AIRCHECKS (I)

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AIRCHECKS: Charlie Brown at KJR (1977) | Charlie Brown KUBE FM (1986) | Burl Barer KOL (1969) | Jerry Kay (WCFL/Chicago) | KISN Thanksgiving with Tom Michaels (1967) | KKMI SIGN-ON – Audio of Pat O’Day 5:30 a.m. introduction of 96.5 KKMI | KRKO Station ID (1993) | Norm Gregory aircheck (KJRB & KJR) | Jim Wilke KING FM (1966)


This is classic MOR [middle-of-the-road] Radio from the 60s. These are airchecks of the best small market radio station in the Pacific Northwest at the time, KASY Auburn. These airchecks showcase the great music, that “KASY Kind of Music”. The commercials and newscast are the only short breaks in the flow of the music. These airchecks from the summer of 1968 – when music still reigned on AM radio, are unscoped. At an MOR station, such as KASY, the delivery was kind of laid back and presented in an adult manner. No morning zoo types here. Sit back and enjoy! [Cue the Bert Kaempfert music]


Part 1 (32:48)


Part 2 (33:06)

aircheck courtesy of Rockwell Smith, Radio Engineering Manager, Journal Broadcast Group – Idaho, KJOT, KQXR, KRVB, KTHI, KGEM-AM, KCID-AM.



KBRO – (downloaded from OTR Annex – notations are from OTR Annex post. Both sides of the reel contain an aircheck from KBRO Bremerton, WA. June 24, 1974. Dated by reference in news broadcast regarding Tito’s visit to West Germany and the Supreme Court Jenkins v Georgia decision. There are a few edits but it sounds like mostly a continuous recording. The recording is in stereo and was recorded at 3-3/4 ips. Steve Schilling is the host. Scoped files have only the music removed.

(1)Easy listening music. News at 9am President Nixon’s Watergate issues; Tito visits West Germany; Puget Sound grocery clerks strike ends; commercial for Montgomery Ward.
Easy listening music. Traffic reports. Buy Swap and Sell Show. Announcer reads ads sent in by listeners.
News at 10am Trident submarine; Grocery strike; Alaska ferry; weather
Easy listening music. Job availabilities in the area.



KBRO Easy Listening (27:26)

Easy listening music continues. News at 11:29am. Earl Nightengale and Our Changing World about 15 minutes of commentary. 12 noon Station ID and news; Mike Bentley reads; Nixon watergate; Trident submarine and environmental impacts; grocery clerk strike; electrical workers labor issues; US Supreme Court issues decency decision in the case of the film Carnal Knowledge; other local and area news; comment by listeners;
The Quarterdeck Show- Hosted by Steve Schilling interviews beauty pageant contestants. About 15 minutes of the broadcast.



KBRO Easy Listening (48:58)


1974-06-23 KIRO Easy Listening scoped (from OTR Annex 600 Reels Project) – KIRO easy listening music.



1974-06-23 KIRO Easy Listening scoped Part 1 (14:37)


1974-06-23 KIRO Easy Listening scoped Part 2 (8:19)



Dick Ellingson filling in for Don Lane/KAYO; Van Johnson/KYYX; Magic Matt Alan/KRKO; Gary Lockwood/KJR; Pat Garrett/KMPS (5:40)



Bill O’Mara – Dori Monson interview – KIRO FM (8:39)



Cecil Solly pioneer NW Gardener KPCB & KIRO AM (2:10)


Bob Liddle Obit – KIXI (2:15)


Steven L. Smith sent along this CLASSIC recording dating back to his days at KIXI. It is Wally Nelskog voicing the station ID with typical KIXI music bed.
September 26, 1973 – KIXI Station ID – Wally Nelskog




1250 KKFX-Robert L. Scott/Brandi Walker (9:07)


Larry Nelson -KOMO (10:44)



Salute to Larry Nelson (16:53)


KIRO-FM 100.7 The Buzz Seattle – Pat Cashman – 1996 (35:36)


Warm 106.9 Mike Purdy 1996 (14:45)



Dr. Demento with Duane Smart

I made it through the Doctor Demento request line 30 years ago. I received a letter and a T-Shirt saying my request was going to be used. The show ran on 1590 KJET then. The show was furninshed on 2 vinyl LP’s and the chief engineer, who’s name I cannot recall gave me the two discs, along with the cue sheets. Here is what it sounded like.



