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Thursday, October 27, 2005 04:27 PM Host: pool-70-109-166-39.man.east.verizon.net Write a commentSend E-mail

FWIW...It was MUZI Ford in Needham.....(Although only about 10 years old, I was a WBZ listener back in '68 :-) I didn't start listening to WRKO and WMEX regularly til late 1969.



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nikki landry 


new york

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 09:29 PM Host: cpe-66-67-97-145.rochester.res.rr.com Write a commentSend E-mail


A Tom Shovan Audition Tape. I really loved this aircheck. A lot of great talent in this aircheck, loved the paycheck bit and I remember growing up lisitening to the "Chicken Man" I can't believe I heard it again in this tape. wow great way to bring back memories. Where is Tom these days anyone know?

Unfortunately, Tom Shovan passed away, I believe in 1999.



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Thursday, October 20, 2005 08:57 PM Host: ip68-9-149-193.ri.ri.cox.net Write a commentSend E-mail

(Sebastian:) I sure hope he comes back to ccc, i dont want to have to spend 12.99 a month for good radio, please hire sebastian back



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Terry Barnes 



Wednesday, October 19, 2005 02:30 PM Host: static-68-236-121-211.bos.east.verizon.net Write a commentSend E-mail

I am DESPARATELY looking for a copy of a broadcast from WROR (then 98.5 fm) on christmas day in 1978. My family recorded it on 8-track back then and listened to it every christmas for years.....now of course it sounds awful.

can anyone out there help me?

please let me know...and thanks in advance,




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Saturday, October 8, 2005 04:11 AM Host: pool-71-247-76-237.nycmny.east.verizon.net Write a comment

The Bob and Ray game show bit was boring.

Bad link for commenting too. There was an extra "http" in it.



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Tuesday, October 4, 2005 09:31 PM Host: ip68-100-184-185.dc.dc.cox.net Write a comment

I loved "Welcome to Broadcast House!" My Dad is featured on a few of the bloopers, and knowing the rest of the cast of characters left me in stitches.

Great stuff!



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Jack Casey 


Boston, MA

Monday, October 3, 2005 09:56 AM IP: 71-159.dhcp.emerson.edu Write a commentSend E-mail

I worked mornings at WSVP in late 1970 through the following summer, when I moved to PRO. I wonder what happened to this particular Chuck Morgan. I remember him being kind of a greaser who once started the studio waste basket on fire. Jim Hooker, the GM, proceeded to have a "fire sale," the promos for which made the station sound like the toilet it was, rather than the smooth "fake Drake" that we pretended to be.



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Stamford, CT.

Monday, October 3, 2005 09:27 AM Host: ool-4578547d.dyn.optonline.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Interesting immitation of the Drake format on the Chuck Morgan aircheck.

He sounds good. Has he been heard anywhere since or did he get out of radio?



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andrea d. wiener 


brooklyn, new york

Sunday, September 18, 2005 09:59 PM Host: cache-dtc-ac07.proxy.aol.com Write a commentSend E-mail

we here in new york also remember sue's brief stint at wcbsfm in the late 1980's/early 90's; nice girl, wrong format.



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margate fl

Thursday, September 15, 2005 11:34 AM Host: adsl-065-013-073-090.sip.bct.bellsouth.net Write a commentSend E-mail

:-) i WORKED @ wsvp IN 1972 as a "Charlie Morgan" (Morgan a common KHJ type name) in mornings. I worked with Little Stevie Hunter (from WBRU), Frank Malette, Dave (Saftel) D'Angelo, Bobby James, the hippie PD, and Bill Martin (who went onto WMEE). We used to joke that WSVP meant "we're sure very plastic"! The signal was local & we had too many "progressive rock" cuts in with our Osmonds & Grass Roots. I went to WNHC (fake Drake) & WAVZ (super Q)from there before a successful career in NYC doing commercials.



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Ken Brian Levites 



Wednesday, September 14, 2005 01:14 PM Host: ool-18be3dc6.dyn.optonline.net Write a commentSend E-mail

you're right about the WRPI alumns eating it up...I remember this as if
it was yesterday, some 35 or so years ago



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Stamford, Connecticut

Thursday, September 8, 2005 08:45 AM Host: ool-4578547d.dyn.optonline.net Write a commentSend E-mail

I always enjoy getting the opportunity to hear Dale Dorman. I think he is a true talent and always has been.

I can't believe on this aircheck they have Uncle Dale doing Battle of the Sexes. Everyone sooner or later on a typical morning show does that or a version of it.

Thanks for this great aircheck. Dale still knows how to do good radio.



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John Ciccimarra 


New York Metro

Sunday, September 4, 2005 01:28 AM Host: pcp09803874pcs.union01.nj.comcast.net Write a commentSend E-mail

LOVE your collection



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Lew White 


New Jersey

Saturday, September 3, 2005 04:43 PM Host: cache-dtc-ac07.proxy.aol.com Write a commentSend E-mail

WSVP was "consulted" by a few jocks from WRKO in the mid 70's. It was quite a revolving door with folks like Ron (Buzz) Brindle, Bill (Doc) Donovan, Dusty Brooks, Paul Resnick, John Scott, Jack Casey and a "host of others" working at WSVP at one time or another. No mention of the "Golden 1450" on this aircheck so I guess they were more CHR at this time...sounds like maybe 1972 based on the music.



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Rich Kelly 



Thursday, September 1, 2005 03:50 PM Host: rrcs-24-97-22-218.nys.biz.rr.com Write a commentSend E-mail

I wonder if this is the same Chuck Morgan who did mornings at WTRY in the late 60's



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Stephen MacLeod 


Sydney,Nova Scotia

Thursday, September 1, 2005 10:01 AM Host: hlfxns01bbh-142177207039.ns.aliant.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Great site,I check in every once in awhile.
Anybody have any WHDH from late 70`s early 80`s of the Jim Sands Oldies Show,it was on Saturday nights.
Thanks Stephen



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Steve Hausmann 


Rochester, NY

Thursday, September 1, 2005 09:58 AM Host: cpe-66-66-10-132.rochester.res.rr.com Write a commentSend E-mail

I love the newsgoy on this aircheck...it's me! Those were the days, huh?

I'm currently doing mornings on WBEE here in Rochester...the #1 morning show persons 25-54. I saw Tom over the summer...he's as wacky as ever...love the guy!

Love the airchecks...




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Sunday, August 28, 2005 09:50 AM Host: cache-ntc-ab08.proxy.aol.com Write a comment

I'ts great to hear classic memories on WTFM N.Y. keep more coming .



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Saturday, August 27, 2005 03:44 PM Host: cache-ntc-ab08.proxy.aol.com Write a comment

Those good 70's in Mahopac,N.Y. WVNJ 100.3 Newark,N.J. at midnight went off the air I was able to pick up WJRZ 100.1 Ship Botten ,N.J. back then WJRZ was only 3,000 watts Long Beach Island,n.j. exit 63 :-)



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Saturday, August 27, 2005 03:41 PM Host: cache-ntc-ab08.proxy.aol.com Write a comment

IN the good old 70's living in Mahopac,N.Y. 60 mile north of N.Y.City WDJF 107.9 The best jazz station Westport,Ct. would go off the air at midnight I would turn my antenna east and Boom I would pick up WWEL in Boston aka 1976 WWEL was sold in 79 WXKS KISS 108 Rules.WDJF NO LONGER now WEBE 108



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steve farrell 



Saturday, August 27, 2005 03:35 PM Host: cache-ntc-ab08.proxy.aol.com Write a comment

Sue O Neil was great on 99X WXLO Those were the day's and yes I was an FM Dx'r Sue also sounded great on New Haven's Power house WKCI FM ,Mahopac,N.Y. Sue still sounds great on MIX 102.7 FM



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Saturday, August 27, 2005 03:31 PM Host: cache-ntc-ab08.proxy.aol.com Write a commentSend E-mail

I rember Bob on WWYD 103.9 in White Plains and WTFM in Ny



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Alan Arnold 


Greenville, SC

Sunday, August 21, 2005 03:56 PM IP: 24-197-133-161.dhcp.spbg.sc.charter.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Jeff would like to hear from you. Trying to track down old WRUN'ers.



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haverstraw ny

Wednesday, August 17, 2005 04:50 PM Host: pool-68-161-125-252.ny325.east.verizon.net Write a commentSend E-mail

This is an excellent aircheck.This aircheck sure brings me back in time.WTFM was a great station.



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Dave/Bill/Jim etc 



Sunday, August 14, 2005 12:29 PM Host: cache-ntc-ab08.proxy.aol.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Great to hear from Chet/Mike! I know Rog/TJ is hermitting in the Gallup area, Rick Parry (with the "a") is still in the Schenectady area, as are "our girls" Joanna, Pat and Marilyn, but does "our" DeRosa really OWN a station in Fulton? As for Jerry (Bottieri) Tyler, Paul (Don Bowers) Revere ... who knows. Any more airchecks or pics of the (formerly) "Young Americans"???



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Steve 'West' 


Memphis Tennessee

Sunday, August 14, 2005 09:52 AM IP: Write a commentSend E-mail

Isn't it amazing how an aircheck can instantly transport one back in time. Wow... I remember the hijacking story featured in this aircheck, in fact this is so familiar to me I feel like I was probably listening this day. Quite a deja-vu moment!

Mom always left the radio on WBZ when I was growing up. In fact, we caught hell if we kids tried to change it to WVBF or, GOD FORBID WAAF!!! So, I literally grew up with Carl DeSuze & Don Kent's forecasts. Don's not featured on this aircheck, unfortunately. Don Batting's news IS, and isn't THAT a treat! And... hot damn, an editorial by Bob Cusack! Bob always had an interesting take on the news of the day. Too bad radio stations don't do editorials like this anymore.

WBZ always took the high road and this is a prime example of why Full Service radio was so popular back then, and in some ways, IMHO, would do well today.

Rick... thanks for posting this! It's wonderful!

Nice blog!



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Darryl Lalonde 


Sudbury Ontario , Canada

Thursday, August 11, 2005 03:40 PM IP: Write a commentSend E-mail

I was so looking forward to hearing the orangutan story and "Larry Glick". I was a huge fan of his in the late 60's in northern Ontario Canada. WBZ came through clearly most of the time. With Larry making calls to castle owners around the world, etc etc.. Iloved the guy. Now, damn, my media player won't play the clip. Can some soul help me out here.



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johnston rhode island

Thursday, August 11, 2005 02:39 PM Host: pool-64-222-32-86.prov.east.verizon.net Write a commentSend E-mail

hope todd and bill will be on in rhode island soon so we really can listen to radio


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johnston rhode island

Thursday, August 11, 2005 02:35 PM Host: pool-64-222-32-86.prov.east.verizon.net Write a commentSend E-mail

:-)i would like to knoe where bill silvers is know and i think someday you may hear gng back like near ann and hope write back thanks



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Rich Sheridan 


Scottsdale AZ

Monday, August 8, 2005 08:02 PM IP: Write a commentSend E-mail

Larry Glick was the best. Today I was sharing some of Larry's Guest stories he would air from time to time.

The two that stick out most in my mind is the Graveyard Marauder and the story about the Chimpanzee. Only if I could get my hands on copies of those in CD form. They are priceless. I remember driving down route 128 in Dedham when the Chimpanzee story aired. I had to pull the car over three time as I had tears streaming down my face. I was laughing so hard I couldn't see where I was going. Hope he is doing well and I"m sure brining much happiness to his listeners.



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boston area

Monday, August 8, 2005 06:58 PM Host: pool-70-22-185-211.bos.east.verizon.net Write a commentSend E-mail

this sight has some super air-checks.takes me back to my youth of the sixties and seventies when radio was where it was at... listened to the big top 40 stations in boston at the time wrko and wmex. i was very much interested in to going into radio when i was younger and for a little while worked or i should say spent my weekends at the local radio station in my home town wesx in salem ma. a mighty 1000 watter/250 night operation.. i attended the defunct grahm junior college for one year and had dreams of becoming a big time radio personality. i wish i stuck with my original plan... oh well such is life.. i am thinking of getting into radio on a part time basis...who knows? like i stated you have some great airchecks on this site... i really got a kick out of the wtym check... do you or anyone else know who did the jingles... they are pretty good.. what co. pams ???? tm????gwin sound or whatever. i would be interested to know...what really stood out to me is when the female voice announced "good music radio for ladies and gentleman" it was so corny it's good....... keep up the good work ... it is really cool to hear when radio was fun and exciting.. best ron



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"Dave Prescott" 



Thursday, August 4, 2005 12:08 PM Host: cache-ntc-aa03.proxy.aol.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Looking forward to hearing the old bunch again, including Bill Rock who was PD in 71-72 era. He's now doing '60s on Sirius!



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"Jim Madison" 



Thursday, August 4, 2005 11:57 AM Host: cache-ntc-aa03.proxy.aol.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Do you have any more info or airchecks from WSNY ...to paraphrase Clayton Moore's Autobiography, "I WAS one of those 'Young Americans."



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David Bowers 



Thursday, August 4, 2005 11:49 AM Host: cache-ntc-aa03.proxy.aol.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Anyone know how to contact "Michael/Chet"? I worked with "Chet" long ago in a galaxy far away.



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Stamford, CT.

Monday, August 1, 2005 09:31 AM Host: ool-4578547d.dyn.optonline.net Write a commentSend E-mail

I always liked the sound of WWDJ. I would do anything possible to get the 5,000 watt signal in Connecticut especially at night.

This check of George Taylor Morris is an example of why 97dj sounded so good.

George Taylor Morris is one of those broadcasters who sounds good in everything he does. I heard him while visiting a friend in Texas lasst week on XM doing big bands on channel 4 (the 40s on 4.) He knew how to get it done there too.

I wonder if a station similar to that of WWDJ would work today on FM?

Thanks for another enjoyable aircheck from the days of rocking 97.



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Stamford, CT.

Sunday, July 31, 2005 11:57 PM Host: ool-4578547d.dyn.optonline.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Sue O'neil was also on the former 99X in New York and Jammin 105.



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Mark Osborne 


Ellsworth, Maine

Sunday, June 5, 2005 07:29 PM Host: pool-64-222-244-14.port.east.verizon.net Write a commentSend E-mail

This aircheck is a great piece of history, but unfortunately, it illustrates why Mr. DeSuze should have retired in his prime, which would be in the 60's.

Whether he couldn't perform anymore... or he was just "mailing it in" in 1977... I guess it's immaterial.

Carl DeSuze was, for most of his career, a household name and an amazing talent. But with all respect due this wonderful man, sometimes you just gotta know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em.

I hope that those who are unfamiliar with Mr. DeSuze's work have heard what he could REALLY sound like in his heyday.

Good blog



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Bobby's Girl 


Albany NY

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 07:10 PM Host: cpe-69-205-63-43.nycap.res.rr.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Okay, I was so excited about the walk down memory lane, I found that I really am not at nycap.rr.rom (too many hours on the computer, of course, it's .com)and you can find the other minor one.......oh the memories. :confused:



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Bobby's Girl 


Albany NY

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 07:06 PM Host: cpe-69-205-63-43.nycap.res.rr.com Write a commentSend E-mail

I just have to share my thoughts and wonderful memories of WABY radio in Albany. I really enjoyed reading Joe Condon's contribution and was even inspired to drop him a line to tell him so. I was a devoted listener in the 70's and never missed the Bobby Mitchell show. He and his cohort Rich Murray provided endless hours of oldies which always included Elvis and lots of Motown. It seens like only yesterday, but it truly was a life time ago. Miss it always!!! I still smile at the WABY tower that looms over the Home Depot plaza in Albany. :-)

Thank you for the info. http://www.bignews.com



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Pete Estey 


Portland ME

Saturday, May 28, 2005 02:09 AM IP: 0-1pool120-48.nas8.somerville1.ma.us.da.qwest.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Regarding Warren's letter about the Drake jocks, I was at Northeast Broadcasting School in Boston in
1972-1973 and consider the WRKO of those years the best radio I've ever heard.

Among the talent was Charlie Fox, Chip Hobart, Joel Cash, Dale Dorman, JJ Wright and Jim Elliot.

I haven't listened since they lost the format, but still remember the request line: 931-1668.

Pete Estey

Your site is realy very interesting. http://www.bignews.com



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Pete Estey 


Portland ME

Saturday, May 28, 2005 01:53 AM IP: 0-1pool120-48.nas8.somerville1.ma.us.da.qwest.net Write a commentSend E-mail

I was at WTSV/WECM, Claremont, in 1973.

At the time, I believe Ken Barlow was at WCFR in Springfield, VT, not too far away.

I worked with some very fine veteran announcers, including Cliff Karradi and Larry "Jack Lawrence" Macri, who I believe worked in Troy and other NY stations as well.

I have many fond memories of that year and also of 1980-1981, when I was across the Conneticut River at the aforementioned WCFR.

Pete Estey



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Bill Schmitt 


Minneapolis metro

Friday, May 27, 2005 08:35 PM IP: 12-214-193-12.client.mchsi.com Write a commentSend E-mail

(drop x and 9 from email addy) In the early 60s, Bill "Waddy" (From his initials) Diehl, an Ithaca College student (I think) was on the WTKO staff. Bill beat us all out, ending up on WNEW in NYC and then going to ABC News. He was perfect for the WNEW style at the time.



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Bill Schmitt 


Minneapolis metro

Friday, May 27, 2005 08:25 PM IP: 12-214-193-12.client.mchsi.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Delete x and 9 from email addy. I was a Conneticut Hill operator in '60 - '61, when the NERN stations were WRRC, WRRD, WRRA, WRRB, and WRRE(?), east to west. The network feed was changed by hitting a reset button and dialing a number on a telephone dial, and you usually could hear the dial clicks over the air. Either they cleaned up the remote control system, or cleaned up the aircheck. Also, the audio levels were usually a bit off from each other. In my day, the Conneticut Hill operator announced the next station. I don't think any of us were very good announcers. One morning, I said "Oh damm" into the open mike when I got the feeds screwed up, back when that was a major FCC sin, and everyone held their breath for a while. Apparently nobody complained, or nobody was listening.



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ed deadhead 


irving, tx

Friday, May 27, 2005 11:10 AM Host: pool-68-238-153-94.dllstx.fios.verizon.net Write a commentSend E-mail

on the web site the aircheck is listed as - Scott Muni WOR-FM New York 1966, but the file name has 1967. my question is what year is it ?

thanks for the download.


From Rick Kelly::
Several listeners corrected me earlier that the aircheck is actually rom 1966.



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Kevin Fennessy 



Thursday, May 26, 2005 02:35 PM Host: cache-mtc-aa03.proxy.aol.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Surfed by to catch Joe Niagara, with whom I worked at WCAU-FM in 1975...but the error message says the link is outdated. Good airchecks of Niagara are hard to find...especially during the Paul Drew era at WIBG!



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Hal Kneller 


Punta Gorda FL

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 10:11 PM IP: 137.237.harris.com Write a commentSend E-mail

The station in Bloomfield CT that used to be country started life in early 60s as WEXT (West Hartford) and later become known as WMLB. It moved to Bloomfield on the same frequency when it went full time (was 1 kw daytimer in West Hartford).



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Warren Garling 


Schenectady, NY

Monday, May 23, 2005 12:30 PM Host: gateway.wmht.org Write a commentSend E-mail

The KHJ stuff is classic! I'm just finishing Ben Fong Torres' book "The Hits Just Keep on Comin'" which highlights all the great Drake jocks and their travels between east coast and west, with a few stops in between. For those of us who went to school in Boston, this is exactly how WRKO sounded in 1970-72. And it's also how the rest of us tried to sound on our college stations. But without the personal guidance of consultants like Bill Drake and Ron Jacobs, many of us missed the mark. Thanks for the memories, once again, Rick.

Very nice



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Jim Weber 


Denver, Co

Friday, May 6, 2005 12:57 AM Host: dialup- Write a commentSend E-mail

Bud Ballou, sounding quite different than his days in Boston came to Denver in 1966 on KBTR 710am. I do not recall just how long he was here but KBTR had him and several other DJ's in their line up to wrest ratings from the Denver Tiger KIMN. KBTR lost the battle.



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john kordi 


montreal quebec

Wednesday, May 4, 2005 12:00 PM Host: toronto-HSE-ppp4284966.sympatico.ca Write a commentSend E-mail

Hi Great clip I remember listening to larry glick in the 70s. He was great. I was wondering what He is doing now.The best show I remember is the grave story.



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Adam Greenberg 



Sunday, May 1, 2005 09:53 AM Host: HSE-Ottawa-ppp324569.sympatico.ca Write a commentSend E-mail

I love the site...especially the NYC and L.A airchecks...I have been collecting airchecks for 15 years...If anyone has any airchecks that made during from the 1960' to 1980's that were taped off
CFTR and CHUM AM...let me know..i am looking

You are the best. Thank you http://www.bignews.com



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steve winder 


Myrtle Beach, SC

Sunday, May 1, 2005 07:08 AM IP: 6.128-lan-mi.sccoast.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Hi Rick - First, I really enjoy your site. Your recent improvements made a good thing better. Now, I'm kind of dissappointed about this month's airchecks. There are plenty of non-NE sites. Please stick w/the Northeast, especially around the New York City metro region! Thanks again, your pal - Steve

Good blog with interesing information!



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I am trying to locate a polka that Bob Steele used to play on the 20th of May- usually every year, entitled The 20th of May. Does anyone recollect this and if so, know the name of the artist? I have been trying to locate this for a while now with no luck.



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David Allen 



Tuesday, April 26, 2005 10:58 AM Host: cpe-024-074-099-168.carolina.res.rr.com Write a comment

What a great slice of Top 40 radio memorabilia! Thanks for posting this.



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Michael Collins 


Ladysmith BC

Sunday, April 24, 2005 01:46 AM Host: S0106080046ece17e.no.shawcable.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Great eharing this from Alan Freed from 1955. He doesn't give the call letters very often, but the localism is fascinating, all the local schools and towns. Two of them are from Bermuda, where WINS and the other big NYC AMs come in all day and night because of salt water path, nearly 800 miles away.
The 1959 WABC cut is also interesting. WABC AM and FM runs a Community Calendar, despite the vast coverage area and population. Also Alan notes that they said in the 1950s that rock and roll would last 6 months, and here it's been around more than 5 years, and here it is 50 years later!



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Mark Decker 



Wednesday, April 20, 2005 10:37 AM Host: ip251net162.skylogicnet.it Write a commentSend E-mail

Wow! It's been forever since I heard old Q106... lol duhhh! :D

Anyway, it was great to hear the old Q... still, in my opinion,... even with the gaffes that took place... better than the Q is today. :S At least I was fortunate enough to listen to the Q when it was good listening... even if I was able to work for them only much later when Computer Concepts took over the show. The Q of the mid to late 80's is what inspired me to get into radio. And I had a modest run working at WNTK, the Q's cluster, WFRD and WPNH. But it was time to close up shop and start eating (when I enlisted into the Army, I was 135 lbs., now I am approximately 166), because staying in radio at $6/hr just wasn't paying the bills. I even lived without electricity for a month! :S Still doing the communications thing as a "33W" (look up Military Occupational Specialty on http://www.goarmy.com under 33W), essentially I am trained to fix radio communication type devices.
I ran across the site while deployed in Iraq and it was a glorious trip down memory lane. Thanks!



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Marc St John 


Charlotte, NC

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 03:05 PM Host: ctdmfacs.ctc.net Write a commentSend E-mail

I enjoyed listening to Dannie on KB.....To this day KB Radio still has the weird flange effect at night. My previous manager Bob Savage told me that they signed on at 1480 am I believe originally and moved to 1520 and towers are still cut for 1480. You think they would fix this, if that were true?




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Paul de Haan 


The Netherlands

Saturday, April 9, 2005 06:18 PM Host: ip5452908e.speed.planet.nl Write a commentSend E-mail

Superb airchecks from those great stations in the past. Indeed Howie on Caroline in 67/68 using the name Bud B.
Have a look at my site,Indexpage, section MV Mi Amigo and youll see what this radioship was all about.

regards Paul de Haan



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john doyle 


westboro, ma.

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 08:58 PM Host: cache-dtc-ae08.proxy.aol.com Write a commentSend E-mail

I listened to Commander Glick for many years on BZ radio. I recall a story about the drunk calling up the package store and placing a big order. When the clerk inquired:
" you must be having one big party," the drunk replied: "no, there is no party, I'm just trying to get up enough courage to go to confession." Any help on where I can purchase any of the old radio tapes?



