Jay Thomas, Charlie Steiner, 98.7 WXLO “99X” New York | October, 1978


Jay Thomas
Jay Thomas
07/12/48 – 08/24/2017
Date of Recording: 10.xx.1978
Station: 98.7 WXLO (WOR-FM, WRKS, WEPN) New York City, New York, USA
Format: Top 40
Featured Air Personality: Jay Thomas


Jay Thomas, who was well established in TV sitcoms after his radio career, died on August 24, 2017. His publicist says he had been suffering from cancer for quite some time.

Original Comments:

Its shortly before Haloween and Disco is in full swing. Here’s what seems to be a collection of airchecks which were recorded on one cassette side. I put this all together into one composite because it all deals with the morning show bits of Jay Thomas and includes several full newscasts from Charlie Steiner.

The ongoing theme here is the 20 part special which 99X is running on the Disco craze. The first part we hear at the end of the first newscast is from 99X jock Bob Sloane. Other notables on this aircheck include a story about how the National Weather Service is testing a computer voice for it’s NOAA weather radio (they had that in 78?), and the Red Sox about to be swept by the Yankees for the first time in many years.

There’s lots more, including full stop sets so that you hear some of those old businesses of which some might not even be around anymore. Interestingly, while this is the Mighty 99X, there’s very little music heard here at ALL. But most definitely worth your 40 minutes.

WXLO, 99X, 98.7, New York, WRKS, WOR-FM


  1. Steven Green

    Like those disco reports. I still think of Jay Thomas as AM guy on WAPE.

  2. Travis

    “Flash Flood” sounds like Mr. G, Irv Gicofsky, still on CBS-FM.

  3. Steve Nadel

    Flash Flood was Bill Corbell. He was the weatherman on WOR-AM at the time, but on 99X-FM he was nicknamed Flash Flood by Jay Thomas. I worked at 99X at that time.

  4. epaddon

    The dates are October 30 and November 1, 1978 and the last one cut-off in midstream talking about the Yankees sweep of the Red Sox is from September 11, 1978.

  5. Panama Jack

    Thanks for remembering Jay Thomas, one of the greats! When he and Greasy were on Big WAYS it was a riot.

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