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

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

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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