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Bob Scott 


Rochester, New York

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 02:17 PM Host: cache-dtc-aa04.proxy.aol.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Wow, talk about flashbacks. Great site. As time permits I have been transfering old airchecks and tapes to CD's as the tapes are only good for one or two plays. Is there interest in additional airchecks. I may have early Greaseman cuts from Elmira, New York 1968-69?



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Dusty Brooks 


St Croix Falls, WI

Tuesday, April 5, 2005 11:53 PM Host: c68.117.117.7.static.dres.wi.charter.com Write a commentSend E-mail

I grew up in VT listening to WDOT. The station was one of the great training "sandboxes" in the northeast. I await the site with anticipation. Is thered that much tape of 'DOT around?



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Stamford, Ct.

Tuesday, April 5, 2005 02:41 AM Host: ool-182c3f71.dyn.optonline.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Interesting aircheck of the end of Hot Hits WFBL. Good sounding station although I thought the jingles sounded sped up.

It must have been quite a shock the next day even with the announcements when the audience turned on fire 14 and heard the Music of Your Life.

Thank you for this one. I love Hot Hits and I miss it.



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Mark Davis 


WTNH-TV, New Haven/Hartford

Sunday, April 3, 2005 08:01 PM Host: dialup- Write a commentSend E-mail

I am Mark Davis, former morning newsguy on WVBF, (also WMEX, WEEI, WBZ) in Boston during the late 60's and 70's. I am now Chief Political Correspondent and former anchor for the ABC-TV station in New Haven/Hartford. The morning show host was the very talented Greg Aust, ( a/k/a/ "Austin in Boston")formerly of KFI in Seattle. I have lost track of him but please make corrections for the record.
A friend forwarded the air-check and it was a kick to hear.

From Rick Kelly:
Mark: Thanks for offering the correction; you and a couple of other people caught my memory failing me! It's fixed now. Glad you liked the aircheck!



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Ay Jay Ollie 



Saturday, April 2, 2005 09:10 PM Host: cpe-24-25-179-197.maine.res.rr.com Write a comment

Great web site! Brings back a lot of GREAT memories! Too bad you don't have anything from WBZ (AM) out of Boston in the early to mid sixties. Carl DeSuze and Dave Maynard are part of my youth and were always entertaining.
Also, does anybody remember when WRKO first came on the air on FM band? I think it was automated at first. Am I right or wrong?

Mark Davis:
Dear Ay Jay:
The old WNAC (680KHZ) was paired with an FM called WRKO at 98.5MHZ and was one of the first automated stations in the Boston market in 1966 or 67. It was marketed as "ARKO, THE SHY BUT FRIENDLY ROBOT." Eventually the call letters were taken by the AM station and the FM became WROR in 1968. The WRKO (AM) rivalry with the legendary WMEX lasted a few years. Both were eventually driven from the "Adult Contemporary" format by WVBF and erosion from other FM stations. Ironically, WVBF (105.7MHZ) is now called WROR!
Mark Davis



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Lrw White 


New Jersey

Saturday, April 2, 2005 08:15 PM Host: morr065.gti.net Write a commentSend E-mail

If I recall correctly "Austin in Boston" was Greg Austin (not David). He was also known as "Chuck McKay" on CKLW ...I think he was fired twice from the big 8.
Mark Davis..the newsguy on the aircheck was one of the group that went from WMEX to WVBF.....the others being Bud Ballou and Ron Robin. Last I heard Mark Davis was on WTIC-1080.

Mark Davis:
Dear Lrw;
You are correct about "Austin in Boston." He came to WVBF from KFI in Seattle. He had also worked at CKLW. He was also fired from WVBF. That's hardly unusual, I was fired from WMEX, twice! Ron, Bud and I all emigrated from the "Big X" in the early 70's. Bud passed away to a stroke around 1975. Ron owns and runs a very sucessful restaurant called "The Mews" in Provincetown. You are correct, I spent several years as night-time talkshow host on WTIC (AM) and now I'm a TV personality at the ABC-TV (WTNH) station in Connecticut.



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Ed Brouder 


Manchester, NH

Friday, April 1, 2005 10:27 AM IP: 206-15-140-141.dialup.ziplink.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Its always fun to hear my friend Clark. Actually he was WPOP's second Bobby Branigan. The first worked there for only a month (Aug-Sept 69) and left to join RCA Records as an A&R man in Canada.
I'd love to find him; anyone know his real identity?

Clark joined WPOP in Nov. 69 for weekends and did overnights for a while between John Scott and Bob Rivers.



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Rhode Island

Friday, April 1, 2005 09:53 AM Host: ip68-0-240-71.ri.ri.cox.net Write a commentSend E-mail

This is a great site, just discovered it. I was a "GLICKNICK" for years listening to WBZ all night long, and remember the diferent bits Larry would play. My favorite was the "Graveyard Marauder" when the private investigator was hidding in the green house, during a storm, and the Frankenstien like creature showed up!



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Bob O'Brien 


Washington D.C.

Saturday, March 26, 2005 03:24 PM IP: Write a commentSend E-mail

Actually FLY-92 did a automated version of a Drake-Chenault Format(SoftRock) from late 75' till I beleive 77' that was just before Bob Mason took over to change the format



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rich conway 


Hartford CT 06489

Friday, March 25, 2005 11:00 PM Host: ip68-229-83-128.ri.ri.cox.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Looking for Stoneman from WCCC 1975 ish or any other you might have.



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Jeff Reynolds 



Wednesday, March 23, 2005 01:47 PM Host: host-141-116-37-131.ptr.hqda.pentagon.mil Write a commentSend E-mail

Great memories. Only tape of WCCC I've ever heard. Thanks.



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mark pinsker 



Sunday, March 20, 2005 04:15 PM Host: cache-dtc-aa04.proxy.aol.com Write a commentSend E-mail




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Willis B. Zodiac 



Friday, March 18, 2005 12:35 PM Host: cache-rtc-aa03.proxy.aol.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Newcast includes on of the great mysteries in Gtr. Bos. in the 60s, disappearance of housewife from home in suburban Lincoln. Still unsolved.



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Heather Clark 


Oswego, ny 13126

Friday, March 11, 2005 02:53 PM Host: pool-141-149-236-215.syr.east.verizon.net Write a comment

Does anybody know where Bill Robinson
(WSEN & WPCX) went?

I know he took the slot of mornings on wpcx
after lisa quit in july of 96.

He then went to wsen...I MISS THAT DEEP VOICE!!!!! lol



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New Hampshire

Sunday, March 6, 2005 09:38 PM Host: user-uinj4ga.dialup.mindspring.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Thanks for the memories.
I remember Harry Harrison, too. There were a lot of characters around the NY dial in those days. Joe O'Brien on WMCA, "Light & lively" Lonny Starr on WNEW, Ted Brown and The Red Head on WHN (which became WMGM when MGM bought it and reverted to WHN when they sold it); Jack Lacey "Listen to Lacey" on WINS, etc.
Thanks for the memory.



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Jim Daley 


Coclhester, VT

Tuesday, March 1, 2005 10:41 AM IP: 69-171-209-186.sbtnvt.adelphia.net Write a commentSend E-mail

The "very early days of PRO-FM" began in April, 1961.

I know because I was the first 'fine music" jock on 93.5.

Back then we were spinning 4 record segments of strings, a vocal, jazz, and big bands.

I left PRO in 1966 for WADK, Newport, then WARA, Attleboro as the morning guy.

Those were the days.



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Hicksville, Ny

Sunday, February 20, 2005 12:28 AM Host: ool-18b8b4db.dyn.optonline.net Write a comment

for an old "Glicknick" that was music to my ears...listened to Larry every night for so many years as I was growing up...been searching all over the net for air checks of him and have never found any...this surely has made my day and I thank you for that...If you know of or have any more I would certainly be interested in them...

thanks again, Jim
{aaty70s}@yahoo.com -minus the brackets



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Joe Condon 


Albany, New York

Thursday, February 17, 2005 03:53 PM Host: host-64-179-66-119.alb.choiceone.net Write a commentSend E-mail

:-) I truly believe that WABY-AM, after
Toni Brady, Ned Trudeau and Judge Art
Kyle bought it from the Gannett Corporation, became the first Top-40
station in Albany, New York.

Mrs. Brady told me that she moved WABY
from downtown Albany to the transmitter
site. WABY was the first to do that in
Albany. The building, still there, is
one of the Sears Catalog houses. Mrs.
Brady also was the first person to hire
a black disc jockey in Albany, New York.
She hired Pee Wee Harris, the manager of
Albany's Ten Eyck Record Shop, on Pearl
Street. Mr. Harris did Saturday and Sunday nights on WABY and alos hosted
a gospel show on Sunday morning.

In 1962, I remember, and Mrs. Brady confirmed in an an interview, that
WABY, under Program Director Dick Lawrence became the number one station in
the market.

November 1961 through November 1962,
WTRY General Manager Sam Nielson forced
Program Director John Mounteer to change
from top-4o to what we would call ac.
WTRY crashed in 1962, when Dick Lawrence
made WABY number one. In early November
1962, Sam Nielson told John Mounteer to
go back to Top-40.

In early 1964, WABY was caught in the "Top-40"
ratings battle between WTRY and WPTR.
Mrs. Brady switched WABY to AC. Lee
Gray, at that point left WABY for WTRY.

I do truly believe all of this is accurate.

Joe Condon

Dave DiSisto:
I think Joe has it completely accurate. It's exactly as I remember it.


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Don Lupien 



Thursday, February 17, 2005 11:40 AM Host: ool-43570bd2.dyn.optonline.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Grew up in the 70's listening to "The Big Tuna WAQY102, Rich Roy 56 WHYN", and all the other GREAT DJ's Boy sure can't replace any of these folks!!!!




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Keith Campbell 


Now in Ohio

Thursday, February 10, 2005 11:43 AM IP: Write a commentSend E-mail

Great site! Does anyone remember the WPTR saying that went something like this:

"57 Counties, 5 States, 2 Countries, and YOU!".

Because they broadcast at 50,000 watts, they had tremendous coverage, especially at night. I might not have the number of counties correct. Can anyone help?
Thanks, Keith



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Peter Horn 



Sunday, February 6, 2005 02:44 AM Host: adsl-64-108-206-162.dsl.chcgil.ameritech.net Write a commentSend E-mail

I worked with Bob Mcgonigle at WLAD/WDAQ Danbury in the early 80's..What a nice guy and yes he had a great set of pipes..I believe he had heart problems brought on by the stresses of radio.

Very nice blog.



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Friday, February 4, 2005 10:08 PM Host: ool-43539126.dyn.optonline.net Write a comment

Great stuff



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Rich Higgins 



Wednesday, February 2, 2005 06:20 PM IP: Write a commentSend E-mail

It's Flanagan agian, with your favorite music, on your favorite station for music and news. Paul and I were great friends in 57 thru 60 and spent a lot of time at his dining room table, in North Troy, going through 45s by the hundreds figureing out would be the next chart topper. We did a weekly record hop in the summer at the Chrystal Lake Casino in the summer and what a place for a record hop. He was well loved and will always be missed. Even to this day I often wonder what ever happened to Paul James, Don Fortune and the others that helped to make the fifties what they were. Paul was the best, from Frear's Department store mezanine to the Gold Studio on Central Ave. . I will never forget how mystified he was with the comercials on 8 track when they first came out.(WPTR then) The music and the friends were a wonderful part of my life. Thank you Paul, rest in peace. Rich



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The Swami 



Wednesday, January 26, 2005 05:51 PM IP: 69-164-88-200.albyny.adelphia.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Great site. GREAT site.
I noticed an aircheck of WCCC from the early 70s. 'CCC was up the dial from a competitor, WHCN, which had a DJ named Smiling Chip.
Anyone remember him? Of have an aircheck of him?
Then there was a guy named Bill Nozzle, who I think was the PD of either(or both) 'HCN and 'CCC.



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I remember listining to Bud Balou at KB in Buffalo, then all of a sudden he's gone, a year later I was visiting new england and there's Bud on WMEX about 1969, so I phoned the hit line and spoke to him told him I had listinde to him before. I understand he has since passed away, he must have died at a very young age?

Mark Davis:
Dear Jim:
Bud passed away to a stroke in 1975 at the age of 33. He was a wonderful, quality guy and a great disk jockey. I did the newscasts on his show for a while in the early 70's on WMEX and he helped me when several of us made the move to WVBF. I still think of him often.
Mark Davis


Thank you for the info. http://www.bignews.com



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david dadekian 



Wednesday, January 19, 2005 08:47 PM Host: pool-68-163-199-17.bos.east.verizon.net Write a commentSend E-mail

I enjoyed this aircheck so much it brought me back to when I was in my late teens.I would like to know if there are any airchecks of the sports huddle with Eddie Andelman-Jim McCarthy-and Mark Wittcan,If there is could you let me know.Thank You very much.Dave

Very nice



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Lloyd Smith 



Wednesday, January 12, 2005 02:34 PM Host: alb-69-200-32-16.nycap.rr.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Hey! Is this the same Bob Roberts I worked with on WEEE? Around 1967-68 Sounds the same, show feels the same ...get back to me ...I want to know
Lloyd Smith



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Dan O'Keefe 


Latrobe, PA

Friday, January 7, 2005 11:27 AM Host: localhost Write a commentSend E-mail

Does anyone remember the German Marching Song that Larry Glick used to play all the time. Also does anyone remember the "Champagne Lady"?



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Melba Taylor 


Framingham, MA

Wednesday, January 5, 2005 09:12 PM Host: user-uinj4gi.dialup.mindspring.com Write a commentSend E-mail

David Brudnoy was a tremendous asset to Boston (and the country) and is truly missed. Thank you for sharing this credit to his memory.

Melba Taylor

Super site!



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Bruce Slutsky 


New York City

Monday, January 3, 2005 09:51 PM Host: ACAC3004.ipt.aol.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Dave Brudnoy in 1986 actually talked about the threat of terrorism. He will be sorely missed.



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Jon Scaptura 


Endicott, NY

Monday, January 3, 2005 02:39 PM IP: Write a commentSend E-mail

RE: Michael J. Raymond WTRY aircheck.

If anyone wants to hear Michael J. Raymond when he was in Binghamton, Michael sent me a tape that included an aircheck of him on WKOP-FM. I have it in the aircheck section of my site.



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steve macdonald 



Friday, December 31, 2004 10:04 AM Host: h0040f458129f.ne.client2.attbi.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Larry Glick Gurus help!!!!!! looking for the Horoscope Comedy bits he would play on request. Not a big believer in Astrology, but these were funny and quite often on-the-mark! Perhaps they're part of a larger comedy recording that can still be had?

R. Berry:
Larry can be reached at Legal Sea Food, Boca Raton, Fl.



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Joe Boudow 


Tampa Bay

Tuesday, December 28, 2004 09:46 PM IP: 69-122.8-67.tampabay.rr.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Thanks for the Larry Glick check from WBZ. I grew up listening to Larry all night at my house down in Virginia and he was a major reason I ended up in radio at the beginning of my career. Great radio!



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Sarah Miller 



Sunday, December 19, 2004 09:24 PM Host: h0007e9565e85.ne.client2.attbi.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Hi -- I've just found this site and am enjoying looking through. Jack Miller is my dad "JM in the AM" and it is a lot of fun to listen to him again. I remember listening in the morning to him while we ate breakfast and got ready for school. It was like having him at home with us every morning!! Thank you!!



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jon berger 



Monday, December 13, 2004 07:59 PM Host: ool-18bbfeaa.dyn.optonline.net Write a comment

loved the pallisades park jingle.

Good blog



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Lloyd Smith 


Amsterdam, NY

Wednesday, December 8, 2004 03:52 PM Host: alb-69-200-32-16.nycap.rr.com Write a commentSend E-mail

In regard to Tall Paul on WTRY.....This was the way top 40 was presented in the 50"s...noboday really had a handle on it yet..especially upstate NY. Very few black artists were played...Pat Boone, some Elvis and lots of Perry Como. Alan Freed was one of the guys that broke the color barrier and we started to hear Fats Domino, Little Richard and by 1958 things were poppin'. On
WTRY Tall Paul did a corny show called "Lemonade Ballroom" around 6:30 pm..."music for your dining pleasure" Pardon me while I change the table cloth! Lloyd Smith



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Anne Barry 


Fitchburg, MA

Tuesday, December 7, 2004 11:44 PM Host: cache-dtc-aa03.proxy.aol.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Larry Glick had one other recording he played and replayed (by request) on his program. It was of an old time radio announcer whose name escapes me. This announcer made a mistake during the reading of his script or thought what he was reading was humorus and got the giggles. He went into full blown hysterics and his laughter is extremely contagious.

If anyone knows what I'm referring to or knows where I can get a copy, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.

Thank you.



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Anne Barry 


Fitchburg, MA

Tuesday, December 7, 2004 11:33 PM Host: cache-dtc-aa03.proxy.aol.com Write a commentSend E-mail

I was so very pleased to find a copy of this old Glick program. It was my Dad's absolute favorite...he must have recorded it and replayed it a thousand times. He laughed as hard the last time as he had the first time he heard it.

Unfortunately my Dad passed away in 1981 and all 7 of his children have searched my parents house and our own homes to find his copy of "The Orangutan". Obviously, with negative results and have been disappointed every time we relive old times and talk about how hard he laughed and how much he loved Larry Glick.

I can't wait to tell the family about this site and share with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren the actual recording they've heard about over the past 23 years.

Thank You, thank you, thank you!!!



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Cary Pall 


Columbus, Ohio USA

Tuesday, December 7, 2004 04:50 PM Host: mail.columbusradiogroup.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Bill Williams, you are correct, sir! My recall on the date is sometime in November 1974...it was, indeed, a Sunday afternoon. Who can find the stolen Dale Dorman bits?



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Charlie Kendall 


Phoenix, AZ

Monday, December 6, 2004 12:12 PM Host: mail2.kslx.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Actually, I've been doing mornings at KSLX in Phoenix for a few years.

r a h:
keep6up the good job


Mark Davis:
Hey Charlie:
Are you the one who worked at WVBF?
Mark Davis



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Dave DiSisto 


Albany (Colonie), NY

Wednesday, December 1, 2004 01:11 PM Host: alb-24-195-125-232.nycap.rr.com Write a commentSend E-mail

The WRPI sound check this month is great. So good to hear some true college radio when it was aimed at the student body and faculty and not the general public. The content of the newscast although all wire service was excellent. And the weather guy Eddie was obviously calling from the WROW 590 transmitter site and I would imagine that based on the reference to Route 9W it must have been when the towers were located on the right side of the Thruway while heading southbound about a mile north of where they are located now on the northbound side of the highway.



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Bill Williams 


Hudson NY

Wednesday, December 1, 2004 11:08 AM IP: Write a comment

Enjoyed the Cary Paul aircheck from WBBF, however being the music junkie that I am, it is clearly from 1974.



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Jason Bullett 


Castleton State College (VT)

Tuesday, November 30, 2004 11:22 PM IP: Write a commentSend E-mail

As I listened to the Rob and Jay WRPI aircheck from '71, I couldn't help but think back to my college radio days. For the first three and a half semesters at Castleton, I was a DJ at WIUV, the college's radio station. The first semester, I did a show from noon to 3 in the afternoon. The following semester, I held down the Tuesday night slot from 10PM to midnight. I held the same time slot my sophomore year, but on Saturday nights. It was a great experience for me, even though I have since given up thoughts of a career in radio. :-(



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Larry Stoler 


Stamford, CT.

Friday, November 26, 2004 01:25 PM Host: ool-182c3d4e.dyn.optonline.net Write a commentSend E-mail

I just finished listening to Dan Ingram in 1972 on WABC. it's no wonder that to this day, so many of us consider him the best and realize more than ever why people like Big Dan managed to turn so many of us on to how good radio can sound when done right.



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Thursday, November 18, 2004 03:32 PM Host: fw1-b.osis.gov Write a commentSend E-mail

Nov 18, 2004

To #37 Scott

Frankie Crooker was the badest DJ that ever lived. Yes I am from NY Brooklyn born and raised. Now living in VA. Travel a little and Lived in Europe for 8 years.

Frankie had a sound that can't be copied. You can hear his shows on the internet. Just google his name.

Early this week at the Library of Congress I saw an old segement of a show call SOUL from the late 60's early 70's. It was produced by the late Ellis B. Haizlip. Gerry Bledsoe was a commentator and Felipe Luciano was the interviewer.

I saw a very young Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria and a very young Hector Lavoe singing with Willie Colon. The date was Nov 15, 1972. It was breath taking.

excuse my spelling.


was looking to see if you knew the name of the song that was the ending to Frankie Crooker's show during his time on the show


Very nice



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Larry Stoler 


Stamford, Ct.

Saturday, November 13, 2004 11:56 AM Host: ool-182c3d4e.dyn.optonline.net Write a commentSend E-mail

It's interesting to listen to Jack Miller again on WCBS FM. Jack was never a high energy jock but he had his place at that station. I believe he was the program director before Joe McCoy. Now it's Dave Logan who has that position.

The playlist is different on 101.1 and so is the jingle package they used at that time. It shows you what made them stand out as an oldies station during that time.

Thanks for the aircheck and the great memories of WCBS FM.



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sal lombardi 


scituate, Rhode Island

Monday, November 8, 2004 05:29 PM Host: ip68-229-84-170.ri.ri.cox.net Write a commentSend E-mail

where is Dick Summer Today?

Rick Kelly:
Try the web site:



Mark Davis:
To find out about Dick Summer and others: go to 440.COM website. Check WMEX or WBZ.
Mark Davis



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stan hanson 


Melbourne, FL

Sunday, November 7, 2004 09:30 PM IP: Write a commentSend E-mail

It's great to hear Dick Summer. I was attending Grahm Jr.College in Kenmore Square at the Fenway working on a Broadcast Journalim Degree when this aircheck was LIVE!

Do you know if Dick Summer is still among the living? He was one of the greatest BZ-103 ever had!

Thanks for your treasure of sound!



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Joe Chando 


Northampton, PA

Thursday, November 4, 2004 06:49 PM IP: 65-78-111-230.c3-0.drf-ubr1.atw-drf.pa.cable.rcn.com Write a commentSend E-mail

The Bill James WEEX was great. It's nice to find a site like this that doesn't only have airchecks from the "big city" stations.



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Willimantic, Conn.

Monday, November 1, 2004 05:54 AM IP: Write a commentSend E-mail

I am looking for a song that Bob Steele used to play on his radio station..called Buffalos on my Lawn..can you help me find it..or perhaps obtain a copy..thank you..

Rick Kelly sez::
Alice: "Two Buffaloes" is one of the musical selections listed in the program notes for the Bob Steele presentation.



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Scott West 



Saturday, October 30, 2004 10:40 PM IP: Write a commentSend E-mail

Frankie Crocker is one of the reasons I am in radio today and have been for the past 26 years. I am also proud to say that I got my start in one of his stops along the way..WWRL-AM. At the time my name was Wayne Scott and I worked with Gary Byrd, Bobby Jay, Sturgis Griffin, Gerry Bledsoe, Don Early Allen, Darcel and Rocky Bridges. I also worked WRVR before and after the flip to country. I was there with Pat Prescott, Herchel, Bat Johnson, Lois Gilbert, Art McFarland and company. It was listening to The Chief Rocker before, during and after his hey days at BLS, along with Vaughn Harper, Ken 'Spider' Webb and all the talented names mentioned above that continue to inspire me today in my work on the ABC Radio Network. Frankie set a standard for African American air personalities that some have achieved but far too many have forgotten. Maybe hearing some of his airchecks will remind them. Keep em coming.


Scott read #43.



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Duluth, MN

Thursday, October 28, 2004 05:08 PM Host: nomad9-208.d.umn.edu Write a commentSend E-mail

As I was growing up I had an early case of insomnia, induced by the all night rantings of my alcoholic mother. Thankfully I was able to get a signal late at night from Boston all the way up in my backwater town in the Adirondacks with this amazing man, Larry Glick. I would squirrel away with my AM speaker in one ear and the pillow over the other and he would get me through the night with a smile. He was hilarious, but he didn't need to 'shock' to be provocative -- with a kindness to the humanity that would stay up all night to listen to him and a generosity of spirit. Thanks to you and any other sources to rediscover this comforting oasis in my life.



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Larry Stoler 


Stamford, Connecticut

Thursday, October 28, 2004 12:44 PM Host: ool-182c3d4e.dyn.optonline.net Write a commentSend E-mail

What a great jock Gary Berkowitz was at WPRO FM. I would like to hear more of what he sounded like in those days if any airchecks are available. Thank you.

