Dan's Aircheck Trading Emporium

Updated September 14, 2014

  1. Countdown shows of one type or another:
    1. American Country Countdown from 1976, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2005, and 2009.
    2. Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40 from 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
    3. CMT Country Countdown USA from 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009.
    4. AT 10 from 2008
    5. AT 20 Hot AC from 2000 and 2001
    6. Casey' Countdown from 1996.
    7. Casey's Hot 20 from 1997.
    8. Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 CHR from 1988, 2001, 2003, and 2004
    9. Weekly Top 30 from December 1979 and December 1981.
  2. "The Road with Charlie Cook" Christmas Special from December 20, 2013.
  3. All of these are in the Syndicated Programming section:
    1. R O C K in the USA from July 3, 1988.
    2. Beatles -- The Long and Winding Road with M. G. Kelly from May 27, 1994
    3. The Greatest Love Songs of the Rock and Roll Era with Dick Bartley from February 13, 1997.
    4. Rolling Stone Magazine Greatest Albums of All Time from November 27, 2003.
    5. Capitol Records Celebration of 40 Years of Beatles in America - Meet the Beatles...Again from November 14, 2004.
    6. Uncle Joe Christmas Specials with Joe Benson from Decembers of 2005, 2007, 2012, and 2013
    7. A Rock 'n' Roll Christmas with Brenda Lee from December 23, 2005.
    8. Special Celebrating the Beatles' New Album -- Love with Andre Gardner from November 2006.
    9. Absolutely '80s Holiday Special with Nina Blackwood from November 25, 2006.
    10. Beatles Brunch Christmas Show from December 2006.
    11. Classic Artist Profile with Scott Struber - Elton John - from May 26, 2007.
    12. Classic Artist Profile with Scott Struber - The Eagles - from June 30, 2007.
    13. Classic Artist Profile with Scott Struber - Paul McCarthy - from September 1, 2007.
    14. Guitar Gods with Chuck Nolan from May 31, 2011.
    15. Billboard Yearbook '80 with Eric Chase (date not known).
    16. Playback '95 with Rita Rudner from December 25, 1995.
    17. "The Road with Charlie Cook" Christmas Special from December 20, 2013.
  4. WJMK-FM, Chicago with John Landecker from 2001.
  5. KBTR, Denver with Johnny Mitchell from 1966.
  6. KEWB, Oakland with Don Steele (the Real) from 1964.
  7. KOMA, Oklahoma City with (the other) Robert W. Morgan from 1968.
  8. WHUD-FM, Peekskill, New York from 1972.
  9. WABC, New York from 1974.
  10. WCBS-FM, New York from 1990, 1992, 2002, and 2009.
  11. WNEW-FM, New York from 1971 and 1972.
  12. WPLJ-FM, New York from 1993.
  13. WKCI, Hamden, Connecticut from 2003.
  14. WTIC-FM, Hartford, Connecticut from 2003 and 2005.
  15. WPRO-FM, Providence, Rhode Island from 2004.



The wants:

If you have any vintage WABC, WNBC, WLS, anything from Cleveland from before 1980 (particularly WWWM, otherwise known as "M-105,"), anything from Rochester, New York before 1980, and anything of WGR, Buffalo before 1980 (especially Stan Roberts), I want to hear from you right now! I list my aircheck collection on this site for the benefit of those who might have something to trade with me and would like something in return.

If you're interested in a possible trade, send me e-mail at info@radiowasbetter.com. If you wish to inquire about the cost to acquire a particular set of airchecks, please do so, and I'd be glad to quote a price for you. I charge only for my direct expenses: CD, packaging, postage, etc.,—I do not claim to own the copyright on any of this material. DecalcoMania, "the club for fans of radio," is the perfect place to meet other collectors, and information about joining is on the links page.


Please note that I am now sending out only digital media (audio CDs or mp3 CDs and DVDs) in trade or for purchase. I'm still glad to accept material in cassette format (as well as pretty much any other format as well), but given the low cost and ubiquity of CDs now and the fact that I now use several large hard drives for archival storage of material, all of my collection is in mp3 format, and it is just easier, faster, and cheaper to make digital copies than to make cassettes. I also trade extensively via the internet using file sending services like adrive.com.

In addition to cassettes, other older media formats I can work with are LPs and reel-to-reel tape. If you have either and would like what's on them transferred to CD, mp3, etc., I'd be glad to work with you. I've heard from people with reels of airchecks they've had since the 1960s but now have no way of playing them. I've borrowed these, done the transfer, and returned both the reels and new, CD versions, to the owners. I've done the same with LPs. Please contact me if you're in such a situation.


Listed below are the states, in alphabetical order, for which I have at least one aircheck. The date following the state name is the last time that page was updated with new airchecks. Within each state or category listing, the most recently added airchecks are shown in bold.


United States


The Rest of the World

Other Radio-Related Material

These are not simple airchecks, but rather are collections of airchecks, special shows, countdown shows, and so forth. Click on the appropriate link.

  • Aircheck Compilations. Collections of short airchecks from a variety of stations. (1999/05/07)
  • Countdown Shows. American Top 40, Rick Dees Weekly Top 40, Dan Ingram Top 40 Satellite Survey, Leeza Gibbons Top 25, Casey's Top 40, American Country Countdown, various Dick Clark countdown shows, other Casey Kasem shows, and more. (2014/09/14)
  • Pre-1950. Several recordings of unique radio programs from the 1930s and 1940s including a significant amount of World War II radio coverage. (2011/01/23)
  • Uncategorized Stuff. One-of-a-kind material that doesn't fit under any other category, including audio recordings of some old television network newscasts. Lots of interesting stuff here. (2014/02/23)
  • Syndicated Programming. Dick Clark shows. Dick Bartley shows. Many others. Not countdowns, although some may play a "Top 10" or "Top 20" from a certain period in the past. (2014/09/14)