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Don Cox, WINZ-FM (I95) Ft. Lauderdale/Miami Beach | July 2, 1984

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WINZ StaffThis was sent in by Daniel Coulombe… an original recording of Don Cox on I95 in South Florida. This is vintage 80s. Entertainment news, featuring who else? Michael Jackson. Not to mention, Cox IS counting down the top 10 songs of the week. Heard at the end of this aircheck is Johnny Dolan, apparently coming in to do his shift.

Whatever happened to this kind of personality top forty?? Never mind, we know the answer (that’s why I’m not in the biz anymore…)

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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.

Comments

Lou
January 23, 2009 at 1:19 pm


Is it me…or do AM stations sound better? 😉



Mike
February 7, 2009 at 2:23 pm


Thank you for putting this up.



Les
February 13, 2009 at 3:31 pm


R.I.P. Cox on the Radio.



JakeAdamsdotnet
May 20, 2009 at 9:56 pm


I-95 was hot from late 1981 until about 1983, from what I can recall.
It caught Y-100 off caught, but the mighty WHYI successfully fought off a station that took advantage of the demise of 96X.

I-95 went back to Zeta after WSHE exploded in the ratings with a Hot Rock format.

I-95 could have stayed in the CHR fight, but it was really a flash-in-the-pan station with a mountain to climb against “America’s Megastation” in a market about to rapidly change with the arrival of Cuban immigrants and a whole generation of high-school age offspring from those who fled Cuba in the early 1960s.

The result? Hot 105 shot to No. 1, and then Power 96 took over.

Y-100 stumbled in the mid 1980s because it suddenly had an identity crisis, and by 1988 eventually failed in its valiant effort to be the “everything” station Z100 was in New York.

But a white rock n roll jock (Sonny Fox) anchoring mornings on a Top 40 station balancing Erotic Exotic records with Heart and Van Halen – even with Miami Vice the hottest thing on TV – just couldn’t compete with Power’s dance music and “She’s Only Rock n Roll.”



May 19, 2010 at 12:36 pm


R.I.P. Cox on the Radio.



Rebecca
May 25, 2010 at 9:17 pm


I-95 WAS ON THE AIR FROM 1981 TO’86, WHEN IT CHANGED ITS NAME TO 95 INZ, THEN TO 94.9 ZETA, AND NOW IT’S CALLED MEGA 94.9, WHICH IS A HISPANIC STATION. GET IT?



March Cox
June 7, 2010 at 12:34 pm


Wow! I still dream of Don often. To hear his voice fills me with mixed emotions. Proud and sad. He had brilliant moments. He left all of us WAY too soon. Thank you for posting. March Cox



Brady
October 24, 2010 at 2:43 am


Another great radio aircheck! As always thanks to Steve for putting gems like this on the net so they have a place to reach those wanting to remember and more importantly wanting to know what real radio broadcasting was like.



Miguel Perez
December 26, 2011 at 10:25 pm


I had the oppotunity to work with cox and loved it.



Carlos Dj Sonic
February 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm


When you say South Florida f m radio in English you have to mention Cox on the radio.



Paul
November 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm


oh the memories …



AJ Lopresti
April 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm


Cox was one of my favorites , and was a landmark ib south florida radio along with Rick Shaw. And yes he did leave us so soon ,but is legacy lives we will always Remember “Sonny in the Morning “



April 24, 2013 at 4:57 am


I am a native Miamian and have always been passionate about radio.I grew up taking my parents beach radio and listening to the fm dial for hours.I remember Cox on the radio on stations such as 96x,Y-100-I-95,Power96,never heard him his final years on 99.9kissfm.His unique style and funny but classy comments inspired me and today I am a professional on air radio personality as well as a celebrity nightclub dj and I must say that Don Cox,Cox on the radio,was my inspiration to become a professional broadcaster.I have heard some people say negative things about cox on the radio but I never met him personally and frankly ,I dnt care about that part of his life.I can only say about the genius that I heard on the air and his charisma.He is and always will be a legend.If you hear me on the air you actually might hear little remarks and exclamations that might remind you of him.



April 24, 2013 at 5:00 am


sonny fox is still alive anfd today he has a show somewhere on sirius satellite radio.



AJ Lopresti
April 24, 2013 at 9:41 pm


oops I mention two people and one article thanks carlos just was typing fast ,,, Cox is who I thought was no longer . I now live in kansas city but grew up in south florida as well and in Pompano beach/lighthouse point I miss those good ole days of south florida ,now it’s all corperate now .. Thanks Carlos ..



AJ Lopresti
April 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm


I grew up in pompano beach/lighthouse point area and like you Carlos I to miss it



mike g baby
October 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm


fuck this is awesome..1-95radio station nepenthes dance club

fuck!



R
October 26, 2013 at 9:55 pm


THIS MAN FOUGHT FOR THE RADIO BIZZ, AND YES THERE IS A BIG PROBLEM WITH RADIO PAYOLA!!!!!!!!



Robert
January 27, 2014 at 8:32 pm


What about when Cox played smugglers blues over and over? Good times!



Amanda Dolan
June 30, 2017 at 3:07 pm


This is one of the only ways I can hear my father’s voice again. I love this.



Gary Kerns
March 26, 2018 at 5:18 pm


Amen to that! He left us far too soon.



Gary Kerns
March 26, 2018 at 5:24 pm


I always preferred AM to FM, but I’m 54, so I grew up on it. There are probably no more than a handful of US AM stations that still play music.



Gary Kerns
March 26, 2018 at 5:26 pm


Thanks for putting this up. If there were a dictionary entry for “credit to the dj profession”, Cox’s picture would be right there!



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