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Rex McNeil, 99.7 KFRC-FM San Francisco | 1991

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for doing it last night! Here’s a tightly scoped aircheck of Rex McNeil on what was then the NEW KFRC-FM! So new, that as Rex told us, he was the first guy on the air when 99.7 flipped to Oldies.. “…worked on KFRC in San Francisco, 1st Jock on the air in 91 as (KFRC) flipped to Oldies …” Audio Player is below description McNeil has a long history in San Francisco radio, having been on a number of radio stations including “Kat Country 103”, 105.1 KNCI and 100.5 KZZU! He has a large following on Facebook and has a pretty big collection of airchecks on Soundcloud. This particular aircheck was recorded by McNeil himself, but was also sent to aircheckdownloads.com (we’ll credit them as a co-contributor) ...

Steve Jordan, Natural Neal & Michael O’Connor – 1260 KYA San Francisco | July 13, 1977

If only the East Coast had a Top 40 station like this! Oh… well, besides WABC. We here at Airchexx have put much focus on 610 KFRC as THE dominant station in San Francisco. But, the Bay area had stiff competition for much of the 1970s from crosstown KYA. In 1977, KYA did get close, but never beat KFRC. And it’s too bad, listening to this aircheck, KYA really COOKS! Is it me, or did KYA have more hard rock on the air than KFRC? Methinks so. But KYA did NOT have Dr. Don Rose, KFRC’s ace in the hole. KYA did have a smokin’ set of Positron jingles (JAM), and plenty of forward momentum in the format presentation. In the end, however, were we to rate this aircheck, it would get a 5 out of 5 based upon personality, format execution, excitement and momentum. Does it beat KF...

Don Kelly, 101.3 KIOI San Francisco | December, 1972

The Image at left is from an old TV ad, yet, there’s no date stamp available to prove it’s from a particular time frame. 1980s, perhaps? Here’s an aircheck donated by Ellis B. Feaster. It’s, perhaps, one of the most eclectic radio stations ever posted here. The format, as heard here, is essentially everything. In fact, the show which Don Kelly is hosting is called, “All About Everything”! Indeed, you’ll hear Barbara Streisand, elevator music, comedy and even “Drive My Car” from The Beatles! It appears that the normal ‘format’ of this radio station wasn’t much different, in terms of musical variety. KIOI was known for some FM technical innovations in terms of it’s Stereophonic transmission system. There are some e...

Sly Stone, 1450 KSOL San Francisco | 1967

Station: 1450 KSOL (KSAN/KEST) San Francisco (Wikipedia) Format: Soul Branded: “Soul Radio” Featured Air Personality: Sly Stone Aircheck #1,600 Voluntary Subscription Options Yearly Subscription : $80.00 USD – yearlyMonthly : $10.00 USD – monthlyWeekly : $3.00 USD – weekly (Smokey Robinson) proved to be a gassy, very gassy, talented cat… Curator’s Notes: Found!  Another one of those ultra-rare airchecks of Sly Stone from his radio career before he became a well known musician.  This came in with no date written on it, however, just taking a guess, by the music snippets inside the recording that this is from sometime in 1967 (typo corrected).  Not much for elements here.  One KSOL “Soul Radio” jingle played ad-nauseum between nearly ever...

A Tribute to John Mack Flanagan

John Mack Flanagan was one of the great broadcasters from the West Coast. Legendary, in the minds of many people, including his peers in the broadcasting industry, his many friends and his fans in the Bay Area. It’s only fitting on the occasion of his passing on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 (Corrected), that we do a little something to pay tribute to a man who meant so much to so many. The following is a new aircheck that I compiled partly from my own files and from the archives of this website. Much of it is an interview I did with John on 1400 WSTC Stamford, CT on June 7, 2017 during my live show to talk about his book, Tight and Bright – available on Amazon.com. It then continues with an aircheck of him from 10/15/76 on KFRC. I sincerely hope this touches his many fans and fri...

Dr. Don Rose, 610 KFRC San Francisco | January 25, 1982

Date of Recording: 01.25.1982 Station: 610 KFRC San Francisco, California, USA Format: CHR Featured Air Personalities: Dr. Don Rose (WQXI/WFIL/KFRC, Jayne Dornacker (Traffic) (KFRC/WNBC), Robert McCormick (News) Contributor: Bob Gilmore Date of Posting: 09.21.2017 Total Time: 1:18:14 Airchexx Entry: 1,514 By the way, this program came in 2nd to a documentary… Curator’s Notes: There are KFRC airchecks, and then there are 1st generation Bob Gilmore KFRC airchecks! The backstory to that is, so often, the airchecks that people hear elsewhere are 3rd or more generation copies down from the original recording. Here, we have an original that became the possession of our contributor, who digitized this in three parts. Listen to the audio quality. This is fantastic! The only way this co...

