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Author: Rich DeSisto & Paul Kelly

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AIRCHECK is a podcast about radio's personality from radio personalities. Each episode includes guests from the Radio industry including, but not limited to, Air Personalities, Program Directors, General Managers, and Owners. In addition to the shared stories, AIRCHECK incorporates the rewound audio from those special story moments. Both Rich De Sisto and Paul Kelly, currently on the air in Philadelphia, have concentrated their radio careers in the northeast corridor of the country. Radio stops for Rich include WAXQ/New York, WYSP/Philadelphia, WPST/Trenton, WMGM/Atlantic City, WAMX/Huntington, and WZXL/Atlantic City. Paul’s on air time includes WEZX/Scranton, WPDH/Poughkeepsie, and WZXL/Atlantic City where he and Rich met in the late 80s. Paul also operates Philadelphia-based Kelly Music Research. AIRCHECK is accepting guests for future sessions/seasons. If there’s a story to be told….and hopefully audio to complement it, from College Radio to AM/FM, Satellite, AIRCHECK will give it a listen. If you are in or out of radio and want to tell your stories, email: AirCheckMe@gmail.com.
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Our very special guest is  Fred Jacobs, President and Founder of Jacobs Media.  Fred was the  first radio consultant ever to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.   As one of radio's premiere consultants, Fred has helped radio stations and air talent in markets large and small get to the top of their game.  We learn many things about Fred Jacobs during this episode, including what inspired his inventions of the "Classic Rock" and "The Edge" radio formats.   As much as he loves charts and graphs, Fred was also a radio program director.  He rewinds those stories from his days at Detroit Rock Radio’s WRIF, what he thought of the arrival of MTV, and where he was the night John Lennon was killed.  Plus we find out his favorite "go-to"  artist of all time.Contact Fred at JacobsMedia.  You can download or stream every episode of AIRCHECK from Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, and Google Podcasts.  You can also ask your Smart Speaker to “Play Aircheck Podcast”. If you're a radio vet with a story to tell we want to hear from you.Email us at Aircheckme@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook:  facebook.com/aircheckmeTell us what you think and your favorite episode!
Lori Lewis is President and Founder of Lori Lewis Media.   Lori is known throughout the Radio industry as a leader and innovator in the Social Media space.  But her former radio days come with tales she shares throughout this episode.Lori is originally from Green Bay, but her radio career began in Las Vegas.  Developing many persona's along the way, Lori rocked and rolled through some of radio’s greatest stations and cities around the country;   Sunny 106.5/Las Vegas, Rock 104/Mobile AL, Tampa Bay’s Thunder 105.5 & 98 ROCK/Tampa.Lori rewinds many stories , including how she met Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.  How her personal backstage invitation from Brad Delp of Boston impressed her co-workers.  We also find out about her radio career progressions from the easy listening DJ to her rock renegade personalities, being part of the Bubba the Love Sponge morning show, her moves to radio management and opening her own Social Media consultancy.You can download or stream every episode of AIRCHECK from Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, and Google Podcasts.  You can also ask your Smart Speaker to “Play Aircheck Podcast”. If you're a radio vet with a story to tell we want to hear from you.Email us at Aircheckme@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook:  facebook.com/aircheckmeTell us what you think and your favorite episode!
Our guest is Kerby Confer, the Founding Partner/Owner of Forever Media.  Kerby who is a member of both the  Pennsylvania Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Country Radio Hall of Fame, talks to Rich & Paul about being a highly rated personality in the 1960's as a Baltimore radio DJ and host of the TV dance telecast, The Kerby Scott Show.  Both roles are connected to a few Hollywood blockbuster movies, "Play Misty for Me" and "Hairspray".Kerby also rewinds the story about the time he was hired to emcee The Beatles during their only visit to Baltimore on September 13, 1964.  As Kerby moved into radio ownership, his belief in branding Radio Stations led him to invent "The Froggy" Country Radio format.    After a few  "pneumonic devices" later , "The Beaver" and "The Chicken" formats were created.Kerby is invested in paving the way for new radio talent.  He talks proudly about his involvement in The National Radio Talent System and how the program is helping develop up and coming broadcasters.You can download or stream every episode of AIRCHECK from Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, and Google Podcasts.  You can also ask your Smart Speaker to “Play Aircheck Podcast”. If you're a radio vet with a story to tell we want to hear from you.Email us at Aircheckme@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook:  facebook.com/aircheckmeTell us what you think and your favorite episode!
On this episode Kidd Chris Part 2 , hear Chris talk about the day Howard Stern made his satellite radio announcement;  The KiddChris Show debut in Philadelphia at 94.1 WYSP;  the day Chris turned down replacing Stern; and how the return of Opie and Anthony helped The KiddChris Show in afternoon drive on YSP.  Chris also talks about the internet version of The KiddChris show;  how he got a visit from the FBI while on the air in Portland;  and how his show has evolved now 8 years in Cincinnati, doing mornings on WEBN.You can download or stream every episode of AIRCHECK from Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, and Google Podcasts.  You can also ask your Smart Speaker to “Play Aircheck Podcast”. If you're a radio vet with a story to tell we want to hear from you.Email us at Aircheckme@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook:  facebook.com/aircheckmeTell us what you think and your favorite episode!
