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Welcome to the New York Radio Archive

While there are many radio sites and forums on the web, short shrift is generally given to 1960s-1970s free-form, progressive and underground New York City FM rock radio. In addition, when air checks and other collectables are uploaded to forums and postings boads on the web, they are frequently lost as the postings are removed or it's hard to follow which postings had the associated attachment. This site will serve to remedy those situations. So we'll cover the free-form radio FM scene, mainly for New York radio stations, but we'll also add some goodies for New York AM rock radio fans that don't exist on other sites.

The New York Radio Archive ( features airchecks, articles, advertisements and other documentation about New York radio culled from the air, from journals and newspapers of the day.

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WCBS-FM Returns to Playing True Oldies

WCBS-FM announced today, April 1, 2019, that they're going to return to being a true oldies station once again, playing hit music from the 1950's to the 1970's. "We've felt like we were performing a disservice to our audience by implying we were an oldies station, but never really playing any," said General Manager Lawrence Dogan. "We brought in McKinsey, the huge consulting firm to see whether our restricted playlist hurts or helps the size of our audience, the time spent listening and our ad revenue and they came to the conclusion that playing a wider variety of music could only have positive impact. We were confused because for generations, the radio industry has concluded that the desired audience would not listen to older music and that one could only gain large audiences if they played a very restricted set of music."

The lead researcher on the study, Dr. Donald Demento said, "we conducted the widest study ever done in the New York Metropolitan area on audience music listening habits. We evaluated the personal music collections of over 1 million people, half of whom regularly listen to over-the-air radio and half who do not. We analyzed every track they listened to on alternative services such as satellite radio and streaming services as well as over-the-air radio. We also tracked volume levels to determine whether people were listening in the background or foreground. We measured pulse rates while they listened. A study like this has never been accompished before."

The peer-reviewed study, which will be published in the July-August issue of the JOM (Journal of Memes), overturns years of radio industry practice. When asked if the study could be considered valid in light of the years of experience by radio executives, Dr. Demento replied, "I can assure you that the results of our study are 100% valid as they have been scientifically proven beyond a doubt. We've even figured out why radio executives of the last 35 years have made the decisions they've made and it's actually quite shocking: all of the rules they've used to program their stations are based upon heresay - they heard someone else say that they can't play 80 great songs a week or that older people are harder to sell to or that people actually wanted to hear 20-minute stop sets and that Kars-For-Kids commercial. It's ridiculous - kids don't need cars as they're not old enough to drive and the insurance would be outrageously expensive." When asked to evaluate the performance of radio executives and consultants, Dr. Demento replied, "oh, it's quite simple really - our study conclusively proves using AI modeling, mathematical analysis conducted by scientists from M.I.T. and computations made on server farms larger than the state of Rhoide Island that they don't know what the fuck they're doing. But our computations also analyzed their positive professional attributes and concluded that they'd be fantastic in a slightly diffrent career: they would be quite successful at being meter maids." Demento added, "actually that's a little unfair. I shoudn't let my emotions get ahead of the research conclusions. The best of them would be good in another career: giving enemas."

So starting on April 1st, WCBS-FM will be changing their format. GM Lawrence Dogan expressed some concerns: "I have to tell you that while we're pleased with the extensive research, we're quite nervous about the implementation. For years now, every member of our team has been tasked with making the sound of our station as boring as possible and by making the stop sets as annoying as possible. Now they're all being asked to actually make radio entertaining again. I have faith that we can pull it off, but it's going to be a herculean task." Program Director PD James agreed. "For years, we wouldn't play "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye and "Lola" by the Kinks on the same day. Now we're being told we CAN play them on the same day and that we won't lose audience. How can that possibly be? When a person listens over a course of a few hours and doesn't hear the Marvin Gaye song six times and hears the Kinks song instead of the repetitions, aren't they going to get upset? I don't know if I can think that logically. Frankly, I've always wanted us to play only five different songs in any given day. That way, there's no danger that any of the songs we play wouldn't be a gigantic hit or wouldn't be familiar."

