1998

KIDR 740 – Phoenix – 5/28/98 – Matt Miller

During the mid-90’s, KIDR (740 AM) in Phoenix was one of several radio stations across the U.S. affiliated with the childrens’-targetted “Radio AAHS” network. Ten of these stations were owned by Radio AAHS. By January 1998, with Radio Disney having launched its own competing network, Radio AAHS ceased operations. They put the ten stations up for sale (KIDR had joined this group not long before the sale was announced). Until a buyer was found, the affiliates (both the AAHS-owned and non-owned stations) aired a mix of random music and paid programming for 12 hours (4am-4pm PT), and all-dance “Beat Radio” for the remaining 12 hours (4pm-4am PT). In May of that year, KIDR program director Matt Miller elected to begin airing an hour of locally originated prog...

CIDC (Hits 103.5) – Toronto – 4/20/98

According to Wikipedia, CIDC (licensed to Orangeville, ON) has been programming some form of Rhythmic-oriented CHR since 1995. This is a sample of the station from April 1998, shortly after it had evolved from “Hot 103.5” to “Hits 103.5”. While the addition of R&B and pop tracks accompanied the name change, as heard on this aircheck, the station still offered Dance music programming at this time.

DYMZ (105.9 Wild FM) – Cebu, Philippines – 4/22/98 – Sky V & Jack the Pirate

This is one of a handful of non-US/Canadian airchecks in my collection. 105.9 Wild FM was a English-language CHR/Hot AC that included random dance mix shows (or at least that was the case on this tape.) The station used JAM’s “Hot KIIS” jingle package. The call letters are now DYBT.

KZFM (Hot Z95) – Corpus Christi – 3/28/98

“Hit Music For All Generations” – voiced by the late Brian James, this is a sample of one of America’s longest-running Rhythmic CHRs.  

JODW (76.1 InterFM) – Tokyo – 1/31/98 – K.C.

The majority of content on FMairchecks.com pertains to U.S. radio stations. However, we do offer a few exceptions, such as this sample of Tokyo’s long-running InterFM (on 76.1 at the time this aircheck was recorded, but now on 89.7 FM) . According to Wikipedia, this predominantly English language station “mirrors American FM radio style”. This is a sample of the station during mixshow programming themed as “The Jungle”. While we don’t know the timeframe of if/when the station used them, artist Ben Folds included jingles he performed for InterFM on his 2010 B-Sides & Rarities Album “Songs For Goldfish” —

WHFS 99.1 – Washington, D.C. – 10/24/98

The WHFS call letters/branding have been found on a variety of frequencies, particularly over the past 10 years or so. Please visit this Wikipedia page for more information on the history of this station.

WPLY 100.3 (Y100) – Philadelphia – 10/25/98 – Lucy St. James

Alternative Rock Radio in Philadelphia has always flowed differently than the majority of the country. Thanks to the lack of a mainstream CHR for much of the 90’s and a very strong Howard Stern powered Active Rocker in 94 WYSP, Y100 had a broader demographic mix than most. Evolving from Hot AC in 1995, Y100 would not rise in popularity until crosstown 103.9 WDRE was sold to Radio-One and flipped to Urban in early 1997. Y100 did have deficiencies in its signal especially in the northern suburbs due to being on the same frequency as Z100 New York which kept ratings low. The launch of Modern AC “Max 95.7” in September 1997 didn’t help nor did “Q102” finally filling the Mainstream CHR void. Y100 itself would be sold to Radio-One in December 1999 but would remain Alternative until 2005 due to i...

WPOW (Power 96) – Miami – 10/2/98

“THE most listened to radio station in the Southeast U.S.A….” Miami’s Power 96 is one of America’s heritage Rhythmic CHRs.  It has always offered an approach custom-tailored to its unique market – a rarity in an increasingly homogenized and corporate-dominated radio environment. This aircheck includes a sample of a “Freestyle Friday” mix.

WHTZ (Z100) – New York – 9/27/98 (“PLANET Z”)

This is a sample of late night, high-energy mixshow programming from the late 1990’s, as broadcast on one of America’s legendary CHR stations.

WCRX 88.1 – Chicago – 8/22/97

This is a montage of Columbia College Chicago’s longtime campus radio station from late summer 1997. Per Wikipedia – the station was property of the University of Chicago until sometime in the 1980’s.  

WDBN (Power 108) – Dublin, GA – 8/20/98

“So many hits, so little time…Power 108!” Power 108 was a fun, uptempo small market station, offering a Mainstream CHR format with a few early 90’s dance/pop classics thrown in as well. That’s pretty much all I can say about this station – does anyone else have additional information (i.e. when it debuted, when it changed to a different format, etc?)

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.

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