Dan's Aircheck Trading Emporium

WABC-AM (770) Airchecks Through 1975

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Date (YYYY/MM/DD) Start Time Disk Jockey Duration (min) Scoping
------ ------ WABC Jingles. PAMS series 15, 18, and 26 through 29 60 --------
 
1930s
1934/12/10   With host Covina Wright.  A brief segment of a music show from the days when the WABC call letters were actually assigned to the CBS-owned flagship station in New York.  The WABC we all know and love didn't come into existence until the mid-1940s with the divestiture of the blue network by NBC and the creation of the American Broadcasting Company.  With the emergence of a new network with the same initials as its flagship station, CBS no longer wanted the WABC calls and adopted WCBS for 880 in New York.  With the WABC calls now available, ABC changed the calls of its flagship in New York, WJZ, to WABC.  This clip is nice because it ends with the announcer stating that "this is the Columbia Broadcasting System" and then giving the WABC calls. 7 None
 
1950s
1956/06/16 11:29 "Make Believe Ballroom" with Martin Block.  Mr. Block counts down the top 9 hits according to Cashbox Magazine.  I originally obtained a 10-minute scoped version of this with all of the spots of Mr. Block plugging Del Monte canned vegetables and Liggett & Myers Cigarettes intact but all of the songs cut out.  I went ahead and restored the aircheck to its original length by reinserting all of the music.  I think it turned out pretty well, though, and what helped is the very high quality of the original, scoped recording. 10/31 Scoping
1957/12/--   WABC promotional spot.  Features Herb Oscar Anderson and current news clip. 4 ------
1958/11/15 11:30 "Make Believe Ballroom" with Martin Block.  Mr. Block counts down the top 7 hits according to Cashbox Magazine.  There's also a wonderful period WABC station ID.  Click here to hear it.  Mr. Block spends lots of time plugging Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, Cadbury, Flako Pie Crust Mix, and Howard Clothes.  I originally obtained a 9-minute scoped version of this with all of the spots intact but all the songs removed.  I've reinserted the music, and I think it sounds very good.  Note that Mr. Block apparently makes a mistake during the countdown.  After playing the #6 song ("I Got Stung," by Elvis Presley), he previews the next song up, #5, which is to be "Beep, Beep" by The Playmates.  However, before playing it, he launches into a 60-second pitch for Cadbury chocolates, and when he comes out of the spot, he immediately moves to the #4 song, apparently forgetting that he hadn't played the #5.   9/24 Scoping
1959/11/05   21:15 Alan Freed.  Station is ID'd as "WABC AM and FM."  Final 10 minutes is ABC news "People in the News" followed by commentary by John W. Vandercook.  The People in the News person is John Noel-Baker, a British politician who had just been awarded the 1959 Nobel Peace Prize.  This is a very interesting look at a pre-music era WABC, where "news comes first" and the theme is "easy listening."  Audio quality is fair to good. 51 None
 
1961
1961/01/14 12:59 Farrell Smith (fair quality) 44 None
14:58 Jack Carney (fair quality) 44 None
1961/06/06   Jack Carney remote from Freedomland Amusement Park 9 Scoped
1961/07/-- ------ Dan Ingram 31 Scoped
1961/07/-- ------ Scott Muni introduces Les Marshak as a new WABC dj who apparently won the job in an "American Idol" type of contest. 12 Scoped
1961/07/13 16:09 Dan Ingram 19 None
1961/08/-- 22:00 Scott Muni (originally scoped, music restored) 20 None
1961/08/-- ------ Chuck Dunaway (last show) 6 Scoped
1961/11/04 ------ Dan Ingram 9 Scoped
 
1962
1962/01/27 01:03 Charlie Greer 12 Scoped
1962/08/07 ------ Dan Ingram 31 Scoped
1962/08/13 17:10 Dan Ingram 29 None
1962/10/22 12:00 Charlie Greer.  News coverage of Cuban Missile Crisis. (some dx) 54 None
1962/11/-- ------ Dan Ingram 11 Scoped
1962/11/20 ------ Dan Ingram 23 Scoped
1962/12/30 00:55 Bob Lewis 58 None
 
