QuickChexx: Rick Shaw, 98.7 WOR-FM New York | Winter, 1972

98.7 New York WOR-FM

Rick Shaw is possibly best remembered for his days at 610 KFRC San Francisco. It is likely no coincidence that Shaw was on both stations, as KFRC and WOR-FM were co owned by RKO-General.

This moves right along, and as short as this clip is, you get a feel for the radio station and for Rick Shaw’s talent as a Top 40 deejay. One could definitely look back and feel that Shaw was merely prepping for the essential part he would play in the late 70s and early 80s lineup at the enormous KFRC.

98.7 New York WOR-FM

Airchexx.com gratefully acknowledges the contributions of Steve Bleecker in donating this high quality recording. Thanks also to Andy Kitchen and Henry Frick for their roles in bringing this wonderful recording to our archives, so that all may enjoy and remember how radio was, and how it should be. Thank you.

Contributor Steve Bleecker writes:

“I need to Publicly say “Thanks Much” to Mr. Henry Frick, who is now retired, and living with his wife of many years, in Ft. Worth Texas. Before his long and Successful Career in Railroading…Henry and I were Curry College Buddies in Milton, Mass., and so many of the tapes I now have been able to share were given to me many years ago…and were painstakingly recorded by Henry, either while he was at school, in Milton, or in Greenwich, Conn., at his parent’s home. So…we are so Very Grateful, Henry ! Thank You !”


  1. Jay Rudko

    Definitely NOT the Rick Shaw who’s a living legend in South Florida radio. Aside from the name and their love for radio, they have nothing in common.

  2. Jay Rudko

    This Rick Shaw is not to be confused by the living legend of South Florida radio. There’s no comparison; Our Ricky-Ticky has been in our area for 50 years! Can you think of any other top 40 jock who can make that claim?

  3. Tony

    Guess I am getting older … or old … but this loud, screaming, liner-filled, Drake-void-of-any-personality aircheck … is not for me.

    Well, not any longer.

    Thanks goodness this aircheck was not … any longer.


    P.S. I have no idea who the Florida guy is. Hope he has enjoyed the sun all these years.

    • Jay Rudko

      Tony, I agree that the stringency of the Drake format doesn’t allow jocks to be themselves, but the Rick Shaw in Florida never had to do that. I would encourage you to check him out at reelradio.com, where there are several airchecks of his shows. He also hosted “Saturday Hop”, our local version of “American Bandstand”. There are videos on YouTube of him. He was definitely one of a kind. I think you’ll also find his retirement speech from WMXJ there, too.

  4. Bryan Simmons

    No, he’s not the Rick Shaw from Florida, but he was no slouch in his own right. This Rick Shaw worked at some great stations, two Big 610’s in KILT in Houston and KFRC. The latter was quite an accomplishment.

  5. mike hotaling

    one can only wonder… if WOR AM 710 was top 40 instead of on FM… would WABC have been in serious trouble?

    • David

      Good question, Mike, good question.

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