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Don K. Reed and the Doo Wop Shop; 101.1 WCBS-FM New York | November 27, 1994

CBS-FM and that’s the sound of, yes, you know who. The Dells… Don K. Reed and the Doo Wop Shop is open for business one more time, just after Thanksgiving on New York’s Oldies Station. This is another in the series of Doo Wop Shop airchecks we received from Contributor Steven Green, who recorded these tapes while in New York.  Thank you, Steven! It’s remarkable how laid-back Don K. Reed is. Records run out and for a second, you can hear that record scratch… talk about authentic! For those of you who love and cherish the Doo Wop groups of the early Rock & Roll 1950s, this show will appeal to you. For the sake of presentation, this aircheck is scoped down to 34:54, from two sides of a C-90 cassette. We have the master, unscoped copy in our archives just in c...

Jay Thomas, 98.7 WXLO New York | September, 1977

…I was hoping you might be able to get me in touch with John Gambling There are many things unique to this aircheck. First, this is from an early edition of Tom Konard’s Aircheck Factory tapes. This was from a monthly edition called “Around The Dial”. The “Aircheck Factory” was, likely, the first professional aircheck service. They received recordings primarily made by radio stations, for radio station program directors. At least, that was the intent. Many jocks and others in the business would subscribe as well as programmers just for the listening enjoyment, as a sales tool, or to use as examples of how a jock should sound in a particular format. We don’t have many of these here at Airchexx but this is an original tape in it’s original case...

Northeast Composite, 1967

  Airchexx.com pays all fees associated with storage for more than 1,600 airchecks, streaming the Airchexx Live online radio station and hosting both associated websites. Won’t you consider a gift donation to help us defray our costs? Our income is still less than our monthly bills, and does not cover associated software and subscription costs incurred in media creation and archival. We thank you, and wish you a very happy holiday season! Courtesy of Contributor Frank Davis If I understand my source correctly, this Northeast radio Composite was ‘transcribed’ from the source reels to the Fuji DR 60 cassette used in this aircheck. This is a wonderful cross section of the AM radio dial from 1967. It is difficult to pin down an exact date, as there are multiple recording...

Bob James, “The Time Machine”; 66 WNBC New York | June 9, 1988

Airchexx.com pays all fees associated with storage for more than 1,600 airchecks, streaming the Airchexx Live online radio station and hosting both associated websites. Won’t you consider a gift donation to help us defray our costs? Our income is still less than our monthly bills, and does not cover associated software and subscription costs incurred in media creation and archival. We thank you, and wish you a very happy holiday season! Courtesy of Contributor Frank Davis, who provided all of the “Time Machine” audio found on this website (so far). Only a few months away from deletion, the WNBC Time Machine is still going strong. We join this aircheck inside a commercial break that ends with the news, then the NBC chime-Legal ID… which is a station promo/ID combo. T...

Dan Taylor; Weekend Time Machine, 66 WNBC New York | September 12, 1987

Frank Davis sent us a lot of WNBC Time Machine recordings. Enough so that we might end up with the world’s largest collection of WNBC’s Weekend Time Machine! As a side note, a basic google search brings up dozens of links to places selling, of all things, “Time Machine” airchecks on CD, youtube re-mixes of our WNBC content and more.  The web, being what it is, there’s nothing we can do here at airchecks, other than to say, our content is original recordings and we don’t charge you for it! By 1987, Oldies had become the biggest music format on WNBC. Contemporary music by this time was confined to The Imus in the Morning Program. Ray D’Ariano had midday Oldies, and Alan Colmes had a mostly talk and variety program every afternoon during 1987 and 1988...

Don K. Reed’s Doo Wop Shop Christmas Special, 101.1 WCBS-FM New York | December 24, 1994

Don K. Reed features two Christmas oriented Do-Wop albums this particular night, and while it’s not all Christmas music, there’s plenty peppered in on this Christmas Eve, 1994. This recording came by way of a mislabeled cassette. The recording, we know was from the Saturday night Do Wop Shop prior to Christmas day, which, in 1994, was Saturday, December 24th. How lucky to have this show fall on the one-night one wants to be home with the family, but such is life in the world of radio broadcasting! In this recording, while we had to scope out the music (which is very unfortunate), notice the Christmas songs recorded in the Do-Wop era! This is an original recording made by Contributor Steven Green. Mr. Green recently donated half a dozen cassette original recordings, all of them ...

