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Ken Gilbert

Ken Gilbert, 102.9 WDRC-FM Hartford | June 17, 1989

Courtesy of Contributor “Mr. 70s“, Paul DiMarco, here’s a pristine quality recording of my friend Ken Gilbert on the old “Big-D 103” oldies station. The recording is so good, in fact, you’ll swear this is being broadcast live as you stream it! Hey Chris, I think there’s a price check at register two… Highlights of this aircheck include tons of phone call requests aired live, classic PAMS WDRC jingles, originally sung for the AM side 1360 WDRC, and a contest where the winner is invited to the “Oldies but Goodies” cruise on the Connecticut River. Listen for the contest tease and the winner’s phone call included in this aircheck. The commercials have been left intact for historical purposes. This aircheck was tightly scoped by ...

Ken Gilbert, 97.1 WZRT Rutland, VT | June, 1993

Recording Date: June, 1993 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 97.1 WZRT Rutland VT (Wikipedia) (Website) Format: Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) Branded: Z-97 Featured Air Personalities: Ken Gilbert (Jock), Bob Bascomb (News) Contributor: Ken Gilbert #1,578   I’m all set today, I’ve got my gun cleaning kit and my bag of trail mix… Curator’s Notes: This begins with the news. Bob Bascomb may be remembered from his network anchor position, ABC, if memory serves, but here doing the local news. The main stories being, Plattsburgh (NY) Air Force Base is recommended for closure, and president Clinton praises Congress for passing a massive debt reduction package. While this is a CHR station, there are two things that stick out to me. First, knowing Ken Gilbert’s work ove...

Ken Gilbert, 102.9 WDRC-FM Hartford | 1982 – Part 2

Date of Recording: 1982 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 102.9 WDRC-FM Hartford, Connecticut, USA Format: CHR (Oldies; Classic Hits; Classic Rock) Featured Air Personality: Ken Gilbert (WAQY; WTIC-FM; WDRC-FM; WKNE-FM; WZRT; WVTK) Contributor: Paul DiMarco Airchexx Entry: 1,520 Curator’s Notes: And the Hits just keep comin’! Contributor Paul DiMarco apparently has most of the master reels from our friend Ken Gilbert and we’re slowly getting them archived for the ages. Here’s another recording from the master reel. From apparently spring or autumn of 1982 when WDRC-FM was in the middle of its attempt at pure CHR, here’s Ken sounding really fantastic, albeit doing the overnight gig preparing for morning drive. It’s labelled Part 2, because this comes in four ...

Ken Gilbert, 1490 WFAD Middlebury VT | 1978

Date of Recording: 1978 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 1490 WFAD Middlebury Vermont, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Ken “Squirt Baby Shoot” Gilbert (WFAD/WAQY/WTIC-FM/WDRC-AF/WKNE-FM/WZRT/WVTK) Contributor: Paul DiMarco Date of Posting: 09.22.2017 Total Time: 5:47 Airchexx Entry: 1,515 Join us now as the spotlight falls on Debbie Boone… First, a plug for our Contributor, Paul DiMarco. He’s known as “Mister 70s” on the air. Paul has a delivery that’s smooth as glass. Look for him on his own station, “The Totally 70s Radio Network” on Vaughn Live. About Ken Gilbert. He goes by just “KG” here at WFAD. The source tape was a reel that our Contributor digitized for archiving. His statement to me the other day was, ...

Ken Gilbert, WAQY Springfield Mass | Summer, 1981

Date of Recording: Summer, 1981 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 102.1 WAQY Springfield, Massachusetts, USA Format: CHR Featured Air Personality: Ken Gilbert (WDRC/WVTK/WVRT/WTIC-FM) Contributor: Paul DiMarco (corrected) Date of Posting: 09.19.2017 Total Time: 8:12 Airchexx Entry: 1,512 …say what it is, you been messin around on me. 102 FM The Whack With Ken Gilbert in the Air Chair“ Curator’s Notes: From an unforgettable era of Wacky 102, where there are very few recordings out there, Here’s ole Squirt doing it on the radio as he did every day in middays on WAQY. The station itself was headed for a crash, but what it sounds like here, nobody really knew that an AOR format was launching in several months. This is from the innocent Summer of 1981. The station had transi...

“The Radio BBQ”, WRMI International, Lake Okeechobee FL | September 09, 2017

Date of Recording: 09.09.2017 Station: 7.78 Mhz WRMI International (Shortwave), 94.1 and 107.1 FM local and Paul DiMarco’s “Totally 70’s Radio Network“ Format: Assorted Brokered Time / Oldies Featured Air Talent: Various Date of Posting: 09/12/2017 Total Time: 1:24:28 (Original unscoped recording runs 3 Hours) Telescoped Airchexx Entry: 1,509 Curator’s Notes: We’ve Been HACKED! What follows is three hours of on air lunacy, brought to you by the original inventors of radio lunacy! Here is an Airchexx.com WORLD EXCLUSIVE! Seriously, you put nearly 30 of Eastern America’s finest radio personalities (all but ONE is now out of radio, if that tells you anything) in one place, and then give them a microphone, I guarantee they put every other radio station...

