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Courtesy of longtime Contributor Robyn Watts, Here’s something from her collection of California Aircheck tapes. Tape #152 includes things from all over America and various formats. Towards the end of side one, this crystal clear recording of the former “Oldies 104.3″ WJMK features a Chicago legend – the great Dick Biondi! Most will remember Biondi from AM 89 WLS in the early days of the station’s Top 40 format. Most recently, Biondi was on the current incarnation of Classic Hits 94.7 WLS-FM.

This was recorded during a promotion called the American Bandstand weekend. Lots of mentions of Dick Clark but nothing heard from America’s Oldest Teenager.

The air date of this, we estimate to be sometime in 1993. There are clues in this aircheck for those who are from the Chicagoland area so perhaps someone can pinpoint the date.

104.3 Chicago WJMK Dick Biondi on top of a Pizza Greg Brown


Aircheck #1,280 since May 2, 2002!

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A Legend Lives: A Sample of 650 WSM Nashville | September 16, 2014http://airchexx.com/2014/09/18/a-legend-lives-a-sample-of-650-wsm-nashville-september-16-2014/ http://airchexx.com/2014/09/18/a-legend-lives-a-sample-of-650-wsm-nashville-september-16-2014/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:00:14 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9450 A Legend Lives: A Sample of 650 WSM Nashville | September 16, 2014 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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WSM. Those three call letters bring up images, burned into the memory of past generations. An entire genre of American popular music essentially began right here at this radio station, in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1925 with a weekly show called, “The WSM Barn Dance”. The first announcer/MC for the program was Judge Hay, who changed the name of the show to “The Grand Ole Opry” the next year. The Opry is the longest running radio program in history, and WSM was the first radio station to broadcast Country music on a regular basis.

Its also interesting to note that while WSM is where Country music was essentially launched into the American mainstream culture, the radio station did not broadcast Country fulltime until 1979! Prior to that format ‘tweak’, WSM was split-programmed. NBC radio programs by day (and later, Top 40 and ‘Adult Contemporary’, such as the term was in the 1960s and 70s), and Country music after sunset. You can hear a sample of WSM’s daytime programming here. The DJ is Pat Sajak from June, 1975!

WSM has only had three owners in its long history. From its first broadcast until 1981, the station was owned by the National Life and Accident Insurance Company. American General Corporation purchased WSM, WSM-FM (95.5), The Opryland Hotel and Opryland USA and what was then WSM-TV, but quickly spun off the group to Gaylord Entertainment. In 2012, Gaylord changed its name to Ryman Hospitality Properties. And don’t forget, WSM’s parent company launched The Nashville Network in the 1980s as well.

Enough about the history. Here’s a sample of WSM recorded from Beacon Falls, Connecticut between 5 and 5:30 am Eastern time. The jock is Marcia Campbell on the show called, “The All Nighter”. We’re presenting this as an example of one radio station which has maintained its heritage well into 2014, and just to show how far WSM’s signal travels even in an era where electronic interference has all but rendered the AM band useless.

3 minutes, scoped.

650 Nashville WSM Grand Ole Opry Opryland Ryman Marcia Campbell The All Nighter Eddie Stubbs Ernest Tubb Johnny Cash Pat Sajak We Serve Millions The Country Legend Dolly Parton Hank Williams


Aircheck #1,279 since May 2, 2002!

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Composite: KFMB-FM "B100″ San Diego |February 13, 1980http://airchexx.com/2014/09/16/composite-kfmb-fm-b100-san-diego-february-13-1980/ http://airchexx.com/2014/09/16/composite-kfmb-fm-b100-san-diego-february-13-1980/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:53:56 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9448 Composite: KFMB-FM “B100″ San Diego |February 13, 1980 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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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 our listeners to the man who literally wrote the book at B100 – Bobby Rich! He re-creates B-100 quite nicely… just go here -> Bobby's B-100!
Now, on to the original!

