The Aircheck Factory Presents: The Z-104 Tapes – RELOADED

104.1 Frederick MD WZYQ Z104

Originally provided on CD by Norm Miller, here’s a fantastic look at WZYQ Frederick & WZYQ-FM Braddock Heights, a station that ended up in recent years a simulcast of Washington DC’s Z 104. This compilation spans an entire decade from 1975 to late 1984. It’s introduced by voiceover king, programmer and fabulous jock Charlie Van Dyke!

Ultimate credit for this compilation goes to Howard Johnson, who put this together while at Z104. This is undoubtably one of the very best and one of our most popular airchecks ever (not to mention, it was the very FIRST aircheck which posted on way back on May 3, 2002!!. Howard gave this copy to Norm Miller, who at the time was my Program Director at WJZN Memphis – and he in turn donated a copy to

And now, ladies and gentlemen, presenting once again, this time in HIGH QUALITY audio form, The Z-104 Tapes!

WZYQ-FM Braddock Heights, MD


  1. Larry

    What a fantastic radio station z 104 was. Now it is tied in with classical WGMS so z 104 is no more.

    You can tell they listened to KFRC and KCBQ among other great top 40 stations when putting this one together back then.

    Thanks for a great composite and keep them coming.

  2. Dave Compton

    Hey Norm,

    Are you the same guy that worked at KISS FM in Greensboro, N.C. back in the mid 1980’s?
    If so, hope you’re doing well my friend.
    I’m Dave Compton who worked for KISS’ sister station, WPET. (Stan Thomas and all the gang).
    I’m still at WPET. (31st year)

    Dave Compton

  3. Mark in Auburn, New York

    Just saw a news story about an upstate New York winery offering wine in a can and, right away, I was reminded of the hilarious Heinie Wine bit that Kemosabe Joe does beginning at the 42:33 mark. “Big ice holes”!

  4. Marshall Stack

    Wow – I grew up in the Eastern Panhandle of WV, and listened to Z104 religiously. I loved the Heinie Wine commercials and Red Neckerson bits.

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