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Otari MX5050BIII Tape DeckAirchecks capture the essence of a radio station's sound. They are recordings of radio programs, highlighting the disc jockey and his presentation, the radio station's promotions and audience builders, and just enough of the music to give you an idea of what was on the station's playlist at the time.

We hope to build the aircheck library here over time, with help from you, the radio listener. If you have any tapes you'd like to contribute, do it!

All of the airchecks in the archive here have been "telescoped." That means the music and many of the commercials have been cut short, with just enough of it so you can hear what the DJ was doing over it, under it, or behind it. Copyright law is a complex subject, and we certainly don't want a hassle with it. Minimizing the music in the airchecks is one way we hope to encourage the lawyers to ignore us. And we hope they will. Our intent here is essentially just to preserve and display a bit of radio as it was, while possibly increasing everyone's interest in radio as it is, no matter what station they pick as their favorite. We think it's a fair use of the material. Nevertheless, we'll immediately honor requests from copyright holders to remove their material from this site.  That said, here's our aircheck inventory so far.  More are on the way.  To listen, just click the Play button:

Station DJ Year Tape Deck
WPTR, KIRL, WIXO, WNOE-AM Jeff Douglas 1971-1975
A half-hour of early JD, filling in on afternoon show on WPTR in Albany, NY in late 1971, then mornings at KIRL in suburban St. Louis. Although he'd gotten into radio at his college radio station, WRPI in Troy, NY, as "J. Douglas," WPTR already had J. W. Wagner doing mornings, so J. became Jeff at WPTR and KIRL. At WIXO and WNOE-AM in New Orleans, it was back to J. Douglas," middays at WIXO in 1974, and all-nights at WNOE-AM in 1975. Can you remember when the Led Zeppelin IV album was brand new?
WPTR, Albany Jeff Douglas 1972
Jeff Douglas doing his usual all-night show at WPTR, the 50,000-watt AM station in Albany, NY on a "heavy winter weekend" in early 1972.
WIXO, New Orleans J. Douglas 1973
The late Michael Green, who did middays at WTIX-AM in the early 70's before becoming Program Director at WIXO in 1973, closes his show on a July Saturday morning to make way for J. Douglas. Check the hourly wages offered by the Louisiana State Employment Service, and the $3,900 Chrysler Newport in the Fred Drake Chrysler-Plymouth ad!
WIXO, New Orleans Tom Owens 1973
Tom Owens aircheck and production demo recorded during his afternoon drive shift on 12/6/73. Would you rather go out on a date or a prune?
WIXO, New Orleans Tom Owens 1974
Tom Owens on WIXO, New Orleans, in May of 1974. People taking their clothes off, blacks and whites getting it on--what's the world coming to?
WRNO, New Orleans Tom Owens 1974
After leaving WIXO, Tom Owens moved to WRNO, where consultant Lee Abrams developed his Superstars album rock format at 'RNO, one of the first stations in the country to do it. This is an aircheck and production demo. Check out the $3.99 sale price on the Bachman Turner Overdrive and New York Dolls albums!
WNOE-FM, New Orleans Tom Owens 1975
It's 1975. Aerosmith's Walk This Way is brand new. The Jazz are a New Orleans basketball team. And Linda Lovelace is running for President. Tom Owens is working at WNOE-FM with ex-Abrams compatriot Sonny Fox, whom you'll hear here promoting the Sunday night specials. Bobby Reno from WTIX is Program Director at WNOE-FM, which is anything but country back then. And the enemy is WRNO. Plenty of interesting commercials at the end of this aircheck & production demo.
WRNO, New Orleans Weerd Wayne, Dolph, J. Douglas 1989
Labor Day Weekend, 1989, JD got stuck in an hour-long traffic jam on the I-10 Twin Span over Lake Pontchartrain on the way to his 7 PM - 12 M show. Weerd Wayne and Dolph cover for him 'til he gets there. 'TIX-FM morning man Michael in the Morning was Program Director at 'RNO back then; he's heard on the promo for the Isle of Dreams Treasure Hunt.
WRNO, New Orleans J. Douglas 1984
Following Terry Knight’s screaming commercial for Thirsty’s, JD does his own live screaming PSA, then has more fun at the next break when he accidentally start’s TK’s commercial again.
WRNO, New Orleans Johnny Tyler 1984
Johnny Tyler fills in for Bobby Reno in January of 1984. Not to take anything away from Johnny, but the best part of this aircheck is Dan Ingram on a commercial urging listeners to get AIDS! Remember, the disease hadn't been discovered yet.
