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Aircheck Odds & Ends: 1960s

Rosko on AM Radio

KDIA AM - Dec. 28, 1962

"This is Rosko and we GOTTA go...put a smile on your face, we're blasting off into outer space."

Thanks to contributor "srercrcr" on YouTube, we have this several minutes of Rosko (Bill Mercer) on AM radio in Oakland, CA, almost four years before he joined WOR-FM. Notice the fast pacing.

A Scott Muni Montage


Contributed by Ken Tullipano

This begins with a humorous bit from WNEW-FM and then has various theme songs and promos and concludes with a short aircheck of Scott Muni sitting in for Ed Baer, probably in 1965, shortly after he left WABC, but before October of 1966, when he joined WOR-FM.


Pete Fornatale interviews John Zacherley [scoped-mono]

WFUV - October 15, 1966

This is a rare aircheck of a segement of Pete Fornatale's "Campus Caravan" show on WFUV, when he was still a student at Fordham University and three years before he would make his debut on WNEW-FM. While not the pro he would later come to be, it's easy to hear the makings of one radio great interviewing another.

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Aircheck Odds & Ends: 1970s

A Radio Sweep from the 1970s


Contributed by Rich Barbato

This is a long sweep of the radio dial during the 1970s of the contemporary and oldies stations. Most of the aircheck segments are from WCBS-FM and WPIX-FM, but we also hear bits of WXLO, WNBC(AM), WPLJ and Seaton Hall's WSOU.

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AIRCHECK: WPIX-FM: Bob Dayton [scoped-stereo]

airdate: July 27, 1972 [49:18]

Contributed by Rich Barbato

WPIX-FM went through many different formats over the years before it settled as a soft jazz station from 1988 to early 2008. They tried everything from CHR to Alternative. During this time in 1972, it sounded pretty much like a CHR station, but with a very strange mix of pop, soul, rock and country. There's nothing wrong with diversity as long as you play the right songs, but this particular day sounds like a mess. Alice Cooper and Reba McEntire in the same set?

But it was nice to hear Bob Dayton, late of WABC-AM back on the air, although he wasn't doing much more than time, temperature and a few lame one liners. At this point in its evolution, Bob Dayton shared the schedule with Les Marshak still doing Pix Penthouse in the mornings, Dr. Jerry Carroll (of Crazy Eddie commercial fame), Barney Pip, Al Gee and Dennis Quinn. Dayton would be gone by Summer of 1973.

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AIRCHECK: WBLS-FM: Frankie Crocker & Ken Webb [stereo]

airdate: circa 1973-1974 [41:24]

Contributed by Rich Barbato

This aircheck was labeled April 14, 1977, but judging from the movie ads and the released date of the Isaac Hayes album, we believe that this contains various segments from May 1973, from August 29, 1974 and possibly other dates.

The first part of the aircheck contains the great Frankie Crocker, who had also appeared on WWRL, WLIB and WMCA. Crocker became program director of WBLS-FM and for a time, it was the number one station in New York City. He also takes credit for coining the phrase "Urban Contemporary", a term used in radio broadcasting to this day, although when Crocker used the term, it was meant to describe an eclectic mix of music appealing to urban residents.


AIRCHECK: "The Tea House" - Alison Steele with Lou Reed [stereo]

airdate: circa 1973 [3:02]

Contributed by Dan McCue

This piece seems to be sponsored by an organization that encourages people to drink tea, although no organization or sponsor is actually mentioned. Or, perhaps Alison thought it was simply an interesting concept.

In either case, this complete but very short aircheck is of Alison interviewing Lou Reed. We're not sure if this every played on WNEW-FM.

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AIRCHECK: WPIX-FM: Dr. Jerry Carroll [scoped-stereo]

circa May 1973 [49:12]

Dr. Jerry Carroll is best known for his Crazy Eddie TV commercials, which he recorded for radio from 1972 and for TV from 1975 to 1990. Jerry joined WPIX-FM from late 1970 when it was a top-40 station, stayed through the Disco era and left around the time the station changed to a Punk/New Wave format. This aircheck, from May of 1973, is from a Sunday evening specialty show that played "Newies". And they didn't seem to care what kind of music a new record was - they played top-40 rock, album rock, country, progressive, pop, etc.

