1270 Detroit WXYZ

Lee Alan, 1270 WXYZ Detroit | 1966

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Jim Hampton WXYZ
Contributor Jim Hampton at WXYZ – Broadcast House in Detroit
Date of Recording: 1966 (Exact Date Unknown)
Station: 1270 WXYZ Detroit, Michigan, USA
Format: Motown/Soul
Station Slogan: “Channel 1270“; “The Super Hit Sound
Featured Air Talent: Lee Alan (sp?)
Contributor: Jim Hampton
Date of Posting: 09.27.2017
Total Time: 12:35
Airchexx Entry: 1,518





This the Horn! Lee Alan who is wonderful for you!

Curator’s Notes:

This audio came directly off the studio skimmer reel. Notice the distorted and flat EQ response in Lee Alan’s mic. I’d say his voice sounds HORRIBLE in this recording, and one must wonder what it sounded like after AM limiting and processing for air. Someone didn’t watch his board levels!!

Other than the obvious mic distortion, the rest of this is pretty clear. It sounds to my trained ears that WXYZ is playing mainly 45 rpm records, with perhaps some of the music on carts. You can hear the distortion that comes with too many plays, as the needle will wear a record out over time… which is why when we played records at my first station, the MD kept multiple copies of the same song, so that if one became either too cue burned or the whole record started sounding bad, it got replaced.

A few positives – the commercials and other elements including those GREAT PAMS “Fun Vibrations” custom WXYZ re-sings are loud and clear! And it’s those elements that highlight the historic nature of this broadcast (nothing sensational, just the commercials) which turn an otherwise bland aircheck into serious ear candy.

And remember, in 1966, across the river in Canada, CKLW was blasting out 50,000 watts of Motown to the entire Eastern Seaboard every night… and all the way to Buffalo NY during the day!
I hope you enjoy listening to this slice of 1966 radio gold, as much as Jim Hampton enjoyed donating it to our archives!

1270 Detroit WXYZ

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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.

Comments

September 26, 2017 at 8:29 am


Nice clip! AM radio was so much fun then.



Wayne Rogers
September 26, 2017 at 11:25 am


This aircheck is from election day, November 3, 1964, not 1966. Enjoy your channel very much!!!



ron kay
September 26, 2017 at 3:52 pm


Lee is a hoot. He sounds like it’s his 1st time on the air with the “format” and hasn’t found his stride yet. Much like an old school MOR or Beautiful Music “announcer” trying to be a rock & roll disk jockey. It’s apparent that he didn’t have his headphone volume loud enough, or he would have certainly heard the distortion from pegging the vu meter, instead of keeping it below the red……….a thing many of us also learned the hard way.



G Man
September 26, 2017 at 4:01 pm


I don’t think this is from 1966- Johnson Goldwater election was in Nov.1964 –



Gary Boynton
August 7, 2018 at 7:14 pm


Do me a favor – type in Lee Alan on the internet, read related info, then tell me if you think he is a hoot. Thanks!!g



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