Daniel Coulombe

Composite, 1000 AM WCFL “Big 10” Chicago | December 22, 1970

Nine oh two at the Voice of Labor, this is Robert E. Lee for Clark Webber… Curator’s Notes: This aircheck came to us somewhat unscoped. It’s a somewhat strange aircheck, in that the music is not what I’d consider true Top 40 fare, but considering this was three days before Christmas, perhaps WCFL, as some other stations ESPECIALLY back in 1970, toned it down for the holiday season. Compare with similar airchecks from stations like WLS and try to compare. This aircheck is living proof that radio stations indeed, DID, actually play David Cassidy records! Thanks to Contributor Daniel Coulombe for sending this in, and Paul Christy for making this recording happen (as we understand it from here). Thanks one and all! If you haven’t done so yet, please consider a donation ...

KRI loses its Z– The Chucker and Jack Elliot on KRIZ Phoenix | September, 1977

What are we supposed to do with your paycheck while you’re gone? – Give it away!! From deep in the archives of Contributor Daniel Coulombe comes this excellent quality recording of KRIZ in the Fall of 1977. This starts out with “Chucker” as the jock and a voice (we don’t know who) walks in and proceeds to announce that he (Zee) is going on vacation. Thus comes the contest, where in the world is Zee. Callers are instructed to call in and say “KRI plays the best music!” The legal I.D. is buried in a top of the hour Zee promotion. How they got away with this is anyone’s guess. This aircheck was taken from Tom Konard’s “Around The Dial” tape from September 1977.  Konard’s company was called “The Aircheck Factory̶...

Jay Thomas, 98.7 WXLO New York | September, 1977

…I was hoping you might be able to get me in touch with John Gambling 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 monthly 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, that was the intent. Many jocks and others in the business would subscribe as well as programmers just for the listening enjoyment, as a sales tool, or to use as examples of how a jock should sound in a particular format. We don’t have many of these here at Airchexx but this is an original tape in it’s original case...

Isaac Shane, 900 CKTS Sherbrooke, Quebec | 1978

Station: 900 CKTS (Defunct) Sherbrooke, Quebec (Wikipedia) Format: Top 40 Branded: “Music Radio” Featured Air Personality: Isaac Shane (Shaneblum) (CKTS/CJMQ/HitOldies) Contributor: Daniel Coulombe Related Personalities: Ted Silver, Frank Cavallaro Aircheck #1603   I want you to remember, four letters… the KEY to the albums and the best music! Voluntary Subscription Options Yearly Subscription : $80.00 USD – yearlyMonthly : $10.00 USD – monthlyWeekly : $3.00 USD – weekly Curator’s Notes: While the audio on this is low fidelity (just imagine listening on an old AM radio and you’ll get past it), the talent featured here is extraordinary!  Isaac Shane was on CKTS for many years.  Here, he’s holding down the Afternoon Drive for regular...

G.W. McCoy, 100.3 KIQQ Los Angeles | July 31, 1984

Date of Recording: 07.31.1984 Station: 100.3 KIQQ (KSWD/KRBV/KKBT/KCMG/KIBB/KXEZ/KQLZ-FM) Los Angeles, California, USA Format: CHR Featured Air Personality: G. W. McCoy Contributor: Daniel Coulombe Date of Posting: 09.04.2017 Total Time: 13:49 Airchexx Entry: 1,506 …with requested music now from Twisted Sister! Curator’s Notes: By 1984, KIQQ was having difficulty maintaining it’s CHR identity, and with plenty of name recognition in crosstown KRTH K-Earth 101, KIIS-FM and others, it was clear that SOMETHING had to be done soon. That something would eventually be “Lite-FM” under the same call letters. That, in turn, led to a purchase by Westwood One, who brought in somebody named Scott Shannon, a new set of call letters (KQLZ) and a new slogan – “Pir...

Mike Preston, 102.9 KSDO-FM San Diego | August 3, 1984

Date of Recording: 08.03.1984 Station: 102.9 KSDO-FM (KSWV/KCLX-FM/KKBH-FM/KJQY/KCDE/KLQV), San Diego, California, USA Format: CHR Trademarked “Hot Hits” tm Branded “KS-103” Featured Air Personality: Mike Preston Date of Posting: 09.03.2017 Total Time: 9:05 Telescoped Airchexx Entry: 1,505 Comments: Be listening for “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson – when you hear it, be the 30th caller…! “Hot Hits” was/is a trademarked CHR format invented by consultant Mike Josephs. For a time in the late 1970s and early 1980s, this format – from it’s use of jingle placement, weather elements and other ‘formatics’ was used at dozens of stations in the U.S. and even Canada. Some examples of this format in various stages of ...

