WKTU (103.5 The New ‘KTU) – New York – 3/30/99 – Diane Pryor

 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 media market. This is a sample of the station about 3 years after its debut […]

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KRBE (104 KRBE) – Houston – 3/28/98 – Michele Fisher & DJ Mark D

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 one) of the premier nightclubs in Houston. This is a sample of the program recorded 17 years ago tonight.

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WZBZ (B105.5, The Buzz) – Atlantic City, NJ – 3/26/99

In the Spring of 1998, 107.3 WZZP teased Southern New Jersey with a Rhythmic CHR format. With no promotion or publicity, this brand new signal garnered a 2 share (12+) in its first ratings book. Seeing the hole for something between Urban AC WTTH and Adult leaning CHR WAYV, Margate Communications rolled the dice with hopes […]

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KZRQ (Star 105 FM) – Albuquerque, NM – 3/27/97 – Dave Dart

Star 105 was another station that seemingly wanted to clone the success achieved by New York’s WKTU, which launched as a Rhythmic AC the year prior and skyrocketed to the top of the ratings in one book. This montage (recorded 18 years ago this month) features PD Dave Dart — who made me the aircheck, and […]

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WPOW (Power 96) – Miami – 3/20/97 – Joe Nasty, Slammin’ Felix Sama

Miami’s Power 96 is one of America’s heritage Rhythmic CHRs.  It has always offered an approach custom-tailored to its unique market – a rarity in an increasingly homogenized and corporate-dominated radio environment. This extended aircheck of the station was recorded 18 years ago today.

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WDRQ (93-1 The New ‘DRQ) – Detroit – 3/24/97 – Jay Towers

Following the “worst-to-first” success of New York’s “103.5 The New ‘KTU” in 1996, a number of stations around the U.S. attempted similar formats (essentially Rhythmic AC) in their markets. One was “93-1 The New DRQ” in Detroit, as demonstrated on this aircheck. Features the “All Request Lunch Blocks”, hosted by longtime Detroit personality Jay Towers. […]

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