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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...

Bill Brown, WCBS-FM New York | July 12, 1971

Date of Recording: 07.12.1971 Station: 101.1 WCBS-FM New York, New York, USA Format: Oldies Owner: CBS, Inc. Featured Air Personality: Bill Brown Contributor: Steven Green Comments: There are few recordings out there from before the Oldies format took hold at WCBS-FM. Still, many do remember the somewhat-progressive Rock format which was heard at 101.1 FM prior to 1972. Its an odd format that took many elements of AM top 40 radio – the jock talking over the music, Jingles, and one or two spots every other record or so. Hardly what one remembers as progressive rock. But what makes this stand out is the playlist. No doubt, Bill Brown is picking much of the music himself. Some album songs, a few hits (Its nice to hear “Mercy, Mercy Me from Marvin Gaye), and some low charting music...

Joel Sebastian, 66 WNBC New York | October 7, 1985

Date of Recording: 10.07.1985 Station: 660 WNBC (WEAF/WRCA/WNBC) New York, New York, USA Format: Top 40/Variety Featured Air Personality: Joel Sebastian (WLS/WNBC) Contributor: Jim Hampton Airchexx Entry: 1,486 …here’s a little bit of the Gary Burgess humor, he wrote out the forecast listen to this… what’s for tonight? Dark! Comments: If you’ll listen closely enough, you’ll definitely notice Joel Sebastian’s voice. Yes, where did I hear him before? WLS, of course! New Contributor Jim Hampton, who just donated roughly a dozen airchecks to the Airchexx Museum archive, recorded this himself – and so that’s high-quality, first person tape recordings from an incredibly historic WNBC broadcast. This was just before the Weekend “Time Mac...

Blizzard Coverage, WCBS (AM) 880 New York | January 26, 2015

Date of Recording: 01.26.2015 Station: WCBS 880 New York City, New York, USA Format: News Featured Air Talent: Tonya Hansen (anchor), Bob Larsen (Meteorologist) Contributor: Steve West (Steve Sawyer) (WCAT/WFGL/WFMP/WHAI/WEZL/KOUL/KLTG/WINQ/WOGY/WMBZ/WGKX/WJZN/WMC-FM/RadioMaxMusic/WCTZ HitOldies/Airchexx) Aircheck Entry: 1,480 … All told, we expect 18 to 24 inches of snow to accumulate… The Blizzard of 2015 was really the blizzard that wasn’t, at least for New York City, western parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and parts north. Go to Central and Eastern Long Island, Connectict, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and it was a completely different story, as nearly two feet did fall during the storm. Heavy snow, extreme cold and high winds are nothing unusual for those in th...

Charlie Greer, 77 WABC New York | October 5, 1965

Date of Recording: 10.05.1965 Station: 770 WABC (WJZ) New York, New York, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personalities: Charlie Greer, Peter Jennings (news) Contributor: Daniel Coulombe (CKTS/CJMQ/others) Airchexx Entry: 1,472 “That’s Number One in New York, Hang On Sloopy by the McCoys…” Comments: Just when you thought you’d heard every WABC aircheck ever recorded, we give you this, courtesy of Contributor Daniel Coulombe. There are some significant historic portions of this recording. Nothing that happened on this date, but some of the content is priceless! First, you’ll notice right away that the Charlie Greer show is very sold out. There are two and three commercials played between every record! Many of those commercials are live reads. Second, this...

Jay Thomas, 98.7 WXLO New York | September, 1977

Date of Recording: 09.xx.1977 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 98.7 WXLO (WBAM/WOR-FM/WXLO/WRKS/WEPN-FM) New York City, New York, USA Format: Top 40 (99X) Featured Air Personality: Jon Thomas Terrell known professionally as Jay Thomas (WQXI/WXLO/SiriusXM) Contributor: Daniel Coulombe (CKTS/CJMQ) Airchexx Entry: 1,467 …I was hoping you might be able to get me in touch with John Gambling Comments: There are many things unique to this aircheck. First, this is from an early edition of Tom Konard’s Aircheck Factory tapes. This was from a periodic edition called “Around The Dial”. The “Aircheck Factory” was, likely, the first professional aircheck service. They received recordings primarily made by radio stations, for radio station program directors. At least, th...

Composite: WINS and WMGM New York | September 17, 1961

Date of Recording: 09.17.1961 Station(s): 1010 WINS / 1050 WMGM (WHN/WFAN/WUKQ/WEVD/WEPN) New York City, New York, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Talent: Various Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Comments: This is a great comparison between two competing Top 40 stations. 1961 was so early in the top 40 game that WABC was just in its infancy with its then-new format. This recording doesn’t include ABC. WINS, of course, went on to become the nation’s first All-News station. WMGM simply reverted to the previous call letters on 1050, WHN, and then after several years as an MOR station, became synonymous with Country Music in New York starting in 1973 for the next decade. More information about this aircheck is presented by visitor comments (below).

Airchexx.com Presents: A Christmas Carol, as produced and aired by 66 WNBC Radio New York | December 24, 1975

Date of Recording: 12.24.1975 Station: 660 WNBC New York City, New York, USA (WEAF/WRCA/WNBC) Format: Top 40 Featured Air Talent: Don Imus (Imus in the Morning), Dick Summer, Cousin Bruce Morrow (Cousin Brucie), Bill Rockefeller, Bob Vernon, Charles McCord Contributor: Steve Tefft Beware the ides of Christmas past… Comments: Aired on Christmas eve, 1975, following the Cousin’ Brucie Show (who does a short promo for it), this 28 minute production is every bit as good and professional as any you’ve ever heard. NBC pulled out all the stops in getting the radio and TV side together to add voices. Imus played Scrooge, but listen to the cast of characters heard here… Dick Summer, Cousin Bruce Morrow, Bill Rockefeller (producer), Bob Vernon (66 WNBC PM Drive)… more. ...

Imus Returns: Imus In The Morning, first day on 77 WABC New York | December 3, 2007

Date Of Recording: 12.03.2007 Station: 77 WABC New York, New York, USA Format: News/Talk Featured Air Personality: Don Imus Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks …The All-New Imus in the Morning Program on 77 WABC, Where New York comes to talk! Comments: It was the most anticipated radio event of the year. Don Imus, fired from CBS & MSNBC over perceived racially insensitive comments about the Rutgers Womens Basketball team, returned to the airwaves to an excited group of listeners on 77 WABC! WABC’s corporate owners, Cumulus, said they would syndicate Imus from WABC to many of their stations nationwide, starting around the first of January 2008. The first station to sign up for the nationwide broadcast was Greater Media’s WTKK 96.9 in Boston about a week later. This parti...

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