York City, the first station that always comes to mind is WABC. So, WNBC was always dwarfed… and never really tried to compete in the Top 40 arena anyway, as NBC, the network, always had features running on air which disrupted the music presentation. Big Wilson is captured here in a recording that sounds like it was made with a microphone placed in front of a table radio speaker. The audio quality is...

Bobby Jay and the Top Hits of 1958, WCBS-FM New York | 1991

Date of Recording: 1991 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 101.1 WCBS-FM New York, New York, USA Format: Oldies (1950s, 1960s & 1970s) Featured Air Personality: Bobby Jay Contributor: Ray Bozzanca Airchexx Entry: 457 Curator’s Notes: Update – 10/23/2017: It’s been more than a decade since this aircheck first appeared on Airchexx.com and returning this brought back a few memories. First, I met Bobby Jay at the Flemington NJ studio’s of radiomaxmusic.com, where Jay, former jock Bob Shannon (Don Bombard) and I performed jock duties at different times. Bobby Jay intimately knows the Do-Wop era and music, being a part of the group, “The Teenagers” (of Frankie Lymon fame). His programs from the Do-Wop era were legendary on WCBS-FM 101.1 in it’s longtime ...

QuickCheck: Wendy Williams, WPLJ Power 95 New York | October, 1989

Date of Reissue: 10.18.2017 Station: 95.5 WPLJ (WABC-FM) New York, New York, USA Format: CHR Featured Air Personality: Wendy Williams Contributor: Robyn Watts Original Post Date: October 30, 2007 Airchexx Entry: 653 Curator’s Notes: The writeup of this aircheck was written just about ten years ago to the day, and Wendy Williams’ television career (and Sirius/XM) is doing very well. Below are the original comments from 2007: —————————————————————— Seven years into a CHR war that WPLJ was losing to ratings giant WHTZ, the station leans Rhythmic and Wendy Williams is one of the stars that make up a talented airstaff. That’s what you hear on this...

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...

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