CLASSIC TOP 40 RADIO

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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.

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HITBOUND!
Fresh FAB 40
For The Week Beginning

June 2, 2019

Richard W. Irwin, WIXE July 1969

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.


REELRADIO
FAB 40!
1/15 1/22 1/29 NOW - Week ending February 4, 2023
2 4 1 1 The REELRADIO Tenth Birthday Special
- 21 21 2 The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles, July 21, 1969 Pt.1
16 12 22 3 The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles, June 30, 1969
- - - 4 Dusty Rhodes, WSAI Cincinnati OH August 21 1978
7 6 - 5 Joe Link, WWAM WWTV-FM, Cadillac Michigan, January 18, 1969
- - - 6 The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles, July 21, 1969 Pt.2
- - 29 7 WLS Chicago Sign On 1967
- - 31 8 Ron Riley, WLS Chicago, 1968
- - - 9 Ron Jacobs Game Plan to Beat Miami, 1972
39 15 8 10 Sam Riddle, KHJ Los Angeles CA May 3 1969
- - - 11 The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles, July 21, 1969 Pt.1 (scoped)
- - - 12 KHJ: A Mann and His Logos
- - 28 13 Drake-Chenault, The First 20 Years, 1981
- 5 11 14 Russ Wheeler, WEAM Washington, D.C. March 9, 1965
- - - 15 ppwsai64
28 - - 16 Chickenmania (Chicken Man) Episode 1-3
- - - 17 Alan Freed, WJW Cleveland, 1954
- - - 18 Robert W. Morgan, KHJ Los Angeles, February 21, 1969
- - 6 19 Ron O'Brien, WCFL Chicago July 7, 1975 Part Two
- - - 20 The Real Don Steele, KTNQ LA March 11, 1977
12 18 - 21 The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles, January 8, 1970
- - - 22 Lee Baby, KOOL-FM Phoenix AZ January 11, 1996 (VIDEO)
- - - 23 The Real Don Steele: Four Fractious Fridays
21 16 19 24 Ron O'Brien, WCFL Chicago, November 1975
- - 14 25 Ron Landry, WDRC Hartford CT. June 18, 1965
- - - 26 Roger Christian, KHJ Los Angeles, 1965
- - - 27 The Real Don Steele, KHJ, June 17 1970
3 17 - 28 The Real Don Steele, KHJ April 2, 1969
- - 25 29 Larry Lujack, WLS Chicago, January 27, 1978
- - - 30 Car Radio Crash, KHJ, 1986
- - - 31 John Records Landecker, WLS Chicago, 1975
- - - 32 Al Brady, WOR-FM New York, May 30, 1969 Pt.1
19 7 10 33 Steve York, WCFL Chicago, January 14, 1971
- - 15 34 Ron Brandon, WNOE New Orleans 1963
- - 24 35 Ron Brandon, WAYS Charlotte, NC November 13, 1966 (restored)
- - - 36 Robert W. Morgan, KHJ HORR Hr.48,February 23, 1969
- - - 37 Jolly Rodger, WIRK West Palm Beach Florida, June 1968
- - - 38 Dewey Phillips, WHBQ Memphis 1957
- - - 39 cvdwls73
36 - - 40 Tom Shannon, WKBW Buffalo, July 1961

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