KNUS FM Dallas 1969

Interesting content from one of the early Dallas Texas free form stations, KNUS FM, from the summer of 1969. This is an in tact air check only for 11 minutes at the beginning of the first clip but there are snippets of DJ patter interspersed throughout plus  a nice station ID at 45:19 of the second clip. Also notable is the ad for early Texas outlaw country act Frummox heard at 10:07 of the first clip.

The musical content is varied and indicative of a wide open free form musical policy. Some of the music played is outlined below and that musical diversity is the highlight of this tape:

Grand Funk, Melanie. The Youngbloods, Buffalo Springfield, The Nice, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Tony Joe White, Zephyr, Jethro Tull, John Stewart, Pink Floyd, Vanilla Fudge,The Moody Blues,  Roxy ( Bob Segarini’s second recording group, actually heard twice), Laura Nyro, The Rotary Connection, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Ruth White, Frank Zappa, Ten Wheel Drive and more.


Alison Steele – The Nightbird WNEW FM 1972 & 75

Vintage WNEW and Alison Steele from the prime years of commercial free form radio in New York. The first clip is from September 6, 1972 and the second from July 11, 1975.

The music is fantastic as Alison plays King Crimson, The Nice , The Moody Blues and more.

Still more to come on the site from the great WNEW in the future.

Byrds and Related Show Early 1990’s

This is a show that I may have recorded in 1991 or 1992. I don’t know the original source. The segment includes songs and/or interviews with Chris Hillman and The Desert Rose Band, Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Tom Petty.

The second clip is the same show but in nominal stereo. The stereo signal keeps dropping at intervals with a decrease in volume at the same time.

Q107, CHUM, CKFM, CFRB & CHFI Toronto

I recently came across a recording of Q 107’s Rock Report taped in 1995 and that led me to a Rock Report tape made in 1996 which was on a  broken cassette  I had repaired but the contact  was off and I went back and properly fixed the tape and now the recording sounds much better  than my original upload of it. I present it here along with other Toronto radio as noted below:

Clip One- Q 107 Six O-Clock Rock Report from Oct 1996 with Joey Vendetta, Steve Warden, and Rory O’Shea. Features short interviews with Ray Davies of the Kinks and Universal Honey.

Clip Two – Mix 99.9 ( CKFM) with Punch Andrews (1996) from the same tape as the above clip.

Clip Three – Russ McLeod and a call from my niece on 1050 CHUM and The Six O -Clock Rock Report on Q 107 from 1995 featuring Joey Vendetta and Steve Warden.

Clip Four – Very brief segment from Roger Ashby  on CHUM FM plus CFRB radio featuring mostly Mike Stafford from 2000.

Clip Five – Former CHOM FM, CFNY FM and CHUM FM alumni Terry McElligot on  CHFI FM from the late 1980’s. Terry can currently be heard on Jazz FM in Toronto.

Clip Six – A brief newscast featuring Prior Smith on CKFM from Sept 8 , 1972.

Encore – CFNY FM Toronto, WUWU FM Buffalo and More

There’s a reel to reel tape I recorded in in 1982 and 1983 that I keep coming back to because it has a over six hours of radio but the quality on some segments of the tape is quite low. I have updated the recordings again and have not touched the original source and only added some additional volume and noise reduction.

Although the vast majority of this tape has been presented before here it is again all on one post.

Clip 1 –  Gary Storm on WUWU, Buffalo NY, doing a day time shift as opposed to his all night Oil of Dog from 1982

Clip 2- Jim Reid on CFNY from 1983 interviewing Sparks.

Clip 3 – Jim Santella on WUWU during the summer of 1983. Clip also has some dial twisting, a a bit of Rick Ringer from CHUM FM and James Scott from CFNY.

Clip 4 – The Import Export show on WCMF FM, Rochester, NY which featured non mainstream and alternative rock.  Some of the American garage rock featured here did not get much exposure elsewhere in the area except  for WUWU.  A bit of mainstream rock on WCMF and 97 Rock from Buffalo and a segment featuring Jeff Gordon on WUWU FM and good to hear that comedy cuts were still being incorporated into a regular set. All from 1983.