There were also dissenting views from the advertising industry. Frederick Asswipe sent us the following statement: "For years, we've been trying to destroy quality radio because we need only idiots to listen because it's idiots who believe our advertising. If radio is going to once again attract intelligent people, it's going to destroy the entire advertising industry. We think Congress needs to act."

Well the joke might be on them. The new format starts April 1st.

The State of the Record Business


The RIAA released the final 2018 North American recording industry sales numbers and there is some good news: revenue increased 11.9% as compared to 2017. But for those who still care about physical media, there's only bad news.

Just 52 million CD units were sold, down 40.7% from 2017's 87.7 million. (942.5 million were sold in full-year 2000). LP sales, frequently hyped as the savior of the record industry, increased 7.1% in units and 7.9% in dollars with 16.7 million units sold compared to 2017's 15.6 million, but still below 2015's 16.9 million.

Downloads continue their decline in favor of streaming. Only 49.7 million albums were downloaded compared to 66.4 million in 2017. (On the other hand, that 49.7 million downloaded albums is very close to the number of CDs sold.) We have a generation that doesn't feel the need to own music, even digitally.

Streaming now constitutes 77% of the business (in dollars), digital downloads constitute 10.9% and physical media is now just 12.1% of the business.

While there will always be some boutique labels issuing physical media, I can see a time within the next few years that labels start phasing out the CD. If there's some CD you always meant to buy, you'd better make that purchase because unless it was a really big hit, once it's out-of-stock, it's probably not going to be re-pressed (although the used market will go on forever since 14.74 billion CD's have been sold in the U.S. since its advent in 1983. If just 10% survive, that's still 1.47 billion.)

The total U.S. music business was $9.85 billion in 2018. It was $14.6 billion in 1999, but adjusted for inflation, That $14.6 is the equivalent of $22 billion in 2018 dollars, making today's record business just 44.7% of its former peak, although 2018 was the third year of growth.

Record Store Day: Countdown

Countdown until record store day:

In spite of the vinyl hype, great record stores are an endangered species, so instead of complaining about their demise, go visit one and buy something. NYC isn't the same since we lost Tower Records, Virgin and J&R as well as Vinyl Mania and the Times Square Record Shop in the 42nd st subway station and was famous for the collection of vocal groups and doo wop. And it's really tough when one thinks back to the days when almost every neighborhood had a record shop and records were also sold in most appliance and department stores. Each record store had their own vibe. NYC-based baby boomers will also remember the original Sam Goody's, Record Hunter, Disc-o-Mat and the record departments at Alexander's and Korvette's department stores, among many others. For me, growing up in the Bronx, it was Spinning Disc records on the Grand Concourse near Fordham Road as well as Cuzin's and another shop across the street on the south side of Fordham Road that still had listening booths and an outdoor speaker that sounded so incredibly good, it actually used to make me sweat.

The largest record shop in NYC is Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

While it might be a chicken-and-egg syndrome, anyone who thinks we don't need physical retail should take into account that the U.S. music market is now 1/3rd its former peak size (adjusted for inflation), in spite of the incredibly deep stock available on e-commerce sites. And that includes downloads and streaming.

And if you're interested in some great gently-used vinyl: LP Vinyl Music is our sister site where you can buy great vinyl, including unique and rare radio documentaries and interviews, as well as some DVD and Blu-ray titles.

