Airchecks: 1974

 

Talent: SHANE
Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.
Date: 1974
Time: 4:45

Shane was always full of surprises - you ever knew what to expect next.

On this aircheck from his WKBW days, the legendary personality finds an unusual and thought-provoking way to sign off his shift. It's classic Shane - "The Cosmic Cowboy" - there will never be another like him! It's called "The Box."
 

Hear it ... here.

Hear it ... here.
 

(The William Snyder Collection)



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Talent: WAYNE McATEER
Station: CJBK London, Ont.
Date: March 11, 1974
Time: 58:27 (unscoped) (Upgraded 5-1-17)
           
18:57 (scoped) (Upgraded 5-3-17)

Ever wonder how radio stations get their call letters?

The story behind CJBK's calls is an interesting one indeed. It starts in 1967, when CJOE went on the air at 1290kc. They took over the frequency vacated by CKSL, which moved to 1410 in 1964. CJOE began airing rock music from 7 p.m.-midnight in 1970, and by 1971 was rock all day and night. Rick Richardson purchased CJOE in 1972 and decided to change the call letters. Bill Dulmage of the Canadian Communications Foundation tells Rock Radio Scrapbook the story behind that.

"On September 6 at 12:00 a.m., "The Big Switch" took place in conjunction with the opening of the Western Fair ... CJOE became CJBK. Why CJBK? Richardson wanted call letters that began with "CJ" to differentiate the station as much as possible from competitors CFPL and CKSL. Otherwise, the call letters did not have any specific meaning. Some however believe that Mr. Richardson was a fan of WJBK-AM Detroit when he was working at a Windsor radio station. As a result, he chose the "JBK" from WJBK for CJBK."

And that's how CJBK came to be!

As for how CJOE got its name, Charlie Ritenburg has the story...

"The founder of 1290 CJOE was Joe McManus, a London millionaire who also owned the McManus Motors car dealership in the Forest City. So as you can see, Joe used his first name as 75% of the station's call letters until he sold it in 1972. Rich Richardson could have kept it with its "CJ" prefix but decided to rename it as CKBK to promote it as a new station. The first CJBK chart showed every song as week 1 in the "weeks on" column."

"The founder of 1290 CJOE was Joe McManus, a London millionaire who also owned the McManus Motors car dealership in the Forest City. So as you can see, Joe used his first name as 75% of the station's call letters until he sold it in 1972. Rich Richardson could have kept it with its "CJ" prefix but decided to rename it as CJBK to promote it as a new station. The first CJBK chart showed every song as week 1 in the "weeks on" column."
 

Enjoy Wayne McAteer on CJBK (UNSCOPED) here.

Enjoy Wayne McAteer on CJBK (UNSCOPED) here.
 

Enjoy Wayne McAteer on CJBK (scoped) here.

Enjoy Wayne McAteer on CJBK (scoped) here.
 

(The Don Shuttleworth Collection)
 

RESTORATION by Charlie Ritenburg
 




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Subject: WGCL (G-98) COMPOSITE
Station: WGCL Cleveland
Date: Various
Time: 5:29

Long before the TV show, WGCL was hot in Cleveland.

From 1972 to 1986, WGCL blasted out some great high-energy Top 40 radio from the 98.5 spot in the north Ohio city. It was born August 15, 1972 when new owner General Cinema Corporation flipped the call letters to WGCL from WERE-FM, which it had been since its launch in 1948. Branded as G-98, WGCL was an alternative to Cleveland powerhouse WMMS for many years before it was sold in 1986. The call letters were changed to WNCX on October 22, 1986.

J.R. Nelson, Bob North, Chris Bailey, Jay Bell (newsman), Shotgun Tom Kelly (not the Tom Kelly of KCBQ and KTRH fame), Truckin' Lenny (now known on-air as Lynn Tolliver) and Skip O'Brien are included in this 1974 composite.
 

Hear the 1974 WGCL composite here.

Hear the 1974 WGCL composite here.
 

(The Charlie Ritenburg Collection)


Talent: BILL WINTERS
Station: WCBS-FM New York
Date: March 14, 1974
Time: 6:22

Big voice and smooth delivery in tow, Bill Winters came to WCBS-FM in July, 1973. Originally, he did the all-night shift, then moved to late nights. He finally landed in middays in February, 1974.

