Marc Somers, 101.1 WCBS-FM New York | December 22, 1988

101.1 FM New York WCBS-FM CBSFM Bill Brown Bag Golden 101
WCBS-FM Logo, original Oldies format circa 1999

Mark Somers sits in for the vacationing Ron Lundy a couple of days before Christmas, 1988. The “Golden 101” is in it’s prime, playing the hits from the late 50s right up into the 1980s, although the 80s cuts are not rotated in as frequently as the 60s/70s material.

CBS-FM has a wide playlist at this point in time. The reverb is ON, and this has to be one of the best recordings of CBS-FM we’ve ever received, most likely recorded on a quality stereo system. Keep in mind, in 1988 there was no “HD” white noise on the signal, and true audiophiles had excellent recording equipment, not to mention the TLC put into the processing and transmitting equipment by the engineers.

There are a few Christmas songs in rotation, but its certainly not the saturation that stations do today. CBS-FM stays true to the Oldies format. You’ll hear two complete stop sets (commercial breaks) which helps put listeners in the proper time setting.

101.1 FM New York, WCBS-FM
New York’s OLDIES Station – 101 CBS-FM!


  1. Robert Schober

    This is wonderful–the WCBS-FM I remember!! 🙂

  2. WCBS-FM was “piped” through all the CBS Radio network affiliates 24/7, filling in for what would have been silence between their newscasts. When I was working at KCEE-Tucson in 1990, there was no newscasts at night and I’d roll reels of the station which I still have. Since they were via satellite and in stereo after the processing, the airchecks I have are in ace condition and sound super of course in stereo.

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