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Composite: 1460 WAXC Rochester | 1974

Date of Recording: 1974 (exact date unknown) Station: 1460 WAXC Rochester, New York Featured Air Talent: Robert Craig Savage, Tom Birch, The Greaseman, Larry White Contributor: Steve Bleecker Date of Contribution: 08.09.2016 Aircheck Entry: 1,431 Comments: “That record is a thing of beauty, that oughtta be made out of sterling silver instead of black plastic” Here’s a great example of a relatively low powered, Medium Market city station that dared to be GREAT! This starts out with Morning Man Robert Craig Savage and then moves through the broadcast day, albeit a bit choppy, but we’ve cleaned up the breaks a bit. Indeed, how could a little AM station in 1974 sound this good? The audio is clean, so clean, in fact, it sounds as if it came from the studio skimmer machin...

Tom Birch, 1460 WAXC Rochester | February 14, 1974

1974 was a VERY long time ago – in radio years it’s an eternity! Listening to Tom Birch and his SCREAMING upbeat show, one would think this is a major market station in competition with the biggest and best. But, that’s what WAXC sounded like in it’s prime! We dug deep into the vault to pull this superb, right-off-the-skimmer tape out for presentation. It shows just how hard AM Top 40 stations tried to capture and maintain their audience of young people. Young listeners have always been radio’s life blood, even if advertisers didn’t necessarily think so. One must think Tom Birch had most of Upstate New York listening on this particular night! WAXC has been gone for quite a while now, having gone through many format changes and even call letter changes. 1...

WAXC Demo Tape | 1972

Here’s what probably was a sales demo used by station salespeople to give potential advertisers an idea of what the station sounded like. A very common practice in the industry in the years prior to consolidation, this isn’t something typical of radio stations today. The tape starts and ends with a voiced promo. It includes short clips of Larry Black, Larry White, Don Ryan and Bob Savage, along with station jingles used in the early 1970s. Note the level of reverb the station was using! Larry White & Larry Black This came in on CD and sounds like the original master recording. Courtesy of Contributor and WAXC Alumn Steve Bleecker.

Chuck Ingersoll, 90.1 WGMC (Jazz 90.1), Rochester, NY | July 12, 2013

Description by Contributor Chuck Ingersoll: While he did a morning show at album rocker WCMF in the mid-to-late ‘70s and middays at MOR WSAY in the early ‘80s, both in Rochester, Chuck was always a big jazz fan, writing reviews and articles for magazines like DIFFERENT DRUMMER and DOWNBEAT, among others. He’s done a weekly jazz show on public radio Jazz 90.1/WGMC for a decade. Initially a 3-hour live Friday night program, the Soul Jazz Spectrum is now one hour on Friday nights as this length is far more easily recorded in his home studio and literally “mailed in” to the station: (www.jazz901.org). Today he also keeps his hand and mouth in by doing voiceovers for training and commercials (www.hearchucknow.com), as well as naming and branding (www.brandsandtags.com)/

Chuck Ingersoll, 1370 WSAY, Rochester, NY | February 14, 1981

Description by Contributor Chuck Ingersoll: In 1980, Lew Dickey, Sr. purchased WSAY/1370 in Rochester, NY. For many years it had been one of two stations owned by Gordon Brown (the other in the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga) that were notable for naming every jock that came to the station Tom Thomas, Jerry Jack, and Mike Melody. With Mack McGuire and Bobby Bell on weekends. There were literally tens of Jerry Jacks, for example, throughout the decades. However Dickey wanted to create a WHAM/1180 clone. WHAM, with its 50,000 watt signal was a local daytime powerhouse and reached 35+ states and Canada at night. WSAY had an excellent directional signal at night that could be heard quite clearly in East Stroudsburg, PA, but not so well in due East and West suburbs of the suburban Brighton trans...