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QuickChexx: Mark Allen, 1540 WPTR Albany | June, 1968http://airchexx.com/2014/09/15/quickchexx-mark-allen-1540-wptr-albany-june-1968/ http://airchexx.com/2014/09/15/quickchexx-mark-allen-1540-wptr-albany-june-1968/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:00:56 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9444 QuickChexx: Mark Allen, 1540 WPTR Albany | June, 1968 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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Here’s an early donation from the fabulous Robyn Watts!

The recording featured on this tape has seen better times, with a bit of white noise (hiss) present. The night this was recorded, WPTR was subject to fading and a bit of interference from another station at times in the background. Any guesses as to what station might be lurking underneath WPTR?

For only a two minute aircheck, we’re treated to some good WPTR jingles, a bit of Mark Allen and the fast pace of this great Top 40 radio station! There are certainly not enough recordings out there of the mighty 1540, in fact, this is the First to grace our website!

1540 Albany WPTR WDCD


Aircheck #1,277 since May 2, 2002!

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Airchexx.com Presents: 9/11 Rememberedhttp://airchexx.com/2014/09/11/airchexxcom-presents-911-remembered/ http://airchexx.com/2014/09/11/airchexxcom-presents-911-remembered/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:46:03 +0000 http://airchexx.com/other/special-broadcasts/airchexxcom-presents-911-remembered Airchexx.com Presents: 9/11 Remembered is a post from: Airchexx.com

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Airchexx Presents: 9/11 Remembered
Webmaster’s note: I’m not sure how much longer I’m going to push this on the anniversary of 9/11, but perhaps since this week is the government’s deadline for people affected by the work at Ground Zero to register to submit claims, so too this may be the final year I present this work. Let’s face it. The towers have been rebuilt, Freedom Tower already has tenants and a new broadcast antenna mast is at the top.

So, why get all emotional, thirteen years later? I think it’s important that we remember what started the cascade of events that have occurred around the world, which has lead, directly or indirectly to the rise of hate groups like Isis, Isil, IS or whatever they are calling themselves these days. Plus, the high level of entisemitism being witnessed across the middle east and even Europe! Its very important that the world understand that, while the goal is to coexist with other religions, athiests and governments, Nobody in the world is safe when one group is determined to destroy all who do not believe exactly as they do. This matters no matter what the religion. Isis surely does not speak for all of Islam, anymore than Westboro Baptist Church speaks for all Christians, or the Sanhedron speaks for all Jews. They do not. But one group mentioned here carries on the vulgar traditions of the worst of the worst. Nero. Hitler. Stalin. And many others in World history come to mind. We may not be able to put a face on Isis as we could Nazi Germany, but Isis seems to continue where Al-Qaida left off after Osama Bin Ladin. And this time, America created them as part of the unintended consequenses of fighting the ‘war on terror’, in a place we didn’t belong. Webmaster’s personal opinion. Afghanistan was fine. Iraq? There was a reason Saddam Hussein ran the country as he did, he kept the really EVIL and BRUTAL elements at bay. I’ll stop there.

Today, we remember the events of 13 years ago, and for many of us, those memories are still fresh. The following is the write-up I did for this presentation several years ago, left intact.
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Produced by Steve West in August, 2002 for the one-year anniversary of the Al-Qaida attacks on the United States of America, at the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC, this is an Airchexx.com Special Presentation!

Now, listen to the events as heard on radio and a somber tribute to a day which nobody the world over will ever forget! As heard on America’s Trucking Network (formerly the Truckin’ Bozo Show) on 700 WLW & XM Satellite Radio, stations of the Information Radio Network (IRNUSA Radio) and hundreds of other stations nationwide.


