Dan's Aircheck Trading Emporium

New York City Airchecks

(excludes WABC, WCBS-FM, and WNBC)

call letters WA to WL

Call Letters Frequency Date (YYYY/MM/DD) Start Time Disk Jockey and/or format (positioner) Duration (min) Scoping
WABC 880 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 know today 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.  (Arthur Godfrey discusses this in a 1946 WCBS radio documentary listed farther down on this page.)  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.  Certainly something you'd never hear today, this is a cool piece of radio history! 7 None
various 1977/07/13 ------ coverage of the blackout from WPLJ, WABC, WINS, WCBS 46 ----------
various 1977/07/13 ------ more coverage of the blackout from WPLJ, WINS, WABC, WCBS-AM, WCBS-FM, WHN, WNBC, and WMCA 60 ----------
WABC-FM 95.5 1967/06/--   Bob Lewis ("Bob-a-loo")/AOR 56 None
1968/06/--   Bob Lewis ("Free Radio") 52 News only
1968/11/08 21:15 Bob Lewis 54 None
1969/--/--   Program director Alan Shaw explains his programming philosophy (about 12 minutes) followed by a 15-minute demonstration of the Love format with dj Brother John Rydgren.  An interesting insight into the early workings of mainstream FM radio. 27 None
1969/11/--   Mike Cuscuna interviews Dan Ingram 84 None
1969/10/--   Brother John Rydgren 62 None
1969/11/14   Bob Lewis/AOR 44 None
1970/01/05   Bob Lewis/AOR 63 None
WADO 1280 1961/02/13   Alan Fredericks 39 None
1964/12/-- 23:12 Jocko 41 None
WAPP-FM
(Lake Success)
103.5 1982/06/15   Bruce Figler.  First day of "The Apple." 45 None
  Joe Crouse 45 None
1983/01/12 17:24 Chip Hobart and Garth Hemp 88 None
1986/04/-- 22:35 Kelly West/AC ("Hot 103") 47 None
1986/08/14 08:32 Charle Berger 46 None
WAXQ-FM 104.3 1993/12/17 23:52 Change at midnight from classical WNCN-FM.  First 10 minutes starting at midnight is sound of clock ticking.  WNCN president explains the dropping of the classical format and suggests other stations classical fans can tune to. 46 None
1998/12/28   Scott Muni/Classic Rock ("Q-104") 61 None
1998/12/29   Scott Muni/Classic Rock ("Q-104") 63 None
2003/12/05   Pat St. John introduced on the day before his first day at the station. 8 None
2004/02/08   Dan Ingram celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in New York. 183 None
2004/09/29   Tribute to Scott Muni who died 9/28/04. 148 None
WBAI-FM 99.5 1962/03/11   Cynthia Gooding hosts the program "Folksinger's Choice" and has as guest 20-year-old Bob Dylan eight days before the release of his first album.  Mr. Dylan talks, sings, and plays his guitar. 57 None
WBCQ, Radio Newyork International Click for separate page.  Pirate radio station.
WBIX-FM 105.1 1998/12/04   Oldies ("Jammin' Oldies") (last song of old format and first four hours of the new "jammin' oldies" on this frequency--DJ is Al Bandiero) 247 None
1999/01/15 23:30 Famous Amos 96 None
1999/01/16   Big Ron/Oldies ("Jammin' Oldies") 32 None
WBLS-FM 107.5 1977/04/14 23:23 Frankie Crocker, Ken Webb 62 None
1978/12/-- 17:15 B. K. Kirkland 36 None
1981/08/29 11:15 Pat Prescott 45 None
1983/--/--   Timmy Boyd 47 None
1983/01/03   Sergio 31 None
1983/10/--   Sergio 47 None
1983/10/28   Frankie Crocker and Ricky Ricardo 32 None
1983/10/30 10:52 Vaughn Harper 31 None
1997/04/21 13:12 Holly Levitt, Ricky Ricardo 88 None
2002/04/07   Hal Jackson 47 None
WCBS-AM 880 1946/11/02   "This Is WCBS."  A documentary about the radio station at 880 on the AM dial in New York City on the occasion of its change of call letters, which had been WABC since 1926.  Hosted by Arthur Godfrey.  30 None
1948/10/04   Harrington & Wood.  Live music with Norm Brokenshier.  (some tape speed probems near the beginning) 15 None
1958/11/06 08:15 Jack Sterling.  10th Anniversary Show.  Station is ID'd as "WCBS AM and FM." 40 None
1961/07/29   Mitch Miller.  Last show. 43 None
1962/01/01 00:30 Remotes of Big Bands from Various Locations celebrating New Year's 1962. 94 None
1967/08/28 06:00 Charles Osgood.  First day as all-news station. 60 None
1971/02/06   blackout coverage 122 None
1986/01/28 11:30 coverage of space shuttle Challenger explosion 217 Partly
2012/10/28 14:56 Hurricane Sandy coverage 149 None
2012/10/29 09:04 Hurricane Sandy Coverage 109 None
WDBZ-FM 105.1 1997/05/22   Hot AC ("The Buzz") 46 None
WEAF 660 1944/06/07 07:00 "Morning in Manhattan" program.  Preceded by very interesting 7 a.m. NBC newscast about the now three-day-old D-Day invasion at Normandy.  Concludes with nice station ID. 29 None
WEVD/WEVD-FM 1330/97.9 1972/05/--   Symphony Sid (Sid Torin).  Final show. 77 None
WFAN 1050 1988/10/07 17:08 WFAN becomes WUKQ at 1050 on the dial.  Last 20 minutes of WFAN at 1050 before move to 660 AM.  Then about 24 minutes of a looped announcement about the new WUKQ.  Features Pete Franklin. 46 None
