San Diego

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?…

QuickChexx: The Rocketman, KFMB-FM San Diego | June, 1975

We’re thinking of Bobby Rich and his internet station ‘Bobby’s B-100‘ as this new Robyn Watts QuickChexx goes up. Sure, this is but three minutes long, but that’s long enough to get a feel for the energy level B-100 had even in 1976! No jingles, just a jock and a stack of records (or was it carts?). April 6, 2005 was the end of it all, as KFMB-FM, which had moved to Modern AC as “Star 100.7” in 1994, finally succumed to the ‘Jack-FM’ craze that ate up stations in Canada and the U.S. that year (including 101.1 WCBS-FM New York which mercifully reverted back to Classic Hits just two years into the format after tons of listener complaints), a format which continues today. Click here to visit their website. Now, listen to San Diego’s ...

Alan Beebe on KMJC El Cajon “Magic 91” | Spring 1977

This aircheck comes to us from Alan Beebe via Matt at Big Apple Airchecks. As the story goes, Beebe gave it to Matt a couple of years ago, and Matt is resending it back to Beebe (and us) since he lost everything in his aircheck collection in Hurricane Katrina. Someone else to remember in your prayers for hurricane victims. About this aircheck… While we have a couple of samples of ‘Magic 91’ on this site, not much explanation of the station itself. According to Alan Beebe (through Matt), KMJC was programmed by Kevin Metheny (who later went, with Beebe, to WNBC New York). ‘Magic 91’ apparently was rather short lived, on the air about four years total.

Rich “Brother” Robbin on KCBQ San Diego | December, 1973

Who woulda thought that in 1973 AM Top 40 would sound this good! Rich Brother Robin could open a university on how to do high-energy radio. Perhaps he should… the former WSRR (now WKIM) Memphis PD and creator of the Classic Hits oldies format sounded awesome in his prime! Anyway, at just over seven minutes, learn what ‘high-energy’ top 40 really was. KCBQ was known for it’s shotgun approach (to borrow Tom Kelly’s monniker), and here – KCBQ is at the TOP of it’s game! Remastered on 8/9/11

Dick Drury, KGB San Diego | November, 1963

Here’s one of the old KGB… you gotta go way back to hear cigarette commercials and those old jingles which all seemed to be sung to a large brass orchestra. It’s the Pre-Drake era at San Diego’s KGB, back when music radio meant much more jock talk! Really, gang, 1963 was essentially just past the dawn of top 40 radio as we know it today. See if you can compare ANY of the on air methods and slogans used then with something you hear today. Perhaps you may want to use this to teach young people about the roots of their music on iPhones… well, this was it in a very real sense.