Airchexx.com http://airchexx.com Where Classic Radio Lives Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:00:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1Where Classic Radio Lives Airchexx.com no Where Classic Radio Lives Airchexx.com http://airchexx.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpghttp://airchexx.com Kelly Tyler, WZNF Lumberton MS | January 11, 2008http://airchexx.com/2014/07/30/kelly-tyler-wznf-lumberton-ms-january-11-2008/ http://airchexx.com/2014/07/30/kelly-tyler-wznf-lumberton-ms-january-11-2008/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:00:15 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9386 Kelly Tyler, WZNF Lumberton MS | January 11, 2008 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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Its not often that we post recent airchecks, and 2008 was just yesterday. This was found in a box of things I brought up north here from Memphis, and if I remember correctly, I had asked Rich Brother Robbin, who was PD of our sister station, Classic Hits WSRR 98.1 The Cat, while I was still at WGKX Memphis, if he had any airchecks to donate to my Airchexx.com website. He opened a drawer and handed me, what turned out to be a few audition tapes, a couple of him in San Diego, a current aircheck of Rich Bro on The Cat, and this one. I figured it was a 3 minute demo. To my surprise, it was a virgin, hour and a half unscoped recording of Classic Rocker Z-95.3!

I can not tell you much about this radio station, other than sometime earlier this year it flipped to CHR as “The Gorilla”.

Kelly Tyler is the mid-day host, and sounds live, as opposed to voice tracked. The last few minutes of this 9 minute scope features the All-Request Lunch, they call it the Noontime Feeding Frenzy. Thats original!

95.3 Lumberton Beloxi MS WZNF The Gorilla Z95.3



Aircheck #1,265 since May 2, 2002!

Kelly Tyler, WZNF Lumberton MS | January 11, 2008 is a post from: Airchexx.com

]]> http://airchexx.com/2014/07/30/kelly-tyler-wznf-lumberton-ms-january-11-2008/feed/ 0 95.3 Beloxi MS,95.3 Lumberton MS,Kelly Tyler,WLNF,WLUN,WZNF Its not often that we post recent airchecks, and 2008 was just yesterday. This was found in a box of things I brought up north here from Memphis, and if I remember correctly, I had asked Rich Brother Robbin, who was PD of our sister station, Its not often that we post recent airchecks, and 2008 was just yesterday. This was found in a box of things I brought up north here from Memphis, and if I remember correctly, I had asked Rich Brother Robbin, who was PD of our sister station, Classic Hits WSRR 98.1 The Cat, while I was still at WGKX Memphis, if he had any airchecks to donate to my Airchexx.com website. He opened a drawer and handed me, what turned out to be a few audition tapes, a couple of him in San Diego, a current aircheck of Rich Bro on The Cat, and this one. I figured it was a 3 minute demo. To my surprise, it was a virgin, hour and a half unscoped recording of Classic Rocker Z-95.3!I can not tell you much about this radio station, other than sometime earlier this year it flipped to CHR as "The Gorilla".Kelly Tyler is the mid-day host, and sounds live, as opposed to voice tracked. The last few minutes of this 9 minute scope features the All-Request Lunch, they call it the Noontime Feeding Frenzy. Thats original!Aircheck #1,265 since May 2, 2002! Airchexx.com no 9:19 John Jacobs, 106.9 WWVV "The New Wave - Adventure Radio", Bluffton SC | February 2, 1999http://airchexx.com/2014/07/29/john-jacobs-106-9-wwvv-the-new-wave-adventure-radio-february-2-1999/ http://airchexx.com/2014/07/29/john-jacobs-106-9-wwvv-the-new-wave-adventure-radio-february-2-1999/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:00:32 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9378 John Jacobs, 106.9 WWVV “The New Wave – Adventure Radio”, Bluffton SC | February 2, 1999 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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Recorded in 1999, we join the last few minutes of Nina Blackwood’s Absolutely 80s show. Its one of those syndicated things that plays on weekends. Note, the ‘nbgradio.com’ web address given out by Blackwood is not in use – it leads to buydomains.com. At 10am (in this aircheck), John Jacobs takes over.

