Airchexx.com http://airchexx.com Where Classic Radio Lives Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:00:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1Where Classic Radio Lives Airchexx.com no Where Classic Radio Lives Airchexx.com http://airchexx.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpghttp://airchexx.com Lea Hamilton, 102.7 WVAZ Chicago | July, 1990http://airchexx.com/2014/11/27/lea-hamilton-102-7-wvaz-chicago-july-1990/ http://airchexx.com/2014/11/27/lea-hamilton-102-7-wvaz-chicago-july-1990/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:00:11 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9592 Lea Hamilton, 102.7 WVAZ Chicago | July, 1990 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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“V 103, The Best Variety of Hits and Dustys”

Six minutes of Classic Soul are heard here in this 1990 recording showcased by aircheck distributor California Aircheck. Our Contributor donated a large number of these Market Profile tapes to our archives many years ago, and we’re not even close to posting all of them.

Note that 102.7 was just two years into new call letters, having used the WBMX call letters from the 1970s until 1988. WBMX calls would be picked up by 98.5 in Boston shortly thereafter.

Click HERE, HERE, and HERE for more information about the WBMX Call Letters.

Back to V103. Ken Smith is heard with Shadow Traffic, twice. Deborah Scott has V103 News – all reports are scoped, unfortunately. It came to us this way. Shadow Traffic is now The Total Traffic Network, owned by iHeartMedia, inc.

Toward the end of this aircheck, listen for a feature called “The V103 5 O’Clock Flashback”.

A parade of companies owned 102.7 Chicago since its launch in 1950. Sonderling Broadcasting, Broadcast Partners and Chancellor Media which eventually merged with Clear Channel Communications
Clear Channel Communications changed its name to iHeartMedia, inc. in September, 2014.

102.7 Chicago WVAZ iHeartMedia


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http://airchexx.com/2014/11/27/lea-hamilton-102-7-wvaz-chicago-july-1990/feed/ 0 102.7 Chicago,Debrah Scott,Ken Smith,Lee Hamilton,Shadow Traffic,V103,WBMX,WBMX-FM,WVAZ "V 103, The Best Variety of Hits and Dustys" - Six minutes of Classic Soul are heard here in this 1990 recording showcased by aircheck distributor California Aircheck. Our Contributor donated a large number of these Market Profile tapes to our archiv... "V 103, The Best Variety of Hits and Dustys"Six minutes of Classic Soul are heard here in this 1990 recording showcased by aircheck distributor California Aircheck. Our Contributor donated a large number of these Market Profile tapes to our archives many years ago, and we're not even close to posting all of them.Note that 102.7 was just two years into new call letters, having used the WBMX call letters from the 1970s until 1988. WBMX calls would be picked up by 98.5 in Boston shortly thereafter.Click HERE, HERE, and HERE for more information about the WBMX Call Letters.Back to V103. Ken Smith is heard with Shadow Traffic, twice. Deborah Scott has V103 News - all reports are scoped, unfortunately. It came to us this way. Shadow Traffic is now The Total Traffic Network, owned by iHeartMedia, inc.Toward the end of this aircheck, listen for a feature called "The V103 5 O'Clock Flashback".A parade of companies owned 102.7 Chicago since its launch in 1950. Sonderling Broadcasting, Broadcast Partners and Chancellor Media which eventually merged with Clear Channel Communications Clear Channel Communications changed its name to iHeartMedia, inc. in September, 2014.Aircheck #1,302 since May 2, 2002! Aircheck courtesy of California Aircheck, via Contributor Robyn Watts!Click to hear other Airchecks by Contributor Robyn Watts @RobynWatts #RobynWatts #iHeartMedia #LeaHamilton #DeborahScott #KenSmith #ShadowTraffic #V103 #WVAZ #Chicago @Airchexx Airchexx.com no 6:09
Brad Pierce, 550 WGNG Pawtucket (Providence) | 1974http://airchexx.com/2014/11/23/brad-pierce-550-wgng-pawtucket-providence-1974/ http://airchexx.com/2014/11/23/brad-pierce-550-wgng-pawtucket-providence-1974/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:00:48 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9579 Brad Pierce, 550 WGNG Pawtucket (Providence) | 1974 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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“Nine out of ten prizes have been won in the Win 10 Bin…”

This runs just over 5 minutes. But in those 5 minutes, think back to how AM radio sounded like right in the middle of the 70s. AM was still KING. And WGNG is fondly remembered by many as the best hit music station in Providence, pre-dating the reign of FM powerhouse 92.1 WPRO-FM by a few years.

