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KHOM (Mix 104.1) – New Orleans – 12/26/96

Mix 104.1 offered one of the most diverse playlists I’ve ever heard on a CHR station.  Reviewing the history of the 104.1 frequency, it seems that this was (not surprisingly) from the days when the station was still independently owned.

WKBQ-FM (Q104) – St. Louis – 4/22/96 – J.T.

This is a sample of the Gateway City’s longtime CHR station (at this point it was somewhat of a CHR/Modern AC hybrid) a couple of years after it moved from its longtime home at 106.5 FM. At one point, a legal ID voiced by the late and great Casey Kasem is heard, even though the station was featuring regular programming at that point.

WWZZ/WWVZ (Z104) – Washington D.C. – 1/11/97 – Katie Maxwell

This is a sample of  the station that represented the Mainstream CHR format in our nation’s capital during the mid to late 90′s, about six months after its debut.  

KRBE (104 KRBE) – Houston – 11/7/98 – Angie, Freddy

This is a sample of Houston’s longtime Mainstream CHR, a couple of years after it returned to the format following an Alternative-leaning direction.

WWVZ/WWZZ (Z104) – Washington, D.C. – 10/17/97 – Mickey

This is a sample of  the station that represented the Mainstream CHR format in our nation’s capital during the mid to late 90′s, about 15 months after its debut.

WWZZ/WWVZ (Z104) – Washington, D.C. – 9/2/96 – George McFly

My apologies for the mediocre sound quality during the first 35 seconds of this aircheck – this occurred due to circumstances beyond my control. From about 6 weeks after this debut, this is a sample of the station that represented the Mainstream CHR format in our nation’s capital during the mid to late 90’s. This was recorded during Morning Drive by longtime industry veteran George McFly. Since it was Labor Day, the theme of his show was “who’s working?” – he aired many calls from listeners who were employed primarily at convenience stores.

KRBE (104 KRBE) – Houston – 8/22 & 8/29/98 – Larry Davis

Per Wikipedia – on Saturday nights from 1996 to 2002, 104 KRBE aired “The Beat” – one of the most progressive dance music programs on U.S. radio – live-to-air from The Roxy, which was one of the premier nightclubs in Houston. This is a sample of the program from a couple of consecutive Saturdays in August 1998.

WWZZ/WWVZ (Z104) – Washington D.C. – 7/18/99 – Hollywood Haze, Billy Bush

Recorded 17 years ago this month, here’s a great sample of the station that represented the Mainstream CHR format in our nation’s capital during the mid to late 90’s.  On this aircheck, Z104 offered a seemingly full-service approach, with traffic and weather elements alongside the music – which is particularly impressive considering that this was recorded on a Sunday evening. Features a promo for the Bush League morning show, starring Billy Bush, who now has his own nationally syndicated program. Z104, at least in its early days, offered a dance-friendly approach similar to nearby WXYV (102.7 ‘XYV) in Baltimore and KZQZ (Z95.7) in San Francisco; all three stations were consulted by Dan Vallie.

KRBE (104 KRBE) – Houston – 6/13/98 – Dino

Per Wikipedia – on Saturday nights from 1996 to 2002, 104 KRBE aired “The Beat” – one of the most progressive dance music programs on U.S. radio – live-to-air from The Roxy, which was of the premier nightclubs in Houston. This is a sample of the program from June 13, 1998 (recorded 18 years ago tonight).

KBFM (B104) – McAllen, TX – 3/29/98

Recorded 18 years ago this week, this is a sample of the Rio Grande Valley’s heritage CHR (now known as Wild 104). The station offered an interesting mix of pop and dance hits – the latter would likely be considered “obscure” in the most of the country, but presumably not in this market.

KRBE (104 KRBE) – Houston – 3/7/98 – Yo-J & DJ Mark D

Per Wikipedia – on Saturday nights from 1996 to 2002, 104 KRBE aired “The Beat” – one of the most progressive dance music programs on U.S. radio – live-to-air from The Roxy, which is (or at least one) of the premier nightclubs in Houston. This is a sample of the program from March 1998.    

WWVZ/WWZZ (Z104) – Washington, D.C. – 10/1/01 – Sean Sellers, Rod Hendrix

Recorded 14 years ago today, this is a sample of Washington, D.C.’s Z104 the day after it switched format to Modern AC (following a 5-year run as a CHR). Included is what was presumably a prerecorded message from former 4-year evening host Mathew Blades, who stated that the reason for his resignation was because of the station’s decision to move in a more music-intensive direction. The station later switched to “More Music 104”, then back to “Z104.1”, before becoming the new home of Classical WGMS in January 2006.  

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