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Charlie Van Dyke, WRKO Boston | April 6, 1979

Date of Recording: 04.06.1979 Station: 680 WRKO (WNAC) Boston, Massachusetts, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Talent: Charlie Van Dyke (jock), Ed Walsh (News), Bill Rossi (Sports), Jordan Rich (Weather) Contributor: Bob Gilmore Date of Posting: 09.18.2017 Total Time: 28:24 (Telescoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,511 … WRKO at Seven Forty-Two. Got Tom Kasano on the phone… thanks for listening and try to stay awake! Curator’s Notes: One of the big movies featured during this time is The Deer Hunter. It’s uncharacteristicly cold for April 6th, temperatures dropping into the 30s, and WRKO is still doing a traditional Top 40 format. That would change in about a year. Who in the world would figure that this cast of misfit radio pros would all go on to legendary status? One could a...

J.J. Jeffrey/Chuck Knapp and the “Top 300 Best of All Time”, 68 WRKO Boston | October 20, 1967

Our good friend Bob Gilmore returns with another fantastic aircheck of old! It seems kind of odd that WRKO, a new station at this point, having flipped to Top 40 from the former WNAC earlier in the year, would be counting down the Top 300 Best of All Time – I mean, the Rock & Roll era only began 12 years prior… but I digress. J.J. Jeffrey starts out counting down the hits from #232 to #230 before handing the reigns to Chuck Knapp. Chuck continues with songs #229 – #220. The recording ends in the middle of a commercial break with Knapp doing a live read for Surf Music. This is CLASSIC Drake Top 40! Cue the Johnny Mann Singers, and the original WRKO Jingles. All the formatics are in place, and the commercial breaks are filled with businesses that no longer exist, or ar...

Audrey Constant, 106.7 WMJX Boston | March 21, 1998

Date of Recording: 03.21.1998 Station: 106.7 WMJX Boston, Massachusetts, USA Format: Soft Adult Contemporary Featured Air Personality: Audrey Constant Contributor: Anonymous Airchexx Entry: 1,492 Comments: Not much to say about this just over 5 minute scope. Apparently recorded by someone putting a microphone in front of an FM radio speaker, this aircheck shows off Magic 106 and it’s incredibly stable format on the air since 1981. Much less talk and more music every time you listen is the station’s slogan at this point in time. While WMJX has picked up the tempo in recent years, it’s still considered “Soft Rock” – even though very few stations play as much sleepy music as this station did two decades ago. The jock is Audrey Constant, whom we haven’...

CHR Sample: 107.9 WXKS-FM Medford/Boston | August 20, 1998

Date of Recording: 08.20.1998 Station: 107.9 WXKS-FM Medford, Massachusetts, USA Format: Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) Station Owner: Jacor/Evergreen/Clear Channel Communications (iHeart Media) Contributor: Anonymous Airchexx Entry: 1,491 Kiss-108 wants to know, what did YOU DO last Summer? Comments: It seems that every decade, the trends in popular music rotate back to rock before rotating around to R&B, Hip Hop or whatever today’s stuff is called. 1998 saw so much current Rock product that even an heritage Rhythmic CHR like Kiss-108 was playing a LOT of Rock based music in rotation. Commercial free Kiss hours (which meant about seven minutes of commercials when the commercial free hour was done), personalities that were still allowed to speak and a heritage format kept Kiss 108...

Sunny Joe White, WXKS-FM Kiss 108 Medford/Boston | November, 1989

Date of Recording: 11.xx.1989 Station: 107.9 WXKS-FM Medford, Massachusetts, USA Format: CHR Featured Air Personality: Sunny Joe White (1954-1996) Contributor: Robyn Watts Comments: In the history of Boston radio, perhaps no other Program Director was as successful or famous as “Sunny” Joe White. Hired by Ritchie Balsbaugh to launch Disco “Kiss 108” in 1978 from the ashes of Beautiful Music WWEL-FM 107.9, White took Boston’s first Disco station straight to number 1. By late 1979, as the Disco fad faded into oblivion, White took Kiss in a new direction, and by mid-1980, Kiss was straight-ahead Top 40, where it remains as of this writing. Sunny Joe White’s success with Kiss 108 really is unparallelled, at least from a longevity standpoint. While the decade...

Loren & Wally, 105.7 WROR Framingham / Boston | March 21, 1998

Date of Recording: 03.21.1998 Station: 105.7 WROR Framingham, Massachusetts, USA Format: Classic Hits Current Owner: Beasley Radio Group Featured Air Talent: Loren Owens; Wally Brine Contributor: Anonymous Comments: A staple of Boston radio since 1981, Loren Owens and Wally Brine have occupied the morning slot on the 105.7 FM frequency ever since taking over from another Boston legend, Dale Dorman, on the old WVBF. Through four different formats and three call letter changes, Loren and Wally have remained remakably consistent and remain Boston’s longest running morning show, second in history only to Carl DeSuze, who did mornings at WBZ for over 40 years. Wally Brine retired from WROR on December 16, 2016 While relatively recent (at over 10 years old, is this really ‘recentR...