1963
1963/07/-- ------ Dan Ingram 4 Scoped
1963/07/27 15:00 Dan Ingram 31 Slightly
1963/07/29 06:30 Dan Ingram 108 None
1963/07/30 06:09 Dan Ingram 121 None
1963/07/31 ------ Dan Ingram 24 Scoped
1963/10/03 ------ Dan Ingram 16 Scoped
1963/10/07 15:00 Dan Ingram 43 None
1963/10/29 23:00 Bruce Morrow 24 None
1963/11/30   Bruce Morrow. First Saturday Night Party. 24 None
 
1964
1964/01/-- 12:27 Bob Lewis 14 None
1964/01/21 06:01 Herb Oscar Anderson.  Mr. Anderson gives a full rendition, including all verses, of his trademark "Hello, Again." 7 Partly
1964/02/07 01:14 Bob Lewis 83 None
1964/04/01 14:00 Dan Ingram/Bob Dayton 52 None
1964/06/-- ------ Dan Ingram 11 Scoped
1964/06/06 ------ Bob Lewis 18 Scoped
1964/06/12 15:00 Dan Ingram 55 None
1964/06/23 23:21 Bruce Morrow (dx, but listenable) 25 None
1964/07/11 22:00 Bruce Morrow (fairly poor dx, but listenable) 24 None
1964/10/07 15:30 Dan Ingram 29 None
1964/12/30 ------ Charlie Greer 25 Scoped
1964/12/31 23:46 Bruce Morrow/Charlie Greer.  Bruce Morrow counts down to New Year's Day 1965, and Charlie Greer takes over after midnight. 22 None
 
1965
1965/01/26 05:00 Charlie Greer 30 None
1965/03/03 ------ Dan Ingram 63 Scoped
1965/03/06 13:59 Dan Ingram (with Charlie Greer sitting in for the first few minutes as Dan is late). 56 None
1965/03/15 ------ Dan Ingram 16 Scoped
1965/03/21 13:47 Bob Lewis 44 None
1965/03/23 16:14 Dan Ingram 32 None
1965/06/10 21:45 Bruce Morrow 57 News scoped
1965/06/13 14:13 Bob Lewis 26 None
1965/07/-- ------ Bob Dayton 8 Scoped
1965/07/13 12:03 Bob Dayton 15 None
1965/09/01 ------ Ron Lundy.  First show, doing the overnight shift. 11 Scoped
1965/09/07 22:00 Bruce Morrow 54 None
1965/10/05 11:25 Charlie Greer 61 None
1965/10/15 12:00 Charlie Greer 30 None
1965/10/16 ------ Dan Ingram 17 Scoped
1965/11/09 17:19 Dan Ingram.  Last minutes before the onset of the big blackout of 1965. 8 None
1965/11/10 07:22 Herb Oscar Anderson 17 None
------ Dan Ingram.  Day after the big blackout with some post-blackout coverage. 22 Scoped
 
1966
1966/01/01 14:46 Dan Ingram 34 None
1966/02/24 01:21 Ron Lundy 58 None
1966/03/09 19:58 Bruce Morrow 21 None
1966/03/26 17:00 Dan Ingram 46 None
1966/09/-- ------ Chuck Leonard 14 Partly
 