Best remembered is probably Brad Pierce. While there were many, Pierce seemed to be the smooth talking favorite. Even once featured in a radio publication called “Programmer’s Digest”.

WGNG is right in the middle of a contest called the “Win 10 Bin”. Listeners had to write down each prize as they heard it on WGNG, then be the 13th caller in, and read back the list of prizes from one to 10… or, up to whatever number prize was next. In this case, listen at the four minute mark for Kim McFall of Providence, who was the correct caller and read back the first nine prizes correctly. You’ll have to listen in to find out if she got number 10 right for ten thousand dollars!

This is tight, well processed AM radio, which would have sounded fantastic except for the condition of the source tape, which was a little worn, but otherwise provides us with another glorious glimpse into the storied past of Top 40 radio broadcasting!

550 Providence Pawtucket WGNG Brad Pierce


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http://airchexx.com/2014/11/23/brad-pierce-550-wgng-pawtucket-providence-1974/feed/ 1 550 Pawtucket,550 Providence,Brad Pierce,Steve Bleecker,WGNG,WSJW "Nine out of ten prizes have been won in the Win 10 Bin..." - This runs just over 5 minutes. But in those 5 minutes, think back to how AM radio sounded like right in the middle of the 70s. AM was still KING. "Nine out of ten prizes have been won in the Win 10 Bin..."This runs just over 5 minutes. But in those 5 minutes, think back to how AM radio sounded like right in the middle of the 70s. AM was still KING. And WGNG is fondly remembered by many as the best hit music station in Providence, pre-dating the reign of FM powerhouse 92.1 WPRO-FM by a few years.Best remembered is probably Brad Pierce. While there were many, Pierce seemed to be the smooth talking favorite. Even once featured in a radio publication called "Programmer's Digest".WGNG is right in the middle of a contest called the "Win 10 Bin". Listeners had to write down each prize as they heard it on WGNG, then be the 13th caller in, and read back the list of prizes from one to 10... or, up to whatever number prize was next. In this case, listen at the four minute mark for Kim McFall of Providence, who was the correct caller and read back the first nine prizes correctly. You'll have to listen in to find out if she got number 10 right for ten thousand dollars!This is tight, well processed AM radio, which would have sounded fantastic except for the condition of the source tape, which was a little worn, but otherwise provides us with another glorious glimpse into the storied past of Top 40 radio broadcasting!Aircheck #1,301 since May 2, 2002! Aircheck courtesy of Contributor Steve Bleecker Airchexx.com no 5:25
Composite: 107.9 WXKS-FM Medford (Boston) | February 8, 2000http://airchexx.com/2014/11/22/composite-107-9-wxks-fm-medford-boston-february-8-2000/ http://airchexx.com/2014/11/22/composite-107-9-wxks-fm-medford-boston-february-8-2000/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:00:11 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9576 Composite: 107.9 WXKS-FM Medford (Boston) | February 8, 2000 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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Its finally 2000. Four years after Telcom ’96 began the steady stream of consolidation of radio groups, most of the major market stations are still live and intact.

This is Boston! One of America’s greatest hotbeds of Radio Talent, and one of the best who ever did it, the late, legendary Dale Dorman starts off this late afternoon/evening composite showcasing the incredible variety of music that this one time Urban-leaning CHR giant was playing!

Two things about this aircheck that stick out, aside from the music. First, this is Dale Dorman’s final hour for the day. In the 5pm hour we should be hearing more of Uncle Dale, but sadly, Dorman was obviously hemmed in by the format. But we do get to hear an upbeat Dale Dorman, apparently happy this particular day (but he always sounded happy on the air!). Second, YOU, the listener, don’t notice it but I did while editing… I often leave airchecks like this, some 14 years old, with the commercial breaks remaining in. My theory is, at some point in time, even the most mundane commercials have some historical value. But aside from some station promos and one spot for a nightclub, I edited out the stop sets, because these 7-9 minute commercial breaks are a killer. Probably an audience killer as well, I can just imagine the button pushing that occurs when the stop sets start… half the audience probably flipped to WBMX. But I digress.

Second half of this aircheck features Artie the One Man Party. This guy’s good. Uptempo, a few less spots starting at 6pm… but they bury everything in 50 minute music sets so that listeners think there’s fewer commercials. Oh, 6pm? Cue Anthony Silva’s newscast on WBZ.