Mr. Music Man – Duane Smart … Dr. Demento (4:44)



Tacoma FM remote live from Tacoma’s Antique Sandwich Shop (1:27)


Tom Read interviews Harry Von Zell (27:44)


Brent Stier KNBQ (6:16)



Crazy Steve Randall – 97.3 KNBQ/with Gary Bryan & Best Phone Calls (14:27)


Here is a montage of Steve Randall at KGMQ-KYNO & KROY (7:50)


Steve Randall – KGMQ-KYNO-KROY (4:13)



Streaming over the Internet before the station became an over-the-air low-power broadcaster, the newest version of KISN – Steve Randall – KISN Stream 2012 (1:45)



Recorded with an RCA Opal Mp3 player, which receives FM radio and records up to 8 hours of audio.


Here are 2 hours and 18 minutes of the KPLU-KNKX switch. This starts during the final 30 minutes of 88.5 as KPLU… 08/31/2016



What’s called Franko Friday – The Mike Franko program on 1180 KLAY, is LOCAL talk with interviews from Tacoma-Lakewood and Pierce County. This was recorded on 9-16-16. The last 30 minutes of the Friday show is usually co-hosted by Bill Ogden. (17:50)


(For more about this event read: KLAY covers Freedom Fair for South Sound listeners


July 4, 2016 – Broadcasting live from 10 a.m. through most of the day and late into the evening (for a music presentation synchronized with the Freedom Fair fireworks show) was 1180 KLAY. A huge supporter of many Tacoma events, KLAY remains as one of the few family-owned and operated radio stations in a major market, Seattle-Tacoma. (see AM RADIO for more about KLAY)
Here are the first three hours of the KLAY broadcast, with Bill Ogden, Mike Franco and Bob McCluskey.


Freedom Fair Hour 1 (56:42)
The Tacoma Freedom Fair Celebrates the 4th of July with fireworks and an airshow – and no entry fee. The fun takes place along Tacoma’s Ruston Way waterfront, Marine Park and Les Davis Pier, from the Harbor Lights restaurant all the way down to the Lobster Shop. [if you are a local you will know that is a huge area along Tacoma’s Commencement Bay]


Freedom Fair Hour 2 (56:46)


Freedom Fair 2016 Hour 3 (56:44)



Carl Lambert & Ron Crowe/KLAY sports remote (00:50)



KMPS 10th anniversary special (1985) – 1 (14:51)


KMPS 10th anniversary special (1985) – 2 (14:42)


KMPS 10th anniversary special (1985) – 3 (11:27)


KMPS 10th anniversary special (1985) – 4 (18:16)>P>

Phil Harper KMPS aircheck (2:05)


Early Ichabod Caine Audio (2:15)
This is Randy Evans at KPUG in 1972. The quality is not great, but it does have historical significance. Randy Evans was Randy Hansen in real life. He went over to KJRB after KPUG, then on to Spokane and he ended up as Ichabod Caine in Seattle. So he is one of the Seattle legends and this may be his earliest gig. It is scoped a bit….cut out some music, an ad and news. About 2.5 minutes. I had no clue I had it, just stumbled on it. –Steven Smith


Kirk Wilde – KPUG



Steven Smith uploaded a video about “KPUG in Bellingham, and probably the most popular ever jock in this town….Kirk Wilde. At KSND, he was Kirk Allison on the air. This has cool collection of 1960’s photos of Wilde and the back ground track is a real KPUG jingle from 1966-1967.”



Summer of 2014 — We visited Bill Wolfenbarger, owner and chief engineer at the Jodesha Broadcasting complex in Aberdeen. Bill has been a part of the Pacific Northwest broadcast scene for decades. His experience ranges from time in small markets like KMCM McMinnville and big time radio such as KOL Seattle. At the time of this interview, Wolfenbarger operated a chain of stations in Southwest Washington.




100.7 “BUZZ FM” (00:16)


A rarity- KXA 770 November 22, 1963 (42:47) — News bulletins and a subtle music change.

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4 thoughts on “AIRCHECKS (I)

    1. Now that I listen again, THAT IS NOT Don Lane. Thank you, Dick. If you have any other airchecks you can send, that would be appreciated. Send in a Don Lane aircheck too.

  1. I am not proud of the KIRO-FM format inconsistencies. Too many Anita Kerr singing logos, a mix of voices from Grant Nielsen after the music logo to the back to music that sound like Mr. Ive or Bill Whipple. In a short period of time the same message is over and over, “Music is a continuing thing…”

    The Brothers retail stereo store and bike shop in Lynnwood is not familiar. I resided in Lynnwood and don’t remember that store – unless it became Jack Roberts Appliance.

    I remember it being better! I worked as the Operations manager at KIRO-FM then KSEA from October ’73 through early January ’76. I was getting married, and as my job was part-time I moved on for more normal hours and better pay.

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