Monday, June 4, 2018

Wayne Moss aircheck - May 23, 1972

Here’s an aircheck of Wayne Moss on KAAY, doing afternoon drive in 1972.   Years ago I posted this elsewhere, on a paywalled aircheck site, and I promised the owner that I wouldn’t post it anywhere else.  That site recently went under and likely not coming back.  So now I have posted it here -- on the site where it truly belongs!

I got this aircheck from a fellow I met in 1975 on my first-ever fulltime radio job.  It was at WMYK(FM), licensed to Moyock NC but targeted toward the Norfolk VA market.  It broadcast from a few trailers at the tower site, just south of the NC/VA state line.  This guy was a guest of either the station PD or owner and I dubbed the aircheck from him.  He said he knew Wayne Moss and he regaled me with lots of KAAY stories.  The only one I remember was how KAAY arranged for interns or part-timers to work for competing stations, and learn about their upcoming promotions.  Then they would tip off KAAY so the Big K could counter them with even bigger contests and promotions.  Young spies!  Did KAAY really do that?  I don’t know, but it was a great story.

About the aircheck – It covers just over one hour, telescoped from 3:27pm to 4:30pm on Tuesday, May 23, 1972.  There’s a heavy spotload, LOTS of commercials. Only once do you hear 2 songs back to back, at the top of the hour.  There are several political ads, with an Election Day coming up 1 week later.  Mary Donald has the news at :55 and :28.  The big full sound of KAAY really impressed me ever since I heard this aircheck. 


Greg Barman


  1. Bogus story! Pat Walsh didn't need spies.

  2. And as far as I know, none of the Little Rock stations had interns in those days.

  3. I worked with Wayne at WONE AM, Dayton in 1966-67. He was a fun guy and a total pro. Later he was sales manager for WXLK FM (K92) in Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA. I visited with he and station owner, Aylett Coleman, when I was a sales rep for Birch/Scarborough Research.

  4. This is an old post but I'll give it a shot. It's been a long time since "Johnny Midnight". Matt James wasn't a great radio newsman so I tried TV for forty years and managed to scratch out a living. So good to see you name again.