QuickCheck: Terry Nelson on 64 KFI Los Angeles | 1978
Contributor J.R. Russ sent this in back in 2008 and it’s a superb aircheck from the days when KFI and KHJ were duking it out, along with KTNQ – “The new Ten-Q”! FM was making inroads, but in L.A., the biggest format, arguably, was AOR.. and its own battle of stations KMET and KLOS. But that’s a different story. There’s something about a three-way battle for top ratings that makes all three stations sound great. They had to be and this is no exception.
Before anyone gets too excited, this is a short and rather difficult aircheck to listen to, as it was obviously recorded from a great distance from Los Angeles. Certainly, Terry Nelson sounded great on KFI and this would be an awesome aircheck, except for the fact that this is a DX catch and there’s just not quite enough carrier wave to give this the punch needed. But… for all you folks who sat through minutes, or sometimes HOURS of fading, just to hear your favorite station come in at night… this will bring back memories of a time so long forgotten now.
You know, the kids of today will barely sit through 30 seconds of non music programming on an FM station, never mind a signal that fades away in the middle of their favorite song. That’s the big difference between my generation, and today’s CHR consumer of 16 years old. I’d sit all night and put up with the fading because I loved the STATION more than the music. Oh… for the old days.