WWVV markets itself here as “The New Wave” and “Adventure Radio”. The station is put together with sweepers which lead the listener to think this is a CHR station, but in reality it is the then-new “Modern AC” format which features a lot of Alternative songs which have crossed into the Billboard pop charts. It would not surprise me if I researched ownership to find out it was owned by Entercom (they took the country station I worked at in 2000 Modern AC).

The audio is excellent, very little processing was done to restore this from the source cassette, except to scope out the music to comply with RIAA rules.

Today, 106.9 is Country WUBB, “Bob-FM”, and still serves the greater Savannah GA area. Click the logo below to go to the station’s official website.

106.9 Savannah Bluffton WWVV WUBB The New Wave Adventure Radio Bob-FM


Aircheck #1,264 since May 2, 2002!

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The Top 5 At 10 - A Sample of WSSX Charleston, SC | July 28, 1998http://airchexx.com/2014/07/28/the-top-5-at-10-a-sample-of-wssx-charleston-sc-july-28-1998/ http://airchexx.com/2014/07/28/the-top-5-at-10-a-sample-of-wssx-charleston-sc-july-28-1998/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:00:31 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9370 The Top 5 At 10 – A Sample of WSSX Charleston, SC | July 28, 1998 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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I wish I could tell you who the jock is on this aircheck, but in the 45 minutes of the original recording, he never says his name once. No jock imaging is heard… nothing! But its obvious from this 6-plus minute scope that 95-SX is all about the music and their audience.

We join the station at about 9:40pm. Its amazing. 1998 seems like just yesterday, and all the music (there is no music just a bit on the front and tail ends) seems as fresh as it was then. In 1998, the CHR format was still a good mix of Dance, Hip Hop, Pop and Rock, although it didn’t seem so back then, compared to earlier years.

The Top 5 at 10 is the five most requested songs of the day. At the end, listeners have a chance to call in and name all the artists and songs in order in 9 seconds for a chance to win. This particular night, the prize is tickets to the Carolina Power Jam!

As I remember it from my time living in the Charleston area (the Lowcountry, as they call it), radio was very good, even recovering as they were when I arrived from Hurricane Hugo (1989). There used to be a CHR station called Q107, which was off the air for a long time after the hurricane devastated the area. They returned for one week, then flipped to Country as Bubba 107.5. Bubba. Go figure! Bubba’s gone today, and the dial is much changed even since this recording.

Hopefully, someone remembers the jock and can tell us who he is.

95.1 FM Charleston 95SX WSSX Calvin Hicks Mitch Zano 2 Girls and a Guy in the Morning


Aircheck #1,262 since May 2, 2002!

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"Stuck In The 80s Weekend", 99.9 WFKS Palatka, FL | February 6, 1999http://airchexx.com/2014/07/27/stuck-in-the-80s-weekend-99-9-wfks-palatka-fl-february-6-1999/ http://airchexx.com/2014/07/27/stuck-in-the-80s-weekend-99-9-wfks-palatka-fl-february-6-1999/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:00:52 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9375 “Stuck In The 80s Weekend”, 99.9 WFKS Palatka, FL | February 6, 1999 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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As happens a lot in today’s consolidated radio world, WFKS “Kiss-FM” has moved around a bit, and now sits on 97.9 FM. 99.9 is a Country music station these days and goes by the name Gator Country – WGNE-FM. But what happened to this radio station is a mystery. The FCC database says 99.9 changed it’s call letters to WGNE-FM on 7/3/2000.

Here’s another aircheck where at no time in this 45 minute recording (scoped down to about 8 1/2 minutes) does the jock say his name. But he reads the liner cards pretty well. As they say, any job in radio post Telcom 96 is a good job. In 2000, the station was live, at least for much of the broadcast day as far as we can tell. “Kiss-FM” here was NOT a kids station. This was Adult CHR, and this “Stuck In The 80s Weekend” was likely aimed at all the soccer moms in WFKS’ market. It’s also a Win It Before You Can Buy It weekend (we all did those in the last 15 years!)!

This was recorded between 4:40 and 5:25 pm. Yes, the tape was recorded a bit hot, and so because the source recording was a bit distorted from high input volume, there’s not much I can do with the recording to clean it up.

