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WCBR/WBRO (92.7 Kiss-FM) – suburban Chicago – 11/14/98 (FIRST DAY)

In November 1998, pure Mainstream CHR was heard on Chicagoland airwaves (for the first time in many years) with the arrival of “92 Kiss-FM” on a pair of suburban signals. You can hear the station’s launch (along with the stunting that preceded it) at our sister site, Formatchange.com.  Posted here is a montage of the 30 minutes or so that followed. More information on the history of this station can be found at Wikipedia.

WCBR (Cyber Radio 92-7) – Arlington Heights/Chicago, IL – 6/13 & 6/14/97 – Tony Ortega, Magic Juan (Part 1 of 2)

“Broadcasting from Chicago to the world…” Cyber Radio 92-7 was a brokered Dance CHR format that aired on weekends from approximately May to September 1997 on the suburban WCBR signal. According to this message board posting, it was the first radio station in the Chicago area to broadcast on the Internet. Cyber Radio debuted around the same time that longtime heritage Rhythmic CHR WBBM 96.3 FM “B96” shifted its focus from Dance music to a more traditional Rhythmic CHR approach, yet continued to position itself as “Chicago’s Dance Beat”. Cyber Radio poked fun at its competitor, featuring liners such as “This is a dance beat…(insert dance song)…this is not (insert R&B song)” and “We’ve Got the Beat”. Also from the aforementioned message board posting, legal issues took Cyber Radio off 92....

KNRJ (Energy 92.7 & 101.1) – Payson/Phoenix, AZ – 1/10/04 – Pistol Pete

“If you can’t hear us at work…get a new job…” In January 2001, Big City Radio launched all-Dance formatted “Energy 92-7 & 5″ on a trio of signals in suburban Chicago. A year and a half later, Sierra H Broadcasting debuted the very similar “Energy 92-7 & 101-1″ on KAZL (eventually KNRJ) in Payson, AZ — with a simulcast on 10-watt K224CJ in Phoenix. With Big City Radio in financial dire straits, Energy 92-7 & 5 ended in early January 2003. But its Arizona spinoff managed to survive for 6 years — which is about 5 1/2 years longer than most people would probably have predicted. This aircheck was recorded 12 years ago yesterday, and (in my opinion) represents the era in which the station sounded best.

92.7 WLIR – Garden City (Long Island), NY – 11/27/97 – Lynda Lopez

“The World Famous” WDRE/WLIR was one suburban New York’s greatest treasures until its sale to the predecessors of Univision in 2003. The station at one time was home base for a syndicated Modern Rock format known as “The Underground Network” and was heard in such cities as Albany, Little Rock, and Philadelphia. By 1997, the station had returned to its heritage WLIR call letters and settled in somewhere between Alternative Rock and Modern AC. The on-air personality in this aircheck was destined for greater things as well. Lynda Lopez, here as a weekend host, would later go on to become a featured personality at many New York radio and television stations including mornings at the infamous “Blink 102.7” incarnation of WNEW. Media success runs in her ...

WKIE/WKIF/WDEK (The New 92 Kiss-FM) – suburban Chicago – 8/9/99 – Luis 2Live Lopez

In November 1998, pure Mainstream CHR was heard on Chicagoland airwaves (for the first time in many years) with the launch of “92.7 Kiss-FM“ on a pair of suburban signals. This is a sample of the station about 9 months into its existence (recorded 16 years ago today.) More information on the history of this station can be found at Wikipedia.

KNRJ – Energy 92-7 & 101-1 – Payson/Phoenix, AZ – 6/21/02

In January 2001, Big City Radio launched all-Dance formatted “Energy 92-7 & 5” on a trio of signals in suburban Chicago.  A year and a half later (13 years ago today), Sierra H Broadcasting debuted the very similar “Energy 92-7 & 101-1” on KAZL (eventually KNRJ) in Payson, AZ — with a simulcast on 10-watt K224CJ in Phoenix. With Big City Radio in financial dire straits, Energy 92-7 & 5 ended in early January 2003. But its Arizona spinoff managed to survive for 6 years — which is about 5 1/2 years longer than most people would probably have predicted. This aircheck represents the first 35 minutes of the station, following the debut; please visit this page on the Format Change Archive (our sister site) to hear the actual sign-on (including the ...

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.

WLIR (92.7 LIR) – Garden City (Long Island), NY – 2/19 & 2/20/19 – Andre

“The World Famous” WDRE/WLIR was one suburban New York’s greatest treasures until its sale to the predecessors of Univision in 2003. The station at one time was home base for a syndicated Modern Rock format known as “The Underground Network” and was heard in such cities as Albany, Little Rock, and Philadelphia. By 1998, the station had returned to its heritage WLIR call letters and settled in somewhere between Alternative Rock and Modern AC, with the tagline “New Wave…and New Rock”. This montage of WLIR was recorded 15 years ago this week. It features a sample of the station’s “Top 9 at 9” countdown from a Friday evening, and the “Saturday Night Dance Party” (live from a local bar/club) from the night after.

92.7 WLIR – Garden City (Long Island), NY – 10/15/98

“The World Famous” WDRE/WLIR was one suburban New York’s greatest treasures until its sale to the predecessors of Univision in 2003. The station at one time was home base for a syndicated Modern Rock format known as “The Underground Network” and was heard in such cities as Albany, Little Rock, and Philadelphia. By 1998, the station had returned to its heritage WLIR call letters and settled in somewhere between Alternative Rock and Modern AC, with the tagline “New Wave…and New Rock”. Along with the WKTU & WHTZ airchecks posted a few hours ago, this montage of WLIR was recorded 15 years ago today.

WCBR/WBRO (92.7 Kiss-FM) – suburban Chicago – 11/25/98

In November 1998, pure Mainstream CHR was heard on Chicagoland airwaves (for the first time in many years) with the launch of “92.7 Kiss-FM“ on a pair of suburban signals. This is a sample of the station about a week and a half after its debut (recorded 14 years ago today.) More information on the history of this station can be found at Wikipedia.  

KNRJ (Energy 92-7 & 101-1) – Payson/Phoenix, AZ – 10/28/08 – Beau Duran & Pistol Pete

  In January 2001, Big City Radio launched all-Dance formatted “Energy 92-7 & 5″ on a trio of signals in suburban Chicago. A year and a half later, Sierra H Broadcasting debuted the very similar “Energy 92-7 & 101-1″ on KAZL (eventually KNRJ) in Payson, AZ — with a simulcast on 10-watt K224CJ in Phoenix. With Big City Radio in financial dire straits, Energy 92-7 & 5 ended in early January 2003. But its Arizona spinoff managed to survive for 6 years — which is about 5 1/2 years longer than most people would probably have predicted. This aircheck was recorded four years ago today and three days before the station signed off. It starts with a sample of the “Resurrection Flashback Lunch” and then transitions to regular programming. Please note that this montage was...

92.7 WDRE – Garden City/Long Island, NY – 12/6/91 – Doug Frye

This is a sample of the station originally (and later) known as 92.7 WLIR. This was recorded at a time when it was shifting its alternative music focus to a more guitar-based sound, and shortly before the station began simulcasting its programming on a few other signals in and out of its region. More information on the history of this station can be found at WLIR.fm and Wikipedia.  

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