Good blog



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Nino Cervini 


Windsor, Ontario

Sunday, October 24, 2004 07:42 PM Host: dyn216-8-144-104.win.mnsi.net Write a commentSend E-mail

I grew up listening to CKLW as I lived only 30 miles away. My friends and I listened all the time during the 60's & 70's. That was one heck of a station and format they had along with some of the best dj's around. The Detroit stations couldn't touch'em. It was great hearing the dj's and the jingles again. Iwas fortunate enough to watch the special documentary that was shown on the Cdn History channel in April - The Rise and Fall of The Big 8 A Radio Revolution. It's a great documentary.



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Cary Pall 


Columbus, Ohio USA

Friday, October 15, 2004 11:15 AM Host: mail.columbusradiogroup.com Write a commentSend E-mail

WWDJ...all they needed was a signal! We struggled to listen in southern Connecticut when I was in high school. Last I heard, Bwana Johnny was in the Portland, Oregon market doing oldies, but that was a while ago. Years later, as music director of WSAI Cincinnati, I was instructed to clean out the music library so they could build a dubbing facility. WSAI had been co-owned with WWDJ by Pacific & Southern Broadcasting. Among the boxes of stuff in there was the entire record library of WWDJ...they had been shipped there after the format change to religion. Today, I probably have 50 or 60 of the actual records on those airchecks!



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Bill Bowers 


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Thursday, October 14, 2004 12:31 PM Host: Quebec-HSE-ppp3614760.sympatico.ca Write a comment

I can remember listening to Larry Glick late a night in Northern Ontario (when radio stations from long distances came in quite well). That was 35 years ago. I can remember first hearing about Evil Kinevil on his show. I can still remember his caller who told a story about a policeman going into a cemetery to find a drunk mud soaked person climbing out of a hole dug for a burial. Glick laughed so hard, I can remember it like it was yesterday. Any other stories? H

Good blog



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Rob Calhoun 



Sunday, October 10, 2004 01:08 AM Host: nat.omuonline.net Write a comment

RE: Barry Commoner Commercial

I'm not sure it exist today but at the time you could not, under any circumstance, censor a political ad. Commoner took advantage of this loophole with the use of profanity. It did draw media coverage and many radio stations took a risk by either censoring the commercial or not airing it at all.

You are the best. Thank you http://www.bignews.com



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Doc Roberts 


Northeast PA

Saturday, October 9, 2004 07:56 AM IP: Write a commentSend E-mail

Thanks for Bwana Johnnie a/k/a John Johnson.
I worked with him in 1970 at DJ.
Do you know if he is still around or even living.
He was a wild man, as were my days at DJ.



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Saturday, October 9, 2004 01:11 AM Host: adsl-67-36-176-63.dsl.chcgil.ameritech.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Remember Chip from WRKO..More of an A/C sound then the top 40 days at TRY..

Good blog



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Westchester county (NY)

Friday, October 8, 2004 04:53 AM Host: dialup- Write a commentSend E-mail

Just a minor point: the aircheck is from 1972. Thanks for this site.



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Charlie Moger 


Houston, TX

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 05:38 PM Host: airband-216-138-105-41.airband.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Actually, this aircheck could be legit. I worked there and remember the aircheck machine was a superscope cassette deck that took a feed off the UREI Mod-One board and switched on and off because the power adapter was wired to the on-air lamp atop the FM Remote Buttons. Great memories of a better time in radio. THANKS!

(The Jim Rising aircheck below contains jingles the station was still using when I worked there in 78-79 as the first overnight guy when "24-hours" was a big deal)


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Patrick Glass 



Sunday, October 3, 2004 08:02 PM Host: adsl-18-197-72.mem.bellsouth.net Write a comment

...but you already knew that. If only I read things before I wrote things...


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Patrick Glass 



Sunday, October 3, 2004 08:00 PM Host: adsl-18-197-72.mem.bellsouth.net Write a comment

Re Scott Muni WOR-FM...Listen to these songs, this check is from 1966, not 67. Great to hear though!


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Bill James 


Harris NY

Sunday, October 3, 2004 09:40 AM IP: 24-161-108-50.hvc.rr.com Write a commentSend E-mail


The Muni aircheck is from October 8, 1966. About a year ago I was going through my archives of cassettes and started tranfering them to CD. That's the date that was on the cassette. It came from the midwest 20 years ago but I don't remember which source it was. Thanks
Bill James WSUL Monticello New York


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Dick Tucker 


Portsmouth N.H.

Saturday, October 2, 2004 08:03 PM Host: bay-6me-tv-1a-natpool-nc4.bay.webtv.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Greetings....] Stepping aboard briefly with thanks for renewed memories of those early radio days...and I might add...television at WBZ and WBZ-TV in Boston Proof of purchase comes with some 20 odd years of mine at Soldier's Field Road where radio was well known and television became much better known. "Your announcer...Dick Tucker


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Stamford, Connecticut

Saturday, October 2, 2004 07:50 AM Host: ool-182c3d4e.dyn.optonline.net Write a commentSend E-mail

I did not live in the prime coverage area of 97dj when it was a top 40 station so I would do anything I could to get a decent signal so I could listen to Bwana Johnny.

After the change to religion, I never heard Bwana again anywhere? Is he on the radio and if so where?

I miss the beauty on duty Bwana Johnny. He made that station sound great.

If WWDJ only had the signal it truly could have been a serious competitor in the New York metropolitan area.


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Kathy Aubert 



Friday, October 1, 2004 06:33 PM Host: ip68-2-226-156.ph.ph.cox.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Hi Gary:

How are you? Ron Robin WVBF 1974 are you sure it is 1974? The songs are from 1972. Anyways, thanks for sharing this.



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Rick Kelly 



Friday, October 1, 2004 04:18 PM Host: ip68-0-251-65.ri.ri.cox.net Write a comment

The more I hear this aircheck of Scott Muni, the more obvious it becomes that it is from 1966. Los Bravos "Black is Black", Walter Wanderly's "Summer Samba" and The Young Rascals "Come on Up" were all released in 1966. I'll make the correction.


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Stamford, Connecticut

Friday, October 1, 2004 03:27 PM Host: ool-182c3d4e.dyn.optonline.net Write a commentSend E-mail

It's great to hear the late Frankie Crocker again. I was a fan of Frankie going back to WWRl.

Frankie got a lot of criticism for going to a white owned station at the time but he rose above that and did the format really well. He was good competition to Cousin Brucie on WABC.

Thanks for giving us great radio Frankie.


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Joe Tymecki 


Fairfax, VT - Atlanta, GA (?)

Friday, October 1, 2004 12:16 PM Host: gw1.twc.weather.com Write a commentSend E-mail

In the aircheck of Rod Hill on WDOT in 1978 he refers to the afternoon jock Peter King: the same Peter King you've heard from CBS Radio News in Florida... hanging chads, hurricanes, presidential debates, etc.

I remember Peter as the guy who would not hire me at 'DOT... but that's another story.

Joe (Taylor) Tymecki



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Roland Boucher 



Friday, October 1, 2004 08:20 AM Host: cache-mtc-aa06.proxy.aol.com Write a commentSend E-mail

I worked at 'BZ in the early-mid 60's, but was at WRKO in 1968. 'BZ shifted from TOP 40 to adult contemporary when WRKO came on with TOP 40. WRKO had been WNAC with a talk format before that.


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Glenn Hanna 



Wednesday, September 29, 2004 02:45 PM Host: dpvc-68-162-223-79.bos.east.verizon.net Write a commentSend E-mail

I'm looking for the WVBF Heller jingle package from 1972. This is the one with Electronic Mumma. I have a copy of the masters from 1974 and 1976 to trade. Many of the jingles on the master were never used on the air.

Rick Kelly:
Glenn: I'd be interested in those WVBF jingles myself. Way back when, when I was a Grahm Junior College, Bob Cruz had a copy of the master and he gave it to me. I lost it somehow, unfortunately... but it was a great jingle package!


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Mike Andrade 


Woonsocket RI

Wednesday, September 29, 2004 06:48 AM Host: ip68-9-166-168.ri.ri.cox.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Where go I go for the best Jingle-Airchecks MP3 collection especially in the Boston - Providence area. I would really like to hav sound clips from WBCN. Thanks Mike Andrade

Mike: There's a new aircheck site www.mp3airchecks.com, where you can download and listen to airchecks that are more current than what i generally use... you might find some Providence/Boston stuff up there.




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dave harrington 



Friday, September 24, 2004 01:36 PM Host: w218.z208036204.bos-ma.dsl.cnc.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Boy does this bring back memories, as a kid I listen to Larry every night and would always fight going to sleep because I thought I would miss something good on the show. This was a great show. My grandfather was actually on the show and got a "Glick University" tee-shirt. Do you know of any other clips or cd ,cassette recording of the show.

steve macdonald:
If you've gotten any leads on Glick material, perhaps you can help me track down the Horoscope comedy bits he played on request. they were hilarious.


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Bob Sirkin 


South Lyme, Ct.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004 07:44 AM Host: h-67-100-50-105.nycmny83.dynamic.covad.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Michael Collins of WQUN, Hamden, Ct. directed me to this teriffic site. It surpasses all advanced billing! Great listening for a kid who began his broadcasting career in 1962 at WHAY Radio New Britain, Ct. Thanks for the memories!!!








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Tuesday, September 21, 2004 01:18 AM Host: adsl-68-72-142-5.dsl.chcgil.ameritech.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Wonderful website. I have it bookmarked and visit often.

Does anybody know how I can get "classic" scoped or unscoped tapes of stations from upper Northern New York (Potsdam, Massena, Canton, Ogdensburg etc...)?
I will do trades or pay $$$.

Email me if you have anything!


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Bob Pharo 


Bethlehem, PA

Saturday, September 18, 2004 10:30 PM Host: DB3VD811.msns.sm.ptd.net Write a commentSend E-mail


Just listened to Billy James on WEEX Easton... I used to work there in the early 70's...and then the late 70's as well (stopes at WAEB in the middle) and I knew Billy.

Thanks for the memory!

Bob Pharo:
email is changed to rpharo@ptd.net


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Mark Shayler 


Auburn, New York

Wednesday, September 15, 2004 09:57 AM IP: Write a comment

Just to clarify something Mikel J mentioned below...the country station was WPCX Auburn. (Not to be confused with Albany's WPYX or even New York's WPIX) WPCX was WMBO's FM during the Great Scott ownership. The country format ran from 1981-1997.



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Mark Shayler 


Auburn, New York

Wednesday, September 15, 2004 09:45 AM IP: Write a comment

Hey Mark Fuller...great bunch of jingles. WACK is still using their 70's era jingles on air as re-entrys during O'Rielly, Hannity, Yankees & NASCAR. There are carts of older jingles stored away but I fear the tape is going fast. Best regards...MS


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Mikel J 


Capitol District, NY State

Saturday, September 11, 2004 02:39 PM IP: 148.hartford-10rh16rt-11rh15rt.ct.dial-access.att.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Mark Fuller did a great edit job piecing these enjoyable little ditties together, Even a 'PYX-106 Country Jingle'? (maybe I was hearing things) Way Cool! Thanks for a great 5 & 1/2 minutes!


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Dick Zwirko 


Glenn Dale, MD

Thursday, September 9, 2004 06:09 PM Host: pool-141-156-186-169.esr.east.verizon.net Write a commentSend E-mail

Having engineered many hundreds of Bob Steele's morning radio shows in my 17
years at WTIC, these recordings brought
back so many memories of this broadcast
pioneer. I worked with Bob and the
WTIC crew in Broadcast House from 1963
to 1973 and in the gold building that David Chase built until 1980 when I left WTIC to work at the Voice of America in Washington,DC. I still have a necktie that I bought from Bob during one of his 'sales'. The sign, crafted with one
of his clever cartoon characters and placed on the rack just outside the studio read "NECKTIES, $1 each, 3 for $5.00". I used to kid Bob, reminding him that the best part of his show was the 10 o'clock beep. ..._

All of us who have ever worked with
Bob Steele will certainly never forget
this great broadcaster.


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Warren Garling 


Schenectady, NY

Friday, September 3, 2004 01:00 PM Host: gateway.wmht.org Write a commentSend E-mail

What great memories Michael J. Raymond brought back with this aircheck of the Great 98 circa 1967! I remember waking up and falling asleep to WTRY, and couldn't wait 'til summer to be able to listen all day. I went to Burnt Hills High with Bob Hall, who was in the class of '68. That's right, that voice belonged to a 17 year-old! Thanks for the trip down memory lane.


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Mikel J 


Capitol District, NY State

Thursday, September 2, 2004 08:08 AM IP: 244.syracuse-02rh15-16rt.ny.dial-access.att.net Write a commentSend E-mail

:cool: Rick, what a dandy thing to hear! I didn't know this existed and pretty much shows me at 'TRY after about 4 months, mostly settled in and having a heck of a good time. I didn't expect to be at WTRY until I was at least in my 20s. George Williams was the PD and he hired a lot of young talent including people like Bob Roberts (Fred Sidoti) who eventually went on to WPTR and of course, Bob Hall among others. Than You for ther Neat-O surprise! You do need to change the bannerline, it was WK O P-FM

joe nerney:
If anyone is interested, the jingles were from CRC and the package was Ratings Grabbers. It played on other stations at the time such as chum, wlob and wabi.


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Gary Berkowitz 



Wednesday, September 1, 2004 11:09 PM Host: cache-gtc-aa03.proxy.aol.com Write a commentSend E-mail

Thanks so much for putting the aircheck up. Now I realize what a good decision I made to be a PD vs air talent!!!!! (lol)


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Suzanne Nardacci 


Los Angeles, CA

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 01:57 PM IP: Write a commentSend E-mail

What a voice, what a sense of humor and wit and what sound bites -- Gee, the capital district listeners don't know what THEY ARE MISSING!!!! He should be back on the AIRWAVES---------

My brother sounded terrific then and HE STILL DOES!!!!!!!!The capital district listeners don't know what THEY ARE MISSING!!!!


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Peter T. Bradley 


Springfield, Mass

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Having lived 45 of my 55 years in the Hartford-Springfield area coming across this web site has sure stirred some memories. Living in East Longmeadow you couldn't escape WTYM; my friend Ron lived two houses down from the transmitter on Shaker Road and it was the only radio station he could get. Imagine being a teenager in the 60's and it home only being able to listen to WTYM. Luckly they went off the air at dusk so he could at least listen to HYN or Hartford's DRC


Growing up in Watertown, I listened at night to Joey Reynolds on "K-B" (WKBW-Buffalo). That's because Watertown's only top-40 station, WOTT, was a 5-thousand watt daytimer. I miss power-radio!
Chuck Plumpton <cplumpton53@hotmail.com>
Fayetteville, NY USA - Wed Mar 31 08:47:58 2004

How could I have ever forgotten 5000 watt WPOP? I have such a long way to go with this stuff! There was also a 5000 watt station on the left of WICC (around 560) in NYC. The 'Good Guys') that was cool (cool still works 40+ years later...amazing). I have a LONG way to go with this stuff and can't begin to thank you all (y'all) enough. Neil Young? Atlantic Atco record label? I love this stuff!! Will get back to y'all later!!!
Allen J. Feinberg <OYEVETTE@aol.com>
Deerfield Beach, FL USA - Wed Mar 24 10:37:43 2004

WICC, 1960, great era, great time to be a child! Other stations I listened to were WDEE (Hamden 1220, WAVZ (Lucky 13), WNHC (1340), WINS 1010 (Murray the K), WHN, 1050, and finally, for AM, WABC, which still rules! What a great station WABC was, and being a child, I had no clue! This is my psaaion! I love this stuff!!!
Allen Feinberg <OYEVETTE@aol.com>
Deerfield Beach, FL USA - Wed Mar 24 09:43:56 2004

Did you ever manage to grab the opening theme song of the WTIC Bob Steele show off of any of your radio archives? When I found your collection of sound clips from the Bob Steele Show, I was delighted and enjoyed ever bit of it. The only thing missing was the familiar sound of the opening theme with the bells ringing and the birds singing. We all woke up to that familiar sound every day, and as we were getting ready to head out for work and school, Bob would make sure we had our lunches and our glasses and our book reports. It sure would be great to hear that music again, and maybe even a little clip of Bob doing the glasses and lunch reminders. Thank you for putting these treasures where we can hear them again. - Gary Melechinsky (now living in Kansas)
Gary Melechinsky <garym@onyxtop.com>
Delia, KS USA - Tue Mar 16 12:34:15 2004

I have a tape that i made of the organgutan story on larry glick and every time i play it i can't help laughing out loud. it was wonderful.
USA - Sun Mar 14 13:17:28 2004

 I Loved the old 1970's and early 80's Easy listening format which dosnt exist any where today .eASY STATIONS I grew up with in VT NH MASS RI CT NY NJ PA DEL MD gone.
steve farrell <sfvnyc@AOL.COM>
PALM SPRINGS, CA USA - Sun Mar 7 13:08:20 2004

Charley: Thanks for letting me know that it was you who contributed the hilarious Larry Glick aircheck. I've corrected the wording on the web site. And again, thanks so much for your contribution!
Rick Kelly
USA - Fri Mar 5 23:10:46 2004

Hi Rick, I'm the guy that sent you the Larry Glick aircheck. I believe it was from either late 1978 or 1979 as the caller describes how the person who had adopted the orangutan did so after having seen the film 'Every Which Way But Loose' which was out in 1978. Hardly a night went buy after this call that callers to Larry's show didn't request that he play this again. I think he replayed it once every 2-3 weeks. It was recorded in Dover NH in the early 80's by a friend of mine using a portable cassette recorder next to a radio so the quality is a little poor. Hope everybody enjoys it. It still makes me laugh all these years later.
Charley Dean
Rochester, NH USA - Wed Mar 3 23:56:42 2004

Jackson Armstrong. My ALL TIME favorite DJ... In Radio School, they told me NOT to talk so fast, like my idol Jack Did... and He STILL sounds Great today! THE Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-ader! Thanks for posting this one!
Jim Knapp (Jim Kaye, the Big Tuna) <bigtunaunk@comcast.net>
Agawam, MA USA - Wed Mar 3 23:12:57 2004

Haven't visited for a while... Great to hear those old WTYM JINGLES again! (so relaxing...) I remember playing some of them when I ran the audio board at WTYM for the Late Great DAVE LANE morning show back in the mid 70s... Thanks Rick AND Gary!!!
Jim Knapp <bigtunaunk@comcast.net>
Agawam, MA USA - Wed Mar 3 22:47:06 2004

I highly enjoyed the Billy James aircheck on WEEX Easton from 1977. The name doesn't ring a bell, but I was only seven years old at about the time of this aircheck. From '74-'79, I lived on College Hill in Easton, only a few blocks from WEEX. I could see the sister FM's red tower beacon from my bedroom window. I would often listen to 'The Big X' every night in bed. It's probably the reason I got into radio. I moved away from the Lehigh Valley in June of 1979. By January 1980, WEEX had shifted to a more easygoing pop adult format under the guidance of Charlie Ryan. A few years later, the FM across the hall dumped Easy Listening for CHR and became Q-100 (WQQQ). I'm always looking for more tapes of WEEX. Who's got 'em? Scott Lowe WAEB-FM Allentown (Easton)
Scott Lowe <loweknows@aol.com>
- Mon Mar 1 11:49:20 2004

you dont have the best djs like salty brine,,,, and the great joe thomas,,from wpro,, Everone in R.I. will love to here, joe thomas,, annthing for ,,,Chuck Steven ,,,,we just cannt wait Thank you,,, will keep checkig till you get the best dj of all time
michael <mondomikeradio@aol.com>
cranston, R.I. USA - Mon Mar 1 07:44:29 2004

I'ts great to hear Al bandiero again but never knew Al worked in Phila and Buffalo .Only NY CITY I knew Al.
Steve <jbitsohhoney@aol.com>
palm springs, ca. USA - Mon Feb 23 16:30:50 2004

What memories. I was the overnight guy on WFLY throughout the 80's and once in a while on WPTR on various shifts. (Nick Roberts) It was great to hear some of my old friends.
Con Sofologis <csofologis422@aol.com>
Wash, DC USA - Wed Feb 18 00:09:36 2004

 I think Ken Mcgrail was great !!! One of the true talented air personalities that was in the Albany market. It was a pleasure to work for him.
Ted Hector <yankeefan35@msn.com>
Rutland, Vt USA - Tue Feb 17 20:10:53 2004

 I'am real sorry for the death of Dean Anthony I used to listen to Dean on WTFM in NY C
steve <jbitsohhoney@aol.com>
palm springs, ca USA - Tue Feb 17 01:07:35 2004

Fast Jimi is on the air doing PM drive at Mix 106.5/wwmx, Baltimore... dm
Danny Meyers <dannymeyers1@aol.com>
roanoke, va USA - Fri Feb 6 18:41:55 2004

 Learn of this stie today from Herb Starr with 2 R's.... Found myself broadcasting for WPTR on the demo tape...toward he end there's a story about qwolf raod...where I qupote someone as saying if its gets wider, the village could loose tax revenue. Boy...was that off the mark. Look at Wolf Road today. Interestingly, I signed off at the Albany County (International) Airport where I am now director of public affairs. another newsman I worked with, Jon Kelley, is now vice president of economic development for Saratoga County.
doug myers <dmyers@albanyairport.com>
Loudonville, ny 12211 - Wed Feb 4 21:18:29 2004

 Barlow rocks!
USA - Tue Feb 3 18:08:45 2004

Concerning the neat input from Roger Fenn concerning WTKO in the 60's: Not only did TKO have all kinds of cobbed-up stuff on the air, and it WAS a real teletype in the background of the newscasts (you were required to open the sound-proof teletype door for the newscasts), but I personally invented one of the first delay loops to aid in censoring a call-in program. Two ancient Magnecords were in the rack. I ran a long tape loop between both. Record on top. Playback and on-air on the bottom. I had an empty tape reel spinning in the loop near the floor to maintain the tension. Well, it worked!! Neil Jacobs
Neil Jacobs <nvj1@yahoo.com>
Spencer, NY USA - Tue Feb 3 09:39:15 2004

How do you guys get these, I dont even have any copies from those days! Thanks, Roger Christian STAR 102.5 BUFFALO
Roger Christian <rogerchristian@mail.com>
Buffalo, NY USA - Mon Feb 2 09:20:22 2004

Wow!Whoever assembled this thing deserves a lot of credit-Most of the voices on this montage are still in the business:Bill Brown,Dan Daniel,Pete Fornatale-I also heard a short excerpt of Bob Dayton's final broadcast on WABC from August 1965-Of course,he didn't know that-What got him fired was the tasteless routine he did commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing-Four years later,the same thing happened to fellow WABC personality Roby Yonge for talking ad nauseum about the alledged demise of Beatle Paul Mc Cartney-An excerpt of that show is also featured in this montage.
Scott Burton <Authorityman@aol.com>
Bridgeport, CT USA - Sun Feb 1 20:08:56 2004

 Enjoyed many memories of my engineering/production days with The Big 68 WRKO when we were top rocker in Boston. Any old friends out there want to contact me? I'm still C&W music lover at heart!!!
Gordon Brown <CountryGordy@AOL.com>
Watertown, MA USA - Sun Feb 1 20:05:19 2004

 In the early 70's,there were three top 40 stations in Hartford:WDRC,WPOP,& WCCC-CCC switched to an album rock format in 1975,the same year that POP went all news-DRC was playing contemporary music up until September of 1986,when they switched to their current oldies format-FYI:Rusty Potz is still in the radio biz-He can currently be heard on WLNG in Sag Harbor,NY,which is the eastern end of Long Island.
Scott Burton <Authorityman@aol.com>
Bridgeport, CT USA - Sun Feb 1 19:43:39 2004

 Adult contemporary muisc is one of the hottest radio formats in the country today-It's interesting to note that after listening to the 1979 WTFM composite,a new station signed on five years later-That was WLTW-FM (Lite 106.7)-I'm sure they gave TFM a run for their money-As of this past January 23rd,WLTW celebrated 20 years worth of unparalled success.
Scott Burton <Authorityman@aol.com>
Bridgeport, CT USA - Sun Feb 1 19:29:27 2004

 Making first contact. Interesting! My broadcast days in the business,were at BZ in Boston. Memories still linger as does WBZ radio and television. Good listening! Dick Tucker
Dick Tucker <rick5@web.tv>
New Castle, NH USA - Sun Feb 1 17:24:43 2004

It's neat to hear these production pieces. WTYM also aired a Pepper/Tanner jingle package that they had edited the heck out of. I have a dub of it here, somewhere. Also, the news jingle here (from an edited song, as I recall) was also aired on WSPR Springfield in the same era. Wild -- just wild!
Tracy E. Carman <topcat@mailblocks.com>
Longmeadow, MA USA - Sun Feb 1 17:20:09 2004

