The “Unknown DJ” on 93 KHJ Los Angeles | January 26, 1979
Now that we’ve said all that, a few notes about KHJ. 93 KHJ would eventually change formats from Top 40 to Country, a format that would last a few years until it was flipped first, to Smokin’ Oldies, then as a Top 40 / Recurrent format featuring mainly traffic reports known as ‘Car Radio’, before expring as a music format in 1986. This aircheck is from the tail end of the original, REAL Top 40 format.
You’ll notice one very striking similarity between this aircheck, and the Bob Pittman era at WNBC… the music and personality (or lack of) approach on air. It was bland. Good voices, great music, but nothing to attract and hold an audience, as KHJ, WNBC and many other old AM Top 40 stations tried one last valliant time keep the FM wolves at bay. 1979 was really the end of it, not just for KHJ, but hundreds of AM stations, many of which flipped to Standards or some other format in 1980. But this… between the quality of the recording, probably on a wideband table radio (remember, AM still had 12khz of bandwidth back then instead of 9k today) and the music, this aircheck is AWESOME to listen to. Remember kids, this is AM you’re listening to.
Starts with “JT”, then continues on with the “Unknown Disc Jockey” – 9+ minutes, scoped.