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Last Update: DECEMBER 31, 2022
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The annual New Year's Special is streaming on Aircheck Channel. Featuring the KFRC Big 100 from 1968, WLS Big 89 from 1969, WOR-FM Top 100 from 1970, and more!
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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.
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.
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|-||-||34||2||Dan Ingram, WABC New York, August 5, 1967 Pt. 2|
|-||-||-||3||TM Productions Penetrators Jingle Demo, 1974|
|14||2||3||4||Bob Crane, KNX Los Angeles, March 9, 1962|
|-||-||1||5||Rick Dees, WKIX Raleigh N.C. 1971|
|-||-||-||7||Robert W. Morgan, KHJ Los Angeles, May 28, 1973|
|-||-||-||8||Buffalo Dick Birch, WCBS-FM New York, NY July 12, 1971 Pt.2|
|-||-||-||9||Ron Britain, WCFL Chicago, March 11, 1970 (unscoped)|
|-||-||35||10||Charlie Greer, Dan Ingram, WABC NY August 5, 1967 Pt. 1|
|-||-||-||11||Chris Edwards, KRIZ Phoenix May 24, 1978|
|-||-||18||12||The Real Don Steele, KHJ, June 17 1970|
|-||-||20||13||Larry O'Brien, WCFL Chicago, April 21, 1971|
|-||39||-||14||John Records Landecker, WLS Chicago, June 7, 1977|
|-||-||-||15||Jim Jackson, CKLW Detroit-Windsor, 1971|
|-||-||-||16||Jim Taylor Hampton with Stevie Wonder, WAMM Flint MI 1965|
|-||-||-||17||Dave Diamond, KBLA Los Angeles, June 16, 1967 Pt.1|
|-||-||-||18||American Top 40 Greatest Disappearing Acts, July 7, 1973 Pt.1|
|-||-||-||19||Wolfman Jack, USAF February 1972 Volume 6, Show 4|
|-||-||-||20||Wolfman Jack, XERB, 1968-1970|
|-||-||-||22||Shadoe Stevens, KROQ Los Angeles December 1977|
|-||32||-||23||Robert W. Morgan, KHJ Los Angeles, May 27, 1968 (restored)|
|-||-||-||24||Rob Sherwood, KDWB Minneapolis-St.Paul MN, September 3, 1973 Pt. 1|
|-||-||-||25||Ron O'Brien, WCFL Chicago, June 7, 1972|
|-||-||-||26||Ron Landry, WDRC Hartford CT. June 18, 1965|
|-||-||-||27||The Real Don Steele, KRTH Los Angeles, August 21, 1992|
|-||-||-||28||The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles, June 1970|
|-||-||-||29||The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles, June 14, 1968|
|-||-||-||30||The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles May 25, 1968 Pt.3 (scoped)|
|-||33||7||31||The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles May 25, 1968 Pt.3|
|-||-||8||32||Paul Kirby, WCFL Chicago, June 24, 1972|
|-||-||-||33||PD Profile: WRC Washington D.C. 1973|
|-||-||-||34||Jim Stagg, WOKY Milwaukee WI May 1, 1962|
|-||-||-||35||Jim Stagg, KYW Cleveland, OH December 13, 1962|
|8||19||5||36||Dick Sainte, WCFL Chicago, May 15, 1973|
|-||-||-||37||Dale Parsons, Real Neal Steele, WGH Norfolk VA 1975|
|-||-||-||38||Dave Diamond, KFWB Los Angeles, February 10, 1968|
|-||-||-||39||Dick Biondi, WCFL Chicago, June 4, 1970|
|-||-||-||40||Buffalo Dick Birch, WCBS-FM New York, NY July 12, 1971 Pt.1|
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"... Todd (Storz) and some others were sitting around figuring out what they could do on their station and they noticed that WDSU had a program called the Top 20. And they thought if the Top 20 was successful, that the Top 40 would be even better - and that's what they said - We're going to be twice as good as WDSU 'cause we're gonna play - The Top 40." - Hon. Wm. L. Armstrong, U.S.S., Ret., Denver, Colorado
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