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]]> http://airchexx.com/2014/09/11/airchexxcom-presents-911-remembered/feed/ 8 9/11,ABC,Afghanistan,Al Qaida,CNN,FOXNEWS,Iraq,Isis,NBC,September 11,Tributes,World Trade Center Webmaster's note: I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to push this on the anniversary of 9/11, but perhaps since this week is the government's deadline for people affected by the work at Ground Zero to register to submit claims, Webmaster's note: I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to push this on the anniversary of 9/11, but perhaps since this week is the government's deadline for people affected by the work at Ground Zero to register to submit claims, so too this may be the final year I present this work. Let's face it. The towers have been rebuilt, Freedom Tower already has tenants and a new broadcast antenna mast is at the top.So, why get all emotional, thirteen years later? I think it's important that we remember what started the cascade of events that have occurred around the world, which has lead, directly or indirectly to the rise of hate groups like Isis, Isil, IS or whatever they are calling themselves these days. Plus, the high level of entisemitism being witnessed across the middle east and even Europe! Its very important that the world understand that, while the goal is to coexist with other religions, athiests and governments, Nobody in the world is safe when one group is determined to destroy all who do not believe exactly as they do. This matters no matter what the religion. Isis surely does not speak for all of Islam, anymore than Westboro Baptist Church speaks for all Christians, or the Sanhedron speaks for all Jews. They do not. But one group mentioned here carries on the vulgar traditions of the worst of the worst. Nero. Hitler. Stalin. And many others in World history come to mind. We may not be able to put a face on Isis as we could Nazi Germany, but Isis seems to continue where Al-Qaida left off after Osama Bin Ladin. And this time, America created them as part of the unintended consequenses of fighting the 'war on terror', in a place we didn't belong. Webmaster's personal opinion. Afghanistan was fine. Iraq? There was a reason Saddam Hussein ran the country as he did, he kept the really EVIL and BRUTAL elements at bay. I'll stop there.Today, we remember the events of 13 years ago, and for many of us, those memories are still fresh. The following is the write-up I did for this presentation several years ago, left intact. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Produced by Steve West in August, 2002 for the one-year anniversary of the Al-Qaida attacks on the United States of America, at the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC, this is an Airchexx.com Special Presentation!Now, listen to the events as heard on radio and a somber tribute to a day which nobody the world over will ever forget! As heard on America's Trucking Network (formerly the Truckin' Bozo Show) on 700 WLW & XM Satellite Radio, stations of the Information Radio Network (IRNUSA Radio) and hundreds of other stations nationwide. Airchexx.com no 10:33 Webmaster's Corner: Computer Crashes and Why We Hate Car Dealershipshttp://airchexx.com/2014/09/09/webmasters-corner-computer-crashes-and-why-we-hate-car-dealerships/ http://airchexx.com/2014/09/09/webmasters-corner-computer-crashes-and-why-we-hate-car-dealerships/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:00:53 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9440 Webmaster’s Corner: Computer Crashes and Why We Hate Car Dealerships is a post from: Airchexx.com

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Steve West AirchexxAs I write this, I’m fighting off a big migraine. Big enough to lay in bed with an ice pack – which I did for about two hours before giving up and drinking coffee. Virtually nothing works when these headaches hit, save for when I have prescription Sumitriptan. It works, but makes for bad body aches. And, I’m out. So, perhaps writing is something that will help distract me.

Almost two weeks ago, the custom built production computer used to encode aircheck tapes into streamable mp3 files for exhibit on this website crashed. Over this past weekend, I did some diagnostics and after putting the system through various stress tests (thanks to Ubuntu Linux Live 14.1x, which runs directly from the CD-Rom drive), I discovered that the hard drives are not bad, but rather the drive controllers on the motherboard are. Along with some other errors, blue screen of death etc.

About a week ago, I put out a call for help on our Airchexx Facebook page and help is indeed on the way, courtesy of Contributor and the most generous man I’ve encountered since starting this website back in 2002, Andy Kitchen. We’ll have a new production system online shortly. Also, I have to thank Steve West of the Tacoma, Washington area. – as Steve said, “Us Wests have to stick together”. Many thanks, Steve! It is very MUCH appreciated!

There’s so much to write about. Matt Seinberg of Big Apple Airchecks suggested I write columns for Grubstreet.ca. But then thinking about it, I have my own forum right here. No editors or censors to worry about, and that’s a good thing, until my beautiful bride Nancy reads what I write. I’ll never hear the end of it. But, she always looks out for me, which is why she truly is my best friend in life.