While this is scoped, this really IS a good aircheck. Be amazed listening to Kiss-108 opening with Country group Lonestar’s “Amazed” (okay, my pet peeve here, they took a great Country song and took out the steel guitars and turned it into a mushy pop song. Eeewww.). Listen for lots of Pop-Rock and Boy Bands… and Ricky Martin (another Eeewww… just sayin’!).

One final note. There’s one thing about this which made Kiss-108 stand out. Imaging voiced by the great Ernie Anderson! And the production was absolutely TOP NOTCH! What else did you expect from Jeff Berlin?

J.J. Wright Dale Dorman WXKS-FM Kiss-108 680 Boston WRKO


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http://airchexx.com/2014/11/22/composite-107-9-wxks-fm-medford-boston-february-8-2000/feed/ 0 107.9 Boston,Artie the One Man Party,Dale Dorman,Kiss 108,Kiss Club,WWEL,WXKS-FM Its finally 2000. Four years after Telcom '96 began the steady stream of consolidation of radio groups, most of the major market stations are still live and intact. - This is Boston! One of America's greatest hotbeds of Radio Talent, Its finally 2000. Four years after Telcom '96 began the steady stream of consolidation of radio groups, most of the major market stations are still live and intact.This is Boston! One of America's greatest hotbeds of Radio Talent, and one of the best who ever did it, the late, legendary Dale Dorman starts off this late afternoon/evening composite showcasing the incredible variety of music that this one time Urban-leaning CHR giant was playing!Two things about this aircheck that stick out, aside from the music. First, this is Dale Dorman's final hour for the day. In the 5pm hour we should be hearing more of Uncle Dale, but sadly, Dorman was obviously hemmed in by the format. But we do get to hear an upbeat Dale Dorman, apparently happy this particular day (but he always sounded happy on the air!). Second, YOU, the listener, don't notice it but I did while editing... I often leave airchecks like this, some 14 years old, with the commercial breaks remaining in. My theory is, at some point in time, even the most mundane commercials have some historical value. But aside from some station promos and one spot for a nightclub, I edited out the stop sets, because these 7-9 minute commercial breaks are a killer. Probably an audience killer as well, I can just imagine the button pushing that occurs when the stop sets start... half the audience probably flipped to WBMX. But I digress.Second half of this aircheck features Artie the One Man Party. This guy's good. Uptempo, a few less spots starting at 6pm... but they bury everything in 50 minute music sets so that listeners think there's fewer commercials. Oh, 6pm? Cue Anthony Silva's newscast on WBZ.While this is scoped, this really IS a good aircheck. Be amazed listening to Kiss-108 opening with Country group Lonestar's "Amazed" (okay, my pet peeve here, they took a great Country song and took out the steel guitars and turned it into a mushy pop song. Eeewww.). Listen for lots of Pop-Rock and Boy Bands... and Ricky Martin (another Eeewww... just sayin'!).One final note. There's one thing about this which made Kiss-108 stand out. Imaging voiced by the great Ernie Anderson! And the production was absolutely TOP NOTCH! What else did you expect from Jeff Berlin?Aircheck #1,300 since May 2, 2002! Aircheck courtesy of Big Apple Airchecks Airchexx.com no 13:24
QuickChexx: Terri Hemmert, 93.1 WXRT Chicago | June 12, 1991http://airchexx.com/2014/11/20/quickchexx-terri-hemmert-93-1-wxrt-chicago-june-12-1991/ http://airchexx.com/2014/11/20/quickchexx-terri-hemmert-93-1-wxrt-chicago-june-12-1991/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:00:02 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9571 QuickChexx: Terri Hemmert, 93.1 WXRT Chicago | June 12, 1991 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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A very pleasant voice greets listeners to the Terri Hemmert Show on 93-XRT. Chicago had a really GREAT, Quality Rock station with a wide variety of Rock – at least for a few years.

This is very short, just 4:47, all scoped down nicely to comply with copyright law. We comply with the ‘Fair Use’ clause in all cases, only keeping just enough music to put the listener in a moment in time, in context of the broadcast at hand.

We know virtually nothing about Terri Hemmert, but she’s a featured jock on California Aircheck tape #S-206, contributed by Robyn Watts. Date verification was easy. While not listed on the tape, the list of “Today in History” birthdays gives the date away.