Before coming to WCBS-FM, Winters worked at several major stations, including KYW and WKYC Cleveland, CKLW Windsor, Ont., WIBG Philadelphia and WPOP Hartford.

Winters died November 26, 1975.
 

Hear Winters on WCBS-FM here.

Hear Winters on WCBS-FM here.
 

(Scrapbook archives)


Talent: JIM CONNORS
Station: WYSL Buffalo, N.Y.
Date: March 30, 1974
Time: 17:06



Back when Top 40 radio had character, Top 40 radio had characters.

One of the most memorable of them was Jim Connors, a man who even inspired a song - Harry Chapin's 1974 hit WOLD about a aging deejay who has seen too many towns and too many turntables. The song is not about him per se, it was more of a generalization of the life of a deejay - but it was was inspired after Chapin met with Connors at WJET in Erie, Pa.

Connors had a colourful and varied career. An Air Force veteran, he was part of U.S. President John F. Kennedy's communications team in the Florida Keys, which aided the blockade of Cuba in 1962. On the entertainment side, he earned 13 gold records for discovering artists and-or their music. In addition, he and his father co-edited JC's Think Sheet, a music trend report supplied to radio stations.

Connors had already worked at WMEX Boston and WJET before becoming WYSL's morning man in 1973. He later worked at WROC Rochester, N.Y., and WCIB Falmouth, Mass.

Connors died February 24, 1987.
 

To hear Jim Connors on WYSL, click here.

To hear Jim Connors on WYSL, click here.
 

(Man from Mars Productions)


Talent: JIM VAN HORNE
Station: CHUM Toronto
Date: April 19, 1974
Time: 1:00:18 (unscoped)

(Doug Thompson/The CHUM Archives)

Jim Van Horne was a jock in more ways than one.

The Toronto-born broadcaster was a Top 40 jock on CHUM from 1972 to 1980 after coming to the station from CKMP Midland, Ont. Billboard named Van Horne Disc Jockey of the Year in 1972 - the only time a Canadian jock has ever won the honour.

After CHUM, Van Horne became a sports jock. He hosted the late-night sportscast on CFAC from 1980 to 1984, while also hosting the Calgary Flames NHL broadcasts. In 1984 he moved to the sports anchor seat at TSN, which had just launched programming as Canada's first national all-sports television network. Van Horne covered many sports at TSN, including NHL hockey, golf, bowling, skiing, boxing, tennis, swimming and equestrian.

Van Horne left TSN in 2001 to return to CHUM, which had just launched an all-sports format as The Team. After that format was cancelled in 2002, he returned to sports anchoring at TSN rival Sportsnet.

Van Horne, who has broadcast from four Olympics, is currently television co-ordinator at the College of Sports Media. He also hosts Champions of Conservation and Nature Bites on the Oasis HD channel and provides described video for the Toronto Blue Jays for AMI TV, which provides general entertainment programming for the visually or hearing impaired.

This aircheck of Jim Van Horne was sent to us by Rick Murray Hunter, who was operating his last show at CHUM before heading to the air chair at CKWS Kingston. Hunter later jocked at CFTR Toronto, The Oldies Channel, WOMC Detroit and WRBQ-FM Tampa. He left CBS radio in 2014 to produce his music blog Hunter's House of the Hits. Thanks Rick, and kudos also to Doug Thompson who digitized this aircheck.
 

Enjoy Jim Van Horne on CHUM (UNSCOPED) here.

Enjoy Jim Van Horne on CHUM (UNSCOPED) here.
 

(Doug Thompson/The CHUM Archives)

(The Rick Murray Hunter Collection (digitized by Doug Thompson)




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Talent: CHRISTIAN THIBAULT
Station: CJRP Qu
ébec City
Date: April 21/May 1, 1974
Times: 5:09/4:51

Cliquez ici pour les descriptions en français.