Ken Gilbert, 97.1 WZRT Rutland (Killington) VT | March 4, 1995

Date of Recording: 03.04.1995 Station: 97.1 WZRT Rutland, Vermont, USA Format: Hot Adult Contemporary Current Owner: Catamount Radio Featured Air Personality: Ken Gilbert Contributor: Ken Gilbert Airchexx Entry: 1,485 Vermont’s home for the most music in a row – Z-97! Comments: Moving right along on a typical frigid day at Killington (even for MARCH), here’s another of the dozens of KG tapes that Mr. Gilbert was so kind enough to contribute to our museum archives. In 1995, WZRT was marketed toward a young adult audience, and it’s music (what you hear of it) here reflects that. Technically, Z-97 is CHR but in much of Vermont, programmers can’t fragment the audience into traditional categories so they program for a wide audience. It’s possible that this wa...

Ken Gilbert, 102.9 WDRC-FM Hartford | December 27, 1987

Date of Recording: 12.27.1987 Station: 102.9 WDRC-FM Hartford, Connecticut, USA Format: Oldies Featured Air Personality: Ken Gilbert (WAQY, WTIC-FM, WDRC, WDRC-FM, WKNE-FM, WDOT, WZRT, WVAA, WVTK) Contributor: Ken Gilbert Airchexx Entry: 1,482 DRC-FM plays million dollar music!… Comments: Yet another Ken Gilbert recording from Big D 103 surfaces and this one is from a few days before New Year’s. Listen for a live promo for the Big D Big 300 countdown New Year’s Eve. And as if nobody remembers how cold Winters used to be in Connecticut, listen to Ken’s weather forecast. Temperatures in the teens and twenties are pretty normal (if not downright warm) going into January. This is very short, just 3:16, scoped.

WDRC-FM Oldies Sampler | 1980s

Date of Recording: Unknown Station: 102.9 WDRC-FM Hartford, Connecticut, USA Format: Oldies Featured Air Talent: Ken Gilbert (WAQY/WTIC-FM/WDRC-FM/WDRC/WKNE-FM/WZRT/WVTK) Contributor: Ken Gilbert Airchexx Entry: 1,455 “I see Jerry Kristafer has a friend who travels there” Comments: For the sake of just ONE break on a 90 minute cassette, the rest of which appears to have been bulk erased (the original tape you can hear bits of audio from a prior recording trying to bleed through), we present a sample of the beginnings of Oldies “Big-D 103”. As Ken describes elsewhere, WDRC-FM morphed from CHR to Oldies over a few months in late 1983 into 1984, and by the time of this recording was firmly in the Oldies format. But its just one break with one listener call-in, and you ...

Ken Gilbert, 1390 WVAA Burlington VT | September 29, 2004

Date of Recording: 09.29.2004 Station: 1390 WVAA Burlington Vermont, USA Format: Classic Country Featured Air Personality: Ken Gilbert (WAQY, WTIC-FM, WDRC, WDRC-FM, WKNE-FM, WDOT, WZRT, WVAA, WVTK) Contributor: Ken Gilbert Airchexx Entry: 1,452 “We help take away the stress” Comments: Contributor Ken Gilbert is well known for his talents as a Top 40 jock – at WAQY “Wacky 102”, WTIC-FM and WDRC (AM) FM. But as this shows, he’s an all around personality who fits any format. From Oldies to CHR to this live Country format. Which brings up an interesting point. 1390 is one of those ‘graveyard’ frequencies where low powered community oriented AM stations traditionally went off the air at dusk or 11pm… or ran flea power after dark. In the pos...

Ken Gilbert, 97.1 WZRT Rutland VT | March 25, 1995

Date of Recording: 03.25.1995 Station: 97.1 WZRT Rutland, Vermont, USA Featured Air Talent: Ken Gilbert, Joel Williams Date of Contribution: 08.15.2016 Airchexx Entry: 1,447 “You can hear us in two countries, four states, twenty-six counties, and we can’t even count the number of towns!” Comments: From a cassette with no label, we were able to figure out the date of this recording based on the news items of the day. For one, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was released from prison this day, after serving 3 years of a 5 year term for a rape conviction. 3.25.95 happens to be a Saturday morning. Ken Gilbert is there, his happy self and qualifying listeners to win Z97’s grand prize in that quarter’s contest: a multi-CD set of the music of the British Invasi...

Ken Gilbert, 103.7 WKNE-FM Keene NH | February 19, 1994

Date of Recording: 02.19.1994 Station: 103.7 WKNE-FM Keene New Hampshire Featured Air Talent: Ken Gilbert Contributor: Ken Gilbert Aircheck Entry: 1,443 New England’s Power Station, 24 Hours A Day Comments: Contributor Ken Gilbert donated tons of tapes featuring New England stations he worked at over the years, and we’ll probably be adding these for a few years at this rate! WKNE-FM is a station that evolved from a partial AM/FM simulcast in the 70s and early 80s. From 1974 to 1985, as an independent FM outside of morning drive, the FM station was Beautiful Music and the call letters were WNBX-FM. The station became an Adult Contemporary station and broke away from AM 1290 completely in the Spring of ’85 when it returned to the WKNE-FM call letters that it held when it fi...

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