WLS-FM (94.7) – Chicago – 8/18/84 – Susan Platt

Recorded 30 years ago today, this is a sample of Chicago’s heritage WLS-FM near the end of its 2nd era with those famous call letters. At this time, the station’s slogan was “The Rock of Chicago” and the format sounded somewhat like what we would describe today as something in-between Classic Rock and Classic Hits. According […]

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WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – Aug. ’99 – Chris Marino

 This is a sample of Philadelphia’s longtime CHR, recorded 15 years ago this month. In early 1998, after several years with a pronounced Rhythmic lean, Q102 began moving in a more Mainstream direction. As heard on this aircheck, that transition was essentially complete a year and a half later, although the station did seemingly throw in a Dance/Rhythmic […]

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WSNX 104.5 – Grand Rapids, MI – 8/14/98 – Keith Curry

WSNX was one of the standout CHRs of the mid/late 90′s.  This sample of the station (recorded 16 years ago today) was during Friday night mixshow programming, when the station branded itself as “Party Radio 104.5, WSNX”. The music featured on this mix is more reminiscent of what would have been heard on a similarly […]

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WBBM-FM (B96) – Chicago – 8/23/98 – Tim Spinnin’ Schommer

During a significant portion of the 1990′s, Chicago’s B96 offered a Dance music-heavy format focused on currents — making it one of the very few major market, full signal commercial stations in the U.S. to find success with that formula. By the end of the decade, the station began taking a more conventional approach to […]

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KRBE (104 KRBE) – Houston – 8/1/98 – Yo-J

Per Wikipedia – on Saturday nights from 1996 to 2002, 104 KRBE aired “The Beat” – one of the most progressive dance music programs on U.S. radio – live-to-air from The Roxy, which is (or at least was) one of the premier nightclubs in Houston. This is a sample of the program from August 1998. Podcast: Embed

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KBOS (B95) – Fresno, CA – August ’92 – Krazy Kid

Recorded 22 years ago this month, this is a sample of Fresno’s heritage CHR. According to Wikipedia, KBOS signed on in 1971 (with the B95 name?), but didn’t move into a Rhythmic direction until sometime in the 80′s.  The station was celebrating its 21st anniversary at the time this aircheck was recorded. It’s hosted by Krazy Kid, […]

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