Recording Date: 09.17.1978
Station: 680 WRKO (WNAC) Boston
Format: Top 40
Branded: 68 WRKO – Boston’s Concert Station; Boston’s Super Star Station
Featured Air Personality: Ron O’Brien (Real Name: Richard Walls; October 24, 1951 – April 27, 2008)
Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks
Total Time: 22:39
WRKO.. Yes, if I had to pick between loving and fist fights, I’d pick love every time!!…
There’s not much I can say to describe this aircheck. You really must listen for yourself.
This is probably the best that WRKO ever sounded as a Top 40 station. (All you current WRKO Talk listeners never heard what this station REALLY was like) WRKO simply COOKS! RKO General really knew how to program a tight radio station. And the jocks, all of them, were encouraged to be themselves and say what they wanted over record intros – listen to what Ron O’Brien does over the top of Steely Dan – “Jose”. What a treat! And Ron was only working the weekend shift – which meant more rock in rotation than during the week. Yes, Boston had WBCN and WCOZ… and suburban WAAF – and they really stole much of the station’s audience as FM rose to prominence in the period of 1978-1981 WRKO bailed out of it’s music format on 09.27.1981. A sad day for station loyalists.
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