98.7 WOR-FM

QuickChexx: Rick Shaw, 98.7 WOR-FM New York | Winter, 1972

Rick Shaw is possibly best remembered for his days at 610 KFRC San Francisco. It is likely no coincidence that Shaw was on both stations, as KFRC and WOR-FM were co owned by RKO-General. This moves right along, and as short as this clip is, you get a feel for the radio station and for Rick Shaw’s talent as a Top 40 deejay. One could definitely look back and feel that Shaw was merely prepping for the essential part he would play in the late 70s and early 80s lineup at the enormous KFRC. Credits Airchexx.com gratefully acknowledges the contributions of Steve Bleecker in donating this high quality recording. Thanks also to Andy Kitchen and Henry Frick for their roles in bringing this wonderful recording to our archives, so that all may enjoy and remember how radio was, and how it should...

QuickChexx: Joe McCoy, 98.7 WOR-FM New York | Winter, 1972

Continuing where the Mark Driscoll aircheck left off, here’s former CBS-FM Programmer Joe McCoy doing his thing on WOR-FM! It’s a snowy Winter day in the Big Apple and Joe’s going to be giving away a top-10 album ‘very soon’ – don’t miss it! Credits Airchexx.com gratefully thanks Contributor Steve Bleecker for donating this high-quality aircheck to the archives. Mr. Bleecker in turn would like to thank Andy Kitchen for providing him with tape decks, reel to reel machines, etc., in order that he could master the tapes he sent in to us. And, finally, Steve Bleecker and Airchexx wish to thank Mr. Henry Frick, whose efforts in recording this aircheck and many others like it are ultimately the reason this recording is in our archive to begin with. Or, t...

Mark Driscoll, 98.7 WOR-FM New York | Winter, 1972

The legacy of New York’s 98.7 continues now with this late edition of WOR-FM featuring the pipes of Mark Driscoll. Listening to this, one might wonder why RKO General felt the need to change call letters. WOR-FM sounds here, much as WXLO sounded a year later, only with different jocks. Listen to the variety! While this is short, you’ll sample the playlist featuring songs from Paul Simon, The Four Tops, The Doors to even Led Zeppelin! What we wouldn’t give to hear a solid hour of this unscoped! Listening to this, its amazing that WABC didn’t have a much bigger ratings challenge earlier on in the 1970s. If this had been on WOR AM 710, perhaps WABC’s days as a Top 40 station would have ended much sooner than they did. Remember, this was 1972 – and FM wasn&#...

QuickChexx: Jimmy King, 98.7 WOR-FM New York | 1969

The audio in this exhibit isn’t the greatest, but this does give the listener a unique window into the modified Bill Drake sound of RKO General’s WOR-FM. Tightly formatted and with a consistent sound throughout all dayparts, WOR-FM was the sound of Drake in New York City. Up for constant speculation over the years is the question of why this format wasn’t tried on 710 AM, and Drake not pit against format monster WABC. Perhaps WABC’s absolute lock on the number one position was so profoundly solid that RKO simply decided not to try, but to experiment with 98.7. All that makes for great discussion, which we hope our listeners will do, below. One thing is certain. RKO’s formula for making hit radio stations was indeed obvious upon the re-launch of 98.7 as WXLO, &...

Composite: 98.7 WOR-FM New York | April & August, 1967

Another goodie sent in by Contributor Robyn Watts, here’s a short, somewhat muddy but listenable recording of WOR-FM as it sounded in the Spring & Summer of 1967. This features a number of people including Newsman Ted Malley reporting WOR-FM News, Murray the K (who announces that WOR-FM is doing block programming, with at different theme each hour) and the great Scott Muni finishing out. There are a few voices we can’t identify and hopefully someone in our listening audience knows who they are. Airchexx has the BEST listeners on the web.. and they can always identify parts of these recordings that we miss! By the way, you are treated to a smorgasbord of WOR-FM jingles!

Tony Taylor, 98.7 WOR-FM New York | 1969

From the generocity of Contributor Karl Philips, here’s Tony Taylor (WQXI Atlanta) on the old WOR-FM. Lots of Bill Drake and the format that was slightly modified (well, the jingles were) to reflect the New York “Big Town Sound”. Still, it’s tempting to hear ’93 KHJ’ in your head when these jingles play! Remember this was Drake’s answer to ABC’s “All Americans” on 77 WABC. And while this sounds fantastic, remember that this is New York and nobody, not even Bill Drake, was going to beat WABC… although RKO didn’t know that then and they sure tried! WOR-FM had two eras as an independent FM station: First, as one of New York City’s first Progressive Rock stations, then a Bill Drake – consulted Top 40 station. T...

Tommy Edwards, WOR-FM 98.7 New York | 1971

Tommy Edwards, who would later appear at WLS Chicago, is heard on this very high-quality QuickCheck of the old WOR-FM 98.7! Courtesy of Paul Ford, this is a short, choppy scope of WOR-FM which includes jingles, but not much else for elements. You hear a bit of Tommy Edwards doing the format but that’s really just about it. Still, its a good history lesson from the dawn of FM Top 40 – 1971!

Mark Driscoll, 98.7 WOR-FM New York | April 5, 1971

Like so many other recordings of WOR-FM, this one suffers from tape age. Still, it’s good enough to hear Mark Driscoll and the Boss sound of Bill Drake’s handiwork in New York. This was his first try at the “Boss Radio” sound both on the East Coast and on FM. WOR-FM would morph into a more straight ahead, “Q”-type Top 40 format in another year as WXLO “99X”, but at this point its still all Drake Top 40 with the trademarked jingles, et al. Or, perhaps I should say ad-nauseum. There’s a jingle after each element. Regardless of how much of a fan you were of WOR-FM, it remains an important part of New York radio history. A station that anywhere else would have become a big success, but here, smothered by 77 WABC, as was nearly every other s...

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