The WNBC Time Machine

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

Jim Collins & “The Time Machine”, 66 WNBC New York | November 29, 1987

Date of Recording: 11.29.1987 Station: 660 WNBC New York (W2XY/WBAY/WEAF/WRCA/WNBC) Format: Full-Service Gold-Based Adult Contemporary Branding: “Sixty-Six W NNNNNNNN BC“ Featured Air Personality: Jim Collins (WPGC/WNBC/others) Contributor: Frank Davis Total Time: 22:22 (Telescoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,542 WNBC Burnin’ up in a heatwave of hot STEAMING Rock N Roll!… Curator’s Notes: Pre-dated in the New York area ONLY by 101.1 WCBS-FM, this was simply the best Oldies show on the air at that time. The whole idea was to re-create the 1960s sound of 77 WABC, and, right down to the PAMS jingle re-sings, this show accomplished that goal! Most of you will probably agree. These Oldies really SOUND better in Mono, anyway!

Jim Collins, 66 WNBC “Time Machine” | November 29, 1987

Date of Recording: 11.29.1987 Station: 660 WNBC New York, New York, USA Format: Adult Contemporary and Talk Weekdays, Oldies Overnights & Weekends (Variety format) Featured Air Personality: Jim Collins Contributor: Frank Davis Presented ‘SCOPED …”You Say it, We Play It!” Comments: This is a fresh, re-issue of WNBC’s last, great format, “The Time Machine”. Sources say that before GE sold all of its radio properties, in particular, WNBC sold to Jeff Smulyan (who decided to shut it down and move then WFAN from 1050 down to 660), WNBC management was close to ending most of its daytime talk and variety programs and taking the weekend “Time Machine” Oldies format full time. As we all know, that never happened. Too bad, as many of us reme...

Dan Taylor and the WNBC “Time Machine” | September 12, 1987

Its been said that nobody could imitate WABC’s Dan Ingram. If anyone could get close, though, Dan Taylor could. VERY close! In this edition of the WNBC Time Machine, Larry Scott opens with News On The Hour featuring some interesting stories about people long gone now. Terri Raskin reports WNBC Traffic & Transit, then there’s WNBC Instant Weather from the National Weather Service. Then, there’s the Classic Hits of the 60s with Dan Taylor! Now, everything you hear, from the way the jingles are positioned to the drop-ins and Taylor’s sense of humor might not have intentionally mimicked Big Dan Ingram, but its an uncanny coincidence if not! In some ways, Dan Taylor does Ingram BETTER! No wonder Taylor was picked as WCBS-FM’s morning man for a couple of years ...

Big Jay Sorensen on the Time Machine: 66 WNBC New York: Summer 1988

Update: Re-issued on March 16, 2015. Dan Taylor (mentioned here) can be heard today on 101.1 WCBS-FM New York, middays right after Scott Shannon in the morning. Perhaps one of the most popular features of WNBC during its final years on the air was the Time Machine. Overnights & Weekends were definitely a special time, as WNBC recreated the sound of its 60s and 70s crosstown rival, WABC. In your humble webmaster’s opinion, WNBC actually did a better job with the old format than WABC did originally, if that’s even possible. While an assortment of big named jocks like Dan Taylor were often a feature of the Time Machine, Big Jay Sorensen (who became legendary from this program!) is heard on this 11 minute scope of pure heaven. Included: a full newscast and a great Record Pig f...

Labor Day Weekend Special: The Time Machine Top 66 of All Time, 66 WNBC New York | September 6, 1987; 5:06-6:35 PM

Here’s the Sunday, September 6 broadcast of the WNBC Time Machine with Dan Taylor, Larry Scott – News, and then JACK Scott with more music after the 2nd newscast here on what turned out to be a great weekend of fun with the Top 66 Songs Labor Day Countdown. Remember, this aircheck is TELESCOPED, to comply with applicable United States Copyright Law. Listen for a few notable mentions: A Dan Ingram-voiced commercial for a K-Tel record (listen for it), Live Promos for Dave Sims “Sportsnite” and Imus In The Morning. Dan Taylor plays “Hi-Low” for cash and mentions he’ll be in for Alan Colmes on ‘tomorrow’s’ show (which is our clue that this is Sunday’s show). Larry Scott does two full newscasts, so you can get a feel for whatR...

Jack Scott, 66 WNBC “Time Machine” | April 18, 1988 – Pt. 2

More Jack Scott, Instant Requests, transit & traffic reports, NBC News and the Classic Hits of the 60s on WNBC! This was recorded between 11:05-1148am on 4/18/88.

Jack Scott, 66 WNBC “Time Machine” | April 17, 1988 – Part 1

Here’s another in our series of WNBC “Time Machine” airchecks. Jack Scott was another of the Weekend Time Machine jocks, one who stayed nearly till the end of WNBC’s run as a radio station. The Time Machine was all 1960s, and given that the ’60s were only 20 years ago in 1988, this was the ‘money demo’. We’ve often commented that WNBC did a better job with the WABC ’60s format than ABC did, and here’s another recording that proves our point. Everything in this format was streamlined, yet personality based. And these jocks didn’t disappoint! The Time Machine format dovetailed nicely into the rest of WNBC’s potpourri of programming. WNBC had something for everybody – from Rock to Talk, Imus in the Morning when Mr. ...

Jim Collins, The Time Machine; 66 WNBC New York | September 6, 1987 11:00 am – 12 pm

Back to Contributor Frank Davis for an awesome hour of the WNBC Time Machine with the late Jim Collins. This features two full newscasts, one with NBC Network News, and two full sportscasts. Posted out-of-order once again, this is the early edition of the Top 66 of the 1960s, as the countdown would run, then repeat all weekend long.

Jim Collins, The Time Machine; 66 WNBC New York | 1987

Here’s an ultra-short scope of the late Jim Collins on an undated 1987 edition of the WNBC Time Machine!

Jack Scott, The Time Machine; 66 WNBC New York | September 6, 1987 7:30-8:30 PM

It’s more Time Machine more often! Here’s another segment of the Top 66 of the 1960s countdown with Jack Scott. This one sounds a little slow (which means the source tape was recorded a little bit faster than normal). So, yes, Jack Scott’s voice seems an octive lower (It’s not). There are more great PAMS re-sings, and true to the format, they happen after every record!

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