Clip 5 – James Braun and Shakin Smith on WUWU

Clip 6. – The Live Earl Jive on CFNY, some dial twisting, a bit of WUWU, a small section of the Rock-line program recorded off 97 Rock, A bit from Daddy Cool on CFNY.  A DJ on WCMF debuting the CD’format and Ron Bruchal on CFNY

Clip 7 – Ron Bruchal, Jim Bauer, Jim Reid and James Scott on CFNY FM. There’s a psychedelic/ progressive rock segment in the middle without a DJ and I think it must have been recorded off WUWU.

WQBK FM Oct 18, 1976 Part Four

Final installment of the WQBK upload. This one is heavily Jazz tinged. The free form gets stretched out as the night proceeds.   A whole side of a Keith Jarrett album is featured. My favorite cut played  is Icarus by the Paul Winter Consort which was a favorite for the CHUM FM DJ’s during the 1970’s.



WNEW FM Rain-forest Benefit 1988 and Some 1978 ADS

The first clip is from 1988 and includes some content from the  the Grateful Dead Rain-forest benefit. The clip does not include any part of the actual concert but has some music played by DJ Harris Allen. There is also a short interview with Hall and Oates conducted by Pat St John. The duo played at the benefit.

The second clip consists of mostly ads recorded during  the airing of a Dead concert  and a Who special in 1978 . You will hear Richard Neer, Alison Steele and also Al Bernstein near the end playing the Eagles Hotel California.



Early San Francisco Audio and More

The above is not an air check but does have some radio content. From an interesting reel to reel tape I found that may have been a pre-edit for an actual radio program. Below is the sheet that I found with the tape. I have omitted most of the Stones and Dylan content. The air checks on this site are exclusive but as this is not an air check some of this material is available elsewhere.

The tape features early Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and others.  Also  counter culture luminaries such as Paul Krassner, Neal Cassady and Ralph J Gleason can be heard. DJ’s Tom Donahue and Larry Miller from the legendary KSAN are referenced below and can be heard briefly on the clip.

Note – I have more info about the clip courtesy of jmcinnis and chicofishead at the Steve Hoffman Forum :

This is a portion from ‘What Was That or Suddenly Lost Summer 1966-1976’ special broadcast over two days by KSAN San Francisco in 1976. A retrospective look at the decade with music & interviews. This looks to be production notes?

WQBK FM Oct 18, 1976 Part Three

Going deeper into the night with Gary Santucci on Albany NY’s free form WQBK FM. The eclecticism of the format still apparent on this air check as more and more FM stations on the continent were tightening their playlists. I still have more of this night to upload in the future.

Note: Parts one and two of this broadcast were in stereo but this is mono.

WBBF, WCMF and More-Rochester NY Radio

I have a an interesting lot of tapes  which seem to have been made by recording from microphone to radio and not direct via patch cords. The quality is not great.  They include some content from WBBF AM which was Rochester NY’s first and most successful Top 40 station. The first clip includes that and may have been recorded in  late 1963 and early 1964. The DJ patter is short but the highlight is the intro to the Trashmen’s Surfin Bird.

The first clip also has a few ads recorded in 1972 during the airing of a Beatles special in 1972 on WAXC AM.  The station went onto competition with WBBF as a top 40 outlet in 1972. The special was produced by CHUM radio in Toronto and you can hear the CHUM production credit near the end of the clip.

The second clip consists of ads and other content that was recorded during the airing of a BBC Beatles special in  April 1973 on WCMF FM. WCMF at the time was a free form station that I would tune into when I could get it in Toronto. The clip includes a few different versions of ads for a Frank Zappa and John McLaughlin concert and a Ten Years After, Strawbs and Eagles show. There’s also stereo store ads and a PSA for the Wounded Knee reservation plus some other WCMF content about the Beatles special.  The CMF DJ sounds like Buffalo and Rochester radio legend “Unkle”  Roger. The only thing I have copied from the Beatles special is a Murray the K intro to the Beatles song Happy to Dance With You and a part of a WABC jingle.

WCMF was a wonderful station during the free form era and it’s the first station I heard Lothar and The Hand People and I think it may have been the only station I heard that group other than perhaps  WZIR and WUWU from Buffalo. The third clip has CMF during the tail end of the free form years in 1975. I recorded this myself and have uploaded it previously. Musical highlight for me is near the end when The Beach Boys free form era classic Feel Flows is played. The DJ on the clip is Bernie Kimblel I believe.

Corrections and input welcome.