Dan's Aircheck Trading Emporium

Updated June 15, 2014

  1. Countdown shows of one type or another:
    1. Dick Bartley Classic Countdown (2014)
    2. AT 40 (2014)
    3. AT 40 Hot AC (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2014)
    4. AT 20 AC (1998 and 1999)
    5. Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40 (2014)
    6. American Country Countdown (1987, 1989, and 2014)
    7. Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 (2014)
    8. Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Hot AC (2014)
    9. Opus 1981 Top 100 of 1981
  2. American Music Magazine with Rick Dees (1985, 1988) and Bruce Vidal (1989)
  3. KHJ, Los Angeles from 1970
  4. WLOL, Minneapolis from 1983
  5. KDIA, Oakland, California from 1984
  6. CHUM, Toronto from 1976
  7. WCBS-FM, New York from 1991, 1996, and 2014
  8. WPLJ-FM, New York from 1989
  9. KDEO, El Cajon (San Diego) from 1960 and 1961
  10. WJUX-FM, Freehold Township (New York City area), New Jersey from 1999
  11. WTIC, Hartford from 1991
  12. KNX, Los Angeles from 1957
  13. KROQ-FM, Los Angeles from 1984
  14. KAAY, Little Rock from 1971 and 1985
  15. WHAS, Louisville from 1993
  16. WFOM, Marietta, Georgia from 1967
  17. WPGC, Morningside, Maryland from 1964
  18. Radio Caroline from 1979
  19. Radio London from 1965 and 1976
  20. KFRC, San Francisco from 1978, 1981, and 1986
  21. WABC from 1965, 1972, and 2013
  22. WMCA, New York from 1963 and 1967
  23. WOR-FM, New York from 1963
  24. WWRL, New York from 1977
  25. WXLO-FM, New York from 1979
  26. New York City dial scan from 1969


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. (2014/06/15)
  • 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. (2014/06/15)