WABC-AM 770 New York NY Michael Jackson 1982

For many people, May 10, 1982 was the day the music died.  WABC “Musicradio 77” was considered by many to be the greatest, most influential Top 40 radio station of all time.  On that fateful day, WABC stopped playing music.  After Ron Lundy and Dan Ingram said their goodbyes, there was a moment of silence.  Then, the new WABC “Talk Radio 77” debuted on the frequency.

This aircheck was recorded approximately 5 months later.  It’s the opening sweeper for “The Best of the Michael Jackson show.”  As in Michael Jackson the talk radio host.  I received it from Apple Valley, Minnesota using a Pioneer SX-3900 and longwire antenna.  As I’ve mentioned in previous postings, this Pioneer was an amazingly sensitive receiver.  Notice how there is very little adjacent channel splash from WJR-760-Detroit or WBBM-780-Chicago.  By selecting from several longwires, I could hear either WABC or KOB/Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Both were completely clear and free of interference from the other.  (In 1982, WABC and KOB were the only U.S. stations on 770 at night.)  A Technics stereo cassette deck and Scotch Dynarange tape were used to make the recording.