Gerry Peterson & Mason Dixon, 1170 KCBQ San Diego | September 24, 1977
Courtesy of BigAppleAirchecks. Nearly perfect audio quality on this one.
On this aircheck, you’ll hear Gerry Peterson, then Mason Dixon on a very music-intensive KCBQ. Now, KCBQ and KGB had always been the Top 40 leaders in this city, but obviously, KCBQ was feeling some heat from FM. We get to hear TWO jingles in this 12 minute scope (down from the original one hour unscoped tape), and while they sound good, it’s nowhere near as exciting to hear a rarely-used jingle out of a stop set as opposed to in-format. The one big plus here is that you will hear a TRUE variety (not diversity) of music. KCBQ really does play ALL THE HITS, and thus does earn it’s right to compete with the new FM competitors… but I sure woulda liked to hear these two jocks put a bit more personality in. There are three segues on this scope where the jock only says ‘KCBQ’, leaving me (and probably most of the listeners back then) saying, “that’s it?”
This aircheck is good, but it could have been better. It sounds like KCBQ was in transition from the screamer days to something a bit more subdued. Those in the know about KCBQ during this time are encouraged to comment (below).