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94.3 WBPM - B94

WBPM (B94) – Kingston/Poughkeepsie, NY – 12/21/98


WBPM (B94) in New York’s Hudson Valley is one of the most unique stations I’ve ever heard. Musically, it offered an unfocused Rhythmic CHR format that featured many not-so-mainstream Dance selections.  Production-wise, it used dated jingles and sweepers — presumably from the station’s glory days in the 1980′s — voiced by the legendary Charlie Van Dyke.

This montage of the station was recorded 14 years ago today.

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  1. What version of Take Me Up (Gotta Get Up) is at 1:35?

  2. It’s too bad I never recorded any of the “real” B94 during its CHR/Pop era, after years of being automated “Musicradio FM 94-3 WBPM,” using TM’s “Rhythm of the City” jingle package from the late 1970s all the way to 1986, I recall. This late 1990s incarnation of B94 is not what the station sounded like for most of its life and was likely put on as a “please save this station” mish-mosh of rhythmic material in an era when docket 80/90 stations flooded the airwaves and K104.7 just dominated. With WRRV and WDST on the Alternative side, there was nowhere to go for the late Walter C. Maxwell, who should have sold in 1989 ahead of IBM’s abandonment of Kingston and the “brain drain” that killed the local economy for 20 years starting in 1991.

  3. Hi Jake,

    Had some tapes from back then, but have since deteriorated due to poor storage. Sorry I can’t share them. I worked there as “Jeff Allen” from ’83-’89, and was partially responsible for the live transformation, as well as the “B-94” moniker, voicing the imaging and afternoons. A fun place to work, and had a great impact for such a small nothing market. We did quite well, in fact, until the evil empires started ruling the world. A shame, really, and also the passing of WCM. Fond, fond memories, and some great friendships there. Thanks for commenting!


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