1967
1967-69 ------ Dan Ingram (collection of opening monologues, etc.) 30 ----------
1967/01/14   Charlie Greer 53 None
1967/03/26 16:42 Bob Lewis/Chuck Leonard.  Last 15 minutes of Lewis' show and first 15 of Leonard's this day.  The 5-minute newscast at 4:55 is scoped out. 28 News only
1967/07/01 16:35 Dan Ingram 36 None
1967/07/08 16:30 Dan Ingram 36 None
1967/07/22 16:00 Dan Ingram 112  None
1967/07/25 06:40 Dan Ingram, sitting in for the vacationing Herb Oscar Anderson.  (Quality is fair.) 31 None
1967/07/29 05:52 Dan Ingram, sitting in for Herb Oscar Anderson.  Excellent "Hello Again" to begin the show. 74 None
1967/08/-- ------ Demo tape. 31 None
1967/08/04 ------ Dan Ingram.  Several Howard Cosell sports reports on drag racing and the New York Jets. 26 Partly
1967/08/05 05:49 Dan Ingram filling in for Herb Oscar Anderson.  Includes the last few minutes of Charlie Greer's show.  Excellent quality. 88 None
1967/08/15 ------ Demo tape with Dan Ingram. 51 None
1967/10/-- ------ Big Break demo tape. 27 None
1967/10/13   Herb Oscar Anderson, Ron Lundy (combined aircheck, but not continuous).  Opens with a classic Kent cigarettes commercial. 32 None
1967/11/29 22:00 Bruce Morrow 44 None
1967/12/26 14:05 Dan Ingram 62 Partly
22:30 Bruce Morrow 23 None
23:00 Chuck Leonard 54 None
1967/12/27 03:00 Charlie Greer 29 None
1967/12/30 01:37 Charlie Greer 58 None
1967/12/31 23:25 Bruce Morrow 30 None
 
1968
1968/--/-- ------ "Voices of Vista" with Herb Oscar Anderson and featuring Paul Simon of Simon and Garfunkel 3 ------
1968/01/01 01:00 Bob Lewis 57 None
1968/01/02 15:01 Dan Ingram 45 None
1968/01/26 15:00 Dan Ingram 38 None
1968/02/03 13:14 Roby Yonge 41 Partly
1968/02/28 21:00 Bruce Morrow 53 None
1968/03/26 ------ Herb Oscar Anderson 25 Scoped
1968/04/09 22:03 Bruce Morrow (DX) 31 Partly
1968/04/13 17:00 Dan Ingram 70 None
1968/06/20 15:42 Dan Ingram 74 Commercials and news only
1968/07/04   Dan Ingram 184 None
1968/07/31 10:33 Chuck Leonard for Ron Lundy 30 None
1968/08/06 06:16 Dan Ingram (sub for Herb Oscar Anderson) 37 None but not continuous
1968/08/10 ------ Dan Ingram (sub for Herb Oscar Anderson) 29 Scoped
1968/09/04 13:35 Roby Yonge 27 None
1968/09/09 19:00 Bruce Morrow 230 None
21:00 Bruce Morrow 52 None
1968/09/17 19:29 Bruce Morrow 93 None
1968/10/09 23:10 Chuck Leonard 31 None
1968/11/02 ------ Dan Ingram 30 Scoped
1968/11/05 22:00 Bruce Morrow 37 None
1968/11/06 19:00 Bruce Morrow.  Election night 1968. 217 None
1968/11/06-07 00:13 Charlie Greer.  Election night 1968 coverage. 62 None
1968/11/26 23:07 Chuck Leonard 49 None
1968/11/27 00:16 Charlie Greer 29 None
1968/11/28 23:08 Chuck Leonard 46 None
1968/12/27 00:34 Chuck Leonard.  Mr. Leonard reads Dennison's ads all night long. 228 None
1968/12/28 12:25 Ron Lundy (featuring the Top 100 of 1968) 29 None
13:25 Dan Ingram (sitting in for Roby Yonge, featuring the Top 100 of 1968) 31 None
1968/12/31 23:26 Chuck Leonard (featuring the Top 100 of 1968) 31 None
 
