WBBM-FM (B96) – Chicago – May 2000 – Roxanne

  This is a montage of Chicago’s longtime Rhythmic CHR recorded on a Thursday afternoon, 15 years ago this month. It’s hosted by Roxanne (Roxanne Steele), who had been part of the B96 team since either late 1996 or early 1997, after being on the air at Phoenix’s Power 92 (KKFR). She enjoyed a 12-year […]

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CKDX (Power 88-5) – Newmarket/Toronto, ON – 5/2/98 – The Chapman, Diamond Dave

“Dance Radio, Power 88-5″ (CKDX Newmarket/Toronto).  Recorded 17 years ago today, this was one of at least three attempts at the Dance CHR format in the Greater Toronto Area during the 90’s.  Includes the end of the weekly “Power 30 Countdown”, and the start of the weekly “Club Freestyle” program. Some static towards the end. […]

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KHYI (Power 95) – Dallas/Fort Worth – 4/30/91 – Ken Barnett

Beginning sometime in 1986, 94.9 FM in Dallas was known as Y95. During its run, it forced multiple competitors out of the CHR format. But in the early 90’s, with changing popular music tastes, many Mainstream CHR stations in the U.S. faced an identity crisis. According to DFW Radio Archives, this aircheck was recorded just […]

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WQHT (Hot 103) – New York – 4/29/87 – Bill Lee

Recorded 28 years ago today, this is – in my opinion – the best and most successful example of a Dance CHR station in the United States. Hot 103 debuted in August 1986 and became Hot 97 (on 97.1 FM) in September 1988. Additional, very detailed information about the history of Hot 103 can be found on […]

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KZZP 104.7 – Phoenix – 4/11/99 – Phil Steiner

During the 80′s, KZZP 104.7 FM in Phoenix was one of the most successful Mainstream CHR stations in the country. According to the station’s Wikipedia page, it “produced a long list of future stars in the radio business”, and offered a music mix that was adventurous for a Top 40 station. However, a combination of changes […]

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KPWR (Power 106) – Los Angeles – 4/24/87 – Jay Thomas

In February 1986, Emmis Broadcasting flipped 105.9 FM in Los Angeles from KMGG “Magic 106″ (apparently some form of Hot AC as suggested in this article) to Rhythmic CHR (then a relatively new format) as “Power 106″.  The station became an instant hit, surpassing heritage Mainstream KIIS in all dayparts except Morning Drive, where Rick Dees […]

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