High School

Every year, I return to my Brooklyn high school for Career Day and every year, I poll the students in the classes I present to on their radio listening. These are this year's results:

Listen to OTA radio: 6.7%
Listen to Sirius/XM (in parents' car): 15%
Paid streaming subscription: 53.3%
Ad supported streaming subscription: 23.3%
Only gets music from YouTube: 6.7%
Still buys downloads: 3.33%
Buys physical music (CD's, vinyl): 0%

If this small sample is indicative of everyone, it's over for both OTA radio, physical music and downloads (just in case we didn't realize that already). (posted 10/27/2018)

Cousin Brucie Way

Cousin Brucie Way

We noticed this not too long ago on Sixth Avenue and about 50th Street, a few blocks south of "Black Rock" - the CBS Corporate headquarters. It's probably been there for years and we never happened to notice it, so we'll very belatedly congratulate WCBS-FM and Cousin' Brucie, even though he hasn't worked there since the format changed to 'Jack' in 2005. The 83-year-old wonder still amazingly resides at Sirius/XM satellite radio. His hairpiece is a lot younger. (posted 10/25/2018)

70th Anniversary of the LP

On June 21, 1948 (some reports claim June 18th), Columbia Records announced the first 33 1/3 RPM, 12-inch, microgroove LP record at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City. Columbia’s president Goddard Lieberson did the honors.

Under the leadership of Peter Goldmark, Columbia developed a successful engineering approach to the LP. It had been tried before, but a combination of economic and technical factors had previously caused it to fail. The success of the LP was never guaranteed because every phonograph in existence had to be replaced. And if anyone made the mistake of being an "early adopter", they would be sorry within the next few years when RCA introduced the 45RPM single.

Columbia even copyrighted the term "LP", but that fell by the wayside when they realized that to be successful, they had to license the technology to other record labels, even arch-enemy RCA.

Columbia’s first LP, which was released a week later on June 28th, was the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York with soloist Nathan Milstein and conductor Bruno Walter performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor. The original list price for that record was $4.85, which is $50.63 in current dollars. (And consumers complained about CD prices!) Columbia also released a 10" LP on the same day for $3.85 ($40.19 in current dollars). At those prices, it's amazing the LP was successful.

According to a history of the LP published in High Fidelity magazine in 1958, Goldmark assigned different researchers to different aspects of the development: amplifier, stylus and cartridge design, turntable design, motor, etc. As a reward for his work on the LP, CBS built the CBS Technology Center, which resided for many years in Stamford, Connecticut.

To this day, we still call LP's, "albums", but that's actually a holdover from 78RPM albums of multiple discs, which were necessary to carry complete operas, orchestral works or Broadway shows.


One of the earliest LP jackets as designed by Alex Steinweiss, who invented the album cover.

Jonathan Schwartz Returns to (Streaming) Radio

Jonathan Schwartz

The American Songbook returns to radio (sort of) as Jonathan Schwartz's channel is live and streaming. Schwartz left WNYC under controversial circumstances this past December. Schwartz will be 80 years old in June. He was on the air in New York for 50 years from 1967. He has also performed in New York cabarets, has authored five books and recorded three albums.

The Jonathan Station

McCartney at the 'March For Our Lives' March 24, 2018

Paul McCartney

Here's a photo we took of Sir Paul at the march a few weeks ago. Not all that much to do with radio, but we're posting it well...just because.

"Dare To Be Different: WLIR-The Voice of Generation": A movie about WLIR


There's a documentary about WLIR radio, back when it was rock station that played lots of music that no one else played. Among the WLIR staff interviewed in the film are Delphine Blue, Bob Marrone, Donna Donna, Denis McNamara and owner Elton Spitzer. It also includes interviews with Sam Ash, Gary Del'Abate, Ron Delsner (concert promoter), Steve Leeds (VP Sirius), Monte Melnick (Tour Manager for the Ramones), Matt Pinfield, Seymour Stein (Founder, Sire Records), Debby Harry, Thomas Dolby, Billy Idol, Joan Jett and many more.

There's a trailer on the website, Looks like this is going to be great. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April of 2017.

UPDATE: The film will premiere on Showtime on March 30, 2018 and be available on Showtime's VOD services the next day.

