Dan's Aircheck Trading Emporium

Cleveland Airchecks

all except WIXY and WKYC

 

 

Call Letters Frequency Date (YYYY/MM/DD) Start Time Disk Jockey and/or format (positioner) Time (min) Scoping
various ------ --/--/-- ------ Phil Gardner doing several bits from WGAR, a few minutes from a stint at KQXE in Phoenix, and Brother Willy Tucker recorded off of WGAR or WGCL. 32 ------
KYW 1100     Jingles 13 ------
1958/02/08 10:00 Wes Hopkins 39 None
1962/10/10 16:35  Jim Stagg 60 None
1962/12/18 15:33 Jim Stagg 29 None
1963/01/20 16:00 Jim Stagg 27 None
1963/03/18 15:05 Jim Stagg 31 None
1963/03/22 16:35 Jim Stagg 29 None
1963/04/15 16:05 Jim Stagg 31 None
1964/01/01 17:47 Al James 46 None
1964/01/02 20:03 Jerry G. Bishop 38 None
1964/05/02 16:00 Jim Stagg 32 None
1964/10/30 16:38 Jim Stagg 26 None
1964/12/18 15:34 Jim Stagg 28 None
1965/06/-- ------ Martin and Howard.  Station is ID'd as "KYW AM & FM." 15 Scoped
1965/06/16 12:14 Jim Runyon 30 None
1965/06/17 21:04 Jerry G. Bishop 57 None
1965/06/19 00:05 Jay Lawrence.  Final hours of KYW before switch to WKYC at 5 a.m. 60 None
KYW/WKYC 1100 1965/06/19 early a.m. Jay Lawrence/call letter switch to WKYC occurred at 5 a.m. as NBC reassumes control from Westinghouse. 28 Partly
WBBG 1260 1986/12/31 18:58 Popular standards. 34 None
WDOK-FM 102.1 1959/12/24 19:49 Howie Lund is the announcer.  Features Christmas music from the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra.  Station is ID'd as "WDOK AM & FM." 7 None
1993/12/25   Christmas music. 41 None
1997/07/04 19:15 Carolyn After Dark/AC 47 None
1997/07/05 06:35 AC 46 None
WELW/WNOB (Cleveland/Willoughby) 1330/107.9 1970/09/20 17:00 Jim Deal 61 None
18:30 Jim Deal 62 None
1974/05/26 15:20 Jim Deal 65 None
WGAR 1220 1947/07/04   Celebration of WGAR's power increase from 5,000 to 50,000 watts.  WGAR began broadcasting in 1930 with a power of 500 watts.  Power increased to 1000 watts in 1932 and 5000 watts in 1938. 

Features Van Patrick, Bob Neal, and baseball announcer Jack Raney.  Features interviews of Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck (WGAR broadcast Indians games at the time), Cleveland Mayor Thomas A. Burke and Ohio Governor Thomas J. Herbert.  WGAR was the first radio station in the country to receive RCA's new 50,000-watt broadcasting equipment following World War II.  A variety of local and national dignitaries recite their congratulations to the station.

Also includes tributes and well-wishes from sister stations KMPC Los Angeles and WJR Detroit. 

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Some comments from Bob Vernon about the early 1970s at WGAR:

"In '71 and '72, we had just started doing the high profile personality oldies format; we were one of only two or three stations in the country experimenting with it, and we were still feeling our way with how to put it together—everything from slogans to jingles to the bits we did.  From 2008 hindsight it sounds weird, but we were also experimenting on just how 'adult' we wanted the humor to be.  I guess essentially we were an adult version of 1960's bubble gum radio.  By '74, we pretty much had the formula we wanted, but in the early years, I tried out various 'humor bits' and ideas which you'll hear—some survived and some didn't."

