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98.7 WXLO "99X" / Daniel Coulombe / Jay Thomas / New York / The Aircheck Factory

Jay Thomas, 98.7 WXLO New York | September, 1977

Jay Thomas (Jon Thomas Terrell)

Jay Thomas at the 1992 Emmy Awards

Date of Recording: 09.xx.1977 (Exact Date Unknown)
Station: 98.7 WXLO (WBAM/WOR-FM/WXLO/WRKS/WEPN-FM) New York City, New York, USA
Format: Top 40 (99X)
Featured Air Personality: Jon Thomas Terrell known professionally as Jay Thomas (WQXI/WXLO/SiriusXM)
Contributor: Daniel Coulombe (CKTS/CJMQ)
Airchexx Entry: 1,467

…I was hoping you might be able to get me in touch with John Gambling


There are many things unique to this aircheck. First, this is from an early edition of Tom Konard’s Aircheck Factory tapes. This was from a periodic edition called “Around The Dial”. The “Aircheck Factory” was, likely, the first professional aircheck service. They received recordings primarily made by radio stations, for radio station program directors. At least, that was the intent. Many jocks and others in the business would subscribe as well as programmers just for the listening enjoyment, as a sales tool, or to use as examples of how a jock should sound in a particular format. We don’t have many of these here at Airchexx but this is an original tape in it’s original case.

Jay Thomas went on to have a lucrative Film and TV career after radio, the list of his appearances is far too long to post here on this page. You can read the list of his accomplishments as presented at HERE.



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  1. Jay went to KPWR in 1986 to host The Power 106’s Morning Zoo.

  2. This was right after he left WAYS in Charlotte.
    WAPE before that. Good stuff!

    • You know, I knew he did more radio than what I listed. I just needed to confirm a few facts before the other station references went up. Thanks for the info.

  3. He knew how to make GREAT radio. Top talent for decades and was a fixture for over a decade on Sirius/XM.

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