WFAT (Brooklyn) 1620 1977/12/31 23:29 Pirate radio station from Brooklyn.  From New Year's Eve 1977, this is their first broadcast.  Recording extends to after 3 a.m. on 1/1/78. 221 None
WFUV-FM (Bronx) 90.7 1999/09/11   Dan Romanello.  Featuring the rhythym and blues group Harmony Review. 105 None
2002/01/26   Pete Fornatale.  "Mixed Bag" program. 179 None
2003/10/--   "Words and Music from Studio A" program featuring a profile of and discussion with Joan Baez.  Fordham University radio. 50 None
2007/10/29   Pete Fornatale.  "Ghosts of Radio's Past - 'FUV 60th Anniversary." 17 None
2008/02/09 00:00 Dan Romanello.  Group Harmony Review program.  Tonight's show features the "Ladies of R&B." 124 None
WHN 1050 1939/05/03   Ed East/Big Band 26 None
1962/03/01 04:59 Emey Govan/MOR 61 None
10:58 John Connely/MOR 62 None
14:59 Dean Hunter/MOR 55 None
1962/03/02 07:58 Ted Brown 61 None
1962/11/05 08:00 Dick Shepherd/MOR 61 None
17:00 Bob & Ray 57 None
1972/01/01   Herbert Oscar Anderson/MOR (fair-to-good quality) 86 None
1973/02/26 06:00 Jack Spector.  Change from MOR to country and western. 47 None
1973/08/09 11:45 Bruce Bradley 43 None
1974/12/18 13:00 Jack Spector/country and western 59 None
1975/11/14 00:21 Ed Baer 22 None
1977/04/18 07:29 Larry Kenny 31 None
1978/03/02 14:05 Musician Freddy Fender is guest DJ. 55 None
1978/03/10 16:04 Del DeMontreaux 31 None
1979/04/25 19:00 Dick Clark  (yes, that Dick Clark) 60 None
1979/06/21 ------ Del DeMontreaux 11 Scoped
1979/11/23 08:58 Ed Baer 29 None
1980/09/01 18:48 Mike Fitzgerald 67 None
1980/11/28 09:01 Del DeMontreaux (Thanksgiving Day) 28 None
1982/11/25 00:54 Marc Summers 61 None
1982/11/26 10:13 Lee Arnold 89 None
1985/02/08 09:35 Del Demontreaux with guest Johnny Cash. 30 None
1985/12/26 17:34 Dan Daniel 91 None
1986/01/10 17:32 Dan Daniel 90 None
1986/04/03 09:30 Del DeMontreaux 38 None
1987/01/06 10:39 Lee Arnold with guest Marie Osmond (until 11:00). 62 None
1987/01/07 11:04 Lee Arnold with guests Naomi and Wynonna Judd. 62 None
1987/02/18 17:23 Dan Daniel 91 None
1987/04/03 05:32 Del DeMontreaux 93 None
1987/04/03 08:43 Del DeMontreaux with guest baseball player Bud Harrelson. 93 None
1987/06/30 14:04 Dan Taylor. Final hour as WHN before switch, at 3 p.m., to all-sports WFAN.  Mr. Taylor gives a very nice sign-off and plays "For the Good Times" by Ray Price as the final song. 88 None
2013/02/26   40th Anniversary Reunion 344 None
WHOT-FM (Brooklyn pirate station) 91.5 1982/11/25     184 None
1987/05/24   Hank Hayes and Jim Nazium 97 None
1987/05/31   Albert Brooks featured. 136 None
1987/12/14     251 Partly Scoped
1989/06/30   Hank Hayes and Jim Nazium 59 None
WHVW (Hyde Park) 950 1973/09/12 10:45 J. J. Phillips 42 None
WINS 1010 1955/02/12 20:00 Alan Freed.  Mr. Freed plays “The Top 25 Rock & Roll Hits Of The Week”. On this aircheck are #25 to #10, with a couple of extras in between.  Song #19 is cut.  Included are letters and telegrams between each song, but no ads.* 72 None
1955/03/23   Alan Freed* 61 None
1957/01/25   Alan Freed* 55 None
1958/10/10 09:52 Jack Lacy followed by Stan Burns 30 None
1958/10/30 09:58 Jack Lacy 18 None
1959/12/27 16:02 Mitch Lebe (apparently restored aircheck) 35 None
1960/07/14 ------ Bruce Morrow from the Ravenhall Pool at Coney Island. 15 Scoped
1960/07/30 19:00 Bruce Morrow from the Ravenhall Pool at Coney Island (apparently restored aircheck) 35 None
1961/03/17 19:01 Murray the K 24 None
1962/07/09 08:00 Lonnie Starr (DX) 46 None
15:30 Jack Lacy 32 None
19:00 Murray the K's "Swingin' Soiree" with Paul Sherman as substitute host/MOR (DX'd) 60 None
1963/09/02 17:00 Jack Lacey (mild DX) 62 None
1963/10/05 23:30 Mad Daddy (Pete Myers)* 55 None
1963/10/15 19:14 Murray the K 184 None
1963/10/16 00:01 Paul Sherman with Rodney Dangerfield.  (quality is fair to good) 62 None
1964/07/--   Mad Daddy (Pete Myers)* 28 None
1964/10/19 23:30 Mad Daddy (Pete Myers) with Murray the K lead-in* 72 None
1964/11/-- 22:00 Mad Daddy (Pete Myers)* 44 None
1965/01/07 19:10 Murray the K.  Interviews with rock and roll stars of the day. 62 None
1965/03/22 15:07 Johnny Holliday 43 None
1965/04/18 12:00 Jack Lacy (Last day of Top 40 format, DX'd) 60 None
17:57 Johnny Holliday (Last day of Top 40 format) 57 None
2005/04/19 09:45 Celebration of 40 years as an all-news station. 121 None
2014/07/04   Larry Mullins.  Coverage of Macy's Fourth of July fireworks. 60 None
*note that Alan Freed and Mad Daddy (Pete Myers) airchecks are, in my experience, some of the most often misdated airchecks in the entire world of aircheck collecting with the same aircheck often circulating with multiple dates.  The dates above are my best attempt to be accurate, but I'm usually at the mercy of whatever date is given to me when I acquired the aircheck as there is rarely anything said by the DJ in the aircheck that would pinpoint the date. 
 
