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Composite: New York City Morning Drive | December 21-27, 1974

Here’s a little bit of everything morning drive had to offer in NYC. It starts with Imus in the Morning on WNBC, then moves right along going back and forth between NBC, Ron Lundy on WABC (10-11 am) and Lee Douglas on WXLO 99X FM. There’s a few snippets of other things in here too. Sent in among the rest of Frank Davis’ collection box, this composite caught us by surprise. There’s more to come from this tape so stay tuned.

Don K. Reed, “The Do-Wop Shop”, WCBS-FM 101.1 New York | February 5, 1989

Courtesy of Contributor Frank Davis. Looking back, its amazing that one of the most popular programs in the history of the legendary CBS-FM was cancelled in 2002. But, considering the plans being formulated in the formerly smoke filled upper rooms of CBS Corporate brass for the future of WCBS-FM, its understandable. The first incarnation of Saturday night Oldies with Do-Wop music occurred in 1969 on WCBS-FM. It was shortly moved to WPIX-FM as WCBS-FM was in the middle of it’s “Young Sound” format. The show would return to 101.1 FM in 1975 and would remain as a staple of WCBS-FM programming until its abrupt cancellation in 2002. The program host who held that position the longest was Don K. Reed. The Do-Wop Shop was a one of a kind program, with it’s own, Do-Wop styl...

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...

Les Davis, 1560 WQEW New York | October 15, 1998

After the demise of Big Band and Standards on the old WNEW AM “Eleven Three Oh”, a group of jocks approached the ownership of Classical WQXR about starting up a Standards format to fill the void left by WNEW. What happened next was a wonderful warm station with glowing personalities and a format that to some degree was even better than what MetroMedia had developed at WNEW. WQXR-AM soon became WQEW and for many years, it WAS the de-facto industry standard by which all ‘Standards’ formats were judged. Here’s a 41 minute recording of the Les Davis show on WQEW. Listen for a promo for the upcoming Batt Johnson show. You’ll hear some fading, as this was likely recorded in the evening hours some distance from New York City. Courtesy of early Contributor Joe T...

Margaret Jones, 97 WYNY New York | Autumn 1979

Contributor Ray Bozzanca was one of many fans of the late Margaret Jones, as evidenced by this letter sent by her in response to our contributor’s writing to her. Ray wrote: Attached is the letter Margaret sent to me along with her signed photo from 1979.I spoke to Margaret on the phone while she was in the WYNY studio and was just as pleasant sounding on the phone as she was on the air. Margaret Jones was one of those few unique (for 1979) women in radio who had both the perfect voice and an incredibly warm and inviting personality. In your webmaster’s humble opinion, she was a perfect fit for the gold-based AC format that WYNY featured at the time. She passed away on July 21, 2009. The Dover Post (Delaware) printed a beautiful obituary for her which you can read by clicking h...

Dan Ingram, WCBS-FM 101.1 New York | September 8, 2002: 1 – 3 PM

…”I guess in Hawaii they believe in sex. I know I do! (laughter) Sent in by Contributor Ray Bozzanca (who gave us more Dan Ingram than probably anybody else), here’s one that’s been awaiting posting here on Airchexx for a couple of years. Dan Ingram is synonymous with Top 40 Radio. In fact, he’s considered perhaps the best Top 40 deejay ever, a fact mentioned in Wikipedia (We didn’t have Wikipedia back in 2002 when this site launched.. how ironic!). Recorded only four months after Airchexx came into being, this was one of Ingram’s better shows of the period. Big Dan would retire from WCBS-FM and radio for good (with occasional apperances on WABC’s later Saturday Night Oldies Show with Mark Simone, and a couple of WABC Rewound programs before ...

Dan Ingram, 77 WABC New York | January 2, 1968

Dan Ingram’s afternoon show, January 1968. Big Dan’s counting down the WABC All-American survey – out of order, as usual. The number one song this week is The Beatles – Hello, Goodbye. Something about WABC in 1968, always an exciting station, but there was something dark about it. Perhaps the Vietnam war and the whole aura that surrounded American society at the time. Certainly, WABC was the soundtrack of America in 1968. It was a time when WABC was at the height of its popularity. It’s the 50th Anniversary of WABC flipping to Top 40 full time, December 7th, 1960. And this is the 3rd aircheck in a series commemorating this landmark day on what was considered to be the most important Top 40 station in American history. Thanks again to Big Apple Airchecks for th...

Gregg Thunder, 97.1 WQHT “Hot 97” New York | Summer, 1989

It’s been a long while since we visited the fabulously enormous Robyn Watts collection! This is technically un-dated, however based upon the music and one sweeper we believe it to be from June or July 1989. Our visitors are very good guessers, I’m sure this mystery will be solved rather soon. 🙂 Gregg Thunder is an amazing jock here, with one of the highest-energy presentations we’ve heard in a long time! Hot 97 never had jingles, but the production elements were and still are top-notch! Rhythmic CHR done this way is a format others can only try to duplicate (and there are many copies, but only ONE Hot 97!)!!!

Jere Sullivan, 97.1 WYNY New York | 1980

Courtesy of Contributor Ray Bozzanca we have another classic from the old “New York 97” WYNY from it’s AC format at 97.1. There’s really no way to tell what the exact date is, but we know it’s from 1980. In sending this along, Ray had just written to describe what he recorded his airchecks on: Back in 1972 when I was still in high school,I bought a Dynaco FM 5 tuner kit form to do tape recordings from that time period.It had a fantastic sound being the fuss pot I was about audio quality back then.I had the choice of the AF 6 which was out by dynaco which was AM/FM.

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!

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