Thanks again to Robyn Watts. She and Big Apple Airchecks are our most valuable contributors!

93.1 Chicago WXRT Terri Hemmert


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http://airchexx.com/2014/11/20/quickchexx-terri-hemmert-93-1-wxrt-chicago-june-12-1991/feed/ 1 A very pleasant voice greets listeners to the Terri Hemmert Show on 93-XRT. Chicago had a really GREAT, Quality Rock station with a wide variety of Rock - at least for a few years. - This is very short, just 4:47, A very pleasant voice greets listeners to the Terri Hemmert Show on 93-XRT. Chicago had a really GREAT, Quality Rock station with a wide variety of Rock - at least for a few years.This is very short, just 4:47, all scoped down nicely to comply with copyright law. We comply with the 'Fair Use' clause in all cases, only keeping just enough music to put the listener in a moment in time, in context of the broadcast at hand.We know virtually nothing about Terri Hemmert, but she's a featured jock on California Aircheck tape #S-206, contributed by Robyn Watts. Date verification was easy. While not listed on the tape, the list of "Today in History" birthdays gives the date away.Thanks again to Robyn Watts. She and Big Apple Airchecks are our most valuable contributors!Aircheck #1,299 since May 2, 2002!Tape Courtesy of California Aircheck Airchexx.com no 4:48
QuickChexx: Chip Hobart, 68 WRKO Boston | 1974http://airchexx.com/2014/11/19/quickchexx-chip-hobart-68-wrko-boston-1974/ http://airchexx.com/2014/11/19/quickchexx-chip-hobart-68-wrko-boston-1974/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:00:15 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9568 QuickChexx: Chip Hobart, 68 WRKO Boston | 1974 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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Running about 3 minutes, Courtesy of Contributor Steve Bleecker, here’s a short, clean, and well processed WRKO featuring Chip Hobart. I’m guessing the year 1974 here, since the tape came without the date on it. Could be ’73. Somebody knows.

WRKO is using their original jingle package. Sparingly. The Drake era was over, and it’s apparent that WRKO is playing a lot of album cuts. Strange, in a way, as the big thing happening (at least in Boston) on FM was Album Oriented Rock. WBCN at 104.1 was just emerging as a rocker, coming out of its Classical era. 94.5 WCOZ was “Cozy”, a Beautiful Music station playing orchestrated contemporary music without singers. WCOZ would famously go on into the world of AOR, and in 1978 Programmer John Sebastion would take the station all hard rock with the moniker “Kick Ass Rock and Roll”. There would be others. But here at this point in time, WRKO has the Top 40 audience AND the Rock audience pretty much to itself.

Chip Hobart sounds very comfortable in the format, if not laid back, in the style that many of the emerging, aforementioned AOR stations used. Its so strange to hear WRKO in this quasi-AOR approach to Top 40 that its sort of wierd. Certainly, most of the broadcast day was more up-tempo than this (and I’m guessing that this was at night, but again, no liner notes allude to date or time), and the jocks were world-class… even for 1974. The late Dale Dorman was doing wakeups and Dorman was anything but laid back!

I wish this was longer, but just over three minutes is all we have of Chip Hobart, and the WRKO of this era. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the little bit presented here in the interest of preservation of Radio History.

680 Boston WRKO Chip Hobart, Dale Dorman Johnny Dark Harry Nelson JJ Jordan JJ Wright Mike Addams Eric Chase Charlie Van Dyke Jordan Rich JJ Jeffrey Charlie Fox 68 RKO


