WAEZ – Electric 99-3 – Johnson City, TN – 7/26/98

Recorded 16 years ago, this is a sample of one of the most uniquely named CHRs around, particularly for the late 90′s, serving the Tri-Cities area in Tennessee and Virginia.  WAEZ continues to employ the “Electric” name today, on 94.9 FM in the same market. Apologies for the heavy dose of static in the middle; the […]

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WXYV – 102.7 ‘XYV – Baltimore – 7/22/97

Baltimore’s uptempo “102.7 ‘XYV” in its early days; the station was still jockless at this time. The dance-friendly approach was similar to Z104 (WWZZ) in Washington, D.C. and Z95.7 (KZQZ) in San Francisco; all three were consulted by Dan Vallie. There is some background static, but the aircheck is generally listenable. Podcast: Embed

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WZPL (99 1/2, WZPL) – Indianapolis – Summer 1990

Recorded 24 years ago, this is a sample of Indy’s longtime Mainstream CHR station. Per Wikipedia, the station had experimented with some form of Classic Rock format the year prior; some titles from that format were still sprinkled throughout the playlist in 1990. Podcast: Embed

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KZQZ (Z95.7) – San Francisco, CA – 7/16/97

The Bay Area’s uptempo Z95.7 in its first week (recorded 17 years ago today); the station was still jockless at this time.  The dance-friendly approach was similar to Z104 (WWZZ) in Washington, D.C. and 102.7 ‘XYV (WXYV) in Baltimore; all three were consulted by Dan Vallie. Podcast: Embed

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WMGI (100.7 Mix-FM) – Terre Haute, IN – 7/16/95 – Bryan Thomas

During the mid-90′s, 100.7 Mix-FM was a unique small market CHR, offering a surprisingly dance-music-friendly format. This aircheck was recorded 18 years ago today. Podcast: Embed

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KACD/KBCD (Groove 103.1) – Los Angeles – 7/11 & 7/12/98 – Rob Blair & Mohamed Moretta

In June 1996, KACD-FM (Santa Monica) and KBCD-FM (Newport Beach) switched from a Mainstream AC format to a Underground Dance format known as “Groove Radio”. While Groove Radio was unique, it was perhaps too unique for conventional radio. It never made any sort of dent in the ratings. During the summer of 1997, Groove Radio […]

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