1280 Fitchburg, WEIM, WPKZ, 105.3 Fitchburg

Thom Whetston, 1280 WEIM Fitchburg MA | August, 1979


Big Apple Airchecks Matt Seinberg New York TradersThis aircheck actually comes to us from Thom Whetston himself, via Big Apple Airchecks. Interesting, from your webmaster’s perspective, as Thom Whetston and I were sort-of competitors (I was at WFGL-AM and WFMP-FM), and we’ve been in touch recently.

They call the twin cities of Fitchburg and Leominster (along with Gardner) the Montachusett region. WEIM reigned as THE Top 40 station in that part of Massachusetts, second, perhaps, to WRKO Boston… until FM finished off these little AM signals. There were a handful of small powered but big sounding AM’s like this. WORC Worcester was one. WFTQ Nashua another. What I remember about WEIM in particular, was the impressive processing. The music literally lept out of a car speaker, from a clean audio chain. Even in 1979, WEIM was rocking… well into the 1980s, in fact.

Thom Whetston spent a long time in the U.S. Army, much of it as an announcer on Armed Forces Radio and Television. He has an impressive website called the AFRTS Archive, which you can visit at this link. There, like here, you can listen to airchecks, in this case, of AFRTS. This is a real national treasure which I invite you to check out.

As for this aircheck, the skimmer machine has a bad habit of leaving the record heads active when the thing turns on and off when the announcer hits the studio mic, which causes a sound of tape speeding up as it clicks off. Those are so close to Whetston’s jock patter that I couldn’t edit out most of this without sacrificing good material. So, its as close to it’s original form as possible.

1280 Fitchburg, WEIM, WPKZ, 105.3 Fitchburg


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June 28, 2015 at 2:55 pm

I’ve know Thom for years. He is the consummate professional. He’d walk through a blizzard if necessary to get to make it to his air shift. Talented and underrated in the annals of Massachusetts radio. Always enjoyed listing to him in New England!

Gary Kerns
June 29, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Thom said Agnes Moorhead died in ’64. I don’t know the exact year, I do know it was after that, because “Bewitched” debuted that year, and she was on it for many seasons, if not its entire run.

Gary Kerns
July 2, 2015 at 4:41 pm

I looked on Wikipedia, and it said that Agnes Moorhead died in either ’73 or ’74: at present I can’t remember which one.

Doug Drown
February 13, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Just one slight correction: WFTQ (formerly WAAB) was in Worcester, not Nashua. It’s still operating today as sports station WVEI, simulcasting Boston’s WEEI. It was a great Top 40 station for many years.

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