(Description by Pierre Tremblay)

In the summer of 1969, Raymond Crépault, owner of CJMS-1280 and the fledgling Radiomutuel network,  bought CJLR-1060 from Jacques LaRoche and changed its call letters to CJRP, RP standing for Radio Provincial. In addition, Crépault bought CJTR-1150 (later 1040) in Trois-Rivières and opened new stations in Ottawa CJRC-1150 and CJRS-1510 in Sherbrooke.

As was the case for all Radiomutuel stations, CJRP put the emphasis on news and personalities. All Radiomutuel outlets were top 40 stations. Featured in this aircheck is Christian Thibault, who we can hear elsewhere on 
Rock Radio Scrapbook as a CHRC disc-jockey. CJRP was a tough contender for CHRC in the Quebec City market and even went on top in the ratings for a few years when the station lured morning man André Arthur away from CHRC.

Eventually Arthur came back to CHRC as a co-owner in addition to returning as a morning man. But in 1974 CJRP was battling out against CFLS for the No. 2 spot in the ratings.
 

Enjoy Christian Thibault on April 21, 1974 here.

Enjoy Christian Thibault on April 21, 1974 here.


Hear Christian Thibault on May 1, 1974 here.

Hear Christian Thibault on May 1, 1974 here.
 

(The Christian Thibault Collection)

*Special thanks to Marc Denis for his superb audio editing


Talent: BILL ANDERSON
Station: CFGM Richmond Hill. Ont.
Date: May 10, 1974
Time: 57:28 (unscoped)
            9:45 (scoped)

The CFGM Country Gentleman in 1969. L-r - Gerry McColeman, Ken Hodge, Al Fisher, Don Daynard, Bob Livingston. (Courtesy: Bill Dulmage)

It was to country music in Canada what CHUM was to Top 40. For nearly 30 years CFGM was the place to be for true Country Gentlemen (ladies too).

In 1961, CJRH in Richmond Hill, Ont. - after four years on the air - changed its call letters to CFGM (the GM stood for Greater Metro though some of the jocks took it as Country Folks Good (or Great) Music) In 1963, CFGM became Canada's first full-time country music station. For the next three decades, country music fans got to hear all their favourites in a Top 40-style presentation. In fact many of those who took their turn at the CFGM mic were well-known to Top 40 audiences, including Bob Laine, Don Daynard, Dave Johnson, Bob McAdorey, John Donabie and Jim Brady.

Another of the great CFGM personalities was Bill Anderson, who in a career that began in 1965 at CJCB Sydney, N.S., has done numerous formats including pop, country, rock, easy-listening and classical. Anderson's radio stops have also included CHML Hamilton, CKBB-CKCB Barrie, Ont., CFOX Montreal, the Pelmorex Radio Network and Toronto stations CKYC (Country 59), CFRB, CKFM, CJEZ and CFMX (Classical 96).
 

Rock Radio Scrapbook remembers CFGM and Bill Anderson from May 10, 1974 (UNSCOPED) here

Rock Radio Scrapbook remembers CFGM and Bill Anderson from May 10, 1974 (UNSCOPED) here.
 

Rock Radio Scrapbook remembers CFGM and Bill Anderson from May 10, 1974 (SCOPED) here.

Rock Radio Scrapbook remembers CFGM and Bill Anderson from May 10, 1974 (SCOPED) here.
 

(The Art Rockwood Collection)




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Talent: BOB STEELE
Station: CKOC Hamilton, Ont.
Date: May 27, 1974
Time: 46:21 (unscoped)

Bob Steele never identifies himself here, but this is the same jock who spent many years at CHLO London as Bobby Steele.

Steele also jocked at London stations CKSL and CFPL and Ottawa's CFRA before leaving radio to go into teaching.
 

Enjoy Bob Steele on CKOC here.

Enjoy Bob Steele on CKOC here.
 

(The Charlie Ritenburg Collection)




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Talent: SUPER SHANNON
Station: WGRQ Buffalo, N.Y.
Date: June 2, 1974
Time: 9:54

He didn't leap tall buildings in a single bound, nor could he stop a speeding locomotive, but Super Shannon was more than worthy of his nickname.

Stephen Alexander Reid - a.k.a. Super Shannon - was one of Buffalo's fastest-talking jocks during the Top 40 era (undoubtedly his strongest competitor was Jack Armstrong).

