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Chuck Leonard, 77 WABC New York | April 2, 1979

As part of our celebration of the 50th anniversary of WABC’s format change to Top 40 full time, here’s Chuck Leonard as heard on his show on 4/2/79. This is another high quality original recording thanks to Big Apple Airchecks. Leonard is in top form, as the final year of true Top 40 rolls on through the Disco era at WABC. Check out the original commercials, included!

Chuck Leonard, 77 WABC New York | August 31, 1978

Here’s an hour long treat for WABC Music Radio 77 fans! I’ve no idea how this was recorded but it sounds suspiciously like it was taken right off the WABC studio console. The audio quality is the best I’ve ever heard! Sped up records (well, carts, as WABC had all carted music by 1978), lots of disco hits and thundering reverb! Chuck Leonard is all wound up and rockin’ out here on a warm Summer night. Its the perfect time to hear something NEW, from MusicRadio 77! Courtesy of AircheckDownloads.com

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

From the heyday of WABC, here’s a GREAT aircheck of Bruce Morrow when he was a teen jock. Right off we hear Brucie’s custom jingle recorded by the Four Seasons. You’ll love the classic commercials, like Coca-Cola recorded by Freddie and the Dreamers, and more! Dan Ingram is the voice for WABC’s music promos.. and listen to how young he sounds! WABC is calling themselves ‘Go Go Radio’ at this point in time. Listen as Cousin Brucie announces that Ron Lundy is in at Midnight on this particular night. Lundy came to WABC from St. Louis’ WIL, and somehow I thought he got to WABC later than 1965 but apparently not. A bit later, a Dan Ingram voiced promo saying that Ron Lundy is the brand new All American overnight jock. That’s the first time I ever ...

New York City Blackout – Radio Coverage | July 13, 1977 – Reloaded

July… Heat, Humidity, Hot Dogs… you know the drill. Often, especially in the Northeast, one of those cool fronts brings relief but they also bring trouble. This particular night in 1977 is remembered by nearly every New Yorker around back then. It started off as a miserably hot day, then a BIG storm front blew in… but it was only one of a chain of events that would leave Big Apple residents in the dark. Radio covered it well. Lots of audio from WABC, WCBS, WINS & others.

WABC Rewound ’04: Bob Cruz, August 31, 1978

Courtesy of Matt Seinberg at Big Apple Airchecks, here’s another ‘lost’ tape: From Rewound ’04, Hour 2 featured Bob Cruz during his program on 8/31/78. As host Johnny Donovan says, this segment is for those who love ‘lost 45s’. WABC played a lot of disco music at this point in time, but it begins with a Cruz intro to Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded” More archives restoral still to come at Airchexx.com!

WABC Rewound 2004: Hour 1: Les Mashack 1970

And thus begins the 2004 edition of WABC Rewound, a program that was heard for exactly 10 years each Memorial Day Monday, from 1998 until 2008. The 2009 edition was an internet only event and upon the semi-retirement of Johnny Donovan, the show disappeared completely in 2010. This is hour 1 which features Les Marshack who did overnights in 1970. In fact, Marshack started doing the overnight show the previous year when Program Director Rick Sklar had Roby Younge removed for breaking format. This aircheck begins with a then current ABC Newscast with information on the war in Iraq, etc. Then moves on to Rewound itself. Listen closely as WABC’s normal audio gets ‘tweaked’ within the first minute of the news to insert the legendary WABC reverb! Listen for plenty of hits and co...

Dan Ingram, 77 WABC New York | January 2, 1968

Dan Ingram’s afternoon show, January 1968. Big Dan’s counting down the WABC All-American survey – out of order, as usual. The number one song this week is The Beatles – Hello, Goodbye. Something about WABC in 1968, always an exciting station, but there was something dark about it. Perhaps the Vietnam war and the whole aura that surrounded American society at the time. Certainly, WABC was the soundtrack of America in 1968. It was a time when WABC was at the height of its popularity. It’s the 50th Anniversary of WABC flipping to Top 40 full time, December 7th, 1960. And this is the 3rd aircheck in a series commemorating this landmark day on what was considered to be the most important Top 40 station in American history. Thanks again to Big Apple Airchecks for th...

Bruce Morrow, 77 WABC New York | May, 1969

While WABC was nearly always nicely polished, Bruce Morrow’s night show was, well, not quite as polished in it’s presentation. But Cousin Brucie’s personality more than any other, shone through brightly. So much so, that in 1969, Morrow was carrying about 66 percent of all listeners in New York at any given time 7-10 pm! With that accomplishment, Morrow could pretty much do whatever he wanted on the air. What he did, was be the warm and kind ‘cousin’ to the kids. Truly a friend on the radio that they listened to loyally, night after night. This tape is in bad shape, with a lot of drop outs and fades. But thanks to the historic nature of this show, it’s posting as is. Enjoy and Comment!

Cousin Bruce Morrow, 77 WABC New York | 1968

Fairly short and scoped, this is a glimpse into the evening show heard at WABC during the late 1960s. Bruce Morrow was very unique in his approach, and one that won over the hearts of millions. Morrow is one of a kind, a person who has the ability to reach out and touch his audience in a very personal way. This comes through clearly in this 15 minute recording. Program highlights: This starts with Cousin Brucie thanking his sponsor for the past half hour. A unique aspect of Morrow’s WABC show was that he had sponsored segments. This goes into a News sounder and the first few seconds into ABC news. Later, there will be a full newscast featuring the ABC Contemporary Network, and WABC local news. Then something interesting… a record report – from a DIFFERENT RADIO STATION! T...

Dan Ingram, MusicRadio 77 WABC New York | April 10, 1979

From Contributor Frank Davis comes this unique ‘almost disco’ recording of MusicRadio 77 from April 10, 1979. Legend has it that WABC went Disco for one week. Well, first off, we’re not entirely sure of which week in ’79 that was, or if it was exactly one week or longer. One thing is for certain, this recording from the second week of April features nearly ALL disco music, with the exception of “Baker Street” One can compare this aircheck with one entitled the “Massacre of 1979” – the day that then PD Al Brady fired a number of staple WABC jocks and moved Dan Ingram to Mornings. That occurred later in 1979, December 21 to be exact. Ingram is still his happy, slapstick self. The “Word of the Day” is ‘cordweiner’&#...

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

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 slogans reflect that on the air. Liste...

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

Good radio shows don’t last forever and at some point the “Saturday Night Oldies” show on WABC with Mark Simone will probably go away. I think, in fact, it’s been re-branded as just the “Saturday Night Show” and I’m not sure he does the format re-creation anymore. So it was with that in mind that in 2010, I decided to post a noisy recording from July of ’07. 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 sh...