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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...

Dan Ingram, 77 WABC New York | January 25/March 22, 1966

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 from WABC-FM 95.5, although no details were included with this package. This is a short composite, scoped down and of course in glorious AM Mono.

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

December 7, 1960 – 77 WABC becomes Top 40 24/7. We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the start of a legend with this set of airchecks provided by BigAppleAirchecks! This crystal-clear original recording is of the most beloved of all WABC jocks, Dan Ingram. This particular day is a hot July afternoon. You’ll get a feel for the pace of WABC right from the start, as this recording starts as Big Dan’s show begins right out of the news.

Composite: 77 WABC New York | 1972

Every now and then a new WABC aircheck appears out of the woodwork. From contributor Paul Ford 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!

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...