Super Shannon first came to the attention of Buffalonians in the winter of 1973-74 at WGRQ, Buffalo's first FM Top 40 station. Later in the decade, he switched stations and bands when he went to WKBW. One thing didn't change - his speedy and frantic delivery.

Reid-Shannon was also a disco DJ, appearing at the popular Club 747 when it was built in 1975. He also supervised night-time DJs for Turgeon Restaurants in Buffalo in 1977.

He later moved into television, as a co-host with the first PM Magazine in Columbus, Ohio.

Stephen Alexander Reid died Christmas Day 2014 after a 10-year struggle with cancer. He was 68.
 

Enjoy Super Shannon on WGRQ here.

Enjoy Super Shannon on WGRQ here.
 

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: TRUCKIN' LENNIE & SKIP O'BRIEN
Station: WGCL (G 98) Cleveland
Date: June, 1974
Time: 49:19 (unscoped)
          
13:44 (scoped)

 

(Pictures courtesy Charlie Ritenburg)

It's one thing to hear an aircheck.

It's another to hear the story behind it.

Charlie Ritenburg tells us "the rest of the story" behind this classic 'check:

"These pictures (above) are the two radios that I listened to WGCL (G 98) Cleveland from London Ontario with. I first heard G 98 on the Sony clock radio in early 1974 after discovering the existence of WDRQ-FM Detroit only days before while travelling close to the Motor City.
 
The "circuit board" radio was a high school project that also received G 98 along with "Rock 102" from Buffalo and many other FM stations from Cleveland, Detroit, Kitchener, Hamilton, Buffalo and occasionally Toronto in stereo. This was the receiver which the G 98 air check from 1974 was recorded from onto a medium quality, non dolbilized cassette deck with a low bias "Audio Magnetics" brand tape.
 
Both radios were connected to the "rabbit ears" TV antenna that are shown with the "circuit board" radio to receive these distant signals. I still use these very same rabbit ears today with my home sound system in Richmond Hill and the Sony clock radio is still working and waking me up from my night table after nearly 38 years of reliable operation."
 

Enjoy Truckin' Lennie and Skip O'Brien on WGCL (unscoped) here.

Enjoy Truckin' Lennie and Skip O'Brien on WGCL (unscoped) here.
 

Enjoy Truckin' Lennie and Skip O'Brien on WGCL (scoped) here.

Enjoy Truckin' Lennie and Skip O'Brien on WGCL (scoped) here.
 

(The Charlie Ritenburg Collection)




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Talent: DON BERNS
Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.
Date: June 6, 1974
Time: 11:07 (Upgraded 1-8-15)

The best person to describe Don Berns is Don Berns himself.

Several years ago, we came across a book in a used book store called The Program Directors Handbook by Bob Paiva. Cost: $1.00. What a bargain! On the surface it seemed like a dull technical tome, but closer inspection revealed it was anything but. Inside were several fascinating interviews with leading deejays and programmers of the time (the book was published in 1983). Among those interviewed: Terry Young, Tom Shovan and Don Berns. I obtained Mr. Paiva's permission to reprint a portion of his interview with Berns and have carried it in Rock Radio Articles for several years. For those of you who have not read it, here it is.

Rock Radio Scrapbook is proud to present Don Berns at his best, on WKBW in 1974 here.

Rock Radio Scrapbook is proud to present Don Berns at his best, on WKBW in 1974 here.

(Scrapbook archives)


Talent: DR. BROCK
Station: WCFL Chicago
Date: Summer 1974
Time: 9:46

"The Ugliest Mutha in Rock 'n' Roll"

Dr. Grady Brock came in three sizes - loud, LOUDER and LOUDEST.

The fast-talking Brock literally burned out the transmitters with his ear-splitting, high-energy performances at various stations including WINZ Miami, WAYS Charlotte, N.C., WNOE New Orleans, KSTP St. Paul, Minn., and the subject of this aircheck - the Super CFL, WCFL.

Brock's energy level was astounding - he simply never let up for a second in establishing his legend as one of the greatest screamers in Top 40 radio history. Since he billed himself as "The Ugliest Mutha in Rock 'n' Roll", the station even ran a contest offering listeners $500 if they could correctly answer the question "What Does Dr. Brock Look Like?" Turns out he wasn't very ugly at all.