Dr. Jerry Carroll

AIRCHECK: WNBC: Murray the K [scoped-mono]

airdate: Saturday, August 4 - Sunday, August 5, 1973 [26:37]

Contributed by Rich Barbato

This aircheck is composed of numerous short segments. Hints on the aircheck seem to indicate that it has segments from both Murray's Saturday and Sunday shows. Wolfman Jack was about to join the station and he makes an appearance. It sounds like he's talking from the control room.

While the production isn't all that great, Murray's show is quite interesting. It sounds like a combination of his WINS "Swinging Soirée" approach and his progressive WOR-FM approach. In addition to his interactions with the Wolfman, there's a great production of Don McLean's "American Pie" interspersed with segments from "Sgt. Pepper", "Sympathy for the Devil", Janis Joplin and other tracks. While this certainly isn't something I'd want to hear all the time, this level of creativity is what drove people to listen to the radio and you never hear anything like it on broadcast radio today, although sometimes you do see such creativity on YouTube.

In our opinion, the way that broadcast radio can fight the flight to downloading and streaming is to bring back this level of creativity and surprise to the radio.

Murray would quit WNBC just six months later over issues of creative freedom.

Murray the K

AIRCHECK: WPIX-FM: Jim Quinn [scoped-stereo]

Thursday, November 22, 1973 [5:46]

Contributed by Rich Barbato

This is a short aircheck comprised of very short pre-scoped segments of Jim Quinn's show. In our opinion, this top-40 type show doesn't hold up very well today. There's a lot of yelling and endlessly repeated lame jokes. In addition, Quinn keeps doing something that sounds like yodeling. Maybe that would work in Texas, but not in NYC. Because the aircheck was pre-scoped, we don't get to hear too much music. Sorry about that.

According to Wikipedia, Quinn has had an incredibly long radio career, starting at WPGH-TV and at KQV and WIXZ in Pennsylvania in the 1960s, later moving to Philadelphia before coming to NYC. After PIX-FM, he moved to WWKB/WKBW in Buffalo, but later returned to Pittsburgh. After implying in a comedy routine that the station's news director was promiscuous, she sued the station and won on all counts. Quinn credits this incident as inducing his conversion to political conservatism and he started doing conservative talk radio. He got into trouble again after stating that NOW (the National Organization for Women) actually stood for the "National Organization for Whores". His talk show aired on some Clear Channel stations and on XM. Of late, he was heard on WYSL outside of Rochester, NY.

Jim Quinn

Murray the K on TV

WABC-TV: May, 1974

This is Murray on WABC-TV's morning show pushing his Sock Hops, which was his version of disco. It's like the 60's never happened. He wasn't a bad dancer though for a 52 year old guy, although he was wearing a terrible hairpiece. Murray had terrific knowledge of music, but note that when he corrects the reporter, he can't remember that it was Big Mama Thornton who originally recorded "Hound Dog".

Bowzer from Sha Na Na also shows up. Note that the segment is almost 15 minutes long. If this were done today, they'd probably be given only 3-4 minutes.

AIRCHECK: Alison Steele's Nightbird & Company with Brian Auger [scoped-stereo]

airdate: circa 1974

Contributed by Dan McCue

Many of the better DJs were featured on syndicated shows that played across the country (but frequently not in their home market due to contractual restrictions). Many of the air personalities put a great deal of preparation work into these shows even though they mostly played in the off hours, especially graveyard shifts. This one was sponsored by the National Guard.


AIRCHECK: Alison Steele with Robert Fripp [scoped-stereo]

airdate: circa 1975

Contributed by Dan McCue

The first 9 minutes of Alison Steele interviewing Robert Fripp, who introduces the last album by King Crimson.

This is one of Alison's syndicated efforts.

Robert Fripp

AIRCHECK: Alison Steele's Nightbird & Company with Justin Hayward [scoped-stereo]

airdate: circa 1975

Contributed by Dan McCue

Alison Steele interviews Justin Hayward, formerly of the Moody Blues.

Note how even though Steele introduces herself as the Nightbird, she has a different persona on these interviews as compared with how she sounded on WNEW-FM.


