Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Hot Spot On Your Dial

If it seems that an inordinate amount of time has been spent on this blog highlighting stations from the Youngstown area, you're right. For whatever reason, most of the submissions to NEO Airchecks have concerned the market's two Top 40 rivals of the 1970's, WHOT/1330 and WFMJ/1390. Your editor has enjoyed these airchecks, as it's been fun and educational to hear the personalities and formatics of the era. That having been said, don't feel as though we're shutting out other areas of the region. Again, any airchecks of northeast Ohio stations from the past or present are welcome here. Be sure to e-mail ideas or sources to

With that in mind, our friend Jerry Coleman brings us another of his high-quality WHOT recordings. This time we travel back to January 1, 1970. Allen Scott is spinning the top 100 tunes of 1969 on this first day of the New Year. Art Jordan, the future news director at WFMJ-TV, provides the headlines.

Allen Scott left WHOT not long after this broadcast. Taking over his slot was K.C. Martin, who came from WHLO/640 in Akron. According to our source, Martin died in an accident several years ago. Your editor has no confirmation of this, but would appreciate any assistance from our readers. As for Scott, longtime WHOT program director Dick Thompson has said that the onetime evening jock eventually became a priest.

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