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Columbia University's WKCR

Here's an interesting article from the student newspaper at Columbia University about WKCR, the campus radio station that most students apparently don't know exists:

The Secluded Life of WKCR

Posted 12/11/2017

Pete Fornatale Interview

Here's an interview posted on YouTube that Rex Fowler, Scott Sobel and Gary Licker conducted with Pete Fornatale from January of 2012, just three months before he died.

"I Am What I Play" now available on Vimeo

We first wrote about "I Am What I Play", a documentary that profiles four DJs in major markets who were active during the 1960s to 1980s, in August of 2015. It features Meg Griffin as well as Toronto-based David Marsden; WBCN, Boston morning man Chalres Laquidara; and Seattle DJ and PD Pat O'Day.

The film includes rarely seen archival footage of the DJs, the radio stations and the performers. The documentary is now available for rent or purchase on Vimeo for just $5 (rent) or $15 (purchase): Rent or Buy "I Am What I Play". (Posted 5/1/17)

WBGO to Increase Online Profile


The NY Times reports that WBGO, the public radio Jazz station based in Newark at 88.3 is going to substantially increase its online profile by hiring jazz critic Nate Chinen to manage its editorial content. WBGO is the second-highest-rated jazz station in the country, with an audience of about 375,000 people.

Bob Fass Archive

Columbia University to Digitize the Bob Fass Archive

The New York Times reports that Columbia University is going to digitize about 10,000 hours of recordings from Bob Fass' WBAI shows going back to the 1960's. Fass was a pioneer on WBAI, creating what would later be known as free-form radio and introducing his late-night listeners to non-mainstream artists (many of whom would later become mainstream) and to both local and national politics, giving many their first taste of a politial education.

While rarely given credit, Bob Fass and Steve Post, another radio personality on WBAI, were the fathers of free-form, politically oriented, highly local radio.

Bob Fass Archive

And here's info about the Radio Unnameable documentary

The Kate & Vin Scelsa Podcast

Kate and Vin Scelsa Podcast

After Vin Scelsa retired from WFUV, fans wondered if they'd hear his very personal style of radio again. Over the last year, he's joined with his daughter Kate and produced 13 podcasts out of "Studio V" in his home.

A number of the episodes include segments that deal directly with the history of radio: Episodes 3-5 include a history of WFMU, Episode 7 has a section on ABC-FM and Episodes 12 and 13 include segments about Zacherley and WPLJ.

Link here: The Kate & Vin Scelsa Podcast

Sex & Broadcasting: A Film About WFMU

Sex and Broadcasting

WFMU is the independent free-form, truly listener sponsored (they don't accept corporate underwriting) radio station broadcasting at 91.1FM in New York and 90.1FM in the Hudson Valley. It was once part of the now-defunct Upsala College, but later split off to maintain its independence. It's also the place where Vin Scelsa got his start.

There's a new documentary about the station called "Sex & Broadcasting: A Film About WFMU". It was positively reviewed today (March 30, 2016) in the New York Times.

You can also click the image above to navigate to the film's website.

NY Radio & Twitter

Twitter no longer supports the embedding of search requests, but if you click on the phrase below, it will take you to Twitter with the results, which should be about New York radio.

Commentary by David DiSanzo

Our good friend, contributor to this site and music industry expert David DiSanzo sent us the following today, and I thought it was interesting enough to post here:

AM Radio

So I'm driving a beat up old car back and forth to Secaucus. CD player not working correctly. Cassette deck broke. FM antenna only goes up a third of the way.

Radio...especially as you move towards NYC, is frightfully bad. The worst of it, I feel, is the classic rock station. Every morning they play either "Who Are You" or "Baba O'Reiley" or "Love Reign O'er Me". I don't know why but they do. There's an oldies station that just plays Janet Jackson songs from the 80s and Manfred Mann's Earth Band's version (the single edit w/out the guitar solo) of "Blinded by the Light" EVERY the morning and then again in the evening. This leads me to believe that people are actually robots and not human at all.