AIRCHECK: 660 WNBC: Al Brady April Fools Day show [scoped-mono]

airdate: April 1, 1975

Contributed by Rich Barbato

This show is both intentionally and unintentionally a mess. At first I thought this was a failed early attempt at voice-tracking. But then I looked at the date. The audience didn't get it either.

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AIRCHECK: 660 WNBC: Dick Summer [scoped-mono]

airdate: April 4, 1976

Contributed by Rich Barbato

Dick Summer has had a long career in radio and in voice-overs in Boston and on numerous stations in New York City. He was the original morning man at WNEW-FM from July to December of 1968. He did mornings for a short time on WPLJ in 1973 before Jim Kerr took the shift in early 1974. He was on WNBC (AM) from March of 1974 until Bob Pittman took over in September of 1977 and WYNY, which was essentially WNBC-FM, in 1979. In 1983, he could be found early mornings on WPIX-FM weekdays and on Sunday afternoons and by 1985 in mid-mornings. He's also a writer and has written books of poetry and can be heard on numerous commercials. Dick has a pleasant, smoothing voice that lends itself to mornings, overnights and lazy Sunday afternoons.

Here's Dick Summer from April of 1976 on WNBC(AM).

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AIRCHECK: Alison Steele's Nightbird & Company with Boston [scoped-stereo]

airdate: circa April 1977

Contributed by Dan McCue

Alison Steele interviews members of the band Boston, shortly after they released their first album.


AIRCHECK: WLIR: Billy Joel Live in Concert [scoped-stereo]

May 6, 1977 (117:19)

Contributed by Brian Wolfson

WLIR (FM) broadcast many live local concerts. This concert was recorded on May 6, 1977 and rebroadcast around the Christmas holidays, but we don't know the year of the rebroadcast. WLIR broadcast many past concerts during that week. Part 4 is after the concert and features a bit of air personality Michael Ross.

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AIRCHECK: WNBC-AM: Cousin Brucie's Last Radio Show [scoped-mono]

Friday, August 12, 1977 [2:40:40]

Contributed by Rich Barbato

This is Bruce Morrow's last radio show on WNBC-AM, which was about to change format with a new programming team. Bruce made it sound like he was leaving radio completely, but he would eventually join WCBS-FM (from June 1982 until the JACK format started in June of 2005) and soon after its demise, to Sirius Satellite Radio (in 2005). In the meantime, Bruce became a co-owner of half a dozen radio stations and a TV station.

By listening to the show, one would think that Bruce was leaving over issues of creative freedom, but all indications were that he was let go to facilitate the format change. Bruce had joined the station in August of 1974, first in a 6-10pm slot, then moving in December to 10am and eventually back to evenings. Other DJs on the station included Joe McCoy, Walt Baby Love, Dick Summer and Johnny Michaels.

A few weeks after Morrow's departure, Bob Pittman would take over and the lineup would include Ellie Dylan, Johnny Dark, Lee Masters, Alan Beebe, Batt Johnson and Frank Reed. In the Fall of 1979, Don Imus would return to the station and in late Summer of 1982, Howard Stern would join, changing the tone of radio forever.

Personalities appearing on this last show, either in-person or on the phone, included Bobby Wayne, Ted Brown, Don Kirshner, Mel Phillips, Tony Guida, Jack Cafferty, Bob Fitzsimmons, Joe McCoy, Johnny O, Les Marshak, Jack Lacy, Mitch Levy, Paul Sherman, Don Imus, John Bohannon, Bill Rock, Dick Summer, Joe O' Brien and Charlie Warner, among others.

On WINS and WABC-AM, Bruce was an incredible personality who created an amazing anarchic persona and a party atmosphere. He truly created a 'theater of the mind'. On the downside, his over-the-top platitudes and self-importance could be tiresome. But he had and has a very loyal audience with people who have been listening to him for over 50 years.

