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Bill Rock, 1300 WAVZ New Haven | July, 1974

Lucky 13, supplying the boogie for Summertime ’74 Curator’s Notes: If the voice sounds familiar to you non-radio people, that’s because he’s been heard on television ads, NBC television specials and more. And yeah. He’s also a radio guy who started in the fun years of the 1970s playing records on AM radio! His radio credits include WNBC, WYNY and even WCBS-FM! Before he went to New York to launch his very successful career, he spent some time in New Haven, Connecticut at WAVZ. The station itself was very successful here in it’s prime and Rock is working the format, tweaking it, winding it around his voice and personality! What I think you’ll notice about this aircheck is how tight the format and commercial breaks were. In order for a jock to let hi...

Mike Dean, 1300 WAVZ “Lucky 13” New Haven | July, 1974

The WAVZ Summer Fun Patrol will be at the beaches and in the parks soon, all you have to do is just watch for us… Curator’s Notes: I received this on an audio CD featuring a somewhat muddy tape digitized by Contributor Andy Bologovsky. Imagine my surprise finding nearly 60 minutes of the work of Bill Rock, Brian Phoenix and this guy, Mike Dean! Simply priceless. It’s a “Solid Gold Weekend”, which means in real terms, lots of songs just 5 or more years old… imagine that today… how could a station brand that? This was posted much earlier in our site’s evolution, as part of a compilation and the audio was presented as-is – partly scoped and pretty muddy audio. In this NEW version, each jock gets featured as a separate entity (and in the pr...

Bill Beamish, 1300 WAVZ New Haven | September 6, 1965

Recording Date: 09.06.1965 Station: 1300 WAVZ New Haven Format: Top 40 Branded: “Lucky 13” Ownership: Kopps-Monahan Featured Air Personality: Bill Beamish (William R. Beamish, 01.16.1930 – 07.08.2009) (WMCA/WAVZ) Contributor: Andy Bologovsky Total Time: 11:03 …A WAVZ Flying Hit!… Curator’s (original) Notes: Back we go to a tape that Andy Bologovsky sent in back in 2008. This features Bill Beamish, a jock from the days when deejays sounded like big race track announcers. Listening to this, you’ll be struck by how important the DJ was considered a part of the station’s programming. Listen at about 4 minutes in for the WAVZ “Straight Shooter Sweepstakes”… its a station contest that sounds like a horse race, with all the ‘...

Pete Stone, 13 WAVZ New Haven | December, 1974

Recording Date: 12.xx.1974 Station: 1300 WAVZ New Haven Format: Top 40 Branded: “The New Waves“; “Lucky 13” Ownership: Kopps-Monahan Featured Air Personality: Pete Stone (Pete Salant) (WNRW/WAVZ/WFIF/WPOP/WYNY/WELI/WWYZ) Contributor: Andy Bologovsky Total Time: 2:41 The New Waves!… I’ll bet there’s many a man out there, doing that tonight. Picking up the Pieces!… Curator’s Notes: That ‘six degrees of separation’ thing people talk about is present with this aircheck. Pete Salant happens to be one of our Contributors, yet he’s featured here as Pete Stone (Stoner as some of his friends of that time period called him) from a tape given to airchexx by longtime Contributor Andy Bologovsky, while our site was being built out ...

Tony Terzi, 101.3 WKCI KC101 (Hamden) New Haven | 1990

Just guessing here, but it sounds like 1990, judging from the hits of Madonna, New Kids on the Block, etc. Someone will guess closer, and that’s why we take comments! Tony Terzi is featured on this recording, doing the Top Ten at Ten! There’s just a hint of reverb, the whole recording is very classy, and there’s no overbearing imaging. Everything here sounds clean and well produced. Imaging by Charlie Van Dyke. Jingles by JAM. Terzi is working the phones here and airs a female winner from Milford whose really excited to be winning! We first posted this in 2009 and as with all good airchecks, sometimes they deserve to rotate around to the front again. Enjoy this slice of Connecticut CHR history from when the state had not one, but THREE Top 40 stations to choose from! This...

Bob Terry, 1300 WAVZ New Haven | July 5, 1967

Date of Recording: 07.05.1967 Station: 1300 WAVZ New Haven (1260 – 1947-57) Format: Top 40 Branded: “Lucky 13” Featured Air Personality: Bob Terry (WAVZ) Contributor: Andy Bologovsky Total Time: 8:05 Airchexx Entry: 1,543 …Right here where the miracles are performed… Curator’s Notes: This was donated way back in 2003, when the site was only just over a year old! Bob Terry sounds very much like Frank Terry who worked at KFRC San Francisco around the same general time frame. There’s no information available on either Bob Terry or Frank terry in any of our usual research places, so if anyone can confirm yes or no, we’d sure appreciate it. WAVZ was using PAMS jingles in 1967 and if one flipped from WABC to WAVZ during this time period, they would...