99.9 Palatka WFKS WGNE Kiss-FM Gator Country


Aircheck #1,263 since May 2, 2002!

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Ed Williams, WCBS-FM New York | July 10, 1972http://airchexx.com/2014/07/26/ed-williams-on-wcbs-fm-new-york-july-10-1972/ http://airchexx.com/2014/07/26/ed-williams-on-wcbs-fm-new-york-july-10-1972/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:00:45 +0000 http://www.airchexx.com/contributors/henry-nelson/ed-williams-on-wcbs-fm-new-york-july-10-1972 Ed Williams, WCBS-FM New York | July 10, 1972 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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Courtesy of Contributor Henry Nelson (WHRK, WMC-FM), here’s one of the earliest incarnations that we can find of Oldies 101 WCBS-FM!

Were it not for Bill Gilliam giving the date at the start of the 10pm newscast, we’d have guessed this aircheck to be from 1971 or so.

Modern day programmers would cringe at Ed Williams’ delivery. Talking over the ends of songs, in most breaks, not a mention of the radio station call letters… I’m not sure where Williams went after WCBS-FM, but someone may know. This aircheck is so different from all the other ones of 101.1 that it’s not even worth comparing. If this is the overnight show (and I think this is, but it could be daytime) then the laid-back delivery fits, if not, then Williams was on an FM station going up against Ron Lundy over on WABC, and nobody was going to beat Lundy! Lots of do-wop songs in format, and while it’s cool to hear, certainly way out of place is hearing “If” by Bread, which would have been a recurrent since it was recorded the year before, in 1971.

There’s a lot of bleed through from an earlier recording on this tape, or there was a microphone on in the room… or perhaps interference from another radio station (although this is not likely because its on FM).

Heard toward the end of this recording is a short but full newscast delivered by Bill Gillian. The news starts out with Gillian telling us the date of this recording, and a ‘This Date in History’ segment (a nuclear test explosion). You’ll hear about a total eclipse occurring in NYC and seen around North America this date before the recording runs out.

101.1 FM New York WCBS-FM WABC-FM Bill Brown Bob Shannon Dan Taylor Ron Lundy Dan Ingram Harry Harrison Don Bombard Don K. Reed Bobby Wizzard Wayne Tom Tyler Ed Williams Steve Clark Roby Yonge K.O. Bayley Bob Elliott Les Turpin Bob Bob-A-Loo Lewis


Total Time: 6:36, Scoped

Ed Williams, WCBS-FM New York | July 10, 1972 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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The Chris Kelly Show, 1310 WXXX, Hattiesburg MS | 1963http://airchexx.com/2014/07/25/the-chris-kelly-show-1310-wxxx-hattiesburg-ms-1963/ http://airchexx.com/2014/07/25/the-chris-kelly-show-1310-wxxx-hattiesburg-ms-1963/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:00:17 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9367 The Chris Kelly Show, 1310 WXXX, Hattiesburg MS | 1963 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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“…At 6:30, the brand new WXXX disc jockey. He goes by the name of the Silent Man”

Not to be confused by a certain FM station in Burlington Vermont using these call letters, this amazing little AM station was Top 40 before some of the biggest Top 40 legendary stations in North America were.

Its amazing that there is even a logo out there for WXXX. More amazing is that there’s audio, presumably from someone’s reel to reel machine going back to 1963. Chris Kelly is disc jockey, newsman and weatherman. The station is what many small AM stations were up through the end of the 1970s, one man doing everything. This was recorded on a weekday, in the 5 pm hour. In fact, you’ll hear Kelly read news headlines at 5:30pm, about 30 seconds into this aircheck.

Listen to the long jingles. Someone probably knows what jingle company produced them, they certainly aren’t PAMS, and not likely Johnny Mann. Gwinsound?

WXXX “The Tiger” or “Tiger Radio” as it was called, presumably was a daytime only radio station. Its said that Hattiesburg Mississippi is the birthplace of Rock and Roll because of an artist from that city who recorded two songs in the 1930s that had all the elements of Rock and Roll – essentially they were Rock and Roll songs! What we wouldn’t give to hear them. Its not known if those songs were ever played on WXXX, or if the station was even on the air in the 1930s. In fact, there’s almost no written history about WXXX, which makes locating a logo for this station all the more interesting.