Being his last show, you'd think there would be tons of old aircheck segments and the like. But aside from re-recorded pop theme songs with Cousin' Brucie lyrics and two segments from his WINS days, there's not much in the way of archival material here - I guess WABC wouldn't let him use anything from his tenure there. WNBC was a full-service radio station, so we do get to hear extensive news, which is quite interesting (we cut out most of the weather reports). There seems to be a ton of spots, so one wonders why they felt the need to change formats, although in 1977, WABC-AM was still winning, so maybe WNBC felt they had to differentiate.

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AIRCHECK: Alison Steele's Nightbird & Company with Neil Sedaka and George Martin [scoped-stereo]

airdate: circa Summer 1977

Contributed by Dan McCue

In 1977, in an attempt to boost his career beyond the revival he had in 1974, Neil Sedaka left Elton John's Rocket Records for Elektra. He issued an album called "A Song", produced by George Martin. The album achieved only moderate success, reaching a peak position on the Billboard charts of 59 and appearing for seven weeks.

Both Sedaka and Beatles' producer George Martin appear in this interview with Steele.


PROMOTION: The Crawdaddy Rock Review

circa Fall 1977

In 1977, Crawdaddy magazine reformulated its syndicated radio show and hired production company Cinema Sound Ltd. to produce a magazine style show with host Pete Fornatale. The show was short-lived: it lasted only 13 weeks, but it contained some marvelous interviews and other bits. This is an early ad for the program, which was sponsored by Discwasher, a company that made LP vinyl cleaning products.

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AIRCHECK: The Crawdaddy Rock Review #3 w/Pete Fornatale [stereo]

1st air: October 15, 1977 (51:54)

As noted above, The Crawdaddy Rock Review with host Pete Fornatale was syndicated to many stations across the country.

This is show #3, featuring interviews with Dwight Twilly & Phil Seymour of the Dwight Twilly band and with Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. It also features reviews of albums by Nona Hendryx and the Rolling Stones as well as comedy bits from Steve Allen and "Nonsense News". This is a complete show, except for two spots.

This show is very rare as it never aired in New York City. It aired on several hundred commercial and non-commercial stations across the U.S. (The Dennis Wilson interview is in part 2).

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AIRCHECK: The Crawdaddy Rock Review #4 w/Pete Fornatale [stereo]

1st air: October 22, 1977 (51:29)

Phoebe Snow

This is show #4, featuring interviews with Bee Gee Andy Gibb and Phoebe Snow. It also features reviews of albums by Hirth Martinez and Danny Peck (talk about rarities) as well as comedy bits from Woody Allen and "Nonsense News". This is a complete show, except for two spots.

This show is very rare as it never aired in New York City. It aired on several hundred commercial and non-commercial stations across the U.S.

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AIRCHECK: The Crawdaddy Rock Review #12 w/Pete Fornatale [stereo]

1st air: December 17, 1977 (53:42)

This is show #12, featuring interviews with Melissa Manchester and Johnny Winter. It also features reviews of albums by Gentle Giant and Chick Corea as well as comedy bits from Stan Freberg and "Nonsense News". This is a complete show, except for two spots.

Melissa Manchester

This show is very rare as it never aired in New York City. It aired on several hundred commercial and non-commercial stations across the U.S.

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AIRCHECK: The Crawdaddy Rock Review #13 w/Pete Fornatale [stereo]

1st air: December 24, 1977 (51:57)

This is show #13, featuring interviews with Todd Rundgren and the late comedian David Brenner, who died in March of 2014. It also features reviews of albums from Alan Price (Animals keyboardist) and Earth, Wind & Fire. This is a complete show, except for two spots.

This show is very rare as it never aired in New York City. It aired on several hundred commercial and non-commercial stations across the U.S. The David Brenner interview begins Part 2.

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AIRCHECK: Alison Steele's "Inside Track"

circa 1979

contributed by Dan McCue

We're guessing at the date. It probably could have been anytime between 1975 and 1980. This was a series of very short interview segments Alison did with various artists for this syndicated feature which was sponsored by the U.S. Army Reserve. Why they thought Alison Steele would be someone who would attract potential candidates for the Reserves is beyond me. I suspect Alison excerpted these from much longer interviews.

We removed the Army spot from all but the last interview and combined the two Jan & Dean segments together for easier listening.

Part 1 contains: Robert Plant, Chuck Mangione, Hall & Oates, Nicolette Larson, Cliff Richard and Jan & Dean.

