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Bob Stewart, Capital Gold 1548 AM London | January 21, 1996

Bob Stewart (left) and friends, legends of U.K. Broadcasting Courtesy of Contributor Russ Horton, we have a unique recording of a DJ whose voice sounds quite similar to “The Duke of Louisville”. It’s not him, of course, but Bob Stewart definitely has a great set of pipes! Listening to Capital Gold, one can understand why the Oldies of the 1960s tend to bring everyone together. Music that was recorded at a time before splintered radio formats, mp3 devices, iPhones and computer sharing, Top 40 stations in the U.K. played much the same music as their Canadian and U.S. station counterparts. Perhaps the British stations had deeper playlists than the Americans, but we don’t hear too much of that difference in this aircheck, except for some Beatles album cuts that get play...

Gary Owens, 910 KEWB Oakland CA | July 7, 1959

The career of Gary Owens was so long, and filled with so much success that the written work about him fills volumes. Gary Owens is heard here at almost the start of his long broadcasting career, at 910 KEWB Oakland. We have very few airchecks from the 1950s at all, and earlier ones are hard to come by. Gary Owens died on February 12, 2015 after a long illness. You can read the article from Dateline Hollywood on his passing HERE. About this aircheck: This begins with at fairly long news segment. Perhaps the most unique thing about Top 40 stations at the beginning of the Top 40 era was the staccato pace of the entire format. Listen to the beep beep beep sounder before every headline. Was that really necessary? Apparently back then, it was. Then, listen to Gary Owens. What struck me as I prod...

Tony Prince, 1520 (199 Meters) Radio Caroline North | March 1, 1966

Here is a slightly restored (to remove noise and enhance the fidelity) aircheck of Tony Prince, donated to us by Russ Horton. There is a huge connection here, in that, Tony Prince is still very active in radio and in 2018, launched a new internet radio station called “United DJs”, featuring many names from the Pirate radio era of the U.K. The roster of talent includes Mike Read, Emperor Rosko, David Hamilton, Dave Lee Travis and from Canada, Russ Horton! Attempting to tell the story of Radio Caroline is daunting, at best. The ship that actually carried the name Caroline was actually the MV Fredericia, that when purchased by Irish Broadcaster Ronan O’Rahilly was renamed the MV Caroline. It was known as “Caroline North” for much of the station’s early hist...

Chuck Chandler, 630 CHED Edmonton, Alberta | February 14, 1979

Recording Date: 02.14.1979 Station: 630 CHED Edmonton, Alberta (Wikipedia) (History of Canadian Broadcasting) (Website) Format: (Then) Top 40 (Now) News/Talk/Sports Ownership: Corus Entertainment Featured Air Personality: Chuck “The Chucker” Chandler Contributor: Russ Horton Total Time: 9:34 (Telescoped)     …You can make me do anything that you want #1,568 Curator’s Notes: Just a few interesting tidbits of information regarding this aircheck. The jock heard on this recording goes by the name, “The Chucker”, but he is not related to Chuck Browning, rather, his name is Chuck Chandler. 630 CHED has the distinction of being the most listened to Top 40 station ever, in North America. At the height of it’s popularity, CHED had a 40 share of th...

Chris Roberts, “Happy Days” Weekend; 1190 WOWO Ft. Wayne | June 26, 1977

Recording Date: 06.26.1977 Station: 1190 WOWO Ft. Wayne (Wikipedia) (Website) Format: Top 40 (Today:) News Talk Branded: “Eleven-Ninty WoWo” Featured Air Personality: Chris Roberts Contributor: Russ Horton Total Time: 35:19 (Telescoped)             If you got time, you might as well slide another one in there This is Aircheck #1,565 Curator’s Notes: Here’s a cool recording of Chris Roberts, spinning the hot wax on a “Happy Days” Weekend. Roberts gets the authentic late 1950s sound of jock patter right, complete with lots of Do-Wop and light reverb.

Humble & Fred 102.1 CFNY Toronto | March 21, 1991

Recording Date: 03.21.1991 Station: 102.1 CFNY (Brampton) Toronto, Ontario Format: Modern Rock Branding: “FM 102” Featured Air Personalities: “Humble” Howard Glassman, Fred Patterson (Wikipedia) (Website) Owner (At time of recording): Maclean Hunter (Present) Corus Entertainment Contributor: Russ Horton Total Time: 35:54 (Telescoped)     This just in… Humble Howard taking a course in English… This is aircheck #1,560 Curator’s Notes: There is much relevant historical data that relates to this recording of “Humble & Fred“, tracing this show back to it’s roots, nearly at the beginning of their long run as first, a local CFNY Toronto show, then nationally in Canada and across North America on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. In...