Interesting...... I was the first voice on the air at WPRO-FM (Fine Music) in April, 1961. Later I programmed the music for PRO-FM and WROW-AM. In 1967 I was the mid-morning jock at WADK, Newport, RI. (I've got an air check if you want it.) Good site! Jim Daley
Jim Daley <jfdaley@adelphia.net>
Colchester, VT USA - Sun Feb 1 09:44:49 2004

The WTYM beautiful music jingles are very good; however, when it comes to beautiful music jingles, I think the WROW -590 AM package is the best. Any chance you could put some of them on the site? Surely Joe Condon must have them.
Dave DiSisto <ddisist1@nycap.rr.com>
Albany, NY USA - Sun Feb 1 01:24:40 2004

Yes, Dean did everything easy. He was the Perry Como of broadcasters. I was with, and told him about WHLI in 1982; while he was on the picket line at (my former station)WTFM. Dean was the ultimate 'woodwork' He fit in in an instant; and no one handled athority like Dean. Even the pushiest, zealous, obnoxious employees at any level, never questioned Dean's athority. A real 22 karat role modle.
Albert W. Fusco <ALBERTWW1@AOL.COM>
New York City, NY USA - Wed Jan 28 00:50:22 2004

I am from St. Andrews, NB, Canada. When I look out my front window I can see Eastport, Maine across the Passamaquoddy Bay. I studied recording engineering 17 years ago and am just now beginning to pursue my dream of building a recording studio. I worked in radio a bit for the CBC and some private stations in New Brunswick. I am wondering if I might be fortunate enough to get my hands on some old UREI compressors from anyone that visits this site? Thanks, Woods St. Andrews, NB & Calais, ME
Woods <woods@nbnet.nb.ca>
Calais, ME USA - Sun Jan 25 15:33:45 2004

This cracks me up, but it lacks the thing at the end where it says 'Remember...this was only a test' plus the crashing sound.But still, it makes me laugh.HEE HEE HEE!
Jeremy Cardew <ihatebarney12000@yahoo.com>
Palm Bay, FL USA - Sun Jan 18 15:26:35 2004

It was a treat to get a little info re Dick buffalo Burch, This guy amused me for many hours as a kid in sacramento early 60's when he was a dj at kxoa,kroy radio sacramento. Any way to email a personal thanks to him, tho I realize he may have left the Northeast years ago. Thanks. Sincerely Dave Clark
dave clark <dclar25@attg.net>
sacramento, ca USA - Wed Jan 14 13:37:01 2004

For some reason, I can't get the Jay Stone aircheck to play. I've tried it numerous times. It says realplayer and starting, then it doesn't start. Eventually, it will either tell me that realplayer has timed out, or that the connection to the server has timed out. I can play everything else just fine. I thought you might want to know that there seems to be a problem. Pam.
Pam <geodom@optonline.net>
USA - Sun Jan 11 05:41:36 2004

I have been looking for old WWSC 1450 soundbits from the late 60's to early 70's..wondering if anything exits on here.
bradey brownell <profesorclassic@hotmail.com>
saratoga springs, ny USA - Sat Jan 10 16:53:02 2004

 Rick, Wow, you are really getting quite a collection of WCFR airchecks up on this website. Where else can you actually hear the evolution of WCFR on the net? I notice that by this time, the station had no jingles at all. I don't know if they had sweepers or not. I believe that an FM station in Walpole NH now has the call letters of WCFR. Anyway, this is a station that will always be near and dear to my heart, sort of like WDOT in Burlington.
Sam Ward <samward54@cogeco.ca>
Georgetown, Ontario Canada - Thu Jan 8 12:21:00 2004

 Dale is now doing mornings at Oldies 103/CBS-Infinity Boston.
Giovanni <gio@92profm.com>
Providence, RI USA - Wed Dec 31 19:01:20 2003

 I was THERE! You're right, no reverb (yet) spring verbs installed soon after. The Boogie Man DID switch to Bobby Mc Gee at 96TIC-FM. He's now selling billboard advertising in Vegas! Innnnn Stereo!!
Giovanni <gio@92profm.com>
Providence, RI USA - Wed Dec 31 18:43:11 2003

 what was the name and breed of salty brine's dog on salty brines shack on radio wpro?
sheldon birenbaum <sheldb12@wmconnect.com>
atlanta, ga USA - Sun Dec 28 00:12:20 2003

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WALLINGFORD, PA USA - Fri Dec 26 19:09:21 2003

 I just found this site after doing a Google search. It is great. Reading some of the names of the jocks on WICC brought back memories of listening to the station especially in the 60s. This site, and others like it, remind me of what radio was like and what it can be again.
Larry <lstoler99@optonline.net>
Stamford, Conn. USA - Sat Dec 20 17:46:52 2003

 Great stuff. I worked at WORC Worcester for Dick Smith when I was 18 in 1975 and Arnie Woo Woo Ginsburg at WWEL 1978-1979.. I work now with 20 somethings in TELECOM and they have no clue of the way it was !!!
CHICAGO, IL USA - Sat Dec 13 18:35:53 2003

 I cannot believe that was Nick--DJ'ing?....he sures sound different than the Nick of today--he's doing play by play for the Kings--for a long time now..
Gayle Lecus <gaylel@rocketmail.com>
Lynwood, Ca USA - Sun Dec 7 02:52:43 2003

 Sorry, I missed the retrospective on Bob Steele 12/6/03. If anyone else recorded it, please let me know... I'd love to dub it and put it up here for the world to hear. Steele was a one of a kind, and is missed!
Rick Kelly
USA - Sat Dec 6 23:35:54 2003

Any plans to record this Saturday's (12/6) WTIC 1080's tribute to Bob Steele? I think it would make a nice companion to the tribute you already have onsite. It's from 5:30-10 with Arnold Dean. Enjoy your site.
Rich Baril <rbbaril@aol.com>
West Simsbury, CT USA - Wed Dec 3 18:01:53 2003

Tony Brunton, recently retired, was director of special events for the CBS radio network. Tony is well and ocassionally comes out of retirment to produce radio pool coverage from different parts of the world.
Bob Marvin
Danbury, Ct USA - Tue Dec 2 09:25:59 2003

Hey, What a blast to see this pop up,it has been over 15 years since I made a living wailing on the radio! Thanks for the flashback & the 'real' Jeff Moulton for submiting the check.
Don Perry <homes14534@bluefrog.com>
Rochester, NY USA - Mon Dec 1 17:43:35 2003

 WOW!! What a trip down memory lane. As a teenager in CT in late 50's I was a radio junkie... Loved Tuning in WKBW and WPTR at night. Summers on the CT shore listening to NY Radio (WMCA, WMGM, WABC etc) Love the WTIC stuff - tribute to Bob Steele. All that listening got me into radio. (WCAX later WVMT Burlington, WLNA/WHUD Peekskill, NY was the GM in the late 70's early 80's and WCNX, Middletown, CT as GM, News Dir etc.)Wonder if anyone has air checks of WELI or WAVZ from late 50's or WICC from that period..They were excellent examples of early Top 40 music and news format. or WDOT Burlington from late 50's early 50's with the storefront studio!!! Again - fantastic site. I plan to visit often.
Ed Creem <edward.creem@snet.net>
Middletown, CT USA - Sun Nov 16 06:29:59 2003

 whatever happened to bwana johnny (the beauty on duty) from wwdj hackensack from 1973-74 b4 it became an all religion station ?
john myers <matstan1@aol.com>
neptune , USA - Wed Nov 12 22:53:54 2003

 I was never a Bob and Ray fan, but my mother still swears that they were the best ever. This aircheck shows me why. What really amazes me, though, is that I have to face-up to the fact that MY all-time favorites, and they were wonderful, got all of their stuff from B&R. You already guessed Al Lohman & Roger Barkley, and The L&B on KFI in the late 70's, was a refined copy of this clip. Lastly, Phil Hendrie owes both teams for his formula, except that he has the distinction of doing it alone. Thanks for making this available. It's a great gift. Joe
Joe Fischle <joeinla@sbcglobal.net>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Mon Nov 10 03:07:14 2003

WWDJ airck Dean Anthony I enjoyed hearing that wonderful voice, He will be missed ): He mentions New Dorp HS that is 4 blocks from where I live now (: Dino was Great!!! I was a big 'goodguy fan too. Thanks for the great airck!! Love Mary
Mary Shaw <babylou2121@aol.com>
Staten is, NY USA - Thu Nov 6 15:27:51 2003

I am the night A.T. at EZ99.1 in Boston, former PD at Magic, Boston, and p.t. professor at Emerson College. I grew up in Nassau (on the other side of East Greenbush, just north of oblivion) as a huge fan of WTRY, beginning around 1956. In retrospect, they were always more of a 'chicken rocker,' some standards interwoven amongst Top 40 hits with very chatty Air Talent... Stan Roberts, George LeZotte, Paul James, John Mounteer, Dick Brown (a diagosed schizophrenic but hugely entertaining), and Bill Taylor. They moved the station further in an MOR direction in the early 60's, calling it 'a new kind of radio...' heavy on info. elements and show tunes. After disasterous ratings results, they hired Lee Gray as PD. Lee re-positioned the station as a straight-ahead Top 40, capitalizing heavily on Beatlemania, and a pitched battle ensued with WPTR. It was probably Top 40's finest hour in the Tri-Cities market because by the mid 70's the youth formats were moving to FM and the beginnings of modern 'narrowcasted' fragmentation had begun. Ed Brueder has a great WTRY retrospective composite aircheck available for sale on his Man from Mars website. -Jack (Dr. John) Casey
Jack Casey <mediadoctor@yahoo.com>
Boston, MA USA - Wed Nov 5 21:46:15 2003

Juat thought your short example of Bud was too short. As a disc jockey in Rochester, I listened to, and visited Bud on several occasions. I especially liked his 'you can't fill my shoes' comment at WKBW. Sad to learn that he passed away.
Dave Diegert <DDieg73100@aol.com>
Webster, NY USA - Wed Nov 5 02:46:15 2003

I enjoyed the chris warren aircheck immensely. What name did chris use at wgy. I would appreciate your feedback. Thanks very much. Jim
jim garibaldi <jimmyspa2003@aol.com>
west park, ny USA - Tue Nov 4 19:55:10 2003

Can someone find out from the contributor(WSNY 1970)who the person on the air check & doing the horserace promo is. I think it's me? Michael J Raymond?
Michael RJ Plath <MPlath5@aol.com>
Rensselaer, NY USA - Mon Nov 3 09:45:49 2003

Does anyone have any Larry Glick WBZ shows on tape or cd? I am a big fan of Commander Glick and would love to hear some vintage Glick University, shooting off the air, let me check whistles and classic stories. Please let me know, JPR
Jeremiah Riordon <jriordon@msn.com>
Athol, MA USA - Sun Oct 26 14:33:12 2003

WVNR...ah, the memories of working in the dark, my '82 Mustang with Pennsylvania tags parked next to the transmitter shack while I was tweaking equalizers by the light of a flashlight. Meanwhile, a local Poultney resident traversed the field with a loaded shotgun, asking what in hell was this SOB from another state doing tinkering with the local radio station's equipment? This was taking place within minutes after Barlow had closed the deal to buy the place, so, I guess the guy was justified, but, Ken Barlow, know that I will never accept lead as equitable payment for services rendered, especially when it's delivered via an 'implant'!
Cary Pall <Modradio@aol.com>
Columbus, OH USA - Sat Oct 18 11:47:27 2003

Wow! After spending 10 of the most exciting years of my life working in the studios at 100 Mt. Wayte Avenue in Framingham, I can close my eyes and imagine being right back in the building when listening to the old WVBF airchecks! Thanks for the memories!
Pete Falconi <pfmarketing03@aol.com>
Southborough, MA USA - Fri Oct 17 16:03:10 2003

Harvey was kind enough, during my college days, to host a visit from Rick and myself back in 1973 when we were baby DJs. Wharfield was irrepressible! I have never seen anyone work with more energy, focus and concentration. And every break connected with you on the other side of the radio. Years later, I was fortunate enough to work with Harvey at WAAF. While the WAAF persona was more laid-back, Harvey was as focused and full of energy as ever. He was the backbone of WZLX during its early days as 'Classic Hits 100.7 (bllllEEEEEEp)', too. One of New England's true greats. I miss hearing him.
Cary Pall <Modradio@aol.com>
Columbus, OH USA - Thu Oct 16 17:02:12 2003

Thanks for the memories! I can close my eyes and go back more than 2 decades listenting to this stuff! As a youngster growing up in cny, 14fbl was the station all the kids in my circle listened to. Whether it was laying by the pool, hanging out with my buddies at the hancock field youth center, or whatever we did as kids, this station and wolf were a big part of our lives. Hearing the voices and jingles and bits of songs played back then, provides some nice memories about what seemed like such simpler times. Thanks, and keep up the great work!
keith k. <natecait@hotmail.com>
syracuse, ny USA - Sun Oct 12 17:33:05 2003

Two heller packages are on both Rons and Harvey's airchecks. The first and the 2nd. You also hear the sing along's that I think were done by pams. Interesting that the longer song jingles were not in the mix in 74. Austin, they made who helped take down WMYQ. Wonder what he's doing today?
lou josephs <loujosephs@ibcworks.net>
Potomac, MD USA - Thu Oct 9 11:04:48 2003

Oh my god... that Harvey Wharfield demo blew me away. Thank you, thank you!
radio lister
USA - Tue Oct 7 00:56:18 2003

S.G. Jackson <wifvmd411@yahoo.com>
baltimore, ND USA - Fri Oct 3 21:11:29 2003

Al Bandiero has worked at some great stations, including WKBW, 99X, and WPLJ. He also appeared in a couple of the 'Rocky' movies, along with some current Terminex TV commercials. Thanks for posting this aircheck!
Matt Seinberg <bigappleairchecks@wpljmail.com>
Wantagh, NY USA - Thu Oct 2 13:59:16 2003

Vidaver worked at many NYC radio stations, including WCBS-FM, WYNY, WTFM, WPIX-FM and WPAT. John is still doing voice over work, and doing p/t work at WPAT. Thanks for putting up this great aircheck!
Matt Seinberg <bigappleairchecks@wpljmail.com>
Wantagh, NY USA - Thu Oct 2 13:51:40 2003

Love the aircheck of Don Perry at 98TRY, that's exactly how I remember TRY sounding at that time, I was in junior high at the time, listened to 98 TRY all the time, 4 years later I would have my first radio gig at the 'Great 98'!!
Richie Norris <richie77dj@yahoo.com>
Upstate , NY USA - Wed Oct 1 17:50:45 2003

Oh, my God ! Who found that one ? I gotta say I'm a little embarassed that I sounded like THAT ! 'Course, I was a lot younger and didn't know what I was doing ! I think Charlie Kendall made me do it ! Someone, help me with talks ups !
Harvey Wharfield <Wharfield@aol.com>
Boston, USA - Wed Oct 1 14:27:04 2003

Re: KB Radio 15...Got to hear KB while driving through Buffalo last weekend. The AM stereo signal sounds excellent and their groundwave coverage through the metro is much improved over the last time I heard them. Jack Armstrong is as funny as ever, and the Don Berns production sounds as vintage as the PAMS jingles. Also got to hear some of the 'new' 1050 CHUM. They've dug out a lot of their vintage jingles, too. Their music could be described as 'Deep Canadian Content of the 60s and 70s'...the station to tune to for all those OTHER Five Man Electrical Band, Lighthouse, Guess Who and Diamonds songs! And if you crave lost Canadian artists like Ian Thomas, Shirley Eikhard and Fludd, it's the only place in North America to hear 'em. I enjoyed it a lot...didn't have a recorder or I would have captured some for you.
Cary Pall <Modradio@aol.com>
Columbus, OH USA - Wed Sep 24 17:22:53 2003

What a site! I was in radio in Albany in the early '80's using 'Ron Jeffries' on WFLY. It's cool to listen to some of my freinds from back then. I met my wife at WFLY and she's still in the biz doing mornings with Chuck Taylor on B95.5. I'll have to submit some of our stuff for you!
John Keimer <john@tele-client.com>
Albany, NY USA - Mon Sep 8 12:28:15 2003

I worked in radio in the 70's and collected alot of airchecks. I have an air check of THE BIRDMAN and LARRY DIXON @ WAPE Jacksonville. 50,000 watt station. I have not found any checks out there of WAPE Thoughts? Great site
Tom Alexander <atoz271@aol.com>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Sat Sep 6 22:36:12 2003

Finally fans of Dale will get to here him hopefully, hte'll let him do personality, as he is now being heard doing promos forhimself on WODS.
John <john@ebradio.net>
Boston, MA USA - Sat Sep 6 20:53:26 2003

Great site! It was truly great to hear this magnificent recording of who we called Bud Ballou, aka Howie Castle on Radio Caroline South. He was an excellent dj who stayed on Caroline until the station was forced off the air by a Dutch tugboat company on March 3rd,1968. Bud had his last show on March 2nd, 1968 doing the 6 until 9 pm show in the evening and I have still some pieces of it on tape. Let me correct you on Carolines frequency: It was 1187 kHz and the power was nominally 50 kW. It was Radio Caroline North who used 1520, but at the end it had been changed to 1169 kHz, with 20 kW. Finally, let me suggest that the recording might be from November 1967, which was the month Bud joined the station together with Andy Archer, also mentioned. svennam
Svenn Martinsen <gm@northernstar.no>
Norway - Wed Sep 3 06:26:09 2003

I just looked at shrpsports.com and I saw on WFEA when Johnny Tripp heard the Patriots lose to Buffalo 27-20 and I guess this aircheck was recorded November 28,1971- I hope I'm 100% right
Peter J. Wiggins <pjwiggs@attbi.com>
Norton, MA USA - Tue Sep 2 17:10:29 2003

I found this site fortunatelly and I am really happy that I have done it.
Norway - Wed Sep 3 06:26:09 2003

I just looked at shrpsports.com and I saw on WFEA when Johnny Tripp heard the Patriots lose to Buffalo 27-20 and I guess this aircheck was recorded November 28,1971- I hope I'm 100% right
Peter J. Wiggins <pjwiggs@attbi.com>
Norton, MA USA - Tue Sep 2 17:10:29 2003

Hi, just wanted to say how much I enjoy the site... I was on WMEX 1150 AM in the 80's I did the Night Train show from 6 to Mid. Hearing all these airchecks makes me want to go back..... Boston Radio will never be the same!! Thanks again.
Sal Pacino WMEX 1150 am <n1fev@hotmail.com>
Medford, ma USA - Thu Aug 28 00:34:21 2003


I never tire of listening to Dan Ingraham air checks from the 50's and 70's on WABC. Ingraham, widely imitated, had no peers. He was, and still is, the greatest Top-40 personality ever! No one can match his timing, wit and overall showmanship. This stuff is great!
Bob Sirkin <scooptv@earthlink.net>
Marietta, GA USA - Wed Aug 6 15:57:07 2003

What a pleasure to listen again to these WTIC pros. Especially Bob Steele, Bill Hennessy and Art Johnson. I grew up in New Britain listening to WTIC. In my first television job, at Ch-30, I become Bill Hennessy's news writer for his 11pm broadcast. A classy, great guy! I listened closely to Art Johnson, both on WDRC and WTIC. Art was the epitome of professionalism and class. Always a smooth, seamless delivery. Funny too. In the 60's, Hartford Radio was considered among the best in the nation. Many, many future stars passed through the Hartford market. Thanks for this great site! Bob Sirkin
Bob Sirkin <scooptv@earthlink.net>
Marietta, GA USA - Wed Aug 6 15:34:15 2003

Wow! This is great stuff. The original "Electric Mama" WVBF was one of the most bizarre and amazing top 40 stations of all time. Kendall, BLF, Bud Ballou - incredible talent let loose to do radio the way it should be done. The jingles (I have the original carts) were unique. I hired both Charlie and Bill Freeman for WVBF. It's too long of a story to tell. Let me just say that I would've not been in radio in the 70s if it weren't for WVBF. That station gave me the inspiration along with the great radio in Boston, New York, Albany and Buffalo during the 60s. I blame/credit both Kendall and Freeman for helping me solidify my career course. What made WMMS a great station was incredible talent.
John Gorman <gmanusa@attbi.com>
Cleveland, OH USA - Mon Aug 4 13:16:30 2003

My favorite DJ of all time. I was fortunate enough to hire him at WMMS/Cleveland when WVBF moved in an AC direction. He did all nights for a number of years. Had a huge following.
John Gorman <gmanusa@attbi.com>
Cleveland, OH USA - Mon Aug 4 13:10:54 2003

Love this site. Brings back many, many, many memories of the greatest radio of all time.
John Gorman <gmanusa@attbi.com>
Cleveland, OH USA - Mon Aug 4 13:05:42 2003

Nice site. Excellent.
Brother Bill
USA - Sun Aug 3 07:51:03 2003

Loud and clear... listened to your station when I grew up.. Rick Kelly sent me the "air check" got to love it... PJ
PJ <superthread16@alltel.net>
Columbus, NC USA - Sat Aug 2 23:55:01 2003

that was great hearing that again, i remember hearing that back during the tom shovan days at w.h.v.w in hyde park,they would run that as a spoof every once in a while
jeff <jeffspc1@aol.com>
hyde park, ny USA - Sat Aug 2 22:48:45 2003

Thanks for the great memories. I wish that WMEX FM (in NH ) was a station in Boston. I miss the oldies, the station breaks, the "Instant News", the jingles, and the Goodguys!
John Fayad <jbgman@aol.com>
Bradford, MA USA - Sat Aug 2 20:02:20 2003

CRANSTON, R.O USA - Fri Aug 1 08:17:37 2003

  wow! what a great piece of work (northeast time tunnels, et al)! the best of yesterday and today. my compliments to the chef (now that i have a high-speed connection and can truly enjoy this type of thing!)
Chuck Igo <chuckigo@maine.rr.com>
USA - Sat Jul 26 12:58:35 2003

Just caught your WCCC aircheck and heard Rusty Potts. I worked with Rusty in 73-74 at WCCC as Al Green. They had just dumped the all request idea and were straight top 40.
Steve Fox <sfox@1065thepromise.com>
Jacksonville, fl USA - Mon Jul 21 14:03:54 2003

I d love to see if you have any scoped or unscoped broadcast of wtry between the years 1963-1966,those were the years of Lee Gray, The Big Sound Survey, Rick Snyder,voice your choice & Bob connell in the morning & cheap reverb echo along with the pams jingles.
Louis Sierra <sierra2@capital.net>
ny USA - Sun Jul 20 21:03:48 2003

Nice qualiy on WZZD...do you have any acces to Steve Hatley? His deep voice and sarcastic delivery was amusing.
mike <emailmikemail@aol.com>
phila, pa USA - Fri Jul 4 18:07:17 2003

Thanks for the memories. I grew up in CNY - Utica & Albany. 60's and 70's. Those were the days. No great radio in dallas.
wayne collins <wcollins@fni.com>
dallas, tx USA - Wed Jun 18 14:01:27 2003

Fascinating web site..I grew up in Boston..Circa 1967-1977 and worked at WORC Worcester for Dick Smith in 75-76 and at WFGL Fitchburg (76) WWEL Boston for Arnie Woo Woo (77-78) and at WENY in Elmira (78-79) WLAD Danbury (79-81)..Oy Vay when I think about it!!!!
PETER HORN <Phorn@Global.com-com>
Chicago, Il USA - Wed Jun 4 18:19:17 2003

Wow... I love it!!! This is very impressive. I couldn't agree more... GFM in the 80's was a great station. I'll pull out my old air checks and see if anything might be worthy of being showcased among all these pros.
Tom (Casey) McCarthy <tompatti@adnc.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Tue Jun 3 13:51:09 2003

Just listened to Northeast Airchecks Boston Time Tunnel, I, II and III. Great nostalgia hearing the snippet of WCOP/1150, Arnie Ginsberg WMEX/1510 & 68/WRKO. Would like to hear more 'Time Tunnel' sections. They must be time consuming for Mr. Swenson to edit. Keep up the good work Rick and I hope this web site will be around for a long time. Paul Leonard
Paul Leonard
USA - Tue May 27 13:36:10 2003

No surprise about Caroline reaching so far. Worked on the Lady back in 1975 and we had mail from USA, Central Africa and most parts of Europe. We had A Continental Electronics 50kW tx thru a very high mast, at sea. We surely covered a lot of territory. Footprint! Nope, a splat!
Don Stevens <anubis@tutankh.fsnet.co.uk>
London,England, GB - Fri May 23 23:57:28 2003

