Steve West

On Fixing the AM Problem: What can be done?

When was the last time you asked a non radio friend about something they heard on an AM station? Chances are, if you did, you received a response such as, “I don’t listen to AM”. Such seems to be the average answer. Corporate owners know this and think the solution is to clutter the once open FM frequencies with translators rebroadcasting the myriad of talk formats populating the once community oriented and one time profitable AM stations which remain. Let’s be honest. Most of these talk programs are politically oriented, often contributing to a distasteful blend of societal angst, helping to polarize opinions one political way or another, but more importantly, helping to push listeners further away from AM as a whole. Why is this? Is talk radio actually helping or hurting AM, and what cou...

Rod West, 103.3 WEEI-FM Boston | January 15, 1983

Station: 103.3 WEEI-FMBoston (Wikipedia) (Website) Format: CHR Branded: “103 FM“, “HitRadio” Ownership: (Then) – CBS (Now) – Entercom Featured Air Personality: Rod West Contributor: Steve West Airchexx #1610 That’s what the guys in the snowplows are sayin’, I think we’re gonna make it! Voluntary Subscription Options Yearly Subscription : $80.00 USD – yearlyMonthly : $10.00 USD – monthlyWeekly : $3.00 USD – weekly Curator’s Notes: Perhaps the topic for the day was the big blizzard happening on this day in 1983.  Rod West refers to it constantly.  Also noteworthy.  For those who know the jingle package and the history of this station, you’ll instantly realize the (bad) editing job on these WEEI-FM jingles.  T...

Jerry Kristafer, 88.9 WJMJ Bloomfield (Hartford) CT | June 4, 2018

Station: 88.9 WJMJ Hartford (Wikipedia) (Website) Format: Catholic Radio, Full-Service Oldies Branded: “Where Faith Meets Life” Ownership: St. Thomas Seminary Bloomfield, CT Featured Air Personality: Jerry Kristafer Contributor: Steve West Aircheck #1604 Voluntary Subscription Options Yearly Subscription : $80.00 USD – yearlyMonthly : $10.00 USD – monthlyWeekly : $3.00 USD – weekly Oh, clues views from my “Game with No Name” coming up at 8:20 Curator’s Notes: The first thing you notice about this before listening is probably, “oh great, another religious station”.  Not.  This is a unique and somewhat historic radio station in that “WJMJ claims to be the first archdiocesan-operated radio station in the United States”. (...

“Jumpin’ Jack Flash & Froggy Nights – 94.1 WOGY Froggy 94 Memphis (December 12, 2000)

Station: 94.1 WOGY Memphis (WLVS/WEZI/WODZ/WOGY/WMBZ/WSNA/WKQK/WFLP) (Wikipedia) (WFLP The Wolf Website) Format: Country Branded: “Froggy 94” Featured Air Personality: Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Steve West) (WCAT/WFGL/WFMP/WXLO/WHAI/WINQ/WEZL/KOUL/KLTG/WOGY/WGKX/WMC-FM/WCTZ/WSTC) Contributor: Steve West (see above) Total Time: 27:31 Aircheck #1,591 Coming up I’ve got the funniest doggone song… Curator’s Notes: I looked high and low for this tape and it eluded me, until one day last week while moving the furniture containing rows of neatly stacked tapes, this one literally fell out and hit me square in the face! Not quite an Isaac Newton moment but my hard head did, indeed, learn a lesson about emptying the cabinets before attempting to move (they way half a ton...

Steve West, WGKX Memphis | October 9, 2004

Date of Recording: 10.09.2004 Station: 105.9 WGKX Memphis (Branded as “Kix 106“) Owner: Cumulus Media//Memphis Radio Group Format: Contemporary Country Featured Air Personality: Steve West Contributor: Steve West Original Post Date: 10.11.2004 Curator’s Notes: The artist known as Steve West was digitally captured from a tape, recorded in Millington, Tennessee directly off the air on this particular date. Now, frankly, it’s been quite a while since I listened to this (and I’m not sure what’s on it, if I sounded good or if a dose of embarassment will follow), so let the listener judge for his or herself just what this guy sounds like on the air. Being that this was 2004, and I’d been on the station doing weekends and fill ins for about 2 1/2 years at...

An Interview with Big Frank Edwards, PD/Morning Drive on KRYS-FM K-99 Corpus Christi, TX | August 30, 2017

Date of Recording: 08.30.2017 Station: KRYS-FM Corpus Christi, Texas, USA Format: Contemporary Country Featured Air Personalities: Big Frank Edwards, Steve West Contributor: Steve West Date of Posting: 08.30.2017 Airchexx Entry: 1,503 Comments: You are probably expecting a real radio aircheck, but no, this is an off-air interview I did with KRYS K99 PD and Morning guy Big Frank Edwards. I know Frank from the days when we worked together at 103.7 KOUL back in 1997 when it was owned by Broadcasting Corporation of the Southwest and still playing Country music. This interview, which will remain online for the time being, is intended to update the world on how Corpus Christi and the greater Coastal Bend area fared and how they are recovering as of the date of this posting. Note to media: if you...

