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WKQX (Q101) – Chicago – July 1991 – Greg Brown

“More Music, More Fun…Q101” 101.1 FM in Chicago has been synonymous with the Modern Rock format for most of the last 25 years, and so it’s easy to forget that the station didn’t always have that format.  In this montage, you’ll hear Q101 near the end of its days as an Adult Top 40/Hot AC.  According to this Wikipedia page, it evolved into more of a Modern AC direction later in the year and then full-fledged Modern Rock by 1992. Left intact is a commercial promoting the grand opening of the Gurnee Mills mall – which I believe was one of the first of its kind.  (I spent the best years of my childhood in Gurnee and couldn’t resist including this.)

CKEY (FM 101 The Planet) – Niagara Falls, ON / Buffalo NY – 4/20/97 – Chris Sheppard

In the mid to late 90’s, CKEY offered a dance music-heavy Rhythmic CHR format branded as “FM 101 The Planet”. This is a sample of the station during mixshow programming, hosted by Dance music expert Chris Sheppard.

KNRJ (Energy 92.7 & 101.1) – Payson/Phoenix, AZ – 1/10/04 – Pistol Pete

“If you can’t hear us at work…get a new job…” In January 2001, Big City Radio launched all-Dance formatted “Energy 92-7 & 5″ on a trio of signals in suburban Chicago. A year and a half later, Sierra H Broadcasting debuted the very similar “Energy 92-7 & 101-1″ on KAZL (eventually KNRJ) in Payson, AZ — with a simulcast on 10-watt K224CJ in Phoenix. With Big City Radio in financial dire straits, Energy 92-7 & 5 ended in early January 2003. But its Arizona spinoff managed to survive for 6 years — which is about 5 1/2 years longer than most people would probably have predicted. This aircheck was recorded 12 years ago yesterday, and (in my opinion) represents the era in which the station sounded best.

KNRJ – Energy 92-7 & 101-1 – Payson/Phoenix, AZ – 6/21/02

In January 2001, Big City Radio launched all-Dance formatted “Energy 92-7 & 5” on a trio of signals in suburban Chicago.  A year and a half later (13 years ago today), Sierra H Broadcasting debuted the very similar “Energy 92-7 & 101-1” on KAZL (eventually KNRJ) in Payson, AZ — with a simulcast on 10-watt K224CJ in Phoenix. With Big City Radio in financial dire straits, Energy 92-7 & 5 ended in early January 2003. But its Arizona spinoff managed to survive for 6 years — which is about 5 1/2 years longer than most people would probably have predicted. This aircheck represents the first 35 minutes of the station, following the debut; please visit this page on the Format Change Archive (our sister site) to hear the actual sign-on (including the ...

CKEY (FM 101 the Planet) – Niagara Falls, ON / Buffalo, NY – 3/17/97

Recorded 18 years ago this month, this is a sample of CKEY during its days as a dance-heavy Rhythmic CHR. Most of the aircheck is focused on regular programming; however, some form of mix show (hosted by “Sam The Man”) is heard toward the end (along with a heavy dose of static). CKEY now offers a Mainstream CHR format as CFLZ “2 Day FM”.

WHOT (Hot 101) – Youngstown, OH – 10/24/99

Recorded 15 years ago yesterday, this is a sample of one of the longest-running CHR stations in the United States. According to Wikipedia, WHOT debuted in 1955 on 1570 AM and switched (AM) frequencies twice. The station began an FM/AM simulcast in 1984, and made 101.1 FM its exclusive home in 1991.  

CKEY (FM 101 The Planet) – Niagara Falls, ON / Buffalo, NY – 5/16/97 – Jammin’ Todd Edwards

Recorded 17 years ago this month, this is a sample of CKEY during its days as a dance-heavy Rhythmic CHR. During this particular recording, the station was offering live-to-air mixshow programming, featuring many of the great Eurodance and Freestyle hits of the mid-90’s.

WHOT (Hot 101) – Youngstown, OH – 8/5/99 – Jay Kline

Recorded 14 years ago today, this is a sample of one of the longest-running CHR stations in the United States. According to Wikipedia, WHOT debuted in 1955 on 1570 AM and switched (AM) frequencies twice. The station began an FM/AM simulcast in 1984, and made 101.1 FM its exclusive home in 1991.

Galaxy 101 – Bristol, UK – 6/7/98

From time to time, FMairchecks.com will feature material from outside the United States. This sample of Galaxy 101 from Bristol (recorded 15 years ago this month) is one of a handful of UK airchecks in my collection.

CKEY (FM 101 The Planet) – Niagara Falls, ON / Buffalo NY – 2/9/97 – Chris Sheppard

In the mid to late 90’s, CKEY offered a dance music-heavy Rhythmic CHR format branded as “FM 101 The Planet”. This is a sample of the “Pirate Radio” program hosted by Chris Sheppard.  Sheppard shares a great deal of knowledge about the music being played on this show. CKEY now offers a Mainstream CHR format as CFLZ “Z101.1”.

KNRJ (Energy 92-7 & 101-1) – Payson/Phoenix, AZ – 10/28/08 – Beau Duran & Pistol Pete

  In January 2001, Big City Radio launched all-Dance formatted “Energy 92-7 & 5″ on a trio of signals in suburban Chicago. A year and a half later, Sierra H Broadcasting debuted the very similar “Energy 92-7 & 101-1″ on KAZL (eventually KNRJ) in Payson, AZ — with a simulcast on 10-watt K224CJ in Phoenix. With Big City Radio in financial dire straits, Energy 92-7 & 5 ended in early January 2003. But its Arizona spinoff managed to survive for 6 years — which is about 5 1/2 years longer than most people would probably have predicted. This aircheck was recorded four years ago today and three days before the station signed off. It starts with a sample of the “Resurrection Flashback Lunch” and then transitions to regular programming. Please note that this montage was...

KNRJ (Energy 92.7 & 101.1) – Phoenix – 10/29/08 – Beau Duran

In January 2001, Big City Radio launched all-Dance formatted “Energy 92-7 & 5″ on a trio of signals in suburban Chicago. A year and a half later, Sierra H Broadcasting debuted the very similar “Energy 92-7 & 101-1″ on KAZL (eventually KNRJ) in Payson, AZ — with a simulcast on 10-watt K224CJ in Phoenix. With Big City Radio in financial dire straits, Energy 92-7 & 5 ended in early January 2003. But its Arizona spinoff managed to survive for 6 years — which is about 5 1/2 years longer than most people would probably have predicted. This is an aircheck of the final “Resurrection Flashback Lunch”, recorded two days before the station signed off.  It includes an amusing legal ID – voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig and based on the “top-top-top” style o...

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