Chuck Ingersoll, 96.5 WCMF, Rochester NY | January 24, 1980

Description written by Contributor Chuck Ingersoll: The golden days of “underground album radio” were pretty much done by this time, and soon new ownership/management would clean almost all of us out of the WCMF album rock house. Features Jim Hooley, now a TV news reporter in Denver. Chuck hosted the morning show on ‘CMF from 1977 through early 1980, serving at PD for awhile, before moving on to The “New” WSAY and doing middays and PD in 1981. After that experience, he realized that while the advertising business (where he’d started out of college) was wacky, it wasn’t quite as crazy and radio, so he went on to work as a writer and creative director at Rochester agencies and own his own ad agency, Ingersoll et al, for 10 years. Today he keeps his hand and mouth in by doing voiceovers for t...

The Sound of 96 WCMF, Rochester, NY | 1979 Sales Demo

Description by Contributor Chuck Ingersoll: A promotional tape put together for the sales department of WCMF, album rock in Rochester, in 1979. Includes mornings Chuck Ingersoll with Blaine Schwartz and Jim Hooley on news, midday Bill Martin, Trip Reeb afternoon drive, Gary Whipple evenings. Features a couple station promos and drops, including one by Rich Little as Richard Nixon, plus recorded promos from Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons, and Cheap Trick.

Chuck Ingersoll, 96.5 WCMF, Rochester, NY | August 22, 1977

New Contributor Chuck Ingersoll describes this first aircheck of 96.5 WCMF Rochester: It was getting near the end for underground album radio, but in 1977, the jocks at WCMF, Rochester still got to select and program their own music and shows. It was loose, it was informal, it was fun, and it made a good deal of money for a period of time. This summer aircheck includes newsman Blaine Schwartz, who later worked in radio in Cleveland at WMMS and is now an attorney in Buffalo, NY. Chuck hosted the morning show on ‘CMF from 1977 through early 1980, serving at PD for awhile, before moving on to The “New” WSAY and doing middays and PD in 1981. After that experience, he realized that while the advertising business (where he’d started out of college) was wacky, it wasn’t quite as crazy and radio, ...

Steve Bleecker, 1460 WAXC Rochester | Fall, 1977

The WAXC call letters in Rochester NY have been gone for so long they don’t even show up in the FCC’s historical database. Too bad, for a station that sounded this good. We’re in 1977 and Contributor Steve Bleecker sent this in of himself, playing the hits on a cool Autumn day. Listen and be entertained.

Chris Bailey, WAXC Rochester | 1974

This aircheck has a few surprises for our listeners. Not only is Chris Baily a talented jock, but a famous one, as it turns out – Charlie Tuna. No, not THAT Charlie Tuna, a guy in Cleveland. Actually, the real story is described by Contributor Steve Bleecker: This is Jim Rafte ! He now resides in Dover Delaware . Shortly after working for Larry White (P.D.) at WAXC, Jim, who used the name Chris Bailey at WAXC , was hired by The REAL Chris Bailey (WRKO)…and became “Charlie Tuna” at “G 98” WGCL, Cleveland, Ohio , where he did Afternoons Special thanks to WAXC PD Larry White for archiving this aircheck. More to come from Contributor Steve Bleecker!

Jessica Savitch/Rob France, WBBF Rochester | June, 1967

Here’s a slice of 1960s upstate New York gold, reverb and all! This is the old 950 WBBF (now WROC). This was obviously recorded on a wideband AM receiver – those were the norm back in the 1960s at a full 16khz wide, and there was a thunderstorm or two somewhere in the area judging by the static crashes in the background. Notice the level of bass response with the music. Could have been the tone was set to bass. We’d love to guess the brand table radio this was captured with… You’ll get a full newscast from June 1966, then Rob France begins his show, with one break after the news before this aircheck comes to a close. As always, listener comments are highly encouraged below. Share your memories.

Robert Craig Savage, 1460 WAXC Rochester | 1972

Courtesy of Contributor Steve Bleecker… Robert Craig Savage has to be the quintessential AM Top 40 jock. He personifies everything that was Top 40 Radio in the early to mid 1970s. While his personality approach to the format on WAXC might be something you’d hear on some of the other great hit stations of the period, that doesn’t mean that Savage doesn’t stand out. Quite the contrary, here’s a unique voice with lots of forward momentum on a station playing all the hits! After all, what did you expect from the station which launched the career of The Greaseman!

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