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Robin Young, WBZ AM 1030 Boston | December, 1975

I just can’t imagine a Christmas season anywhere else but here Audio player below description Curator’s Notes: Often, I don’t quite know where to begin, in describing a particular aircheck, this being one of them.  This one has historical significance for several reasons.  First, this is quite possibly the only aircheck of Robin Young’s early radio career, and certainly the only one that I am aware of from her time at WBZ Radio.  Second, this is possibly one of the only airchecks of WBZ, captured playing music during overnight hours.  For as far back as most anyone can remember, WBZ aired talk programming during evening and overnights, most notably, the Larry Glick show which began sometime in the mid-1970s and continued for the rest of the past century. You’l...

Bud Kelly, 1150 WCOP Boston | 1961

…Bud Kelly with all the tunes that catch the public fancy… Curator’s Notes: One has to wonder what this station was thinking in 1961. There’s more Middle of the Road music here than anything resembling a youth oriented radio station. However, this was Boston and things were a bit, shall we say, stiff… Brenda Lee has the number one song in Boston this week (a clue for historical purists), and one would think that after hearing that, you might hear a Rock and Roll song, but instead it goes the other way… Jerry Vale? Really? Ok. Bud Kelly does a really good job keeping all the elements in place, and obviously didn’t have much to work with. There is, ONE, WCOP jingle, about two thirds of the way through this scope of some really ancient radio in Beanto...

Rod West, 103.3 WEEI-FM Boston | January 15, 1983

Station: 103.3 WEEI-FMBoston (Wikipedia) (Website) Format: CHR Branded: “103 FM“, “HitRadio” Ownership: (Then) – CBS (Now) – Entercom Featured Air Personality: Rod West Contributor: Steve West Airchexx #1610 That’s what the guys in the snowplows are sayin’, I think we’re gonna make it! Voluntary Subscription Options Yearly Subscription : $80.00 USD – yearlyMonthly : $10.00 USD – monthlyWeekly : $3.00 USD – weekly Curator’s Notes: Perhaps the topic for the day was the big blizzard happening on this day in 1983.  Rod West refers to it constantly.  Also noteworthy.  For those who know the jingle package and the history of this station, you’ll instantly realize the (bad) editing job on these WEEI-FM jingles.  T...

Frank Kingston Smith, 105.7 WVBF Framingham (Boston) | August 15, 1978

Recording Date: 08.15.1978 Station: 105.7 WVBF (defunct) Framingham Ma (Wikipedia) Format: Top 40 Branded: “F-105” Ownership: Fairbanks Communications Featured Air Personality: Frank Kingston Smith (Bobby Mitchell at WRKO) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 17:00 (Telescoped) Aircheck #1,581 F-105 Carly and James. Good morning! It’s 7:13 with Big Frank… Curator’s Notes: Frank Kingston Smith is well known in Boston, having appeared on nearly all the Top 40 stations at one time or another. He was a longtime personality on the Top 40 format at 68 WRKO (AM), first as Bobby Mitchell in the Drake era and later as himself. Smith was also heard for a little while on 98.5 when it was WROR after flipping to live (assist) AC from automated Oldies. In fact, he w...

World Exclusive! Ron O’Brien, 68 WRKO Boston | September 17, 1978

Recording Date: 09.17.1978 Station: 680 WRKO (WNAC) Boston Format: Top 40 Branded: 68 WRKO – Boston’s Concert Station; Boston’s Super Star Station Featured Air Personality: Ron O’Brien (Real Name: Richard Walls; October 24, 1951 – April 27, 2008) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 22:39 Aircheck #1,580 WRKO.. Yes, if I had to pick between loving and fist fights, I’d pick love every time!!… Curator’s Notes: There’s not much I can say to describe this aircheck. You really must listen for yourself. This is probably the best that WRKO ever sounded as a Top 40 station. (All you current WRKO Talk listeners never heard what this station REALLY was like) WRKO simply COOKS! RKO General really knew how to program a tight radio station. And th...

Johnny Dark, 68 WRKO Boston | 1975

Recording Date: Summer, 1975 Station: 680 WRKO (WNAC) Boston Format: Top 40 Branded: “Sixty-Eight R K O” Ownership: RKO General Contributor: Steve Bleecker Featured Air Personality: Johnny Dark     Thank you all for your nice comments. It was a great thrill to work at both WRKO and WNNNNBC. I never worked at WCAO. That IS a different JD. I also worked at WYND..WSRF… WSHE..WMYQ..WOKY..WHTT..WMRQ..WFLC..and WKIS. Thank you all again, Johnny Dark (now in Florida) Curator’s Notes: With the benefit of time passing between the original posting of this aircheck and now, a few things can be said. First, the date can be narrowed down to 1975, not 1976. A few people have commented about this recording to help make that determination. Johnny Dark himself found this airchec...