WPJB (calls stand for Providence Journal-Bulletin) was the FM sister of WEAN, R.I.'s first and last all-news station (I worked there in the mid-1970s). Aircheck brings back great memories of a place where screaming jocks worked alongside sober-faced newsies. JB's control room was a closet. Tiny! -Steve Bousquet
Steve Bousquet <bousquet@sptimes.com>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Fri May 23 08:39:06 2003

Update on Larry Lujack http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Lujack
Robert Keller
USA - Sat May 17 04:09:52 2003

Just wanted to drop a line here and say how much I appreciated finding this site - especially the airchecks from the Bob Steele memorial show on WTIC 1080. I'm from the Hartford area originally, and when I came here fir the first time today, that was the first I'd heard of his passing back in December. I remember waiting up on snowy winter mornings, hoping to hear Bob read the name of my school district as having closed, as well as the rousing bells and barking dogs that always signalled the start of his daily show. Of course, when I got older I migrated like most kids my age to the FM dial (my station of choice - WTIC FM, and Craig & Company in the morning), but I always retained a fondness for the old man and his Words of the Day, his Antenna Switches, and his novelty records. And, of course, his annual threatened retirement, every April 1st like clockwork. Ah, memories...
Devin de Gruyl <ddegruyl(at)wideopenwest(dot)com>
Columbus, OH USA - Fri May 16 19:21:22 2003

As a preteen growing up in Rochester,NY in the late 50's and early 60's, I remember a Syracuse station WNDR with someone named Dandy Dan Leonard and Jolly Rolly Fowler. Were they real names and if not, who were they? Thanks.
Howard Malley <hgmalley@sbcglobal.net>
Naperville, IL USA - Mon May 12 18:49:26 2003

That was the way we DJs began...
roger <rqfenn@yahoo.com>
USA - Fri May 9 11:58:19 2003

Jeff Douglas! Bob Harris! Blasts from the past, indeed!!! How are you guys doing? Cheers! John
John Grasberger <grasberger@aol.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Thu May 1 11:26:27 2003

Yo... Hopefully someone will be able to post a Jerry Williams collage. Boston,Chicago,Pa.etc. A real pioneer of talk radio.. Thanks Gary
Gary Nelson <wx1u@maine.rr.com>
Portland, Me USA - Wed Apr 30 22:54:52 2003

Quite a page. WAVZ, New Haven. Wow! I was there in '74 and worked with Brian Phoenix, Ron Foster, Chuck Martin, Bill Rock. Did news with Anne Avery, John Wilkes, Gerry Brooks and others. Neal
Neal Stevens <radioneal@att.net>
Springfield, VA USA - Wed Apr 30 22:09:12 2003

Thanks for the great Benevolent Bill aircheck! Of all the jocks on the old WVBF, this guy was by far my favorite! I listened to this guy the entire time I lived in Boston while going to Graham Jr. College (class of '75). Does anybody know what became of Bill Freeman, or where he is now? I'd love to hear more airchecks of 'your old pal, Benevolent Bill'! By the way, speaking of Bills, does anybody remember, or have any airchecks of 'Boston Bill, Your nightime thrill who's mentally ill' from the old WCCC Hartford? He worked there around '73. Anybody know his whereabouts? Thanks! Glen 'FM' Stevens
Glen FM <glenvent@san.rr.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Fri Apr 25 13:53:23 2003

Have always enjoyed Bill , met him once and he knew who I was a thrill a real deal. I was working at KFRC-FM in the city by the bay where we choose to play the most music San Francisco.
Rex MCNeill <rexontheair@yahoo.com>
Sacramento, Ca USA - Fri Apr 18 19:07:00 2003

Ken started shortly after I did at WACKY (WAQY) and left a couple of months after I did.He's still alive and well. He now works for Ken Squire (fron CBS TV'S NASCAR)in Vermont. I heard from him yesterday. You can contact Ken at keng@globalnetisp.net. Glen 'FM'.
Glen 'FM' <glenvent@san.rr.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Sun Apr 13 01:59:21 2003

 Ken Gilbert WAQY Springfield MA 1979. (2:47) Gilbert did afternoon drive on WACKY102 for a couple years, and also went on to work at WDRC Hartford and the country station in Bloomfield CT on 1550 whose old call letters escape me now. Gilbert had a habit of making obscure references to… well, whatever he was referring to. Gilbert later went back to his native Vermont<< Those calls would either be WGAB, WLVX (1988), WRDM (1993). --Mike
Mike Fitzpatrick <necrat@the-spa.com>
agawam, MA USA - Sun Apr 13 00:37:06 2003

Wonderful web site ... Great fun to listen to some of the great jocks .... Thanks ... Len
Len <Lenzstuff@comcast.net>
New Cumberland, PA USA - Sat Apr 12 22:01:32 2003

RE:WACKY 102 FM Rick, What a GREAT site this is! All those great guys from WVBF that I listened to while I was at Graham- Charlie Kendall, Benevolent Bill,and those great jocks I listened to growing up in Hartford-Dick Robinson, Sandy Beach, Joey Reynolds- MAN- what a fantastic trip down memory lane! I have a pretty big box of airchecks from my time at WAQY ('79-'81). Much better stuff than the one aircheck at WACKY 102.COM., including lots of crossover bits between shifts with Jim Rising, Ken Gilbert Dean Manchester, and probably one or two with Tuna. WACKY was a true original-never worked at another station that even came close to what WACKY was during those years.By the way, I even have an aircheck or two as 'Charlie Albert' on WCSB while I was at Graham. If you're interested, just drop me a line or give me a call. Keep up the great job! Glen 'Glenn FM Stevens' Rappold San Diego, CA.
Glen 'FM Stevens' Rappold <glenvent@san.rr.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Sat Apr 12 02:45:26 2003

The WROR stuff in III priceless. Al Matthews who's still doing morning at HJY is the promo voice, and not only that but you have Joe Martelle (now at WEAT FM in West Palm Beach) SNL at the oldies open. (Bob Spicer production god at Greater Media Boston, did that one.
lou josephs <loujosephs@ibcworks.net>
Potomac, MD USA - Tue Apr 8 13:13:15 2003

Now I see why he was so popular with kids. Kids don't know any better. Segues aren't important, that's for damn sure. This is a great example of 'What Not To Do' for aspiring broadcasters. Eeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

Is there anyway to get a downloadable copy of the 'Two Buffalos song for archiving on my own computer? I worry that someday this sight won't be up and I won't be able to find it again. Thanks, Celeste
Celeste <celeste@livingimagination.com>
West Haven, CT USA -

tom doyle on wror is the best. the only ststion we listen to.
bill lang <bigbill6875@aol.com>

Great site. Many thanks. Love the Dan Ingram airchecks, brings back many fond memories. Do you know of any WNEW Ted Brown or William B Williams airchecks. I grew up with these guys as well. Again, Thank YOU!
George Eidel <DD938GJE@AOL.com>
Pt. Pleasant, NJ USA -

i tune in to wkbw in the 1960s would like to know if anyone has any tapes joey reynolds shows
erik gran <firefoto6@comcast.net>
ashland, va USA -

It was great hearing Jack Gale as Fenway on WMEX. I remember him from his stay in Baltimore from 1957-63. Also from 1996-97 when he did a two hour show on WITH from his home in Florida.
Bruce Bonner <Brucieoh@aol.com>
Cockeysvill, MD USA -

I worked with Gary at WHUD/WLNA in the late 89-91. I don't remember him mentioning the name 'Mitchell'...but reading the description of him, I knew it had to be him. And now I can remember hearing him talk about the 'wacky' station. I would type his real last name here...which starts with a 'Z'...but I would never spell it right. Very nice guy. Man has he done the 'town to town up and down the dial' thing.
John Carlton <actingman@iname.com>
New York, NY USA -

As a WDRC 1360 listener through most of the 1960s I really enjoyed hearing the late but great Ron Landry again - he was my all time favorite. Also enjoyed the Dec 31 1967 clip from Dick Robinson's Countdown Show.
Bill Sample
Plantsville, CT USA -

Wonderful broadcast blast from the past - I'm sure I was listening to that show that night!
Bill Sample <wdsample@snet.net>
Plantsville, ct USA -

I remember Howie in Syracuse in the early 70's. I'm sure he was the music director at WNDR - your typical tight playlisted station - and he was particularly resistant to UK acts. I remember him stubbornly refusing to play ELO till it was top 10 nationally as well as Kraftwerk. So odd that he came from Radio Caroline - the opposite of his attitude toward music when in Syracuse. Good riddenswe all agreed when HE left.
Corinne Atais <meigui@nyc.rr.com>
jackson heights, ny USA -

Really enjoyed hearing Danny & Jackson Armstrong back on 'KB' .. I grew up with in Cheektowaga in the 60's & 70's, had a summer job at KB as a 'go-fer' working for Jeff Kaye & got to meet all my radio heros. I can honestly say this station & these guys are the reason I have been working as a jock & PD for the last 30 years. Congratulations to the entire K-Big team !!
Greg Stevens <greg.stevens@cox.com>
Louisville, KY USA -

Thanks for the airck of Jackson Armstrong. I wish I could hear him here in S.I. NY. He has a great voice!!! (: sounds like a nice guy too (:
Mary Shaw <babylou2121@aol.com>
Staten island, NY USA -

I have to say that it has been 20 years since I heard the old KB, and now being able to see the 'old girl' right back where she belongs, sounding just as good as she did when she left, brings tears of joy to my eyes. I grew up in Rochester, and for my money, there has never been a better station--or better jocks anywhere. That includes CKLW, WCFL, WLS, and the like. It was the Danny Nevereaths, Joey Reynolds, Bud Ballou's, and Sandy Beach's that got me into being a jock myself. I have been in the music industry for the last 27 years, and I often find myself thinking about those days and KBW. I hope they start streaming on the net soon. I'm happier than a pig in manure! Thanks for giving us old warhorses these airchecks..God Bless.
VanO <vano@mmapromo.com>
Minneapolis , MN USA -

In 1981 I lived in Phila. and resided in a tenth story dorm room at Drexel. I was able to get WYNY and I listened to them once in a while. I probably listened to Bob Shannon and did not even know it. Nice to hear WYNY again
peppertree5706 <peppertree5706@hotmail.com>
Austin, TX USA -

Jackson Armstrong is the best DJ I have ever heard, and I am 61 years old, and have listened to many stations and DJ's.
Willis Boyer <wandcboyer@adelphia.net>
Williamstown, MA USA -

Jackson sounds great dispite being voice tracked. There are elements of the format that are very comfortable and some that are to 'now'. The original jingles are classic; they put anything done today in the 'also ran' category. In the glory days of Top 40, the imaging was limited to mostly calls and a quick station positioner not all the copy heard in these sweepers. Also, I don't particularly care for all the artist/song 'history'. If the voice tracked jocks didn't have that though, what else could they talk about? Listeners are mostly 50+ now and don't cruise, or go to sock hops every weekend, or watch the submarine races on Lake Erie. Overall, the station sounds better than 99% of the oldies stations on the air.
John Long <oidarman@aol.com>
Columbus, Ga USA -

I cannot thank you enough for these airchecks. Incredible nostalgia. Does anyone care anymore? I was a friend of Simon Geller at Gloucesters' WVCA but I doubt if I have any of his airchecks, I wish I did. I may know someone who does if your interested. Thanks again for all of it!
Brian G <chunyaxche@yahoo.com>
Rockport, ma USA -

Late 1961, WTRY General Manager Sam Nielson had Program Director John Mounteer change format to what now would be described as adult contemporary. There was alot of informaton talk too. WTRY crashed. WABY, being run by Dick Lawrence(wkbw fame) became number one. Late 1962, Sam Nielson realizes his mistake, and goes back to top-40. August 1963, Stan Roberts leaves mornings at WTRY to go mornings on Capital Cities WKBW. Don Weeks moves to mornings at WTRY. Ted 'Rebel' Jones takes Don Weeks place evenings at WTRY. October of 1963, Sam Nielson leaves WTRY. Sales Manager Lee Hartsfield becomes General Manger. Greg Mason made Operations Manager. He fires John Mounteer and brings in 'Jockey' John Stone. It's early 1964, WABY is caught in the top-40 battle between WTRY and WPTR. Owner Toni Brady switches to adult contemporary. Lee Gray, then PD of WABY is out a job. However, in his time at WABY, he had impressed people in the market. In February 1964, WTRY General Manager Lee Hartsfield hires Lee Gray to replace Greg Mason. 'Jockey' John Stone is out. Lee Gray starts doing afternoon drive at WTRY. Lee Gray, because of a relationship he developed at WABY with the Beatles takes WTRY to the top. Jock Lineup at start of Lee Gray's tenure was Don Weeks..6-9am...Ed Reilly..9 to noon...Ted 'Rebel' Jones..noon to 3pm....Lee Gray 3 to 7pm...Rick Snyder 7-mid Bill'nightowl' Taylor all nights. Weekends were done by regular disc jockeys on a rotating schedule....and Production Director Bob McClay....and part-timer Joe Condon. Capital Cities Broadcasting's WROW wanted Stan Roberts out of the market. They got him out of the market and hired him too at WKBW. Don Weeks ended up becoming number one in the mornings....beating WGY. To reward Don for his ratings, new General Manager Art Simmers(who came from WPTR), promoted Don to News Director and brought in Bob Connell from WOND, Atlantic City(where Jessica Savitch was working part-time) to become morning man at WTRY. Don Weeks stayed a few months and went over to Channel 13 Television to become weather man and promotions director. Lee Gray, at the time, told me, Don Weeks was the best disc jockey he ever heard or worked with. So, you can imagine how he felt about the entire matter. Art Simmers brought in Bert Sherwood, as Sales Manager. Bert had been a WMCA 'Good Guy'. Left WMCA for WLOB, Portland, Maine to learn sales and management. He came to WTRY from WLOB. What a great radio station WTRY was during that time. Hope this adds another perspective to the story. Joe Condon
Joe Condon <kcondon@netheaven.com>
Albany, NY USA -

This aircheck features the wrath of the buzzard sweeper, Bob Christy would have been the PD. It also features the 2nd Heller package. Station at this time would have had Frank in the morning, Harry Chase and Major Tom mid days, and Magic Christian in afternoon drive....Charlie Fernadez was the night jock. Freeman later ended up for years at WMMS, Charlie Kendall hired him and he was there to the very end of WMMS. He always wanted to open a donut shop.
Lou Josephs <loujosephs@ibcworks.net>
Potomac, MD USA -

Re: Northeast Radio Network Just wanted to let you know that when Pat Robertson bought the IV Radio Network as it was once known, he had a statewide weather round-up in much the same way at 8:15 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. each day. I know as I did the evening report for the Capital District. The network was known as the CBN Radio Network and they had news on the hour, which we carried on WHRL, 103.1 FM, Albany. This was during the period from May of 1969 through March of 1970 when I was at HRL. It actually predated me and was there when I left. I remember it well because a got in trouble a few times when I was bold enough to say when sending it back to Ithaca, 'and now back to the always on time CBN Radio Network.' They didn't like it because I was poking fun at the fact that they rarely started the hourly newscasts or the weather round-up straight up at :00 or :15. What can I say. When I say it's 6 p.m. I mean it's 6 p.m. not 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 45 or more seconds past. Always irritiated me. But back to the weather round-up. I believe the Capital District report from Randy English was from WGY when it was done on the Northeast Radio Network. When we did it at WHRL, I remember we would actually be using the feed from WJIV for the network, when it came time for us to do our segment for the weather round-up, I had to remember to break away from the 'network', then turn on my mike and give the report, then turn off my mike and go back to 'network'. I'm not quite sure how they got our report except I suspect it was picked up off air and probably transmitted through WJIV somehow. Just an added note, when Robertson sold the stations to individual buyers, there was a clause that the stations had to remain religious broadcasters or the stations would default back to Robertson.
Dave DiSisto <ddisist1@nycap.rr.com>
Albany, NY USA -

Thanks ever so much for making available the tributes to Bob Steele. Being in MD for 23 years now, I couldn't listen to the show and this is a special and very moving treat. I grew up with Bob Steele, and I agree with Arnold Dean...he will NEVER be gone. As one tribute put it, the word of the day is adieu....but not 'goodbye'. I don't like final goodbyes, so I'll leave it as 'see you later, Bob. And thank you.' Bob Paine (285 1/2 lbs...plus)
Bob Paine <macandrew@prodigy.net>
Frederick, MD USA -

I am trying to contact Rick Sparks who did the radio station in Punxsutawny Pennsylvania. I was on the radio as a psychic. Back in 1994
M.Dolores Martell-Concanon <martellc@webtv.net>
Creekside, PA USA -

Wow-Ed Brouder sent me a 'DRC aircheck several years ago, but it takes this one to realize exactly how green I sounded in my first year on the air. It's almost embarassing, although without WDRC and WTRY there never would have been WKBW and KLIF, etc. But listening now (or listening as best I can with a 56k modem and a real player that does more re-buffering than actual playing) makes me wonder just what those PDs from my early years heard in me; I sure wouldn't have hired me...then... Anyway, thanks to those who have posted my airchecks. I don't seem to have any from the early years that survived the ages...but it's nice to know that some people out there do. Cheers- =d=
Don Berns <db@drtrance.com>
Toronto, ON Canada -

I did the production hack on the ID. There's a half second breath pause I had to put in, because Chuck Rileys didn't pause correctly on the master tape. The Ballou stuff is great, he really did hang at the old gansett brewery on rte 9. I used to follow Bud on Saturday nights.
Lou Josephs <loujosephs@yahoo.com>
Potomac, MD USA -

Was WTKO a daytimer in 1967? I read a biography of the late newswoman Jessica Savitch (who attended Ithaca College and was in fact a weekend DJ on WBBF Rochester at this time) and it said that as of 1964, there was no Top 40 station in the town broadcasting after sunset, so the students at Ithaca played it on their own on-campus, quasi-closed circuit station.
Paul Duca <tomservo56954@attbi.com>
Whitman, MA USA -

THe Country station in Hartford for many years was WEXT-1550..a daytimer (at least then) that never seemed to get any appreciable ratings. Nowadays they are a Radio Disney affiliate...WDZK...which I can sometimes catch on skywave right below the NYC Disney affiliate WQEW-1560. Country Radio seemed to do much better on WWYZ-92.5
Lew White <LEWISMW@aol.com>
Rockaway, NJ USA -

Hey Rick, your selections get better all the time. Listening to Ken Gilbert on Wacky 102 brought back more memories. The Steele tribute - what can I say, it was a surprisingly good thing for WTIC to do and it was very tasteful. As usual, you were right on top of it. My favorite though is the CKLW reunion. You got it before I did, but as long as it got posted somewhere I'm thrilled - its the best thing we've heard in a very long time! By the way, you have a lot of material from Cary Pall. I don't know Cary, but I found out that he programmed our sister station here in Memphis, Star 98 a few years ago. I was... shocked since he's so well known. I work for Star's sister stations Kix 106 and Smooth Jazz 98.9 across the hall. So its a strange coincidence. Next time you talk to Cary, say hi for me. Keep up the great work. I'm listening regularly! Steve (Sawyer) West - same guy in your WHAI aircheck that doesn't work anymore, LOL Millington, TN
Steve West <stevewest106@hotmail.com>
Millington, TN USA -

I love this site, because it has the Greaseman and Rick Kelly on some great radio stations, I love that site.
Derrick Anderson <DLAnderson2003@aol.com>
LaFollette, TN USA -

12/30/02-Just been introduced to your site and look forward to taking the time to listen, especially since I grew up with Boston's Bob & Ray and used to replicate their skits in home room period at high school with a friend who married their pianist's daughter. I also worked at WHDH as talent and as a radio news writer-editor. Also worked maybe a dozen others as talent. I'd like you (and your visitors) to know about The Media Gang. We are a roster of about 500 (currently -- it changes constantly) retired and veteran members of the media (print as well), arts and theatre, PR, Publicity and Marketing, the advertising and production commuinities, and virtually any career field related to all the aforementioned -- with membership extending from owner/managers to the most menial of positions -- mostly the Boston market but including anyone who wants to join us from throughout New England. Twice a year (a May Wednesday and an October Saturday) we get together for a Nostalgia Brunch/Lunch someplace where the price won't be too steep and the parking is free. For the sake of our retirees, it's a lunch so they can have the comfort of daylight hours for driving -- and I always try to assure that they can return to the highway to head home without fear of jumping into traffic already speeding past at 50-60 mph. Most members were recruited because others proposed them and had a way for me to reach them. Others are welcome -- but I do insist on at least a thumbnail showing qualification for the roster. It's NOT a networking thing -- it's a Nostalgia thing. I issue four picture-filled mailings per year -- one each announcing and one each reporting the gatherings. I also send news of members of our roster occasionally via e-mail, ranging from public appearances, air interviews, new jobs, to illnesses, recoveries, and obits. I'll send a few mailings to anybody qualified, but at a certain point, unless I receive a $5.00 check, or they attend a luncheon (it's built into the ticket price), they'll be dropped from the list. It's not a money-maker -- I just want to break even in the end. E-mail contacts (with thumbnail bio and snail mail address) are welcome -- LenZola@aol.com -- but the subject MUST be 'The Media Gang' -- I generally do not open mail from strangers, especially with attachments -- enough viruses have visited my PC that I hit the delete key without hesitation.
Len Zola
Framingham, MA USA -

WIBG/WZZD I lived in Phila. from 1977-1983. The WZZD (disco) format lasted longer than a year. I have surveys from 1980 and I think that they rocked until 1981 or 1982.
Steven Green <peppertree5706@hotmail.com>
Austin, Tx USA -

Hadn't you space to include the facts that Bob & Ray, Leo Egan and Fred B Cole were on this batch of goodies? Some of the MOST famous voices ever in Boston -- moreso or at least on an equal par with those you did mention on-screen.
Leonard Zola <LenZola@aol.com>
Framingham, MA USA -

I just wanted to make you aware, in case you weren't already, that the 1975 WPOP Montage which Roger Fenn supplied to you (and which Roger obtained from me), is actually a creation of fellow aircheck purveyor Ed Brouder a/k/a Man From Mars.
Lee Gordon <dleegordon@compuserve.com>
West Hartford, CT USA -

The Arnie Ginsburg,Jerry Williams tape is excellent. I lived in Connecticut,but went to the WMEX studios for many years and new Mac AND DICK RICHMOND.I ALSO KNOW ARNIE GINSBURG.PLEASE CONTACT ME
skip Mckee <hoglet@prodigy.net>
middletown, ct USA -


I grew up listening to his radio station every morning... and went to Sunday School on Sunday's right after his childrens program, and by the way... he is responsible for teaching me how to whistle...! Imagine... Sure was glad to hear his voice on the snowy mornings... and eagerly waited for his announcement for the school closings.! PJ
Pam Canfield <superthread16@alltel.net>
Columbus, NC USA -

I never was crazy about Shadoe, but he executes the 'Drake Format' superbly there!
Bill Kelly <radiofun@juno.com>

99X airchecks: I forgot how great they sounded. Back then 99X and prior WXLO and WOR-FM were never my first choice, but I turned to them during news breaks or bad songs or 'WABC editorial commentaries.' 99X was really good and wish that I listened more often. Thanks for the memory.
Steven Green <peppertree5706@hotmail.com>
Austin, Tx USA -

A very fitting tribute to a TRUE RADIO LEGEND... My first radio listening experience was listening to Bob Steele with my Dad, in the car... One of the first 'songs' I ever liked as a kid was played alot by Mr. Steele... 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport' by the same singer that did Steele's favorite 'Two Buffalos' (Rolf Harris) Thanks for posting a wonderful tribute to not only a NEW ENGLAND LEGEND, but an ALL TIME RADIO LEGEND...
Jim 'Kaye' Knapp <bigtunaunk@attbi.com>
Agawam, MA USA -

Segments on the passing of Bob Steele are truly wonderful. I wonder if WTIC is making the entire tribute available on CD.
Dave DiSisto <ddisist1@nycap.rr.com>
Albany, NY USA -

I too grew up in the '50s listening to Steele especially for school closings. We could see the 'TIC towers from home in West Hartford. I was curious about them and radio when I was a kid. Thus I chose broadcasting as a hobby and career.
Roger Fenn <rqfenn@yahoo.com>
Brunswick, ME USA -

Love hearing these jingles and promos I grew up listening to. Nice job!
Ed Reilly <Ereilly777@hotmail.com>
Greenwich, NY USA -

All I can say is OMG! The site is amazing, I made my first stop by today and will be comimg by often..I loved everything I listened to, you do a great job Rick!
Walker Kelly <Walker@wnjl.com>
NOrwich, CT USA -