Part 2 contains: Brian May (Queen), Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship), Melissa Manchester, Bev Bevan (ELO), Rupert Holmes, Charlie Daniels and Richie Furay.

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AIRCHECK: WPIX-FM: Meg Griffin [scoped - stereo]

November 1979 (56:52)

contributed by David Weinstein

This is a spectacular aircheck of Meg Griffin on WPIX-FM during its stint as a progressive rock station. She plays a killer set of music. Only Meg could segue The Clash into a very early Beatles track or David Bowie into Hank Ballard and make it work. We also hear from Fingerrprintz, Tom Petty, Dwight Twilley, Neil Young, Donovan, Lou Reed, Mink DeVille and more. This is what great programming was all about and what made radio necessary and fun. Nothing sounds like this today and it doesn't sound the least bit dated because it has so much integrity.


Aircheck Odds & Ends: 1980s

A Pete Fornatale Compilation

circa 1980

We actually don't know when this is from. It's a tribute to Pete Fornatale featuring a compilation of segments mostly from his Campus Caravan college show on WFUV before joining WNEW-FM with segments from probably 1966 and 1967. There's also a segment near the end that features Dennis Elsas and Scott Muni that's quite funny.

We believe that this may have been put together by Dennis Elsas to celebrate his friendship with Pete. It was a fitting tribute when it was made, probably 30 years ago, and it's a fitting tribute today. We assume that it was broadcast, but we don't know.


Rosko recites Desiderata

circa 1980

"You are a child of the universe.
No less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here"

A recording of Rosko reciting Desiderata, which sounds like a hippie feel-good mantra, but was actually written in either 1906 or 1920 (accounts vary) by Max Ehrmann. Radio and TV personality Les Crane (who once hosted a TV talk show debate between free-form and top-40 jocks) recorded it in 1971 on Warner Bros. records where it spent an amazing 12 weeks on the chart and peaked at #8. It also became a popular poster. While this version was recorded for LP, Rosko used to read this on the air from time to time.

In 1971, the National Lampoon satirized the Crane recording with "Deteriorata", featuring voice-over actor Norman Rose backed up by a then little known singer named Melissa Manchester. It was released as a single which peaked at #91 and also appeared on the Radio Dinner album.

Thanks to RJJNY for posting this on YouTube.

AIRCHECK: WNBC(AM): Soupy Sales [scoped-mono]

Friday, May 21, 1982 (46:09)

Contributed by Rich Barbato

Soupy Sales (Milton Supman) was born in January of 1926. After serving in the military near the end of WWII, he started performing in nightclubs as a comic, dancer and singer while obtaining his Master's degree in journalism. Sales hosted a number of local shows in the early days of television in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Detroit. By 1955, when he was still in his 20's, he hosted a lunchtime show that was broadcast nationally on ABC and he became known for frequently taking a pie in the face during comedy routines.

Soupy Sales

Soupy also hosted a nighttime show that featured such jazz greats as Stan Getz, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. Joe Messina, who would later become a member of the Motown house band, The Funk Brothers, was a member of Soupy's studio band.

In 1960, Soupy's show emanated from Los Angeles and he also often guest hosted on "The Tonight Show" in the period between Jack Paar and when Johnny Carson took over the show in October of 1962.

Soupy was best known for his New York City daily TV show that ran between 1964 and 1966. 260 episodes were syndicated nationally. This show featured such music groups as the Motown acts The Temptations and The Supremes and stars such as Jerry Lewis, members of the Rat Pack and Judy Garland. Even Frank Sinatra took a pie in the face on this show. The show also featured puppets and characters such as "White Fang" and "Black Tooth".

Soupy was reputed to have told off-color jokes on the air, but he once offered $10,000 to anyone who could prove that had actually been the case. He also once jokingly told kids watching the show to sneak a dollar out of their parents' pockets and send it to him. Alternative versions of the story either have him receiving tens of thousands of dollars or absolutely zero. The network suspended him for two weeks. But it made him even more popular.