WGAR 1220 --/--/-- ------ "Follow the Leader" jingle package 4 ------
--/--/-- ------ Collection of Bob Vernon/WGAR jingles. 1 ------
--/--/-- ------ The Real Bob James.  From an album put out in the 1970s by the Aircheck Factory called "Prime Cuts," this is some of Bob James' comedy work 33 ------
--/--/-- ------ Bob Vernon does The Adventures of Buzz and Juggs. 54 ------
--/--/-- ------ Bob Vernon does The Adventures of Buzz and Juggs, Crazy Mumbles, Dial-A-Curse, Guy Smiley, John Aspen, Mr. Vernon the Answer Lady, Tinker the Tiny Toymaker, and Irma from the Truck Stop. 71 ------
1970/03/05 ------ Stu Bowers 11 Scoped
1971/10/01 ------ Don Imus interviews Norm N. Nite after Mr. Nite's recently released album, and Mr. Imus is all over him. 16 Music Scoped
1971/11/23 08:58 Don Imus 60 None
1971/11/-- ------ Don Imus. Last show before moving to New York. 28 Scoped
1972/04/-- ------ Bob Vernon 21 Scoped
1972/05/23 23:04 Stoney Richards 55 News Only
1972/05/26 ------ Bob Vernon 15 Scoped
1972/09/-- ------ Bob Vernon 9 Scoped
1972/09/--   WGAR DJ reunion with Jerry G. (Bishop) and Joe Finian. 28 None
1973/08/22 08:00 John Lanigan 51 None
1974/05/29 ------ Bob Vernon 12 Scoped
1974/06/03 07:59 John Lanigan.  None aircheck reconstructed from a scoped original.  Very good quality. 59 None
1974/08/-- ------ Bob Vernon 10 Scoped
1974/08/30 22:55 Phil Gardner 57 None
1974/11/03 ------ Bob Vernon (last show at WGAR) 12 Scoped
1976/07/04 16:00 Bob James.  Full show.  Excellent quality. 239 None
1976/11/27 17:35 Fig Newton 28 None
1977/02/10 07:39 John Lanigan 60 None
1978/02/03 20:29 Bob James 28 None
1980/06/27 19:00 Fig Newton 62 None
1981/07/01 11:37 Paxton Mills 58 None
1983/02/10   John Lanigan (Flex Club) 10 None
WGAR-FM 99.5 1952/08/-- ----- A magnificent piece of radio history, this is the sign-on of WGAR-FM.  Included is a welcome by announcer Hal Morgan from the Cleveland Public Auditorium where the Cleveland Summer Orchestra was playing, short speeches by John F. Platt, then president of the WGAR Broadcasting Company, and Thomas A. Burke, then mayor of Cleveland, and a description by WGAR chief engineer Robert Fox about the many advantages of FM over AM.  Mr. Fox concludes with a demonstration of FM's superiority by playing a violin piece both with and without the high frequencies cut off.  I hope Edwin Howard Armstrong was listening!

Interestingly enough, after undergoing several incarnations over the years, the station occupying 99.5 FM in Cleveland still goes by the WGAR-FM calls, and it has a country music format.

