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95.5 WPLJ

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...

Tony Pigg, 95.5 WPLJ New York City | September 2, 1977

Recording Date: 09.02.1977 Station: 95.5 WPLJ (WABC-FM) New York (Wikipedia) (Website) Format: Album Oriented Rock (AOR) Branded: “New York’s Best Rock” Ownership: (Then) American Broadcasting Company (ABC) / (Now) Cumulus Media (Website) Featured Air Personality: Tony Pigg Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks #1,571             It’s Tony Pigg at W P L J… and this is vintage Steve Miller Curator’s Notes: Well, the jocks could say pretty much what they want within the constraints of WPLJ’s album rock format, but Tony Pigg really plays it straight in this 15 minute ‘scoped aircheck (The unscoped version runs 1 hour 20 minutes!). Tony Pigg, I’m told but can’t verify, was at the station from it’s very b...

Rich Kaminsky, 95.5 WPLJ New York City | April 10, 1999

Recording Date: 04.10.1999 Station: 95.5 WPLJ (WABC-FM/WWPR) New York City (Wikipedia) (Website) Format: Hot Adult Contemporary (Hot AC) Branded: New York’s Hit Music Station! Ownership: (Now) Cumulus Media Featured Air Personality: Rich Kaminski (WPLJ/WLTW) Contributor: Anonymous #1,570 You know what this song means? (Livin La Vida Loca?)… Living the crazy life! Curator’s Notes: By the time of this recording, WPLJ was firmly established as a Hot AC, with a playlist that was big on uptempo pop hits, and some lighter Rock hits… but no Rap. That’s the setup for our first aircheck of Rich Kaminski. He sounds GOOD doing the WPLJ format. One note about airchecks made from the late 90s to present is, there are long music sweeps with produced liners and sweepers and ...

Sky Walker, 95.5 WPLJ ‘Power 95’ New York | August 28, 1990

Date of Recording: 08.28.1990 Station: 95.5 WPLJ New York Format: HotAC Ownership: ABC Featured Air Personality: Sky Walker Original Post Date: 04.11.2010 Original Comments: In this all-too-short QuickCheck, Sky Walker runs a TIGHT board, playing the hits of the day in the CHR incarnation of WPLJ. It wouldn’t be long before the station would morph into a HotAc station, but here, it’s all Top 40!

Program Director Larry Berger Explains New Format, WPLJ New York | July 1983

Those who’ve been in the radio industry for a long time probably remember the day WPLJ flipped from Rock to CHR. Many even remember former WPLJ jock Carol Miller’s comments to a trade publication of the day (which escapes your webmaster at the moment) saying that WPLJ wanted to switch formats while on top – it WAS the top rated AOR formatted station of the day. “Lets Hear It” was a forum in which Program Director Larry Berger could talk to the audience and get a feel for what they were thinking about WPLJ at the time. What station would do that today? Back in 1983, Berger used this forum to explain the impending format change to CHR, and why the station was going in that direction. Whether this was the real reason or not, he sure made the case that WPLJ needed...

QuickCheck: Wendy Williams, WPLJ Power 95 New York | October, 1989

Date of Reissue: 10.18.2017 Station: 95.5 WPLJ (WABC-FM) New York, New York, USA Format: CHR Featured Air Personality: Wendy Williams Contributor: Robyn Watts Original Post Date: October 30, 2007 Airchexx Entry: 653 Curator’s Notes: The writeup of this aircheck was written just about ten years ago to the day, and Wendy Williams’ television career (and Sirius/XM) is doing very well. Below are the original comments from 2007: —————————————————————— Seven years into a CHR war that WPLJ was losing to ratings giant WHTZ, the station leans Rhythmic and Wendy Williams is one of the stars that make up a talented airstaff. That’s what you hear on this...

The Big Montage, 95.5 WPLJ New York | 1978

One of our most popular attractions has to be this fabulous montage put together and aired by Pat St. John. It’s been remastered and put to CD now – and we have it for you in it’s entirety. Courtesy of BigAppleAirchecks. If you enjoy airchecks, PLEASE SUPPORT THIS SITE. Joining is optional, but this intends to redirect to another part of the site which will feature UNSCOPED airchecks. Your donations will pay the royalty fees. The way it works is, I can show ASCAP/BMI exactly how many listeners donate or pay on airchexx. I want you all to know that this is STRICTLY VOLUNTARY. Its intended to let interested loyal visitors pay back without worrying about the station. You all may listen to every aircheck on the website right now. That will NEVER change. Joining Airchexx down ...

Chris Marino, The 4th of July Non-Stop Party Weekend, 95.5 WPLJ New York | July 4, 1996

Date of Recording: 07.04.1996 Station: 95.5 WPLJ New York City, New York, USA Format: Hot Adult Contemporary (HotAC) Featured Air Personality: Chris Marino Contributor: Anonymous Comments: Here is a recording featuring the current Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia of the Hudson Valley (as of this writing). Chris Marino sounds GOOD in context on this, the early Hot Adult Contemporary version of 95.5 WPLJ. The songs heard as currents and recurrents in rotation at WPLJ in 1996 read like a modern Classic Hits station. This would fit well on today’s version of crosstown WCBS-FM 101.1! A bit of station history: WPLJ is one of those stations that’s just… there. Once WABC-FM in the 60s, WPLJ evolved into an early AOR and stayed there until late 1983 when it slo...

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 ...

Scott & Todd, 95.5 WPLJ New York | October 7, 1992

10/7/92 happens to be a Wednesday… a fact Scott Shannon points out right at the beginning of this high quality aircheck donated by Robyn Watts from her collection of tapes from California Aircheck. This one is from tape #152. We’ll give a plug to CA a bit further down by their request. The current WCBS-FM Morning man sounds a bit different on this tape than his more recent stuff. Part of that could be, first, that the tape is just a TAD slow. It makes all the difference sometimes, and with this temporary setup here at Airchexx, I can’t use all the tools at my disposal to fix the pitch without crashing this laptop. We will fix sometime down the road. Second, notice how Scott Shannon’s voice is good and strong here. Scott must be showing his age a bit these days, he s...

Jim Kerr, Morning Drive, WPLJ “Power 95” New York | November 1987

Another step in the evolution of WPLJ 95.5, at the time of this aircheck known as “Power 95”. For a time, ABC corporate actually changed the calls to WWPR, but it’s still ‘PLJ here. Notice the “WPLJ New York” Legal buried in a stopset. Jim Kerr is a capable morning jock, and this, thankfully, is still a time before high-powered morning shows with foul language and sexual innuendos. Kerr is entertaining and this is very much a music-oriented morning show. We’re sure you’ll enjoy hearing about the events of the day – two full newscasts are included along with New York City commercials of the day. This is in INCREDIBLE, STUDIO QUALITY…. It sounds good enough to have come right off the board, but we know this is off a perfectly tuned ...

Scott & Todd, “The Big Show”, 95.5 WPLJ New York | February 9, 1991

From just their “second week workin’ together”, Scott Shannon and Todd Pettingill put on a hilarious morning show! The pairing that lasted almost 22 years here shows us why. This scope starts us off right in the middle of a talk break. Its sometime before 8:00 and the chemistry between our two hosts and the whole morning cast is evident right from the start. In the second break, John Gray is introduced as their special guest. Gray is the author of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”, and our morning duo does a great interview. Its apparent that the interview is for Gray’s upcoming show at the Gershwin Theater. David Bowie is in New York to do a show this particular evening (so, perhaps this was a Friday night?) We get a full newscast from Naomi DeC...

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