Date of Recording: May 28, 1973 Station: 1320 WKTQ Pittsburgh Featured Air Talent: Marco Polo Contributor: Robyn Watts Aircheck Entry: 1,413 Comments: How many stations used an approach similar to this one in the early to mid 70s? WKTQ is branded here as The New 13Q. “Don’t Say Hello, say I Listen to the New Sound of 13Q”. And if you do, you win MONEY! Well, yes. One can compare this to WAVZ New Haven around the same time and hear a nearly identical approach. The jock is Marco Polo, although we don’t know his real name… or maybe that IS his real name! This is 5 minutes long but the quality is so good you’ll think you’re hearing it for the first time on a widebanded receiver!
Contributor Rob Grayson is understandably proud to say he was part of Cecil Heftel’s WKTQ Pittsburgh. Known as 13Q, a Top 40 powerhouse created by Buzz Bennett, this station was a major force in the market through much of the 1970s. Here’s what the airstaff of 13Q looked like during the station’s golden years. (Courtesy of Jeff Roteman’s 13Q Tribute website) This is so tightly scoped down you have to listen closely or you’ll miss something. You have to admit, from what you hear of the playlist, 13Q was a real Rocker! From Abba to Kansas and everything in between, the station was exciting to listen to! Here’s a lesson in how to do Top 40 radio the right way!
Here’s a long-awaited aircheck from Contributor Tom Lacko. One of our earlier contributors, Tom sent this in back in 2003. Don “Cox on the Radio” Cox and Ray Zoeller obviously had the teen audience glued to 13Q! At the time of this aircheck, 13Q was #2 in the Pittsburgh market, right under 50kw blowtorch KDKA, and with an inferior signal and no jingles or much in the way of imaging, the station with its super high-energy jocks and an assortment of early disco records made its mark on Pittsburgh listeners. The audio on this can be a bit tough to listen to, but if you can get by the occasional static, its well worth your 22 1/2 minutes. This is a scoped presentation, but the unscoped version provided to us on CD runs over an hour in length!