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Rich Borowy, 1988
Rich Borowy, 1988

Rich Borowy, 2002
Rich Borowy, 2002

The Rich Borowy Linear Cycles Production Collection

Rich Borowy received his first taste in radio at the tender age of five when his father gave him a 6-transistor radio. ("That thing should keep him out of trouble" said his dad!). It not only kept his kid out of 'trouble', it made him hooked on the sounds coming out of the radio's tinny speaker.

Living in Chicago, he discovered the two giant Top40 music stations, WLS and its rival WCFL. (The first song heard over that radio was "King Of The Road" played on WLS). Rich got bigger radios and tuned into FM and the AOR sounds of WDAI and WXRT (later WLUP and WMET). While in college, he appeared on the student run station WMMR on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis as DJ "Dick Fontaine." Rich has moved into video production, but has continued to collect airchecks whenever and wherever he can find them. Today, Rich runs Linear Cycle Productions in Los Angeles.

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[Descriptions by Rich Borowy]

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Larry Lujack, WCFL Chicago, September 5, 1974 (01:28:04)

[Description by contributor Rich Borowy]

. . . Does everyone have their mothers by the radio? OK, just stick your mother's face up close to the radio . . .

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This aircheck is a personal favorite of mine. Although this is an off-air recording not recorded by me, I vividly recall listening to this specific show after coming home from school feeling miserable that summer was over, and it was 'back to school again' for me! (A quote from Timmy "Oh Yeah" Rogers no doubt!)

In this recording, right in the middle of Larry Lujack's afternoon drive time spot, the "Superjock' was in fine form, playing hits of the day and presenting his infamous Klunk Letter. ("Da-da-da-da-da-da-daaaaaa!")

I don't recall if I ever got out of the doldrums I was going though that afternoon by knowing that I'd be stuck in a classroom for the next nine months, but hearing this show gives me a warm, nostalgic feeling.

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B. Mitchel Reed, Wolfman Jack, The Real Don Steele,
Radio North America 1970
(21:24)

[Description by contributor Rich Borowy]

. . . Hey Listen, what comes on after the hillbilly? . . .

[PARENTAL ADVISORY: Profanity]

On January 2nd, 1971, the FCC ban on commercial advertising for cigarette products on radio and television went into effect. The tobacco companies attributed much of their income from exposure on radio & TV. There was great concern that there would be a loss of sales due to the lack of such advertising. To address this opportunity, a radio programming format calling itself RADIO NORTH AMERICA was born.

RNA would consist of four radio superstars: Dick Biondi, Wolfman Jack, B. Mitchel Reed, and The Real Don Steele, doing their own shows via overnight radio, playing 'top-40' music — except for Reed, who would be playing 'progressive rock'.

All four jocks would originate their shows out of Los Angeles, but their radio signal would come from transmitters based in Mexico. The incentive was to use RNA to advertise cigarettes on the radio. Since the transmitters were licensed in Mexico, they would be out of the FCC's power to ban such ads. Not only that, their superpower AM signals could reach a wide section of the country.

To sell this idea to tobacco companies and advertising agencies, a multi-media presentation was produced by Cherrytree Productions (now defunct) of Los Angeles. Within this presentation, 16mm footage shot of the four DJ's would be included. In reality, the four jocks were in a studio set of a radio station, and their patter was not actual broadcasts, just a mock show.

RNA never came to be, and the project was abandoned. These "airchecks" are all from broadcasts that never were. All recordings came from the master Nagra 1/4" reel-to-reel tapes used as the soundtrack to the film for the presentation reel.

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Phillips and Wall, KSLQ-FM St. Louis, December 12, 1980 (40:26)
Play Scoped This Exhibit 'SCOPED (22:15)
[Description by contributor Rich Borowy]

. . . Oh Look! There's some sailors down there . . .

Guy Phillips and Mike Wall were a successful CHR morning team on KSLQ-FM in St. Louis, a few years before The Morning Zoo in New York. But their early success undoubtedly inspired a few of those "Morning Zoo/Rude Awakening/Morning Sickness" type radio teams that littered the FM landscape in 1980's. Usually set in teams of two, these two guys (yep, it really was an old boys club, since very few females took part) would read humorous news reports from Reuters, banter with jokes and gags, and frequently had "characters" join in. And there were time and weather checks, traffic reports, sports and — they would play music, too!

As of 2006, there is a KSLQ-FM licensed in Washington, Missouri. I don't know anything about Wall, but Phillips is still on the air in St. Louis over KYKY-FM, the new call letters for what was once KSLQ. He does a morning show called Phillips and Friends with four other personalities.

