1997

WKTU (103.5 the New ‘KTU) – New York – October ’97 – Broadway Bill Lee

  In February 1996, Country WYNY flipped to WKTU, offered what we now call a Rhythmic AC format, and went from worst to first in one rating book – an absolutely remarkable feat for any radio station, particularly in America’s #1 market. This is a sample of the station about 18 months after it debut. While this aircheck was being recorded, host Broadway Bill Lee (along with an assortment of lucky listeners) was on-site at a Virgin Megastore for a Janet Jackson CD release party.  

KDWB 101.3 – Minneapolis/St. Paul – 8/26/97 – Zannie K

KDWB is another one of America’s longest running hit music stations.  This montage, recorded 15 years ago, represents a great example of what a CHR station should sound like.

WBBM-FM (B96) – Chicago – 1/6/97 – Roxanne

This is a montage of Chicago’s longtime Rhythmic CHR on a Monday night in early 1997. It’s hosted by Roxanne (Roxanne Steele), who at the time had just joined the station after being on the air at Phoenix’s Power 92 (KKFR). She enjoyed a 12-year run at B96 before moving to sister station WCFS (Fresh 105.9) for a brief period and then onto her current home — 96.3 WDVD in Detroit. At this time, B96 was heavily promoting the return of Eddie and Jobo, who had been on the station previously from 1984 to 1994.  More information can be found on Wikipedia. The aircheck was made near the end of an era in which B96 placed a heavy emphasis on Dance music; it actually begins with a sample of the “10 O’Clock Remix” hosted by DJ Markski. In the months that follo...

WENZ (107.9 The End) – Cleveland – Summer (?) 1997 – Ted Kowalski

107.9 the End represented the Modern Rock format in Cleveland from 1992 to 1999.  This aircheck is from a Sunday morning in 1997 (possibly August), primarily during the “Flashback Brunch”.

KHYS/KJOJ (Kiss 98-5, Kiss Again 103-3) – Houston – 2-24-97

“Radio sucks! We’re just trying to suck a little less!” One of the sweepers heard on Dance CHR “Kiss 98-5, Kiss Again 103-3” Port Arthur/Freeport/Houston.  This aircheck represents the first 45 minutes of the station (scoped); please visit the Format Change Archive (specifically, //bit.ly/ejgBNt) to hear the actual sign-on (including the stunting that preceded it), along with more details on this station’s history.

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 1997 – Reelworld Jingles

A ReelWorld Productions jingle package produced for Power 92 (KKFR 92.3 FM Glendale/Phoenix) circa 1997. Many of these were for Bruce Kelly’s morning show.

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