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Cousin Bruce Morrow, 77 WABC New York | June, 1965

… maybe it’ll be YOUR name on our big station this coming week! Wouldn’t that be nice? Audio Player below notes  Curator’s Notes: I think one of the best things about doing this website all these years is being able to go way back to a time before many of our visitors even began listening to the radio. This really is quite a learning experience for all of us. At the risk of stating the obvious, Brucie is talking so fast if you don’t listen very carefully at times, you miss what he’s saying. He is so animated here, it almost breaks the flow of WABC’s Top 40 format. Almost. This is controlled chaos at its best. Sure, there’s time, temp, weather forecast, and EEEEEE here and there and a commercial between each and every record. But at this ...

Harry Harrison, MusicRadio 77 WABC New York | August 9, 1979

      Monday morning, Harry Harrison on WABC Audio player below notes. Curator’s Notes Harry Harrison (WMCA/WABC/WCBS-FM) is the featured personality on this particular Monday morning, during a typical sounding day on the old MusicRadio 77 WABC! Sent in by our Contributor, Alan Fletcher, way back in 2005, this recording was featured on WABC Rewound, Memorial Day 2005. I’ve edited out the extra voice work done by Johnny Donovan, so that this is presented as it sounded in 1979. WABC fans will note the date. The “New York Massacre” happened on December 21 and at that time, the whole sound of WABC would change. That event was the beginning of the end for the 77 as a music station, in the opinion of many fans and experts. For now though, the “Great S...

Dan Ingram, WCBS-FM 101.1 New York | June 30, 2002; 1-3 PM

Please scroll below the player and read an important message Honestly now… what do I write about the world’s best disc jockey that hasn’t already been said? He’s the greatest ever. Period. Listen to this nicely scoped aircheck and you’ll hear why. Furthermore, if you want to laugh, really belly laugh, Dan Ingram‘s one-liners are REALLY funny on this particular day! The honored group of the day is people who have kooky fantasies! Don’t ask, just listen! Word of the day: Conglutenate. And of course Ingram has at least half a dozen different definitions (probably only one of which is listed in Webster’s Dictionary). Ingram is so funny this day that you can actually hear his engineer laughing in the background! This is where I stop talking and th...

Dan Ingram, MusicRadio 77 WABC New York | August 31, 1971; 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Curator’s Original Notes: Dan Ingram is up to his typical antics here on an early 70s Summer day in the Big Apple. Listen for lots of full-length commercials with their own theme songs, like Coca-Cola, Canada Dry Ginger Ale “Tastes Like Us”, in fact, this must have been the height of an era when people like Dick Van Dyke were spokespersons for many of the products we take for granted even today! How about these rarities: Ballentine Beer (voiced by Ernie Anderson, we think), Simonize Vista “shines the dulls away” On this recording, today is survey day, and Big Dan is telling the song positions, but playing the songs out of order, ahead of Cousin’ Bruce Morrow’s show. This is during the “Most Music” era at WABC, and the jingles and slogan...

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

“WABC New York, All you Need to Win! Curator’s Notes: 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 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 this. There’s an interesting network promo...

Dan Ingram, 77 WABC New York | June, 1980

The Honored Group of the Day is folks who cry at weddings… Curator’s Notes: At this point in the evolution of MusicRadio 77 WABC, Dan Ingram had been doing mornings for about a year. He’s quite comfortable here in June, 1980, although not quite as good as his former afternoon show was. Here at this point in the year, the format is still straight up Top 40. Lots of disco music was still being played and the station is still very upbeat. A few months later… boring AC would arrive, along with the ultimate demise of the station just under two years from this recording. You’ll like this. Promise!