Sample, KLLC “Alice 97.3” San Francisco | April 26, 1998

Proof that radio rapidly cut staffs and costs after consolidation took hold is evident, not so much in this STATION, as the FORMAT. Alice is, apparently, jockless in this 6 1/2 minute scope of a 90 minute cassette side. KLLC is, in 1998, Modern AC (kind of a softer, Pop Alternative format) and rather quiet, with the exception of Alice imaging inserted every other song or so. Good or not? You be the judge. This station is, after all, all about the music and not personalities, so perhaps listeners enjoyed it.

Sly Stone, KSOL San Francisco | December 24, 1964

Date of Recording: 12.24.1964 Station: 1450 KSOL (Frequency Call Letter History: KGGT/KGGC/KSAN/KSOL/KEST) San Francisco, California, USA Format: R&B Featured Air Personality: Sylvester Stewart (Professionally, “Sly Stone”) Comments: What’s New: We have updated the station history of 1450 AM in the above frame. (12.24.2016) Sly Stone (born Sylvester Stewart on March 15, 1944) is apparently back in the music business as of this writing. He and the band have a new album out called “Higher“, and he is apparently giving interviews, such as this one. We at airchexx are very happy to see this great performer doing well! We have another aircheck from Sly Stone the Dee Jay. Click the highlighted KSOL in the Frequency history above. This is a great, decent quality...

Composite: KYA San Francisco | March 1965

Date of Recording: 03.xx.1965 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 1260 KYA San Francisco, California, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Various Comments: Long dramatic jingles, disc jockeys who comment about everything with lots of talk between songs, outdated news sounders and reverb on demand all highlight this first San Francisco top 40 station. This is quite entertaining, however, because while the formatics shown here on KYA are loose, a reminder of the early 60s, the jocks are very talented and the format comes off very tight. Nobody skips a beat or misses a cue. Its a history lesson for those who never heard what radio sounded like in 1965. Thanks to visitor Paul Duca for reminding us that crosstown KFRC’s “Boss” sound was still a year away, and at the time of...

John Mack Flanagan inducted into the National Radio DJ Hall of Fame – video | September 3, 2016

Airchexx.com’s National Radio DJ Hall of Fame has opened and our very first inductee is John Mack Flanagan! John began his career in Arizona, and after honorably serving with the US Army in Vietnam, resumed his career. His work on air and in the production room with the legendary Ron Hummel is some of the best, not only in Northern California, but in all of Top 40 radio history! The personality based Top 40 era that most refer to is the roughly 35 years from 1960 to 1985, and John Mack Flanagan was there for most of it. In fact, his career lasted well into the 1990s! Perhaps the pinnacle of John’s career was at 610 KFRC San Francisco, where he achieved the highest ratings in the history of the KFRC call letters. Twice the Billboard Personality of the year, John is loved by thou...

Composite: 610 KFRC San Francisco | August 15, 1983

..Tomorrow, Jack Armstrong will be Broadcasting in Stereo, so he’ll have a headache in BOTH ears! Really now, what more could one ask for in a KFRC aircheck? Dr. Don Rose, Jayne Dornacker playing in traffic, laugh tracks to corny jokes and a stack of teeny-bopper records!!! Not to mention Mark McKay, Bobby Ocean and Jack Armstrong each with a stellar performance on this, the mother of all low-powered AM Top 40 stations! It’s V-J Day in San Francisco and Dr. Don tries to make the most of it! To be sure, this is radio-heaven, with paradise filled with the sounds of mid-1983 hit music. KFRC surely was the dance-track of San Francisco. Restoring this piece of audio ear-candy sure was a joy. Now, from our servers to your ears, a 45 minute scoped dose of monoized AM Stereo with some ...

Top-of-the-Hour, 610 KFRC San Francisco | November, 1976

Date of Recording: November, 1976 (Exact date unknown) Station(s): 610 KFRC, 106.1 KFRC-FM San Francisco, California Featured Air Talent: Big Tom Parker, Mucho Morales Contributor: Robyn Watts Aircheck Entry: 1,422 Comments: Without a doubt, this is the shortest aircheck on the site, but possibly the highest quality recording one could find! This is a recording of ONE break at the Top of the Hour, the transition from Tom Parker’s show to Mucho Morales’ show. Top hour fans will love it!

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