98.7 WXLO “99X”

Jay Thomas, Charlie Steiner, 98.7 WXLO “99X” New York | October, 1978

Date of Recording: 10.xx.1978 Station: 98.7 WXLO (WOR-FM, WRKS, WEPN) New York City, New York, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Jay Thomas Comments: Jay Thomas, who was well established in TV sitcoms after his radio career, died on August 24, 2017. His publicist says he had been suffering from cancer for quite some time. Original Comments: Its shortly before Haloween and Disco is in full swing. Here’s what seems to be a collection of airchecks which were recorded on one cassette side. I put this all together into one composite because it all deals with the morning show bits of Jay Thomas and includes several full newscasts from Charlie Steiner. The ongoing theme here is the 20 part special which 99X is running on the Disco craze. The first part we hear at the end of the f...

Jay Thomas, 98.7 WXLO New York | September, 1977

Date of Recording: 09.xx.1977 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 98.7 WXLO (WBAM/WOR-FM/WXLO/WRKS/WEPN-FM) New York City, New York, USA Format: Top 40 (99X) Featured Air Personality: Jon Thomas Terrell known professionally as Jay Thomas (WQXI/WXLO/SiriusXM) Contributor: Daniel Coulombe (CKTS/CJMQ) Airchexx Entry: 1,467 …I was hoping you might be able to get me in touch with John Gambling Comments: There are many things unique to this aircheck. First, this is from an early edition of Tom Konard’s Aircheck Factory tapes. This was from a periodic edition called “Around The Dial”. The “Aircheck Factory” was, likely, the first professional aircheck service. They received recordings primarily made by radio stations, for radio station program directors. At least, th...

Sue O’Neal, WXLO New York | September 21, 1978

Date of Recording: September 21, 1978 Station: 98.7 WXLO New York (Other Call letters used: WOR-FM, WRKS, WEPN) Featured Air Talent: Sue O’Neal Aircheck Entry: 1,401 Comments: Aircheck recordings are of various quality. Most were direct recordings from the receiver patched over to a tape deck of some kind. Others are simply an incidental recording, where someone put a microphone in front of a radio speaker. This appears to be one of those recordings. WXLO is the same great 99X! At this point in 1978, the station sounds Rock-heavy. They are emphasizing ‘album cuts’, which, at the time, were a staple of crosstown Album Rock stations WPLJ and WNEW-FM. This was probably in an attempt to counter program against all the Disco-laden pop music flooding the charts and the airwaves...

Mike Wade, 98.7 WXLO New York | August 22, 1979

Date of Recording: 08.22.1979 Station: 98.7 WXLO New York City, New York Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Featured Air Personalities: Mike Wade, Bobby Messina Airchexx Entry: 1,449 We’re here with YOUR songs… Comments: This was donated several years ago but better late than never, as they say. 99X is captured here during a period of time where we would describe the station as ‘winding down’ as a Top 40 station. WXLO was known for screaming, high energy DJ’s for most of the period from 1974-1978, with the music going from mainly hard rock hits in the beginning to more of a disco mix toward the end. Here in 1979, the station was transitioning to a more Adult Contemporary approach, as it would end up for the next two years before finally flipping to the emerging ...

Big Ron O’Brien, 98.7 WXLO 99X New York | Winter 1977

How many ways can you use ONE shotgun jingle? Listeners who remember the great 99X WXLO do remember… except for one several month period in 1972 when 98.7 FM morphed into WXLO from the old WOR-FM, WXLO used just ONE shotgun jingle… for about four years. Why change something if it works? The formula at 99X was simple, play the hits, let the jocks entertain, and have FUN. Certainly, no station was going to dethrone WABC in the Top 40 world, but 99X TRIED… and nearly succeeded in 1978. But this is all 99X lore that is evidenced by the many airchecks we have posted here about this great station. What you’ll hear on this extremely tight scope, is an incredibly talented and excited Ron O’Brien, fresh out of Chicago’s WCFL and having a BALL! O’Brien passe...