104.1 WBCN Boston Says Goodbye, Part 3 | August 8, 2009

Date of Recording: 08.08.2009 Station: 104.1 WBCN (WBMX) Boston, Massachusetts, USA Format: Rock (Active/Modern Rock) Featured Air Personalities: Ken Shelton; Howard Stern Contributor: Jeff Lehman Comments: If you’ve landed here and are wondering what happened to WBCN’s internet stream, which they said would remain along with the WBCN Rock format on WBZ-FM HD2? Well, click this link. It points to wbcn.com, which CBS has turned into an information page along with ‘listen live’, and a link page to the other Boston area CBS radio stations. In this part you’ll hear more of Ken Shelton and his recollections, part 2 of a long, live segment with Howard Stern, best wishes recorded by artists like Bono, and more. Runs almost two hours, scoped.

104.1 WBCN Boston Says Goodbye, Part 4 | August 8, 2009

For the third time this year, an iconic rock radio station in a major city is shifting formats: Boston’s 104.1 WBCN, “The Rock of Boston”, departed the airwaves on August 13th. The rock station had been broadcasting for 41 years. According to Billboard.biz, WBCN was a victim of CBS Radio’s desire to launch an all-sports talk radio station on the FM dial. The company’s Adult Top 40 Mix station (made) the jump from 98.5 to 104.1, with the sports station taking over at 98.5. WBCN (lives) on off the radio waves as a Web and HD-radio broadcast. – Rolling Stone Magazine, July 16, 2009 Part four of this four-day retrospective concentrates on PM Drive. Bradley Jay is an in-studio guest, as is Ken Shelton (continued from the previous segment), and others. YouR...

104.1 WBCN Boston Says Goodbye, Part 2 | August 8, 2009

Date of Recording: 08.08.2009 Station: 104.1 WBCN (WBMX) Boston, Massachusetts, USA Format: Rock (Modern Rock/Active Rock) Featured Air Personalities: Various Contributor: Jeff Lehman It was more than 40 years ago, on a March night in 1968, when WBCN-FM (104.1) decided to break from its classical music format. Instead of Bach, listeners that evening heard I Feel Free, by the Eric Clapton-led rock band Cream, and right then Boston’s local music scene was transformed. The Boston Globe – July 15, 2009 Read the full article here. Comments: That was what the Globe printed the day after WBCN parent company CBS, Inc. announced the frequency swap of WBMX to 104.1, the demise of the then-current WBCN and the impending launch of a new FM Sports station on 98.5, which became 98.5 “T...

The End of an Era: 104.1 WBCN Boston Says Goodbye, Part 1 | August 8, 2009

Date of Recording: August 8, 2009 Station: 104.1 WBCN (WBMX) Boston, Massachusetts, USA Format: Rock (Modern Rock/Active Rock) Featured Air Personalities: Charles Laquidera (WBCN/WZLX), Bradley Jay (WBCN/WZLX/WBZ) Contributor: Jeff Lehman Comments: With very special thanks to contributor Jeff Lehman, we are proud to be the only place to chronicle the end of an era: A four-day celebration of the “Rock of Boston” WBCN. The history of WBCN is described in various places on the web, but the technical and historical aspects of 104.1 can be viewed HERE, courtesy of The Archives @ BostonRadio.org.. We provide this historical link because we feel that the history behind WBCN is as important as the entertainment value of the airchecks featured in this series. After 41 years as THE Rock ...

Mike Addams, 68 WRKO Boston | December 25, 1978

Yes, the disco era is in full swing, and WRKO is doing its part to burn a hole through the genre… but there’s plenty of Rock to be found on this Christmas day 1978. True ’nuff, this is a scoped presentation but you will hear the artist titles, and promotions for picture disk giveaways, concerts and more, with Mike Addams. Notice, there’s no Christmas music? Interesting. It’s just a typical day at the legendary 68 WRKO – this aircheck very representative of the late 70s when we all were in a different state of mind. This ‘check includes a ’60 second news update’ – that’s the way they used to present news from about 1976-1978.

Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsburg, 1510 WMEX Boston | December 12, 1965

Date of Recording: 12.12.65 Station: 1510 WMEX Boston, Massachusetts Featured Air Talent: Arnie Ginsburg Aircheck Entry: 1,427 Comments: When radio listeners in Boston think of early Top 40 radio in their city, they don’t think of WRKO. The early days were dominated by different stations. In Framingham there was 1200 WKOX, which did a faux-Drake format for a short time (along with it’s FM station at 105.7), and 1510 WMEX. WMEX had a decent signal, but it was highly directional. Like its later competitor, WRKO, WMEX could be heard well north up into Maine, but the signal was attenuated to the south and west to protect 1500 in Washington DC, and 1520 WKBW Buffalo NY, both of whom would otherwise get co-channel splatter from WMEX if it was non-directional. It’s those signal ...

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