Here’s a very entertaining look at one of those stations that moved away from Beautiful music and into the AC world in the early 80s. 1980, to be precise, here at the FM sister to legendary WSB 750 AM. Yep, WSB-FM has a long colorful history (the first commercial FM in the Southeast, among other things).
We’re actually featuring the morning show from 1991 here, where “B98.5” is right in the middle of the format, musically. Listen for jingles which are a re-sing of JAM’s “The Best Show” package originally created for KIMN Denver…. and a great Legal ID TOH jingle resing, which is the original (IIRC) WABC Newstalk 77 TOH, also used in instrumental form at 700 WLW Cincinnati for a while.
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Heard on the morning show are:
Kari Dean / News
Jeff Zelle / Sports
Glenn Burns / Weather from channel 2
This is not a terribly long aircheck but its important to see where mainstream AC was in ’91. 5 years before Telcom 96 took its toll… the music is right on target, the WSB-FM has an exciting (and fully staffed) morning show, and overall sounds great.
The quality of this aircheck really is remarkable. The master recording resides with an aircheck service called “Hecht Enterprises”. Contributor Robyn Watts had a number of tapes from this service in her collection which found their way to airchexx. There is a *little* FM white noise on this recording, which could have been eliminated completely had the recording been made in FM mono vs stereo, but that would have had to be at the receiver end. The tape itself was in excellent condition.