Big Rich Baker, 101.3 WKCI Hamden (New Haven) KC-101 FM | 1981

Date of Recording: 1981 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 101.3 WKCI Hamden (New Haven), Connecticut, USA Format: CHR Slogan: “KC-101” Featured Air Personality: Big Rich Baker Contributor: Daniel Coulombe (CKTS/CJMQ) Airchexx Entry: 1,500 Comments: Contributor Daniel Coulombe submitted this 8:45 scope of KC-101 as an unscoped 30 minute tape which we’ve been holding on to for a few years now. We know nothing about the jock, “Big” Rich Baker, but he comes across as pretty laid back. In fact, this recording shows a KC101 that seems more like an Adult Contemporary station than CHR. We’ll chalk that up to the year in music 1981, which was very soft rock oriented at nearly all the major stations. In our opinion, perhaps so much so that it helped put the whammy on ...

John Lennon sits in as Guest DJ: 93/KHJ Los Angeles | September 27, 1974

Date of Recording: 09.27.1974 Station: 930 KHJ (KRTH/KKHJ) Los Angeles, California, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: John Lennon (The Beatles) Contributor: Daniel Coulombe Airchexx Entry: 1,494 Comments: Given the intense popularity of John Lennon, both as a major recording artist and his status as an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War, this appearance on the might 93 KHJ should be well documented. At the time, this was included in on-air promos of what was known as “Superstar” week at KHJ. And yes, obviously, recordings were made of the event. Yet, all these decades later, there’s not much historical information written online about this one time appearance in Los Angeles. There are a few references on Wikipedia (Curator’s note: Not everything printe...

Dr. John Leader, 790 WQXI Atlanta | December 23, 1972

Date of Recording: 12.23.1972 Station: 790 WQXI Atlanta, Georgia, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Dr. John Leader (WQXI/KHJ) Contributor: Daniel Coulombe (CKTS/CJMQ) Airchexx Entry: 1,474 …How ’bout it babe, a little puppy would make a great Christmas gift!” Comments: Dr. John Leader is a hidden gem on an airstaff of unbelievable talent. “Quicksie in Dixie” was one of the monnikers used over the years, but in this recording made JUST before Christmas, 1972, the station is simply calling itself ‘QXI. Really. This moves along so fast it’s hard to keep up. Dr. John Leader has that keen, sharp wit that the best of the best Top 40 jocks had, the ability to say something incredibly funny right off the top of his head in between a record. Fas...

Steve Shannon, 1500 KSTP Minneapolis St. Paul | September, 1977

Date of Recording: 09.xx.1977 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 1500 KSTP (AM) Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Steve Shannon Contributor: Daniel Coulombe (CKTS/CJMQ) Airchexx Entry: 1,473 …Salvation does exist! Comments: Here’s the second old recording of KSTP from it’s Top 40 era. High powered AM radio that simply went by the slogan “The Music Station”.

Charlie Greer, 77 WABC New York | October 5, 1965

Date of Recording: 10.05.1965 Station: 770 WABC (WJZ) New York, New York, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personalities: Charlie Greer, Peter Jennings (news) Contributor: Daniel Coulombe (CKTS/CJMQ/others) Airchexx Entry: 1,472 “That’s Number One in New York, Hang On Sloopy by the McCoys…” Comments: Just when you thought you’d heard every WABC aircheck ever recorded, we give you this, courtesy of Contributor Daniel Coulombe. There are some significant historic portions of this recording. Nothing that happened on this date, but some of the content is priceless! First, you’ll notice right away that the Charlie Greer show is very sold out. There are two and three commercials played between every record! Many of those commercials are live reads. Second, this...

The Aircheck Factory: Interview & Aircheck of Connie Szerszen from 56 WIND Chicago | September, 1977

Date of Recording: September, 1977 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 560 WIND Chicago Format: Pop Featured Air Personality: Connie Szerszen (WSDM/WIND/WJMK/WJEZ/WJJD/WUSN) Contributor: Daniel Coulombe Airchexx Entry: 1,466 It’s getting better every minute From Tom Konard’s “Aircheck Factory”, Around The Dial #12, an in-depth look at Chicago personality Connie Szerszen, whose claim to radio fame was her time at Westinghouse Broadcasting, “Group W”‘s 56 WIND. This starts with a description of her career’s start as a receptionist at WCFL and a short aircheck of her on WSDM, then moves on to Szerszen on WIND and an interview of her from that time period.

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