Dr. Grady Brock died June 28, 2015 at the age of 66.
 

Enjoy Dr. Brock on WCFL here.

Enjoy Dr. Brock on WCFL here.
 

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: CHRIS HARDING
Station: CJME Regina
Date: July 21, 1974
Time: 12:59

(Description and graphics courtesy Dale Johnson)

CJME went on the air in 1959, and switched to Top 40 music in 1967. CJME adopted an oldies format in 1986, and in 1998 it was re-launched as a news/talk station. In 2001, CJME moved down the dial from 1300 to 980. It was rebranded NewsTalk 980 in 2006.

CJME was at its peak as a Top 40 station in the 1970s. One of the many deejays to pass through the Regina station in that decade was Chris Harding. He later worked at CKRM/CFMQ in Regina, and then went on to CJBK in London, Ont.

Harding later had stops at CKMP Midland, Ont., CJBX London, CKCW Moncton, N.B., and CFCO Chatham, Ont. He moved to BX 93 in London in 1993, becoming afternoon personality, music director and assistant program director.
 

Enjoy Chris Harding on CJME here.

Enjoy Chris Harding on CJME here.
 

(The Dale Johnson Collection)


Subject: TM SHOCKWAVE DEMO
Station: KCBQ, WCFL, KRLA
Date: 1974
Time: 14:56

If you ever wondered what the "TM" in TM Productions stood for, look no further than its founder's name. Tom Merriman started the jingle company with Jim Long in 1967 (Merriman had earlier founded Commercial Recording Corporation in 1955).

TM Production continued until 1990 when it merged with Century 21 Programming Inc., to become TM Century, Inc. In 2006, TM Century was purchased by Jones Media Networks.

This fabulous TM Shockwave demo includes jingles from KCBQ San Diego, WCFL Chicago and KRLA Los Angeles.
 

Enjoy the TM Shockwave Demo here.

Enjoy the TM Shockwave Demo here.
 

(The Mike Rivers Collection)

More great jingles here!


Talent: ROGER ASHBY
Station: CHUM Toronto
Date: August 16, 1974
Time: 7:12

Few deejays - if any - have treated the music they play with more reverence than Roger Ashby.

For years, Ashby's Sunday Morning Oldies Show has been one of rock radio's most informative and entertaining programs. Ashby's always interesting historical tidbits and wide variety in the music he played have made the weekly three-hour show a delight.

Ashby has also carved a special niche in CHUM history as the only deejay to appear on that station in a regular shift in five different decades. He started in August, 1969 - a mere four hours after finishing his last shift at Hamilton's CKOC - and continued at CHUM until switching over to CHUM-FM as morning host in 1985. The Sunday Morning Oldies Show also switched to CHUM-FM but returned to the AM side in the 1990s, giving him a fourth decade at CHUM-AM. He got a fifth decade when the Sunday Morning Oldies Show returned in 2003.  Ashby holds the distinction of being the only person to hold down the morning show on both CHUM-AM and CHUM-FM.

Ashby's five-decade reign on 1050 CHUM is even more impressive when you consider how few have been on-air there for three decades. There have been only 10 for sure: Jay Nelson (1963-1980); Bob Laine (1958-1970); Mark Edwards/Bob Magee (1973-1997); Russ McCloud (1985-2001); Daryl B. ('70s, '80s and early '90s);  John Rode (1970-1990s); Gregg Lee ('80s, '90s and '00s); Marc Chambers ('80s, '90s and '00s); Bruce Marshall ('80s, '90s and '00) and Tom Rivers, who was on CHUM in the '70s and '80s and returned in 2003.

(Notes: Rode MAY have filled in mornings at CHUM in 2000 but did not do a regular shift. Brian Henderson was at CHUM in the '70s but only in the late '90s and early 2000s as a deejay. Several newsmen have done the three-decade thing (Peter Dickens comes to mind), but we're only talking deejays here.)
 

Rock Radio Scrapbook presents Roger Ashby here.

Rock Radio Scrapbook presents Roger Ashby here.
 

