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Johnny Lance, 92.3 WFLY Troy, NY | 1971


Courtesy of Contributor Paul Ford

Just over 6 minutes of what we think is the earliest FM Top 40 aircheck in the Capitol District, here’s Johnny Lance on the first pop music incarnation of WFLY. This is from 1971. WFLY will revert to a Classical format for a few years in the mid-1970s before returning to the Top 40 fold in ’78 and remains in the format today.

WFLY 92.3 Troy NY - Logo Circa 2010



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.


Steve Bleecker
October 7, 2010 at 10:28 am

This is a great aircheck…from the days
when I was in College (in Boston). I’d visit my Grandparents in Albany…and I
always “got a kick” out of FLY, trying so hard to do the Drake thing ! ‘Cause, of course, in Boston, I could hear “the Real thing”…WRKO ! And, it’s kinda’ cool for me , because , years later…I would work at
WFLY…Doin’ weekends , then Afternoons !

Steve Bleecker
October 7, 2010 at 10:30 am

Oh…Forgot to ask…but does anyone “out there” know the Status of Johnny Lance ?

April 16, 2011 at 10:58 am

FLY 92.3 is the best and please follow on twitter i’m @1230212302 keep the great work up FLY and thats more less all
NAME: anthony farone
TWITTER: @1230212302
HUMAN: duh…stupid people
thats me (^_^)

August 8, 2016 at 10:21 am

what a shame AM was still the King of Top 40 in ’71. and WPTR and WTRY ruled. Johnny Lance was good enough to work at a Drake format in any market.

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