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580 Tucson KIKX
Photo courtesy of the Tucson Radio and TV Broadcasters Facebook Group

One market we have not spent much time focusing on is Tucson. This post begins a short series highlighting some of the best radio of this Arizona market.


Airchexx is on YouTube! Click the video, here, or scroll to the bottom of this post for audio-only.


Description by Contributor:

“He (Tommy Wright) did a LOT of radio in PHX and also worked for Buck Owens in Bakersfield at KUZZ, worked at some really big stations, also programmed KHOS in Tucson”

Along with Tommy Wright, toward the end of this aircheck is a full newscast anchored by Lyle Dean. Dean was, at that time, hosting ABC Contemporary Network News while at WLS Chicago.


This recording arrived in pretty bad shape. While the recording was of a mono AM station, it was digitized in stereo. That’s not surprising, since modern digital recordings default to 128k 44.1 Stereo as a general rule. The right track of this was terribly muffled and contained a rather loud 60 HZ AC power hum. Thats usually caused when there’s a grounding issue in the source recording. The left side was usable. The amount of 60 HZ noise was much lower and the recording pretty clear. I had to wipe out the right track, copy the left track over to the right, eliminate the power noise and a bit of white noise reduction… and you have a pretty decent recording of KIKX! Between creating a clean master copy and the YouTube video, this took several hours to accomplish for 18 minutes worth of audio. And it’s so good, this was totally worth it!


Bob Jones has been an Airchexx Contributor for several years. He is a retired broadcaster who got to work alongside some legendary radio people. He was a lifelong friend of Hall of Fame Inductee John Mack Flanagan. Jones has recorded a lot of airchecks over the years, and as he converts his tape collection to digital, he’s donating them one at a time to our archives. thanks Bob Jones both for his contributions and for his ongoing friendship!

By Steve West

Steve West is a 41 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve is the founder of and - All the BIG Hits!

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