Back to Matt Seinberg.

Big Apple Airchecks has far larger aircheck archives than Airchexx does (well, for that matter, Bob Gilmore and Steve Solomon do as well, but they are lifelong aircheck traders, so that’s to be expected.). Back in May/June of 2002, I began corresponding with Matt Seinberg and he was extraordinarily generous in sending tapes for a fledgeling little site that I first named “All Format Airchexx”. Just to refresh your memory in case you forgot, here’s a screenshot from the Internet Archive, AKA, the “Wayback Machine” So, as it happens, every three years, Bob Gilmore, who is an engineer for ESPN/ABC, hosts a BBQ at his home in Shelton, CT just for radio people. Its called “The Tri-Annual End Of Summer Radio Party”. This year, after 12 years of internet friendship, tape donations (even a cassette deck many years ago when the one I had pooped out), Matt came to the Radio Party, in his words, “Just to meet (me) in person”! What a thrill! I had forgotten that he said he’d try to make it, and when I arrived, Matt came from around the corner, greeted me and shook my hand. I’d know that voice anywhere, and I was so genuinely happy to see him in person, it was as if I’d been reunited with my best friend from High School. Once again this year, some radio greats came. Joe McCoy (WNBC/WCBS-FM) showed up. Russ “Famous Amos” DiBello showed up with Anita Bonita in tow. 77 WABC’s official “Tape Restorian” Rob Frankel was there early, along with Brett “Your Radioman” Provo from 94.7 WMAS Springfield (MA). Noticeably missing this year was Pete Salant, who thought going on a cruise on Long Island Sound instead of sharing a few laughs and burgers with us was somehow acceptible behavior (grin!). Our Canadian friends, Daniel Coloumbe and Ted Silver (CKTS Sherbrooke circa 1980s) were stuck up north of the border this year, and fellow HitOldies.com personalities Isaac Shane and Mike Raub couldn’t make it. In the case of Shane, his planned trip to Connecticut from his home in San Diego is planned for October. Raub was flooded out in Norwalk after a massive thunderstorm dropped tropical rain for about three hours. We had a great time and can’t wait for the next one in 2017!

On a very personal note, two Saturdays ago, I decided it was time to replace the old beater car we’ve been driving, with the tie rods going, bad brakes and repairs that would have cost a lot to fix, no less than THREE recalls on the thing, plus tires to get us through what they say will be the worst winter we’ve seen in a long time (and after last winter, that’s saying a lot). Yep, you guessed it. I drove a Saturn Ion. So, I went shopping around the various car dealerships in the Waterbury, CT area. I finally found something suitable (not necessarily what I wanted, or should I say, what my wife wanted, since I just wanted to make her happy) at a dealership in Watertown. I’ll not say the name of this place, but trust me on this, you would never want to go there if you expect good service. Now, I was approved by the bank very quickly. But thats not the story. The story begins with Nancy and I looking through this car lot and really liking the Nissan Rogue. Now, she had wanted a Rav4 from Toyota, but the Rogue seems better and looks a whole lot more fancy. Out comes this salesperson named Elias. I’ll say HIS name. Aside from being cocky, he pointed out THE car that he said we’d love. Sure to tell us that the car was in great shape, only driven 10,000 miles a year and comes with 4 years left on a 7 year warranty along with 70,000 miles before it would run out. It looked sporty enogh. I’m talking about a 2011 Nissan Altima. Decent car, decent gas mileage although it could be a bit better.

Elias says we can take a test drive. Of course. And I stayed back on the lot and told my dear wife, go ahead, you test drive it (since I want HER to be happy with it). Later, she takes me aside to tell me how offended she was by this alleged salesperson. Using foul language, dropping the F-bomb numerous times. She’s not happy with him and his rudeness. The car’s ok. But she really wants a Rogue. Elias just never gets around to letting us test drive the Rogue, or any other car.

