96.9 WFFM

Jerry Kristafer, 96.9 WFFM “FM 97” Braddock (Pittsburgh) PA | February, 1981

From Contributor Robyn Watts, here’s our first aircheck of Jerry Kristopher (WKCI, WDRC-FM), and he’s not in the Hartford, Connecticut market! In a sense, this is sort of a boring aircheck. FM 97, not much of a slogan in and of itself, is solidly an Adult Contemporary station. Perhaps the station was trying to find its way. In 1981, FM was just coming into its own and many stations didn’t quite know which way to go formatically. Those which didn’t go CHR or Country or AOR were lost in the shuffle for a time. Perhaps this is what happened to WFFM. The station has been gone for so long, there’s not even an original logo scan out there anywhere. Today, it’s Variety Hits 96.9 “Bob-FM”. After all, who needs disc jockeys? Aircheck #1,252 since May ...

96.9 WFFM Pittsburgh PA “Promotional Demo” | 1980

We begin the all-new Tom Lacko collection with this sales demo tape of WFFM Pittsburgh. Cut from a monaural studio reel (or cart), this tape gives a comprehensive look at the WFFM broadcast day, circa 1980. For those who never actually worked in radio, a tape like this is something salespeople could take to prospective advertisers to give them an idea of what the station sounded like. Most radio stations that were well programmed made an official demo for the sales department – or, sometimes it was good enough to win a trade magazine award (can anyone say GAVIN?) Listen to WFFM and see if this wasn’t a station you would have listened to. The station is known today as WRRK – “Bob-FM” (apparently Jack’s brother…)

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