What’s New?

* A brand new composite from 1979 as the station transitions to 99-XLO!

PLUS! We’ve returned a number of older airchecks including Jay Thomas’s morning show from 1978 now upgraded to our new player and extended to a full hour!

Got tapes of 99x? Please, we hope you’ll consider donating a copy to our site!

We are proud to announce that the 99X New York tribute site is now officially a part of Airchexx.com! We’ll be working on the site in the coming days and weeks to upgrade the audio to our new player. You should see other improvements as well.

I welcome your suggestions for improvements! Send an email with your ideas, I’d love to hear from you.

We’re also looking for any 99X WXLO Alumni – we’d like to tell your story about your time at 99X.

Posted by Steve West | General | 2 comments

The Beginning: WOR-FM Becomes WXLO 99X | 1967-1974 (11:09) Scoped

In the beginning there was …. static…

Well that’s the way this aircheck starts out. How appropriate, then, that we should have a crisp & clean audio history lesson of the late WXLO – 99X from the Big Apple! From the free-form rock of the mid-60s to the Drake Top 40 era, then to the WXLO years, this aircheck explains it all – far better than any words I could write in tribute to this great station.

Lets head back in time, to 1967. And start the greatest history lesson you’ll ever learn!

Please note: This selection is NOT WORKING at present.  We are working on locating the original tape from our files and will have it restored shortly.

Posted by Steve West | WOR-FM Freeform Rock Era, WOR-FM Drake Era | 5 comments

Lee Roberts, Saturday Morning on 99X – December 17, 1978

“99X…. Rockin the Apple in Stereo with a world of Odessey…”

The late 70s was a particularly good time for Lee Roberts, who was heard at 13 WAVZ New Haven, 96 TIC-FM Hartford AND 99X all in the same general time period!

Lee, IMHO, is an incredible talent whose delivery, while it didn’t particularly stand out like Bill Lee’s, was very smooth and polished. I don’t think I ever heard an on air mistake from Roberts.

That said, lets enjoy a bit of this Connecticut native on 99X from a few days before Christmas ‘78.

Posted by Steve West | General, Lee Roberts, Bill James | no comments

The Return of Beaver Cleaver to 99X!

He’s back! Actually, given that Beaver was already working for RKO General out west, this was no big deal to do a sohw in NY. But… he sounds even better here than the first appearance a year earlier!

Posted by Steve West | Matt Seinberg, Beaver Cleaver | no comments

Second “Cookin’” Composite – June 1 & 2, 1979

“…This is only a test…. I know your dog is listening!”

This compliments the first “Cookin’ Composite” that we have from ‘78 thanks to Matt at Big Apple Airchecks!

It starts out right where it should, with the Jay Thomas morning show and moves right along through what apparently is a full broadcast day (and then some).

Here’s an aircheck of a station in transition. What had been Top 40 99X is now Top 40 99-XLO, as the station starts to search for new ways to captivate an ever-fragmenting audience, having lost most of the Disco listeners to newly-hatched 92 WKTU and feeling pressure from other stations like rocker 95.5 WPLJ and AC 97 WYNY. Trying to find that niche in mid ‘79 eventually led to an AC version of WXLO called simply FM 99 in October, which turned out to be a ratings disaster. It all came crashing down in 1981 when RKO General decided to take the station Urban to take on crosstown WBLS… at that time ditching the WXLO calls in favor of WRKS and a new name, Kiss-FM.

And so as to confuse you guys even more, here are some interesting facts about that evolution. The Kiss-FM monikker was NOT a creation of Clear Channel Communications (which at that time was a tiny little company in Texas using a different name), rather, the name was taken from BOSTON’S WXKS-FM, Ritchie Balsbaugh’s incredibly successful Disco-turned-CHR Kiss 108. And, three years after the WXLO call letters were tossed to the wind (January 1984), Robin Martin’s Montachusett Broadcasting picked them up for use on his then WFMP 104.5 Fitchburg as part of it’s transition to Worcester, Mass…. where they sit today!

I explained all that just to explain what the 99-XLO jingles and name actually meant to listeners in mid-1979 – more Oldies, more Recurrents, album cuts and a station beginning to lose its way. Still…. it hasn’t changed all that much at this point, as you’ll hear in this long composite and WXLO still sounds incredible with lots of personality and new jingles.

Posted by Steve West | Matt Seinberg | no comments

Tony Taylor on WOR-FM: The Bill Drake sound from 1969, Continued

This one is short, only about 2 minutes scoped but thanks again to Bill James for this excellent look at WOR-FM, the PRE-99X sound of 98.7!

WOR-FM, 1969

Posted by Steve West | WOR-FM Drake Era, Bill James | no comments

Tony Taylor on WOR-FM: The Bill Drake sound from 1969

Tony Taylor now, on WOR-FM from the Drake days.

After the success of RKO General O&O stations KHJ, CKLW and WRKO, the format was imported to New York City on the first FM outlet in the RKO Chain. In this, the first Top 40 incarnation of 98.7 FM, the standard Drake formatics are in place, as are the Johnny Mann jingles.

This would last for two more years before the Drake sound would run it’s eventual course, but the stage was set for future success with the “Q” format as WXLO 99X would emerge by 1972. Here is the genesis of that transformation…

WOR-FM, 1969

This is part one of a scoped two part series. Original commercials included!

Posted by Steve West | WOR-FM Drake Era, Tony Taylor, Bill James | one comment

Beaver Cleaver on 99X – ONE NIGHT ONLY! | June 10, 1978

Hurry, for a limited time Beaver Clearver is on 99x! Well, not really for one night, although that’s what they billed it as. He’d return a year later, almost to the day for a one show encore.

Cleaver was an RKO West Coast jock schooled in the art of talking fast and curt one-liners. Steve ‘Smokin’ Weed couldn’t have done better!

Posted by Steve West | Matt Seinberg | no comments