95SX Talent Search, WSSX Charleston SC | June, 1988

Courtesy of California Aircheck via Contributor Robyn Watts, here’s a short clip of the night show on WSSX ’95SX’ Charleston. About a year before hurricane Hugo would devastate both the city and the radio landscape (crosstown Q107 would never return after the storm), 95SX was around playing the hits. We don’t know the jock’s name here, but he has fun with a segment called ‘talent search’, where listeners call in and they have 30 seconds to do SOMETHING with their mouth – some sing, one just makes noises!! Apparently the jock picks the winner. Listen all the way to the end, as the last contestant heard actually answers the question “What’s Your Favorite Radio Station” with ‘XL 95’! The ‘shortcut’ wasn’t around for phone editing in 1988, so this was probably live.

There was apparently a set of jingles (from JAM Creative Productions), but the only one heard here is the Weather Jingle Bed, so it’s possible that jingle use had been mostly eliminated in favor of thunderous imaging (for it’s time).

This tape was found in an unopened box that moved with me from Memphis about 5 years ago. How fortunate for us that this turned up! California Aircheck is a subscription aircheck service that is still around. You can visit their website and order some great recordings via phone or fax. Its at CaliforniaAircheck.com. Or, alternately, you can stay here on Airchexx.com and listen to hundreds of airchecks for free! (We both have different aircheck collections, so you may find something really unique that we don’t have on Airchexx at California Aircheck.)