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Jackson Armstrong, 1020 KTNQ Los Angeles | December, 1978


Big Apple Airchecks Matt Seinberg CraigJack Armstrong is on top of his game in this, a 2004 donation to our site by Matt Seinberg at BigAppleAirchecks.com. Right off the bat, the gorilla is right there with Jack and the fun starts from the first song!

Armstrong is doing the morning show this particular day. Too bad he wasn’t around 10 years earlier in Southern California, he’d have been great on KHJ! I’m always struck by how fast Armstrong talked and still got his point across. It helps that Ten-Q had a great thing going. But these were the waning days of AM Top 40 and KTNQ’s days were numbered from the start as the audience slowly but surely moved to FM. But boy does this sound GOOD!

Re-mastered for better audio!



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.


March 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm

“LA’s only rocker”, proclaims Armstrong.

And spotlighting Barry Manilow? LOL


March 6, 2012 at 2:05 am

Remember Tony this was Top 40 before all of the formats that sliced the everything into even smaller formats designations.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Yep, I know Bryan. I worked in Top 40 in that era.

    All I was stating was Barry Manilow was never a rocker. Pop ballads yep. Rock no.

    It seems a bit strange to promote a station as “LA’s only rocker” while promoting Barry Manilow, an anti-rocker, so heavily.

    In addition, the slogan was untrue. LA had many rock stations then — KLOS, KMET to name a couple.

    KTNQ was a top-40 station, not a rocker.


March 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Tony’s right. By 1978, “rocker” meant a station like KMET.

This is a Saturday. Armstrong’s weekday shift was afternoon drive. He replaced The Real Don Steele in September of ’78.

November 17, 2015 at 7:11 pm

I remember the old station on 1020 before KGBS. it was KPOP in 1959 and top 40 up against KFWB. KPOP was essentially a daytimer but licensed as “limited time” meaning it could operate at night if KDKA Pittsburgh was off the air. since KDKA went off Sunday nights 12-5 for maintenance, KPOP would come on 9 pm-2am Sunday night Pacific time with regular format.

Duncan Dewar
November 17, 2015 at 7:21 pm

Any WBZ air checks 70’s Dave Maynard, Larry Justice, Bruce Bradley, Larry Glick (overnight talk)????????

    November 17, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I have searched high and low with no luck, although I recently exchanged a few facebook messages with Larry Justice who says he has a few airchecks from the old days. Perhaps he’ll be willing to part with a couple.

Gary Kerns
November 17, 2015 at 11:57 pm

This ‘cjeck was made just as I was rediscovering country. The song I liked best (though they were all scoped) was Grand Funk’s “Some Kind of Wonderful” at 10:35, and it was four years old at the time. At 11:50, they mentioned double albums, which I’d forgotten about. I also got a kick when at 10:51, the Gorilla advised Christmas shoppers to take along a ton of money. At reelradio.com, I heard a Jackson Armstrong aircheck from March 1973, the beginning days of 13Q in Pittsburgh. he sounds a lot more restrained here. All told, a good aircheck. Sadly, Jack died in 2008, the result of a fall. He was 62 or 63 (born in 1945). His real name was John Larsh. There’s tons of stuff about him on the web.

December 2, 2016 at 4:54 pm

How bout some Duncan Dewar??????

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