New York

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...

Jim Collins, 66 WNBC “Time Machine” | November 29, 1987

Date of Recording: 11.29.1987 Station: 660 WNBC New York, New York, USA Format: Adult Contemporary and Talk Weekdays, Oldies Overnights & Weekends (Variety format) Featured Air Personality: Jim Collins Contributor: Frank Davis …”You Say it, We Play It!” Comments: This is a fresh, re-issue of WNBC’s last, great format, “The Time Machine”. Sources say that before GE sold all of its radio properties, in particular, WNBC sold to Jeff Smulyan (who decided to shut it down and move then WFAN from 1050 down to 660), WNBC management was close to ending most of its daytime talk and variety programs and taking the weekend “Time Machine” Oldies format full time. As we all know, that never happened. Too bad, as many of us remember this format as the ...

Sue O’Neal, WXLO New York | September 21, 1978

Date of Recording: September 21, 1978 Station: 98.7 WXLO New York (Other Call letters used: WOR-FM, WRKS, WEPN) Featured Air Talent: Sue O’Neal Aircheck Entry: 1,401 Comments: Aircheck recordings are of various quality. Most were direct recordings from the receiver patched over to a tape deck of some kind. Others are simply an incidental recording, where someone put a microphone in front of a radio speaker. This appears to be one of those recordings. WXLO is the same great 99X! At this point in 1978, the station sounds Rock-heavy. They are emphasizing ‘album cuts’, which, at the time, were a staple of crosstown Album Rock stations WPLJ and WNEW-FM. This was probably in an attempt to counter program against all the Disco-laden pop music flooding the charts and the airwaves...

John Zacherle, Halloween Special, WCBS-FM 101.1 New York | October 31, 1991

Date of Recording: 10.31.91 Station: 101.1 WCBS-FM New York, NY, USA Featured Air Talent: John Zacherle (09.26.1918 – 10.27.2016) (WCAU-TV, WABC-TV, WOR-TV, WPIX-TV, WNJU-TV, WNEW-FM, WXRK-FM, WCBS-FM). Elected into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia in 2010. Died on 10.27.2016 at age 98. Contributor: Ray Bozzanca Airchexx Entry: 433 (Repost at entry 1,450) (What does this mean? (1)) We interrupt this program because of a local weather emergency. This is NOT a test! Comments: With that statement and EBS tones, (at 38 minutes in) the whole tone of this FRIGHTFULLY GREAT aircheck is set in stone! This has to be the best Haloween special I’ve ever heard. WCBS-FM really did it up right, letting John Zacherle take over the hosting duties for a night of scary fun. Contributor Ray...

Steve York, 66 WNBC New York | April 23, 1983

1983 might be considered the year that 66 WNBC finally hit the post as a true Top 40 station. Nights were full of the hits of ’83, one of the top rated shows in New York, and the station was boasting Imus in the Morning and Howard Stern in the afternoon. Having witnessed the demise of WABC almost a year earlier, WNBC finally achieved what it couldn’t all throughout the 70s – ratings superiority over 77 WABC. In addition, while the programming was superb, the station switched to AM Stereo (the Khan system) and it sounded incredible even in mono! This era is largely forgotten by nearly everyone but its important to remember that while Z-100 launched in 1983, WNBC really took over for a time as THE Top 40 station in the Big Apple. Shortly before WHTZ came on the air, 7-Midni...

Mike Wade, 98.7 WXLO New York | August 22, 1979

Date of Recording: 08.22.1979 Station: 98.7 WXLO New York City, New York Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Featured Air Personalities: Mike Wade, Bobby Messina Airchexx Entry: 1,449 We’re here with YOUR songs… Comments: This was donated several years ago but better late than never, as they say. 99X is captured here during a period of time where we would describe the station as ‘winding down’ as a Top 40 station. WXLO was known for screaming, high energy DJ’s for most of the period from 1974-1978, with the music going from mainly hard rock hits in the beginning to more of a disco mix toward the end. Here in 1979, the station was transitioning to a more Adult Contemporary approach, as it would end up for the next two years before finally flipping to the emerging ...

Rick Stacy, WCBS-FM New York | August 25, 2007

This begins with Top-of-hour IDs from WWFS “Fresh 102.7” and “CD 101.9” before heading into today’s brutally hot weather forecast from CBS-FM. You then get treated to about 10 scoped minutes of a scoped 30 minutes of New York’s Greatest Hits.

First Show, Scott Shannon In The Morning – 95.5 WPLJ New York | April 11, 1991

Date of Recording: April 11, 1991 Station: 95.5 WPLJ New York City, New York Featured Air Talent: Michael Scott Shannon Contributor: Tony Impieri Date of Contribution: 8.05.16 Aircheck Entry: 1,424 Comments: “Smells like a ZOO in here!!” Kicking off what would turn out to be a 22 year run, Scott Shannon starts his first show on WPLJ nearly word-for-word how he started the first show on crosstown Z100 in 1983! It all goes downhill from there! This was the start of “Mojo Radio”, the imaging sounding bold and attempting to put a fresh face on WPLJ’s CHR format. In fact, one of the imaging liners says, “we apologize for the last seven years…”. Shannon attempts to blow up what he called radio station WIMP – WIMP RADIO. Try to appreciate the ...

Dan Taylor in the Morning, WCBS-FM 101.1 New York | July 26, 2007

It’s not often I get New York FM stations up here in Massachusetts, but this particular July morning we had a bit of a tropo opening along the east coast, giving me the opportunity to hear WCBS-FM for the first time ever from this location (It’s never been heard at this location due to a line of hills, and I’m at the bottom at about the lowest elevation in the area). Enough about my DX hobby. This is a unique aircheck for another reason. Dan Taylor is back at the helm of WCBS-FM’s morning show, after first relinquishing it to a Monkee (Mickey Dolenz), then the station flip to Jack-FM. Taylor sounds superb, even if the signal isn’t so good from about 200 miles away. This is the re-tooled WCBS-FM, playing “New York’s Greatest Hits”! I’ve ...

101.1 WCBS-FM Returns from Jack | July 12, 2007

When Dan Mason returned as President of CBS Radio in the Spring of 2007, the first thing he did was make it clear that many of the blunders of the past few years needed to be fixed. The “Free-FM” brand was slowly dissolved, leading to the return of K-Rock. San Francisco’s KFRC was relaunched on a new frequency just a few months after that station had dropped its heritage format. All that remained was dealing with that pesky Jack in New York. On July 12, 2007 at appropriately 1:01pm, Jack shifted over to 101.1’s HD-2 signal and made way for the return of a slightly modified WCBS-FM. Dan Taylor and Bob Shannon were brought back, but were joined by newcomers Broadway Bill Lee, Joe Causi and more 80’s music. This version is nearly 45 minutes long and includes a scoped last hour of Jack-FM and ...

WABC Rewound 2007 – Hour 12

It’s the final hour of Rewound ’07 and Cousin Bruce Morrow and the late Chuck Leonard do it for you from 1974!

WABC Rewound 2007 – Hour 11

The second half of Big Dan Ingram from 1975.

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