WJZ 770 1946/04/20   Allen and Jean 25 None
WKHK-FM 106.7 1980/11/28 09:03 Larry Kenny 54 None
WKTU-FM 92.3 1979/02/24 20:55 Randy Place/disco ("Disco 92") 119 None
1979/04/02   Randy Place 31 None
1979/04/05   Manuel Paco Navarro 46 None
1981/10/08   Roscoe 43 None
1983/09/01 06:42 Jay Thomas 61 None
1984/02/15 11:51 Al Bandiero 17 None
1984/02/17 13:20 Al Bandiero 31 None
1985/01/14   Dan Ingram/CHR ("92-KTU") 44 None
1985/01/16 17:30 Dan Ingram 87 None
1985/03/12   Dan Ingram 45 None
1985/07/12 14:46 Dan Ingram 46 None
103.5 1996/02/10   First day at 103.5 frequency.  Chief Operating Office Jimmy de Castro and President Scott Ginsberg introduce the new frequency. 34 None
1996/04/18   Hollywood Hamilton/CHR 91 None
1996/12/31   The WKTU Clubhouse. 97 None
1997/11/28 17:50 Joe Causi 63 None
1998/02/15 15:08 Freddie Colon.  Begins with last part of the countdown of the Top 500 Dance Hits of All Time.  #19 to #1 are heard. 88 None
2001/01/01   Joe Causi 35 None
  Joey Clifton 57 None
2002/03/30   Vic Latino 59 None
2003/08/06   Bill Lee 87 None
2007/07/29   Al Bandiero 48 None
2011/04/-- 16:10 Hollywood Hamilton 90 None
WLTW-FM 106.7 1987/10/-- 08:23 Valerie Smaldone/AC ("Lite Classics") 79 None
1990/11/14 22:23 Valerie Smaldone 50 None