Then I "switched it over to AM" as Jay Farrar sings in the 1st track of the 1st Son Volt record ("Windfall")..."searching for a truer sound". I started thinking that...with the return of vinyl, and now tape, that we should take back AM radio.

First of all, it shouldn't sound the way it does. We have the ability to make AM sound fantastic but no one is interested so it sounds terrible...unlistenable, really. But it USED to sound much better (I have the tech to back that up and audio samples provided by a friend of mine) and could sound even better than it did then...

Secondly, it would be cheap, I would imagine, to start an AM station. Imagine a station that played great music w/out ever touching Hotel California (if I HEAR THAT SONG ONE MORE EFFING TIME I AM GOING TO GO NUTS). We'd get all the hipsters buying AM radios to go w/their Crosley turntables..

So I switched it...I only know the two news channels and the sports I started scanning and landed on this Morristown, NJ oldies station. They were playing The Beach Boys and then went into The Monkees' "Vallerie". Then Bread and Barbara Lewis. They could do no wrong. I didn't care about the bad sound - I had good music for a change. I was happy.

You know, the NYC oldies station read something in the news about Buddy Holly on his birthday recently...he was in the news for some reason...and the DJ said he couldn't actually play a Buddy Holly song (this on an "oldies station...WCBS - the station that built their business on 50's rock)...and that he'd get fired "again" if he did..but there was a song he wrote that Linda Ronstadt covered that was a big hit in the 70's that he could play.

Let's start an AM station! Let's quit our jobs and we can all be DJ's...not on-air personalities...just DJ's.

Two Barbara Lewis tracks in one morning!

Link: WMTR-AM Classic Oldies.
(posted 10/15/2015)

"Little Steven's Underground Garage"

Little Steven

We often editorialize on this site about the poor state of broadcast radio and how almost no one is doing the kind of quality broadcasting that was accomplished on the best free-form and progressive rock stations in the 1960s and 1970s.

But there are still some great shows out there on both commercial and non-commercial listener-sponsored radio and there are also some great shows in syndication. One of those is Little Steven's Underground Garage, which has been in production since 2002 and will issue its 800th show later in 2017 - already 2000 hours of absolutely fantastic radio.

Recent shows have been dedicated to surf music, St. Valentine's Day, the Beatles, "Naughty Girls", the Whisky-A-Go-Go and there are some great past shows devoted to The Wrecking Crew, Girls of Summer, Joe Meek, Jack Nitzsche, Movies, Ringo, The Who and more.

Little Steven, of course, is Steven Van Zandt, probably best known for being a member of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band, but he's really a renaissance man. He worked as a sideman for the Dovels, was a co-founder of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and he's released four solo albums. And of course he's known for his role in The Sopranos and in the Netflix show, Lilyhammer, for which he's also a producer and writer. He's the program director for the Underground Garage Sirius/XM channel as well as the Outlaw Country channel. He's also been a music producer, co-producting some tracks for Gary U.S. Bonds' "Dedication" album and most recently for Darlene Love's album, which features a killer version of "River Deep-Mountain High". He was also responsible for getting The Rascals back together (albeit briefly) and he produced their live comeback show.

Most of the Underground Garage shows have been archived and can be listened to on the Underground Garage website. (Posted 9/7/15, updated 2/23/17)

Edwin Armstrong and Nikola Tesla

There's been a number of recent fictional novels about Nikola Tesla as well as a discussion on the NY Radio Message Board about why there aren't any radio industry statues in NYC.

The figure probably of most relevance to this site is Major Edwin H. Armstrong, who was born December 18, 1890 and was the inventor of FM radio. And he does have a monument of sorts: the Alpine tower located in the woods west of Route 9W on the Palisades in Alpine, NJ. Armstrong invented FM broadcasting in 1933 and built the tower in 1938. FM broadcasting started in the early 1940's, but the early system was made obsolete when the government moved its frequencies to the current band in 1946. But FM really didn't take off until the FCC mandated in 1966 that stations in cities of greater of 100,000 people could no longer simulcast the AM signal on FM more than 50% of the time, which brought us rock WOR-FM on July 30, 1966.


