Dan's Aircheck Trading Emporium

Updated April 27, 2014

  1. Countdown shows of one type or another:
    1. Dick Bartley Classic Countdown (2014)
    2. AT 40 Hot AC (2005, 2006, and 2014)
    3. AT 10 (2007, 2008)
    4. AT 20 AC (2003)
    5. AT 20 Hot AC (2004)
    6. Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40 (2014)
    7. American Country Countdown (2014)
    8. Casey's Hot 20 (1995, 1996, and 1997)
    9. Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 (2013 and 2014)
    10. Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Hot AC (2010, 2011, and 2014)
  2. WABC from 1968 and 1981
  3. WCBS-FM from 1978, 1982, 1986, 2002, and 2003
  4. WTJM-FM, New York from 1998
  5. WQXI, Atlanta from 1965
  6. WHDH, Boston from 1949
  7. WMEX, Boston from 1961 and 1971
  8. WRKO, Boston from 1976
  9. WHOT-FM, Brooklyn (pirate) from 1989
  10. WNYS, Buffalo from 1982
  11. WIND, Chicago, from 1971
  12. WSAI, Cincinnati from 2003 and 2005
  13. WKNR, Detroit from 1965
  14. WHTG-FM, Eatontown, New Jersey from 1987
  15. WQBZ-FM, Fort Valley, Georgia from 1984
  16. WTNQ-FM, La Follette, Tennessee from 2008
  17. WSM, Nashville from 1964
  18. WNOR, Norfolk, Virginia from 1970
  19. WBJW-FM, Orlando from 1988
  20. WHYI-FM, Orlando from 1974
  21. WPTF, Raleigh, North Carolina from 1972
  22. WIL, St. Louis from 1961 and 1962
  23. WRQX-FM, Washington, DC from 1997
  24. WMCA, New York from 1968
  25. WMGM, New York from 1962
  26. WNEW-FM, New York from 1971
  27. WOR-FM, New York from 1970
  28. WPIX-FM, New York from 1979
  29. WPLJ-FM, New York from 1977
  30. WXLO-FM, New York from 1978


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. (2014/03/16)
  • 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. (2014/01/26)