Dan's Aircheck Trading Emporium

WNBC Airchecks - through 1979

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I also have a few airchecks of WNBC's predecessors at 660 on the New York dial, WEAF and WRCA. Actually, WEAF, which began broadcasting as AT&T-owned WBAY on July 25, 1922 and became WEAF on August 16, 1926 after purchase by RCA, became WNBC on November 10, 1946. It became WRCA on October 18, 1954, and then it switched back to WNBC on May 23, 1960, call letters it kept continuously until the NBC station met its final demise on October 7, 1988.

Both WEAF and WRCA are listed on my "All Other New York City Stations" page, and there is WEAF material on my pre-1950 page.

 

Date (YYYY/MM/DD) Start Time Disk Jockey Duration (min) Scoping
------------ ------ Collection of WNBC jingles, news intros, sports intros, "Time Machine" promos, Norm N. Nite spots, and a few other things.  Bob James comments and laments the demise of WNBC at the end of the recording. 22 ------
Pre-1960
1947/08/25 08:04 Bob Smith 26 None
1948/11/18 Dave Garroway 29 None
1952/08/28   30th Anniversary of commercial broadcasting by NBC at 660 on the dial.  Features lots of Bob & Ray, plus Fred Allen, repeat of Lindbergh returns to U.S. in 1927 with Graham MacNamee, and Ukelele Ike. 28 None
1960-1969
1969/07/01   Bill Cullen/Chet Huntley/NBC news intro 3 None
1969/07/05 09:05 Joe O'Brien.  Newcast is from NBC Monitor.  Gene Rayburn is heard. 56 None (except news at the half-hour)
1969/07/12 08:34 Jack Spector (substituting for Joe O'Brien) 46 None
1970
1970/09/07 16:08 Dan Daniel 17 None
1971
1971/08/12 09:28 Big Wilson 12 None
1971/12/02 05:02 Don Imus.  First show at WNBC. 58 None
1972
1972/05/29 06:38 Don Imus 24 None
1972/06/04   Ted Brown on NBC Monitor 15 None
1972/07/01 17:47 Murray the K 78 None
1972/07/02 15:07 Murray the K 167 None
1972/09/--   Murray the K interviews Neil Diamond.  Included is a "free association" segment of his best songs to this point.  Mr. Diamond took a short sabbatical after this interview.  Not complete. 46 None
1972/11/15 07:20 Don Imus 46 None
1972/12/02 06:12 Don Imus 45 None
1973
1973 or 1974   WNBC Promotion 8 None
1973/01/13 21:14 Murrray the K 92 Commercials
1973/05/-- 10:32 Don Imus 15 None
1973/08/--   Don Imus, with Robert W. Morgan 10 None
1973/08/--   Murray the K with Wolfman Jack, who at the time was just in the process of joining WNBC. 22 Partially
1973/08/06   Wolfman Jack 98 None
1973/09/05   Wolfman Jack (some dx) 47 Partially
1973/09/19   Wolfman Jack 46 None
1973/10/11   Don Imus 92 None
1973/10/30 06:07 Don Imus 45 None
1973/12/--   Performance of "A Christmas Carol" with Don Imus as Scrooge, Wolfman Jack as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Big Wilson as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Pat Willey (sp?) as the Ghost of Christmas Future, Murray the K as Bob Cratchit, and Donna Petrona as Tiny Tim.  Narrated by Tony Taylor.  About as corny as you thing it would be. 25 None
1973/12/31 23:02 Don Imus and Wolfman Jack welcome the new year. 118 None
1974
1974/03/15 09:51 Don Imus with Big Wilson (Wilson's last day) 41 Partly
1974/03/15 13:35 Big Wilson.  Last 85 minutes of his last WNBC show.  Nice quality recording and kind of sad to listen to. 85 None
1974/06/25 ------ Wolfman Jack (last show at WNBC) 54 Scoped
1974/08/19 18:05 Bruce Morrow (sign-on for his first show at WNBC) 51 None
21:17 Bruce Morrow (later segment of his first show at WNBC) 32 None
1974/10/16 23:00 Tony Taylor.  Regular programming immediately following game 4 of the 1974 World Series. Begins with full top-of-the-hour NBC News newscast with Ann Taylor. 29 None
1974/12/31 09:59 Bruce Morrow (first three hours of his four-hour show on New Year's Eve) 190 None
1975
1975/--/-- ------ Bob Vernon 8 Scoped
1975/01/01 10:00 Bruce Morrow 184 None
1975/01/01 13:53 Al Brady 185 None
1975/01/07 16:08 Bob Vernon 182 None
1975/01/15 20:05 Oogie Pringle 177 None
1975/01/21 06:13 Don Imus 180 None
1975/03/03 05:10 Radio City Bill (mild dx) 30 None
1975/03/04 05:26 Dick Summer 31 None
