680 Boston WRKO

Boston Composite: WRKO & WEZE | 1973


Courtesy of Contributor Steve Bleecker (In Your Speaker…)
Steve writes:

Well…Dale Dorman is ” Riding thru’ the Air ” to YOU right now…along with his Buddies Tony Mann, and Mike Addams!

You will certainly notice that Dorman is “off his mark” (to a pretty large degree) THAT day…But…we’ll cut him some slack , due to it’s being the Holidays (Day before, or even Thanksgiving Day (’73?) itself.

A wonderfully mastered recording featuring some Boston greats! Mike Addams was better known as time went on, in the late 70s, and early 80s at WRKO – even did some time at WAQY Springfield (Rock 102/Wacky 102). Dale Dorman’s career is legendary, including stints at WVBF, WXKS-FM and WODS until his retirement. Tony Mann was also a mainstay for a while at WRKO in the mid-70s. All three are heard on a recording so crisp, you’ll think you have WRKO on a little table radio right next to you!

While I’m not entirely sure of the date, Steve says he thinks its 1973. We think it’s ’74. Who’s right? Post your guesses below.

680 AM Boston WRKO Dale Dorman Tony Mann Mike Addams 1973



Steve West is a 39 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve currently works on-air for the Super Radio USA media group out of Minnesota. Steve is the founder of the Airchexx Media Group and manages Airchexx.com and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.


Steve Bleecker
May 23, 2012 at 10:37 am

Does ANYONE know where Bob Silverman (WEZE) is right now ?

Don Johnson
May 23, 2012 at 8:10 pm

1974, Linda Lovelace came to prominence in the skin industry that year

May 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm

The Mike Adams from Springfield (Now on WEEI) is not the same Mike Addams that was on WRKO and now on Magic 106.7.

I don’t think either of them were on WAQY in Springfield.

    Jeff Lehmann
    June 20, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Mike Adams has (the one currently on WEEI) has frequently mentioned his time spent on WAQY Springfield in the 80s.

May 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Mike Addams came to Boston in 1974.

May 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm

The WEZE part of the aircheck made my head hurt, and not just cause the audio was bad. WEZE barely mentioned the calls, dial position and the lack of jingles didn’t help. They sure made it easy for RKO and the rest.

Steve Bleecker
May 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Is this Tony Mann ? !!!

Steve Bleecker
May 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm

OK…Here’s the “Drill”…Mike Addams…arrived in ’74…from down South…the others, WHO KNOWS ? !!
And, it was ’73. THANK YOU !

Steve Bleecker
May 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I’m sorry…if Mike was there in ’74…this tape had to be ’74…HELP…MIKE ?????

Zach D
May 30, 2012 at 9:48 pm

It’s definitely 1973, the commercial for the December issue of Playboy gives it away. It describes the features that were found in the Dec. 1973 issue.

June 1, 2012 at 3:50 am

Yep, this aircheck was definitely December 1973.

June 1, 2012 at 9:06 am

Not one of the songs I heard on the aircheck were released in 1974.

Steve Bleecker
June 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

OK…OK…IT IS 19 73…all over again…LOVE airchexx.com !

June 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I have a copy of a WRKO aircheck from Oct 73 with this same Mike Adams. The songs are clearly from that era like Photograph, Half Breed and Loves me like a rock. Adams, IIRC joined RKO in early fall 73 under new PD Gerry (Cagle) Peterson.

Paul Connors
June 13, 2012 at 10:05 am

The WRKO portion of this aircheck was almost certainly recorded off of the FM… at 98.5… which was probably still WRKO-FM at this time JUST BEFORE the debut of “The Golden Great 98” – WROR.

June 14, 2012 at 9:24 am

No, Paul…I recorded it…we ALL agree…In ’73…and …it was LIVE…AM..Very Simple !

June 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm

It’s 1973 –Jonathan Livingston Seagull – 1973 …

June 21, 2012 at 9:45 am

Of Even MORE Importance here is that we Must Record Radio History Correctly …Did he …or Didn’t Mike Addams EVER appear on Radio…IN SPRINGFIELD…I’ve “got a call” into Mike, as we speak !

al stidham
June 23, 2012 at 9:08 pm

It is also interesting to note that “Dream On” by Aerosmith became a smash hit in Boston in 1973, but it wasn’t until its re-release in 1976 that it became a national hit.

Paul Hopfgarten
January 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm

FYI: WEZE was at 1260 onthe dial in the 70s..WCAS were the calls for 740 AM

Steve Bleecker
September 29, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Just “spoke” to Mike Addams on Facebook…he informs that he was at Big WAYS in Charlotte, N.C., just prior to coming to RKO … And, we’re glad he DID !

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