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1959/12/24 20:00 "Christmas Sing with Bing."  Fifth annual airing of this program featuring Bing Crosby and sponsored by INA Insurance.  Recording is excellent quality. 54 None
1959/12/24 20:55 WGAR-FM newscast with Joey Black followed by the Christmastime airing of a program called "The Stingiest Man in Town," a "melodius adaption" of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and starring Basil Rathbone as Ebenezer Scrooge.  The is only the first half of the hour-long show.  Excellent quality recording. 35 None
WGCL-FM 98.5 1973/12/27 17:59 Tom Jefferies 68 None
1974/06/-- 12:55 Truckin' Lenny leading into Skip O'Brien 49 None
1975/01/03, 1977/10/--, 1978/01/--, 1974/02/00 ------ Phil Gardner; W.G. Sandeford/CHR ("G-98") 40 total Scoped
1976/07/02 14:18 Terry Patrick 65 None
1976/09/28 20:00 Dave Collins 30 None
1976/12/30 14:02 Dude Walker 31 None
1978/07/15 18:01 Dave Collins (some dx) 60 None
1980/06/26 22:00 Joe Bohannon 59 None
1981/07/26 11:40 Dennis Day/CHR ("G-98") 46 None
1981/08/03 15:19 Dave Collins 38 None
1981/08/07 21:02 Joe Bohannon 38 None
1981/08/08 21:36 The Bagman 36 None
1981/12/22 11:38 Tom Jeffries 45 None
1981/12/26 12:35 Jay Stone 42 None
1981/12/28 16:23 Jay Stone 41 None
1982/07/31 14:38 Jay Stone 46 None
1983/09/07 16:00 "Dancin'" Danny Wright/CHR (some DX) 86 None
1984/06/14 06:18 Joe Bohannon 61 None
1984/08/17 21:24 Joe Bohannon 47 None
1985/01/23 14:02 Bumper Morgan 44 None
1986/08/01 23:24 Commander Dave Kelly, Scott Barett/CHR 45 None
1986/08/16 20:23 Jammin' Jimmy Hart/CHR 46 None
1986/09/22 08:32 J. Michael Wilson/CHR 47 None
WHK 1420 1958/11/04 20:05 Mad Daddy.  Election night 1958.  The occasional break-ins for election updates have been scoped out. 56 Partly
1959/06/25 20:00 Mad Daddy* 107 None
1959/06/26 20:03 Mad Daddy (last day there)* 47 None
1960/08/08 ------ Johnny Holliday 16 Scoped
1961/--/-- ------ WHK station promo featuring Johnny Holliday, Johnny Walters, Roy Otis, Pat Fitzgerald, and Farrell Smith. 3 None
1962/--/-- ------ Johnny Holliday 4 Scoped
1962/02/-- ------ Johnny Holliday 10 Scoped
1962/11/03 12:24 Ron Riley. 29 None
1963/09/02 17:45 Johnny Holliday 6 None
1963/12/23 17:30 Johnny Holliday 23 None
1964/02/14 15:00 Scott Burton 61 None
1964/06/04 ------ Joe Mayer 5 Scoped
1964/06/04 ------ Johnny Walters 5 Scoped
1965/--/-- ------ Ron Brittan 3 Scoped
1965/03/13 08:00 Joe Mayer 46 None
1966/01/-- 00:15 Don Williams 25 Partly
1966/09/05 00:58 Tom Dunn (substituting for Len Anthony).  Slight speed fluctuations, but quite listenable. 60 None
1967/--/-- 00:00 Len Anthony.  Mr. Anthony's last show before going into the army.  He gives a very heartfelt good-bye. 8 Partly
1967/01/03 07:03 Mort Crowley.  Station IDs itself as "WHK AM and FM, Cleveland."  WHK-FM would, of course, change its call letters to WMMS a few years later, and the rest, as they say, is history. 28 None
1967/01/05 16:27 Ken Scott 32 None
1967/04/-- ------ Harveey the Robot 7 Scoped
1967/05/-- ------ Lee Gray 9 Scoped
1967/05/27 17:00 Mighty Mike 45 None
1967/06/-- 20:02 Russ Knight ("Weird Beard") (mild DX) 56 None
1967/10/19 & 20 ------ Segments from the last days of WHK's Top 40 format.  Features several DJs as well as some nice period commercials, including one for the famous Sterling-Linder department store, which was founded in 1909, closed in 1968, and which any native Clevelander from that era will have fond memories of. 58 Scoped
1967/12/23 ------ Al James 15 Scoped
1967/12/25 ------ Paul King 7 Scoped
1967/12/26 ------ Russ Knight 19 Scoped
1978/05/-- ----- Don Imus on his return to Cleveland 22 Scoped
1978/12/04 17:39 Don Imus 60 None
1982/03/26   Gary Dee with a famous on-air rant. 21 Scoped
1984/04/27 05:04 Bill Garcia 45 None (except for the news)
1984/07/09 22:06 Bill Shiel 44 None
