At 660 in New York, WNBC was sold off to Emmis in 1988, which subsequently shut it down to make room for WFAN to move from 1050 to 660. For most, it’s old news – the story of WNBC’s rise and fall well documented both on this website (the list of available airchecks is via this link) and elsewhere around the web. There are also some WNBC video airchecks from our “Airchexx Classic Radio” channel, and HERE from Ellis B. Feaster’s Classic Radio channel on YouTube.
HitOldies is an internet station that plays Classic Hits of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and more. It is a division of Airchexx.com
Our story begins at the end of the FIRST HitOldies WNBC Time Machine, in March, 2021. The program and its wrap-up were barely finished here and on YouTube when the loose planning for the next Time Machine event began.
From the beginning, the idea of the Time Machine was one of replicating the format and sounds of the final year of WNBC as a radio station as closely as possible. Really, it was done simply out of the love of the format, and of the radio station in general. Amid the fun, HitOldies was contacted by Chris Dipaola, owner of Stereo 1230 WBLQ Westerly RI. Chris is a huge WNBC Time Machine fan and has even branded his radio station similarly to WNBC New York in the 1980s and even produces his own local version of the Time Machine. So it was, that HitOldies was, for one day, transformed from a pure internet station into a hybrid online-AM station during Labor Day Monday.
HitOldies invited several guests to participate in the Time Machine. Of all the original WNBC jocks invited, only Allen Beebe was unable to attend. Beebe was in the New Orleans area when Hurricane Ida struck his home several days prior to the event and because he lost power, he was unable to send in the audio necessary to participate.
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Because of the sheer amount of audio, we are going to assume you’re familiar with WNBC, HitOldies Internet Radio, and the Time Machine and we’re not going to write about it extensively in this post. Instead, this will be the top post on airchexx for the rest of 2021 and as new audio is made available, it’ll show up in the list of airchecks within the existing player! CHECK BACK OFTEN for new audio!
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HitOldies WNBC September Time Machine Weekend Staff:
The Real Mark James