Dude Walker, WRQX “MusicRadio” Q107 Washington DC | April 27, 1979

The hot phrase in Top 40 radio at the end of the 70s had to be MusicRadio. At this point in it’s history, 107.3 FM in Washington DC was Top 40 as WRQX. Known as “Q107”, the air staff called it at times, “The New Q107”, “MusicRadio Q107” or just “Q107”. Despite the three rotating monnikers, it worked and Q107 became a very successful Top 40/CHR station as the station subsequently moved into the 1980s.

This is a great recording of Dude Walker, who is right in the middle of a very LONG commercial-free set (going on three hours commercial free by the end of this aircheck). This means that without any jingles or commercials, its ALL Dude Walker and a stack of teeny bopper records!

Neatly scoped from one hour down to just over six minutes by your humble webmaster, you get a feel for the pace of Q107. Its very up-tempo, with a lot of contests and plenty of excitement to keep listeners hooked hour after hour. It helps that the music during this era wasn’t too bad, either. 🙂

Courtesy of Big Apple Airchecks.


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