This could be a multi-page story all of its own. But to make a long story short, I buy the Altima. Its less expensive than what we wanted but will be reliable for several years. Is a car to just get me to work and back and Nancy to appointments. But let me tell you, our sales person was the most rude, disrespectful man I’ve had the displeasure of dealing with in all my 50 years. Come to find out, the man was a truck driver until only 3 weeks ago. I say, learn some customer service skills or go back to driving.

I forgot to mention it took 9 days to deliver the car, while they detailed it, then claimed they were understaffed as the reason I went to the dealership every day for 8 days straight only to be told after waiting for an hour an a half that the car wasn’t ready. And yes, I called first. Nancy wanted to throw things. I want to call the Better Business Bureau and maybe the attourney General of Connecticut. Far more happened here than I can put in this update. And… we’re apparently not alone. Saturday, we talked to a customer who had been waiting 8 days for his car to be delivered. Imagine that…

Let the buyer beware. Go to County Line Nissan in Watertown CT at your own risk! OOps, I mentioned their name. Did I also mention I’m calling NewsChannel 8 WTNH tomorrow, as well?

    Site Stuff:

Thursday, September 11, 2014 marks 13 years since the terror attacks that changed America forever. I’ll be presenting “9/11 Remembered” one final time – it will post on this site at 8:48am Eastern, marking the time that the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Anyone wishing to use the program on their radio station may do so, as long as you contact me at classicairchecks@gmail.com and specify which station (over the air or internet only) that it will air on. I’ve decided to retire this program after this year in an effort to move forward.

I anticipate computer repairs and installation of a new system to occur this weekend and right now, I’m planning on resuming new aircheck postings next week. If that timetable is off, I’ll make adjustments to the schedule.

Take care and be safe out there. And God Bless the United States of America.

Steve West
Owner/Webmaster
Airchexx.com

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Longtime contributor Jeffrey Holland is quite familiar with the subject of this aircheck.

Holland has been friends with Rodney Manning Fry (corrected) for a long time. Long enough to have this vintage 1960s recording of Frye’s final show on 550 KCRS. As Holland wrote when sending these in on CD, “(This is) straight off the skimmer so you don’t have to edit them.”

For this quality, I wouldn’t dream of it.

The aircheck begins with Sgt. Don Wetzel voicing a spot for the U.S. Air Force. The main hits of the Fall of 1967 are heard, as well as KCRS news. In the headlines, Chicago is selected for the Democratic Convention for the ’68 national election, the Vietnam War (lots of it), President Johnson says when it comes to education, the U.S. is still a developing country, the UAW in Detroit approves dues increase and strike against Ford might be the longest in history, and the Red Sox lose game 4 to the Cardinals 6-0, giving St. Louis a 3-1 lead in the ’67 World Series. Even the Boston Patriots are playing!

Notice… just like so many small and medium market stations, the jock does the news. And its so amazing – Rodney Manning Frye goes from being a 60s Top 40 jock to an authoritative News Anchor.

Today, Frye can be heard on CRN Digital Talk Radio, as Chuck Wilder.

