1990

WPLJ (The All New ‘PLJ – Power 95) – New York – 1990 – Greg Thunder

**New York City’s 95.5 WPLJ will end its current programming format on Friday 5/31/19, following a sale from Cumulus to Educational Media Foundation. We will be featuring airchecks of this longtime CHR/Hot AC station from the past 30+ years throughout this week.** Courtesy of the now-defunct mp3airchecks.com, here’s a sample of New York’s WPLJ during as days as “Power 95”, but after the station adopted a lean towards more adult-oriented, pop/rock hits. Interestingly, the station also used “Musicradio” (made famous by WABC-AM) and “The All New PLJ” as supplementary monikers. Visit Wikipedia for more information on the history of this station.  

WBSB (B104) – Baltimore – 5/18/90

Throughout the 80’s, WBSB/Baltimore established itself as one of the top-rated stations in Baltimore. But, like many of its peers in the format, B104 struggled to adjust to changing pop music tastes in the early 90’s. This aircheck was recorded in May 1990 — shortly before the station adopted a policy to no longer play rap or any hard rock. In February 1992, B104 was shelved in favor of “Variety 104.3”, with a Hot AC format. Check out the audio of the flip on our sister site, The Format Change Archive — and see this Baltimore Sun article for more details on what led to the change.

KBOS (B95) – Fresno, CA – 10/13/90 – Jack Armstrong

This is a sample of Fresno’s heritage CHR from the start of the 1990’s. Quoting from comments made by FMairchecks.com contributor Robyn Watts on another B95 aircheck posted here: According to online records as well as back issues of “Billboard”, [KBOS] was on the air by the late 60s-early 70s with a Beautiful/Easy Listening format. Sometime in the mid to late 70s, the station switched to AOR, adopting the name “The Boss” in the process. In 1983, the station switched to mainstream Top 40 adopting the “B-95″ name. It went Rhythmic around 1987 after KPWR/LA had proven the success of the format. One interesting note: Jack Armstrong (yes, THAT Jack Armstrong!!!) did mornings at B-95 in the mid to late 80s before leaving California to go back to North Carolina. This aircheck was reco...

KITY 92.9 (Power 93) – San Antonio – 8/23/90

According to Wikipedia, 92.9 FM in San Antonio offered a Rhythmic-leaning CHR format for over a decade, starting in 1979. Three days after this recording was made, the station flipped to an Adult Contemporary format branded as “Star 93” with the call letters KSRR. The aircheck includes mysterious sweepers hinting at an upcoming change. They were voiced by Jerry Clifton in a style nearly identical to what was heard six years later on KBZR in the Phoenix area, during that station’s “S.T.E.V.E.” stunt.  The on-air personality was also referring to the station as simply as “93 KITY” or “KITY”.

KHOP 104.1 – Modesto/Stockton, CA – 8-19-90 – Marco

Recorded 25 years ago this month, this is a sample of KHOP during a previous era as a Mainstream CHR (which is the format it currently holds as well.) According to the Modesto Radio Museum, the station offered various other formats (mostly rock-oriented) during the 1990’s and early 2000’s.  Along the way, it shifted frequencies from 104.1 to 95.1.

WJHM (102 Jamz) – Daytona Beach FL – June 1990

Recorded 25 years ago this month, here’s a sample of WJHM as Urban-formatted “102 Jamz”, recorded during mixshow programming. More information about the history of this station can be found at Wikipedia.

KNRJ (Energy 96.5) – Houston – 3/3/90

“Houston’s Fresh New Music Mix” — the short-lived but great-sounding Energy 96.5 (KNRJ) on a Saturday afternoon – recorded 25 years ago this week.

WZPL (99 1/2, WZPL) – Indianapolis – Summer 1990

Recorded 24 years ago, this is a sample of Indy’s longtime Mainstream CHR station. Per Wikipedia, the station had experimented with some form of Classic Rock format the year prior; some titles from that format were still sprinkled throughout the playlist in 1990.

WDFX (99.5 The Fox) – Detroit – 1990 – Terry Young

Terry “Motormouth” Young is one of my all-time favorite radio personalities. He is best known for his time at WCAU “Hot Hits 98” in Philadelphia during the 1980’s. In the late 90’s, he also spent time at KKSS “Kiss 97.3” and KZRQ “Star 105” in Albuquerque, along with a return to Philadelphia in the late 90’s at WIOQ “Q102”. From YouTube, here is a sample of his high-energy delivery from his time at WDFX “99.5 the Fox” in Detroit.

KZZP (104.7) – Phoenix – Winter 1990 – Chet Buchanan

Station composite of KZZP 104.7 FM Phoenix, from early 1990. Features Chet Buchanan’s first night on the air at the station.

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