Date of Recording: June, 1992 (Exact date unknown)
Station(s): 560 KSFO San Francisco, KYA-FM 93.3 San Francisco
Featured Air Talent: John Mack Flanagan, Wolfman Jack
Contributor: John Mack Flanagan
Aircheck Entry: 1,407
This is the kind of event that made radio special, for both the listener and the on air talent! Contributor John Mack Flanagan welcomes the one and only Wolfman Jack to his afternoon show on THE OLDIES STATION! What follows for the next two hours is just pure fun! Both of these jocks are legendary from adjacent eras – the Wolfman better known for his 60s shows in places like XERB, and Mack Flanagan for his legendary #1 Afternoon show at KFRC San Francisco 1974-78. Put these two men in the same room with a phone ringing off the hook with adoring fans and a stack of 60s teeny bopper records and your drive home was pure heaven!
This recording has only been altered by scoping out the music – still, it runs over two hours, with two full newscasts including Metro Traffic reports. We removed the commercials as well, since the real historic nature of this broadcast are the two personalities sitting behind the microphone. You’ll want to listen to the entire hour-plus!
Not one, but TWO CHR stations on the AM band in the same city? But this is 1985? Yes, but this is also Canada, where hit music is still heard on AM, and man is this good! AM 1060, believe it or not, still exists with a Classic Country format under the call letters CKMX, but back in the good old days this was a ‘Full Service’ AM top 40 station with all the elements you’d find on an old AM AC but with hit music and shotgun jingles.
UPDATE 4/28/16 – 1060 Calgary is now running a pretty unique Comedy format 24/7 “Funny 1060” under the CKMX call letters. Check out the website HERE. But listen to our aircheck first!
This features a full news department, ski reports, weather and traffic. Wow, wouldn’t it be nice to hear a top 40 station like this today?
Out of the Robyn Watts collection comes this larger than life listen to KHTR (now Classic Hits KLOU). Talk about tight! As was typical of the power presentation on many of these CBS O&O early CHR stations, KHTR moves along at lightning speed. Jingles are used somewhat infrequently by this time, as opposed to earlier in the decade, and listen to the live legal ID – NOT the jingle sing!
KHTR was similar in format and presentation to sister stations like WHTT (now WODS) Boston and KKHR Los Angeles.
UPDATE 4/28/16 – WODS is now CHR Formatted, Branded “103.3 Amp Radio”
103.3 St. Louis is now Classic Hits formatted KLOU.
Courtesy of Matt over at Big Apple Airchecks, we have a… well, mysterious aircheck of good quality. Kim Diamond starts out saying she got up in a strange kinda mood so its gonna be one of those kinda shows… she’s pretty talented, but we can dig up virtually NOTHING on KKWV “The Wave” as the only website that those call letters bring up is something on 88.1 in Aransas Pass, Texas in the Corpus Christi market. So, the station’s gone, replaced by… something.
UPDATE: 4/28/16 – Its amazing what a few years does with regard to internet information growth. The background on this station is that 1/2/2002 until 9/5/2003, this station was KKWV “The Wave”. So, our original guess that the year was 2004 was off by a year. Ooops. That does happen on occasion when we have a tape with no date. On 9/5/2003, the station changed format to Adult Coontemporary 93.3 KBAY, simulcasting 94.5 The Bay in San Jose. Complete information on that format flip is available at our sister site, FormatChange.com Click HERE for the story.
This Infinity (now CBS) owned station had a good mix of music, pretty wide variety and some personality, but like so many stations that have come and gone, really had nothing special to offer, at least from our perspective. Nonetheless, its a good scope of a station that apparently no longer exists.
You know you’re a monster talent when creative folks come out of the woodwork from seemingly everywhere to pay tribute. In so many ways, Jack Armstrong, whose real name is John Larsh, was one of the pioneering voices in the history of Top 40 radio. In a career that spanned over 50 years on air at dozens of stations, many of them legendary, Armstrong paved the way for other fast talking on air lunatics (we say that in a complimentary way) to captivate massive audiences on both coasts, and the hinterlands in between. From legendary status at WKBW Buffalo, to KFI in Los Angeles and KKHR Los Angeles to morning drive at an Oldies station back home in North Carolina concurrent with a voicetracked appearance on the short lived KB Klassic format at WWKB Buffalo, Armstrong set the standard for quick witted one liners. Fact is, Armstrong graced so many stations from Boston’s WMEX to little stations in the midwest among his large market appearances, it could almost be argued that he worked at more stations in more markets than Joey Reynolds – a jock who once quipped “I’ve worked at so many radio stations they call me the Voice of America”.
