97.9

WLUP (The Loop 97.9) – Chicago – 2/17/97 – Tim Virgin

  Recorded a little over 20 years ago, this is a sample of Chicago’s longtime Rocker. Based on information posted at Wikipedia, the station had recently dropped a hybrid talk/comedy/rock format — several sweepers heard here emphasize the station’s focus on the music. It seems that the station was evolving from Modern AC to Classic Rock at this time.

WKZS-WJBQ-WMME – Portland/Augusta, Maine – 2/8 & 2/14/97

  Recorded 18 years ago this month, this is a sample of three CHR/CHR-leaning stations serving the state of Maine in early 1997: WKZS, Auburn/Portland — “99.9 Kiss-FM” (also heard on 96.9 FM), 2/8/97 – recorded during the high-energy “Kiss Club Night” mixshow programming. The station sounded much better in this era than it did a couple of years later, when it had rebranded as “Mix 96.9 & 99.9”.  (I have not been able to locate a logo for this station.) WJBQ, Portland — “Q 97 Dot 9”, 2/14/97 — Absolutely one of the best small market CHRs I’ve ever heard. J.J. Jeffries was both the voice and (I think) the owner of the station. WMME, Augusta/Brunswick/Bangor — “92 Moose”, 2/8/97. Another s...

WOWB/WOWZ (97.9 & 105.5 Wow-FM) – Utica/Rome, NY – 4/9/97 – Paul Reilly, J.P. Marks

This is a sample of a relatively short-lived but fun small market Dance CHR station.  Wow-FM was seemingly modeled on the blueprint laid out by New York City’s WKTU, which had debuted a little over a year earlier and went from worst to first in a single rating book. More information about the history of this station can be found at Wikipedia.

css.php