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Hank Hayes, WHOT 91.5 FM Brooklyn NY June 1989 (15:31)

[Description by contributor Rich Borowy]

. . . This is the Federal Communications Commission. We know who you are, we're gonna getcha . . .

This has to be one of the more unusual airchecks I have received in my time.

The guy that went under the air name of Hank Hayes really loved radio. Growing up in Brooklyn, he heard all of the great jocks and stations from New York. He and his buddies would have liked to work in radio, but radio was beginning to sound bland, with 'robot DJ's' playing tunes that were selected by bean counters hired by big media conglomerates that didn't know what their own stations were playing!

So, to keep that classic sound, they set up their own 'pirate' FM station from their high-rise apartment building near Coney Island. Yes, the FCC heard their broadcasts, and issued a cease and desist order to stop broadcasts. They were eventually raided by the Feds, taking away all of their equipment and transmitter.

In this recording, Hank presents his show complete with reverb and custom-made PAMS jingles!

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Casey Kasem, America's Top 10, November 18, 1984 (VIDEO) (25:31)
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Casey Kasem, America's Top 10, November 18, 1984 (AUDIO) (28:59)

[Description by contributor Rich Borowy and Uncle Ricky]

. . . America's Number One Pop Music Show . . .

Picture of
AT 10 Logo

Casey Kasem hosted America's Top 10 from 1980-1991. The syndicated 30-minute television show reviewed the Top Ten hits from Billboard's Pop, Soul, Country and LP charts, along with music videos of selected performances.

In this show for the week ending November 18, 1984, Casey features Hall & Oates, The Honeydrippers, Exile and an interview with Kevin Cronin and Gary Richrath of REO Speedwagon.

Picture of
Casey Kasem on America's Top 10
There's also a short news item regarding Pete Townshend. Charlie Tuna introduces Casey, and this exhibit includes the original commercials distributed with the program.

The set is 80's chic in neon purples, yellow and hot pink. Casey would have been 52 when he recorded this program, and he looks quite dapper in his pink sweater. He passed away at 82 on June 15, 2014.

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WOW Here Comes Arlene Peck with Casey Kasem 1995 (VIDEO) (29:02)
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WOW Here Comes Arlene Peck with Casey Kasem 1995 (AUDIO) (28:59)

[Description by contributor Rich Borowy and Uncle Ricky]

. . . A peaceful world has its basis in a non-violent meal . . .

Picture of
Arlene Peck
Arlene Peck was born in Atlanta, Georgia and re-located to California in the early 1980's, where she was a journalist for the Los Angeles based The Jewish Journal. She had been a syndicated columnist since 1976, when she traveled to Russia and was picked up by the KGB for smuggling prayer books into the country. Arlene has served as an expert on the Middle East for radio station KABC and often appears as a speaker in other forums.

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Casey Kasem on Arlene's show
Peck produced her celebrity talk show, Watch Out World Here Comes Arlene Peck, via a public access cable channel in Santa Monica until 2008, when illness forced her to put the show on hold. That's when she gave me all of her master 3/4 inch videotapes. This 1995 episode with Casey Kasem is the only one in the entire collection that would be of interest to REELRADIO.

Arlene introduces her guest as Casey Casin, but then goes on to a fascinating, free-wheeling conversation with Casey, who appears amused and comfortable. He touches on his beginnings in radio, the inspiration for his character Shaggy in Scooby Doo, a failed trip to Lebanon, rap music, Elvis Presley, how he gave up cigarettes and what he likes to eat! Peck jumps from topic to topic and often reveals as much about herself as she does her guest.

Casey Kasem passed away at 82 from Lewy body dementia, on June 15, 2014. He was 63 when he recorded this program with Arlene Peck, sometime in 1995.

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REELRADIO HOLIDAY SPECIAL
Christmas Lights
Special Christmas Presentation, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and again in 2016.
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Dr. Demento Christmas Two Part One (01:07:14)

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

. . . Wind Up Your Radio and Merry Christmas, Everybody! . . .

This exhibit (recovered from vinyl!) is entertaining and engaging, and hilariously funny at points. There are also a couple of vinyl skips! Sorry, don't have that data.

Dr. Demento and Westwood One wish us all a Merry Christmas!

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REELRADIO HOLIDAY SPECIAL
Christmas Lights
Special Christmas Presentation, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and again in 2016.
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Dr. Demento Christmas Two Part Two (28:49)

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

. . . Merry Christmas and don't forget to stay DE-mented . . .

Part Two of this exhibit was also recovered from vinyl, includes the Funny Five, begins with a very happy non-traditional Christmas song, and includes Best Wishes for your holiday from Dr. Demento.

And, the REELRADIO Holiday Greeting concludes Part Two of this contribution from Rich Borowy.

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The Rich Borowy Collection was first published on July 18, 2004!
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