2001

KXMG (Mega 93.3) – Austin – November 2001

Mega 93.3 was a great-sounding but short-lived Dance CHR, serving the Austin market from 2001 to 8/15/03, when it flipped to Urban as “Hot 93.3″. The station’s spirit lives on via the HD2 signal of KBPA 103.5 FM as “Mega 103.5 HD2“.

KKSS (Kiss 97.3) – Albuquerque, NM – 2001 – Johnny B, Jammer

This is a montage of Albuquerque’s longtime Rhythmic CHR at the height of the boy band/girl band craze, when it had a very Mainstream CHR-sounding approach. (The logo shown above is not necessarily from the era when this aircheck was recorded.)

WJXY (Hot 93.9) – Myrtle Beach, SC – 1/1/01 – Frankie B

Notes: – Contributor Robyn Watts provided the information shown below, following the publication of a different Hot 93 aircheck on this site. – The logo shown above is representative of the station during its “Hot 100” days – the timeline is detailed below. A logo specific to “Hot 93” was not available at the time of publication. Hot 93 was a CHR that Cumulus had signed on the air back in late 1998 and was actually 2 stations simulcasting each other (93.7 WXJY from Georgetown, SC and 93.9 WJXY is from Conway, SC). Both signals together covered the majority of the market adequately, but missed much of the north end of the Grand Strand. Around 2001, sister Classic Rock outlet WSEA (100.3) flipped to a simulcast of Hot 93, filling in the gaps in signa...

KXMG (Mega 93.3) – Austin – 11/24/01

Mega 93.3 was a great-sounding but short-lived Dance CHR, serving the Austin market from 2001 to 8/15/03, when it flipped to Urban as “Hot 93.3″. The station’s spirit lives on via the HD2 signal of KBPA 103.5 FM as “Mega 103.5 HD2“.

WHTG-FM (G106.3) – Eatontown, NJ – 11/13/01 – Dave Wetmore

106.3 WHTG-FM Eatontown, NJ was one of first Alternative Rock stations in the nation branded as “FM 106.3” from its debut in 1984 until it was sold to Press Communications in 2000. At that time the station was rebrandedas “G106.3” as a new staff was brought in and a more mainstream sound. G106.3 would eventually add a simulcast on 98.5 and later 106.5 in Ocean County, NJ rebranding as “G-Rock Radio” in the process. The format would meet its demise in January 2009 for a short lived CHR format as “Hit 106” before finding success following its flip to Country “Thunder 106” in September 2010.

WKTU (103.5 The New ‘KTU) – New York – 11/13/01 – 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 almost six years after its debut.

WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – 9/25/01 – Fernando

For a period in the 1990’s, Philadelphia’s Q102 offered a (perhaps surprisingly) dance music-friendly CHR format, making it a favorite among dance radio enthusiasts. However, the station took on a more conventional CHR approach by 1998. This is a sample of the station about 3.5 years after that change. The station flashed back to its roots over the lunch hour – this aircheck includes samples of the “12 Noon Workout”.  

WKIE/WKIF/WDEK (Energy 92-7 & 5) – suburban Chicago – 12/24/01 – Joe Smith & Chris Shebel

The Chicago division of Big City Radio offered some of the more interesting programming on the Windy City’s radio dial. However, three times, a format they debuted on one of their sets of suburban frequencies (92.7/92.5 or 103.1) ended up being copied and presented in a different form on a full signal in the market. When “92.7 Kiss-FM” (later 92 Kiss-FM) debuted in November 1998, it represented the first serious attempt at a CHR/Pop outlet in the Chicago area since the early 90’s. The suburban trio of 92.7 WKIE/Arlington Heights, 92.7 WKIF/Kankakee, and eventually 92.5 WDEK/DeKalb combined to produce ratings near or at a 2 share 12+. (In comparison, those three signals consistently combined for a “no-show” in the 12+ ratings before Big City took control and linked the signals together.) Ho...

KXMG (Mega 93-3) – Austin – 11/23/01

Mega 93-3 was a great-sounding but short-lived Dance CHR, serving the Austin market from 2001 to 8/15/03, when it flipped to Urban as “Hot 93-3″. This montage was recorded 13 years ago this week. The station’s spirit lives on via the HD2 signal of KBPA 103.5 FM as “Mega 103.5 HD2“.

KXMG (Mega 93-3) – Austin – 2001

Mega 93-3 was a great-sounding but short-lived Dance CHR, serving the Austin market from 2001 to 8/15/03, when it flipped to Urban as “Hot 93-3”. This montage was recorded shortly after the station’s debut. Its spirit lives on via the HD2 signal of KBPA 103.5 FM as “Mega 103.5 HD2“.

WHTE (Hot 101.9) – Charlottesville, VA – 4/28/01 – Pauly Madison

Many thanks to Rory Francisco for contributing this aircheck and the detailed description below! Hot 101.9 WHTE launched in February 2001, giving Charlottesville its first CHR in many years. WHTE, owned by Clear Channel at the time, had previously been a jammin’ oldies format, WVSY “Y101.9.” Charlottesville is no longer an Arbitron rated market, but when it was, Hot 101.9 was consistently in the top 5 ratings-wise.  The signal is a class A that suffers from lots of multipath in the area due to the Blue Ridge Mountains, but WHTE has since added a downtown Charlottesville translator on 104.9 and a high quality Web stream and smartphone app that help with reception. PD Pauly Madison did a great job, keeping the station live and local as much as possible despite budget constr...

KEDJ/KDDJ (106.3/100.3 the Edge) – FINAL DAY – Phoenix – 10/30/01

Recorded 12 years ago today, this is a sample of the final evening of “The Edge” and its Modern Rock format on 106.3 KEDJ/Sun City, AZ & 100.3/Globe, AZ (along with 106.5 KBZR/Arizona City).  The personality on this aircheck* hints at changes coming the next day, but primarily in terms of his own employment The next day, around Noon… The Edge abruptly moved to 103.9 (replacing Rhythmic CHR “103-9 the Party” KPTY) Spanish-language programming debuted on the former “Edge” signals This article gives behind the scene details about the changes. Probably only coincidentally, exact five years prior, the first of multiple Rhythmic CHR attempts made its debut on this same frequency. * – Please note that the personality heard on this aircheck (R...

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