690 Jacksonville WAPE

Composite: 690 WAPE Jacksonville | September 16, 1971


BigAppleAirchecksRecording Date: 09.16.1971
Station: 690 WAPE (WPDQ/WOKV) Jacksonville FL
Format: Top 40
Branded: “The Big Ape
Featured Air Personalities: Jack McCoy, Larry Dixon, Teddy Bear (Ted Richards) (CKLW), Jay Thomas (WXLO 99X/SiriusXM)
Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks (Website)
Total Time: 11:31




That’s Squeaky the Mouse our night time disk jockey“…

Curator’s Notes:

WAPE lives on today in Jacksonville, on the FM dial as a mainstream CHR, continuing the tradition started over four decades ago on 690 AM. North Florida isn’t exactly the place you’d expect a major Top 40 station, but then again, WAPE, “The Big Ape” wasn’t your average radio station. Home to many who would go on to eventual stardom elsewhere, this onetime larger-than-life Drake station had a killer signal heard from Florida to the Carolinas, the Bahamas and elsewhere!

Here’s a slice of WAPE from 1971. See if you remember any of the names here.

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Steve West is a 39 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve currently works on-air for the Super Radio USA media group out of Minnesota. Steve is the founder of the Airchexx Media Group and manages Airchexx.com and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.


Steven Green
December 6, 2010 at 2:20 am

Nice to hear Ted “The Bear” Richards prior his time at CKLW and then Jay Thomas prior to Z-100 and then Los Angeles.

These are the final two jocks on this excellent aircheck.


Elisa Belle
June 2, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Anybody know how to get in touch with Jack McCoy?

August 14, 2017 at 3:36 pm

I was a dj at WAPE 690 from 1963 to 1965…We were Jacksonville radio.
Wild Bill Miller

Lawrence Stoler
August 26, 2017 at 4:48 am

Jay Thomas never worked at z100. He did mornings at 99X WXLO New York (now WEPN-FM.

May 6, 2018 at 10:12 pm

I had the supreme good fortune of spending an hour or two with Jack McCoy, when I dropped in unannounced to leave a 5 inch aircheck. He listened to it with me, critiqued it, and toured me. This was when Jay Thomas was there. That interview and the one with John Gehron were my two best ever. I loved the Big Ape (arrrrrrrrrrrr eye oooooooooh) The Mighty 690.

Mike Mcgann
May 7, 2018 at 6:34 am

When I was in Charleston S.C., at WQSN 1970-72, I used to listen to The Ape everyday. Years later at my final gig as PD and PM drive at WJAS in Pittsburgh, I walking down the main hall and I run into…..Jack McCoy ! Even at 60 years old I was happy to meet him. We chatted a bit and went our ways. A week later, in the mail, I got a CD with all of “The Last Contest” promos on it. Thanks Jack …a class guy

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