Kidd Chris has been making radio waves since his start in Syracuse in 1998.   A host of radio cities across the country have been entertained by his brand of RADIO.  Those markets include KICT in Wichita, Kansas; KSFM & KXOA in Sacramento, California;  KSRX in San Antonio, Texas;  WYSP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;  KUFO in Portland, Oregon;  WKLS in Atlanta, Georgia; and currently mornings at WEBN in Cincinnati, Ohio.Hear Chris rewind the days he wrote for The Howard Stern Show, how Thomas became his co-host, what city The KiddChris Show really developed and what career path he thinks his father would have wanted him to choose.He's got so many great stories to tell we needed a 2-Parter!  This is Pt1.You can download or stream every episode of AIRCHECK from Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, and Google Podcasts.  You can also ask your Smart Speaker to “Play Aircheck Podcast”. If you're a radio vet with a story to tell we want to hear from you.Email us at Aircheckme@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook:  facebook.com/aircheckmeTell us what you think and your favorite episode!
 Radio veteran Debbi Calton retired from a 43 year illustrious career on December 6, 2019. To commemorate the 1 year Anniversary of her hanging up her headphones, Rich and Paul talk with Debbi about her radio gypsy journey.  Debbi shares a few of her rock star interviews along the way including John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), David Crosby (CSN), Peter Frampton and Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane).  Her stories also include when she almost became a “welder” before her first radio job in North Carolina, her career travels from Florida to Denver during a snowstorm and how she finally ended up in Philadelphia; where among other things spent 26 years at one radio station 102.9 WMGK.  We also find out what she's been up to in her new life. :)  You can download or stream every episode of AIRCHECK from Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, and Google Podcasts.  You can also ask your Smart Speaker to “Play Aircheck Podcast”. If you're a radio vet with a story to tell we want to hear from you.Email us at Aircheckme@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook:  facebook.com/aircheckmeTell us what you think and your favorite episode!
On Monday November 23,  2020 AIRCHECK hosts Rich DeSisto and Paul Kelly announced the lineup for SEASON 2 in a Facebook Live event.   This episode will rewind the BEST of SEASON 1 and REVEAL the AIRCHECK session guestlist of those Radio pro's who sat down with us for SEASON 2.  You can download or stream every episode of AIRCHECK from Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, and Google Podcasts.  You  can also ask your Smart Speaker to “Play Aircheck Podcast”.If you're a radio vet with a story to tell we want to hear from you.  Email us at Aircheckme@gmail.comFollow us on Facebook:  facebook.com/aircheckmeTell us what you think and your favorite episode!
We left SEASON 1 with Pt1 of our session with Partridge Family TV child star turned radio personality, Danny Bonaduce.  Danny shared so many stories with Rich DeSisto and Paul Kelly it needed a Pt 2.  On this episode, Danny continues to rewind some of his most and least enjoyable radio and TV moments including his celebrity boxing match with "Greg Brady", his on air pissing match with Dennis Rodman and his favorite and least favorite Partridge Family songs.  Danny's radio resume also includes Eagle 106/Philadelphia, WKQI/Detroit, KLSX/Los Angeles and you can currently hear Danny mornings on Seattle’s Classic Rock, 102.5 KZOK.If you're a radio vet with a story to tell we want to hear from you. Email us at Aircheckme@gmail.comFollow us on Facebook:  facebook.com/aircheckmeTell us what you think and your favorite episode!
Partridge Family TV child star turned radio personality, Danny Bonaduce rewinds some of his most and least enjoyable radio and TV moments including "Car-ee-okeee" at The Loop/Chicago.  "Live in It and Win It" and an unusually painful "Ear Piercing" at 94.1 WYSP/Philadelphia.  Plus his role in the movie "H-O-T-S", his on screen/off screen relationship with the late Dave Madden aka: Reuben Kincaid.   Danny's radio resume also includes Eagle 106/Philadelphia, WKQI/Detroit, KLSX/Los Angeles and you can currently hear Danny mornings on Seattle’s Classic Rock, 102.5 KZOK.You can download or stream every episode of AIRCHECK from Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, and Google Podcasts.  You  can also ask your Smart Speaker to “Play Aircheck Podcast”.If you're a radio vet with a story to tell we want to hear from you. Email us at Aircheckme@gmail.comFollow us on Facebook:  facebook.com/aircheckmeTell us what you think and your favorite episode!
Eddie Trunk was a co-host of VH1's That Metal Show.  He is currently the host of Trunk Nation on SiriusXM VOLUME in addition to his syndicated terrestrial radio show Eddie Trunk Rocks and The Eddie Trunk Podcast.  On this Episode, Eddie shares stories about his 37 year career, which includes when he was the first to play Metallica on the radio, his relationship with Jon Zazula (Jonny Z) and when he worked for Jonny at Megaforce Records. Eddie’s stories include tales from his long time friendship with Ace Frehley of KISS and the late Ronnie James Dio.  What is the “Old Bridge Militia”?  Eddie tells us that too.You can download or stream every episode of AIRCHECK from Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, and Google Podcasts.  You  can also ask your Smart Speaker to “Play Aircheck Podcast”.If you're a radio vet with a story to tell we want to hear from you. Email us at Aircheckme@gmail.comFollow us on Facebook:  facebook.com/aircheckmeTell us what you think and your favorite episode!