Dan Ingram on “Channel 77” WABC New York (January 25/March 22, 1966)

Station: 770 WABC (WJZ) New York (Wikipedia) (WABC Website) (WABC Tribute Website) Format: Top 40 Branded: “The All-Americans” Ownership: The American Broadcasting Company Featured Air Personality: Dan Ingram (Wikipedia) (Dan Ingram interview with Allan Sniffen at Musicradio77.com) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 10:26 Curator’s Notes: This aircheck is a bit confusing. Actually three different ‘checks on one tape, this starts with the beginning of the famous New York City blackout – Dan Ingram mentioning the electricity ‘slowing down’. Really just a clip, before it moves on to January 25, and then March 22 of 1968. Notice the majority of this recording lacks WABC’s reverb. Most likely either recorded directly off the board or fro...

Dan Ingram, 77 WABC New York | July 22, 1967

Sure, this is a post update, but there’s really nothing better than hearing MusicRadio 77 from its best-loved era, with it’s best-loved jock! This begins at the tail end of WABC News, then its right back into a fast-paced format full of Beach Boys, Rolling Stones and Beatles! It’s also a blistering hot July afternoon and New Yorkers are trying to cool off any way they can. Note how clean and crisp this recording is. It came to airchexx by way of Big Apple Airchecks and this proves that the aircheck sharing partnership we have with Matt Seinberg’s hobby site is not only valuable, but providing our listeners with the highest quality airchecks, comparable with the original master copies being donated to us by the jocks themselves! IF YOU ENJOY THIS AIRCHECK, PLEASE CON...

Composite: 77 WABC New York | 1972

  First appearing on this website in 2010, it’s time for a flashback.  Audio has been gently re-mastered. The contributor for this is Paul Ford.  This is this brief composite of a day on the air at MusicRadio 77 starting with Harry Harrison in the morning, then moving on to the late, great Ron Lundy, Dan Ingram, Cousin Brucie, Chuck Leonard and even Jay Reynolds! The audio quality is superb, as is the reverb and those great PAMS jingles used in ’72!

Imus in the Morning – Final Show; 77 WABC New York | March 29, 2018 Part 1

Recording Date: 03.29.2018 Station: 770 WABC New York Format: News/Talk Branded: “Where New York Comes To Talk” Ownership: Cumulus Media Featured Air Personality: Don Imus (Imus in the Morning) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks #1,575 You have no idea… how much I’m gonna miss you… Curator’s Notes: The recording has much white noise in it, however, it’s listenable. I have no words.  The great Imus.  Down to this.  Whether he was forced out or chose to go out and retire on his own is certainly Imus’ business.  But at the end of this long aircheck, Imus gets very emotional.  His deep pipes now very light and raspy, a shell of the ‘shock jock’ he once was, Don Imus performs the final Imus In the Morning Program ever. There’s more...

Ron Lundy, WABC New York | July 29, 1970

Date of Recording: 07.29.1970 Station: 770 WABC New York Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Ron Lundy (WIL/WABC/WCBS-FM) (June 25, 1934 – March 15, 2010) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Hello Love! Original Comments: Here’s Ron Lundy at a very sold out WABC! While this is scoped, the unscoped version still has more commercials than music. You’ll need patience to listen to this, as the source audio as we received it is choppy and a bit muddy, otherwise its a great representation of America at the height of the Vietnam war. Listen for a full newscast including stories about fish with mercury, extreme pollution, a heatwave causing reductions of electricity, and more.

Airchexx Presents: MusicRadio 77 Recreated Featuring Steve O’Brien | December 31, 2005

Date of Recording: 12.31.2005 Station: None Format (Simulated): Top 40 Featured Air Personalities: Steve O’Brien (WABC/WMGQ/WPLJ/WIBG/WCBS-FM/WNYW-TV/WNBC-TV), Steve West(WOGY/WMBZ/WGKX/WMC-FM/IRN/WCTZ/WSTC/others) Contributor: Steve West Airchexx Entry: 1,499 Comments: Here’s a song we never got tired of playing at WABC in the middle of the disco era… Station recreations are a labor of love for your webmaster and over the years, I’ve produced several. In my opinion, none tops this third of a four part special that I produced for this website for New Year’s Day, 2006. This was originally posted in Real Audio form, back in the days before we went to the WordPress publishing platform. What precipitated the change in platforms and streaming media was a server cra...

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