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.

December 5th, 2004 Posted by Steve West | WOR-FM Freeform Rock Era, WOR-FM Drake Era | 5 comments

5 Comments »

  1. I hear Elements of The Tape “Nine” In this presentation

    Comment by Rob | 3/27/2005

  2. LOL… yep, that’s us! I would really love to know the “production head” who pieced-together this little tribute to 99X, a fun station (”fun”… I can’t picture anyone doing the serious work of keeping the stock price up, actually having “fun” anymore!) that “Johnny West” never really had the talent to get a job at. Nice work, whoever you be!!

    Comment by Johnny West | 4/13/2005

  3. What a great aircheck. I remember much of that period including the preDrake days on WOR FM.

    Does anyone have any airchecks of the 99 hours of X? That was the beginning of 99X in the 70’s.

    Comment by Larry Stoler | 4/15/2005

  4. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER WHEN ORFM DID SOMETHING CALLED CHAMPION AND CHELANGER. THEY WOULD PLAY A SONG ,THEN PLAY ANOTHER SONG ,THEN PEOPLE WOULD CALL UP AND PICK A WINNER BETWEEN THOSE TWO SONGS.THEY WOULD KEEP PLAYING THE SONG THAT GOT THE MOST VOTES,UNTIL ANOTHER SONG BEAT IT .I THINK ORFM DID THIS IN EARLY 1968.IT WAS A GREAT IDEA THAT HAD TO HAVE BEEN THOUGHT UP BY BILL DRAKE.

    Comment by JOE FERACO | 9/26/2005

  5. It was fantastic hearing this great old stuff again!!! I remember this sound vividly. I remember driving from Allentown, PA. to NY city just so that we could hear the sound of 99X without all the static.

    As far as power (RF) goes, those NY stations really got the shaft from the FCC. All of those great hot stations had only enough power to cover their license areas. We lived 70 miles from the city, but most of the stations were also licensed in another town with 50 KW transmitters. WXLO was on 98.7 and in our area we picked up the thumping co-channel sound of 98.9 in Philadelphia. WPLJ was on the same frequency as WPGC (Morningside, MD.) Our radios would fade from one to another. In those days, gas was cheap, 50 cents per gallon. When the weekend would come, we would get in the car and drive to NY, just to listen to the radio.

    It was a real thrill to hear that old 99-X shotgun jingle again. PAMS energy one? I’d love to have a great crisp copy of that jingle!!!

    Great site! It really brought back some fond memories. Thank you.

    Comment by Jack McCann | 12/22/2005

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