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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...

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...

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. ...

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 ...

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...

Imus In The Morning – Last Day on 66 WNBC New York | 1988

Don Imus… love him or hate him, he’s sure been around a long time. After WNBC was a long-standing Morning gig at SportsRadio 66 WFAN (that made HOW many years on one frequency?), then to onetime rival 77 WABC, where Imus has been since 2007. In this particular aircheck, you’ll hear the I-man clearly state that he’s not doing a final show… because, after all, tomorrow morning he’ll be right back on the same frequency at the same time period, “so, what’s the point?” Lots of great memories here, from a time just hours away from the most profitable format New York had seen in years – SportsRadio 66 WFAN!

Wolfman Jack sits in with Murray the K, 66 WNBC | August 1973

Originally posted in November 2007, two legendary personalities share the mic from an era when those heard between the records were every bit as important as the music. WNBC was in a period where it tried competing with crosstown WABC, with its own psudeo-top 40 format, but still with so much network programming on the air, a throwback to the WEAF days before television, never could get close to the success of the great MusicRadio 77. Still, there were some shining moments. Here’s one.

Dan Taylor and the WNBC “Time Machine” | September 12, 1987

Its been said that nobody could imitate WABC’s Dan Ingram. If anyone could get close, though, Dan Taylor could. VERY close! In this edition of the WNBC Time Machine, Larry Scott opens with News On The Hour featuring some interesting stories about people long gone now. Terri Raskin reports WNBC Traffic & Transit, then there’s WNBC Instant Weather from the National Weather Service. Then, there’s the Classic Hits of the 60s with Dan Taylor! Now, everything you hear, from the way the jingles are positioned to the drop-ins and Taylor’s sense of humor might not have intentionally mimicked Big Dan Ingram, but its an uncanny coincidence if not! In some ways, Dan Taylor does Ingram BETTER! No wonder Taylor was picked as WCBS-FM’s morning man for a couple of years ...

Big Jay Sorensen on the Time Machine: 66 WNBC New York: Summer 1988

Update: Re-issued on March 16, 2015. Dan Taylor (mentioned here) can be heard today on 101.1 WCBS-FM New York, middays right after Scott Shannon in the morning. Perhaps one of the most popular features of WNBC during its final years on the air was the Time Machine. Overnights & Weekends were definitely a special time, as WNBC recreated the sound of its 60s and 70s crosstown rival, WABC. In your humble webmaster’s opinion, WNBC actually did a better job with the old format than WABC did originally, if that’s even possible. While an assortment of big named jocks like Dan Taylor were often a feature of the Time Machine, Big Jay Sorensen (who became legendary from this program!) is heard on this 11 minute scope of pure heaven. Included: a full newscast and a great Record Pig f...

Labor Day Weekend Special: The Time Machine Top 66 of All Time, 66 WNBC New York | September 6, 1987; 5:06-6:35 PM

Here’s the Sunday, September 6 broadcast of the WNBC Time Machine with Dan Taylor, Larry Scott – News, and then JACK Scott with more music after the 2nd newscast here on what turned out to be a great weekend of fun with the Top 66 Songs Labor Day Countdown. Remember, this aircheck is TELESCOPED, to comply with applicable United States Copyright Law. Listen for a few notable mentions: A Dan Ingram-voiced commercial for a K-Tel record (listen for it), Live Promos for Dave Sims “Sportsnite” and Imus In The Morning. Dan Taylor plays “Hi-Low” for cash and mentions he’ll be in for Alan Colmes on ‘tomorrow’s’ show (which is our clue that this is Sunday’s show). Larry Scott does two full newscasts, so you can get a feel for whatR...

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

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 in ’74, WNBC began to transform itself into a modern top 40 station. But, it wasn’t quite enough. To even think about competing with Top 40 ratings giant WABC, NBC brass decided to flip the station to a less-talk, more music app...

Imus in the Morning – 66 WNBC New York | August 25, 1977

The Don Imus people are familiar with on WABC these days really bears no resemblance to a stoned Rock and Roller who went by Imus in the Morning on WNBC in the middle of the Top 40 era at 30 Rock in New York City. Courtesy of our good friend Matt @ Big Apple Airchecks, we hear Imus on top of his game! Included: complete newscasts from Sam Hall and Charles McCord, several complete stopsets (for the historic commercials, y’know), a few scoped songs for copyright protection, and a subuded, stoned-sounding, southern drawled Don Imus. Even if you loathe Imus’ show today, You’ll enjoy this. Trust me. Courtesy of…

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