WPIX blew through several different formats in the 80s, before finally ditching the WPIX call letters and settling on Smooth Jazz. Towards the end, it was a soft AC station. This is a perfect example of what SOFT AC really was. Very few stations go this soft today. Owned and operated by Tribune Broadcasting, the WPIX calls now reside only on the TV side.
Here’s Tim Byrd, with a fantastic set of pipes! WPIX went through a series of format tweaks and changes in the 10 year period from 1975-1985, and here, it’s very AC, with the likes of Lionel Ritchie and Billy Joel in tight rotation, mixed in with 70s AC hits. Not exactly the Top 40 station Howard Hoffman was once heard on in the 70s. This really is a great aircheck for a number of reasons. First, it exhibits a mainstream AC station which was so common around the US and Canada during this time. Second, this features two full newscasts and full-length commercials as important historic events in the Big Apple. Thanks again to Matt @ Big Apple Airchecks for this one!
From New Contributor Stewart Tick, here’s an early 70s show that became a classic and was the genesis for WCBS-FM’s “Do Wop Shop” which ran for nearly 30 years on 101.1. Writes Stewart Tick: l vocal groups, and featuring many of the more obscure and offbeat doo-wop records that had been played by DJs like Alan Freed and Alan Fredericks in the New York area. (I suppose this was probably mostly an attempt to provide an alternative to the national Billboard-chart Top 40 oldies that WOR-FM was playing in their regular format then.) In ’71, Gossert switched to WPIX-FM and expanded his show to Saturday night as well as Sunday. His mellow and laid-back “FM rock DJ” approach contrated sharply with the Top 40 format of WPIX at that time. Then in early ̵...
Restored from a muddy cassette recorded on New Year’s Day, 1973, here’s Jim Horne doing a countdown of the top ten songs from the previous year 1972. Its surprising that this tape held up at all over the years, but it was stored in a good place by contributor Frank Davis.
Recorded on a Sunday morning, here’s Carl Ross and a 15 minute scope of what was a very sleepy AC station. 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. As written elsewhere, WPIX-FM eventually would go in different directions, including Smooth Jazz, finally settling on the current Rock format after ditching the heritage call letters (currently WRXP).