I just posted a Link to http://www.rockradioscrapbook.com, a great
site put up by Dale Patterson. He has collected and posted an
extensive archive of airchecks (well known broadcast DJs, such as Alan
Freed, Hound Dog Lorenz, Dick Biondi, and many more, introducing songs
and talking, including advertisements) from 1955 to present. Also,
read rock radio historical information. Many of the airchecks are
from stations in Ontario and New York. Generally, the recordings
on the website are a few to 15 minutes long, and the center parts of
the songs are edited out, so most of the time is talk. I listened
carefully to the 1955-1970 airchecks, remembering why we spent so much
of our money (for me from 55-62 it was ALL my allowances) on records -
it was so time-consuming waiting and wondering when the good songs
would be played again. Dale Patterson has done a fabulous job with
the airchecks & history.
Nowadays, at least on KD Radio, we play the good songs non-stop.
KD Radio's Steve Ricketts has worked to get a pleasant balance of
music, talk, and ads.