1969
1969/--/-- ------ Dan Ingram (standby tape) 57 None
1969/01/01 ------ Dan Ingram 16 Scoped
1969/01/11 00:38 Charlie Greer 93 None
1969/01/23 ------ Dan Ingram 22 Scoped
1969/01/29 20:00 Bruce Morrow 54 None
1969/05/-- 21:05 Bruce Morrow 32 None
1969/08/05 02:12 Charlie Greer (features several great Dennison's ads, simulcast with WABC-FM) 28 None
1969/08/28 ------ Dan Ingram 9 Scoped
1969/09/04 ------ Dan Ingram 8 Scoped
1969/09/14 02:34 Les Marshak 31 None
1969/10/-- ------ Les Marshak 11 Scoped
1969/10/04 22:35 Jim Nettleton (first show) 41 News scoped
1969/10/05 ------ Jim Nettleton (second show) 15 Scoped
1969/10/07 19:00 Bruce Morrow 30 None
1969/10/21 00:38 Roby Yonge.  He mentions that his last show is coming up, and he goes on at length about the "Paul is dead" controversy. 32 None
1969/10/23 18:18 Bruce Morrow 41 None
1969/11/15 09:30 Harry Harrison 19 None
1969/12/26 14:00 Dan Ingram (full show, featuring the top 100 songs of 1969) 216 None
 
1970
1970/02/07 04:03 Les Marshak 39 None
1970/04/17 14:35 Dan Ingram 31 None
1970/05/01 15:27 Dan Ingram 31 None
1970/05/14 22:29 Chuck Leonard 45 None
1970/05/25 16:36 Dan Ingram 29 None
1970/06/02 14:09 Dan Ingram 63 None
1970/07/04 13:59 Jim Nettleton for Dan Ingram 31 None
1970/07/10 12:00 Ron Lundy 29 None
1970/07/29 08:53 Harry Harrison.  Begins with a full American Contemporary Network newscast, including the network sounder.  (Fair-to-good quality.) 61 None
1970/07/29 10:00 Ron Lundy.  (Fair-to-good quality.) 120 None
1970/09/05 11:45 Ron Lundy 28 None
1970/10/08 01:18 Jay Reynolds 54 None
1970/10/14 13:25 Ron Lundy 28 None
13:55 Dan Ingram.  Begins with full American Contemporary Radio newscast. 26 None
1970/10/27 01:18 Jay Reynolds 53 None
1970/11/14 13:25 Ron Lundy followed by Dan Ingram 54 None
1970/12/11 ------ Dan Ingram 39 Scoped
1970/12/25 19:36 Bruce Morrow (featuring the Top 100 of 1970) 92 None
23:05 Chuck Leonard 44 None
1970/12/26 12:40 Jay Reynolds 91 None
 
1971
1971/01/01   Bruce Morrow.  Featuring the top 100 of 1970. 42 None
1971/03/19 13:59 Dan Ingram 33 None
1971/04/01 14:58 Dan Ingram 52 None
1971/04/05 14:00 Dan Ingram 55 None
1971/04/09 17:59 Bruce Morrow 31 None
1971/05/06 ------ Dan Ingram 16 Scoped
1971/05/22 14:00 Dan Ingram 47 None
1971/06/--   Chuck Leonard 45 None
1971/06/26 22:02 Frank Kingston Smith.  First show. 118 None
1971/07/09 19:16 Frank Kingston Smith sitting in for Bruce Morrow. 30 None
20:08 Frank Kingston Smith sitting in for Bruce Morrow. 30 None
1971/07/13 08:18 Harry Harrison 45 None
13:38 Ron Lundy/Dan Ingram 46 None
1971/07/17 00:00 Jay Reynolds (dx) 29 None
1971/07/25 12:11 Chuck Leonard 38 None
1971/08/15 15:07 Chuck Leonard 60 None
1971/08/31 15:00 Dan Ingram 176 Partially
1971/10/09 06:11 Harry Harrison 77 None
1971/10/31 12:00 Chuck Leonard 39 None
1971/11/06 ------ Dan Ingram 14 Scoped
1971/11/20 ------ Dan Ingram 16 Scoped
1971/12/21 ------ Dan Ingram 5 Scoped
1971/12/29 14:00 Dan Ingram 42 None
 