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http://airchexx.com/2014/09/04/rodney-manning-frye-last-show-550-kcrs-midland-october-8-1967/feed/ 4 550 AM Midland,KCRS,Rodney Manning Frye,Texas Radio Longtime contributor Jeffrey Holland is quite familiar with the subject of this aircheck. - Holland has been friends with Rodney Manning Fry (corrected) for a long time. Long enough to have this vintage 1960s recording of Frye's final show on 550 KCRS. Longtime contributor Jeffrey Holland is quite familiar with the subject of this aircheck.Holland has been friends with Rodney Manning Fry (corrected) for a long time. Long enough to have this vintage 1960s recording of Frye's final show on 550 KCRS. As Holland wrote when sending these in on CD, "(This is) straight off the skimmer so you don't have to edit them."For this quality, I wouldn't dream of it.The aircheck begins with Sgt. Don Wetzel voicing a spot for the U.S. Air Force. The main hits of the Fall of 1967 are heard, as well as KCRS news. In the headlines, Chicago is selected for the Democratic Convention for the '68 national election, the Vietnam War (lots of it), President Johnson says when it comes to education, the U.S. is still a developing country, the UAW in Detroit approves dues increase and strike against Ford might be the longest in history, and the Red Sox lose game 4 to the Cardinals 6-0, giving St. Louis a 3-1 lead in the '67 World Series. Even the Boston Patriots are playing!Notice... just like so many small and medium market stations, the jock does the news. And its so amazing - Rodney Manning Frye goes from being a 60s Top 40 jock to an authoritative News Anchor.Today, Frye can be heard on CRN Digital Talk Radio, as Chuck Wilder. Airchexx.com no 30:18
QuickChexx: Brant Miller, 94.7 WYTZ "Z-95″ Chicago | June, 1990http://airchexx.com/2014/08/26/quickchexx-brant-miller-94-7-wytz-z-95-chicago-june-1990/ http://airchexx.com/2014/08/26/quickchexx-brant-miller-94-7-wytz-z-95-chicago-june-1990/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:00:29 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9426 QuickChexx: Brant Miller, 94.7 WYTZ “Z-95″ Chicago | June, 1990 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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Its the Summer of 1990, Chicagoland is gearing up for the 4th of July, and Z-95 is HOT! One would never know by listening to this aircheck that even with Brant Miller doing a killer job on the Z, the BEE crosstown was cleaning WYTZ’s clock in the ratings. So badly, in fact, that just over a year later, 94.7 would revert to the WLS-FM call letters, and flip to TALK RADIO, albeit separately from AM 89.

This really is a good, if not short, aircheck. It makes me wonder why ratings success seemed to elude 94.7 for a very long time, starting from the “Disco DAI” days – and maybe that’s it, listeners perhaps always equated 94.7 with the failed Disco format. An observation from the editor’s desk: Why didn’t ABC keep 94.7 as WLS-FM (FM-95) instead of breaking away from it’s WLS (890) tradition? Even when the AM side went talk, the FM could have helped the transition go more smoothly. It’s just conjecture on the part of your webmaster, and surely someone from the WLS building in the late 80s knows and would want to share. Please do.

This runs about 3 1/2 minutes, tightly scoped – would make a great Brant Miller demo, if he didn’t already have a gig at today’s WLS-FM. :)

94.7 Chicago WLS-FM WYTZ WDAI WRCK Brant Miller

Contributed by Robyn Watts

Courtesy of California Aircheck

Aircheck #1,274 Since May 2, 2002!

QuickChexx: Brant Miller, 94.7 WYTZ “Z-95″ Chicago | June, 1990 is a post from: Airchexx.com

]]> http://airchexx.com/2014/08/26/quickchexx-brant-miller-94-7-wytz-z-95-chicago-june-1990/feed/ 5 94.7 Chicago,Brant Miller,WLS-FM,WYTZ,Z95 Its the Summer of 1990, Chicagoland is gearing up for the 4th of July, and Z-95 is HOT! One would never know by listening to this aircheck that even with Brant Miller doing a killer job on the Z, the BEE crosstown was cleaning WYTZ's clock in the rati... Its the Summer of 1990, Chicagoland is gearing up for the 4th of July, and Z-95 is HOT! One would never know by listening to this aircheck that even with Brant Miller doing a killer job on the Z, the BEE crosstown was cleaning WYTZ's clock in the ratings. So badly, in fact, that just over a year later, 94.7 would revert to the WLS-FM call letters, and flip to TALK RADIO, albeit separately from AM 89.This really is a good, if not short, aircheck. It makes me wonder why ratings success seemed to elude 94.7 for a very long time, starting from the "Disco DAI" days - and maybe that's it, listeners perhaps always equated 94.7 with the failed Disco format. An observation from the editor's desk: Why didn't ABC keep 94.7 as WLS-FM (FM-95) instead of breaking away from it's WLS (890) tradition? Even when the AM side went talk, the FM could have helped the transition go more smoothly. It's just conjecture on the part of your webmaster, and surely someone from the WLS building in the late 80s knows and would want to share. Please do.This runs about 3 1/2 minutes, tightly scoped - would make a great Brant Miller demo, if he didn't already have a gig at today's WLS-FM. :) Airchexx.com no 3:42 QuickChexx: Bobby Skafish, WLUP Chicagohttp://airchexx.com/2014/08/25/quickchexx-bobby-skafish-wlup-chicago/ http://airchexx.com/2014/08/25/quickchexx-bobby-skafish-wlup-chicago/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:00:46 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9418 QuickChexx: Bobby Skafish, WLUP Chicago is a post from: Airchexx.com

