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George Michael, 77 WABC New York | January 28, 1977

Station: 770 (WJZ) WABC New York Format: Top 40 Branded: “MuiscRadio 77 WABC” Featured Air Personality: George Michael (March 24, 1939 – December 24, 2009) Contributor: Bob Gilmore Aircheck # 1,596 Voluntary Subscription Options Yearly Subscription : $80.00 USD – yearlyMonthly : $10.00 USD – monthlyWeekly : $3.00 USD – weekly   At WABC Feelin Stronger Every Day and Chicago at 9:19... Curator’s Notes: George Michael was one of the ‘tightest’ jocks to ever crack a radio mic in the Top 40 era!  It’s said that Michael always ‘hit the post’ – a phrase in the radio biz that means to talk over the instrumental of a song and stop immediately when the vocal begins.  He was all that, plus great with his listeners. To unders...

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...

George Michael, MusicRadio 77 WABC New York | February 28, 1977

Date of Recording: 02.28.1977 Station: 770 WABC (WJZ) New York, New York, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Talent: George Michael (Career: WRIT/KBTR/WFIL/WABC/WJZ-TV {Orioles}/WABC-TV/WRC-TV/George Michael Sports Machine) Contributor: Bob Gilmore Comments: The Late George Michael is tagged here doing a great show on WABC from 2/28/77. Notables here include much signal fading and white noise on the tape, which suggests this was recorded some distance away from New York City. No matter, Michael is in top form, as was the norm on the George Michael Show – he never misses a talkup or hitting the post! These are the pre-disco days of the 1970s. Sure, a few stiffs are sneaking in, like The Sylvers – Hotline, but this is real Top 40 variety, with a generous dose of Jam jingles, Dan Ing...

Howard Hoffman, 77 WABC New York | April 8, 1980

Date of Recording: 04.08.1980 Station: 770 (AM) WABC New York City, New York, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Howard Hoffman (WPIX-FM/WPRO-FM/KUAM/KMEL/KKFR/WQHT/KFRC/KMPC) Comments: 1980 was a year of change for WABC. By the end of the year the music would begin to shift to a more adult sound, but in the early part of 1980, WABC was still a hot Top 40 station, as evidenced by this short scope of the wacky Howard Hoffman show. Hoffman is really out of control on this night. How does one describe the Howard Hoffman show? Well, lets just say that he wouldn’t be allowed on the air with this approach anywhere today. WABC, with Hoffman in the lineup, is a much different sounding station than that of just over a year prior, when PD Al Brady cleaned house, getting rid of most o...

Memorial Day Remembrances – WABC Rewound 2007 | Hour 2

For eight years, from 1999 to 2007, NewsTalk 77 WABC New York took one day out of the year to remember it’s historic music radio format. It was a treat for listeners, and while pre-produced by then Production Director Johnny Donovan (himself a jock during the MusicRadio 77 years), it also gave the talk show hosts the Memorial Day holiday off. Once again, we here at Airchexx would like to present portions of these programs for your Memorial Day enjoyment. Some of you will have the time to sit in front of a computer or mobile device and listen today, others will listen at a later time. But please take the time out both to honor those who fought and never returned for our freedoms, and those who entertained us as the very best American radio had to offer. December, 1967, the Top 100 of ...

Memorial Day Remembrances – WABC Rewound 2007 – Hour 1

For eight years, from 1999 to 2007, NewsTalk 77 WABC New York took one day out of the year to remember it’s historic music radio format. It was a treat for listeners, and while pre-produced by then Production Director Johnny Donovan (himself a jock during the MusicRadio 77 years), it also gave the talk show hosts the Memorial Day holiday off. Once again, we here at Airchexx would like to present portions of these programs for your Memorial Day enjoyment. Some of you will have the time to sit in front of a computer or mobile device and listen today, others will listen at a later time. But please take the time out both to honor those who fought and never returned for our freedoms, and those who entertained us as the very best American radio had to offer. November 21, 1981. This hour is...

Ron Lundy, 77 WABC New York // WABC Rewound 2003

Date of Recording: May, 2003 Station: 770 WABC New York Format: News/Talk Featured Air Personality: Ron Lundy Producer: Johnny Donovan Airchexx Entry: 1,489 … Hello Love!! Comments: At one point early on in the evolution of this website, we had posted the entire broadcast day of WABC Rewound on Memorial Day, 2003. Over various moves, a few of the master CD archive copies were damaged beyond repair. Here is one which survived intact. Ron Lundy is the featured jock. The year is 1975 and the music really sizzled on MusicRadio 77! Rewound was a great feature that WABC did for about eight years, before Johnny Donovan retired from WABC. The show actually started in 1999, the first year it was done live, hosted by then WABC Talk show host Mike Gallagher. Several years later, 89 WLS Chicago ...

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