This tribute, by our friendliest and certainly most generous contributor, Matt Seinberg over at Big Apple Airchecks, is one of the best, most insightful and respectful I’ve heard anywhere. It deserves airplay, and since no radio stations seem to have any interest, we proudly present this tribute to one of the truely great radio legends, Jack Armstrong!
Don’t be ashamed to shed a tear – this one’s that good.
While we don’t usually stray into the foray of Satellite Radio, this time it seems appropriate, as we’ve received, courtesy of J. R. Russ, a studio quality recording of this four hour tribute to the late Jack Armstrong.
XM Radio’s 60s channel, “60s on 6” regularly does radio station re-creations, usually hosted by Terry “Motormouth” Young. This time, instead of a re-creation, Terry hosts a night of restored airchecks of Armstrong. Part one as heard here, features a young Jack Armstrong using his real name, John Larsh on North Carolina’s powerhouse 61 WAYS Charlotte. Vintage stuff from over 40 years ago… classic commercials included.
Proving once again that the life of a radio DJ is filled with one move after another, here’s the late Big Ron O’Brien rocking southern California on a miserably hot day at Kiss-FM. Yes, Rick Dees is the morning guy by this time, and O’Brien was making the rounds of the nation’s top 10 radio markets. This particular show finds O’Brien working through a rare 90-plus degree Santa Anna heatwave as L.A. bakes its way through early 1983.
If you hated the hit music in the months between March – October ’83, with artists like Culture Club, Kajagoogoo and the like, you’ll cringe – but fortunately this is scoped, so the tourture is short lived. Everything else about this recording is great however, including O’Brien, who sounds like he’s matured… well, okay this is about 6 years after we heard him on WXLO 99X.
Enjoy this, newly discovered recording of a legendary station and jock, both in their prime years.
Jingle freaks will notice the JAM WLS-FM package in use customized for KIIS-FM]]>
A great jock can do any format, as proven here by Big Ron O’Brien.. heard here doing COUNTRY, of all things! But this is Big Ron and the approach is the same no matter what kind of music he plays. That personality just comes out.
Courtesy of Big Apple Airchecks, here’s a side of Ron O’Brien we bet you never heard before… on a station, like the country fad of the mid-90s, is also gone, Big Dog Country!
The heated battle between WCFL and WLS never was hotter than this… in 1973, ‘CFL actually BEAT WLS in the ratings – it happened only once. But what a year and what a sound the Voice of Labor had. Having ‘stolen’ Larry Lujack from WLS, and the addition of some great talent, including Big Ron O’Brien (who went on to bigger fame at WXLO 99X New York), WCFL really cooked during this time period.
Restored by your humble webmaster in honor of O’Brien, who passed away on April 27, 2008, here’s a 22 minute high quality aircheck recorded just after WCFL came off the number one rating book, the best book it would ever get. One listen to the fast pace of this station and you’ll know why they knocked the Rock of Chicago off its pedistal – even if only for a short time!
How many ways can you use ONE shotgun jingle? Listeners who remember the great 99X WXLO do remember… except for one several month period in 1972 when 98.7 FM morphed into WXLO from the old WOR-FM, WXLO used just ONE shotgun jingle… for about four years. Why change something if it works? The formula at 99X was simple, play the hits, let the jocks entertain, and have FUN. Certainly, no station was going to dethrone WABC in the Top 40 world, but 99X TRIED… and nearly succeeded in 1978. But this is all 99X lore that is evidenced by the many airchecks we have posted here about this great station.
What you’ll hear on this extremely tight scope, is an incredibly talented and excited Ron O’Brien, fresh out of Chicago’s WCFL and having a BALL! O’Brien passed on to that great transmitter in the sky on Sunday, April 27, 2008, but we remember a man who helped shape the face of Top 40 radio, and who belongs on a list of the biggest and best of the radio legends during the Top 40 era.