WRNO, New Orleans J. Douglas & Sambo with Stephen Stills 1978
Stephen Stills grew up in Covington, Louisiana north of New Orleans. In September, 1978, he "came home" to see the Muhammed Ali-Leon Spinks fight in the Superdome. He brought a 2-track tape of his new Thoroughfare Gap album and dropped in on JD on a Saturday night. Sambo did middays at WRNO and lived in the Imperial House motel on North Causeway in Metairie, which also housed the WRNO studios. He dropped by as well, and actually does most of the interview. Hear what Steve Stills thinks about the recording process, the music business, the Ali-Spinks fight, the New Orleans police, Gary Busey in The Buddy Holley Story, and the ancient tape deck at WRNO that can be heard doing its best to nearly destroy his tape! Thanks to Art Parr of Mandeville for this contribution. These days, you'll find Sambo disguised as Bo Roberts doing mornings at KZPS in Dallas, along with Jim White, another ex-WRNO jock. Interview photo.
WRNO, New Orleans J. Douglas 1991
This is JD doing a Saturday morning at WRNO for a change, not too long before he hung up his headphones there when the station switched to the short-lived, syndicated Z-Rock format. This was a simulcast on the shortwave WRNO Worldwide at 15.420 MHz, as well as the FM. You'll spot snippets of Kenny Vest and Michael in the Morning on some of the commercials here.
WNOE, New Orleans Rick Collins 1975
Here's Rick Collins on WNOE-AM ("The New N-O-E"), playing Count the Music for $50 bills and getting a winning listener. You'll hear Program Diector E. Alvin Davis on the Count the Music promos. It's a Saturday afternoon shift, recorded and contributed by Bimbo, the DJ with a JD, who did research at WNOE all those years ago. Thanks, Bim!
WNOE, New Orleans Crazy Bob (McLain) 1976
Here's your Breakfast Flake, Crazy Bob on WNOE-AM ("The New N-O-E"), trying to give away free money ($4,893). You'll hear long-time WNOE News Director Dave Kushler's full newscast and interaction with Bob. Check the price on the new 1976 Ford Pinto in the Bohn Ford ad at the end. You'll also hear ads for the Victoria Station restaurant in the French Quarter (it ain't dere no mo'), as well as the now-defunct A&P Grocery. There are two shows here.  You'll hear Alan Beebe introducing Bob for the second one midway through.  The first show was near Mardi Gras in 1976.  Not sure of the date for the second.  Recorded and contributed by Bimbo. Thanks again, Bim!
WTIX, New Orleans Chuck Kirr 1979
Chuck Kirr on WTIX around 4 PM in December, 1979 when WTIX sounded pretty much like WNOE-AM at the time. You'll hear Terry Young on a commercial, and a promo for Bobby Reno doing Noon to 6 PM the next day. , You can hear “The Chucker” now as “Doc” Thayer, owner of WZPH, 96.7, The Zephyr in Florida. A well-traveled (and well-educated) disc jockey whose been to stations in Illinois, Milwaukee, Trenton, Fayetteville, Buffalo, Miami, Chattanooga, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Miami, “Doc” has settled with his doctorate and radio station in the Tampa area. Thanks to Christopher Roach for this contribution.
WEZB, New Orleans "Fast" Eddie Coyle 1986
“Fast” Eddie Coyle filled in for "Cajun" Ken Cooper on this morning in January, 1986. Thanks to Christopher Roach for this contribution.
WKZN, New Orleans Athena & Jeff 2003
Athena & Jeff on the now-defunct WKZN, 105.3 The Zone. This telescopes the 6 - 9 AM portion of their 5 AM - 9 AM show on 11/17/03 into an aircheck a little over two hours long, so there wasn't much music to remove. Plenty of talk and fun, though. They ask listeners for wedding proposal stories, and interview Cosmo magazine's Louisiana bachelor lawyer and hunk Josh Holmes, who in turn interviews a couple of lady listeners Dating Game-style. The winner gets a French Quarter date with him. Gene & Julie from Lite 94.9 in Atlanta call in to pay off on a Saints-Falcons game bet.
WRNO Worldwide Joe Costello Unknown
The late Joe Costello, founder and ex-owner of WRNO-FM and WRNO Worldwide, the USA's first commercial shortwave station, on a produced station identification for WRNO Worldwide. The station was on the air throughout the Eighties and early Nineties. Thanks to Fred Lehmann for this contribution, taped off the air in South Dakota.
