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Last Update: November 25, 2019

Happy 4th of July!

It's Independence Day in the USA! This weekend our sister site Aircheck Channel is featuring several July 4th countdowns from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, including some special American Top 40 programs, On the Radio, and American Music Magazine.

To listen, all you need is an active ReelRadio subscription. For our new subscribers (or long-time subscribers who haven't been here in a while), this holiday special serves as a kind of preview of what listening will be like in the near future: all audio comes directly from the browser. VLC is not needed is hear the programs.

Enjoy!

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PURPOSE Founded in 1996, this online aircheck museum is operated by REELRADIO, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The primary function of REELRADIO is archival and educational. Our focus is Top 40 radio from 1955 to 1989. Our aircheck exhibits are recordings of one-time radio broadcasts, both full-length and "Scoped". Scoped airchecks are shorter in length and do not include musical performances.

We encourage users to offer comments on our exhibits and to participate in a dialogue about Top 40 Radio, the people, the music, popular culture and history preserved in these airchecks. REELRADIO endeavors to provide a forum for discussion, commentary, education, and critique.

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HITBOUND!
Fresh FAB 40
For The Week Beginning

June 2, 2019

Richard W. Irwin, WIXE July 1969

June 6, 2019, marks one year since the passing of Uncle Ricky. In rememberance, Reelradio looks back at his radio career with this special recording of a young, 18 year-old Ricky at the helm of WIXE in Monroe, North Carolina. Please enjoy and remember Richard in the comments.


REELRADIO
FAB 40!
6/14 6/21 6/28 NOW - Week ending July 4, 2020
1 2 1 1 The REELRADIO Tenth Birthday Special
- - 34 2 Larry Lujack, WCFL Chicago July 5, 1972
11 9 13 3 The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles July 3 1967
17 - 14 4 The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles, July 4, 1968
- 4 2 5 Dick Biondi, WCFL Chicago, June 25, 1971
2 1 3 6 Dan Ingram, WABC New York, June 12, 1964 (restored)
- - 21 7 The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles February 25, 1967
- - 39 8 Dick Biondi, WCFL Chicago August 1, 1971
- - - 9 Dick Sainte, Doug Dahlgren, WCFL Chicago, July 17, 1975
10 10 23 10 The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles May 3 1967
- - - 11 NYC Jingles - WOR-FM
- 29 6 12 The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles, June 27, 1968
15 3 4 13 Larry Lujack, WCFL Chicago, June 19 1973
40 21 7 14 The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles, July 21, 1969 Pt.1
- - 9 15 Arnie Woo Woo Ginsberg, WMEX Boston 1965
- 7 19 16 The Real Don Steele, 93 KHJ February 9 1968
16 - - 17 The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles, January 8, 1970
- - - 18 Robin Mitchell, KOL Seattle, February 22, 1971, 5-6AM (RESTORED)
- - - 19 Big Jim Murphy, Radio Caroline North, July 26, 1965
- - 24 20 The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles, March 15, 1968
12 6 5 21 Mark Elliot, KHJ Los Angeles, June 25, 1975 Pt.3
- - - 22 The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles, 2-27-67
- - - 23 The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles, March 2, 1968
- 34 18 24 Johnny Mitchell, Tommy Vance, KHJ Los Angeles, November 23, 1965
- - - 25 The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles, March 28, 1968 3-4PM (RESTORED)
- - - 26 Robert W. Morgan American Top 40 February 8 1975 Pt.3
20 33 17 27 Gary Owens, KMPC Los Angeles, June 16, 1973
- - - 28 Robert W. Morgan, KHJ Los Angeles, August 19, 1970
- - - 29 Downbeat - Doo Doo Wah! The Thoms Stations
- - - 30 Bwana Johnny, WFUN Miami FL, July 16, 1974
- 26 27 31 Bill Keffury, KYA San Francisco, May 23 1964
- - 8 32 Robert W. Morgan, KHJ HORR Hr.45,February 23,1969
- - - 33 Larry Lujack, Tommy Edwards, WLS Chicago Rewind, May 28 2007 8-9am
- - 36 34 The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles, June 30, 1969
- - - 35 The Real Don Steele, KISN Portland 1964
- - - 36 WLS Chicago Sign On 1967
- - - 37 Larry O'Brien, WCFL Chicago, April 8, 1970
- - - 38 Robert W. Morgan, KHJ Los Angeles, October 18 1968
- - - 39 Shadoe Stevens, KHJ Los Angeles October 18 1970 Pt. 1
- - - 40 Fantasy Park (Demo) KNUS Dallas, 1975

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