Dan Martin, 960 WELI New Haven | April 26, 1986

Date of Recording: 04.26.1986 Station: 960 WELI New Haven (C-Quam AM Stereo) Format: Adult Contemporary Featured Air Personality: Dan Martin Contributor: Bob Gilmore Total Time: 8:17 (Telescoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,537 Tomorrow’s gonna be a day when you can stretch your dollars… and your legs Curator’s Notes: It broke my heart to have to scope this down. This is an original, over the air recording made by Bob Gilmore. It wasn’t a special recording – Bob has literally thousands of cassette and reel to reel tapes in his studio that he recorded over the years – no, this was just another made and it happened to be using his AM Stereo receiver. (Don’t ask me what model, I forgot since he told me when he gave me this file he burned to CD for me). This fea...

Big Rich Baker, 101.3 WKCI Hamden (New Haven) KC-101 FM | 1981

Date of Recording: 1981 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 101.3 WKCI Hamden (New Haven), Connecticut, USA Format: CHR Slogan: “KC-101” Featured Air Personality: Big Rich Baker Contributor: Daniel Coulombe (CKTS/CJMQ) Airchexx Entry: 1,500 Comments: Contributor Daniel Coulombe submitted this 8:45 scope of KC-101 as an unscoped 30 minute tape which we’ve been holding on to for a few years now. We know nothing about the jock, “Big” Rich Baker, but he comes across as pretty laid back. In fact, this recording shows a KC101 that seems more like an Adult Contemporary station than CHR. We’ll chalk that up to the year in music 1981, which was very soft rock oriented at nearly all the major stations. In our opinion, perhaps so much so that it helped put the whammy on ...

Rusty Potts, 1300 WAVZ New Haven | May 30, 1969

Date of Recording: 05.30.1969 Station: 1300 WAVZ New Haven, Connecticut, USA Owner: Kopps-Monahan Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Rusty Potts (WAVZ/WLNG) Contributor: Andy Bologovsky Airchexx Entry: 1,498 Comments: Many years ago, Andy Bologovsky sent in a whole collection of WAVZ airchecks which he digitized himself and sent as an audio CD. We posted most of the CD’s contents but had omitted a couple of historically important relics. Rusty Potts is heard here in late Spring, 1969. WAVZ is airing PAMS jingles and the reverb is stunningly on par with that heard on 77 WABC New York. This is a station very much in competition with the greatest Top 40 stations across New England. Our featured jock would go on to other opportunities, including a 40 year run on Sag Harbor’s ...

Programmer’s Digest Composite, WAVZ New Haven | Summer 1973

Date of Recording: 1973 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 1300 WAVZ New Haven, Connecticut, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Talent: Various Comments: As recordings go, one probably couldn’t get better than vynl. Programmer’s Digest was one of those trade publications that featured a different station each edition, and was sent out to various radio stations on a 33 1/3 LP. Featured on this edition, a composite of 13 WAVES and an entire day’s broadcast. This starts with a fantastic WAVZ contest promo, then it’s on to the Programmer’s Digest. Its a tribute to Program Director John Long’s genius and includes a ton of promos and special WAVZ contests.

Station Profile: 13 WAVZ New Haven | September, 1976

Date of Recording: 09.xx.1976 (Exact Date Unown) Station: 1300 WAVZ New Haven, Connecticut, USA Format: Top 40 (Later: Standards – 1981, Liberal Talk – 2001, Sports – 2007) Featured Air Personality: Various Contributor: Andy Bologovsky Comments: 13 Waves sported some of the best talent in the U.S., and this 8 minute profile from 1976 showcases the talents of such names as Paul “the Morning Mayor”, Midday guy Tom Morgan, “The Chucker” (who narrates this profile), Afternoon personality John E. Walker, Night guy Mike West (WGNG Providence, WTIC-FM Hartford), Sunshine 10pm-2am and Early morning she-jock Lise.

Cliff Kenyon, WFIF Milford CT | July 20, 1976

Every now and then, an aircheck comes along that really reminds me of what community full service radio really was in the 70s. Cliff “Rockin'” Kenyon, filling in this day for Randy West, is trying his best to be a big city sounding jock (and who wouldn’t, only 40 minutes from New York City), and in fact he was really SMOKIN’ at hist gig at nearby New Haven WAVZ (see the comments section of WAVZ New Haven, July 1974 where much of the 70s airstaff are sharing memories) as Willie B. Goode. What, perhaps sets this Bicentennial Summer WFIF (The “Sound of America”) apart from most stations featured on this website is the close resemblance to many small town, community AM stations I remember from my youth. Full service elements such as (in this case) Mutual net...

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