Chuck Leonard, 77 WABC New York | November 2, 1975

“WABC New York, All you Need to Win! Chuck Leonard(1) is holding court on a crisp, Fall morning on WABC! You’ll note right off that election day is coming up. Even if there wasn’t a label on the source recording, we would have known that the date of this broadcast was 11/2/75. Chuck Leonard(2) did Sundays, along with his night shift in 1975 and he clearly says it’s morning. Further, what you don’t hear is the part of this aircheck which aired during Rewound 2005, where Johnny Donovan actually announces the date of Chuck’s broadcast. A few other ‘notables’… The WABC game is in full swing and we hear a few liners and promos for it voiced by Dan Ingram. Chuck Leonard even takes a winner over the phone for all to hear about mid-way through ...

Mark Simone, 77 WABC New York | July 21, 2007

For those who never heard this show, WABC added this program right after WCBS-FM dropped oldies in favor of the “Jack-FM” format, trying to capitalize on the tremendous heritage that WABC had as a music station. Mark Simone is a consummate professional, able to host a talk show on WABC and be very serious talking politics, and yet still be a fantastic disc jockey – he should, having worked at stations like WPIX 102 doing top 40 and WNEW Eleven Three Oh as a standards jock.  Regarding Saturday Night Oldies, it was an experiment which failed.  The show morphed into an interview program. and then was dropped. This really is a noisy aircheck. Recorded in your webmaster’s back room with all my electronics lit up, the WABC signal often faded into the high computer noise w...

Don K Reed and The Do-Wop Shop, 101.1 WCBS-FM New York | October 23, 1994

We’ll let ya in anytime seven to midnight… In the days before Jack-FM, CBS-FM had a number of great Oldies personalities and specialty shows. 1994 was perhaps the middle of the greatest era for this Oldies outlet (thought so by many whom I’ve talked to over the years), and the personalities who called this station home are fondly remembered even today! One such specialty program was “The Do-Wop Shop”. Specializing in rare and in some cases forgotten 1950s early Rock & Roll music, Don K Reed is the jock best known as the host of this program. Bobby Jay also hosted this show for a number of years after Reed’s departure but it’s Don K who is still best remembered for a show that went away along with most of the 1950s & 1960s music during the t...

Charlie Cook, 1050 WHN New York | November 7, 1977

Charlie Cook is heard holding down the overnight on the old 1050 WHN, Running 30 minutes, scoped, you get the feel of how “New York’s Country Station” sounded in the second half of the 1970s. Notice what Country songs were being played. Much different than the fare being heard in the 80s, just a few years into the future. There was also an obvious lack of commercial content on WHN overnight, except some live reads. As the aircheck moves along, there is a bit more content, Cook is doing some sports updates and promoting upcoming music – all important to note, since along with open request lines, this is proof of a time long before voice-tracking. And, of course, its all in glorious AM! You can hear a station composite done by Billboard ™ Magazine from May of 19...

Bobby Jay Composite, 101.1 WCBS-FM New York | May 4, 1993 & June 2, 1995

“… Not only you’re my favorite DJ, you’re my favorite bass man as well…” Bobby Jay has always been one of our all-time personal favorite CBS-FM jocks. Your curator got to know Bobby when we were both on RadioMaxMusic internet radio. There is simply NO ONE around who knows 1950s Do-Wop music better than Bobby Jay! This is a composite aircheck, put together by our Contributor Steven Green. It combines two different broadcasts, the first from 05.07.1993 and the second from 06.02.1995. The quality is okay. It certainly could have been better, but you know… recording quality depends upon the head alignment of the recording device and sometimes minute flaws in the cassette shell casing will make a tape sit on the heads just a bit off center, thus, you he...

Bob Shannon with Freddie “Boom Boom” Cannon, 101.1 WCBS-FM New York | February 4, 1995

From a cassette tape played with Dolby II (R) Noise Reduction ON (by mistake, I had intended to play back without NR as usual because I reduce noise digitally to keep the audio range as good as possible), here’s Bob Shannon’s weekend show on CBS-FM, and he certainly does not disappoint! Doing a special edition of his famous “Behind The Hits” segment, Shannon plays host, via telephone, to Freddie “Boom Boom” Cannon, who was one of the pre-psychedelic 1960s artists who rose to prominence along such artists as the Beach Boys, and so on. Without giving it away, you really must listen to this, as Bob Shannon (Don Bombard) and Cannon talk as if they are best friends… and they very well may be! This is a wonderful recording, a gift to us from Contributor ...

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