This is the only known aircheck of 1310 WXXX, at least this early in the 1960s. If you know of one online or if you have a tape of this station, we’d certainly be interested in knowing about it. Use the ‘Contact Us’ link to send email.

1310 Hattiesburg WXXX Chris Kelly


Aircheck #1,261 since May 2, 2002!

The Chris Kelly Show, 1310 WXXX, Hattiesburg MS | 1963 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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http://airchexx.com/2014/07/25/the-chris-kelly-show-1310-wxxx-hattiesburg-ms-1963/feed/ 0 1310 Hattiesburg,Chris Kelly,WXXX "...At 6:30, the brand new WXXX disc jockey. He goes by the name of the Silent Man" - Not to be confused by a certain FM station in Burlington Vermont using these call letters, this amazing little AM station was Top 40 before some of the biggest Top ... "...At 6:30, the brand new WXXX disc jockey. He goes by the name of the Silent Man"Not to be confused by a certain FM station in Burlington Vermont using these call letters, this amazing little AM station was Top 40 before some of the biggest Top 40 legendary stations in North America were.Its amazing that there is even a logo out there for WXXX. More amazing is that there's audio, presumably from someone's reel to reel machine going back to 1963. Chris Kelly is disc jockey, newsman and weatherman. The station is what many small AM stations were up through the end of the 1970s, one man doing everything. This was recorded on a weekday, in the 5 pm hour. In fact, you'll hear Kelly read news headlines at 5:30pm, about 30 seconds into this aircheck.Listen to the long jingles. Someone probably knows what jingle company produced them, they certainly aren't PAMS, and not likely Johnny Mann. Gwinsound?WXXX "The Tiger" or "Tiger Radio" as it was called, presumably was a daytime only radio station. Its said that Hattiesburg Mississippi is the birthplace of Rock and Roll because of an artist from that city who recorded two songs in the 1930s that had all the elements of Rock and Roll - essentially they were Rock and Roll songs! What we wouldn't give to hear them. Its not known if those songs were ever played on WXXX, or if the station was even on the air in the 1930s. In fact, there's almost no written history about WXXX, which makes locating a logo for this station all the more interesting.This is the only known aircheck of 1310 WXXX, at least this early in the 1960s. If you know of one online or if you have a tape of this station, we'd certainly be interested in knowing about it. Use the 'Contact Us' link to send email.Aircheck #1,261 since May 2, 2002! Airchexx.com no 5:15
Bwana Johnny, 1260 KYA San Francisco | 1969http://airchexx.com/2014/07/24/bwana-johnny-1260-kya-san-francisco-1969/ http://airchexx.com/2014/07/24/bwana-johnny-1260-kya-san-francisco-1969/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:32 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9363 Bwana Johnny, 1260 KYA San Francisco | 1969 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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No serious discussion of the history of San Francisco Top 40 radio would be complete without acknowledging the contributions of 5,000 watt 1260 KYA.

Nobody will dispute that 610 KFRC was the reigning king of Top 40. Its powerful signal, with the longer 610 khz wavelength travelled much further and penetrated buildings better. It had the promotion budget of a broadcasting monolith, comparable in size with today’s WalMart. RKO General had its fingers in Tires, movies and of course, broadcasting. And most important, KFRC had Bill Drake.

KYA had none of that. But it did have a consistent format, fun and uptempo jocks and the hits of the day.

Bwana Johnny was one such jock. Listen and be pleasantly surprised at how good Johnny sounds, and how streamlined KYA is. KYA, as demonstrated here, plays ALL the hits. Some of the highlights of this aircheck are:

Lots of recurrents (oldies, in 1969), as this is a “Golden Weekend”.
A 20/20 Triple Play (wow, three songs back to back?!)
Jingles in most places, but at about 5:30 into the recording, a song is played out of a commercial break (presumably at the :52 slot in the hour), then into a Top of the Hour jingle/jock patter at 10:00 pm. This was the night show, after all.

Since this is scoped, you don’t notice the seven minute live “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley. Seven minutes! Bill Drake consulting KFRC would have died of heart failure!