Edwin H. Armstrong, the inventor of FM radio and the super-heterodyne circuit


Armstrong's bio

There are a few plaques around the city in tribute to Tesla, who was a Serbian immigrant who came to the U.S. when he was 28, in 1884. He invented the brushless AC motor, improved Edison's DC dynamos, developed AC power systems in competition with Edison's DC and is also credited with inventing electric oscillators, meters, improved lighting systems and the Tesla coil - a high voltage transformer. He also did work with remote controls and claimed he could develop a wireless power system.

Both Tesla and Armstrong had to constantly fight the big corporate powers who tried to steal their patents. Tesla died poor in a hotel room in 1943 at the New Yorker Hotel. After his death, the U.S. Supreme Court voided four of Marconi's patents and awarded them to Tesla. After numerous court battles with RCA and David Sarnoff which sapped his finances, Armstrong committed suicide in 1954. His widow continued the fight and eventually won most of the cases.

But how many American schoolchildren know who Armstrong and Tesla were and what they accomplished? At best, to them Tesla is a car brand.



The plaque at the Engineers Club at 32 West 40th street and the Tesla plaque at the New Yorker Hotel

Tesla Tesla

The Tesla Bust and Memorial at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava at 15 West 25th St.

Tesla Tesla

Two fictional novels about Tesla: "Tesla: A Portrait with Masks: A Novel" by Vladimir Pistalo and "The Invention of Everything Else" by Samantha Hunt.


Tesla was also fictionally portrayed by David Bowie in the movie "The Prestige".

Radio Unnameable news

Radio Unnameable

Radio Unnameable, the documentary about WBAI's Bob Fass, is now available on a DVD which includes several hours of extra material including deleted scenes, rare audio recordings from Bob Fass' library, some archival video and a short film called "Night People". It can be purchased from Kino Lorber or from Amazon.

More information on the film is available on our media page.

Carol Miller

Carol Miller

Here's a nice article about the great Carol Miller from Media Bistro

Our Contributors

Ken Tullipano

Ken Tullipano has an amazing archive of air-checks, primarily from WNEW-FM. He has graciously agreed to share them with us.

Ken tells us that he's lived in New York State his entire life (originally Port Chester and now Carmel) and that he loved listening to rock & roll on the radio going back to Murray the K on WINS and Scott Muni on ABC. When he discovered WNEW-FM, he was "hooked".

Ken started recording shows in 1977 and like all of us, he wishes he recorded a lot more. Ken tells us, "It never occurred to me that someday they wouldn't be around. They always made me feel like I was part of a big music loving family. Thankfully WFUV is carrying on the tradition." We couldn't agree more.

Rich Barbato

Rich Barbato grew up in Staten Island and was a huge WABC and Dan Ingram fan. Like many of us, he used to listen for the chart positions of each song and write the surveys down each week. He loved WABC so much that he attended the NY School of Broadcasting and received his 3rd class FCC license.

He worked for the ABC Radio Network from 1978 to 1984 and got to see and speak with the WABC DJs that he grew up with. Rich has an interesting library of airchecks and he has generously volunteered to share them with us.

Don Balogh

Don discovered WNEW-FM in 1967 while playing with a small Emerson table radio. He marveled at the great underground music of that day. Don felt that the DJ's were most entertaining and enlightening in that they were proficient in the "little art form" (as Jonathan Schwartz called it) of segueing songs and spoken words together to enlighten and inspire young people like Don to eventually take that on as an avocation. To Don, Rosko was King and he listened intently to Richie Havens, the Chambers Brothers, Chad and Jeremy's Progress Suite, readings of Gibran, Yevtushenko and other things you didn't normally hear on the radio, all juxtaposed to illustrate that great art was possible on the FM dial. Between that and great experiences at the Fillmore East, Don's musical die was cast.

