New York

Chuck Leonard, 77 WABC New York | November 2, 1975

“WABC New York, All you Need to Win! Curator’s Notes: You’ll note right off that election day is coming up. Even if there wasn’t a label on the source recording, we would have known that the date of this broadcast was 11/2/75. Chuck Leonard did Sundays, along with his night shift in 1975 and he clearly says it’s morning. Further, what you don’t hear is the part of this aircheck which aired during Rewound 2005, where Johnny Donovan actually announces the date of Chuck’s broadcast. A few other ‘notables’… The WABC game is in full swing and we hear a few liners and promos for it voiced by Dan Ingram. Chuck Leonard even takes a winner over the phone for all to hear about mid-way through this. There’s an interesting network promo...

Dan Ingram, 77 WABC New York | June, 1980

The Honored Group of the Day is folks who cry at weddings… Curator’s Notes: At this point in the evolution of MusicRadio 77 WABC, Dan Ingram had been doing mornings for about a year. He’s quite comfortable here in June, 1980, although not quite as good as his former afternoon show was. Here at this point in the year, the format is still straight up Top 40. Lots of disco music was still being played and the station is still very upbeat. A few months later… boring AC would arrive, along with the ultimate demise of the station just under two years from this recording. You’ll like this. Promise!

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: 22:22 (Telescoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,542 WNBC Burnin’ up in a heatwave of hot STEAMING Rock N Roll!… Curator’s Notes: 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, right down to the PAMS jingle re-sings, this show accomplished that goal! Most of you will probably agree. These Oldies really SOUND better in Mono, anyway!

Dan Ingram on “Channel 77” WABC New York (January 25/March 22, 1966)

Station: 770 WABC (WJZ) New York (Wikipedia) (WABC Website) (WABC Tribute Website) Format: Top 40 Branded: “The All-Americans” Ownership: The American Broadcasting Company Featured Air Personality: Dan Ingram (Wikipedia) (Dan Ingram interview with Allan Sniffen at Musicradio77.com) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 10:26 Curator’s Notes: This aircheck is a bit confusing. Actually three different ‘checks on one tape, this starts with the beginning of the famous New York City blackout – Dan Ingram mentioning the electricity ‘slowing down’. Really just a clip, before it moves on to January 25, and then March 22 of 1968. Notice the majority of this recording lacks WABC’s reverb. Most likely either recorded directly off the board or fro...

Dan Ingram, 77 WABC New York | July 22, 1967

Sure, this is a post update, but there’s really nothing better than hearing MusicRadio 77 from its best-loved era, with it’s best-loved jock! This begins at the tail end of WABC News, then its right back into a fast-paced format full of Beach Boys, Rolling Stones and Beatles! It’s also a blistering hot July afternoon and New Yorkers are trying to cool off any way they can. Note how clean and crisp this recording is. It came to airchexx by way of Big Apple Airchecks and this proves that the aircheck sharing partnership we have with Matt Seinberg’s hobby site is not only valuable, but providing our listeners with the highest quality airchecks, comparable with the original master copies being donated to us by the jocks themselves! IF YOU ENJOY THIS AIRCHECK, PLEASE CON...

Composite: Lee Roberts, WXLO “99X” New York | December 17, 1977; February 4, 1978

Station: 98.7 WXLO (WOR-FM/WRKS/WEPN) New York Format: Top 40 Branded: 99X Ownership: RKO-General (General Tire & Rubber, Co.) Featured Air Personality: Lee Roberts (WAVZ/WTIC-FM) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks (Website) Total Time: 20:38       “The whole reason they never put escalators in apartment buildings...! Curator’s Notes: We originally posted this on 11.04.2010 after receiving it on cassette. A great dub of decent quality from the master tape still held at Big Apple Airchecks. 99X was probably at the peak of it’s success as WXLO. Lee Roberts would later go on to work with yet another New York legend (he didn’t know it yet), “Broadway” Bill Lee, at Mike Josephs’ “Hot Hits” Top 40 formatted 96 TIC-FM Hartford...