(NOTE: This aircheck continues with the Terry Steele aircheck below)

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)

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Talent: TERRY STEELE
Station: CHUM Toronto
Date: August 16, 1974
Time: 8:48

There are few things quite like a summer day, an open convertible and great Top 40 music on the radio. And you don't really need the first two.

CHUM was one of those stations that can truly be described as the soundtrack of one's life, at least in Southern Ontario. For its many years as a hit music station, CHUM has been a synonym for fun.

In 1974, the late Terry Steele was 'doin' it right' at CHUM as was everybody on-air there. Roger Ashby and Dick Smythe make brief appearances on this classic aircheck.
 

Rock Radio Scrapbook presents Terry Steele here.

Rock Radio Scrapbook presents Terry Steele here.

 

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: CHRISTIAN THIBAULT
Station: CJRP Québec City
Date: August 24, 1974
Time: 5:27

Cliquez ici pour les descriptions en français.

(English and French descriptions by Michel Gignac)

When he was a teenager Christian Thibault always dreamt of becoming a radio disc-jockey and in 1974 his dream became real as he began his career on commercial radio on CJRP-1060. Prior to being heard on CJRP he familiarized himself with radio in high school and acted as a disc jockey in disco night clubs.

When CJRP offered Thibault to sit in for regular deejays first on all-night shows and then on weekend he was well equipped to extricate himself as his past experience as a deejay in night clubs served him well at a time when disco music invaded the airwaves. 

Thibault's radio career has always been a part-time job since he has been a civil servant for some 30 years or so. Nevertheless he remained as passionate for radio as he was in 1974 when he was heard for the first time on a commercial station.
 

Hear Christian Thibault from August 24, 1974 here.

Hear Christian Thibault from August 24, 1974 here.
 

(The Christian Thibault Collection)

Thanks to Pierre Tremblay for sending this to us!

*Audio editing by Marc Denis


Talent: MICHAEL GODIN
Station: 
CFOM Quebec City
Date: 
Summer 1974
Time: 3:06

The story of CFOM is well-documented by Marc Denis on our Rock Radio Goodbyes section. As Marc says there, it was "the little Québec City English-language Top 40 station that could and did ... for a while anyway."

Few airchecks of CFOM have surfaced, but we do have this one for you.
 

Enjoy Michael Godin on CFOM in 1974 here.

Enjoy Michael Godin on CFOM in 1974 here.
 

(The Pierre Tremblay Collection)


Talent: DAN WILLIAMSON
Station: CKLG Vancouver
Date: September, 1974
Time: 3:50

(Logo courtesy Bill Dulmage)

Even if you only casually watch TV or listen to the radio in Canada, chances are you've heard Dan Williamson.

The veteran broadcaster is well-known for his many years as the National Male Voice of the Global Television Network. One of Canada's most sought-after voice talents, Williamson has also worked with numerous national radio and TV production companies and audio-visual companies.

Williamson also has an extensive radio resume, which has included stops at Toronto stations CFTR, CKEY, CKFM (The Mix) and the country-music version of CISS-FM.

In 1974, Williamson was breaking into prominence at Vancouver's CKLG.
 

Hear him on 'LG 73 here.

Hear him on 'LG 73 here.
 

(The Charlie Ritenburg Collection)


Talent: ROY HENNESSY
Station: CKLG Vancouver
Date: September, 1974
Time: 5:25

Few deejays are more associated with CKLG than Roy Hennessy, who spent 15 years at the Vancouver station beginning in 1964.
 

Enjoy Hennessy on CKLG here.

Enjoy Hennessy on CKLG here.
 

(The Charlie Ritenburg Collection)


Talent: DARYL B, FRED LATREMOUILLE
Station: CFUN Vancouver
Date: September, 1974
Time: 4:24

CFUN's timeline and that of its eastern counterpart CHUM are rather similar.

CFUN switched to a Top 40 format in 1960; CHUM did so in 1957.

CFUN abandoned Top 40 for a light-rock format in 1984; CHUM followed suit in 1986.

One big difference is that CFUN turned off the music right in the middle of the Top 40 era in 1969, changing call-letters to CKVN and format to all-news. The news format didn't last - CKVN went back to Top 40 in 1970. The CKVN call-letters disappeared in 1973 when the station returned to the CFUN calls.
 