Charles Blanding

Charles became a radio buff at age 5 when he listened to WNJR on his crystal set in bed every night and heard many of the R&B songs that would later be covered by rock & roll and pop artists. By age 7 he started collecting 45’s and he was listening to WABC’s Martin Block simulcasts on FM by 1956. Block’s Saturday morning countdown sounded awesome through FM and a 15” Altec speaker!

By high school he began recording radio stations on a regular basis, usually from FM, which meant WABC on simulcasts, WOR-FM when they split as well as other New York stations. Charles graduated from the RCA Institute (Now TCI) in 1970, and obtained a first class FCC license and began a broadcast career. He was on the air as a DJ on WJDM and WRAN (NJ) and also worked as an engineer for WVNJ (now Z-100). He then worked in TV with stints at the USA Network and News 12 NJ. He’s now a member of the NJ Antique Radio Club and the Hudson Antique Radio & Phono Society. He collects and restores old radios and still plays around with air checks and the like.

Charles was also a contributor to WABC Rewound, providing unedited air checks of simulcasts recorded off of FM with fantastic fidelity that didn’t need to be further processed. Most other contributed airchecks had to have the music re-created and the voice-tracks were not of high fidelity.

Charles passed away in April of 2018.

Kimbal Brandner

Kimball is a great fan of New York top-40 radio and has contributed most of the WABC surveys and many of the WABC promotion materials that appear on this site.

David DiSanzo

David has worked for a number of music labels and is an intensive music collector and radio fan. He also fondly remembers his friendship with Alison Steele.

Rob Frankel

Rob Frankel has been in radio for years, has worked as a producer for Drake-Chenault, the RKO and ABC Radio Networks and is known by a title that few people hold: restorian. Rob is expert at taking old scoped air-checks and seamlessly adding back the music. Rob was also responsible for remastering the air-checks heard on WABC's "Rewound" program from 2000 to 2009. Rob was one of the producers of "The News Blimp" through most of the 80's and he has been Senior Producer for Citadel Media, where he was one of the producers of "Flashback!", a weekly classic rock series, since 1989.

Check out Rob's website at where you can also find out about Rob's availability to create magic for you.

Norm Garr

Norm Garr has been a BOSS RADIO aficionado since the day KHJ, Los Angeles came alive in 1965. Norm is fortunate to own copies of all four versions of The History of Rock And Roll: The original narrated by Robert W. Morgan for KHJ, Los Angeles (someday, OR-FM's original version might show up); the 1st syndicated version with Harvey Miller (Humble Harve) included on this site; and the 1978 and 1981 versions hosted by Bill Drake. A number of previously missing pieces have been contributed from Norm's collection to make our edition as complete as possible.

Dan McCue

In 25 years as a practicing journalist, Dan McCue has written on everything from international trade, business and law to politics, science and the environment, but for all that, music and media remain closest to his heart.

A multi-award winner for his work in daily and weekly newspapers, Dan is currently writing a history of WNEW-FM, the working title of which is Where Rock Lived. He has been interviewing scores of on-air and behind the scenes personalities at the station, as well as the musicians, concert promoters, record industry executives and others who interacted with the station during its glory years.

Charlie Menut

Charlie is a big radio fan who had the foresight to record many radio shows onto videotape where they have survived far better than many audio recordings of the era. Since 1981, he's been Regional Manager, Chief Engineer and on-air talent for Family Stations, Inc. From 1970 to 2010, he was also owner and President of Audio Headquarters, Inc., a consumer electronics repair facility.

Charlie refers to himself as a "life long radio geek, air checker, and these days as a radio program 'restorian'". Charlies has an incredible recording archive which is deep enough to be its own museum.

