The WNBC Time Machine

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 ...

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...

Jack Scott, 66 WNBC “Time Machine” | April 18, 1988 – Pt. 2

More Jack Scott, Instant Requests, transit & traffic reports, NBC News and the Classic Hits of the 60s on WNBC! This was recorded between 11:05-1148am on 4/18/88.

Jack Scott, 66 WNBC “Time Machine” | April 17, 1988 – Part 1

Here’s another in our series of WNBC “Time Machine” airchecks. Jack Scott was another of the Weekend Time Machine jocks, one who stayed nearly till the end of WNBC’s run as a radio station. The Time Machine was all 1960s, and given that the ’60s were only 20 years ago in 1988, this was the ‘money demo’. We’ve often commented that WNBC did a better job with the WABC ’60s format than ABC did, and here’s another recording that proves our point. Everything in this format was streamlined, yet personality based. And these jocks didn’t disappoint! The Time Machine format dovetailed nicely into the rest of WNBC’s potpourri of programming. WNBC had something for everybody – from Rock to Talk, Imus in the Morning when Mr. ...

Jim Collins, The Time Machine; 66 WNBC New York | September 6, 1987 11:00 am – 12 pm

Back to Contributor Frank Davis for an awesome hour of the WNBC Time Machine with the late Jim Collins. This features two full newscasts, one with NBC Network News, and two full sportscasts. Posted out-of-order once again, this is the early edition of the Top 66 of the 1960s, as the countdown would run, then repeat all weekend long.

Jim Collins, The Time Machine; 66 WNBC New York | 1987

Here’s an ultra-short scope of the late Jim Collins on an undated 1987 edition of the WNBC Time Machine!

Jack Scott, The Time Machine; 66 WNBC New York | September 6, 1987 7:30-8:30 PM

It’s more Time Machine more often! Here’s another segment of the Top 66 of the 1960s countdown with Jack Scott. This one sounds a little slow (which means the source tape was recorded a little bit faster than normal). So, yes, Jack Scott’s voice seems an octive lower (It’s not). There are more great PAMS re-sings, and true to the format, they happen after every record!

Jack Scott, Dan Taylor, The Time Machine; 66 WNBC New York | September 5, 1987 1:50-3:20 pm

Jack Scott and Larry Scott? Brothers? Or just brothers in air-names? Well, either way, here’s a talented radio performer who effortlessly rolls back the years to the 1960s. It’s Labor Day Weekend and this is the Top 66 of the 1960s countdown (part 1), which we’re posting out of order, as we find the tapes. You’ll hear the Jack Scott program for 2/3rds of this, then WNBC News, then Dan Taylor pick up where Jack Scott leaves off. Where else in radio could you hear an OLDIES show where the radio station itself sounds like a 1960s Top 40 station? Its a concept that your webmaster believes is what’s missing in today’s radio with it’s generic ‘oldies, er, “Classic Hits” stations, but I digress… Full newscasts, sports, weather, boa...

Larry Scott; The Time Machine, 66 WNBC New York | September 6, 1987 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Larry Scott’s got the perfect radio ‘voice’, don’t you think? Every Time Machine program, WNBC seems to be airing a new, different PAMS jingle. Some are used frequently, such as the Chime jingle and the “Oh, the Weather’s On…” Jingle. Others seem to come out of nowhere. WABC in the 1960s ran hundreds of jingles from numerous packages in any given day even though at certain time periods they were promoting a certain set… the Music POW POW POWER! jingle set comes to mind in the late 60s – WABC aired the core POWER jingles, but the jocks frequently added other cuts from the different packages over the years. True to history, WNBC seemingly did the same thing. But one thing stayed the same, program after program for many years: The WN...

The Real Bob James, “The Time Machine”; 66 WNBC New York | June 9, 1988

From Frank Davis… Only a few months away from deletion, the WNBC Time Machine is still going strong. We join this aircheck inside a commercial break that ends with the news, then the NBC chime-Legal ID… which is a station promo/ID combo. The promo is for “The Rock & Roll Oldies Show” with Dick Bartley. The Top Hour promo/ID rotated with different promos each hour. This is something that WNBC had been doing for many years and always helped to make the station sound huge. There was one thing your webmaster noticed in the final two years with WNBC’s Time Machine – in many ways, they did the WABC music format of the 60s better than WABC did! From the reverb to the jingles to the jocks, everything flowed like a well oiled machine. There was more exciteme...

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