Let's enjoy CFUN jocks Daryl B and Fred Latremouille from 1974 here.

Let's enjoy CFUN jocks Daryl B and Fred Latremouille from 1974 here.
 

(The Don Shuttleworth Collection)


Talent: DICK HEATHERTON and NORM N. NITE
Station: WCBS-FM New York
Date: October, 1974
Time: 22:20

Many airchecks remind one of a certain time in their lives. But rarely is that recollection as specific as the one we found on this aircheck.

The Norm N. Nite portion of this aircheck is from October 10, 1974, which is the day your webmaster began a 35-year career as an editor at The Canadian Press news agency in Toronto. What's more, the Norm N. Nite portion begins in the exact hour we started at CP, the 8 p.m. hour. What are the chances of that?

Enjoy Dick Heatherton and Norm N. Nite on WCBS-FM here.

Enjoy Dick Heatherton and Norm N. Nite on WCBS-FM here.
 

(The Ted David Collection)


Talent: JACK ARMSTRONG
Station: WKTQ Pittsburgh
Date: October 30, 1974
Time: 21:35

Jack Armstrong was hired for one purpose - ratings. And he delivered.

In February 1973, Armstrong left Buffalo's WKBW to help launch WKTQ, or 13-Q as it was branded. WKTQ started playing Top 40 on March 11, 1973 and had a 15.7 share in its first book, thanks largely to Armstrong's popular night-time show. So badly was rival KQV blown out of the water that within a year ABC sold the station to Taft Broadcasting, which switched it to an all-news format in 1975.

Armstrong says his 13-Q experience was like none other he had at the two dozen stations he jocked at over his four-and-a-half decade career. In a 2007 interview with Terry Hazlett of the Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter, Armstrong cited the birth of his first daughter in the Steel City and the many challenging promotions he had while at 13-Q. They included breaking the world record for longest ride on a rollercoaster, and a show he did in the nude from the station's showcase windows as he "streaked" Pittsburgh.

Armstrong lasted about two years at WKTQ where he was the top-rated jock in western Pennsylvania. Then this radio gypsy moved on - his next stop was WIFE Indianapolis - and from there he went to KTNQ Los Angeles in 1978. Armstrong spent more than a decade in California radio before returning to his home state of North Carolina in the '90s. Armstrong died March 23, 2008 in a fall at his home in High Point, N.C.
 

Enjoy Jack Armstrong on 13-Q here.

Enjoy Jack Armstrong on 13-Q here.
 

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: WOLFMAN JACK & DOC HARRIS
Station: 
CKLG Vnncouver
Date: 
November, 1974
Time:
 17:51

  

(Pictures courtesy Ted Wendland/radiowest.ca)

"The Wolfman knows!"

Start with one of one of Top 40 radio's legendary deejays, toss in one of B.C.'s most popular on-air personalities, pair them on a powerhouse station and what do you get?

Radio magic!

In November, 1974, Wolfman Jack was visiting Vancouver for the Wild World of Wheels at the Pacific International Auto Show at the Pacific National Exposition. He dropped in on CKLG (the Wolf often made guest appearances at radio stations) and teamed up with CKLG's afternoon driver at the time, Doc Harris. It was a great hour, as you'll hear below.
 

Enjoy Wolfman Jack and Doc Harris on CKLG here.

Enjoy Wolfman Jack and Doc Harris on CKLG here.
 

(Courtesy Ted Wendland, radiowest.ca)

(ORIGINALLY DONATED TO RADIOWEST.CA BY PAUL MCKNIGHT)

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Talent: MURRAY JOHNSON
Station: 
CKRC Winnipeg
Date: December 7, 1974
Time: 
13:12

(Logo courtesy Murray Johnson)

He was only a teenager,  but Murray Johnson jocked on one of Canada's leading Top 40 stations.

Johnson, who donated this aircheck of himself to Rock Radio Scrapbook, tells us about it and his time at Winnipeg's CKRC...

"I recognize the voices of Doc Steen and Scott Walker on the commercials. Other folks who worked there at the time were Bob Washington, Billie Gorrie, Boyd Kozak, Gerry Firman, Gary Roberts, Murray David Collins, Mark Stephanson and Harry Taylor.

