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KZRQ (Star 105 FM) – Albuquerque, NM – 3/31/97 – Terry Young

Star 105 was another station that seemingly wanted to clone the success achieved by New York’s WKTU, which launched as a Rhythmic AC the year prior and skyrocketed to the top of the ratings in one book. This montage features one of my all time favorite personalities, Terry “Motormouth” Young. KZRQ had an excellent high-energy presentation, similar to WDRQ in Detroit (which was another KTU clone.) I love the legal ID in particular – “KZRQ-FM Santa Fe/Albuquerque…and sometimes beyond.” Infinite thanks to Program Director Dave Dart, who made me this aircheck (and many others), and gave them to me when met me for lunch while he was visiting Phoenix.

WDBZ (105.1 The Buzz) – New York – 2/9/97 – Josh Bennett

This is a montage of the short-lived Modern AC format on 105.1 FM New York, branded as “The Buzz”, about halfway through its life. Quoting from the Formatchange.com post highlighting the station’s debut a few months prior: “105.1 The Buzz debuted as an 80’s leaning Modern AC, attempting to fill a niche in between K-Rock and WPLJ along with gaining listeners disenfranchised by Z100 and WNEW dropping out of the Alternative Rock genre. However, the station may have been too hip and new for its own good. Changing conditions in the marketplace failed to allow The Buzz to reach its first birthday.”

WNSR (“FM 105.1”) – New York – 11/14/97 – Karen Carson

105.1 FM in New York went through numerous formats in the late 1990’s. This is a montage of the station during a period when, according to The Format Change Archive, the station transitioned from Modern AC back to Hot AC, and called itself simply “FM 105.1”.

WBJW (BJ105) – Orlando – August/September 1989 – various personalities

This is a composite of Orlando’s longtime CHR station, recorded shortly before the station changed to Adult Top 40 (and later Hot A/C) as WOMX “Mix 105”. Many thanks to Rich Marino for contributing this aircheck.

WAVA (Power 105) – Washington, D.C. – June 1987 – Flash Phillips

Recorded 28 years ago this month, here’s a sample of Washington D.C.’s legendary CHR of the 1980’s and early 1990’s, during its days with the “Power 105” moniker. More information on the history of WAVA can be found at: The sign-off of WAVA as published on our sister site, Formatchange.com The WAVA “10 Year Death Anniversary” page

KZRQ (Star 105 FM) – Albuquerque, NM – 3/27/97 – Dave Dart

Star 105 was another station that seemingly wanted to clone the success achieved by New York’s WKTU, which launched as a Rhythmic AC the year prior and skyrocketed to the top of the ratings in one book. This montage (recorded 18 years ago this month) features PD Dave Dart — who made me the aircheck, and met me for lunch while on a visit to Phoenix.

KZRQ (Star 105 FM) – Albuquerque, NM – 2/24/97 – Dave Dart & Terry Young

Star 105 was another station that seemingly wanted to clone the success achieved by New York’s WKTU, which launched as a Rhythmic AC the year prior and skyrocketed to the top of the ratings in one book. This montage (recorded 18 years ago today) features PD Dave Dart (who made me the aircheck, and met me for lunch while on a visit to Phoenix) and all of my all time favorite personalities, Terry “Motormouth” Young. KZRQ had an excellent high-energy presentation, similar to WDRQ in Detroit (which was another KTU clone.) I love the legal ID in particular – “KZRQ-FM Santa Fe/Albuquerque…and sometimes beyond.”

WBIX (Jammin 105) – New York – 1/11/99 – Supersnake, Linda Energy

During the late 1990’s, one of the biggest fads to sweep U.S. radio was Rhythmic Oldies a.k.a. “Jammin Oldies”. This is a sample of the station programming the format in Market #1, in its earliest days, recorded 15 years ago this week. Most of the aircheck is hosted by longtime Phoenix CHR personality Supersnake (presumably remotely?). The call letters would eventually change from WBIX to WTJM to match the station’s moniker.

WMXV (Mix 105) – New York – 1/1/96 – Bill Neill

“The Best Mix for ’96” — one of many slogans/nicknames/formats heard on this frequency in the mid to late 90’s through early 2000’s.

WAVA (All Hit 105) – Washington, D.C. – 1983/1984

Courtesy of Youtube: this a TV commercial for Washington’s dominant CHR during the 80’s. More details can be found on the original Youtube page: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD-uZXRQenU

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