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KLYV (K-Live 105) – Dubuque, IA – 8/6/98 – Scott Thomas

K-Live 105 was a relatively interesting small market Midwestern Mainstream CHR. The station is now known as Y105 (still with the KLYV calls.)

KITS (Live 105) – San Francisco – 6/24/95 – Rolin West

Recorded 21 years ago today, this is a brief sample of The Bay Area’s longtime Alternative/Modern Rocker. Visit the KITS page on Wikipedia for more information on the history of this station.

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.

WBLI & WXXP (106.1 ‘BLI & Party 105) – Long Island, NY – 11/25/99

Recorded on Thanksgiving 1999, this is a sample of two pseudo-competing CHR stations serving Long Island. WBLI was (and may still be) an upbeat, fun-sounding CHR outlet, offering Long Island a locally focused alternative to similarly formatted stations from New York City.  Party 105 offered an aggressive but balanced Rhythmic CHR format and was voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig at this time.

WXXP (Party 105) – Long Island, NY – 8/30/98 – Fester

Recorded 16 years ago today, this is a sample of Long Island’s Party 105 just a few months after its debut. With the legendary Mitch Craig as its voice, and a high-energy presentation featuring both dance and hip-hop selections, Party 105 was more reminiscent of Rhythmic CHRs from the late 80’s and early 90’s. (Most of its peers in the format at this time were focused mostly or entirely on hip-hop, with a less aggressive approach.) Per Wikipedia, Party 105 has undergone numerous format tweaks and call letter changes over the years.

WCXT (105.3 the Whip) – Muskegon-Grand Rapids, MI – 7-3-99 – Tim Hartley

This is a sample of West Michigan’s Dance CHR “105.3 the Whip” during its first or second night on the air. Check out //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WHTS for more information on the history of this station.

KKXX (105.3) – Bakersfield, CA – 6/7/96 – Steve Austin

Since 1977, the KKXX call letters have been associated with four different frequencies in the Bakersfield market.  In mid-1996, the station was found at 105.3 FM and enjoyed great success with its incredibly broad Rhythmic CHR music mix that included numerous recurrent and gold selections, but seemingly lacked anything that resembled “hard” hip-hop — a rarity, especially on the West Coast.  (The station that came closest to this approach may have been KKFR “Power 92” in Phoenix.) Sadly, KKXX was probably too diverse for its own good — the following year, competition arrived in Kiss 94.1 (KISV), which focused on hip-hop and R&B.  This sent KKXX into a tailspin that resulted in, among other failures, additional frequency changes along with a cease and ...

WXXP (Party 105) – Long Island, NY – 9/11/98 – Vic the Latino

Recorded 15 years ago this week, this is a sample of Long Island’s Party 105 just a few months after its debut. The station offered an aggressive but balanced Rhythmic CHR format and was voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig at this time. Per Wikipedia, Party 105 has undergone numerous format tweaks and call letter changes over the years.

KKXX (105.3) – Bakersfield, CA – 7/23/91

Since 1977, the KKXX call letters have been associated with four different frequencies in the Bakersfield market. This is a sample of the station from 1991 (recorded 22 years ago today), when it was found at 105.3 FM. More detailed information can be found on this Wikipedia page.

WCXT (105.3 the Whip) – Muskegon-Grand Rapids, MI – 7-5-99

This is a brief sample of West Michigan’s Dance CHR “105.3 the Whip” during its few nights on the air. Check out //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WHTS for more information on the history of this station.

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