I was all of 20 years old when I came to KWKR to take over the 7PM-1AM shift. This was recorded during my first week on the air at “The Fine Ninety-Nine Nine.” To be honest, I wasn’t that good. To this day, I’m not sure why Lee Barr (Program Director) chose to hire me over the other 100 or so more qualified applicants that he had for this job!
Thankfully, I’m not on this aircheck. Instead, I have taken this 29 year old tape and edited together a composite of the station’s imaging. This was what we called the “first generation” of KWKR’s jingles and recorded liners. It was used from the time the station first signed on in November, 1983 until we replaced it with our new “digiburp” package in June, 1985. I believe all the cuts we used are included here.
At the time this was recorded, KWKR did not yet have an aircheck skimmer. The only way to record ourselves was off the control board in the audition channel. So, this was recorded directly from the large standup Harris Micro Mac board onto an Onkyo stereo cassette deck. Since it’s a “board signal”, there is a bit of distortion on the peaks and no audio processing. A TDK SAX 60 cassette was used, which explains why this tape has held up so well over the years. In short, a fun look back to my first days at the station where I learned how to be a flamethrowin’ CHR night jock!