San Diego

Sample Morning Show, KOGO Radio 60 San Diego | 1978

Date of Recording: Unknown Station: 600 KOGO San Diego Branded “KOGO Radio 60” Featured Personality: Bill Moffitt; News: Ken Grau Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Airchexx Entry: 1,549 J.T. on the slide on K O G O.. Curator’s Notes: I’m not sure what to make of this. Late 70s soft AC or Middle of the Road (MOR) format with a lot of commercials. We never hear the jock’s name but somebody knows. This sounds like a competent station but I know the San Diego market well enough to know there were some powerhouse stations in town, not to mention the FM stations were becoming Giant, legendary stations. How well it rated in this 1977-78 timeframe I do not know, but there’s a line in Wikipedia where someone wrote, The Shadacks (Ed and his nephew Tom) took over KO...

“Guess Who” – 1170 KCBQ San Diego | January 26, 1971

Date of Recording: 01.26.1971 Station: 1170 KCBQ San Diego, California, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Various Date of Update: 10.02.2017 Original Post Date: 01.13.2005 Airchexx Entry: 233 Curator’s (Updated) Notes: KCBQ was in the midst of morphing from what it was in the 60s to what it became – a 70s powerhouse Top 40 station known for its one shotgun jingle, and what became known as the “Q” format. Wikipedia describes the era this way: KCBQ had been one of the leading AM Top 40 stations in San Diego and was a model for the rest of the nation. KCBQ began broadcasting Top 40 music in the late 1950s and continued with the format through the 1960s and 1970s with great success. The station achieved national prominence in 1972-1973 with its presentation o...

Mike Preston, 102.9 KSDO-FM San Diego | August 3, 1984

Date of Recording: 08.03.1984 Station: 102.9 KSDO-FM (KSWV/KCLX-FM/KKBH-FM/KJQY/KCDE/KLQV), San Diego, California, USA Format: CHR Trademarked “Hot Hits” tm Branded “KS-103” Featured Air Personality: Mike Preston Date of Posting: 09.03.2017 Total Time: 9:05 Telescoped Airchexx Entry: 1,505 Comments: Be listening for “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson – when you hear it, be the 30th caller…! “Hot Hits” was/is a trademarked CHR format invented by consultant Mike Josephs. For a time in the late 1970s and early 1980s, this format – from it’s use of jingle placement, weather elements and other ‘formatics’ was used at dozens of stations in the U.S. and even Canada. Some examples of this format in various stages of ...

Rich Brother Robbin, KCBQ San Diego | June, 1973

Found on a tape we thought we’d already processed was this gem. From the Summer of ’73, here’s wildman Rich Brother Robin apprearing in what sounds like his return to KCBQ (we never knew he left!). Perhaps he’d just been on vacation. No matter, Rich Bro is the poster child for high energy Top 40. Right up there with Jack Armstrong, Bill Lee and other screamers, Rich Brother Robin doesn’t let us down in this nine-plus minutes of scoped AM Top 40 heaven. It really didn’t get much better than KCBQ in ’73. This is more proof.

Shotgun Tom Kelly, 100.7 KFMB-FM San Diego | 1978

Date of Recording: 1978 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 100.7 KFMB-FM, San Diego, California (Today’s KFMB-FM) Featured Air Talent: Shotgun Tom Kelly (KACY, KAFY, KERO-TV, KGB, KCBQ, KRIZ, KGTV (TV), KFMB (AM), KBZT, KRTH) Contributor: Daniel Coulombe Date of Contribution: 10.16.2016 Aircheck Entry: 1,445 B-100 San Diego, Makin’ history in Southern California with fewer commercial interruptions! Comments: Here’s a very short scope of legendary west coast Top 40 radio personality Shotgun Tom Kelly (Tom Irwin). You can feel the momentum that builds every time the mic opens. B-100 COOKS!

