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Weird Beard Airchecks

Weird Beard was a popular WAKY nighttime DJ from 1966 through 1971. All Weird Beard airchecks on this page are in downloadable MP3 format and are arranged chronologically (when dates are available). 

Before WINN, before WAKY...the future Weird Beard paid some early radio dues at a station in Corydon, Indiana in the mid '60s. Here's an aircheck of Burt Markert playing "good music" at WPDF.
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11:32 - 4060 KB
This is early Weird Beard from November 25, 1966. Almost all commercials are intact, plus there's a newscast from future Courier-Journal columnist Byron Crawford.
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17:05 - 6010 KB
Here's Weird Beard in December, 1966.
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21:55 - 7532 KB
Listen to WB on Fun Lovin' WAKY in 1967.
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16:03 - 5644 KB
Here's a quickie aircheck of a Weird Beard 1968 pre-recorded show close.
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:28 - 162 KB
Weird Beard rocks the Derby City in 1968.
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18:04 - 6353 KB
WB's "Message is Music" in 1968.
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18:04 - 6353 KB
Hear WB on a "Million Dollar Weekend" in 1968.
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17:41 - 6217 KB
Here's Weird Beard from August, 1968.
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5:57 - 2093 KB
This aircheck was recorded on November 20, 1968 for Louisville native Mickey Lunsford who was stationed on the USS Forrestal. The recording was originally 3 hours. While we had to scope down the music, almost all commercials and newscasts have been left intact. Pictured below is one of the photos Weird Beard sent Mickey, showing WB holding the original reels used to record the show.

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31:53 - 11.210 KB
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26:48 - 9422 KB
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19:55 - 7006 KB
This off-the-board recording is from early '69
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4:03 - 1426 KB
An off-the-board 'check from March 2, 1969
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3:01 - 1064 KB

Here's another off-the-board 'check -- this one is from March 22, 1969.
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11:24 - 4011 KB
This is a scoped version of an entire WB show from Spring of 1969.
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37:16 - 13,104 KB
This April 30, 1969 aircheck came right off the console.
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34:10 - 12,013 KB
Here's a WB May 1969 aircheck.
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3:28 - 1219 KB
WB from September 3, 1969
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11:21 - 3995 KB
Weird Beard plays the hits in 1969.
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5:52 - 2062 KB
Here's Weird in prime form in 1969.
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3:01 - 1064 KB
This 1969 WB check has all commercials intact.
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31:59 - 11,247 KB
WB plays the hits on WAKY in 1969.
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3:31 - 1238 KB
WAKY's Weird Beard plays 'em fine in '69. 
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3:48 - 1338 KB
Weird Beard on WAKY on February 10, 1970 
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8:44 - 3076 KB
Weird Beard in early '70 (commercials intact)
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11:06 - 3904 KB
Enjoy this off-the-board 'check of Weird Beard from Summer 1970.
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6:47 - 2391 KB
This was recorded during the 1970 "Battle Of The Giants" competition.
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7:06 - 2499 KB
This '70 'check came straight from the board.
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18:51 - 6629 KB
January 1971 Off-The-Board Aircheck #1
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15:43 - 5528 KB
January 1971 Off-The-Board Aircheck #2
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10:25 - 3667 KB
WB plays 100-in-a-row in 1971.
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9:08 - 3213 KB
Weird Beard's final regular WAKY show
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20:56 - 7362 KB
On April 1, 1972 -- over 6 months from the time he left Louisville for Rochester -- Weird Beard returned to WAKY for a special "April Fool's Day" show...and the last time Weird Beard was live on WAKY to our knowledge. Johnny Randolph ran the board as WB manned the mic.
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19:57 - 7017 KB
After WAKY, Weird Beard went to WBBF in Rochester, NY as "Burt Michaels."
Here's how the former WB sounded in December 1973.
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9:16 - 3262 KB