The recording ends with a song by Ray Charles. As you’ll notice, KYA had a clean, well processed audio chain. No reverb, crisp audio, and its important to note that I did not have to do any audio restoration. What you hear is right off the tape.

1260 San Francisco KYA


Aircheck #1,260 (note the irony!) since May 2, 2002!

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http://airchexx.com/2014/07/24/bwana-johnny-1260-kya-san-francisco-1969/feed/ 0 1260 San Francisco,Bwana Johnny,KOIT,KSFB,KXLR,KYA No serious discussion of the history of San Francisco Top 40 radio would be complete without acknowledging the contributions of 5,000 watt 1260 KYA. - Nobody will dispute that 610 KFRC was the reigning king of Top 40. Its powerful signal, No serious discussion of the history of San Francisco Top 40 radio would be complete without acknowledging the contributions of 5,000 watt 1260 KYA.Nobody will dispute that 610 KFRC was the reigning king of Top 40. Its powerful signal, with the longer 610 khz wavelength travelled much further and penetrated buildings better. It had the promotion budget of a broadcasting monolith, comparable in size with today's WalMart. RKO General had its fingers in Tires, movies and of course, broadcasting. And most important, KFRC had Bill Drake.KYA had none of that. But it did have a consistent format, fun and uptempo jocks and the hits of the day.Bwana Johnny was one such jock. Listen and be pleasantly surprised at how good Johnny sounds, and how streamlined KYA is. KYA, as demonstrated here, plays ALL the hits. Some of the highlights of this aircheck are:Lots of recurrents (oldies, in 1969), as this is a "Golden Weekend". A 20/20 Triple Play (wow, three songs back to back?!) Jingles in most places, but at about 5:30 into the recording, a song is played out of a commercial break (presumably at the :52 slot in the hour), then into a Top of the Hour jingle/jock patter at 10:00 pm. This was the night show, after all.Since this is scoped, you don't notice the seven minute live "Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley. Seven minutes! Bill Drake consulting KFRC would have died of heart failure!The recording ends with a song by Ray Charles. As you'll notice, KYA had a clean, well processed audio chain. No reverb, crisp audio, and its important to note that I did not have to do any audio restoration. What you hear is right off the tape.Aircheck #1,260 (note the irony!) since May 2, 2002! Airchexx.com no 9:21
Dave Diamond, 610 KFRC San Francisco | 1970http://airchexx.com/2014/07/23/dave-diamond-610-kfrc-san-francisco-1970/ http://airchexx.com/2014/07/23/dave-diamond-610-kfrc-san-francisco-1970/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:46 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9360 Dave Diamond, 610 KFRC San Francisco | 1970 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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A KFRC original tape is featured this time around. The tape is worn, with a lot of white noise that even with noise reduction tools, I couldn’t remove too much without this sounding like it being played under water. Still, cleaned up and brightened up as much as possible, here’s as close a representation we can get of KFRC in the Diamond Mine – playing those Oldies but goodies (and a few currents) on a GOLDEN WEEKEND on KFRC!

Diamond is smooth, and executes the format very well, although discerning ears can catch one gaff the second to last break of this aircheck where Mr. Diamond steps on a song intro. Imagine yourself in the studio waiting for the hotline to light up and Bill Drake on the line…. ‘hello?’ / Diamond, PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL!!! Ya just stepped all over the intro! NOw, No pressure…’… well, okay, maybe drake wasn’t a screamer, but that hotline WOULD ring. Drake never missed a mistake!

Lets stay positive. This is the best representation of everything GOOD about the Bill Drake/RKO General, Boss Radio Top 40 format. Also of what some programmers at the time said were the WORST things about said Drake format. Most of all, however, is just to remember this fondly, turn it up and have FUN! That’s why you come here in the first place!

610 San Francisco, KFRC


Aircheck #1,259 Since May 2, 2002!