On this episode we sit down and talk to former Rock Radio Programmer, Air Talent, MTV Coordinating Producer Neal Mirsky, who was voted "Rock Program Director of the Year" by his peers in 1998, 2000 and 2002.   After spending many years on Rock Radio stations in Florida, hear how Neal became a radio star on the video channel "MTV".  Neal has also produced the nationally syndicated "Howard Stern Show" and shares a not so flattering moment on the air with Stern.  Neal shares with us his relationship with David Bowie and we got him to admit to his appearance, as a kid actor, on "Car 54 Where Are You?".You can download or stream every episode of AIRCHECK from Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, and Google Podcasts.  You  can also ask your Smart Speaker to “Play Aircheck Podcast”.If you're a radio vet with a story to tell we want to hear from you. Email us at Aircheckme@gmail.comFollow us on Facebook:  facebook.com/aircheckmeTell us what you think and your favorite episode!
For over 25 years, Keith Roth has seen it all.  As a musician he's recorded on over 50 records and produced, performed and toured with many national artists, including with his current band Frankenstein 3000.  As a radio personality, he's rocked the FM radio airwaves for 22 years on The Electric Ballroom and can also be heard daily on Sirius/XM radio's Ozzy's Boneyard and Hair Nation. Keith shares his stories from his rock and radio career with us on Episode 4, including why Joey Ramone thought The Electric Ballroom was his favorite radio program.  Who he saw perform live after sneaking into The Fountain Casino.  And how he got the lead role in the movie LET ME DOWN HARD.  You can download or stream every episode of AIRCHECK from Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, and Google Podcasts.  You  can also ask your Smart Speaker to “Play Aircheck Podcast”.If you're a radio vet with a story to tell we want to hear from you. Email us at Aircheckme@gmail.comFollow us on Facebook:  facebook.com/aircheckmeTell us what you think and your favorite episode!
Couzin Ed started as an intern for Tommy & The Bull at WNOR (Norfolk, VA) and worked his way up to New York where he did a nationally syndicated show to 11 cities. Eventually, he found a place to call home in Philadelphia where he worked for 94.1 WYSP during the Stern days and won Billboard's Local Air Personality award.  But now, as he just considers himself the world's best father, Couzin Ed shares some stories about his many hangs with Metallica, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Gene Simmons of KISS, the time he didn't go to the Playboy Mansion and more!You can download or stream every episode of AIRCHECK from Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, and Google Podcasts.  You  can also ask your Smart Speaker to “Play Aircheck Podcast”.If you're a radio vet with a story to tell we want to hear from you. Email us at Aircheckme@gmail.comFollow us on Facebook:  facebook.com/aircheckmeTell us what you think and your favorite episode!
Nina was one of the original V.J.s on MTV when it debuted August 1, 1981.  In this episode Nina takes us to the room when the rocket first launched and it wasn't in New York City.  She talks about her admiration for John Mellencamp, Live Aid and her not so fond but memorable moment during MTV's first live broadcast on Halloween night back in 1981.  Nina peels back the onion a little and reveals what it was like to be a VJ and her favorite part of the job.  These days you can hear Nina as she hosts “Absolutely80s”.  Her hit show has been distributed nationally by United Stations Radio Network since 1999.  She continues to also be heard on Sirius-XM’s “80s on 8” as well as hosting the “VJ Big 40 Countdown” with her fellow former MTV VJs Mark Goodman, Martha Quinn and Alan Hunter.  Nina is also involved with the annual voyage known as The 80's Cruise.  Find out if the ship sailed this past March.You can download or stream every episode of AIRCHECK from Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, and Google Podcasts.  You  can also ask your Smart Speaker to “Play Aircheck Podcast”.If you're a radio vet with a story to tell we want to hear from you. Email us at Aircheckme@gmail.comFollow us on Facebook:  facebook.com/aircheckmeTell us what you think and your favorite episode!
S1 E1:  The Pilot

S1 E1: The Pilot

2020-06-0932:45

In The Pilot episode you’re introduced to Rich De Sisto and Paul Kelly.  Rich and Paul describe the concept of the podcast, while also including audio from their own aircheck cassettes from their stops along the radio road (dating back to 1986), including interviews with Gregg Allman, Peter Frampton, Sammy Hagar, Ted Nugent, Slash, Little Richard, Clarence Clemons, Brett Michaels, and Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton.You can download or stream every episode of AIRCHECK from Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, and Google Podcasts.  You  can also ask your Smart Speaker to “Play Aircheck Podcast”.If you're a radio vet with a story to tell we want to hear from you. Email us at Aircheckme@gmail.comFollow us on Facebook:  facebook.com/aircheckmeTell us what you think and your favorite episode!
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