Two of Philly’s best AM radio station airchecks in one

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From the late Fifties through the late Seventies in Philly, two AM radio stations that were a large part of our radio listening were WFIL (Famous 56) and WIBG (Wibbage). Over the years, both stations had legendary DJ’s; WFIL had George Michael, Long John Wade, Diamond Jim Nettleton, Jay Cook, Dave Parks, Dr. Don Rose, Jim O’Brien, Banana Joe, Brother Lee Love, and other greats. WIBG (99AM) had Hyski (Hy Lit), Joe Niagara (The Rockin’ Bird), Jerry Stevens, Frank X. Feller, Don Cannon, and John “Records” Landecker. We were enamored by these “Boss Jocks” who captured our imaginations with the “Pop Music Explosion.” We loved their station jingles, their overly reverbed microphone processing, the “Million Dollar Weekend” giveaways, their “Beat The Bomb” contests, their “hitline requests.” There are many air checks on the internet of these stations, but one of the best we recently stumbled upon is a combined WFIL and WIBG that also includes a segment of when WIBG went off the air and “died.” It’s a classic piece of radio history.

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  1. Paul Wishengrad

    Thanks for the homage, Bruce. These brands/personalities are branded into my brain, they were duking it out for dominance when I was a kid. By the time I got to junior high, kids were migrating to FM, WIFI 92 became the cool kids radio station. Funny how WIBG “died”, got born again as a disco outlet (Wizard 100), and then got “born again” again as the Christian station WZZD 990 – my first gig in radio!

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