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In 1981 I recorded my first aircheck when I was 15. I was living out of state and wished to play for friends what one of my favorite radio stations sounded like. I popped in a cassette and pressed ‘rec’ on hot afternoon and let the tape roll without pausing. Recorded was Top 40 station WGCL in Cleveland, Ohio with Dave Collins as the DJ. I still have that cassette today. If you’ve ever heard this aircheck elsewhere, here’s the original master tape….
WGCL 8-03-81 Dave Collins
I recorded several more that week. Being a fan of radio, I wanted to record more. Even though I was just a teenager, I knew radio formats change all the time so I wanted unscoped memories from my favorite stations, I made sure to save all my recordings.