Brad Stone, 1320 KCPX Salt Lake City, Utah | March 27, 1980

1320 Salt Lake City KCPX

From the Big Apple Airchecks collection, here’s one donated to us sometime in 2007.

History of the 1320 frequency in Salt Lake is available HERE.

Someone associated with KCPX in the early 1970s is probably still around to comment about this. Regarding the Zeppelin promotional at right, how much hard rock made it onto the KCPX playlist? And, are there some better recordings out there of this Salt Lake City station? We’d be interested in the ‘competition’, as well – one of our visitors commented (below) that the old faux-Drake format of the early 70s was a lot ‘whiter’ than Drake had programmed KHJ. We like ALL the music from that era and want to sample all the available formats, so if you have something, please, by all means, feel free to donate it to our archives.

Original Comments:

Brad Stone is a good jock, 1980 is a great year for radio, and AM Music Radio is still alive, at least in the short term. This is our first look at the Salt Lake City market, and while this is a low-fidelity recording, all the elements of good personality radio are there! This shows us that even smaller markets sounded good back in the early 80s, whether they were on AM or FM. In fact, your webmaster would make the argument that music radio had reached it’s peak and 1981 was the very beginning of the end of great radio, even if it did take 20 years to see radio’s true demise come to fruition.

Please note: The audio quality of this is quite poor and the tape didn’t hold up very well. However, if you can get by that low fidelity, this is some darn good AM Top 40 radio that you may enjoy!