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http://airchexx.com/2014/11/19/quickchexx-chip-hobart-68-wrko-boston-1974/feed/ 5 680 Boston,Charlie Van Dyke,Chip Hobart,chuck knapp,Dale Dorman,J.J. Wright,JJ Jeffrey,Mike Addams,WNAC,wrko Running about 3 minutes, Courtesy of Contributor Steve Bleecker, here's a short, clean, and well processed WRKO featuring Chip Hobart. I'm guessing the year 1974 here, since the tape came without the date on it. Could be '73. Somebody knows. - Running about 3 minutes, Courtesy of Contributor Steve Bleecker, here's a short, clean, and well processed WRKO featuring Chip Hobart. I'm guessing the year 1974 here, since the tape came without the date on it. Could be '73. Somebody knows.WRKO is using their original jingle package. Sparingly. The Drake era was over, and it's apparent that WRKO is playing a lot of album cuts. Strange, in a way, as the big thing happening (at least in Boston) on FM was Album Oriented Rock. WBCN at 104.1 was just emerging as a rocker, coming out of its Classical era. 94.5 WCOZ was "Cozy", a Beautiful Music station playing orchestrated contemporary music without singers. WCOZ would famously go on into the world of AOR, and in 1978 Programmer John Sebastion would take the station all hard rock with the moniker "Kick Ass Rock and Roll". There would be others. But here at this point in time, WRKO has the Top 40 audience AND the Rock audience pretty much to itself.Chip Hobart sounds very comfortable in the format, if not laid back, in the style that many of the emerging, aforementioned AOR stations used. Its so strange to hear WRKO in this quasi-AOR approach to Top 40 that its sort of wierd. Certainly, most of the broadcast day was more up-tempo than this (and I'm guessing that this was at night, but again, no liner notes allude to date or time), and the jocks were world-class... even for 1974. The late Dale Dorman was doing wakeups and Dorman was anything but laid back!I wish this was longer, but just over three minutes is all we have of Chip Hobart, and the WRKO of this era. I'm sure you'll enjoy the little bit presented here in the interest of preservation of Radio History.Aircheck #1,298 since May 2, 2002! Airchexx.com no 2:34
Bill Wright, WIBG 990 Philadelphia | August 1, 1966http://airchexx.com/2014/11/18/bill-wright-wibg-990-philadelphia-august-1-1966/ http://airchexx.com/2014/11/18/bill-wright-wibg-990-philadelphia-august-1-1966/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:00:04 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9565 Bill Wright, WIBG 990 Philadelphia | August 1, 1966 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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“Look out everybody, this is hot wax!!!”

We begin by warning listeners: The audio quality on this recording is horrible. Despite my best efforts, the tape sounds muddy, grainy, has dropouts and a very strange echo, which I believe is caused by old oxide audio bleedthrough. What I mean by that is, sometimes when a tape has been sitting for a very long time (and we’re talking several decades here), the sounds on a tape actually bleed through to the next layer of tape – remember, cassette tape is wound on a capstan and the tape on the takeup reel may not have moved in 30 years.

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s the description of a recording from a time when WIBG, “Wibbage”, was the undesputed king of Top 40 music.

This begins coming out of a newscast read by Chris Davis. Not much to say about this, except that you’ll notice that they give complete weather forecasts including temperature, sky conditions and even barometric pressure. Things that were later considered ‘full service’ elements. You’ll hear that on the next newscast as well.

Bill Wright is the assigned jock. Capable, witty and talks between EVERY RECORD! Now, that may seem strange by today’s standards, but from the dawn of Top 40 radio in the 1950s until the mid and late 1960s, this was the most commonly used approach to the format. Stations like WABC, WLS, KHJ and so on, they were the pioneers of streamlining Top 40 radio without watering down the talent.

Notice the amount of ‘live copy’. Bill Wright seems to have a live commercial to read after every other record. And in general, it’s obvious that WIBG was very sold out. There weren’t any commercial breaks, per se. They air one or two spots after every song… or two. This approach was largely abandoned in later years as the 60s turned into the 70s. It may even have been what caused the demise of WIBG when WFIL began its Top 40 format in 1966. But there are lots of people who were there and remember WIBG and WFIL duking it out, and I’m sure they’ll be commenting in short order.

A note about station IDs. WIBG identified itself here as WIBG AM and FM Philadelphia. Yes, there was a WIBG-FM. It was on 94.1 and simulcasted AM 990 for many years. In 1971, the FM broke away from the AM side, as it was purchased by Storer Communications. Its first format was Big Band and Standards, and they ran the station, with new call letters WYSP, in that Standards format for nearly two years before changing the format to the long running and now infamous AOR (Album Oriented Rock) format. Many format changes happened beginning in 2005, leading up to the current (as of this writing) sports talk format as WIP-FM.

WIBG (AM) gradually evolved into a full-service Middle-of-the-Road/Adult Contemporary format by 1975, but in 1977, the station went full blown Top 40 once again, this time with new call letters WZZD. They called it “Wizzard 100″. It didn’t work, and failed to beat WFIL, and competition from FM stations, such as WIFI 92. The station is now News Talk 990 WNTP.

