105.9 Wild FM – Cebu, Philippines – 4/22/98 – Jolly Johnny (mix show)

This is one of a handful of non-US/Canadian airchecks in my collection. 105.9 Wild FM was a English-language CHR/Hot AC that included random dance mix shows (or at least that was the case on this tape.) The station used JAM’s “Hot KIIS” jingle package. Podcast: Embed

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WOWB/WOWZ (97.9 & 105.5 Wow-FM) – Utica/Rome, NY – Paul Reilly, J.P. Marks

Recorded 17 years ago this month, this is a sample of a relatively short-lived but fun small market Dance CHR station.  Wow-FM was seemingly modeled on the blueprint laid out by New York City’s WKTU, which had debuted a little over a year earlier and went from worst to first in a single rating book. […]

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WDXD (103.3 VYB) – Daytona Beach, FL – April 1997

This is a montage of 103.3 VYB shortly after its debut, recorded 17 years ago this month. At the time, the station offered a relatively broad, interesting mix of CHR currents, recurrents and even gold. According to Wikipedia, the station’s call letters did not change to WYVB until November 1999. Podcast: Embed

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WRQX (Q107) – Washington, D.C. – 4/4/86 – Sandy Weaver

107.3 FM in Washington, D.C. has been Hot AC as “Mix 107.3″ since 1990. But in the 12 years prior, it was CHR/Top 40 as “Q107″. This is a sample of the station fromtthe peak era for the Mainstream CHR format in the mid 80′s – although the station arguably had what today sounds like […]

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KZZP 104.7 FM – Phoenix – 4/2/91 – Dave Ryan

Throughout the 80’s, KZZP/Phoenix enjoyed incredible success, establishing itself as one of America’s legendary CHRs.  Per 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 – as illustrated by the other KZZP montages posted here. But, like […]

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KBFM (B104) – McAllen, TX – 3/29/98

Recorded 16 years ago this week, this is a sample of the Rio Grande Valley’s heritage CHR (now known as Wild 104). The station offered an interesting mix of pop and dance hits – the latter would likely be considered “obscure” in the most of the country, but presumably not in this market. Podcast: Embed

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