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http://airchexx.com/2014/07/23/dave-diamond-610-kfrc-san-francisco-1970/feed/ 0 610 San Francisco,Bill Lee,Boss Radio,Candi Chamberlain,Car Radio,Charlie Van Dyke,Dave Diamond,Dave Scholin,Don Lee,Dr. Don Rose,John Mac Flannigan,KEAR A KFRC original tape is featured this time around. The tape is worn, with a lot of white noise that even with noise reduction tools, I couldn't remove too much without this sounding like it being played under water. Still, A KFRC original tape is featured this time around. The tape is worn, with a lot of white noise that even with noise reduction tools, I couldn't remove too much without this sounding like it being played under water. Still, cleaned up and brightened up as much as possible, here's as close a representation we can get of KFRC in the Diamond Mine - playing those Oldies but goodies (and a few currents) on a GOLDEN WEEKEND on KFRC!Diamond is smooth, and executes the format very well, although discerning ears can catch one gaff the second to last break of this aircheck where Mr. Diamond steps on a song intro. Imagine yourself in the studio waiting for the hotline to light up and Bill Drake on the line.... 'hello?' / Diamond, PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL!!! Ya just stepped all over the intro! NOw, No pressure...'... well, okay, maybe drake wasn't a screamer, but that hotline WOULD ring. Drake never missed a mistake!Lets stay positive. This is the best representation of everything GOOD about the Bill Drake/RKO General, Boss Radio Top 40 format. Also of what some programmers at the time said were the WORST things about said Drake format. Most of all, however, is just to remember this fondly, turn it up and have FUN! That's why you come here in the first place!Aircheck #1,259 Since May 2, 2002! Airchexx.com no 8:57
Rob Collins/McEnzie Clark, 105.7 WZNY "Y105″ Augusta, GA | 1997http://airchexx.com/2014/07/22/rob-collinsmcenzie-clark-105-7-wzny-y105-augusta-ga-1997/ http://airchexx.com/2014/07/22/rob-collinsmcenzie-clark-105-7-wzny-y105-augusta-ga-1997/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:00:02 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9353 Rob Collins/McEnzie Clark, 105.7 WZNY “Y105″ Augusta, GA | 1997 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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Here’s a station that holds the airchexx.com record of a station with the most call letters in it’s history. Oh sure, there are undoubtedly other stations in North America which have had more sets of call letters, but none are featured here. Today’s WSCG “G-105.7″ is a Country station. It went on the air in 1957, then, as WAUG-FM, and over the years has held the following call letters:
WEKL, WIBL, WLTO, WYMX, WFMG, WSCG and WZNY. And if you want to really get confused, the current station got its start on 102.3 in 1994. So there.

Here’s CHR WZNY “Y-105″ when the station leaned to the more Rock-based Modern AC. The station was playing everything from Dishwalla to Jewel to Ce Ce Penniston. Standard late-90s fare and a whole lot more creative than anything on CHR radio today (IMHO). This scope runs just over 5 minutes, begins with Rob Collins and ends with McEnzie(sp?) Clark.

105.7 Augusta WZNY WSCG Rob Collins McEnzie Clark


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Rob Collins/McEnzie Clark, 105.7 WZNY “Y105″ Augusta, GA | 1997 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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http://airchexx.com/2014/07/22/rob-collinsmcenzie-clark-105-7-wzny-y105-augusta-ga-1997/feed/ 0 105.7 Augusta GA,McEnzie Clark,Rob Collins,WAUG,WEKL,WFMG,WIBL,WLTO,WSCG,WYMX,WZNY,Y105 Here's a station that holds the airchexx.com record of a station with the most call letters in it's history. Oh sure, there are undoubtedly other stations in North America which have had more sets of call letters, but none are featured here. Here's a station that holds the airchexx.com record of a station with the most call letters in it's history. Oh sure, there are undoubtedly other stations in North America which have had more sets of call letters, but none are featured here. Today's WSCG "G-105.7" is a Country station. It went on the air in 1957, then, as WAUG-FM, and over the years has held the following call letters: WEKL, WIBL, WLTO, WYMX, WFMG, WSCG and WZNY. And if you want to really get confused, the current station got its start on 102.3 in 1994. So there.Here's CHR WZNY "Y-105" when the station leaned to the more Rock-based Modern AC. The station was playing everything from Dishwalla to Jewel to Ce Ce Penniston. Standard late-90s fare and a whole lot more creative than anything on CHR radio today (IMHO). This scope runs just over 5 minutes, begins with Rob Collins and ends with McEnzie(sp?) Clark.Aircheck #1,257 Since May 2, 2002! Airchexx.com no 5:14
Ron Landry, 1360 WDRC Hartford | June 18, 1965http://airchexx.com/2014/07/21/ron-landry-1360-wdrc-hartford-june-18-1965/ http://airchexx.com/2014/07/21/ron-landry-1360-wdrc-hartford-june-18-1965/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:00:36 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9346 Ron Landry, 1360 WDRC Hartford | June 18, 1965 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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What New England radio stations come to mind when you think back to the 1960s? Certainly, anyone within the signal contour of New York’s WABC remember, but the big stations in Connecticut and Massachusetts doing Top 40 radio included Boston’s 1510 WMEX, WBZ 1030, and by 1967, WRKO. In Hartford, WPOP on 1410 was in the format, as were other stations in Waterbury, Norwich and New Haven.