990 Philadelphia WIBG WZZD WNTP


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http://airchexx.com/2014/11/18/bill-wright-wibg-990-philadelphia-august-1-1966/feed/ 15 94.1 Philadelphia,990 Philadelphia,Bill Wright,Chris Davis,John "Records" Landecker,Lee Dorsey,WIBG,WIBG-FM,WIP-FM,wysp "Look out everybody, this is hot wax!!!" - We begin by warning listeners: The audio quality on this recording is horrible. Despite my best efforts, the tape sounds muddy, grainy, has dropouts and a very strange echo, "Look out everybody, this is hot wax!!!"We begin by warning listeners: The audio quality on this recording is horrible. Despite my best efforts, the tape sounds muddy, grainy, has dropouts and a very strange echo, which I believe is caused by old oxide audio bleedthrough. What I mean by that is, sometimes when a tape has been sitting for a very long time (and we're talking several decades here), the sounds on a tape actually bleed through to the next layer of tape - remember, cassette tape is wound on a capstan and the tape on the takeup reel may not have moved in 30 years.Now that that's out of the way, here's the description of a recording from a time when WIBG, "Wibbage", was the undesputed king of Top 40 music.This begins coming out of a newscast read by Chris Davis. Not much to say about this, except that you'll notice that they give complete weather forecasts including temperature, sky conditions and even barometric pressure. Things that were later considered 'full service' elements. You'll hear that on the next newscast as well.Bill Wright is the assigned jock. Capable, witty and talks between EVERY RECORD! Now, that may seem strange by today's standards, but from the dawn of Top 40 radio in the 1950s until the mid and late 1960s, this was the most commonly used approach to the format. Stations like WABC, WLS, KHJ and so on, they were the pioneers of streamlining Top 40 radio without watering down the talent.Notice the amount of 'live copy'. Bill Wright seems to have a live commercial to read after every other record. And in general, it's obvious that WIBG was very sold out. There weren't any commercial breaks, per se. They air one or two spots after every song... or two. This approach was largely abandoned in later years as the 60s turned into the 70s. It may even have been what caused the demise of WIBG when WFIL began its Top 40 format in 1966. But there are lots of people who were there and remember WIBG and WFIL duking it out, and I'm sure they'll be commenting in short order.A note about station IDs. WIBG identified itself here as WIBG AM and FM Philadelphia. Yes, there was a WIBG-FM. It was on 94.1 and simulcasted AM 990 for many years. In 1971, the FM broke away from the AM side, as it was purchased by Storer Communications. Its first format was Big Band and Standards, and they ran the station, with new call letters WYSP, in that Standards format for nearly two years before changing the format to the long running and now infamous AOR (Album Oriented Rock) format. Many format changes happened beginning in 2005, leading up to the current (as of this writing) sports talk format as WIP-FM.WIBG (AM) gradually evolved into a full-service Middle-of-the-Road/Adult Contemporary format by 1975, but in 1977, the station went full blown Top 40 once again, this time with new call letters WZZD. They called it "Wizzard 100". It didn't work, and failed to beat WFIL, and competition from FM stations, such as WIFI 92. The station is now News Talk 990 WNTP.Aircheck #1,297 since May 2, 2002! Airchexx.com no 25:54
WAXC Demo Tape | 1972http://airchexx.com/2014/11/16/waxc-demo-tape-1972/ http://airchexx.com/2014/11/16/waxc-demo-tape-1972/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:00:34 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=6101 WAXC Demo Tape | 1972 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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Here’s what probably was a sales demo used by station salespeople to give potential advertisers an idea of what the station sounded like. A very common practice in the industry in the years prior to consolidation, this isn’t something typical of radio stations today.

The tape starts and ends with a voiced promo. It includes short clips of Larry Black, Larry White, Don Ryan and Bob Savage, along with station jingles used in the early 1970s. Note the level of reverb the station was using!

