Lee Roberts | December, 1978 (19:45)

Posted on February 11, 2005

“99x, rockin’ the apple in stereo with a world of Oddesy”

Here’s Lee Roberts filling in for Dick Sloan on a Saturday morning, late in December ‘78. The country is right in the middle of the disco era – and 99x is leading the disco charge in 1978… but not for long. WKTU would arrive in ‘79 and spelll the end for cross-band WABC, and 99x. The “From The Streets” story is coming soon. Almost as sad as the flip to Urban as 98.7 Kiss-FM. Another story for another time.

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Al Bandiero – Nights | Early 1978

Posted on February 11, 2005

Thanks to Bill James (WEEX Easton PA), we have this excellent scope of the Al Bandiero night show on 99X. Bandiero is the one jock who turned your webmaster on to the radio business – the first jock that captivated me from his days on WKBW.

He owes me an apology!

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Jay Thomas, Charlie Steiner News and Flash Flood Weather – The 99X Morning Show | 1979

Posted on January 25, 2005

From new contributor Martin Hardee comes this just-over-half hour scope of the Jay Thomas morning show on 99X.

There’s not much music, or any semblence of a ‘Top 40′ format – but this IS the morning show. The competition during this time was not necessarilly WABC. Thomas makes an offhand remark to newsman Charlie Steiner about WKTU – the ‘new’ all-Disco station in town.

You’ll hear three different consecutive segments. I tightened up the source tape audio so the pauses are gone and this flows like a continuous aircheck – which it is except for a couple of songs which are scoped out.

In each segment, you hear opening banter between Thomas and Steiner, then the news – this is the historic nature of this aircheck. Anything you wanted to know about New York City at this point in 1979 you’ll hear. Then the commercial break (edited), and Flash Flood – the weatherguy.

Content: NOAA Weather Radio is going to computerized digitized voices (wow… was it that long ago???), Steiner & Mark Smith (now AP Correspondent) start a series on Discos (I’d assume this is BEFORE WLS/Steve Dahl’s “Disco Destruction” at Chicago’s Wrigley Field), and some assorted NYC political stuff and the usual murders. There is some music, but really only enough to serve as bookmarks. Note to ASCAP/BMI: There are no songs! Gotta keep reminding them of that.

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Special Appearance: Elton John AKA “EJ the DJ” with Lee Douglas | 1974 (1:02:22) Scoped

Posted on January 15, 2005

In 1974, 99X welcomed a special guest DJ – Elton John. Apparently EJ the DJ was in the habit of appearing at various radio stations to do this. His lifelong ambition? Perhaps.

This is an absolutely hilarious aircheck. The jock on duty, Lee Douglas, does his best to maintain control – but once Sir Elton John arrives, things quickly disintegrate into one liners about drag queens and other … well you just have to consider the source.

It’s ‘clean’ radio by today’s standards, but the innuendos were VERY edgy for their day. And one wonders why folks like Steve “Smokin’ Weed populated the WXLO studios in the mid-70s. The ‘alphabet’ station had serious competition!

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“Cookin’” Composite | December 1978 (56:03)

Posted on January 15, 2005

Wanna know what a typical broadcast day sounded like on 99X? Here’s one. It starts with Bobby Rich in for Al Bandiero – it’s HOT Top 40 99X-FM Style!

A year later, it would all be over. This was obviously the climax of New York’s first FM success story.

For you closet disco freaks, there’s plenty on this aircheck!

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WOR-FM: Tony Taylor 1969 | 47:18

Posted on January 13, 2005

From the Drake Era, Here’s Tony Taylor playing the hits of 1969 on WOR-FM!

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99X Memories: Dan Levine

Posted on January 10, 2005

Dan writes:

“I was in college at the time and home on break (mid to late 70’s) and was very much involved on the campus radio station at the University of Richmond. Stations like 99X and 97DJ were models of how I thought radio should sound: After all they were in New York not “Podunk.”

Anyway I was working with my dad in his stationery business early on a Sunday morning in NYC and was heading home back to Emerson NJ on the bus & train by myself when I decided to stop by 99X to see if I could get a tour of the station. (Early am on a Sunday???) I went up into the building at 1440 Broadway and rang the bell at WXLO. Someone came to the door and I explained that I was a college student involved in the campus radio station etc. and this fellow let me in.

The first thing I noticed was a set of ham radio call numbers on someone’s desk, ‘WB2XLO.’ Well that was music to my ears because I had been a Ham operator for several years or so at that time. What I got next was a full tour of 99X and met “Walt Baby Love!” who was on the air at the time. I left with some neat posters that became wallpaper in my college dorm room. I recently saw them in some photos I had taken.

I must have also been to the station at some other time because I met a DJ called “The Chucker.” I think it must have been his first day on the air: He was amazed that he was actually broadcasting in New York City! He said his previous station out in Iowa somewhere barely had a set of headphones that would work.

I also met newsman J. Paul McGregor who was from WLEE Radio in Richmond, where I went to school. (Small world.)

I worked in radio and TV for about 1 year after graduating from school in Virginia and will never forget my days on the air at WRNL News center 910 in Richmond. My career in broadcasting was cut short, however, for a (real job) which eventually took me back to the New York area but not in broadcasting. As far as radio goes, it’s been a hobby for more than 30 years now.”

– Dan is a ham radio operator, his call sign is WA2CLP. Thanks for your recollections, Dan!


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Lee Roberts | 1978 (19:45) Scoped

Posted on January 10, 2005

“99X – Rockin’ the Apple in Stereo…”

Here’s Lee Roberts, who also was working at WAVZ New Haven around the same time.

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