*note that Alan Freed and Mad Daddy (Pete Myers) airchecks are, in my experience, some of the most often misdated airchecks in the 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 little or nothing is said by the DJs themselves within the recording to pinpoint the date. 
WJCU-FM
(University Heights)
88.7 2008/03/22   Joe Madigan.  Highlighting the WIXY/1260 survey from 3/22/69. 117 None
2008/07/05   Joe Madigan.  Fourth-of-July oldies show featuring all-American artists from the '60s. 117 None
2007/07/08   Joe Madigan.  All requests and dedications.  '60s songs 119 None
2009/03/11   Joe Madigan.  Guest DJ is the successful bidder to be in the show during the station's winter 2009 pledge drive.  '60s songs. 120 None
2009/04/14   Joe Madigan.  '60 songs. 120 None
2009/07/04   Joe Madigan.  All request show.  '60s songs. 120 None
2011/07/23   A re-creation of a Beatles concert from 8/14/66 using Beatles records and recordings from other concerts.  Includes an interview host Joe Madigan did with Jackson Armstrong, then a personality with the concert's sponsor, WIXY.  Armstrong was also the concert emcee.  An account of this concert is at www.beatlesincleveland.com. 143 None
WJW 850 1953/--/--   Alan Freed.*  Actually a compilation of two airchecks, one from a Tuesday night and one from a Saturday night.  Good quality.  The year is presumed correct. 28 None
1954/03/30 23:16 Alan Freed 26 None
1958/02/12 22:17 Mad Daddy (Pete Myers)* 70 None
1958/04/01 22:01 Mad Daddy (Pete Myers)* 54 None
1960/03/-- ------ Casey Kasem ("Casey at the mike").  Yes, Casey Kasem was briefly in Cleveland during his long and varied career.  He is so young here that he hardly sounds like what we're used to from AT 40, but it is him if you listen carefully. 16 Scoped
1960/03/22 ------ Casey Kasem ("Casey at the mike") 10 Scoped
*note that Alan Freed and Mad Daddy (Pete Myers) airchecks are, in my experience, some of the most often misdated airchecks in the 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. 
WKNR 1220 1993/07/23 05:59 Thor Tolo and Paul Tapie - all sports 123 None
09:01 Thor Tolo and Paul Tapie - all sports 61 None
WLTF-FM 106.5 1988/09/22 10:53 Ted Lux 91 None
1989/07/30 18:50 AC/("Lite Hits") 45 None
1997/07/04 14:05 Jim Hart/AC ("106.5") 93 None
WMJI-FM 105.7 1983/08/--   Oldies ("Magic 105.7") 45 None
1987/03/06-08 ------ "WIXY Basement Weekend" 58 None
1988/08/--   Oldies ("Magic 105.7") 46 None
1988/08/07   Oldies ("Magic 105.7") 45 None
1988/09/30   Dan Deely, with Jim LaBarbara, Chuck Knapp, Lou Kirby ("WIXY Basement Weekend") 91 None
1988/10/01 10:28 Jim LaBarbara ("WIXY Basement Weekend") 92 None
1988/10/01 12:58 Lou Kirby ("WIXY Basement Weekend") 92 None
1989/09/23 11:47 Jack Armstrong ("WIXY Basement Weekend") 91 None
1990/09/02 17:32 Norm N. Nite (first show) 185 None
1992/08/17   Scott Howitt 39 None
1993/01/10   Norm N. Nite 46 None
1993/04/03   Norm N. Nite 47 None
1993/08/07 19:56 Norm N. Nite 93 None
1993/10/31 18:00 Norm N. Nite.  First 31:10 is None. 64 Both
1994/01/23   Norm N. Nite 62 None
1996/07/07 22:00 Chris Quinn hosts the "Remember Then" Hour with a countdown of songs on 7/7/69. 86  None
1996/10/28 22:00 Chris Quinn hosts the "Remember Then" Hour with a countdown of the top songs of 10/28/65.  The aircheck ends before the last song is played.  It was "You're the One" by the Vogues. 55 None
1997/07/03 14:55 Oldies ("Magic 105.7") 93 None
1997/07/04 06:55 Oldies ("Magic 105.7") 47 None
1997/07/05 15:40 Oldies ("Magic 105.7") 48 None
1997/07/05 17:10 Oldies ("Magic 105.7") 46 None
1997/08/24   Denny Sanders hosts "Cleveland Countdown" and counts down the Top 25 from 8/24/67.  Starts at song #11. 78 None
1997/10/26 18:00 Max Heywood counts down the WHK Top 25 from 10/26/64. 85 None
1998/01/04 18:00 Denny Sanders counts down the Top 25 from 1/4/66. 82 None
1998/02/01 18:00 Denny Sanders counts down the Top 25 from 2/1/70. 93 None
1998/04/12 18:00 Denny Sanders counts down the Top 25 from 4/12/64. 86 None
1998/05/03 18:00 Denny Sanders counts down the Top 25 from 5/3/69. 93 None
1998/06/21 18:00 Denny Sanders counts down the Top 25 from 6/21/68. 92 None
