By 1987, WNBC was playing a fair amount of Oldies in its mix. Weekdays started with Imus in the Morning and Top 40 music, Middays, WNBC returned to a music approach featuring Noontime Oldies with Ray D’Ariano, after Soupy Sales and afternoons were the domain of Alan Colmes and PM drive mostly talk, news and traffic reports… although a few Oldies songs did sneak in for a while. Weekends, however… weekends were different. The WNBC “Time Machine” was in full swing at this point in time, and proving to be so popular that station management was even considering taking WNBC Oldies full-time!
I’ll just leave that story right there since we all know that parent company RCA decided to get out of the radio business in 1988. Ultimately, WFAN moved down the dial from 1050, where it sits today along with it’s simulcasted FM sister station at 101.9 FM. You can hear Imus in the Morning on that final day of WNBC via this link.
Here’s an ultra-short scope of the late Jim Collins on an undated 1987 edition of the WNBC Time Machine!