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Sent in a long time ago by Robyn Watts, here’s a short recording of Bobby Skafish on Chicago’s Loop FM 98, as they called it back then. When was then? While not marked on the tape, we’ll take an uneducated guess of the early 1980s, perhaps 1981. Someone knows, there are clues. There’s no mention of AM 1000, so I’m led to believe that this was before The Loop AM came along.

This cut is taken from Cassette #S-180 issued by California Aircheck. Robyn Watts sent in a number of these for exhibition on our website.

97.9 Chicago WLUP The Loop


California Aircheck

Aircheck #1,273 Since May 2, 2002!

QuickChexx: Bobby Skafish, WLUP Chicago is a post from: Airchexx.com

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http://airchexx.com/2014/08/25/quickchexx-bobby-skafish-wlup-chicago/feed/ 1 97.9 Chicago,Bobby Skafish,California Aircheck,Robyn Watts,The Loop,WLUP Sent in a long time ago by Robyn Watts, here's a short recording of Bobby Skafish on Chicago's Loop FM 98, as they called it back then. When was then? While not marked on the tape, we'll take an uneducated guess of the early 1980s, perhaps 1981. Sent in a long time ago by Robyn Watts, here's a short recording of Bobby Skafish on Chicago's Loop FM 98, as they called it back then. When was then? While not marked on the tape, we'll take an uneducated guess of the early 1980s, perhaps 1981. Someone knows, there are clues. There's no mention of AM 1000, so I'm led to believe that this was before The Loop AM came along.This cut is taken from Cassette #S-180 issued by California Aircheck. Robyn Watts sent in a number of these for exhibition on our website.Aircheck #1,273 Since May 2, 2002! Airchexx.com no 3:23
Sample: 99.5 WGAY (Silver Spring, MD) Washington DC | July 4, 1997http://airchexx.com/2014/08/24/sample-99-5-wgay-silver-springs-md-washington-dc-july-4-1997/ http://airchexx.com/2014/08/24/sample-99-5-wgay-silver-springs-md-washington-dc-july-4-1997/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:00:58 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9416 Sample: 99.5 WGAY (Silver Spring, MD) Washington DC | July 4, 1997 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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A crystal clear recording is what we’re treated to on the old Soft Rock station at 99.5 FM. One would think that since 1997 was just yesterday (wasn’t it?) that one of the old WGAY logos would be out there somewhere, but multiple searches in different engines come up with the current CHR station, “Hot 99.5″ WIHT.

WGAY would stick with it’s Soft Rock format until 1999, when it became WJMO.


Aircheck #1,272 Since May 2, 2002!

Sample: 99.5 WGAY (Silver Spring, MD) Washington DC | July 4, 1997 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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http://airchexx.com/2014/08/24/sample-99-5-wgay-silver-springs-md-washington-dc-july-4-1997/feed/ 4 99.5 Washington DC,Soft Rock,WGAY A crystal clear recording is what we're treated to on the old Soft Rock station at 99.5 FM. One would think that since 1997 was just yesterday (wasn't it?) that one of the old WGAY logos would be out there somewhere, A crystal clear recording is what we're treated to on the old Soft Rock station at 99.5 FM. One would think that since 1997 was just yesterday (wasn't it?) that one of the old WGAY logos would be out there somewhere, but multiple searches in different engines come up with the current CHR station, "Hot 99.5" WIHT.WGAY would stick with it's Soft Rock format until 1999, when it became WJMO.Aircheck #1,272 Since May 2, 2002! Airchexx.com no 8:17