This was an overnight weekend shift - I did that while going to school. I got my foot in the door working on CKRC Youth News, which was a weekend afternoon program put together by high school students. I was really amazed when I got the chance to go on the air at the age of 17!

During the summer I had the job of driving around in the CKRC "Station" wagon, dressed in jeans and jean jacket with the vehicle loaded down with bottles of cool, refreshing Mr. Pibb (It Goes Down Good!). I visited parks and playgrounds and gave out samples. I got to keep the clothes!"

Johnson worked at CKY and CITI-FM later in the '70s, before moving to a job in broadcast engineering at the CBC in Toronto in 1979. He marked his 30th anniversary at the CBC in 2009.
 

Enjoy Murray Johnson on CKRC here.

Enjoy Murray Johnson on CKRC here.
 

(The Murray Johnson Collection)


Talent: JACK MINDY
Station: WHEN Syracuse, N.Y.
Date: December, 1974
Time: 11:50

(Logo courtesy Bill Dulmage)

There was a time when deejays entertained on the radio without resorting to shock jokes or relying on a cast of silly-sounding sidekicks.

Yes, deejays in drive shifts used to go solo and cracked wise without ever mentioning any part of the human anatomy.

They alluded to it yes, but in a subtle manner that made you think.

It was a golden era for sure. I hope that those considering a radio career take the time to listen to these voices of the past on this site and others. They really had style, personality and charm.

One of the best from this era was Jack Mindy, a Buffalo-born mainstay of western and central New York radio for many years. He also worked in the Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Detroit and San Francisco-Oakland markets before ending his 52-year on-air career at WGMC Greece, N.Y., in 2009. Check out his web site.
 

To hear Jack Mindy, click here.

To hear Jack Mindy, click here.
 

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: TRUCKIN' TOM KENT
Station: Various
Date: 1974-1984
Time: 10:11



It's a wonder the transmitters were still standing and the board hadn't melted after Truckin' Tom Kent finished a shift.

In the fine rock radio tradition of Jackson Armstrong, Terry Young, and Bill Lee, Kent was one of the truly great screamers. "TK" had his own distinct style that he took to such stations as WHBQ Memphis, WIXY and WGCL Cleveland, KLIF Dallas, WIBG Philadelphia, B 94 (WBZZ) Pittsburgh, WMJX Miami and WLS Chicago.

This composite aircheck is a "must-hear" for any fans of rock radio. We've listened to it several times - with amazement.
 

To hear Truckin' Tom, click here.

To hear Truckin' Tom, click here.
 

(The Tom Kent Collection)


Talent: PETER "BOOM BOOM" BENSON and JACK CASEY
Station: CFUN Vancouver
Date: December 29, 1974
Time: 14:44

Peter "Boom Boom" Benson takes care of the old tunes and Jack Casey plays the hits of the day in this pre-New Year's aircheck of CFUN from 1974.

First, we hear Benson doing an excellent job re-creating the radio of the '50s and '60s with classic CFUN jingles on Canadian Graffiti (Scott Carpenter hosted this show on CHUM around the same time). Then Casey spins the hits of the day (plus a few oldies) on his all-night show. Lots of references to the Top 100 of the year coming up in a couple of days. Portions of newscasts with Doug Foster and Randy Jackson are also heard.

Benson left CFUN in 1974 moving to KQEO Albuquerque, N.M., a couple of years later. Since then he's been at several other Albuquerque stations including his current home, KNKT. Casey, whose radio career also includes stops in Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Drumheller, Alta., and Terrace, B.C., is retired and living in Washington State.
 

Enjoy Peter "Boom Boom" Benson and Jack Casey at CFUN from December 29, 1974 here.

Enjoy Peter "Boom Boom" Benson and Jack Casey at CFUN from December 29, 1974 here.
 

(Courtesy Ted Wendland, radiowest.ca)

Be sure to visit radiowest.ca, a superb radio site hosted by Ted Wendland. Airchecks, jingles, photos, logos, history and forums - radiowest.ca has it all. Rock Radio Scrapbook says thanks Ted for sharing this aircheck.


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