Larry White WAXC

Larry White & Larry Black

This came in on CD and sounds like the original master recording.
Courtesy of Contributor and WAXC Alumn Steve Bleecker.
1470 WAXC Steve Bleecker Larry Black Don Ryan Bob Savage Rochester AM

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http://airchexx.com/2014/11/16/waxc-demo-tape-1972/feed/ 6 1460 AM Rochester,1460 WAXC Rochester,Bob Savage,Don Ryan,Larry Black,Larry White,Steve Bleecker,WAXC Here's what probably was a sales demo used by station salespeople to give potential advertisers an idea of what the station sounded like. A very common practice in the industry in the years prior to consolidation, Here's what probably was a sales demo used by station salespeople to give potential advertisers an idea of what the station sounded like. A very common practice in the industry in the years prior to consolidation, this isn't something typical of radio stations today.The tape starts and ends with a voiced promo. It includes short clips of Larry Black, Larry White, Don Ryan and Bob Savage, along with station jingles used in the early 1970s. Note the level of reverb the station was using!Larry White & Larry BlackThis came in on CD and sounds like the original master recording. Courtesy of Contributor and WAXC Alumn Steve Bleecker. Airchexx.com no 6:04
Tom Birch, WHYI Y-100 Miami | 1975 (Corrected)http://airchexx.com/2014/11/16/tom-birch-whyi-y-100-miami-1974/ http://airchexx.com/2014/11/16/tom-birch-whyi-y-100-miami-1974/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:00:29 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9559 Tom Birch, WHYI Y-100 Miami | 1975 (Corrected) is a post from: Airchexx.com

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Longtime Contributor Steve Bleecker returns with a new look into some long forgotten personalities. Included in his latest tape, is this early FM Top 40 screamer Tom Birch. This was high energy you’d find on the AM dial – and little wonder, in 1974, this is the way Top 40 really DID sound, and it was mostly on the AM side of radio!

Mr. Bleecker writes:

Tom Birch writes “It was great to be part of the team that made Y100 the Most Listened to station in South Florida, AND the ICON for Great Radio in the 1970’s !”

***Tom’s Most Memorable Moment” : “Awarding a listener from Homestead Air Force Base $24,999…IN CASH ! This was the FIRST winner in the “Know What’s In It and Win It” Cash Call contest !”

100.7 Miami Ft. Lauderdale, South Florida, Y100, WHYI, CHR, Jade Alexander, Kenny Walker, 1990s, 1996


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http://airchexx.com/2014/11/16/tom-birch-whyi-y-100-miami-1974/feed/ 13 100.7 Ft Lauderdale,100.7 Miami,WHYI,Y-100 Tom Birch Longtime Contributor Steve Bleecker returns with a new look into some long forgotten personalities. Included in his latest tape, is this early FM Top 40 screamer Tom Birch. This was high energy you'd find on the AM dial - and little wonder, in 1974, Longtime Contributor Steve Bleecker returns with a new look into some long forgotten personalities. Included in his latest tape, is this early FM Top 40 screamer Tom Birch. This was high energy you'd find on the AM dial - and little wonder, in 1974, this is the way Top 40 really DID sound, and it was mostly on the AM side of radio!Mr. Bleecker writes:Tom Birch writes "It was great to be part of the team that made Y100 the Most Listened to station in South Florida, AND the ICON for Great Radio in the 1970's !"***Tom's Most Memorable Moment" : "Awarding a listener from Homestead Air Force Base $24,999...IN CASH ! This was the FIRST winner in the "Know What's In It and Win It" Cash Call contest !"Aircheck #1,296 since May 2, 2002! Airchexx.com no 17:08
Gratitudehttp://airchexx.com/2014/11/10/gratitude/ http://airchexx.com/2014/11/10/gratitude/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:11:20 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9556 Gratitude is a post from: Airchexx.com

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Its not often when someone takes the time to write an email to comment on the site. Its been only a handful over the years. But once in a while, someone takes the time.

I’d like to share the contents of one I received over the weekend.

Hi Steve,

I want to thank you for keeping this great site going. It’s a wonderful tribute to a time when we got the chance to hear the best radio in America and we’ll never forget it.

I also want to thank you for giving all of us the opportunity to comment on the various airchecks and see our comments posted on the site.

I know keeping the site going requires many hours of work and sometimes seems like a thankless job but rest assured there are so many of us who appreciate what you do.

Keep on posting the good stuff from a time when radio stood out.

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– Larry Stoler.

I do this as a labor of love. Partly for all those who remember, and partly as therapy for me, as I’m out of radio now. Hopefully, this online museum will remain online for decades to teach young people of the forgotten art of radio.

Steve West
Owner/Webmaster

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John Mack, 1380 WAMS Wilmington DE | August 3, 1979http://airchexx.com/2014/11/08/john-mack-1380-wams-wilmington-de-august-3-1979/ http://airchexx.com/2014/11/08/john-mack-1380-wams-wilmington-de-august-3-1979/#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2014 15:00:36 +0000 http://airchexx.com/?p=9550 John Mack, 1380 WAMS Wilmington DE | August 3, 1979 is a post from: Airchexx.com

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Was THIS any way for a great Top 40 station to end up? A Traveler’s Advisory Station?!!

