Martin & Jennings, 1090 KAAY Little Rock, Part 1 | 1971


Courtesy of contributor and former alumn Pat Walsh, here’s a three-part series featuring the legendary Little Rock powerhouse, 1090 KAAY.

Originally part of a presentation simply titled “The KAAY Collection”, here’s the first aircheck in a three part series, originally posted in Real Audio format. Right off, in the first few minutes of this aircheck, our morning duo play an aircheck of the previous day’s broadcast from 1190 KLIF Dallas where the station is giving away a nude fold out of the 7 KLIF jocks (I’d really have loved to seen that promotion!) in support of the Cosmopolitan foldout of Burt Reynolds. And that sets the tone for the rest of this aircheck!

Donated to Airchexx in the Summer of ’06 featuring daytime top 40 programming, full newscasts, et al. The infrequently used PAMS “Kay” jingles are so wonderful (“…Summer, is here to stay…. Kay”). PAMS jingles had such a sound that hearing them again in context when they were aired in their original form is such a warm, comforting feeling. Yes, it will take you back to your youth.

Contributor (and a former co-worker of mine) Charlie C. Allen commented (below) to criticize my original description of this aircheck series because he had thought that I somehow knocked KAAY’s Top 40 format. Perhaps the first time around, I felt it to be strange that a Top 40 station would take such a laid-back approach. But it shouldn’t be any surprise, since having lived in the South for so long, I understand the lifestyle. KAAY was very in touch with it’s community, and did a wonderful job of entertaining.

It didn’t hurt that KAAY’s 50,000 watt signal blanketed much of the United States west of the Mississippi at 1090 KHz, thus exposing an incredibly wide swath of America to it’s unique Southern brand of radio. We were all the better for it!


KAAY 1090



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 and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.


Steven Green
November 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Once in a while, was able to dx KAAY in Miami Beach, FL.

D.L. Chandell
December 1, 2011 at 8:27 pm

It would be nice if there was a download link for this cool aircheck.

    December 3, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Yes, it would be, but that’s not going to happen. This website is a web listening post and as such, I’m not going to undermine the whole site’s existence by allowing downloads. But, feel free to listen to everything here for free. You just have to stay on the site to listen.

March 30, 2012 at 7:36 am

Thanks for the memories.We were always bummed out when KAAY wouldn’t come in while we were tokin’ and cruisin’in Iowa.

Greg Matecko
November 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm

WLOF in Orlando did a promo back in the day also involving a nude jock (Thom Sherwood, I believe), whose photo was to appear in one of Orlando’s free weeklies. Big build up, and when the big day came, they delivered their promise. There was a center spread of Thom in all his naked glory. But it was a baby picture….,

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