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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...

Dan Taylor; Weekend Time Machine, 66 WNBC New York | September 12, 1987

Frank Davis sent us a lot of WNBC Time Machine recordings. Enough so that we might end up with the world’s largest collection of WNBC’s Weekend Time Machine! By 1987, Oldies had become the biggest music format on WNBC. Contemporary music by this time was confined to The Imus in the Morning Program. Ray Dariano had midday Oldies, and Alan Colmes had a mostly talk and variety program afternoons. There was still Sportsnight every evening, and the Overnight Time Machine occupied the 12 Midnight to 5:30 block weekdays. Beginning in January of ’87, The Time Machine expanded from weekday Overnights to include Weekends and Holidays. Somehow, WNBC always managed to have the best talent for all of its programs. The Oldies jocks were the best in the business and all moved on to othe...

Dan Taylor, the Weekend Time Machine, 66 WNBC New York | December 26, 1987

The WNBC ‘Time Machine’ is on the air! Here’s Dan Taylor (WHN, WYNY, WCBS-FM) with one of NBC’s most popular features at the end of it’s life on 660 AM – The Time Machine! This was a great recreation of 1960s WABC right down to the PAMS jingles, resung for WNBC. Who said music was dead on AM?!! This is 1987, with only about 9 months to go before WNBC would be deleted and along with it, one of the most colorful station legacies in broadcasting history. Runs 9+ minutes, scoped. Courtesy of Contributor Neal Bowden.

Cousin Bruce Morrow, 77 WABC New York | 1968

Fairly short and scoped, this is a glimpse into the evening show heard at WABC during the late 1960s. Bruce Morrow was very unique in his approach, and one that won over the hearts of millions. Morrow is one of a kind, a person who has the ability to reach out and touch his audience in a very personal way. This comes through clearly in this 15 minute recording. Program highlights: This starts with Cousin Brucie thanking his sponsor for the past half hour. A unique aspect of Morrow’s WABC show was that he had sponsored segments. This goes into a News sounder and the first few seconds into ABC news. Later, there will be a full newscast featuring the ABC Contemporary Network, and WABC local news. Then something interesting… a record report – from a DIFFERENT RADIO STATION! T...

Dan Ingram, MusicRadio 77 WABC New York | April 10, 1979

From Contributor Frank Davis comes this unique ‘almost disco’ recording of MusicRadio 77 from April 10, 1979. Legend has it that WABC went Disco for one week. Well, first off, we’re not entirely sure of which week in ’79 that was, or if it was exactly one week or longer. One thing is for certain, this recording from the second week of April features nearly ALL disco music, with the exception of “Baker Street” One can compare this aircheck with one entitled the “Massacre of 1979” – the day that then PD Al Brady fired a number of staple WABC jocks and moved Dan Ingram to Mornings. That occurred later in 1979, December 21 to be exact. Ingram is still his happy, slapstick self. The “Word of the Day” is ‘cordweiner’&#...

Joey Reynolds, 66 WNBC New York | January 7 – 11, 1974

Courtesy of Contributor Frank Davis… This audio came in on an old generic brand C90 Cassette. Apparently transferred from the source reel, this took a bit of processing to bring back to life, speeding up the audio to what now sounds close to normal. Still, there are dropouts, and because this was recorded at night, there is the normal fading that occurs on the AM band after dark. Despite white noise and tape hiss, this is unmistakably Joey Reynolds, filling in here for Wolfman Jack. Honestly, your webmaster didn’t know Reynolds had been at NBC prior to his Afternoon Drive show in 1985-86, but this is proof that he was indeed there, at least on a fill-in basis. This aircheck reveals a few things about WNBC in ’74. First, this appears to be the most haphazard format I’...

Jim Collins, The “Time Machine”; 66 WNBC New York | September 5, 1987 8:50-10:20 AM

Our first aircheck from new contributor Frank Davis just happens to be the first tape I pulled from the top of the box – Frank sent hundreds of tapes, and we’ll be pulling from this collection for years to come. Join us now as we head back in time through the magic of Maxell UDS-II Chrome tape to 1987. It’s Labor Day weekend and WNBC, in it’s final year on the air (though they don’t know it yet) is in the middle of an extended “Time Machine” weekend. The station is counting down the top 66 hits of the 60s. This starts at #29 and runs through #17. While scoped, this still runs 43 minutes, through two beach reports and two full newscasts, including both local and NBC Network news. Lots of 1987 commercials, reverb and PAMS jingles, resung for WNBC, to...

WMXV New York Stunts as “Arrow 105.1” – Part 2 | April 1, 1994

Part 2 of WMXV’s April Fools’ Day stunt as “Arrow 105.1” – the format was launching all over the place in the Spring of ’94. WMXV simply decided to jump on the bandwagon – for one day!.

“Starsky & Hutch”, WMXV New York Stunts as “Arrow 105.1” | April 1, 1994

Done as an April Fools’ joke, WMXV produces an entire format – Arrow 105.1, an all-70s format compete with beds from popular TV shows and a re-branded morning show as ‘Starsky & Hutch’ from a popular TV show of the same name. The “Arrow” format had, by this time, launched in DC with Arrow 94.7 as the first Arrow station, a narrowcasted 1970s-only format. I don’t know what happened the day AFTER this stunt, but some listeners can surely fill us in!

Vic Latino & the Top 8 at 8, WKTU 103-5 “The Beat of New York” | June 25, 2002

This starts out in a commercial break, but after that it’s ALL Vic Latino! At the time of this aircheck, WKTU’s Dance incarnation at 103.5 FM was one of the top stations in New York City, a far cry from several years earlier, when 103.5 was home to the Country version of WYNY – a great sounding, but struggling radio station. Not to confuse out of town visitors, THIS WKTU is not the same radio station as the one which beat WABC for the first time in 1979, that was 92.3 WKTU, a Disco station which went mainstream CHR in the 80s before flipping to Alternative Rock as WXRK, and subsequently becoming the home for Howard Stern’s morning show. With 103.5 KTU, the call letters came full circle, as the station was intended to resurrect the legacy of the original Disco statio...

Charlie Cook, 1050 WHN New York | November 7, 1977

Charlie Cook is heard holding down the overnight on the old 1050 WHN, Running 30 minutes, scoped, you get the feel of how “New York’s Country Station” sounded in the second half of the 1970s. Notice what Country songs were being played. Much different than the fare being heard in the 80s, just a few years into the future. There was also an obvious lack of commercial content on WHN overnight, except some live reads. As the aircheck moves along, there is a bit more content, Cook is doing some sports updates and promoting upcoming music – all important to note, since along with open request lines, this is proof of a time long before voice-tracking. And, of course, its all in glorious AM! You can hear a station composite done by Billboard ™ Magazine from May of 19...

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