Dan Ingram 1970: Ah summertime memories; no school means four hours of Ingram every afternoon six days a week. Wow, great. This tape was probably from June before school was out but it is close enough to summer. I love it, Ah grand.
Steven Green <peppertree5706@hotmail.com>
Austin, TX USA -

Living down on Long Island at the time..I grew up listening to Dan Ingram. I loved the whole WABC crew. They were THE BEST back in the 60s. Many years later..I got a chance to anchor the morning news at WABC..as a part of the News/Talk format. The only reminder of the GREAT old WABC music days was Johnny Donovan..a real swell guy who still works production there for WABC and Rush. PR 12/02
Peter Rief <rief@nycap.rr.com>
Saratoga, NY USA -

I really enjoyed listening to the clips of John Garabedian & Bud Ballou. It brought back a lot of memories. I worked with both John & Bud at WMEX (Mac Richmond hired me). I later did some work at WVBF with Bud and we continued our relationship up until his death in 1977. Those years were the best!
Barbara Chace <Khaja_afghans@msn.com>
Kirkland, WA USA -

Rick and Cary: Thanks so much for providing the CKLW reunion. It's very interesting to listen to how the station has changed over the years. Cary...what can I say? You still rock.
Hollie <hollie1216@cox.net>
New Orleans, LA USA -

11/13/02: In reply to Tom Swift's comments about the Sandy Beach aircheck, the point is to present a snapshot of radio the way it was. That's why to as much extent as possible for example, I leave commericals in these airchecks. My favorite part of this aircheck is the spot for the Rock and Roll hits album, that was obviously a per inquiry spot... the station got some kind of commission whenever someone ordered the album. It was typical of spots that ran on all night shows of stations across the country -- and was a part of radio listening in the 60's and 70's. I guess what I'm saying is this aircheck -- all the airchecks on this site (and all the other great aircheck sites) -- and the nostalgia to hear that kind of old radio IS the point.
Rick Kelly

Re: Sandy Beach clip Legend? No just old. 20 minutes of commercials and 2 minutes of 'the other guy isn't here.' What's the point?
Tom Swift

What an impact CKLW had on me when just twenty some odd.... I was in the Grand Bend area (Ontario) one summer and picked up the signal. Being from Barrie ON, (out of the listening area), I could not receive the signal. However, while frequenting the Sauble Beach area on Lake Huron I was able to always tune in. The power of the sound,jocks,news, and jingles have stuck in my mind and what a trip to revisit that era. Thanks to all participants and the Big8 nostalgia link that pointed me in the right direction good stuff and much success..
Dennis <dgilchrist@georgianc.on.ca>
Barrie , ON Canada -

Very nostalgic.I was in my early teens when that was broadcast and I used to do my homework listening to Bud broadcast.The pirate radio scene in Britain was really original and exciting.Thanks for a superb site.
Richard Gibson <richardgibson@ntlworld.com>
near Stonehenge, England -

That was so great. I listened to CKLW as a kid growing up in Flint, MI. I used to rig antennas all over the place to tune it in during the daytime. I hope that the 1 hour special will air in the US or will be available to purchse. Thanks for the wonderful memories.
David Phillips <dlphill@swbell.net>
Houston, TX USA -

Just found this composite from mylast days as WAVZ PD. I was blessed with really good young guys who loved radio. Of course having one of the finest studios in New England helped me attract those guys. Thanks for this great flashback!
John Long <oidarman@aol.com>
Columbus, Ga USA -

my brother dana wayne whitten use to be a dj for waby back in the 50's. he now resides in elpaso tx. he sent me a tape of the dana wayne story from back then. he was on the air from midnite to six in the morning.his friend then made the recording.he siad it became most requested in 59. if i am right.do you's still have a tape of that. i would like to know. sincerly keith whitten
keith whitten <casket38@aol.com>
albany, ny USA -

Although I live not too far from Detroit, I was born in 1980 and, regrettably, missed the magic that was the Big 8. However, I did get to hear the reunion when it was re-aired on CKLW (which now calls itself 'AM 800, The Information Station') on 11/03. I enjoyed learning more about this radio legend and hearing some airchecks, some sample '20/20' newscasts, and of course, the jingles and some of the hit music that was played on the 'Big 8.' I especially liked the jingles, which were so colorful (especially the pre-'Big 8' 'Radio Eight-Oh' jingles) compared with the colorless sound bites most stations use these days. Since I'm a fan of oldies music, I have an interest in classic top 40 radio, and think that many of today's so-called 'CHR' stations could take a hint from the way top 40 radio was done in those days. Those stations really knew how to relate to their listeners in a way that stations of today, with all their emphasis on voicetracking, cyberjocking, and sacrificing quality to save the bottom line, just can't. My dad used to have one of the record albums that CKLW issued way back when; maybe I'll see if I can find it!

Connecticut Dragway and New England Dragway ads Anyone know where I could buy radio airchecks,or ads(1960's) of these two tracks?Thanks for any info......Dennis
Dennis H. Pateras <mapateras@aol.com>
N.Quincy, mass. USA -

[94] Thanks for posting the CKLW Reunion show on your site. I was unable to hear it when it was broadcast because I was out of town. Many thanks for the memories!!!!!
Gary Pecherkiewicz <gary@gary.net>
Macedonia, Ohio USA -

[95] I just listened to the skim of Cary Pall on 99X. Now, THAT's the way it oughtta be done! It's what I tried to do at K104 for a few years but, well, you know, radio ain't the same n'more.
Chaos <seagull03@fuse.net>
Cincinnati, OH USA -

[96] Listened to the 1st 3 segments of the CKLW reunion. It's really great! Looking foward to hearing the rest. Please, keep all the segments on your website permanently. Thanks.
Thomas Baird <upanddown17@hotmail.com>
Traverse City, MI USA -

[97] I remember that version of CBS-FM very well, and listened often from the fall of 69 to late 70. THe jingles were among the best I ever heard anywhere, and the music was great; not quite as remote as what NEW was doing; a bit more mainstream, but not Top 40 either. Great jocks, not only LEwis and Clark,m but Bill Brown, Bobby Wayne, Steve O Shea, Gus Gossert, and more. 'You and your head are coredially invited to attend Bill Brown comin on now WCBS FM. 'Yher's a whole lot of Friday going on' New York is something that you've got to hear' Great station; one of the best ever!
John Belfi <JBelfi@Pamida.com>
Omaha, USA -

[98] Awesome!!
Timmy Weekend <AlbanyAMS@aol.com>
Latham, NY USA -

[99] This composite was actually put together by Peter Mokover for Pete Fornatale. It was used in a multimedia history of NY radio. So many people have this tape. so few know Peter put it together. It is just as good today as it was when I first heard it over 25 years ago. Geoff Fox
Geoff Fox <me@geofffox.com>
Hamden, ct USA -

[100] I am listening to the Bill St. John aircheck, who is Maxman Kinkel. He sounds like him but more quiet, I liked the screaming part better that was on wcbs, miss my MAXMAN ):
Mary <babylou2121@aol.com>
Staten is, NY USA -

[101] Wow the memories. Great to hear that again.
Ray Weber <weather@ndws.com>

Wow, nice to hear that one again, and see Rick and Jim still around. I have known Jim since Jr.High days, and traded records for years with him. My radio station employment was limited since I found other work that paid better and was easier :)) Did work some part time at WTXL in their heyday however. Good work everyone, keep them coming. Sure brings back many good memories of inside the studios at WAQY. Ray
Ray Weber <weather@ndws.com>
West Springfield, MA USA -

[102] I worked at WTRY doing news from 1967-1970 and this aircheck of Jay Clark (he was a good friend of mine, he actually helped me get the job) from 1969 sent chills up my spine. I hadn't heard anything from WTRY (60's) for 30 years and it all came back to me. I worked news a lot of nights and did the midnight news as part of it. I kept wondering if I would show up at midnight(about 7/18/69), but it was Bob Noble not me. I just happen to stumple onto this website...never thinking there was anything like this. I was involved with radio through 1993 working at Rochester stations and my hometown station WBTA. The airchecks are great.
Wayne Fuller <wayneetw@eznet.net>
Batavia, NY USA -

someone sent me this webpage, I just listened to Bob Lewis when wcbsFM was before oldies. It brings back memories Miss that DJ alot. Is Steve Clark alive?
Mary <babylou2121@aol.com>
Staten IS, NY USA -

I came across this by accident, wow! I found out where some friends I've lost contact with are, Bill Lenke<>
Bob Estes <restes@metrocast.net>
Tilton, NH USA -

My God Rick!!! I NEVER thought I'd hear an aircheck of little grave yarder WTXL in W. Springfield, MA. Of course, they didn't have a chance at all against big 5 thousand watt WHYN down at 560 at the bottom end of the AM dial, which even made it all the way back to the Boston area and the Perkins School for the blind in Watertown where I attended school. But I had a good friend who lived right in West Springfield, and one Friday night in September of 1967, my friend Jeff and I discovered together that WTXL was rocking. He hadn't listened to the station much, and he was very surprised to see that it was going up against WHYN. In fact, Jackie Wilson's Higher and Higher and the Rose Garden's Next Plane to London will always make me think of that station. For some reason, I was really taken with their jingles, which happened to be a package from Peppersound Studios in Memphis called the Fast Pack. Most of the introductions are actually edited out of the jingles to make them a little shorter. Anyway, after hearing the station during that first weekend, I wrote to them and asked them if they could tell me who recorded their jingles, and they gave me Peppersound's address. I wrote to Peppersound studios, and within a week of writing, I had the WTXL jingles in my posession. This is only the second jingle package that I had in my collection at the very beginning of my jingle collecting days. I honestly never expected I'd ever find anyone with a WTXL aircheck. Now all I have to find is someone with some tapes of WEMJ in Laconia, NH also on 1490. Sam Ward
Sam Ward <samward54@idirect.ca>
Georgetown, ON Canada -

Northeast Time Tunnel was great ... but too, too short. A nice assortment. Loved the Echo Lounge spot ... has anybody got a spot for the Telephone Lounge 'where the gals call the guys!' featuring telephones on each table. It still makes my sister break up laughing when I re-create this segment: [RING] '(cautious) Hello.' '(sultry voice) Care to dance?' '(extreme excitement) 'I'll be *right over*!' How about Fenway's gorilla beating him up when he ran out of bananas and tried to subsitute yellow paper, Jefferson Kay's Hootenany, the 'Good Guys hit wave' jingle, and ... the old WMEX sign-off Sundays at midnight running over 'I'll See You in my Dreams' featuring '5,000 magnificent watts'?
Michael Litant <litant@yahoo.com>
San Francisco, CA USA -

Thanks to Mike Morgan at Albany Broadcasting, I just found your site! As a major WPTR/WTRY fan, I love it! Noticed that you have WPJB/Providence airchecks. How about some PRO-FM (afterall, they were the #1 station)!Love the site.
Gary Berkowitz <gary@garyberk.com>
Detroit, MI USA -

By the way...I am speaking of the one and only Ken McGrail...A good guy to work for...:)
Jesse <stbilly@nycap.rr.com>
Saratoga Springs, NY USA -

My Pal Kenny! I had a gas working for him in upstate NY...we were double Qing all over Capitol Land and the comp knew it, That's why they ripped us off!!! Ken was a good guy to work for and i would again if I could, so i dont know what some peeps on this site are talking about...Kenny, Black Velvet Greetings to you Bro! ...Jessman
Jesse <stbilly@nycap.rr.com>
Saratoga Springs, NY USA -

Any KHJ 'check from this era is a treat, but this one seems to be a slightly quirky rarity because of the unconventional things going on during the IDs at the bottom and top of the hour---the standard Bill Drake-voiced announcement is missing, and we go directly from the normal Drake series 2 rum-pum intro...to a 'The Real Don Steele' acapella...to a 'KHJ/Los Angeles' acapella. This may be tough question to answer, but any idea why this odd sequence was being used on this day? Other 1970 KHJ airchecks (i.e. at Reel Ricky's) suggest that the standard sequence during this era was...rum-pum...Drake with 'Ladies and Gentlemen...' (or 'And the Hits...'), then the 'KHJ/Los Angeles' acapella. Cheers.
Mark Ogden <mark.o@virgin.net>
London, UK -

When living in NJ i had the opportunity to have the job W/ Sylvan Pools Co of doing the initial startup and Training for Dan on his Pool in Oyster bay Long Island. This took place about 3 hrs before he went on the air that day..He was the dullest person i ever met. Most of his comments consisted of 'uhhh'.. Nice guy but not really on till he got on the air.
Bill Schaefer <misters2u@hotmail.com>
East Worcester , ny USA -

Hi - I'm looking for an old friend, he worked at WAQY in the early (automated) days around 1971, named Mr. Bill Cleveland. Can anybody help me locate him? Thanks Steve Defoe
Steve Defoe <mondello1@aol.com>
Collinsville, CT USA -

Jim Rivers didn't program WKQQ in Lexington, KY, but WKQQ's AM sister station WBLG (which was an AC station). Jim hired me as night guy at WBLG in 1977. He was a great boss and an excellent air talent (he did mornings). Shortly thereafter Jim left commercial radio for a job at the University of Kentucky where, among other things, he produced and hosted a taped radio show of an agricultural nature. When I went to Lexington's legacy country station (WAXU) in 1979, I had Jim come in and cut some IDs and DJ intros. Jim also worked at WKLO in Louisville in the late '60s; I still have an aircheck of one of his smokin' shows there.
Ted Tatman
Charleston, SC USA -

I couldn't help but laugh at the bouncing paycheck schtick in the Shovan aircheck. HW was no better in the 80's when I worked there. Still, I loved that radio station and the people associated with it over the years, from when I was a young fan, through the six years I worked there. If only it could be restored back to the Tom Durfey era.
RonSheehan <rsheeham@carolina.rr.com>
Matthews, NC USA -

I enjoy your 1976 aircheck. The ad mentioning a place on route 66 caught my attention since I'm a fan of the route 66 from Chicago to L.A. I hope you'll change your mind and keep the aircheck on your website permamently. The time period brings back that era for me. Have a nice day.
Thomas Baird <upanddown17@hotmail.com>
Traverse City, MI USA -

Hi! Rick-Great to see another good site for radio airchecks! Anyone interested in seeing pictures of some of the deejays (like those at WABC, WOR fm, etc. as well as WestCoast's Robert W. Morgan with the Monkees)please check out the Classic Radio pages of my nostalgia site. Hope you enjoy them.
Marisa Suttile

 as soon as I hear em, I'll have a comment! Looking forward to them. I'm the manager of a radio museum in NJ.
carl van orden <carlvanorden@webtv.net>
Honesdale, PA USA -

Hey Rick, sounding GREAT on New HUC! Now I see why you loved this station so much, it WAS a great station! Why only post it for a limited time, keep it there for us!
Steve Sawyer <stevewest106@hotmail.com>
Memphis, TN USA -

DAN INGRAM ! This is the reason I got into radio, This is without a doubt one of the best I've heard, Of couse Kemo Sobee, It's Dan INGRAM on WABC Ding ! Thanks for this one .
Boogie Bob O'Neal <Capt.Bob7@juno.com>
Latham, NY USA -

This is great! I have an aircheck of Arthur Godfrey doing mornings on WJSV in Washington, D.C., and entire morning show, from 1939. It may be too long to submit all of it, but maybe you'd like to hear some of it. (?)

Jay: Yes, we did play the records at speeds higher than 33 1/3 or 45 rpm. The decision on how fast was made on a record by record basis: some sounded better really fast, up to 49 RPM, and others were played at normal speed, whatever sounded better. We did not have variable speed turntables, so Gary (Mitchell) Zoefeld would put splicing tape on the turntable capstans. Crude, but it worked! Glad you enjoy the site!
Rick Kelly

Rick - is that HUC aircheck 'flying' or did you guys speed up your records?? Some sound close to normal speed, others (like Charlie Rich & Hamilton Joe Frank & Reynolds) are out of control! Man what an aircheck! I remember fondly the network news feeds had that 'long lines' audio, too. Thanks for all the memories and a great website!
Jay Fink <bigie203@optonline.net>

I am especially seeking airchecks from Maine and New Hampshire stations from the '50's, 60's and early '70's. Particularly WJAB from Portland, WABI in Bangor and WSKW in Skowhegan, ME. I would love to hear these gems.
Steven Roberts <middlekid@adelphia.net>
Waterville, ME USA -

I suspect you are correct that this is not a real aircheck of Ken Barlow on WCFR, the 'Sconnix Group' owners would have frowned on that style of delivery, we were instructed to make the jocks sound 'friendly and free' (whatever the heck that meant)...the laughable slogan of the station's jingle package at the time. ;-) I was the PD there at the time, and Ken subbed a short time at the station after he was fired from WDOT in Burlington. A great guy, I've gotta call him up and get him up to Montreal for a little day trip sometime soon...
Gary Wheelock <GWheelock53@aol.com>
Burlington, VT USA -

Mark was the man!!! He helped start me off in radio, and with his help I had quite a few years of working at some pretty decent stations in NC. You really need him to post some of his WALY morning airchecks. I really enjoyed listening to him.
Larry Kuzniak <lkuzniak@aol.com>
Yuma, AZ USA -

Wow... what great air checks of WLFH and WALY. I spent my first years with a radio in Herkimer listening to those guys. How awesome !! Great stuff for those stations...
Tom Rooney <TTOTLR@aol.com>
Ossining, NY USA -

Thanks for the great 'link' you gave me. It's really appreciated.
Jack Gale <jackgale@adelphia.net>
Palm City, Fl USA -

Great aircheck. Gotta love that weather jingle! The first I've heard like that.

Rick: What a kick to hear this! I produced this sometime in the late 1970s. It is an unfinished tribute to WPOP prompted by their switch from music to news in June, 1975. I don't know Roger Penn but this version is upcut--there was a jingle montage at the beginning; this dub also sounds slightly off-speed (slow). There are a couple of other versions floating around but the piece itself remains unfinished. Many of these clips are on my WPOP web site.
Ed Brouder <brouder@grolen.com>
Manchester, NH USA -

I worked with Jay at KUPD in Phoenix in 1977-79 just between Scotty Brink and John Sabastian. We lost a great talent from the industry!
Don Cristi <dcristi@mindspring.com>

 Rick! THANKS for posting the WPOP montage... besides WDRC, I loved listening to WPOP back in the 60's-early 70's... and, like Big D, they had a huge playlist (I remember a top 70 playlist!!!) and... I remember listening to JOEY REYNOLDS one week on WPOP, then the next he was over on WDRC! THOSE were THE DAYS!
Jim (Kaye) Knapp <bigtunaunk@attbi.com>
Agawam, MA USA -

A time warp! I was working at JB 105's AM sister, WEAN, an all-news station, during JB's heyday in the mid-'70s. What ever became of Mickey Ashworth, anyway?
Steve Bousquet <bousquet@sptimes.com>
Tallahassee, FL USA -

 Great site!!!
Jim Long <jim@onemusic.com>
Malibu, CA USA -

Re:Johnny Tripp on WFEA Manchester NH 1971. (21:14) Contributor Steve Ordinetz
Researching the news and the Patriots score, this was Sunday November 28, 1971. The hijacked flight was TWA 106 from ABQ to ORD on 11/17/71. I grew up in MHT and this was a wonderful, nostalgic trip back home - I remember Tripp very well. He was famous for saying 'Some nut just called and said, John...' You never knew what would be next. Thanks for a great aircheck.
Steve Caisse <steve@valuweb.com>
Atlanta, GA USA -

Thank you for the great site, specifically the Bob Lewis/Steve Clark WCBS-FM aircheck. I would love to hear: 1. any other pre-oldies WCBS-FM aircheck and 2. any airchecks from WABC-FM thanks.
kevin goldman <kevg54@aol.com>
new york , ny USA -

The 'Ghost of Radio Past' montage of New York radio was produced by me, Peter Mokover. I put it together as part of an audio/visual presentation abour radio that I did with Pete Fornatale (of WNEW-FM at the time) and another friend of his who did the visuals. Several other people have taken credit for this production over the years but I am the one and only producer of it. I'm not looking for anything other than proper credit. Thanks.
Peter Mokover <Peter@Mokover.com>
Cherry Hill, NJ USA -

Great aircheck, brings back memories of my days at Grahm Jr. Currently News and Program Director at WBEC in Pittsfield.
Mark Powell <mlp1014@aol.com>
washington, ma USA -

Thanks for the Boston Time Tunnel -- brings back lots and lots of memories. I only wish that it went back a few more years into 50's -- if anyone has them, I'd love to hear some clips from WORL, and also the 'Live Five' days at WBZ/A.
Jay Fox <jay@wsit.com>
Palo Alto, CA USA -

Got wind of your site in Today's NY Times 'Circuits' section. I'm just shy of 46 yeard old, but nevertheless, what a flood of memories from your NYC Montage of airchecks. It reminded me of what a special time it was and all those great voices from the past who got us through them. Thank you! Any airchecks from WNEW (those great promos) or CBS News Radio: 'World News Roundup' with Dallas Townsend or 'The World Tonight' with Douglas Edwards or Lowell Thomas...Thanks again for preserving these wonderful memories!
Dan Forte <dforte1@optonline.net>
West NY, NJ USA -

that was great i will put some of my air check together and send you somthing thank you Dennis
Dennis DeNapoli <denapoli137@wmconnect.com>
brockton, ma USA -

The 1959 WROW jingles are from a package that WADO New York also used -- equally brefly -- before going Spanish (of course, altered to its needs). Good stuff, especially since I never knew about this era. 'Radio Row on the go,' indeed!
Doug Broda <dbroda@nycap.rr.com>
Troy, NY USA -

Do you know how many years I've been looking for this news sounder??? Way back when, must've been as far back as '71, someone told me it was from something called 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg' (I assume that's a movie), but I myself have never been able to find it...Well, if I can't have a clean copy of it for my own collection, at least I know where I can now and again HEAR it!!!!!! Great site; I'll be back to hear what I couldn't get to this time!!!! Regards, Mark B.
Mark S. Blitz <k6msb@dslexxtreme.com (drop an x for me)>
Pico Rivera, CA USA -

Great to hear the Bob Swenson collection of Boston dj's, thanks!! Would he also have Norm Prescott at WORL in the early-50's? Alan Dary's 'Dary-Go-Round' was on 'ORL then, so was Hank Forbes and Bob Swan's 'Swanboat' (morning drive) I'm particularly interested in Norm's custom theme: 'Come one, come all, we can really have a ball....' on WORL 950AM, perhaps Bob has an aircheck of Norm's show opening with the theme? There are several other Boston and NYC dj's to locate from the 1950's and 60's, perhaps if Bob could respond or direct me to reliable aircheck collectors. Thanks for the reply. oldradio@earthlink.net
Russ Butler <oldradio@earthlink.net>
Reno, NV USA -

That Charlie Kendall aircheck is wild! I had no idea he used to be all goofy like that. I remember him vividly from the 80s doing a syndicated show called Metal Shop where he played heavy metal. Imagine my shock when a month ago wmy wife and I were driving through Phoenix, AZ and heard charlie doing an afternoon shift on 93.3 KDKB in Phoenix.
bob Kanish
San Diego, CA USA -

I'll share a very funny Jim Rising story with you. I was working with Jim at WHYN, Springfield back in 1976 when he was doing mornings and I was working swing shifts. Jim gave his notice to leave and go to another Springfield station (WAQY I think). Bob Charest, Program Director at the time, told Jim that while he worked out his notice, he couldn't use his name on the air. Jim agreed, but what he also didn't use on the air were the call letters. He did his whole morning show without once saying WHYN or 56-HYN. Jim wasn't on the air the next morning :-)
Bill Shane <ShaneBill@aol.com>
Naples, FL USA -

Regarding air names at WFEA in Manchester, NH in the early and mid 70's, they also had the infamous Chuck Roast and Hammond Egger.
Bill Shane <ShaneBill@aol.com>
Naples, FL USA -

I wonder if he was unhappy about getting fired...
joe nerney <jnerney@snet.net>
new hartford, Ct. USA -

How did I miss WROW being CHR in the late 50's? I don't know but I did. Not a bad jingle package. I do remember WROW (Beautiful music) and WTRY (Top 40) switching formats around 1964 for one or two days. Also, is the Geoff Davis on WROW that one who was a mainstay at WOKO Albany for days or the one who later did mornings at WGY Schenectady?
Dave DiSisto <ddisist1@nycap.rr.com>
Albany, NY USA -

I wonder how many remember WROW was the first property of Capiton Cities Broadcacting, founder by, among other Lowell Thomas, probably the premier newscaster and commintator of his day (See the movie 'Lawrence of Arabia and Lowell Thomas Mews). The company became so successful it actulally bought the ABC Network and adventually Disney Corporation and assumed that name.
Rick <minn1998@aol.com>
Twin Cities, MN USA -