Doug Alling, 103.3 WHTT Boston | December 20, 1984

Date of Recording: 12.20.1984 Station: 103.3 WHTT (WEEI-FM/WHTT/WMRQ/WODS) Boston (Wikipedia) Format: CHR Branding: “HitRadio 103 FM” Featured Air Personality: Doug Alling Contributor: Steve McVie (Website) Total Time: 2:31 (Telescoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,547 Is Santa Claus coming to Natic this year?… Curator’s Notes: The complexities of the Boston Radio Market being what they are, radio stations tend to come and go – but some frequencies have been prone to change more than others. Consider that up until 1982, 103.3 held the call letters WEEI-FM (since 1947) and was considered a very stable and successful radio station. The “Soft Rock 103” era was very popular and it may well be that the Soft AC format they had through the 1970s and very early 80s w...

Composite: 103.3 WEEI-FM Boston | December 2, 1982

Date of Recording: 12.02.1982 Station: 103.3 WEEI-FM (WEEI-FM/WHTT/WMRQ/WODS) Boston (Wikipedia) Format: CHR Branding: “HitRadio 103” Featured Air Personalities: Doug Alling, Alex Stone, Dick Guntin, Hillary Stevens Contributor: Steve McVie (Website) Total Time: 7:29 (Telescoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,546 HitRadio 103 WEEI-FM with Dick Guntin lookin’ down at the Prudential Christmas Tree all lit up and lookin’ GOOD!… Curator’s Notes: At the time of this aircheck, WEEI-FM had begun and was well into the transition from Soft Rock to HitRadio. As an avid listener at the time, I remember this all too well. The change in formats was gradual, with one Monday in November 1982, the station playing new jingles (they hadn’t been for at least a year prior to this...

Frank Kingston Smith, WBZ Boston | December 28, 1979

Date of Recording: 12.28.1979 Station: 1030 WBZ Boston Format: Full Service Adult Contemporary Branding: “WBZ Radio 1030” Featured Air Personality: Frank Kingston Smith (Bobby Mitchell) (WFIL/WIBG/WICE/WRKO/WABC/WHDH/WVBF/WBZ/WRKO/WKKT/WODS) (Wikipedia) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 9:48 (telescoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,545 Don Kent likes to keep the weather secret… Curator’s Notes: Considered the first commercial radio station in the United States, WBZ 1030 was one of New England’s original Top 40 stations. WBZ joined WMEX it was the second Top 40 station in Boston. When WRKO (ex WNAC) flipped to Top 40 in March, 1967, along with increased competition in the format, WBZ dumped Top 40 for Middle of the Road music (later termed Adult Contemporary)....

New England Sampler #3: Radio 85 WHDH Boston | April 1, 1980

Date of Recording: 04.01.1980 Station: 850 WHDH Boston Format: Full Service Adult Contemporary (Dayparted: News/Talk all night) Featured Air Personalities: Sean Casey, others Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Post Date: 12.3.2017 Total Time: 6:23 Airchexx Entry: 1,529 …This oughtta be the first day of Spring! Curator’s Notes: This is from an interesting time, of which I’d call more of a time of transition for WHDH. Transition because at this point in time, WHDH was becoming a more contemporary radio station than it had been for a long time. Through the 60s and 70s, WHDH played a much more ‘Middle of the Road’ blend of music, much softer and non-Rock based than it’s competition. For decades, the station’s main competitor was crosstown WBZ. In fact, w...

New England Sampler #2 – Composite: 68 WRKO Boston | March 31, 1980

Date of Recording: 03.31.1980 Station: 680 WRKO Boston Format: Top 40 Featured Air Talent: Various. See Description below. Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 6:06 Post Date: 11.30.2017 Airchexx Entry: 1,528 … Presenting Elton John at the Music Hall… This has not been posted elsewhere so THANKS to our contributor! Curator’s Notes: Audio: This came in with very poor audio consistent with a cassette tape that’s had much of it’s oxide coating worn off. Muddy and bottom-heavy (sound wise), I had to do a lot of digital doctoring to make this listenable. It is now, but it’s not quite WRKO… It’s a bit muddy, even after my cleanup efforts. Other than that, this is a GREAT representation of RKO General’s flagship radio station.

New England Sampler #1 – News Radio 590 WEEI Boston | 1980

Date of Recording: 1980 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 590 WEEI Boston Format: All-News Station Slogan: “NewsRadio 59” Featured Air Personality: Various Post Date: 11.26.2017 Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Airchexx Entry: 1,257 Good Afternoon, I’m Len Morris. It’s 3:58. Robert Ames is next… Curator’s Notes: It’s not often we find an intact recording of an all news station over 30 years old. More surprising for young sports enthusiasts who listen to the WEEI Sports Network, these days the calls are on 103.7 south of Boston. The history of WEEI is rather unique. Originally signed on the air in 1924, the call letters meaning Edison Electric Illuminating. CBS (the network) purchased WEEI in 1936. After many decades of network programming, the station ...

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