WRNO, New Orleans Bill Stedman 1974
Bill Stedman was the Program Director installed at WRNO by Lee Abrams and Sonny Fox when they brought their Superstars format to New Orleans. He also handled the midday jock chores. This aircheck was from a reel-to-reel tape that had apparently rolled on a tape deck in the Radio Shack store in Arabi, Louisiana (it ain't dere no more, thanks to Hurricane Katrina) The tape was discovered behind a stereo display fixture in the store a few years later. This sample makes it clear that the format was "all about the music." Trigger Black (Gary Guthrie) shows up for his afternoon gig at the end of this clip. Trigger had done a brief stint at WNOE in 1973, then at the megawatt AM XEROK in Juarez, Mexico (as B. J. McAllister), before landing back in New Orleans at 'RNO. Also heard in this clip: longtime WNOE newsman Dave Kushler pedaling Marshall Brothers Lincoln-Mercurys; Pre-Superstars WRNO PD Doug Christian on an ad for The Courier, a favorite long-haired New Orleans weekly newspaper; Greg Allman's 7-minute Dreams twice in one jock shift (must have been in the hot rotation); an ad for the feature-length cartoon, The 9 Lives of Fritz the Cat as a midnight movie at The Saenger Theater; "Hosie" Pollet, an 'RNO engineer, peddling Maxell tape for Alterman Audio, and plenty of mention of 'RNO's music "in quad," the short-lived 4-channel quadrophonic sound which appeared on vinyl discs in several different formats, mostly the matrix SQ format from Columbia and other labels. WRNO also used two separate mikes for the jock at the time, so you can hear the jock turning his head.
KIRL, St. Louis Jeff Douglas 1972
Here's JD in his earlier Jeff Douglas persona at KIRL, an AM Top 40 in suburban St. Louis. It starts with ABC news interviewing Elvis Presley after his sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. So this tape was probably of a Saturday morning show on June 10, 1972. It's the tail end of the weekly countdown.
WTIX, New Orleans Bob Walker 1968
WTIX could pump out a pretty good AM signal. At the age of 14, John Weeks recorded this aircheck of Bob Walker on WTIX up in Natchez, Mississippi, over 100 miles away. This one is under a minute long. Thanks, John!
WNOE-AM, New Orleans Grady Brock 1974
The self-proclaimed "Ugliest Human Being in Rock 'n' Roll," here's "Doctor" Grady Brock on WNOE in 1974. Not long after the gasoline shortages of 1973, Grady proved there was no energy shortage at WNOE! Thanks again to John Weeks for this one. Visit http://johnweeksaudio.com and check out the Links/Airchecks link for more airchecks, especially in the Mississippi area.
WRNO, New Orleans Michael in the Morning 1989
Weerd Wayne introduces Michael in the Morning, who interviews Peter Tork of The Monkees on WRNO's The Sixties at Six.   This 10-minute phone interview is 90 minutes before The Monkees' third and final concert in New Orleans at The Saenger Theater, on Friday, August 18, 1989.  Thanks to Aaron Handy III for rolling tape on this one and contributing it!
KQLD, New Orleans "King" Bob Walker & Sgt. T-Ben Boudreaux 1991
Oldies King Bob Walker & crazed traffic reporter Sgt. T-Ben Boudreaux cut up on Oldies 106.7, KQLD in New Orleans in 1991.  Find out what's playing at the Adult Movie!  Thanks to Aaron Handy III of TV Shrine fame for this compendium of craziness.
WRNO, New Orleans Todd Bauer  70's
Todd Bauer filled in for Doug Christian on WRNO one night in the 70's and it was captured on this tape.  We're not sure of the date.  Some classic commercials appear here: 7-Up, the Uncola, the almost-all-music 60-second Budweiser spot, and Evelyn Wood Speed Reading, with WRNO engineer "Hosie" Pollet reading the tag for it.
WRNO, New Orleans Weerd Wayne 1989
New!Weerd Wayne on an October hump day in 1989--the day Game #3 of the World Series was postponed because of the earthquake in San Francisco.
WRNO, New Orleans Weerd Wayne 1989
New!Here's more of Weerd Wayne on WRNO. This time, it's 10/24/89--the day evangelist Jim Baker was sentenced to 50 years (or was it 45?), and also the birthday of the Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman. There's a wet T-shirt contest at Kenny Vincent's Southside, too!
WNOE, New Orleans (Weerd) Wayne 1977, 1978
New!Before he was Weerd, he was just Wayne. And here he is as a self-described "snot-nosed 21-year-old" at WNOE-AM in New Orleans during Christmas of 1977, and Mardi Gras of 1978 (not necessarily in that order).
Video Aircheck
WRNO, New Orleans J. Douglas 1990
JD in the revamped studio in what was then the WRNO Building at Clearview Parkway & I-10 (now it's the WTIX Building). The studio was built to be bigger, since the old room was running out of room for the vinyl LPs, which were still the bulk of what 'RNO played at the time. In addition to the Panasonic SP-10 direct-drive turntables, the studio did have CD decks, and there was a small stack of CDs in the studio. On this late November night, the Tulane Green Wave led the LSU Tigers early. Watch JD get the Led out, and check the final score on the game. Hear WRNO founder Joe Costello offer the shortwave services of WRNO Worldwide (first non-religious, commercial shortwave outlet in the US) for listeners to send messages to loved ones in the armed forces overseas right before the 1991 Gulf war. Some of the sound is as received off the air; some was the live sound in the studio.
 
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