Assorted Stations From 30,000 Feet | February 15, 1992

102.1 Philadelphia WIOQ

102.1 Philadelphia WIOQ Q-102Date of Recording: 02.15.1992
Station: Various
Featured Air Personality: None
Contributor: Marc Viques
Original Post Date: 10.07.2003

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Description by Contributor

Here is a collection from February 15, 1992 from various cities from thousands of feet in the air. I was traveling from New Jersey to Los Angeles by plane and recorded whatever I could on my AIWA portable stereo recorder; what I was able to record was priceless, crystal clear sweepers, airchecks and bumpers from Syracuse, NY; Youngstown, Ohio; Ft. Wayne, Ind; and Lincoln, Neb. Syracuse and Lincoln are prominent on the collection, but it is amazing what you can pick up from close to 30,000 feet in the air. Here are the stations that were recorded that night:
Philadelphia Q102
Syracuse 93Q
Youngstown Hot 101 WHOT
Ft. Wayne 97.3 WMEE
Quad Cities Power 98.9 WPXR
Lincoln Q102 102.7 KFRX
Unknown Q102 KRMQ

This aircheck is unedited except I boosted the volume a bit.


    • Marc

      Thanks! I had a theory that it was-even back in 1992.

  1. Within a matter of months of this high-flyin’ aircheck… KRNQ Q102 Des Moines would transition to Star 102.5 KSTZ as a Hot AC (which it remains to this day) and Q102 KFMQ Lincoln would not only drop AOR for country in the fall of ’92, but would exit Lincoln altogether and move to Omaha. Since then the 101.9 frequency in eastern Nebraska has been alternative, classic rock/hits and various shades of AC.

  2. I thought about doing this…I flew a lot prior to consolidation but I was always worried I would be found out and the air crew would invoke the rules to turn off all electronic devices. Probably would have caught a lot of stattions in 1985 for example when I traveled to the Bahamas and in 1992 traveling to the UK, but after that, it probably was never the same. Techincally, FM stations also generate a signal above their transmitters because the signal is outside the physical location.

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