Joseph S. Pilliteri

Joseph has listened to FM radio since the mid-1970s and has been a fan of both WPLJ and WNEW-FM. He especially enjoys radio documentaries and song parodies. He maintains a YouTube channel with song parodies under the screenname RadioPackRat. He resides in Garfield, New Jersey.

Myles Putman

Growing up on the Jersey side of the NYC metro area, Myles Putman, began actively flipping the radio dial and playing with recording devices at age 9. He has wantonly engaged in creative "de-construction" (re-editing) of "really, really bad music" for over 30 years and portions of his "montage" and "Skipping Delights" recordings were aired on WFMU in the 1980's.

Myles also created a large body of "real time-recording" collages of radio and music edits for "aesthetic" and possible historic value in addition to a gallery of re-edited political speeches. He now resides in the Hudson Valley with his wife Judy. In his spare time he continues to sift through his back catalogue of radio edits and sound checks and he digitally concocts new forms of audio mischief on occasion.

Steve Ronzino

Steve tells us he listened only to WNEW-FM from the late 60's thru the 70's. He worked in NYC at night in a computer room and was able to listen all night. He later listened to the short-lived WQIV.

He taped WNEW-FM and other stations knowing those recordings would be important someday.

He eventually left NYC for Florida and he's able to catch up with some of the former WNEW-FM DJs by listening to WFUV streaming and to SiriusXM. We're thrilled that Steve is willing to share his extensive aircheck archive with us.

Allen B. Shaw

Allen Shaw was one of the earliest executives to promote rock on FM radio. He helped give birth to the early ABC-FM rock formats, such as the early experiments with Bob Lewis and Dan Ingram, the advent of the syndicated "Love" format, free-form WABC-FM and the emergence of WPLJ. He has graciously permitted us use of his photos of WABC, WABC-FM and WPLJ. These days, Mr. Shaw is Owner/President & CEO at Centennial Broadcasting II, LLC and Vice Chairman of the Board at Beasley Broadcast Group

David Weinstein

David started working in college radio at Pratt Institute. While there, he co-created a "Media In America" course that was originally taught by Dave Herman and later by Pete Fornatale. When Pete's associate Bill Ayres (no, not that Bill Ayres) started a late-night talk show on WPLJ, David became producer and he later produced the Alex Bennett show as well as other public affairs programs. And he was even associate director of the infamous "Midnight Blue" TV show on public-access cable in NYC.

He did a stint at radio syndicator Cinema Sound and eventually formed Rockwell/Weinstein productions with John Rockwell (no, not that John Rockwell). He's also done on-air work at WOR; WRSU-FM (Rutgers U); WCTC-AM and WMGQ-FM (New Brunswick) as well as some features for KMEL, KRQR and live program audio for Live-105 (all San Francisco) where he also started webcasting in 2006. David still hosts a weekly podcast, "The Marconi Experiment", named after Dave Herman's WMMR, Philadelphia show of the 1960's.

David has some incredibly high quality airchecks that have begun to populate this site and we're ecstatic that he's agreed to share them with us.

Brian L. Wolfsohn

Brian is our newest contributor. More details on Brian will be forthcoming, but he has an amazingly large collection of airchecks, especially of Pete Fornatale and we'll be sharing many with you.

Dr. Zoet

Dr. Zoet, who is the creator of this site and is sometimes known as Martin Brooks, grew up listening to New York City top-40 radio and then to the FM free-form and progressive rock stations from the first day they joined the airwaves.

He worked in college radio, then became a recording engineer and producer and has produced thousands of hours of syndicated radio shows. But he now wishes that he saved more of the air-checks that he recorded and then erased (because recording tape was expensive!)

If you have air-checks or other materials that you'd like to contribute, send an email to info AT (replace the "space AT space" with an "@" sign.)

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New York: Rock My Radio by Gerry Dieffenbach

contributed by Rob Frankel

This song was written by Gerry Dieffenbach and Al Stark and was frequently played on the WCBS-FM special 'Rock 'n Roll Radio Greats' weekends.

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