1972
1972/--/-- ------ Pams series 43 jingles 9 ------
1972/03/01 15:00 Dan Ingram 52 None
1972/03/26 ------ Jim Perry 9 Scoped
1972/04/01 13:58 Dan Ingram (overlaps the aircheck below) 57 None
1972/04/08 ------ Dan Ingram 8 Scoped
1972/05/00 ------ Ron Lundy 29 Commercials only
1972/06/29 14:00 Dan Ingram 50 None
1972/08/23 14:47 Dan Ingram 41 None
1972/12/07 16:03 Dan Ingram 38 None
19:33 Bruce Morrow 30 None
 
1973
1973/02/08   Dan Ingram 27 None
1973/04/03 17:15 Frank Kingston Smith 31 None
1973/05/03 21:00 Bruce Morrow 42 None
1973/06/22 13:59 Dan Ingram 37 None
1973/07/06 01:00 Jay Reynolds 37 None
18:19 Dan Ingram 23 None
19:00 Bruce Morrow 15 None
1973/07/17 17:55 Bruce Morrow (mild dx) 51 None
1973/07/30 14:01 Dan Ingram 38 None
1973/08/14 21:07 Bruce Morrow 88 None
1973/10/-- ------ Dan Ingram 7 Scoped
1973/10/06 14:59 Dan Ingram 61 None
1973/11/-- 21:43 Bruce Morrow 29 None
1973/12/31   Bruce Morrow 31 None
 
1974
1974-1975 ------ Dan Ingram (collection of monologues) 50 ------
1974/06/21 14:58 Dan Ingram (quality is fair) 185 None
1974/07/02 05:58 Harry Harrison 185 None
1974/07/03 14:59 Dan Ingram 113 None
1974/07/13 18:00 Bruce Morrow 91 None
1974/07/13 21:57 Johnny Donovan 34 None
1974/08/07 ------ Bruce Morrow (portion of last show at WABC) 8 Music scoped
Bruce Morrow (additional segments from his last show at WABC) 13 Partly
1974/09/09 17:59 George Michael.  First show at WABC. 49 None
1974/12/19 18:00 George Michael 66 None
1974/12/20 06:18 Harry Harrison 164 None
1974/12/23 16:20 Dan Ingram 29 None
1974/12/25 10:58 Johnny Donovan sits in for a portion of Ron Lundy's show on Christmas day.  Steve O'Brien comes on at noon.  This aircheck overlaps the one below. 93 None
12:05 Steve O'Brien sits in for a portion of Ron Lundy's show on Christmas day.  The first half-hour of this aircheck is the same as the last half-hour of the one above. 80 None
1974/12/26 06:00 Harry Harrison with the Top 100 of 1974. 184 None
 
1975
1975/02/05 13:20 Ron Lundy 31 None
1975/02/26 13:58 Dan Ingram 185 None
1975/03/11 06:55 Harry Harrison (very high quality aircheck) 194 None
1975/03/16 16:35 Steve O'Brien 82 None
18:00 Johnny Donovan 107 None
1975/03/19  13:30 Johnny Donovan 29 None
13:55 Dan Ingram 23 None
1975/05/09 16:00 Dan Ingram 45 None
1975/06/26 18:49 George Michael 61 None
1975/07/26 14:06 Dan Ingram 32 None
1975/08/-- 17:00 Dan Ingram 29 None
1975/09/09 14:00 Dan Ingram 181 None
1975/09/10 09:56 Ron Lundy (full show) 127 None
1975/09/16 00:40 Jay Reynolds 46 None
1975/11/02 10:31 Chuck Leonard 89 None
1975/11/06 18:26 Dan Ingram 20 None
1975/12/25 11:49 Ron Lundy 91 None
1975/12/29 06:00 Harry Harrison (very high quality aircheck; Harry's full show this day playing the Top 100 of 1975) 244 None
09:55 Ron Lundy (full show; playing the Top 100 of 1975) 139 None
1975/12/31 ------ Harry Harrison 41 Scoped