Station: 68 WRKO (WNAC) Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Format :Top 40 (News/Talk)
Featured Air Personality: Charlie Van Dyke (KHJ/WLS)
Contributor: Bob Gilmore (bobgilmore.com)
Original Post Date: 02.01.2010
Airchexx Entry: 985
This is posted today as part of an overall facelift. Charlie Van Dyke is currently retired and living in Arizona, where he still records occasional voiceovers.
Charlie Van Dyke is one of America’s foremost voices, heard on TV, Radio and even in Movie Trailers… but for most of the 70s and 80s, his career was spent behind the mic of some of the best Top 40 stations ever heard. WRKO, by 1979 is feeling the pressure from FM – WVBF, in particular, and unbeknownst to most people, is in it’s final year as a Top 40 station. I consider this the best that RKO sounded, even better than the 60s Drake incarnation.
3 thoughts on “Charlie Van Dyke & Company, 68 WRKO Boston | April 6, 1979”
During the late 1970’s, the RKO stations were the cream of the crop. Stations like WRKO, KHJ and WHBQ had highly talented
air staffs, hot production and some of
the best jingles ever produced. This is
a great aircheck, and I am awed, as usual by the talent of Charlie Van Dyke. What an AMAZING gift this man has.
I listened to Charlie every chance I got while serving in the Air Force. He was at KLIF, Dallas at the time, and I couldn’t believe someone could be as fresh, funny and unpredictable at such a young age. I grew up on Dan Ingram, and Charlie helped make my time away from 77 WABC afternoon drive not only bearable, but flat out entertaining!
Charlie was the voice of WNCI / Columbus Oh mid 80’s-90’s and still to this day his on-air work never ceases to amaze. The voice, quick wit, talent- all so sorely missed throughout radioland. In case you see this- Charlie, I miss producing you in Columbus. Hope you are well, and thanks for all you’ve done for the industry.