1998/11/29 18:00 Max Heywood counts down the Top 25 from 11/28/64. 100 None
1998/12/27  18:00 Max Heywood counts down the Top 25 from 12/27/63. 90 None
1999/01/27 18:23 Oldies ("Magic 105.7") 92 None
1999/04/04 18:00 Denny Sanders counts down the Top 25 from 4/4/66. 88 None
2014/08/30   Labor Day weekend countdown of the Cleveland Top 500. 1773 None
WMMS-FM 100.7 1969/--/-- ------ Billy Bass 6 Scoped
1970/09/11 ------ Dick Kemp.  Heard is a wonderful pre-Buzzard-era WMMS jingle. 4 Scoped
1972/--/--   AOR 20 None
1975/12/-- ------ Kid Leo.  1975 Year in review. 8 Scoped
1975/12/25   The WMMS Buzzard Theater of the Air presents Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."  Adapted by Dan Garfinkle, Denny Sanders, and Jeff Kinzbach.  Starring Charlie Kendall, Kid Leo, Denny Sanders, Murray Saul, Matt the Cat, Ed "Flash" Ferenc, Len Goldberg, David Garfinkle, Michael Stanley, Jeff Kinsbach, and more.  Introduced by Jeff Kinzbach. 34 None
1976/04/21 ------ Jeff Kinzbach/AOR 9 Scoped
1977/04/30 21:49 Kid Leo 75 None
1978/06/30 19:30 Kid Leo followed by Denny Sanders 73 None
1985/06/20 19:50 Denny Sanders/AOR 46 None
1986/09/22 07:42 Jeff Kinzbach-WMMS Morning Zoo/AOR 47 None
1987/08/11 07:22 Jeff Kinzbach-WMMS Morning Zoo/AOR 46 None
1987/08/25 09:30 Jeff Kinzbach-WMMS Morning Zoo/AOR 45 None
1994/04/15   Jeff Kinzbach, Ed "Flash" Ferenc. Last day of the morning zoo. 92 None
1997/07/05 19:00 Bill Freeman/Alternative 46 None
1998/--/--   Denny Sanders was at WMMS from October 1971 to August 1986 where, over those years, he served as program director, music director, creative services director, and on-air talent.  Program director at WMJI-FM at the time of this broadcast, Mr. Sanders returned to WMMS in the fall of 1998 to host a 30th anniversary program. 135 None/occasional skips
WMVX-FM 106.5 1998/03/13   Alternative ("Mix 106-5") 61 None
1999/01/26 19:29 Hot AC/("Mix 106-5") 92 None
WNCR-FM 99.5 1972/--/--   Alternative 35 None
WNCX-FM 98.5 1995/10/16   Michael Stanley (of the Michael Stanley Band) does a remote broadcast from Gund Arena where Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were in concert this evening. 57 None
1997/07/05 20:40 Classic Rock 46 None
WNWV-FM 107.3 1990/--/--   Terry Grodin (Cleveland's "After Dark" DJ) 45 None
WPHR-FM 107.9 1988/08/-- 21:40 Mark Allen/CHR ("Power 108") 45 None
WQAL-FM 104.1 1991/07/28   Rob Carter/CHR ("Q-104") 45 None
1997/07/04 05:55 Kelly Cannon/Hot AC ("Q-104") 47 None
WRQC-FM 92.3 1987/08/20 20:50 Dave Nicholas ("92-Q") 47 None
1989/07/30   Steve Robertson/CHR ("Hot 92") 46 None
WWWE 1100 1980/06/17 03:18 Lanny Wheeler 62 None
1980/06/27 07:51 Wilson and Elliot 91 None
12:36 Larry Morrow 91 None
16:28 Jack Reynolds 61 None
1983/02/10 15:44 Fig Newton 28 None
1981/11/08 & 09 ------ Jack Armstrong (Radio 11 Reunion Weekend) 8 Scoped
1983/10/14 15:00 Fig Newton 114 None
1984/02/12 01:50 Joe Raffert 23 None
1984/03/20 11:45 Joe Mayer 12 None
1984/08/02 05:30 Fig Newton 90 None
1985/06/14 08:18 Fig Newton/Ray Marshall.  Final weekend of music before new owners take over and 3WE switches to news/talk. 54 None
1988/03/18   Gary Dee (talk) 89 None
1988/03/22   Gary Dee (talk) 89 None
1988/04/25   Gary Dee (talk) 89 None
1988/05/23   Gary Dee (talk) 89 None
1988/05/28   Gary Dee (talk) 89 None
1988/06/02   Gary Dee (talk) 89 None
WWWM-FM 105.7 late 1970s ------ The Mud 2 Scoped
1975/--/-- ------ AOR ("M-105").  Features snippets of Chuck Browning, Jack Fitzgerald, and Dave Rohan. 11 Scoped
1978/06/23   Suzy Peterson.  AOR ("M-105").  Includes newscast mentioning the Cleveland City Council's effort to get 31-year-old Mayor Dennis Kucinich to resign or they would put a recall measure on the ballot. 77 None
WZAK 93.1 1967/--/--   Interview with Mad Daddy (Pete Myers) 9 None
WZZP-FM 106.5 1976/03/17 ----- CHR.  First hours of "Zip 106" after changeover from WXEN.  Captain Kirk Russell, Max Heywood. 6 Scoped
1977/07/30 14:59 Cindy Taylor 58 None