In April of 1965, Soupy had a hit single with the novelty song, "The Mouse". While it only peaked nationally at #76, it stayed on the charts for six weeks during the height of Beatlemania and received much radio play. Soupy sang the song on the Ed Sullilvan Show in September of 1965 appearing right before the Beatles.

In the late 1970's, Soupy hosted a new short-lived TV show out of Los Angeles and he was also a popular talk-show guest and game-show panelist appearing on such shows as "What's My Line" and a revival of "To Tell The Truth".

Soupy's radio show on WNBC began in March of 1985 where he did mid-mornings between Don Imus and Howard Stern. Stern and Soupy didn't get along and Stern would 'torture' Soupy on the air. In 2007, Stern claimed to have regrets over how he treated Sales. In March of 1987, after Soupy's contract was not renewed, he ranted on the air about how he had been unfairly treated and was removed from the air.

This aircheck contains a small bit of Soupy's show just two months after it started. In our opinion, Soupy's hesitant speaking style didn't lend itself very well to radio. Soupy was a visual comedian. And while Soupy was a jazz and soul aficionado, he didn't seem to know much about the boring music he was forced to play, which was usually introduced by another member of his "crew". But in spite of that, listening to Soupy was far more fun than listening to your average liner-card reader or hot-talk comic.

Soupy died in 2009 at the age of 83 after battling cancer.

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AIRCHECK: 660 WNBC(AM) Soupy Sales with guest Dan Ingram [scoped-mono]

November 12, 1986

Contributed by Rich Barbato

Dan Ingram sits in with Soupy and talks about his career, including the giant ratings WABC had achieved, how WABC used wireless microphones to cover the Beatles, his stint with comedian David Brenner, his sort stint at WKTU, the 'Principal of the Year' contest and his work on HBO's "Coming Attractions". This interview is interesting because it covers a lot of ground that I think most people, even radio nerds, have forgotten about Dan Ingram's career.

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AIRCHECK: Ruth Brown's "Harlem Hit Parade" (NPR)

Sunday, January 4, 1987

Contributed by Ken Tullipano

Ruth Brown, who has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, was one of the major forces behind the success of Atlantic Records, beginning in 1949 and lasting through the 50's, recording such classics as "Teardrops In My Eyes" and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean". She left showbiz in the 1960s, but returned in the mid-70s on a TV sitcom with MacLean Stevenson (M*A*S*H) in "Hello, Larry" and in the film "Hairspray". She hosted NPR's "Harlem Hit Parade" and "BluesStage" for many years. She died in 2006 at the age of 78.

This edition of "Harlem Hit Parade" features Ben E. King, the Drifters, the Heartbreakers and Winnie Brown and includes much music that is virtually never played on the radio anymore, not even on the few so-called Oldies stations that are still around in a few markets.

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AIRCHECK: Ruth Brown's "Harlem Hit Parade" (NPR)

Sunday, January 11, 1987

Contributed by Ken Tullipano

Here's another edition of Harlem Hit Parade, hosted by the performer Ruth Brown, playing more of some very old-school vocal group sounds and R&B.

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AIRCHECK: Scott Muni's "World of Rock" with The Moody Blues

airdate: circa May, 1988

Contributed by Dan McCue

This appears to be a raw interview sans music, straight from the board, of Scott Muni interviewing Justin Hayward and John Lodge of Bluejays and The Moody Blues. Note the great audio quality and the fact that the interview was recorded in stereo.

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AIRCHECK: Scott Muni's "World of Rock" with Mark Knopfler

recorded: June 6, 1988

Contributed by Dan McCue

This is another unedited raw interview that Scott Muni conducted for his "World of Rock" syndicated show, this time with Mark Knopfler. At the time of this interview, Knopfler was still leading Dire Straits and had written film scores for "Local Hero" and "Cal".

In this interview, Knopfler talks about Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, the Everly Brothers and his charitable efforts.

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Aircheck Odds & Ends: 1990s

AIRCHECK: WQCD: Jim Kerr with Pat Prescott [scoped-stereo]

January 27, 1997 morning drivetime

Contributed by Rich Barbato

Many people have asked us why we don't have any airchecks from WPIX-FM. It's simply that we don't have any in our archives and no one else has contributed them yet. But this one comes close: WPIX-FM became smooth jazz WQCD in August of 1988 and Jim Kerr had been with the station back in 1978 and 1979. Pat Prescott had been doing morning drive on the station at least as far back as November of 1990. On January 23, 1997, Jim Kerr rejoined the station and shared morning drive with her. This aircheck is from a few days later.

