When I was 7 years old, my parents gave me a tape recorder for Christmas.  Nothing fancy, just a Spartan/Atlantic grey “shoebox” unit with play, record, rewind, fast forward, and a pencil type microphone.  Oh, that’s right, it did have one small additional feature: a built-in AM radio!  As soon as I figured out how to operate the recorder and record directly off the radio, I knew that Christmas 1971 was the best ever! 

In the 3 decades to follow, I recorded and saved over 1,600 cassette and 8-track tapes of various stations and air personalities.  I worked in radio from 1983-99 and moved more times than I can count.  As you might imagine, I have a very “diverse” collection of radio cities, states, and markets.  Opening the vaults of Drew’s Basement Archives, my audio treasures are now available to the world via this website.

Unless otherwise specified, everything you hear on this site was personally recorded off the air by me.  I don’t believe in stealing material from other people.  Not only is it unethical, but it results in repetition.  Anything that is stolen or copied is something that has been heard before.  In the rare event that I present an aircheck which originated elsewhere, I will give full credit to the original source as well as a link to their site, if applicable.

To see all the available airchecks, simply mouse over “AIRCHECKS!” from the menu on top of the page.  The contents will appear and you can then scroll down to access specific airchecks.

I am constantly adding new airchecks, so check back often.  Originally created in 2009, this website is currently being updated for it’s 10th anniversary! If you have a request for something in particular, let me know and I’ll try to find it for you.  Due to excessive amounts of spam, I had to disable comments sitewide. However, discussions are encouraged on our “Radio Geek Heaven” Facebook page!  All I ask is that you keep it civil and on topic.  Flame wars and other garbage will be deleted immediately. 

Welcome to Drew’s Radio Site!  If you enjoy these vintage airchecks and want to hear more, please leave a comment on Facebook or e-mail me at

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