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KIBB (B100) – Los Angeles – 8/31/97 (LABOR DAY WKND ’97) – Benny Martinez

Following the “worst-to-first” success of New York’s WKTU in 1996, a number of stations around the U.S. attempted similar formats (essentially Rhythmic AC) in their markets. B100 was one example – but the station never came close to achieving KTU-like numbers.  This aircheck features B100’s “All about the 80’s Weekend”, from Labor Day Weekend 1997, hosted by longtime Southern California air personality Benny Martinez. About 2 months later, B100 flipped to Rhythmic Oldies as Mega 100.  With its instant (but ultimately short-lived) success, the station became the “KTU” for its own format — numerous clones popped up nationwide as part of the “Jammin Oldies” fad. A decade later, Emmis jumped on the “Movin” bandwagon, bring...

WHTZ 100.3 (Z100) – New York – 5/17/97 – Reno & DJ Rich

This is a sample of Saturday night high-energy mixshow programming from the late 1990’s, as broadcast on one of America’s legendary CHR stations.

WHTZ (Z100) – New York – 5/4/99 – Cubby

Generally speaking, at least in the U.S., the larger the market, the less interesting (musically) the radio stations become. Fortunately, towards the end of the 90’s, Z100 — a heritage Mainstream CHR in Market #1 — was an exception to this rule. While the station’s music mix was perhaps not quite as diverse as it had been two years prior, it still stood out among its peers.  

WPLY 100.3 (Y100) – Philadelphia – 1/12/97 – Lucy St. James

Alternative Rock Radio in Philadelphia has always flowed differently than the majority of the country. Thanks to the lack of a mainstream CHR for much of the 90’s and a very strong Howard Stern powered Active Rocker in 94 WYSP, Y100 had a broader demographic mix than most. Evolving from Hot AC in 1995, Y100 would not rise in popularity until crosstown 103.9 WDRE was sold to Radio-One and flipped to Urban in early 1997. Y100 did have deficiencies in its signal especially in the northern suburbs due to being on the same frequency as Z100 New York which kept ratings low. The launch of Modern AC “Max 95.7” in September 1997 didn’t help nor did “Q102” finally filling the Mainstream CHR void. Y100 itself would be sold to Radio-One in December 1999 but would remain Alternative until 2005 due to i...

WPLY 100.3 (Y100) – Philadelphia – 10/25/98 – Lucy St. James

Alternative Rock Radio in Philadelphia has always flowed differently than the majority of the country. Thanks to the lack of a mainstream CHR for much of the 90’s and a very strong Howard Stern powered Active Rocker in 94 WYSP, Y100 had a broader demographic mix than most. Evolving from Hot AC in 1995, Y100 would not rise in popularity until crosstown 103.9 WDRE was sold to Radio-One and flipped to Urban in early 1997. Y100 did have deficiencies in its signal especially in the northern suburbs due to being on the same frequency as Z100 New York which kept ratings low. The launch of Modern AC “Max 95.7” in September 1997 didn’t help nor did “Q102” finally filling the Mainstream CHR void. Y100 itself would be sold to Radio-One in December 1999 but would remain Alternative until 2005 due to i...

100.3 WPLY Philadelphia – 4/24/2000 – Matt Cord/Lee Ann Curtis

Alternative Rock Radio in Philadelphia has always flowed differently than the majority of the country. Thanks to the lack of a mainstream CHR for much of the 90’s and a very strong Howard Stern powered Active Rocker in 94 WYSP, Y100 had a broader demographic mix than most. Evolving from Hot AC in 1995, Y100 would not rise in popularity until crosstown 103.9 WDRE was sold to Radio-One and flipped to Urban in early 1997. Y100 did have deficiencies in its signal especially in the northern suburbs due to being on the same frequency as Z100 New York which kept ratings low. The launch of Modern AC “Max 95.7” in September 1997 didn’t help nor did “Q102” finally filling the Mainstream CHR void. Y100 itself would be sold to Radio-One in December 1999 but would re...

New York/Long Island Composite – 2/11/99

Recorded 16 years ago this week, this is a montage of the stations pictured above, recorded around the 8pm hour.

WNND (Windy 100) – Chicago – 10/1/97 (FIRST HOUR)

Recorded 17 years ago today, this is (most of) the first hour of what, in my opinion, represents the textbook definition of stereotypical Adult Contemporary radio. Visit this page on Formatchange.com to hear the actual sign-on, along with more details on the history of this station.

WPNT (Chicago’s 100.3) – 6/10/97 – Todd Manley

This is the first version of “Chicago’s 100.3”, recorded about 3 months before a format/name change to AC as “Windy 100”.  However, the presentation on this aircheck made it sound like the transition was going to occur much sooner. The station adopted the “Chicago’s 100.3” name again a decade later, with another variation of the Adult Contemporary format. And following another change to “Rewind 100.3” in 2010, “Chicago’s 100.3” returned yet again in December 2013. More details about the history of 100.3 FM can be found on this Wikipedia page.

KLRZ (Pirate Radio Z100) – Larose, LA – 1/7/95

During the early to mid-90’s, many Top 40 stations in the United States leaned towards either Rhythmic music or towards Modern Rock. This is a sample of a station with the latter approach – recorded 19 years ago yesterday. According to Wikipedia, KLRZ actually targetted the New Orleans market during this time, with a goal of moving the transmitter closer to that area. However, Hurricane Katrina effectively ended those plans.  

WHTZ (Z100) – New York – Nov/Dec ’91 – Various personalities

Recorded around this time of the year, 22 years ago, this is a sample of what is/was probably America’s best-sounding major market CHR.

KEDJ/KDDJ (106.3/100.3 the Edge) – FINAL DAY – Phoenix – 10/30/01

Recorded 12 years ago today, this is a sample of the final evening of “The Edge” and its Modern Rock format on 106.3 KEDJ/Sun City, AZ & 100.3/Globe, AZ (along with 106.5 KBZR/Arizona City).  The personality on this aircheck* hints at changes coming the next day, but primarily in terms of his own employment The next day, around Noon… The Edge abruptly moved to 103.9 (replacing Rhythmic CHR “103-9 the Party” KPTY) Spanish-language programming debuted on the former “Edge” signals This article gives behind the scene details about the changes. Probably only coincidentally, exact five years prior, the first of multiple Rhythmic CHR attempts made its debut on this same frequency. * – Please note that the personality heard on this aircheck (R...

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