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Aircheck Odds & Ends: 2000s

AIRCHECK: WTJM 105: Felix Hernandez's Rhythm Review [scoped-stereo]

Sunday, March 5, 2000 apprx 8pm (44:31)

Contributed by Rich Barbato

Felix Hernandez has been hosting his "Rhythm Review" R&B and Soul show on WBGO since 1986. It also aired on WTJM 105 Jammin' Oldies from 1999 to 2002 and on 98.7 WRKS from 2002 to 2012.

Felix has been involved in the R&B world for decades. From 1983 to 1985, he travelled the U.S. recording hundreds of hours of interviews with R&B artists, some of which were used in a syndicated NPR documentary called "Harlem Hit Parade". In 1989, he was awarded production grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts to produce a live blues and R&B program. 234 episodes of the program were created, which were hosted by singer Ruth Brown.

And perhaps most well known are the Rhythm Review dance parties, which began in 1991 at the Tramps nightclub and soon moved to Roseland Ballroom to handle the crowd of several thousand dancers. The event was held regularly at Roseland for more than 20 years and monthly editions of the event are still held at other venues as of this writing (March 2015).

The first part of this aircheck contains the end of an interview with Harvey Fuqua, the leader of the Moonglows and a great record producer. That's followed by a countdown from 1972. The second part of the aircheck includes listener requests.

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AIRCHECK: Scott Muni: Sometime In New York City [scoped-stereo]

September 26, 2002 (40:32)

contributed by David DiSanzo

This is a montage prepared for an event featuring Scott Muni at the Museum of Radio and TV (now the Paley Center for Media) in New York City. It features many highlights from Muni's broadcasting career. Many of these segments can be heard elsewhere on this site, but here they are all together.

Part 3 begins with a short live interview with Scott from the event.

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AIRCHECK: Pete Fornatale WFUV 90.7 [partial show - scoped - stereo]

Saturday, July 12, 2003 (26:10)

contributed by Dan McCue

Here's a segment of Pete's show of "Loose Ends" - tracks he wanted to play on other shows, but couldn't because of time or other reasons.


AIRCHECK: Pete Fornatale WFUV 90.7 [partial show - scoped - stereo]

August 23, 2003 (44:50)

Pete would dedicate at least one show per year to the theme of radio. This is the last 75 minutes of the show he did in 2003.

Much of the show comprises of interviews DJ Pete Migliore did with Jonathan Schwartz and Pete about the history of progressive rock radio.

There is some distortion on this recording, but it's well worth a listen.


AIRCHECK: John Zacherley on Sirius Disorder Ch. 24 [scoped - stereo]

October 31, 2004 12:00 midnight

“Sirius Disorder - I have a friend of mine who is in the hospital with that very affliction.”

On Halloween 2004, Zach did a special six-hour show on the Sirius Disorder channel, the channel programmed by Meg Griffin. While Zach probably didn't pick the music and the Sirius shows were voice-tracked, it was still great to hear the "Cool Ghoul" on the air and there's a tremendous diversity of very interesting and unusual music here.

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YOU TUBE Video: Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight"


Created by Israel Dayan. Posted on YouTube

This unofficial fan documentary was created in 2007 and posted on YouTube in November of 2012. But we never were aware of its existence until now (April 2019).

AUDIO INTERVEW: Dan McCue interviews John Zacherley


Contributed by Dan McCue

Dan Mc Cue is an author and journalist who is in the process of writing the book to end all radio books about WNEW-FM. In 2012, he interviewed John Zacherley by phone. Zach was about 94 at the time and somewhat forgetful of his own history, but he still sounds youthful and great.


AIRCHECK: Vin Scelsa on the Death of Dave Herman [scoped-stereo]

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Contributed by Dan McCue

Vin Scelsa lets his audience know about the death of radio legend Dave Herman.

Scelsa (16:33)