Fred Latremouille, CFUN Vancouver BC | October 30, 1991

Date of Recording: 10.30.1991 Station: 1410 CFUN (CJCE/CFCQ/CKMO/CFUN/CKVN) Vancouver, BC, Canada Format: Adult Contemporary Branded: “14 C-Fun” Featured Air Personality: Fred Latremouille (10.21.1945 – 03.05.2015) Contributor: Russ Horton Total Time: 48:58 (Telescoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,558 Stu is now perusing the C-Fun cartridge wall... Curator’s Notes: An historic recording featuring the longtime talents of the late Fred Latremouile, and the tail end of the second era of 1410 Vancouver’s “C-Fun” era. Much is written about both, online and in book form. For archival purposes, contributor Russ Horton and Airchexx present just over 3 quarter-hours of the scoped Fred Latremoulle morning show on C-Fun!

Gerry Forbes (and friends), 1050 CHUM Toronto | October 19, 1988

Date of Recoding: 10.19.1988 Station: 1050 CHUM Toronto Format: Gold Based Adult Contemporary Branded: “Ten-Fifty Chum” Featured Air Personality: Gerry Forbes, others Contributor: Russ Horton (original recording) Total Time: 27:15 (Telescoped – Two Stop Sets intact, Includes two newscasts) Airchexx Entry: 1,557 (This means the total number of live airchecks on this site) Ten-Fifty CHUM,… Elton John and a crock… of rock) Curator’s Notes: More than Gerry Forbes, this actually seems like two different morning shows spliced together. Two complete newscasts anchored by Paul Cross, and we kept the first two stopsets full of commercials, so that the listener gets to hear what’s going on in 1988. I spliced out the rest of the commercials except the promos ...

“Psychedelic Sunday”, 107.1 CILQ Toronto | February 2, 1986

Date of Recording: 02.02.1986 / 1145am to 12:30pm Station: 107.1 CILQ Toronto, Ontario, Canada Format: Album Rock Featured Air Personalities: Derringer, Andy Frost Contributor: Russ Horton Airchexx Entry: 1,464 …We’ll be taking 107 phone calls at that point Comments: This high-quality cassette recording came to us via contributor Russ Horton on a TDK D-90 tape. You won’t notice hardly any tape noise or hiss. So much for the quality. Most of you may remember that weekend programming on most old fashioned AOR stations was special. Remember shows like the King Bisquit Flour Hour, Rockline, and other, locally programmed specials. At CILQ (“Rock Radio” Q107) Toronto, one such feature was Psychedelic Sunday. The show started at Noon on Sundays and here on this recor...

Dave Mickey, 1280 CHIQ Hamilton Ont | July, 1964

Date of Recording: July, 1964 Station: 1280 CHIQ Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Featured Air Talent: Dave Mickey Contributor: Russ Horton Aircheck Entry: 1,441 Date of Contribution: 8.28.2016 Everybodys swingin and havin a ball on the Dave Mickey Show! Comments: The station once located at 1280 in Hamilton, Ontario is, and has been for several decades, 820 CHAM. A station that once was a pioneering Canadian Country station. Now, just an opinion here, but this kind of Top 40 radio done in the first half of the 1960s is precisely everything that formatically was wrong. A jock who rambles on about absolutely nothing, sings with nearly every record, music broken up by long stretches of station elements… Still, the listeners LOVED it! This is perhaps the magic that listeners to the Top 40 form...

Dan Williamson, 680 CFTR Toronto | July 28, 1978

Date of Recording: 07.28.1978 Station: 680 CFTR Toronto, Ontario, Canada Featured Air Talent: Dan Williamson Contributor: Russ Horton Aircheck Entry: 1,440 Date of Contribution: 08.28.2016 12:03, time to shake that thing!… Comments: Courtesy of our biggest Canadian Contributor, Russ Horton, AKA Big Daddy (the head honcho up at D-Moos.com), we bring you another one-of-a-kind AM Top 40 classic! CFTR was the station John Records Landecker (WLS/WLS-FM Chicago) went to for a time in the 80s, and listening to this, you’ll understand why. CFTR, showcased here from 1978, has that sound; that excitement that the best AM Rockers had before burning themselves out and leaving everything to FM. The amazing thing is that while we down here in the United States (where airchexx.com hails from)...

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