The largest station in Hartford in 1965 was also the first radio station put on the air in the state.

Here’s Ron Landry on WDRC AM 1360 from 6/18/65. In 1965, Top 40 radio had screaming jocks and rarely played more than two songs in a row, in fact, if you listen closely you won’t find two records back to back at all. Now, its been said, accurately, that most disc jockeys on Top 40 radio in the 60s and 70s were pushing pimple cream and all things for teens. Certainly that’s true for WDRC as well, as the station is well into it’s “Big D Beatle Derby”, giving away tickets to the Beatles concert at Shea Stadium. But the commercial breaks actually lack much in the way of pimple cream. Heard more than anything are beer commercials, most notably, Nickerbocker Beer with a long jingle (you’ll probably want to sing along!) and even Shaffer Beer. Lots of car dealer spots here too.

What were Nepco Franks?
What did “NOBG in Big D” mean? That’s been bugging me for years!

Contributor Steven Green sent this in a long time ago, so you can see how far backed up we are with aircheck posts. Thanks, Steven!

1360 AM Hartford, WDRC, Big D


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Ron Landry, 1360 WDRC Hartford | June 18, 1965 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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http://airchexx.com/2014/07/21/ron-landry-1360-wdrc-hartford-june-18-1965/feed/ 3 102.9 WDRC-FM,1360 Hartford,Brad Davis,Crazy Jerry Kristaffer,Dick Robinson,Dr. Don Brooks,Ken Gilbert,Ron Landry,WDRC What New England radio stations come to mind when you think back to the 1960s? Certainly, anyone within the signal contour of New York's WABC remember, but the big stations in Connecticut and Massachusetts doing Top 40 radio included Boston's 1510 WMEX, What New England radio stations come to mind when you think back to the 1960s? Certainly, anyone within the signal contour of New York's WABC remember, but the big stations in Connecticut and Massachusetts doing Top 40 radio included Boston's 1510 WMEX, WBZ 1030, and by 1967, WRKO. In Hartford, WPOP on 1410 was in the format, as were other stations in Waterbury, Norwich and New Haven.The largest station in Hartford in 1965 was also the first radio station put on the air in the state.Here's Ron Landry on WDRC AM 1360 from 6/18/65. In 1965, Top 40 radio had screaming jocks and rarely played more than two songs in a row, in fact, if you listen closely you won't find two records back to back at all. Now, its been said, accurately, that most disc jockeys on Top 40 radio in the 60s and 70s were pushing pimple cream and all things for teens. Certainly that's true for WDRC as well, as the station is well into it's "Big D Beatle Derby", giving away tickets to the Beatles concert at Shea Stadium. But the commercial breaks actually lack much in the way of pimple cream. Heard more than anything are beer commercials, most notably, Nickerbocker Beer with a long jingle (you'll probably want to sing along!) and even Shaffer Beer. Lots of car dealer spots here too.What were Nepco Franks? What did "NOBG in Big D" mean? That's been bugging me for years!Contributor Steven Green sent this in a long time ago, so you can see how far backed up we are with aircheck posts. Thanks, Steven!Aircheck #1,256 since May 2, 2002! Airchexx.com no 33:32