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Date of Recording: 1976 (exact date unknown)
Contributor: Tom Lacko
Station(s): WTAE 1250, WTAE-FM 96.1
Featured Jock: Johnny Williams
Aircheck Entry: 1,394


Donated to our archives over ten years ago, Contributor Tom Lacko sent in this recording that he entitled “WTAE Transitions to 96 KX”. Indeed, this does sound like format change day on the FM side of this simulcast of 96.1 FM / 1250 AM. The change happened at 6pm at the conclusion of the Johnny Williams show. Unfortunately, we don’t have an exact date for the format change but it is known that just before the change, the FM side would separate from the AM and play Disco all night long. The format change brought a Rock Leaning Top 40 format and the call letters WXKX. The station has been airing a CHR format ever since and as of this writing is known as 96.1 Kiss, WKST-FM, owned by iHeart Media (formerly Clear Channel Communications)

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9 thoughts on “Johnny Williams, WTAE Pittsburgh | 1976”
  1. I would guess this ‘check was made in mid-to-late October ’76, as Halloween was mentioned, and the Presidential campaign was still going on. Was that Charlie Vandyke doing the station IDs near the end?

  2. This is the Johnny Williams from KHJ. The GM at WTAE was Ted Atkins, who had been Johnny’s PD at KHJ from 1970-72. Johnny was at WTAE from 1975-1985.

  3. Ahh Dream Weaver! I recall the unedited full version always being played. Great tune from a great year in music. Thanks!

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