Airchexx Presents: MusicRadio 77 Recreated Featuring Steve O’Brien | December 31, 2005

Date of Recording: 12.31.2005 Station: None Format (Simulated): Top 40 Featured Air Personalities: Steve O’Brien (WABC/WMGQ/WPLJ/WIBG/WCBS-FM/WNYW-TV/WNBC-TV), Steve West(WOGY/WMBZ/WGKX/WMC-FM/IRN/WCTZ/WSTC/others) Contributor: Steve West Airchexx Entry: 1,499 Comments: Here’s a song we never got tired of playing at WABC in the middle of the disco era… Station recreations are a labor of love for your webmaster and over the years, I’ve produced several. In my opinion, none tops this third of a four part special that I produced for this website for New Year’s Day, 2006. This was originally posted in Real Audio form, back in the days before we went to the WordPress publishing platform. What precipitated the change in platforms and streaming media was a server cra...

Sample Hour of 1400 WSTC Stamford CT | June 7, 2017

Date of Recording: 06.05.2017 Station: 1400 WSTC Stamford, Connecticut, USA Format: Full Service Oldies/Variety Hits Featured Air Personality: Steve West (Steven Sawyer) Contributor: Steve West Airchexx Entry: 1,495 Comments: Perhaps the very first thing that should be mentioned with regard to this aircheck is the fact that because of the way we performed ‘live’ shows, every element was tracked – albeit five minutes before it aired so that the effect was a 100% live product – but because of this fact, I was able to take this particular Wednesday afternoon show and piece together all the elements which I had as separate tracks in my home studio, then mix it down to the exact end product as it sounded when transmitted. The only difference being that this aircheck is i...

Ron Lundy, 77 WABC New York // WABC Rewound 2003

Date of Recording: May, 2003 Station: 770 WABC New York Format: News/Talk Featured Air Personality: Ron Lundy Producer: Johnny Donovan Airchexx Entry: 1,489 … Hello Love!! Comments: At one point early on in the evolution of this website, we had posted the entire broadcast day of WABC Rewound on Memorial Day, 2003. Over various moves, a few of the master CD archive copies were damaged beyond repair. Here is one which survived intact. Ron Lundy is the featured jock. The year is 1975 and the music really sizzled on MusicRadio 77! Rewound was a great feature that WABC did for about eight years, before Johnny Donovan retired from WABC. The show actually started in 1999, the first year it was done live, hosted by then WABC Talk show host Mike Gallagher. Several years later, 89 WLS Chicago ...

The Airchexx Live! Gigantic Montage – 1960-1984

Date of Recording: November, 2016 Station: HitOldies (Internet Radio) Format: Classic Hits Featured Air Personality: None Creator: Steve West Airchexx Entry: 1,488 …The time is 8 pm, Ron Reilly is on the air, and Chicago is asleep! Comments: This was intended to be broadcast on hitoldies.com Internet Radio on New Year’s Eve, here’s a production that is quite incomplete. I had originally intended this to go right up to 2016 with more news and other audio clips… but as sometimes happens, life got in the way. In this case, I ended up being sick most of December culminating with me spending New Year’s in the hospital with acute pancreatitis.. which the nurse said was just about the most painful thing one can get aside from being shot. But I’m still here! Thi...

RadioMaxMusic Classic Radio & Rock Montage | 2004

Date of Recording: 2004 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: RadioMaxMusic (Internet Only) Format: Classic Hits Featured Air Personality: None Airchexx Entry: 1,487 Comments: One of our more popular features are the music/jingle montages. We have only a small handful posted here, but this week we have two to add into our archives just ahead of a massive flush of new classic radio airchecks. The back story on this one is this. Sometime around 2003 or 2004 I started doing weekly shows for RadioMaxMusic.com, an internet station based in New Jersey, and run by Ron Kovacs. I honestly don’t remember the exact date as my memory is getting pretty bad these days, but the date on this archival CD I burned says 2004. I remember doing this from a little work studio on what would be a junk computer by t...

Steve West Last Show, WMC-FM Memphis | October 30, 2005

Date of Recording: 10.30.2005 Station: 99.7 WMC-FM Memphis, Tennessee, USA Format: Hot Adult Contemporary Featured Air Personality: Steve West Contributor: Steve West It’s another WHATEVER WEEKEND, here on FM 100! Comments: FM 100 was the culmination of a career to me. True, I was only full time there for one Summer, but the station’s reputation, the life, the energy… the whole aura that surrounded this station put me in a trance from the first day I entered the building. I can’t say why I hold such an emotional attachment to WMC-FM. I will say that this particular evening was the last time I was on major market radio, the last time I got to interact with callers or really be myself on a commercial radio station. Given my feelings toward this station, and Memphis, T...

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