Just in case anyone is wondering about any John Clark airchecks from wpyx->wqbk>wylr->wxle and then back to wpyx,I'm holding them ,waiting for the highest bid's!lol
Dennis Knight <Knightmarezz@hotmail.com>
albany, ny USA -

As a former Grahm dude it was great to hear some of the old 95 BBF I grew up with. Does anybody know where we can catch some old shows of Tommy Nash?
Tom Sanfilippo <MPH_300@yahoo.com>
Buffalo, NY USA -

I worked with Lee Roberts at WAVZ New Haven in 1977/78. Always a pro. What a bitch it must have been at TIC-FM back selling everything and then jingling into next song, but I'm not surprised Lee makes it sound easy. Haven't seen Lee since late 80's, but I do know he said 'bye-bye' to radio around that time.
Bill Shane <ShaneBill@aol.com>
Naples, FL USA -

Wish I had more of WDOT, Russ! -Rick
Rick Kelly <rick@northeastairchecks.com>

Listening to the Rod Hill, WDOT aircheck...Hi Rod! and Hello to your Dad, we worked together at the BSBank. Would love to have an e-mail from either of you. Also, do you have any Charlie Cusimano (his radio name I've forgotten) from WDOT in the same era on this web site? Thanks.
Russ Butler <oldradio@earthlink.net>
Reno, NV USA -

Being a born and raised Rochesterian and jock at WROC and WSAY I am very aware of Jim. This aircheck brings back a flood of memories. BBF never sounded better than it did during the Cary Pall days.
VanO <mmapromo@hotmail.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA -

I have reel-to-reel tapes from WORC 1310 in Worcester, Ma. Mel Miller,Jonney Gardner and other jocks all unscoped. If you are interested let me know. Bob Swenson
Bob Swenson <bobbobswenson@netscape.net>
worcester, Ma USA -

Dennis Jackson's offerings are AWESOME!!! What memories they evoke! Keep up the good work Mr. Jackson. If we can't return to those 'GOLDEN DAYS'in reality, then this is the next best thing to it.
Nancy A. Fowler <nanrick@juno.com>

This may be a dumb question. We used to have a Lee Roberts on Rock 107 (WRCK-FM). Would this be him? Late 79 ealy 80's? This is a KILLER aircheck. Why can't radio sound like this today?
buddmoney <buddmoney>
Tampa, FL USA -

I well remember all the format changes on WNNNNNBC. Most were forgettable and this was really no exception.
Wayne Scott
Ridgeland, MS USA -

Great to hear that Jim Rising aircheck from WCFR. I worked for Jim doing weekends there. Very shortly after that aircheck was recorded Jim was brought over to the original Sconnix Station WLNH am/fm where he was PD & morning man.He then went to AM Drive at WHYN and to Wilks-Schwartz WAQY/WIXY...but he should probably BEST be remembered for going to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's WBRE & taking it 'worst to 1st' as KRZ....which has had incredible dominance in that market since the early 80's.
Lew White <LEWISMW@aol.com>
Rockaway, NJ USA -

Very, very cool! I interned at WFBL in 1980 and spent most of that year working at the station, soaking it all in. Hearing those old jingles and Dave Laird's airchecks really brought it all back home!
Mike Lisi <mlisi@nycap.rr.com>
Clifton Park, NY USA -

Is the Tom Casey who's real name is Tom Calococci?
rikk idol <kato77@hotmail.com>
phoenix, az USA -

Just a question. Looking for the name of a station manager at WOKO back in the late 60's, early 70s' I know he is passed away, was a friend ofmy mothers. All I can seem to remember is Mr. Merle? Istill have tons of those old WOKO promotion albums! thanks.
Tracey <tduggan@hotmail.com>
Clarksville, TN USA -

Broadway Bill Lee = The KING of Radio!!! Now I know why. After hearing that aircheck, he has definitely earned that title. I work on radio and I try to model my show after him. He's the man!! No question about it. PEACE!!!!!!!!
Paulie Jensen <djpaulyfeva@hotmail.com>
Yorktown Heights, NY USA -

This is the best aircheck of this site! Wink Wink Rick! I recogonize the jingle package. We used that package at Rock 107 (WRCK-FM) in Utica. Sounds great! Check out my site for some of my airchecks from 107 in the early 90's Love your site Rick!
Budd' Money 'Yeman <buddmoney@aol.com>
Tampa, FL USA -

--Hate to correct you Dennis.... I think it was actually a Gates BC1T (with a 250GY backup). All I remember is that we used to go thru modulation transformers and a pair of 833's every few months. I believe the unit is still in service as a backup on 1390/WKDR. Dennis had the Inovonics unit set to 'OH WOW!'.We were the loudest thing on the dial. I'm not even sure you needed a radio to listen. Glad to see the interest in the Old 14/WDOT. Love to hear from any former staffers. Looking for pictures, airchecks, jingles. If I can get enough stuff I'll put a tribute site up...
Rod Hill <ROD@AOL.COM>
Burlington, VT USA -

It was a kick hearing my father's (Norm Nathan) voice again. Thanks so much!
Sonja Nathan <sojonb@mediaone.net>

Absolutely AMAZING to hear this clip! Despite the poor recording quality, you can still recognise Howie's voice. I produced shows for him in during the Radio London recreations of Big L 2000 and 2001. He hasn't changed that much since 1967 - he just doesn't talk quite so fast these days! Howie describes Radio Caroline as the only radio station he's ever worked on that got towed away! This happened in March 1968. You can read his account of being aboard the Mi Amigo that fateful day in the Caroline section of my website. It's quite a story!
Mary Payne <mary@radiolondon.co.uk>
Stoke Mandeville, , UK - -

Pete Salant has the ear! The Rod Hill-on-WDOT aircheck was through the airchain of an Audimax at the studio, and our brand new Inovonics 530 Multiband Whatever-It-Was (AGC/Limiter, I think they called it, and it was the first affordable multiband processor) feeding our Gates BC-1G at the xmtr. That unit made the strings in Kenny Rogers' 'She Believes In Me' sound like a Miss Tony Fisher rekkid! WDOT Owner Bill Hunter (also owned the Mighty 1550 - WBAZ) was kind enough to donate that Inovonics unit to us at 850/WREF when we put it on in 1985. However, our Gates Level Devil into a Urei BL-40 beat the pants off it, monoband or not. Benny Goodman never rocked so hard!
Dennis Jackson <dj@broadcast.net>

Thanks for the WXKW Troy jingles. I was Soul Brother Dave Dee back during the 'Soul' days. I fully agree a lot of different formats in its short history: Beautiful music, middle of the road, middle of the rock with old time radio shows, R'n B, C&W, precursor to soft rock. I did the last 3 hour show before the station ceased operation on May 5, 1966. I'd be more than happy to add a link to your site on the Radio and TV page of my site. Just send me an appropriate graphic to use for this purpose.
Dave DiSisto <ddisist1@nycap.rr.com>
Albany, NY USA -

I'm glad I found your site. The WAVZ aircheck hits home for me. I grew up with WAVZ. I was an intern for Pete Salant in 1977 and I also worked with Lee Roberts. Franco WQGN New London Ct.
Franco <franco@francointhemorning.com>
Waterford, Ct. USA -

The jingles are chuck blore. I was a college student just learning the biz at this time, so I knew Bob Wayne at CBS FM. Gus Gossert was the PD. Sad, but the only voice on this tape still with us is Steve Clark.
Lou Josephs <Lou Josephs@hotmail.com>
Potomac, Md USA -

The Bud Ballou aircheck comes from a station presentation. It has the Framingham-Boston Heller ID. Heller did the jingles for all the Fairbanks station. The Kendall Aircheck has the ID I created in the production studio it's shorter. If you listen carefully you can hear the splice. Station is now WROR at 105.7.
Lou Josephs <loujosephs@hotmail.com>
Potomac, Md USA -

Love that PAMS Energy One shotgun from 14DOT... anybody else use Energy One in New England/upstate New York, other than P-R-O-F-M, 99X & 68RKO?
Travis Sparks <tcsparks@ptd.net>
Pottsville, pa USA -

Wow...what a surprise to see/hear MY name come up on your site! I hired an underage Rod Hill to work at WDOT at a time when finding good weekenders was like, well, about the same as it is now! And as for plugging me, well, I paid young Mr Hill a ton of cash to do that! May I also take this opportunity to thank Pete Salant for graciously NOT mentioning that I sent a 'DOT tape/resume to him for a job at KC-101-and was (just as graciously)turned down in late '79 or early '80! Things worked out well anyway! Great site! Would like to send in some contributions-and clicked on 'email' to contact you but it would not work for me. Would you please email me at pkingnews@aol.com?
Peter King <Pkingnews@aol.com>
Orlando, F: USA -

Wow. That was a blast from my past. Thank God, I have gotten better. Love the segs. fast
fast jimi <wbfd2000@aol.com>
baltimore, md USA -

Rod crossplugs Peter King! Wow! Peter's a big CBS Radio Network talent these days, by way of WHEN/Syracuse, his next stop after the legendary WDOT. You can clearly hear an attempt at home-brew multiband processing in this aircheck, making AM sound more like FM. At WAVZ in early 1977 we started a huge trend in the Northeast with Crown crossovers and three limiters (bass, mid, highs) feeding the Volumax. By 1978-79 every PD in the Northeast had been to New Haven to look and listen, and in the rack of the hottest AM (and later, FM) in every market from Elmira to Cape Cod, you'd see the mighty tri-band setup with three Urei LA-3A or DBX limiters blasting away. Thanks for the memory, Rod and Rick!
Pete Salant <pete@salant.net>
North Haven, CT USA -

Tim Wedeman <AlbanyAMS@aol.com>
Cohoes,, NY USA -

 listening to Dick Robinson's '67 countdown and hearing #89 'The Collector' By the #1, brought back this memory. In April of '67 I went to WRKO as MD from WHDH and a few months later, being the 'new kids', we didn't have the new (pro- jected) Beatles single 'A Day In The Life', so the Boston promo rep Al Khoury drove me down to WDRC to get a tape of it from MD Bertha Porter. While there, I met Joey Reynolds who was 'pushing' this record 'The Collector' which I guess he was involved with, and gave me a copy, along with the Beatles tape. When we got back to Boston we just had time to get 'Day In The Life' on the J.J. Jeffrey show once before a cease & desist telegram made us take it off. We never did play Joey's record, which wasn't really a hit and showing up at #89, I don't think it did too well in Hartford either. It was a good song, though, on the Kapp label and a Kama Sutra production. Paul
paul power <powerpaulontheweb@yahoo.com>
nahant, ma USA -

The WHYN jingles featured on your website is PAMS Series 32, swizle. As a listener when The Mighty Whyn aired these jingles, they did play the hell out of them and all of the other jingles they aired. I'm working on reviving the WHYN tribute site and still own the domain name HYN.COM. I took it down due to a disagreement with the ISP. I hope to have it back up by the end of the year. Great website, Rick. I look forward to getting together and laughing over old times. It's hard to believe the days of Wacky One Oh Two and even WHMP were decades ago.
Tracy E. Carman, Media Preservation Foundation <tcarman@media-archives.org>
Longmeadow, MA USA -

I can't tell you how delighted I am to have found your site. I am a long-time radiophile, and loved the Top-40 format of my youth. I fondly remember WMEX, but I was really pleased to find the aircheck of John H. Garabedian. When I was a fledgling private pilot, John H. gave me my very first flying job -- for three bucks an hour -- as traffic reporter for his WGTR-AM (1060) in Natick. Twenty-three years and 13,000 flight hours later, I am a captain for a major airline (but I still miss working in radio). My other 'link', if you will, with WMEX came in the early 80's, when I was in a relationship with the daughter of former Wimmex jock Larry Justice. And to top it all, 1970 was the year I was graduated from Framingham North High School, so the songs on this aircheck also bring back great memories. My sincere thanks to all of you who make this site possible.
Rick O'Kane <aviprodu@attbi.com>
Rye, NH USA -

I wouldn't exctly say they were 'floundering' in the mid 70's. From approx 72/73 til this aircheck, WNBC was a SERIOUS attraction for NY Listeners. You had Don Imus, Dick Summers, Cousin Brucie, Bob Vernon With a V, Walt Baby Love, Joe McCoy, and TONS of other well-known names that came and went during this timespan. The 'Pittman' WNBC, while 'seeming like a good idea at the time' would prove to be a big-time failure. We lose Don Imus, and get Ellie Dylan, a former country jock who flubbed-up on her very first time she opened the mic? A BIG mistake of judgement on both Pittman and the NBC brass. The NEW WNBC didn't last long, and when you hear this check, as well as some others that are floating around, you start to understand why. (SIDE NOTE: For those of you that didn't know, Pittman was one of the founding fathers of a little thing called MTV. Yeah, maybe he did have some good ideas, but The NEW WNBC wasn't one of them!
Chip Ordway <ordway1440@aol.com>
Greenwich, NY USA -

Mason left some old funiture here....please pass that along, after hearing the aircheck he still sounds like he may be able enough to move it.
Morning Show <shark.mail@citcomm.com>
Dover, NH` -

All I can say is ... WOW! I suddenly remembered why I liked 'TIC-FM so much when I first heard them. Judging from the music, this would have been somewhere between October and December 1978. This and the other TIC-FM 'check from Bill Lenke are my favorites on the site (yep, surprisingly NOT WABC OR Wacky!). Seems to me, the jingle package incorporates so many elements, such as the weather bed and the Top-of-Hour bed/ID, that really didn't go into wide use industry wide till the 80's. 96-Ticks- WAY ahead of its time!
Steve Sawyer <k1frc@yahoo.com>
Millington, TN USA -

I'm truly touched by the reported death of Jay Stone...I was a big fan of 99X.Jay was a true radio legend to say the least. 'You will be missed Jay... but never forgotten'
Paul DiMarco <mister70s@aol.com>
Poughkeepsie, NY USA -

Just checked out the WXKW Pepper/Tanner package, which we ran on WLLH AM/FM Lowell in '65-'66 when I worked weekends. Id've preferred PAMS, but these weren't the worst. WPRO in Providence also used them.
paul power <powerpaulontheweb@yahoo.com>
Nahant, MA USA -

Bill: I'm with you... there's been some great radio outta Portland... I always liked WJBQ in the eighties... but I have never had ONE SINGLE CONTRIBUTION OF MAINE RADIO! So, come on Mainers-help me out here!
Rick Kelly <rick@northeastairchecks.com>
East Longmeadow, MA USA -

I want to add that I no longer live in Maine, but it sure would bring back great memories for me. I loved listening to the radio growing up there, especially to WPOR. A GREAT country station, especially in the 80s. I also enjoyed a lot of other Portland stations.
Portland, ME USA -

HEY!!!! why no Portland radio??????? Lots of us Mainers want to hear our people, especially the great stuff up through the mid 90's. I used to love radio---- til it went completely down the drain.
Portland, ME USA -

Sadly, it was reported that Jay Stone was recently killed in a car accident in Hawaii. He was 55 years old. I know that you just added an aircheck of his from WXLO in 1979. Here is the link to the newspaper report: http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2001/Oct/17/ln/ln40a.html Thanks, Marty
Marty Glenn <bugsy242@hotmail.com>
Old Bridge, nj USA -

I grew up and worked in Syracuse radio and remember FIRE 14 extremely well. That is why I got in radio in the first place. Wish radio could be like that today!
Budd Yeman <buddmoney@aol.com>
Gibsonton, FL USA -

Any idea why WFBL ditched Hot Hits after 11/80? Were they not doing as well in the ratings? Did management panic like KHJ and get out of top 40, or did they hang on to top 40 music for a little while longer?
Travis Sparks <tcsparks@pbcradio.com>
Pottsville, PA USA -

Thanks for putting my aircheck on your site!!! Steve
Steve McVie Solomon <mcv@makkayradio.com>
Yarmouthport, ma USA -

This site gets better each time I visit...Nice Job!!!! Mister 70s
Paul DiMarco <mister70s@aol.com>
Poughkeepsie, NY USA -

Hey, whatever happened to I think it was Bob Parlenti(I may have the spelling of his name incorrect) Par-lent-tee on WHDH. He was on WHDH back in the 80's. He was a friend of our family. Do you have any idea where he may have gone to. If you don't have a clue about what I'm talking about do you know of someone I could contact from the old WHDH who may know.
Will Stauff <buddyfreeze@aol.com>
Middlebury, VT USA -

I've been collecting airchecks from Mike Joseph formatted stations (mainly 'Hot Hits') for the past 23 years. I was 16 at the time of this recording, listening from my hometown of Hamden, CT. When WTIC-FM stopped using jingles after every song in 1979, I was an angry young man. I was happily reintroduced to that special format when I discovered WFBL Syracuse, NY in 1980. Then there was WCAU-FM Philly, WBBM-FM Chicago, KITS San Francisco, WMAR-FM Baltimore, and a few others!! I vowed that day in 1979 to record everything I heard from the 'Hot Hits' stations, and there began my days of 'aircheck collecting!'
Steve McVie Solomon <mcv@makkayradio.com>
Hyannis, MA USA -

The Bill Lenke aircheck is awsome from several different aspects. Lenke and the other 'TIC jocks of the era (right after the station went Top 40 from years of classical) is the ultimate lesson in tight talk-ups. As someone who had a bit of trouble 'hitting the post' during my radio gigs, Lenke was awsome. In fact, I used to listen to his gig regularly, along with some of the other early 'TIC-FM legends like Bobby McGee and Mike West. It's not in the aircheck, but wasn't Bill Lenke's catch-phrase 'Gettin' tall and slammed against the wall..'? Thanks for sharing the great material. Pete Miller
Pete Miller <millrad@aol.com>
Prospect, CT USA -

Ken always sounded good! When he did mornings on 590 AM WROW 102 double Q and of course his 4 years at 101.3 The Jockey in Stillwater. Great to be able to hear him on this aiecheck from WACKY 102 FM. I would like to hear him from Maine 104.7 FM if possible. Thanks for this great aircheck!!!!!
Frank Izzo <thejockey@yahoo.com>
Clifton Park, USA -

On the Bill Lawrence WRIP Promo outtake, that's our Music Director and Rip Retro Weekend Host Big Jay Fink running the board for Bill and crackin' up in the background. The WAVZ Promo came from George Wright's (WGCH, WLUX, et al) inspired series 'Life Is A Rock, But The Radio Rolled Me.'
dj <dj@broadcast.net>
wilton, ct USA -

I forgot how much Tom Casey sounded like Jo Jo 'Cookin'' Kincaid, and how much that KISS tried to sound like Boston's KISS. Incredible stuff!
Marty Glenn <bugsy242@hotmail.com>
Old Bridge, NJ USA -

A friend of mine in England told me about this air-check on your site. It is indeed me on my first night on the air on Radio Caroline in December, '67. I was doing the midnight-2am shift to break in on the board. My regular shift became 6-9pm. I chose the name 'Bud Ballou' at the last minute to mask my identity because of the Marine Offenses Act - an embargo imposed by the British government that shut down all the offshore stations with the exception of the two Radio Caroline ships (north & south). This air-check is from Caroline South, 4 miles off the Essex coast. When this air-check was made we were operating on our back-up transmitters, two 10kw Continental 316-B's with a combiner for 20kw. We were having generator problems and could not run our main transmitter, a 50kw Continental 317-C. Since we were on a ship we were non-directional. One more thing - although Radio Caroline broadcast the first two years on 1520 kHz (199 meters), when this air-check was made we were on 1187 kHz (259 meters). The move to the lower frequency was made when the 50kw transmitter was installed in the spring of '66. Those were some amazing days..and it's a real kick to hear my very young self on my first night on the air.
Howie Castle <howiecastle@hotmail.com>
San Diego, CA USA -

Another little known Al Bandiero fact: his first gig in NYC was as the utility jock at 99X in 1976. I know this because the guy he replaced was yrs trly!
Cary Pall <Modradio@aol.com>
Toledo, OH USA -


Actually, this is not a Tom Shovan audition tape, but it is a section of "The Tom Shovan Story." The complete version of this piece can be found at Uncle Ricky's Reel Top 40 Repository at: or at If anyone has any Tom Shovan airchecks, especially from his days at WDOT in Burlington, VT, WKBK in Keene and WTSN in Dover, NH, WPOP in Hartford or WPTR, please e-mail me!
Sam Ward <samward54@idirect.ca>
Georgetown, ON Canada -


 Hi Rick I'm from the UK, and hope that you (or the people who visit your website) may be able to help out on item (a), or may be interested in a tape I have, item (b). (a) Larry Dean was one of the good guys on WPTR Albany back in 1966, when he accepted an offer to move to the UK to work on a ship-based pirate station called Radio England. Before leaving WPTR he copied the jingle package, including the dj idents, and brought them with him. Many of the djs aboard Radio England adopted new names taken from the available jingles and in this way we here in the UK came to know guys called Johnny Walker, Boom Boom Brannigan etc, who are NOT the same people you're familiar with in the States. Our own Johnny Walker is popular still, and 35 years later has a national show daily on BBC Radio 2. Another of the WPTR jingles refers to Chuck Blair, and here's where I need your help. One of the Radio England dj's took the name Chuck Blair and when the station folded later in 1966 he moved to another UK pirate ship, Radio London. He became very popular, but returned to the States in 1967 when Radio London closed following legislation outlawing the pirates. There's now a website for fans of the old Radio London, which I contribute to, and I'm following up some research on Chuck, who is fondly remembered. It's now known he left broadcasting and sadly passed away in Maryland in 1989, but he left a mystery: who was he really? It's possible he may have borrowed some of his biography from the real Chuck Blair (if there ever was one - we've never found a trace of anyone else working under that name), or he may have invented some of it. We've run out of road because, although he was obviously an experienced broadcaster, we have no idea what name(s) he worked under in the States, before coming to the UK and adopting the name Chuck Blair. Do the following details from his 1967 resume point to anyone you can identify? CHUCK BLAIR 1967 BIRTHPLACE: Boras, Sweden. Chuck's family moved to Swampscott, Mass., when he was three years old. AGE: 31 RELIGION: Methodist PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Caucasian, light brown hair, hazel eyes Weight: 14 stone. Height: 5ft 10ins Build: Stocky. No physical handicaps. Present address: Harpenden, Hertfordshire, UK. EDUCATION: Tracy Grammar School (diploma), Lynn Classical High School (diploma), University of Maryland (BSc. degree), Northeast School of Broadcasting (cert.), NY School of Theatrical Arts (cert.), Emerson College of Drama and Broadcasting (post-grad degree). MEDIA EXPERIENCE: Began broadcasting aged 17, for Armed Forces radio. Announcer: WKVT, WKIX, WHAV(Mass), WBZ, WMEX. WSJR, (anncr, PD, Gen. man), CKBC (Canada) (anncr, Ad man, Prod. man). CBS Network NY (advertising, production). WBZ radio and TV (TV compere, anncr, sales and advertising). Radio England (anncr, Gen. man), Radio London (staff anncr). OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS Appeared in several off-Broadway productions, including 'Stalag 17', 'The Caine Mutiny' and a self-penned three-act play; was on TV coast-to-coast hosting teen pop show 'Where the Action Is'; awarded '8th best announcer East' by Billboard mag; award by BSA for voluntary youth service work, Johnson & Johnson Advertising Award 1964; Gillette Advertising Award UK 1967. ACCOMPLISHMENTS & PERSONAL Plays piano (professionally), bass, vibes and drums. Speaks Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Italian. Has had several short stories published and has written many articles for British magazines. On the Youth Service Committee of Harpenden Youth Club. Member of Harpenden Conservative Club. Friends have nicknamed him 'Chuckles', because of his consistent smiling and friendliness. HOBBIES Dogs, bridge and cooking exotic foods. MUSICAL TASTES Beatles, Beach Boys, Four Seasons. His real name was once thought to be Charles Richardson, but this information turned out to be wrong. His death certificate gives Richard Phillips, but an expired passport stated Richard Philbrook. There's now doubt whether he was actually born in Sweden, but no obvious reason for such a lie. I'd be extremely grateful for any information you can provide. (b) Also working on WPTR in 1966 was a young English dj called Roger Scott. He was a victim of Larry Dean's jingle scam, and we ended up with another dj working under Roger's name on the UK pirates for a while. This was all resolved when the real Roger Scott returned to the UK and became hugely successful on Capital Radio in London and then nationally on BBC Radio 1. Sadly Roger passed away, also in 1989. Before establishing himself here under his real name in 1973, he took a temporary gig on Radio 1 for four Saturday afternoon slots. Not wanting to appear to shine too dimly and fizzle out too soon, victim turned perpetrator and for these shows Roger borrowed the name, and the WPTR ident jingle, of Bob Baker. I have a tape of part of one of these shows and I'd be happy to send you an aircheck if you think it would be of interest. Best Regards
Alan Field <alan2807@breathemail.net>



i remember bill lenke very well, as at that time, they had some world class d.j's. Being in radio myself, did you ever notice that they never intro-ed songs at that time? sometime in 1979, they started to do intros and most like bobby mcgee, who i thought was great, had a lot of trouble with that! skip miller
skip miller <skipmooose@charter.net>
chicopee, ma USA -

