Jim Collins, The “Time Machine”; 66 WNBC New York | September 5, 1987 8:50-10:20 AM

Our first aircheck from new contributor Frank Davis just happens to be the first tape I pulled from the top of the box – Frank sent hundreds of tapes, and we’ll be pulling from this collection for years to come.

Join us now as we head back in time through the magic of Maxell UDS-II Chrome tape to 1987. It’s Labor Day weekend and WNBC, in it’s final year on the air (though they don’t know it yet) is in the middle of an extended “Time Machine” weekend. The station is counting down the top 66 hits of the 60s. This starts at #29 and runs through #17. While scoped, this still runs 43 minutes, through two beach reports and two full newscasts, including both local and NBC Network news.

Lots of 1987 commercials, reverb and PAMS jingles, resung for WNBC, to give this station an unmistakeable WABC sound – all they needed were the WABC jocks to make it complete.

The Time Machine was one programming element of many which made up programming of WNBC during this time period. During the week, the lineup consisted of Don Imus (Imus in the Morning), Ray Dariano with Oldies during the Mid-day, Alan Colmes talk show afternoons, and sports from 6-12 midnight. WNBC ran Oldies overnights 12-6am. With this pot-pourri of programming, WNBC tried to be all things to all people – and it worked, at least to some extent. With much of the Rock & Roll audience moved to FM by this time, it was difficult for any AM station to program music, but WNBC kept some form of music programming on the air right up until it’s demise in August 1988.

This is an original recording made by our contributor. No copies exist anywhere else on the web or with collectors. Listen to the “WNBC Time Machine”, and remember why it was our favorite radio station, bar none in the late 80s. “The Fan” had nothing on this, baby!

66 WNBC New York