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Last Update: DECEMBER 31, 2022
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The annual New Year's Special is streaming on Aircheck Channel. Featuring the KFRC Big 100 from 1968, WLS Big 89 from 1969, WOR-FM Top 100 from 1970, and more!
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PURPOSE Founded in 1996, this online aircheck museum is operated by REELRADIO, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The primary function of REELRADIO is archival and educational. Our focus is Top 40 radio from 1955 to 1989. Our aircheck exhibits are recordings of one-time radio broadcasts, both full-length and "Scoped". Scoped airchecks are shorter in length and do not include musical performances.
We encourage users to offer comments on our exhibits and to participate in a dialogue about Top 40 Radio, the people, the music, popular culture and history preserved in these airchecks. REELRADIO endeavors to provide a forum for discussion, commentary, education, and critique.
June 6, 2019, marks one year since the passing of Uncle Ricky. In rememberance, Reelradio looks back at his radio career with this special recording of a young, 18 year-old Ricky at the helm of WIXE in Monroe, North Carolina. Please enjoy and remember Richard in the comments.
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|-||-||-||1||Rick Dees, WKIX Raleigh N.C. 1971|
|1||1||8||2||The REELRADIO Tenth Birthday Special|
|-||14||2||3||Bob Crane, KNX Los Angeles, March 9, 1962|
|-||-||-||4||Tony Pigg, WPLJ New York NY September 23, 1977|
|-||8||19||5||Dick Sainte, WCFL Chicago, May 15, 1973|
|-||-||30||6||Todd Chase, KQV-FM Pittsburgh, August 16, 1968|
|-||-||33||7||The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles May 25, 1968 Pt.3|
|-||-||-||8||Paul Kirby, WCFL Chicago, June 24, 1972|
|-||-||-||9||Peter Huntington May, KIKX Tucson, AZ January 30 1968|
|-||-||-||10||Larry Lujack, WLS Chicago, September 16, 1976|
|12||7||11||12||Jerry Kay, WCFL Chicago, May 5, 1972|
|-||-||1||13||Jeff Christie, WIXZ McKeesport PA, 1971|
|-||-||-||14||Barney Pip, WCFL Chicago, July 25, 1970|
|-||-||-||15||Al Brady, WOR-FM New York, May 30, 1969 Pt.1|
|-||-||-||16||WKIX Raleigh, N.C. Composite, 1972|
|-||-||-||17||Steve King, WLS Chicago, June 7, 1977 (unscoped)|
|-||-||-||18||The Real Don Steele, KHJ, June 17 1970|
|-||-||-||19||The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles CA June 15 1968|
|-||-||-||20||Larry O'Brien, WCFL Chicago, April 21, 1971|
|-||-||-||21||Larry Lujack, WCFL Chicago, 1973|
|-||-||-||22||Larry Lujack, WCFL Chicago IL December 7, 1973|
|-||-||-||23||Larry Lujack, WCFL Chicago, July 11, 1972|
|-||-||-||24||Larry Lujack, WCFL Chicago IL April 3 1974|
|-||-||-||25||Larry Lujack, WCFL Chicago March 15, 1976 Part Three|
|-||-||-||26||Larry Lujack, Tommy Edwards, WLS Chicago Rewind, May 28 2007 8-9am|
|-||-||-||27||Larry Lujack, Gary Meier, Steve Dahl, WLS Chicago February 22 1983, Pt. 2|
|-||-||-||28||Kris Stevens, WCFL Chicago, August 23, 1972|
|-||-||-||29||Johnny Williams, KHJ Los Angeles, February 27, 1970|
|9||-||-||30||Joe O'Brien, WMCA New York, January 4, 1965|
|-||-||-||31||Jim O'Brien, WFIL Philadelphia, January 26, 1972|
|-||-||-||33||George Michael, WFIL Philadelphia, April 1974|
|-||-||-||34||Dan Ingram, WABC New York, August 5, 1967 Pt. 2|
|-||-||-||35||Charlie Greer, Dan Ingram, WABC NY August 5, 1967 Pt. 1|
|-||-||-||36||Dick Sainte, Doug Dahlgren, WCFL Chicago, July 17, 1975|
|-||-||-||37||Buffalo Dick Birch, WCBS-FM New York, NY July 12, 1971 Pt. 3|
|-||-||26||38||Barney Pip, WCFL Chicago, May 11, 1968|
|-||-||-||39||Barney Pip, WCFL Chicago IL May 25, 1968|
|-||-||-||40||Billy Pearl, KHJ Los Angeles, June 24, 1975 (Pt. 1)|
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