KHJ 93 Los Angeles – Larry McKay / Dave Sebastian – December 1974
Courtesy: Larry McCabe
Back in the late 1960s & early 1970s, 93 KHJ was a Top 40 powerhouse in SoCal. It was so popular, “Boss Radio“ was practically the soundtrack of Los Angeles.
For many years, “personality”Top40 radio—dominated by lots of deejay chatter and & long jingles. In 1965 legendary radio programmer Bill Drake, along with program director Ron Jacobs, changed that when they brought the streamlined ”Drake Format“ to KHJ, & transformed it into Southern California’s must listen to radio station.
The station cranked out the biggest hits of the day, larger than life promotions & contests, and some of the greatest jocks in the country!
KHJ’s DJ roster read almost like an all-star list, with such talent as Charlie Tuna, Johnny Williams, Machine Gun Kelly, Billy Pearl, Bobby Tripp, Mark Elliott, Bill Wade, Robert W. Morgan, Bobby Ocean, Humble Harve, Jerry Butler, Sam Riddle, Charlie Van Dyke, Gary Mack, The Real Don Steele, and the voice heard on this air check, Larry McKay. In this December 1974 aircheck, Larry is filling in on the morning show for Charlie Van Dyke. At the end of the aircheck, you’ll hear a few breaks with Dave Sebastian. This aircheck is from an in studio skimmer tape. A “skimmer” is a recorder that records the radio signal, but only while the microphone is on. It makes it easier for the jock, or management, to hear the jock, without recording all the music & commercials. -Ellis