Jimi Foxx, KFMB-FM San Diego | March 14, 1976

Date of Recording: March 14, 1976 Station: 100.7 KFMB-FM San Diego, California Featured Air Talent: Jimi Foxx Contributor: Robyn Watts Airchexx Entry: 1,415 Comments: B-100 Boogies On!! And if you like sped up records, fast talking jocks and Bobby Rich’s monster Top 40 creation you will certainly LOVE this very early incarnation of B-100-FM! We can’t say anything more than others have already said about B-100, so spend four minutes listening to this scope, then write your comments in the space below!

Bobby Ocean, 1170 KCBQ San Diego | May 26, 1971

A bit of light processing returns this performance of the Bobby Ocean show on KCBQ to life! This is fairly early in Bobby Ocean’s career, before he went on to stardom at KFRC San Francisco, and all the talent is there. So is the voice that imaged numerous stations in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Runs about 10 minutes scoped.

Steve Jay, 1360 KGB San Diego | April 8, 1965

…From the station that’s movin’ on up KGB #1!! Somehow, they all claimed to be number one! As part of the jock patter, anyway! Here’s someone we haven’t featured yet. Steve Jay sounds typical of the way most Deejays sounded in 1965, or so that’s what most of us remember! At twelve minutes in length, this re-mastered tape recording highlights one of the legendary stations in California history. Strangely enough, while it seems that there are a lot of recordings of other big California stations from this era, such as 93 KHJ Los Angeles, and 610 KFRC San Francisco, there don’t seem to be many recordings from KGB. Regardless, we think you’ll enjoy this slice of Radio History! Listen for a full KGB 20/20 Newscast read by Brett Lewis at 4:30 in. As...

Composite: KFMB-FM “B100” San Diego |February 13, 1980

Bobby Rich would say it all started here. Nothing before or that came after it would compare to the mighty CHR giant sitting at 100.7. At least, not in San Diego! The Top Hour ID ALWAYS went – “KFM – BFM San Diego’s FM!”….. And, it WAS! Here it is, as Glenn McCartney mentions, the day before Valentine’s day, and B100 is giving away cash! Lots of it. Lots of personality in this radio station for listeners to stay glued to, day after day. Here’s the lineup, as heard on this scoped recording: Shotgun Tom Kelly Glenn McCartney Kevin Anderson Danny Wild Spanky Cathy Awnin (sp?) The lineup would change over the years, but the talent that went through the doors at this radio station was amazing! We’d be quite remiss if we didn’t point ou...

Bobby Rich, AZ Hall of Fame Induction Montage

Bobby Rich is not only a great jock, but he’s also an official Airchexx Contributor! This was submitted on the occasion of Bobby’s induction into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame! Airchexx visitors and his listeners over the years knew already that Bobby Rich is a world-class (and darn funny) broadcaster, and being inducted into the HOF the first time his name was submitted only affirmed what we already knew! I asked Bobby what this recording was, and his response was: It was played as part of the induction ceremony to AZ Broadcasters Hall Of Fame, October 2013. It takes me through most of the stations I’ve worked for in 40 years. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this as much as I did posting it!

Chuck Browning, KFMB-FM ‘B-100’ San Diego | April 1976

“B100 FM with the Original Chucker…” And you’re asking where we dug this up?! Too bad this is only about three minutes long. Chuck Browning was heard all over America within and outside the RKO chain of radio stations, including WXLO New York and KFRC San Francisco, both of which are posted right here on! Courtesy of…

Charlie Tuna, KCBQ San Diego | April 11, 1972

Courtesy of Matt at Big Apple Airchecks, Here’s a relatively rare aircheck featuring Charlie Tuna… NOT at his longtime home at 93 / KHJ, but in San Diego! KCBQ featured one shotgun jingle – heard often enough on this 10 minute composite, but always well placed after one of Tuna’s jokes. Charlie Tuna is… well, himself, sounding comfortable and every bit as good as in L.A… with those pipes! Didn’t he and Charlie Van Dyke share a cellar somewhere?…