WAMS, the call letters, went through a number of frequency changes at the end of it’s life from around 2000 till the end. Sitting on 1590, 1600, 1250 and even 101.1 FM fairly recently, this once GREAT radio station sure fell a long way.

Lets do what we do best, and turn back the hands of time.. this time, to one of the greatest years of AM Top 40, before the whole format flamed out and ended up reborn on FM – 1979. It’s August 3rd of that year, and an unbearable Summer on the northern Eastern Shore of MD. You’re cruising along U.S. Hwy 13, the main route from Wilmington and parts north, to Virginia Beach, Virginia. The top is down on your convertable and the Cumulous Clouds are building – you can hear the static in the background as you’re cruising to the Top Hits on WAMS 1380.

This is, understandably, for those of us around 50 years old, something of an audio treasure, along the lines of what someone around 60 feels when hearing Cousin Brucie on WABC from 1969. Only better! Sure, the (barf) sounds of Rex Smith (we really PLAYED him on the radio??) and the Charlie Daniels Band were fantastic on a well compressed AM station like this. And to hear Casey Casem doing an exciting spot for “American Graffiti” – just a WOW moment!

As you can tell, your webmaster really went to radio heaven listening to this. Everything from the boring, to the many Disco hits you hear parts of, to a jock with a decent sense of humor, even to the transmitter blinking on and off to the rhythm of dancing lightning bolts – which is why you hear a bit more of “Smoke On The Water” than we’d normally leave in a scoped aircheck – just so you can hear the transmitter hiccup!

We don’t know anything about our jock, except for he’s not the same “Mack” who did the overnight trucking show on WWL New Orleans. And WAMS? Stayed with Top 40 till 1988! Bravo to them for sticking it out that long. Today, its all part of radio history, one that we’re proud to show right here!


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http://airchexx.com/2014/11/08/john-mack-1380-wams-wilmington-de-august-3-1979/feed/ 0 1380 Wilmington,Bill Mack,TIS,Traveler's Advisory Stations,WAMC,WTMC Was THIS any way for a great Top 40 station to end up? A Traveler's Advisory Station?!! - WAMS, the call letters, went through a number of frequency changes at the end of it's life from around 2000 till the end. Sitting on 1590, 1600, Was THIS any way for a great Top 40 station to end up? A Traveler's Advisory Station?!!WAMS, the call letters, went through a number of frequency changes at the end of it's life from around 2000 till the end. Sitting on 1590, 1600, 1250 and even 101.1 FM fairly recently, this once GREAT radio station sure fell a long way.Lets do what we do best, and turn back the hands of time.. this time, to one of the greatest years of AM Top 40, before the whole format flamed out and ended up reborn on FM - 1979. It's August 3rd of that year, and an unbearable Summer on the northern Eastern Shore of MD. You're cruising along U.S. Hwy 13, the main route from Wilmington and parts north, to Virginia Beach, Virginia. The top is down on your convertable and the Cumulous Clouds are building - you can hear the static in the background as you're cruising to the Top Hits on WAMS 1380.This is, understandably, for those of us around 50 years old, something of an audio treasure, along the lines of what someone around 60 feels when hearing Cousin Brucie on WABC from 1969. Only better! Sure, the (barf) sounds of Rex Smith (we really PLAYED him on the radio??) and the Charlie Daniels Band were fantastic on a well compressed AM station like this. And to hear Casey Casem doing an exciting spot for "American Graffiti" - just a WOW moment!As you can tell, your webmaster really went to radio heaven listening to this. Everything from the boring, to the many Disco hits you hear parts of, to a jock with a decent sense of humor, even to the transmitter blinking on and off to the rhythm of dancing lightning bolts - which is why you hear a bit more of "Smoke On The Water" than we'd normally leave in a scoped aircheck - just so you can hear the transmitter hiccup!We don't know anything about our jock, except for he's not the same "Mack" who did the overnight trucking show on WWL New Orleans. And WAMS? Stayed with Top 40 till 1988! Bravo to them for sticking it out that long. Today, its all part of radio history, one that we're proud to show right here! Airchexx.com no 9:40