Mainstream CHR

WAPW (Power 99) – Atlanta – Winter/Spring ’91 – Alicia

This is a sample of Atlanta’s Power 99 — which, according to Wikipedia, was the “dominant top-40 station in the Southeast” at the start of the 90′s — about a year and a half before it flipped to Modern Rock as 99x. Many thanks to Robyn Watts for contributing this aircheck.

WKKZ 92.7 – Dublin, GA – 8/15/98

In the late 1990’s, WKKZ was a very broad and interesting Mainstream CHR – as heard on this aircheck. According to Wikipedia, the station now programs a Modern AC format.  

Jersey Shore Sampler – Late 1991 – Various Personalities

This is a composite of the following stations from approximately November/December 1991: 95.1 WAYV Atlantic City 103.7 WMGM Atlantic City (Then AC “Sunny 103.7”, now Rock “103-7 MGM”) 94.3 WJLK Asbury Park (Then AC, now Hot AC “94.3 The Point”) 107.1 WZVU Long Branch (Then Oldies “Seaview 107”, now AC “The Breeze” WWZY) 95.9 WADB Point Pleasant (Then Beautiful Music, now Rock “95.9 The Rat” WRAT) 96.9 WFPG-FM Atlantic City (Then AC “Lite 96.9”, now AC “Lite Rock 96.9”). 99.3 WMID-FM Pleasantville/Atlantic City (Then Classic Rock, now Rhythmic “Kiss 99.3” WZBZ) 100.1 WJRZ-FM Manahawkin (Then Adult CHR, now AC “Magic 100.1”) At the end of this aircheck is a jingle to the tune of “Grandma Got Run O...

WSNX 104.5 – Grand Rapids, MI – 8/22/98 – Open House Party

WSNX was one of the best CHRs of the mid/late 90′s, offering an upbeat music mix and outstanding jingles & sweepers, voiced by the late and great Brian James. Very impressive for a medium-sized market. This aircheck begins with a commercial promoting the upcoming (1998) Fall season on FOX TV (via the local affiliate, WXMI “FOX 17”), followed by regular WSNX programming, and then Open House Party (a long-running syndicated show heard on CHRs across the U.S.) Thanks to Jeremy Andrews for contributing

KZZP (Hit Music 104) – Phoenix – 1980’s – Various Personalities

This is a compilation of the legendary KZZP/Phoenix that spans most of its original run. Included are segments in which the station referred to itself as “Hit Music 104”. I’ve attempted to make mention of every personality featured on this aircheck; please refer to the tags (below) to see a list. Many thanks to Sluggo (Doug Roberts) for producing the full-length version of these airchecks, and for Chad Wagner for passing them along to Airchecked.com.

KISR 93.7 – Ft. Smith, AR – 1/21/97

According to this page, KISR debuted on this date (August 16) in 1971.  This is a sample of the station from early 1997. Unless I’m mistaken, the station still has the same local, independent ownership today as it did 40 years ago.

WAPW (Power 99) – Atlanta – Summer/Fall ’91 – Telephone Tony

This is a sample of Atlanta’s Power 99 — which, according to Wikipedia, was the “dominant top-40 station in the Southeast” at the start of the 90’s — a little over a year before it flipped to Modern Rock as 99x.  The personality is Telephone Tony — later known as Tone E. Fly. Before Power 99, Telephone Tony was Kid Kelly’s producer/sidekick at Z100/NY and now hosts afternoon drive at KHTC “96.3 Now” in Minneapolis-St. Paul (under the name Tony Fly, according to 963now.com) Many thanks to Robyn Watts for contributing this aircheck and description.

WAGO (G106) – Chicago – August 1984 – Laurie Sanders

With Chicago’s Adult Contemporary WCFS (Fresh 105.9) about to become a simulcast of All-News WBBM-AM (Newsradio 780), here’s a flashback to what aired on this frequency nearly 30 years ago.  This is CHR/Top-40 WAGO “G106”. (Check out this TV commercial too.) According to this Wikipedia page, G106 debuted in 1984 and was gone by February 1985.

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