William B. Williams Farewell; Bob Jones, WNEW 1130 New York, Part 2 | August 3, 1986

… There’s only one. WNEW Eleven Three Oh in New York. There was, until 1992. Not counting it’s sister Album Oriented Rock FM station on 102.7, WNEW (AM) was the most unique radio station in America. To be sure, there were radio stations, primarilly on the AM dial, which played American Standards, but most of those were either some sort of automated jukebox, or part of the nationally syndicated “Music Of Your Life” satellite format. WNEW was different. It was alive, with a personality that only a New Yawker could possibly understand. Presented to us thanks to Contributor Ira Warren Patasnik, this is part two of a wonderful tribute to the late William B. Williams, who hosted the “Make Believe Ballroom” for three decades. He was a man who was a true f...

William B. Williams Farewell; Bob Jones, WNEW 1130 New York, Part 1 | August 3, 1986

Somewhere, in some vault, there is a master recording of this tribute to the late William B. Williams. But, for this website dedicated to classic radio, perhaps it’s better that we present the following original ‘off the air’ recording, made by Contributor Ira Warren Patasnik on a simple table radio.. CORRECTION (10/27/10) – Our Contributor actually has a nice recording setup, as he contacted Airchexx to describe; “I recorded it off a Technics by Panasonic FM/AM Stereo Receiver SA 300 that was 30 watts per channel and recorded it on a JVC KD-W7 Stereo Double Cassette Deck Recorder at Normal Speed in DNR Dolby Noise Reduction.” Nice. We’ve got something similar here at the Airchexx studio. Thanks for the correction. We received several tapes from ou...

Composite: 77 WABC New York | 1972

  First appearing on this website in 2010, it’s time for a flashback.  Audio has been gently re-mastered. The contributor for this is Paul Ford.  This is this brief composite of a day on the air at MusicRadio 77 starting with Harry Harrison in the morning, then moving on to the late, great Ron Lundy, Dan Ingram, Cousin Brucie, Chuck Leonard and even Jay Reynolds! The audio quality is superb, as is the reverb and those great PAMS jingles used in ’72!

Cousin Brucie, WCBS-FM New York Radio Greats Reunion | June 09, 1988

Date of Recording: 06.09.1988 Station: 101.1 WCBS-FM New York Format: Oldies Branded: “New York’s Oldies Station” Ownership: CBS, Inc / (Today) Entercom Communications (Wikipedia) Featured Air Personality: Bruce Morrow (Cousin Brucie) (WABC/WNBC/WCBS-FM) Contributor: Frank Davis     Boy did I sound young! Curator’s Notes: This is really Part 1 of a two recording set of Cousin Brucie hosting a show on the Radio Greats Reunion. This was a Saturday, and we also have the Sunday, 6/10/1988 broadcast featuring Bruce Morrow. This begins with a quick aircheck of Les Marshack on the overnight show in 1969 on WABC.. and right into Marshack on the phone with Bruce Morrow. They get to talking about his days at MusicRadio 77 – well, both of their days at WABC, an...

Dick Summer, 95.5 WPLJ New York | 1973

Recording Date: 1973 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 95.5 WPLJ (WABC-FM) New York (Wikipedia) (Website) Branded: “Rock ‘N Stereo” Format: Freeform Album Rock Ownership: The American Broadcasting Company / ABC (Current:) Cumulus Media Sister Stations: 770 WABC/WABC-TV 7 (Current:) 770 WABC/WABC-TV 7/94.7 WNSH/103.9 WMBN Featured Air Personality: Dick Summer (WBZ/WPLJ/WNBC/WYNY/others) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 12:25 (Telescoped) #1,576 If you’re 90 years old this Spring and you’re getting married, I suggest you be very careful… Curator’s Notes: If you’ve never heard the beginnings of Freeform Album Rock, this will be quite a shock. There’s almost no trace of any real ‘hard’ rock here. Plenty of album cuts and...

Imus in the Morning – 66 WNBC New York | September 9, 1979

Recording Date: 09.09.1979 Station: 66 WNBC New York (Wikipedia) (WNBC Tribute Facebook Page) Format: Full Service/Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Don Imus (Imus in the Morning) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Original Comments: (edited) In the long story of Don Imus’ career, few events could be stranger than NBC management’s decision to fire the personalities of WNBC radio. Among those let go in late ’77 were Cousin Bruce Morrow and morning man Don Imus. Imus had been a new face in the hallowed halls of the flagship station of the NBC radio chain back in 1971, at a time when WNBC radio was still just rolling out from under a middle of the road format that was ostensibly 50 percent still network programming. With Imus in the Morning and Brucie at night, when he arrived ...

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