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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KACD/KBCD (Groove 103.1) – Los Angeles – 10/12/98 (FINAL DAY) – Christian B

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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Quote 864 – Hong Kong – 1997-1998

Most of the material on FMairchecks.com, to the surprise of no one we hope, was recorded from the FM band. The majority of the content here  also pertains to U.S. radio stations. Today’s posting is the exception on both accounts. This is a sample of Hong Kong’s “Quote 864″, recorded in the mid-to-late 1990’s. There […]

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WZPL (99 1/2, ZPL) – Indianapolis – 10/25/97 – Jason Addams

From its days as a Mainstream CHR, this is a sample of the “ZPL Hitzone” mixshow from a Saturday night, recorded 17 years ago this month.  This was a high-energy program broadcast live from an upscale beach-themed nightclub (now defunct) named Gators on the fourth floor of the Circle Center Mall in Indianapolis. At this […]

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