Many thanks to Rory Francisco for contributing this aircheck and the detailed description below!
Hot 101.9 WHTE launched in February 2001, giving Charlottesville its first CHR in many years. WHTE, owned by Clear Channel at the time, had previously been a jammin’ oldies format, WVSY “Y101.9.” Charlottesville is no longer an Arbitron rated market, but when it was, Hot 101.9 was consistently in the top 5 ratings-wise. The signal
is a class A that suffers from lots of multipath in the area due to the Blue Ridge Mountains, but WHTE has since added a downtown Charlottesville translator on 104.9 and a high quality Web stream and smartphone app that help with reception.
PD Pauly Madison did a great job, keeping the station live and local as much as possible despite budget constraints. In 2001, Hot 101.9 piped in Rick Dees for mornings, then Jenny Fox (formerly of WXRA/Greensboro) for middays, Pauly in the afternoons, and PJ Styles at night. Eleven years later (when this aircheck was originally posted), PJ, Pauly and Rory were still at Hot 101.9–an unusually “ironclad” airstaff for a small market!
Rory still lives in Virginia and works part time at Hot 101.9, as “Billy Dylan” (Saturday and Sundays 3-7 pm). The station is now owned by Monticello Media. This aircheck features Pauly Madison doing a live remote, with Rory at the board.