Aahh to hear Bill Lee from KFRC, the rhymin' man with a plan in radioland, spreadin' the love and rockin' the planet! Dude! Any time I can hear Bill on the air anywhere its a good thing! Great 'check, and one of only a handful I've been able to find of 'TIC-FM. Rick, find some more of this grat station, this one's a gem!
Steve Sawyer <k1frc@yahoo.com>
Millington, TN USA -



Thanks for the link to Grahm Jr. College. I was a student there in 76-77. I was a great trip down memory lane.
Robert Goldberg <rgold770@yahoo.com>



Checkout another Bud Ballou (Howie Castle) aircheck on the Pirate Radio Hall Of Fame http://www.offshoreradio.co.uk/direct.htm
Alan Field <alan2807@breathemail.net>
London, UK -


 What, nobody commented? Wow! Ok, I will. Sorry bout the poor technical quality. I recorded it on *very* cheap 'scotch' brand tapes. But, the good news is I completely re-mastered this aircheck tonight, and it sounds great! When I sent this tape to Rick, I had dubbed it from a crappy tape deck while sitting in my truck waiting out a snow squall in Ohio, that was back in 1999. So, Rick has a present on the way in the form of a very clean, wonderful copy of Jim Kaye's last show on Wacky 102.... hopefully by the end of the week. Its really amazing what can be done these days with a copy of SawPlus32, a computer and a $200 Sony tape deck! The cd burner helps, too! (O did I mention a radio station production room with all the bells and whistles is at my disposal now instead of an 18 wheeler?) All I can say is, ENJOY! Rick, the cd is on its way!
Steve Sawyer <k1frc@yahoo.com>
Millington, TN USA -


Hey Rick... sorry it's taken so long to get back to you. The day I heard from you I called Jim Reed, so it was a WCSB Souvenir Weekend. I will get some things off in the mail to you. Talk to you soon. Bruce
Bruce Newbury <brucenewbury@aol.com>
WWarwick, RI USA -


Just wanted to say thanks for about two hours of great listening! Growing up to Albany radio in the 70's, there's some real great memories here. The 1971 FLY stuff is great! I really appreciate the TRY & PTR stuff too and I was in Burlington during the summer of 1976 and DOT was an outstanding station (any airchecks of Dr. Don on DOT?). That coment about GFM being your favorite Albany CHR hurt, but the aircheck you had sounded great (how did we ever beat them?) Keep up the great work! A new NAC fan, Mike Morgan FLY 92
Mike Morgan <mikefly92@aol.com>
Latham, NY USA -


I was on the news staff of WTRY during the blackout of 65, a time I'll never forget. After that I moved on to WBBF, Rochester and later the ABC Radio and TV network, where I still work. Thanks for bringing back memories of WTRY.
Ed Bailey <Baileyedj@aol.com>
Old Tappan, NJ USA -


Loved the Don Berns check from KB. Remember him from his short stint at 'PTR. Did you catch the Pink Floyd ticket prices? $4.00!?!? Still doesn't match the free concert Emerson, Lake & Palmer did at the shell on the esplanade in Boston one hot summer night in '71. Unbelievable.
Warren Garling <wgarling@aol.com>
Albany, NY USA -


I remember Bud from being on WNYS Channel 9 in Syracuse NY with 'THE BUD BALLOU SHOW'! Loved that Dance Party Show. He had Channel 9's Local Horror Host.... Baron Daemon on to sing his hit song 'The Transylvania Twist' and to interview him also. I captured the 'Baron and Bud' segment on my Wollensak reel-to-reel tape recorder in 1965. The copy is very playable and sounds good today. (Got that microphone as close as I could to that TV.) I am working on a special CD Compilation of Baron Daemon Audio excerpts and plan to put this 5 min. and 20 sec. bit on the CD. I am designing the entire CD art cover to cover and would love to include a sharp photo of BUD BALLOU on the CD photo insert. I have stills of The Baron and it sure be great to pair up their photos to showcase this audio track. Appreciate any help on obtaining 1960's or early 70's PHOTOS OF BUD BALLOU (Mpg or Gif) Be great to hear from you.
Dan Phillips <danphillips_71@msn.com>
St.Joseph, MO USA -

Rick has done a great job with this site. Local radio from the glory days of Top 40 needs to be preserved and Rick has chosen to share it with us all. A tremendous effort!
Greg Pattenaude <nugget@nycap.rr.com>
Averill Park, NY USA -


Bob Roberts went on to be Johnny Williams on WPTR middays in he 70's. Also on 810 WGY in the 80's.
Frank <thejockey@yahoo.com>
Clifton Park, ny USA -


WTRY was a terrific T40 in those days! But they were not the only Albany (or Troy) station on the air the night of the Great Northeast Blackout. WRPI was on, too, with our GE 10 Watt exciter barefoot into the 15th St. Lounge antenna, powered by a Heathkit AC inverter running off my '63 Ford Fairlane. We used a Shure mixer as the board. Gary Skala, Eliot Graham and I anchored, providing reports wherein we relayed information gathered from the big clears DX-ed from all up and down the eastern seaboard. As I recall, WBZ did the best job of getting out useful information. We actually got calls the next day from as far away as Menands thanking us for the useful (and sometimes even technically sophisticated) coverage of what was taking place. Of course, no doubt Great 98 had the lion's share of the short-lived two station market that night!
Dennis Jackson <dj@broadcast.net>
Wilton, CT USA -


This is radio at its greatest. The disc Jockies of that era were awsome. Nothing like the drab dudes of today. Just compare the jocks of 1971 with the jocks of today of WFLY. No comparison, I would take 1971 anyday.
W Boyer <wboyer@adelphia.net>
Williamstown, MA USA -


Dan Ingram had a fan from Levittown named Bob Cruz, a grad of Grahm Jr College in Boston. Bob was hired at WABC because he sounded SO MUCH like Ingram it was like he had had his voiced cloned for the gig. Read his story and give a listen to Bob at www.musicradio77.com/cruzhire.html
Joel O'Brien <theobriens@adelphia.net>
Randolph, VT USA -


I was the program director who convinced the station manager of WFLY in the summer of 1970 to drop classical and go with a rock format! What a kick to hear airchecks from FLY during the year that followed! How can I get copies of them ALL? Indeed, we many of the records we played were from my collection, since we were scrambling to get copies of 15 years worth of oldies.
John Grasberger <grasberger@aol.com>
San Diego, CA USA -


It was a lot of fun hearing old colleagues on WFLY. Whatever spawned this bizarre hobby of collecting ancient DJ airchecks ? Chris Brunner (aka Chris Calvert, WFLY-FM approx 1971-72)
Chris Brunner <cbrunner@wnyt.com>
Albany, NY USA -


Enjoyed listening to Don Bombard...he was so subdued, but that was the early Prozac trial he was taking part in for extra cash, I guess. Hear he's running an organic commune near Woodstock these days. P.S. Thanks for the nice comments! BTW, can you tell John Gabriel that 'She's A Heartbreaker' by Gene Pitney WAS a hit in Syracuse, even if it wasn't in Albany? Thanks!!
Bob Shannon


Jeez. I am blown away! I found this site by total accident. I was searching for WPTR info for a friend. What do I find. Airchecks of my buds and classmates and former coworkers. I was one of WRPIs many voices in the early 70s, and I worked at WHAZ, WABY, WSNY (Music Director), WKOL (News Director) and WIZR until 1976. Great to hear Bob Roberts' (one of my idols) voice again. This page is wonderful!!
Bruce (Tanner) Tannenbaum <buffalobruce@net1plus.com>


It is a great aircheck---and I especially enjoyed Chris' side story about Cousin Brucie because I was the Program Director of the now defunct WMHX/Channel 45 and worked with Brucie and Chris during the pledge night. I drove Bruce around Albany that day, stopping at Macy's in Colonie where he bought a belt. I grew up in New York listening to Bruce, so (like Chris) having Bruce in my car was like dying and going to heaven for me. Please pass along my regards to Chris... Chris, I'm now the GM of the PBS station in Milwaukee. GREAT website, Rick!
Ellis Bromberg <brombere@matc.edu>
Milwaukee, WI USA -


An update concerning Bob Mason after listening to his 'check on 'FLY in 1980. Mason is now a writer for the Amsterdam 'Recorder.' Also featured on that 'FLY 'check is Don Weeks, who was weeks into his morning stint at WGY. He's been there for over 20 years.
Jason Bullett <jbullett99@yahoo.com>
Saratoga Springs, NY USA -


This is a super collection of airchecks. I am a sixth grade teacher and grew up listening to the great radio stations in the Albany Market. I spent hours listening especially to WPTR. Does any person out there have any airchecks of WPTR from 1963? I would love to hear WPTR Action Central News and especially Boom Boom Brannigan. I am willing to pay for any airchecks as classic Rock and Roll Radio is dear to my heart. Thank you, Fran Lavigne
Fran Lavigne <brains@massed.net>
Adams, MA USA -


hello, it's me.
charlie kendall <charlie.kendall@clickradio.com>
ny, ny USA -


This was great to hear! It was my pleasure to work with Mr. Kaye when he was brought back to WAQY to do the Sunday Morning Gold Rush. It was nice to hear Jim again!
Joe Marino <jmarino516@aol.com>
Mashpee, MA USA -

I lived in the Boston area from the year I was born, 1954 until 1965 when I moved to Burlington, VT. However, I continued to attend the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown which is near Boston until June of 1970. It was the very month of this aircheck that I switched schools and began my junior year at the Oak Hill School for the Blind in Hartford, CT where WDRC and WPOP were the top 40 stations. I always preferred WMEX over WRKO because I always hated the Drake format. To me, WMEX became tight, but unlike WRKO, the deejays maintained personalities and warmth and were not forced to try to be humerous in 15 seconds. This aircheck of John H. particularly interests me because it lets me know just what I missed and left behind when I moved from Boston to Hartford. Thanks Rick for presenting this aircheck of one of my all-time favorite stations because it's from my home town. I think I would give anything to find several hours of Arnie Woo Woo Ginsburg airchecks, but apart from a mic recording from Dec. 12, 1965, there seems to be precious little around of him which is too bad. I would also love to hear some Dan Donovan, Jones Boy and Mel Miller airchecks from WmEX. I'm also looking for a number of PAMS, Futuresonic, CRC and Pepper packages that the station used. If anyone has any jingle packages or for that matter old airchecks of WMEX, please e-mail me and perhaps we can work out a trade. In the meantime Rick, keep those great northeast airchecks coming!!! I love 'em!
Sam Ward <samward54@hotmail.com>
Georgetown, Ontario canada -


Just wanted to say I was surfing and found this website. It brought back a lot of memories of radio in the Capital Region back from the 60's and 70's for me as my dad was on WTRY and featured in the aircheck from 1965. I used to have a lot of my father on reel to reel but most all was lost in a recent move. However I do have that entire aircheck from 1965 that I got from Joe Condon. Once again, I really enjoyed going through this and listening to numerous airchecks!!! Ed Jr.
Ed Reilly <Ereilly777@hotmail.com>
Greenwich, NY USA -


Cool aircheck of Lucy St. James on WGFM. I worked with Lucy on two occasions. First time was around 1990 when she did a very brief stint as a weekend jock on Trenton CHR, 97.5 WPST. Weeks later she was heard Philadelphia's Eagle 106 (WEGX). After about a year, she was also programming a station in Atlantic City while still doing weekends in Philly. Eagle changed to Smooth Jazz in '93 and Lucy went on to do nights at Philadelphia's Y100. That's when we met up once again for a few years. Lucy is currently the Production Director at Y100 and still does an airshift on the weekends.
Scott Lowe <loweknows@aol.com>
Los Angeles, CA USA -


Thanks for bringing back so many great memories! I remember Cary Pall when he worked here in New Orleans in the '70s. Cary and I corresponded a few years ago, and he gave me some profound and eloquent pieces of advice which I carry with me to this day. Cary...keep smiling and keep the star shining!
Hollie <malloy@concentric.net>
New Orleans, LA USA -


Thanks for a great snapshot of 'Dickie' on Big D! Hooray for the much wider and much more interesting playlist than stations like WABC ever ventured to play. That's what we play on WZEN, and weekend evenings on WRIP - 97.9 in Windham/Albany.
Peter Tripp <tripp@wzen.com>

RE:  Cary pall/WHUC

My Gawd! Was THAT ME????? It seems like another lifetime, yet it also seems like it was last week. What fun, and what a fine group of people to play radio with. I miss everyone at HUC more than you guys will ever know.
Cary Pall <Modradio@aol.com>
Toledo, OH USA -

RE:  Dan Ingram

I am a long time Dan Ingram fan. I'd love to listen to the 1970 aircheck but it does not seem to be available when I click. Can you help?
Hank Sulikowski <hanksulikowski@msn.com>

RE:  Brannigan

Wow! Just listened to the '62 Boom Boom Brannigan clip from WPTR. That's the WPTR I first knew as an 11-year-old growing up in central Mass. I haven't heard those jingles in 35 years! What a great station it was.
Doug Drown <revdoug@somtel.com>
Bingham, ME USA -

RE:  Lucy St james/WGFM


Hi!...The chief engineer here at Y-100 told me about your site. Thanks for the nice comments. I have been in Philly at Y100 for almost 8 years ..Oh, and I am the Production Director. Thanks for the memories! Peace, Lucy.
Lucy St.James <lucy@y100.com>
Philadelphia, Pa USA -

Would love to hear more of CBS-FM before 1972
Bob Goodman <bullitt@home.com>
Great Site!
Bob Goodman <bullitt@home.com>

I hired Chris Warren in 1975 to work at a small market station in Mississippi. After a year we all left...And, some 30 years later, we are still friends. I have some air checks to share after the first of the year. I'll attempt to contact you if there is an interest.
Douglas J.Neatrour <djneatrour@hotmail.com>
Lebanon, PA USA -

RE:  Chris Warren WTRY

Hey, Mom! Look at me! I'm on the Internet! Thanks Rick for a great site. Love all the stuff here, especially the Boston checks from my days at Grahm. Wish I'd had the forethought to record some of those great jocks, but we were just kids and took them for granted. Keep up the good work.
Warren Garling <wgarling@aol.com>
Schenectady, NY USA -


Yup... 'CFR was really amazing in 1973! It's neat being able to revisit those days through this airchecks page.
Dave Glass <csdfg@digisys.net>
Lakeside, MT USA -


Hey Rick, Its great too hear those snippets of W-FLY, along with TRY and PTR. I do agree with you that WHSH, wasn't as good as FLY. FLY had a certain intangible coolness about it. It was also the first FM rocker, in this area. Albany FM radio, was actually very slow to develop. Except for FLY in '70-'71, the entire FM band around here, was pretty much easy listening and classical. Great listening if you were in a retirement home, or a hospice, I guess... Of course, that did change in '73, with both WHSH, and Rock 99, WGFM, coming on. In any case, I didn't actually live in this area, in those days, on a full time basis. We have a camp in the Adirondacks, so I would spend summers, in this area. The other 10 months of the year, I lived around Boston. So...I would love to hear your air checks of WVBF, WRKO, and WMEX, from '73. As a matter of fact, that was the last year that I really listened to Top 40 radio heavily, on either AM or FM, and I listened to all 3 of those stations, heavily at that time. By the way, there was another up and coming AM rocker, in the Boston market in '73. It was 1260-WEZE (Z-1260), another Top 40/Oldies hybred, which sounded really good, at the time, although it began to falter a year later, and went back to easy listening, in 1975, just a few months after WMEX, abandoned Top 40, and went MOR. Also, just so you know, WFLY was sold to Functional Broadcasting of Syracuse, in 1971. They apparently owned several easy listening/classical stations in Upstate NY, and were responsible for the demise of W-FLY. WFLY was sold to Rust Broadcasting in 1975, (the owners of PTR, at the time) and they actually took it to kind of an automated AOR format, through 1976. I can remember hearing FLY sign on one morning in 1975, and the recorded announcement stated 'WFLY plays sophisticated rock'! I can definetly, remember channel surfing between them, and Q-104, during that time period. In 1977, FLY went to a pretty annoying adult contemporary format, and then in 1978 began to evolve into what it has been for the past 21 years, or so. Feel free to Email me anytime, if you have any questions about Boston, Albany or Springfield, Ma, radio. Yea, I lived near there too, for awhile. I even remember WMAS-FM, when it was progressive rock, WHVY! I'm also the guy that was rambling about WGRG, WCAS and WNTN, a few weeks back. As far as Howard Stern being on NTN, is concerned, I certainly never heard him there, and I listened to them heavily from '73 until they flipped formats to AC, in early '76. His style probably would have stuck in my mind. WNTN was a very music intensive progressive rocker, with a low key, stoned out sounding air staff. The very first time that I hear Howard was on an overnight(!) at WCCC, in early '79. I guess that he was learning the board, because he was on mornings, a couple of days later. Anyway, there's a long blast of thoughts for you. I do enjoy your air check board, and if you have any interest in an air check of WEZE from '73, a friend of mine, who lives in this area, apparently has one, along with one of WRKO, also from '73. You might also be interested to know that I worked with Cary Pall, in 1980, at WAAF. He seemed to be a real nice guy, but he hated the management there, and left after only 5 monmths. He was the morning man, there, when I knew him. See ya...
John Clark (PYX-106) <Clark1065@msn.com>
Greenfield , NY USA -


Terrific example of the more focussed station in the classic two-way AM Top 40 battle in the 1960's between Great 98 and Mighty 1540. This is a glimpse of what folks who didn't live in what were then called 'The Tri-Cities' missed! (Of course, if you lived in Greenland, you could still get WPTR just fine at night!)
Peter Tripp <dj@broadcast.net>

First of all, Allan-thanks for your comments! I didn't know you were at WCFR. I was there in '73-74. They were quite a remarkable radio station for Springfield, VT! (For those of you who don't know, Allan is AM drive guy at WRCH/Lite 100.5 in Hartford.) And Dominick, the person you got the aircheck from was ME. I was at Grahm from '71 to '73. I remember you as quite a jingle collector. Email me if you'd like to somehow contribute to this archive!
Rick Kelly <rickkelly@mail.com>

Someone gave me a copy of this aircheck when I was a student at Grahm Junior College in 1970 or 71. I don't even remember who gave this to me, however, I always thought this was the definitive example of Dan Ingram. How incredibly funny he was, how much we took all this for granted. I wish he was still there doing this every day. I have laughed a hundred times at this aircheck and after not hearing this for about 20 years I had to pick myself off of the floor and wait for the convulsions to cease before I could even type this. A moment in time - what a moment. Whoever taped this and preserved it - bless you. I'm a big fan of realradio.com. It was a great surprise to find this site. Thank you.
Dominick Raffio

WCFR, What a great station! Jim Rising was the first person I ever heard on CFR around 1975 A tiny station in Southern Vermont that sounded major market. That's why I was so honored to work there from 77 through 79 with John Frawley,Gary Bruce,Ken Bringenberg and Frank Sezno.
Allan Camp <arc419@aol.com>
Hartford, Ct USA -


  Completely awesome to hear W-FLY-Stereo again after all of these years. That was my favorite station in the Albany market in 1970-1971. Do you have any air checks of WHSH (WHISH 106), from around 1973? As I'm sure you are aware, they picked up the Top 40/Oldies format, that FLY had abandoned. Another gem to get hold of, would be WKOX-FM 105.7, out of Framingham, Ma. They were the Boston area's first live FM Top 40 station, from around early 1969, until July, 1971, when they became WVBF! At the time, they were competing against WRKO & WMEX! Early air checks of WVBF, would be cool, too...
John Clark (WPYX) <Clark1065@msn.com>
Greenfield , NY USA -


  Rick, Yes, as you suggested to me, the 1970 Dan Ingram aircheck you have posted WAS recorded originally by me. In fact, your version misses the full opening of the show, so I'll send you a copy of the original which has the complete show open. It IS one of the all time great Ingram airchecks, at a time when I think he was at his peak.
Gary Liebisch <gliebisch@cinci.rr.com>
Cincinnati, OH USA -


  The 'old' WFLY airchecks that I am contributing contain VERY few commercials. Before the format really got off the ground, the Troy Record announced the sale of the station to Muzak, and promptly fired everyone except the programming staff necessary to stay on the air! Yep, even salespeople! For most of 1971, it was 'more music' with just 3 stops an hour for the PSA-weather. 3 stops an hour in 1971 generally meant you were sucking air, unlike today, when each of those 3 might contain 5 minutes of spots.
Gary Liebisch <gliebisch@cinci.rr.com>
Cincinnati, OH USA -

Subject: WGFM I agree with your comments. This is how a Top 40 radio station SHOULD sound like. I dearly miss the 1980's when there was hundreds of stations like WGFM all over the country. I also agree about your comments about the jingles. JAM has (and always will IMHO) done the BEST jingles! Nuff said.
Robert Watkins <RobynTW@aol.com>
Charlotte, NC USA -


Oops, two more corrections: It was 'from da couch,' not 'on the couch,' and I spelled my last name Allen, not Allan, when jocking at WIXY-Cleveland, WPTR-Albany, WKNR-Detroit and WIND-Chicago. Thanks.
Bob Dearborn <Mister Dearborn@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, July 15, 2000 at 15:05:46 (EDT)

Thanks for including some of my WPTR-Albany air work (as Mark Allen) at your site. One small point: the clip was not from 1969; I was the Music Director/7-Midnight jock at WPTR from February until August of 1968, when I resigned to take the 7-10 PM slot at WKNR-Detroit.
Bob Dearborn <Mister Dearborn@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, July 15, 2000 at 15:00:20 (EDT)


For many years, PAMS series 14, Dramatic Signatures featuring the console slide guitar of Elvino Rae has been my favorite jingle package and I knew that WABY had bought the package. I have this package in my collection, but I've always wanted to hear just how these jingles were used on the air on WABY. Thanks to this aircheck, now I have. This is a great aircheck from one of my favorite periods in top 40 radio, a time when radio stations were more friendly sounding and deejays could be themselves. I'm just curious to know though, were WPTR, WTRY and WABY all rocking at the same time? Or had one of the stations dropped the top 40 format by then? I have heard of a few cities with three top 40 stations such as St Louis with KWK, WIL and KXOK. But the Albany area seems too small to have sustained three top 40 stations. Perhaps it was. Anyway, thanks for a fascinating aircheck of WABY, a station that I had heard was top 40, but that I had never heard an aircheck of.
Sam Ward <samwardont@shoutmail.com>
Georgetown, ON Canada - Tuesday, July 11, 2000 at 17:18:35 (EDT)

Having lived in Vermont between 1965 and 1972, and having travelled throughout the state with my father at the time just to listen to the various radio stations in Vermont and New Hampshire, it was indeed refreshing to find this WCFR aircheck on your website. Airchecks from northern New England are fairly rare, and yet for me, they are truly delightful. When WRKO in Boston adopted the Drake format, I absolutely hated it. I knew that once that format caught on, the sound of radio would become more and more slick, and less and less friendly and that's exactly what happened. However, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for airchecks of northern New England stations, from actually even earlier. My favorite period would be from the 50's through about 1967. If anyone has any Vermont and New Hampshire airchecks or jingles from this period, could you please e-mail me. It was really great to see an aircheck from this relatively small radio station represented in your list. Thanks very much! There are just so many people that don't seem to bother with airchecks from this area of the country!
Sam Ward <samwardont@shoutmail.com>
Georgetown, On Canada - Tuesday, July 11, 2000 at 16:44:14 (EDT)


Hey Ric I grew up in CT in the 60s and 70s. Your aircheck page brought back some radio mems when I was a kid. I really enjoyed the WAQY airchecks. Remembered getting a chance to talk to Jim Risling on leave from the Navy. Jim was a real nice guy. I believe that he was the morning guy at the time on 102. I was living in Jax, Fla at the time and telling him about the Greasman on the Ape. He was telling me about a radio show that he was doing in Jax, N.C. He said he was hated there by the listeners. found it to be funny because Jim is a likeable guy.
Tony Edgar <Tony_Edgar@hotmail.com>
Belleview, fl USA - Saturday, July 08, 2000 at 08:49:47 (EDT