San Francisco

Composite: KYA San Francisco | March 1965

Date of Recording: 03.xx.1965 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 1260 KYA San Francisco, California, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Various Comments: Long dramatic jingles, disc jockeys who comment about everything with lots of talk between songs, outdated news sounders and reverb on demand all highlight this first San Francisco top 40 station. This is quite entertaining, however, because while the formatics shown here on KYA are loose, a reminder of the early 60s, the jocks are very talented and the format comes off very tight. Nobody skips a beat or misses a cue. Its a history lesson for those who never heard what radio sounded like in 1965. Thanks to visitor Paul Duca for reminding us that crosstown KFRC’s “Boss” sound was still a year away, and at the time of...

John Mack Flanagan inducted into the National Radio DJ Hall of Fame – video | September 3, 2016

Airchexx.com’s National Radio DJ Hall of Fame has opened and our very first inductee is John Mack Flanagan! John began his career in Arizona, and after honorably serving with the US Army in Vietnam, resumed his career. His work on air and in the production room with the legendary Ron Hummel is some of the best, not only in Northern California, but in all of Top 40 radio history! The personality based Top 40 era that most refer to is the roughly 35 years from 1960 to 1985, and John Mack Flanagan was there for most of it. In fact, his career lasted well into the 1990s! Perhaps the pinnacle of John’s career was at 610 KFRC San Francisco, where he achieved the highest ratings in the history of the KFRC call letters. Twice the Billboard Personality of the year, John is loved by thou...

Composite: 610 KFRC San Francisco | August 15, 1983

..Tomorrow, Jack Armstrong will be Broadcasting in Stereo, so he’ll have a headache in BOTH ears! Really now, what more could one ask for in a KFRC aircheck? Dr. Don Rose, Jayne Dornacker playing in traffic, laugh tracks to corny jokes and a stack of teeny-bopper records!!! Not to mention Mark McKay, Bobby Ocean and Jack Armstrong each with a stellar performance on this, the mother of all low-powered AM Top 40 stations! It’s V-J Day in San Francisco and Dr. Don tries to make the most of it! To be sure, this is radio-heaven, with paradise filled with the sounds of mid-1983 hit music. KFRC surely was the dance-track of San Francisco. Restoring this piece of audio ear-candy sure was a joy. Now, from our servers to your ears, a 45 minute scoped dose of monoized AM Stereo with some ...

Top-of-the-Hour, 610 KFRC San Francisco | November, 1976

Date of Recording: November, 1976 (Exact date unknown) Station(s): 610 KFRC, 106.1 KFRC-FM San Francisco, California Featured Air Talent: Big Tom Parker, Mucho Morales Contributor: Robyn Watts Aircheck Entry: 1,422 Comments: Without a doubt, this is the shortest aircheck on the site, but possibly the highest quality recording one could find! This is a recording of ONE break at the Top of the Hour, the transition from Tom Parker’s show to Mucho Morales’ show. Top hour fans will love it!

Blue in the Morning, 99.7 KYUU San Francisco | August 9, 1988

After the demise of KFRC two years earlier, CHR was left only to the FM band, and this station, KYUU. Here’s a long aircheck of Blue in the Morning, with all the essential elements of modern morning shows… news, traffic, weather, entertainment reports and the like. It’s mostly information for the first one third of this scope, then the hits really start rolling (we’re assuming in the 9am hour). We know nothing about Mr. Blue other than this sounds like a pretty run of the mill morning show you’d hear in any other city in the late 80s…. we’ll give the programmer this: there ARE a few dead segues and some decent imaging, but other than that, no jingles and after the informational portion of the morning show, it’s pretty dead apart from the hits...

John Mack Flanagan, 98.1 KBGG San Francisco | June, 1994

Date of Recording: June, 1994 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 98.1 KBGG San Francisco (Current KISQ, Former KABL-FM) Featured Air Talent: John Mack Flanagan Contributor: John Mack Flanagan Aircheck Entry: 1,409 Comments: Contributor and legendary Bay Area personality John Mack Flanagan returns with a glimpse into a station which he says was his final full time radio gig. Flanagan does not disappoint! The big contest is Jackpot #17, where listeners call in and try to guess the amount. “Too High! Too Low!! It’s a fun contest and John Mack Flanagan is the master of working the phones! Its the first weekend of Summer, and the weather is cool, in the 60s. Typical of the City by the Bay. Listen for partial traffic reports with Alley Cat. Whata name! Enjoy this slice of Bay Area radio h...

