started out as an automated station. Bobby Christian
became the first program director on January 17, 1977. On January 31, 1977,
96KX added live personalities. Suitcase Simpson, Jay Stone, Shaun McCoy
(George Hart), and Susie Barbour were among the first to join the staff.
Dennis Elliot would join from WPEZ, Blake Lawrence took over mornings.
Alan Jennings joined for news. Steve Garrett was added as well. In September,
Mike McGann moved over from WTAE and Chris Reynolds joined 96KX too.
The first year
included the KX Call Girl who handed out cash. KIX Packs were handed out,
The $16,000 Pyramid. And KX Keg Parties. The KX Cash Clock was another
way to win as 96KX gave away nearly $150,000 in cash and prizes in the
the way, the number 1 song of the year on the KX Hits of '77 was "I Just
Want To Be Your Everything" by Andy Gibb.
a few samples of the production elements used on 96KX. Remember, 96KX
did not use jingles. Video below courtesy
of Mike McGann
Video below courtesy
of James Cahill
Suitcase Simpson 96 KX
Aircheck from January 31, 1977 is courtesy of Steve West of Airchexx.com and Matt
"Craig" Seinberg at bigappleairchecks.com
1979 96KX Airstaff
96KX Beaver Chris Reynolds, Dennis
Elliot, Mike McGann Suitcase Simpson, Jay
Stone, Alan Jennings Clarke Ingram, Steve
Garret (courtesy Ed Salamon
& Mike McGann)