Our newest Contributor for this fantastic aircheck is Jerry Reed. No, not the Country Music singer, but a former radio guy with a passion for radio like we get to hear here! Reed added this comment when he submitted the aircheck to us:
“Here’s the Rick Dees aircheck from July 1978. It’s as complete as possible. But there probably is a small chunk missing. As I recall, it was two tapes put together. I digitized it a couple of years ago.
Jerry Reed, I’m a former on-air guy. Worked in many markets including: Watertown, NY; US Air Force (Armed Forces Radio in Thailand 1969); Denver, CO; San Angelo, TX; Binghamton/Endicott NY; Utica, NY I left radio for a new career in PR in 1987 and did voice work on the side for many many more years, finally retiring from everything in 2017. “
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This crystal clear recording from 1978 held up exceptionally well. Part two has no dropouts. The nice thing about a recording that stands the test of time, as this one has, is that one can take note of the impressive audio processing WHBQ had during it’s days as an RKO General station. It’s been said that WHBQ may have been the best sounding AM station of all time. Someone knew how to set the processing just right so that the music and the personalities literally jumped out of those little AM radio speakers! Imagine driving in your car and hearing this! Those big, midrange Delco radios really made WHBQ sing!
You’re going to hear a FULL Newscast, which runs about 10 minutes, including the sports report and other features. The weather in Memphis this particular August day was typical. Forecast high for the day is 92 Dees-grees!
The Dees show went on till 10 AM, but this tape ran out by 9:30. We wish there was more, but we’ll just have to wait for the next tape to arrive!