John Mack Flanagan, First Show, KFRC San Francisco | September 17, 1973

Date of Recording: September 17, 1973 Station: 610 KFRC San Francisco Featured Air Talent: John Mack Flanagan Contributor: John Mack Flanagan Aircheck Entry: 1,408 Comments: Where does one begin when building a legacy? You start from the beginning, of course. Of course, KFRC had been around for a long time. Way before RKO General owned it. Nonetheless, one could say 610 KFRC had two successful eras. The first in the 1960s. The second began in the mid 1970s and would last well into the eighties. Given that KFRC’s ratings were very poor during much of 1973, one could say that this was the beginning. John Mack Flanagan began a five year run at KFRC which would end with the station achieving its highest ratings ever. Billboard Station of the Year. The prime reason for the station’s...

John Mack Flanagan and Wolfman Jack, 560 KSFO/KYA-FM 93.3 San Francisco | June, 1992

Date of Recording: June, 1992 (Exact date unknown) Station(s): 560 KSFO San Francisco, KYA-FM 93.3 San Francisco Featured Air Talent: John Mack Flanagan, Wolfman Jack Contributor: John Mack Flanagan Aircheck Entry: 1,407 Comments: This is the kind of event that made radio special, for both the listener and the on air talent! Contributor John Mack Flanagan welcomes the one and only Wolfman Jack to his afternoon show on THE OLDIES STATION! What follows for the next two hours is just pure fun! Both of these jocks are legendary from adjacent eras – the Wolfman better known for his 60s shows in places like XERB, and Mack Flanagan for his legendary #1 Afternoon show at KFRC San Francisco 1974-78. Put these two men in the same room with a phone ringing off the hook with adoring fans and a s...

Kim Diamond, 93.3 KKWV San Francisco | Date Unknown

Courtesy of Matt over at Big Apple Airchecks, we have a… well, mysterious aircheck of good quality. Kim Diamond starts out saying she got up in a strange kinda mood so its gonna be one of those kinda shows… she’s pretty talented, but we can dig up virtually NOTHING on KKWV “The Wave” as the only website that those call letters bring up is something on 88.1 in Aransas Pass, Texas in the Corpus Christi market. So, the station’s gone, replaced by… something. UPDATE: 4/28/16 – Its amazing what a few years does with regard to internet information growth. The background on this station is that 1/2/2002 until 9/5/2003, this station was KKWV “The Wave”. So, our original guess that the year was 2004 was off by a year. Ooops. That does happ...

Quick Composite: KITS San Francisco | July 1983

Courtesy of Hot Hits(tm) collector Steve McVie, here’s a short, 5 minute composite of KITS. I’m struck by how these jocks are featured on so many different stations. Its likely that in this era (1978-1983), Mike Josephs had these guys go and launch the Hot Hits format in another market, and they’d move on to another HH station later. Todd Parker, for instance, was on WCAU-FM and WFBL, among others. This format with these TM Century jingles can also be heard here on Airchexx at WFBL Syracuse and WTIC-FM Hartford.

Bill Lee, 610 KFRC San Francisco | December 13, 1980

Its hard to believe 1980 was so long ago. Well, KFRC is heading towards the end of this first year of the decade of big hair and shortly airing a tribute to John Lennon, who was killed earlier that year. The big movie in 1980 was Xanadu and KFRC is playing plenty of the hits from that movie. Bill Lee is… himself. A rhyme at every break, ultra high-energy and lots of San Francisco’s hit music. KFRC was at the top of its game in 1980 and still pulling huge ratings despite the encroachment of FM competition. Hard to believe that just six years later it would be all over. Aircheck #1,356 since May 2, 2002! #KFRC #BroadwayBillLee #Lennon #610SanFrancisco #airchexx Aircheck Courtesy of AircheckDownloads.com.

Don Bleu, Rick Shaw; 99.7 KYUU San Francisco | August 5, 1988

KYUU was launched with those call letters by then owner NBC, in 1978. The station was Top 40 for most of its existence, but in 1988, NBC began selling off all of it’s radio properties to concentrate solely on Television. Emmis purchased KYUU, much like it purchased the 660 frequency from NBC in New York City. A hotter CHR format ensued, along with a new name – X-100. Emmis Changed the call letters to KXXX to match. After a number of different owners, the station was finally sold to Infinity Broadcasting (today’s CBS Radio), who in turn, flipped the station to Oldies, to match their other acquisition, 610 KFRC. 99.7 thus became KFRC-FM. KFRC-FM now resides at 106.1 and 99.7 is now KMVQ “99.7 Now!”. This is a condensed story, the long version would take up sever...

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