Big Ron O’Brien, WXLO 99X New York | May 4, 1974

A bit of processing was required to make this tape listenable, but once you get a few minutes into it things clear up a bit. Here’s Big Ron O’Brien from his East Coast days at 99X! All the hits, high energy and one lone shotgun jingle make for a memorable listen on this ‘check – chock full of mid-70s NYC advertisers. This is so old, the store owners are probably either on Social Security or long gone! >

Al Bandiero, 98.7 WXLO New York: Sometime 1978

Fans got to hear Bandiero on 101.1 WCBS-FM in New York during one of their recent Radio Greats Weekends, which we plan to post sometime soon. Now, check out this GREAT, albeit somewhat short aircheck of the Italian Stallion on 99X! This is a high-quality recording, so sit back and relax, as the top 40 days of 98.7 FM in New York come back to life! Warning: Disco music plays prominently!!!

Sue O’Neal, 98.7 WXLO 99X New York | October 30, 1979

Courtesy of longtime Contributor Tony Impieri, here’s a ‘new’ aircheck featuring Sue O’Neal. It’s in high quality Stereo! Why is that important? Considering the sound of today’s compressed and over processed FM stations, this is very refreshing. I noticed, and I’m betting you will too, that you can hear how good WXLO sounds here. Great separation, not over compressed, and certainly no digital noise to clutter up the sound! This was the last ‘quarter’ of 1979, and things were rapidly changing at WXLO. Note the use of jingles here, whereas in prior years there was just the one 99X shotgun jingle, these are a bit more melodic, especially at the top of the hour. In 1980, WXLO would abandon Top 40 for AC, and within a few short years, drop e...

Lee Douglas with Elton John aka “EJ the DJ”, WXLO 99X New York | Summer 1975

Sir Elton John apparently was an accomplished DJ among his other talents! At least, he was after this raunchy appearance on the Mighty X! Its the Summer of 1975. “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart” and “Philadelphia Freedom” were a year away from becoming Elton John’s mega-hits. But with a slew of rock classics under his belt, the pianist was at the first pinnacle of his long career. WXLO New York was in many ways, at the top of its game. Someone at RKO General thought it would be a good idea to bring in Elton John for an appearance on 99X. What follows is anything but a typical artist appearance. Elton John comes in for several hours on 99x, talks up records, takes listener phhone calls – you’d think he was an old pro. In reality, he had a lo...

Bobby Rich, AZ Hall of Fame Induction Montage

Bobby Rich is not only a great jock, but he’s also an official Airchexx Contributor! This was submitted on the occasion of Bobby’s induction into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame! Airchexx visitors and his listeners over the years knew already that Bobby Rich is a world-class (and darn funny) broadcaster, and being inducted into the HOF the first time his name was submitted only affirmed what we already knew! I asked Bobby what this recording was, and his response was: It was played as part of the induction ceremony to AZ Broadcasters Hall Of Fame, October 2013. It takes me through most of the stations I’ve worked for in 40 years. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this as much as I did posting it!

Composite: 98.7 WXLO 99X New York | September 1977 – Spring 1978

“99X – Rockin’ the Apple in Stereo!” Courtesy of Big Apple Airchecks, here’s a new Composite of New York’s legendary 99X! This spans the Fall 1977 – Spring 1978 time frame and includes some great personalities like Glen Morgan, The “Sainte” Show, Dick Sloan and others. This is another tightly scoped aircheck that came to us that way. Listen closely or you’ll miss the small details. No jingles during this time frame. The emphasis of 99X here was on album cuts, along with the big Top 40 hits of the day! As always, listener feedback is welcome using the “Comment” feature below.

The Return of Beaver Clever, 98.7 WXLO “99X” New York | June 9, 1979

Listen now as Beaver Clever throws himself into a high energy Top 40 radio show. Frankly, its amazing that 99X didn’t beat crosstown, cross-band WABC at its own game right here in ’79, but that distinction was reserved for “Disco 92”. You’ll notice that 99X leans slightly in a Rock direction while playing the Disco hits at this point in time, probably in response to WKTU’s All-Disco format. Alas, nothing was going to de-throne Disco in 1979, but irony is funny… 98.7 would be full blown Urban within five years from this point. Notice the live promo for PD Bumper Morgan filling in for Casey Casem on the Coast to Coast countdown – more evidence that 99X (and RKO General) jocks were world class talent and in great demand. But, according to Rob Si...

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