Philadelphia PA

“WLDW” (Wild 106.7) – southwest Philadelphia – 11/24/13 (OPEN HOUSE PARTY w/Kannon)

This is a sample of an apparent pirate radio station with its signal on 106.7 FM in southwest Philadelphia. It identified itself with the call letters WLDW, which were used (legally) by 96.5 FM ten years prior, albeit for only a short period of time, much to the chagrin of then-owner Beasley, as demonstrated in this amusing announcement voiced by-then consultant Jerry Clifton. The programming heard on the aircheck was of the syndicated “Open House Party”. Given the station’s illegal status, it’s unclear how they were able to air this content. It’s unknown whether this operation still exists with an on-air signal. This aircheck was recorded from its online stream, which continues to this day via its website. Thanks for Ryan Bishop for contributing.  

WDRE (103-9 DRE) – Jenkintown/Philadelphia – 1/12/97

This is an aircheck of Philadelphia’s WDRE about a month before new owner Radio One flipped the station to an Urban format.  Please visit The Format Change Archive and the WDRE page on meltoxic.com for more information on the history of this station.

WYXR (Star 104.5) – Philadelphia – 11/7/97 – Big Ron O’Brien

This is a sample of Philadelphia’s Star 104.5 with a Hot AC format, seemingly leaning towards Mainstream AC. The station had attempted a Rhythmic Hot AC format the year prior. As documented on our sister site Formatchange.com, the station flipped to a Rock AC format known as “Alice 104.5” on November 18, 1999.

WYXR (Star 104.5) – Philadelphia – November 1999 – Ron O’ Brien

Recorded 16 years ago this month, here’s a sample of Philadelphia’s Star 104.5 during its final days as a Hot AC (one with many different variations throughout the 1990’s). As documented on our sister site Formatchange.com, the station flipped to a Rock AC format known as “Alice 104.5” on November 18, 1999.  

WSNI 104.5 – Philadelphia – Oct ’86 – Chris Guetta, Paul Michael Tyler

Recorded 29 years ago this month, this is a sample of 104.5 FM in Philadelphia during its first incarnation as Adult Contemporary-formatted WSNI. Quoting from Wikipedia: “On January 1, 1980, WSNI became known as “Sunny 104” at first, then later “Sunny 104 1/2,” and eventually “Sunny 104.5,” a name which was reused later on in the station’s history. “Sunny” dumped easy listening in favor of an Adult Contemporary format playing the Top 40 hits of the 1960s, Top 40/Adult contemporary crossovers of the 1970s, and the Adult Contemporary hits of the 1980s up to and including then-current product.” NOTE: On this aircheck, the station refers to itself as “104.5 WSNI” more often than “Sunny” or “Sunny 10...

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