Springfield MA

Glen ‘FM’ Stevens; Ken Gilbert, WAQY “Wacky 102” Springfield | Summer, 1980

Thanks to Wacky jock Ken Gilbert, here’s about 10 minutes of he and Glen “FM” Stevens on one of the northeast’s greatest FM Top 40 outlets ever (in your webmaster’s humble opinion), Wacky 102! WAQY was about a year away from flipping to AOR, and still using the late-70s era Wacky jingles – of which I can’t figure out who produced them (TM maybe?). Wacky 102 still sounds like the powerhouse Top 40 outlet we remember, with lots of personality, a wide VARIETY playlist (and that’s really what Top 40 was all about), mixing everything from soft pop to hard rock – everything that was a hit got played. Many years ago, site friend Rick Kelly (Northeastairchecks.com) described the downfall of Wacky 102 this way… (paraphrasing here, because ...

Glen “FM” Stevens, 102.1 WAQY Springfield | March, 1980

Contributor Glen Rappolt gives us a great sample of the great “Wacky 102”, a Top 40 station that most people in Southern New England over 45 remember very well. The station boasted a fun airstaff which included Jim “The Big Tuna” Kaye, Ken Gilbert, our contributor Glen “FM” Stevens, WRKO Boston star Mike Addams and more! This station truly was under-rated, as it seemed that Wacky 102 was everywhere! Broadcasting at nearly all the local events, Riverside Park, auto racing and more! Wacky played ALL the hit songs, all the Rock, R&B, Disco, Country Crossovers and bubblegum Pop. It all came to an end in August, 1981. We have the aircheck of the final Top 40 show featuring Jim Kaye right here. Come visit my store on CafePress! Aircheck #1,324 since May 2...

John O’Brien; The “Memorial Day 500”, 102.1 WAQY Springfield | May 24, 1987

An original recording from Webmaster Steve West, here’s John O’Brien (WCCC, Bax & O’Brien WAQY Morning Show) counting down the biggest songs of the Classic Rock era. Packaged as the Memorial Day 500, WAQY attempted to capitalize on Nascar’s Indy 500 stock car race.. and it worked, as far as I could see at the time. Recorded high on top of a hilltop campground site in Colrain Massachusetts, this tape has held up well over the years. One of only a handful which your webmaster recorded and took everywhere, even onboard Navy ships during his military service. Celebrate the start of Summer right here, listening to one half of Rock 102’s “Bax & O’Brien” morning show back when he was just a jock who even worked weekends. From the site wher...

MicroChexx: Jim Kaye, 102.1 WAQY Springfield | May 24, 1987

At only ONE talk break, here’s the shortest aircheck on our site. A short bit of background on this, although I’m sure we’ll get more details from the subject himself, this is a recording of Jim Kaye’s “Gold Rush” show that ran on WAQY in the early years as, first, an AOR, then Classic Rock station. I believe, if memory serves, that it also ran in the final year that WAQY was CHR as “Wacky 102”. That show lives on, on an internet station as of this writing. www.atomicradio.com. Search for the Big Tuna, the name that Kaye used at Wacky 102 and on the web. This is a recording which I, your friendly webmaster, recorded on top of a hill, at a campground site in Colrain, Massachusetts, out in the northwest part of the state a few miles west of Gre...

Brett Provo, “Springfield Tornado” – 94.7 WMAS Springfield Mass. | June 1, 2011 4:05-5:10 PM

Contributor Brett Provo knows something about tornado coverage – after having the now infamous Springfield tornado pass within one block of the WMAS studios, Brett says on air, he’s an afternoon host turned meteorologist… or, “WMAS, all weather, all the time”. This ‘check is 94.7 WMAS from immediately before till a bit after the tornado touched down and was retreived off the WMAS airchecker at the station for presentation here. Thank you, Brett. You can watch a video made by Steve Malfas, driving on the Massachusetts Turnpike listening to Brett Provo and WMAS Midday Jock Rob Anthony more in-depth storm coverage in the background, a bit later than this aircheck. At the time this was recorded, nobody knew the extent of damage in Springfield, or the power o...

Jim Kaye “The Big Tuna”, Last Show on WAQY Wacky 102 Springfield | August, 1981 (52:36) Scoped

Courtesy of Webmaster Steve West. Here’s the only known recording of the final show, 7-12 Midnight, on the old CHR formatted “Wacky 102” WAQY Springfield Massachusetts. My good friend Jim Kaye was known as the “Big Tuna”, and says on this recording that he had been with the station for seven years, which would place him there back at a time when WAQY was automated Top 40, and most of the audience was listening to AM. But, at this point in time, while ratings were down, ‘The Whack’, as the slogan had morphed into, was still enjoying enormous popularity 12+ This was such a hugely popular station among high schoolers. It seemed everyone was listening. Maybe that was the trouble, everyone under the age of 18 WAS listening. But they don’t buy cars...

Bax & O’Brien, “Tornado Coverage”, WAQY Rock 102 Springfield MA | June 2, 2011

Wednesday, June 1st at approximately 4:30 pm, the unthinkable happened. A large tornado formed on live television (WWLP 22), and with a captive audience watching the early news at the start of rush hour in Massachusetts’ third largest city, the twister roared across the Connecticut River and into Downtown Springfield causing an enormous amount of damage, four deaths, and an untold number of injuries. The tornado travelled seventeen miles, leveling the town of Monson and leaving a trail of destruction on a path paralelling the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90). At the time of this writing, the National Weather Service is investigating the damage in the areas affected to determine if this was one or several tornadoes that touched down, and what the exact strength was. Preliminary reports a...

Glenn “FM” Stevens, WAQY “Wacky 102 FM” Springfield MA | 1980

New contributor Paul DiMarco sends this original aircheck right off the source reel. We have a longer version of this which includes Ken Gilbert which was donated by Rick Kelly (northeastairchecks.com), but this particular copy is so clear and crisp its worth re-posting. Glenn “FM” Stevens was part of a tight-knit group of jocks who made up the airstaff of WAQY’s Top 40 incarnation in its final two years of the format before the station abandoned contemporary music and moved into the AOR/Classic Rock arena. “Wacky 102” as it was known throughout the 1970s and up until the end of August 1981, is fondly remembered by its fans as one of the best Top 40 stations, or radio stations in general, in western Massachusetts. When ‘Wacky 102’ left the airwaves...

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