1975/03/11 20:53 Oogie Pringle.  First seven minutes is the end of a segment with Dr. Demento as a guest.  Dr. Demento plays some of his unique songs.  He was in town to appear on the "Tomorrow" show hosted by Tom Snyder which followed The Tonight Show at that time.  Includes full 9 p.m. newscast. 36 None
1975/03/12 20:06 Oogie Pringle 55 None
1975/03/12 21:06 Oogie Pringle.  Dr. Demento is a guest this hour.  Continuation of aircheck above but picks up after the 9 p.m. newscast, which is missing.  Ends at 21:24. 18 None
1975/03/12 21:27 Oogie Pringle.  Dr. Demento is guest.  Continuation of aircheck above with the three minutes between 9:24 and 9:27 p.m. missing. 34 None
1975/03/22 10:00 Dick Summer 78 None
1975/03/27 18:03 Bob Vernon 53 None
1975/04/-- 19:35 Bruce Morrow with Benny Bell (of "Shaving Cream" fame).  Some dx. 26 None
1975/04/01 10:12 Jody Morrow (Bruce Morrow's wife) 30 None
1975/04/01 10:40 Al Brady 161 None
1975/04/01 14:58 Al Brady/Bob Vernon 60 None
1975/04/18 16:28 Bob Vernon 165 None
1975/04/29 10:04 Bruce Morrow 193 None
1975/08/15 00:30 Dick Summer 30 None
1975/09/27 12:23 Bob Vernon 65 None
1975/10/-- 12:42 Bob Vernon 32 None
1975/10/05 18:00 Norm N. Nite 182 None
1975/11/09 20:00 Norm N. Nite.  Doo-Wop.  Randy and the Rainbows live 62 None
1975/11/27 10:08 Bruce Morrow.  First hour has Cousin Brucie covering the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 184 None
1975/12/24   Presentation of Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol." 27 None
1976
1976/01/01 10:11 Bruce Morrow (full show) 229 None
1976/01/01 14:00 Bob Vernon 131 None
1976/02/29 20:05 Norm N. Nite 61 None
1976/04/04 12:11 Dick Summer (full show) 178 None
1977
1977/04/14 06:54 Don Imus 48 None
1977/07/14   coverage of the 1977 New York City blackout 30 None
1977/07/23 08:04 Don Imus 180 None
1977/08/08 06:48 Scotty Brink (first show) 90 None
1977/08/12 18:00 Bruce Morrow (last show) 245 None
22:00 Dick Summer.  Mr. Summer pays tribute to Bruce Morrow, whose last show at WNBC had aired immediately before. 128 None
1977/08/19 17:07 Walt Baby Love (last show, right up to the end--aircheck extends into Steve Orange show after 6 p.m.) 59 None
1977/08/23 08:24 Buzz Brindle for Don Imus 44 None
1977/08/24 08:23 Don Imus 46 None
1977/08/26 08:24 Don Imus 46 None
1977/08/27 08:23 Don Imus 45 None
15:03 Buzz Brindle (last hour of last show) 61 None
1977/08/29 ------ Dennis the Menace.  Johnny Dark doing a spoof to throw off the competition.  Mr. Dark came up with the name Dennis the Menace as a salute to his friend Dennis Waters with whom he worked in Sarasota, Florida as Ken Kold. 32 Scoped
1977/08/31 13:04 Joe McCoy (last show) 62 None
14:08 Steve Warren 46 None
18:28 Norm N. Nite (last show--sort of) 46 None
1977/09/01 12:03 Johnny Dark (second-last hour of the "old" WNBC) 57 None
------ Begins just before 2 p.m. this day with the introduction by WNBC program director Bob Pittman of WNBC's "All New" format.  Features snippets of Lee Masters, Allen Beebe, Batt Johnson, Ellie Dylan, and Johnny Dark.  Extends into the next day. 49 Scoped
13:59 Lee Masters and Alan Beebe.  First two hours of WNBC's "All New" format. 116 None
1977/09/10 13:52 Jay Stone 46 None
1977/09/11 13:15 Bob Pittman 44 None
1978
1978/01/17 08:33 Ellie Dylan 60 None
1978/02/11 00:27 Scott Benjamin 44 None
1978/03/09 01:59 Lee Masters 47 None
1978/04/30 17:55 "Unknown DJ" (Jack Armstrong) 92 None
1978/05/08 18:42 Mark Driscoll 48 None
1978/05/10 18:25 Mark Driscoll 44 None
1978/08/05 17:34 Lee Masters (last show) 84 None
1978/08/07 18:40 Scotty Brink 89 None
1978/07/23 01:00 Norm N. Nite 44 None
1978/09/01 01:00 Norm N. Nite 46 None
1978/09/04 02:56 Roz Frank 39 None
1978/10/23 19:00 Mike Sarzynski 69 None
1978/12/04 18:50 Mike Sarzynski 45 None
1979
1979/04/12 14:00 Lee Masters 46 None
1979/04/12 19:00 Mike Sarzynski 46 None
1979/06/21 ------ Frank Reed 8 Scoped
1979/09/03  05:31 Don Imus.  First show back in New York after a two-year stint in Cleveland.  Pretty much complete.  Some speed fluctuations for about six minutes from about 8:24 to 8:30 a.m.  There's a break in the recording between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m.  Recording extends 15 minutes into the Johnny Dark show which followed at 10 a.m. 277 None (except for 15 minute break between 0830 and 0845)