WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – 10/28/97 – Billy Hammond

Recorded 17 years ago today, this is a montage of Q102 near the end of its era as a Dance-leaning Mainstream CHR  – a rare format then (and now) for most U.S. commercial stations. The station moved into a more conventional Mainstream CHR direction at the start of 1998. At this time, in my opinion, the station offered outstanding […]

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KRZS (MOViN 97.5) – Phoenix – 10/27/06 (FIRST DAY)

In May 2006, 92.5 FM in Seattle flipped to Rhythmic AC as “MOViN 92.5″ (KQMV) and enjoyed instant ratings success. As is often the case in radio, numerous stations around the country jumped on the bandwagon, attempting to duplicate KQMV’s achievement. One of those stations was Standards-formatted KRZS, which was targeting Phoenix from about 85 […]

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WHOT (Hot 101) – Youngstown, OH – 10/24/99

Recorded 15 years ago yesterday, this is a sample of one of the longest-running CHR stations in the United States. According to Wikipedia, WHOT debuted in 1955 on 1570 AM and switched (AM) frequencies twice. The station began an FM/AM simulcast in 1984, and made 101.1 FM its exclusive home in 1991.   Podcast: Embed

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KZRQ (Star 105 FM) – Albuquerque, NM – 10/14/96

Over the years (although not as much recently), 105.1 FM in Albuquerque has gone through a number of format changes, starting in 1996 when it became Hot AC as “Star 105 FM” — as heard on this aircheck (recorded 18 years ago this month.) At some point in the months that followed, the station kept […]

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WKTU (103.5 The New ‘KTU) – New York – 10/17/97 – Hollywood Hamilton & Goumba Johnny

In February 1996, Country WYNY flipped to WKTU, offered what we now call a Rhythmic AC format, and went from worst to first in one rating book – an absolutely remarkable feat for any radio station, particularly in America’s #1 market. This is a sample of the station about 18 months after it debut. This […]

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KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 10/12/93 – Supersnake

In the late 80′s, and the very early 90′s, Phoenix was one of the best markets for fans of the CHR format.  Nationwide Communications’ heritage KZZP found itself in a heated battle with Edens Broadcasting’s Y95 (KOY-FM) and  The Broadcast Group’s Power 92 (KKFR). KZZP dominated for most of the 80′s.  But with changes in management, […]

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