WTWR (Tower 98) – Monroe, MI – 12/23/95 – Jim Shafer

Per Wikipedia, Tower 98 (eventually known as Tower 98.3 – the logo shown is taken from the latter era) had a life spanning nearly three decades, launching with an Adult Contemporary format in 1982 and ending as a Mainstream CHR in 2010. This montage of the station from the mid-90’s represents a hybrid of the two aforementioned formats: Adult CHR. Many thanks to Scott Fybush of Fybush.com for contributing this aircheck!

KLYY (Y107) – Arcadia (Los Angeles), CA – 11/20/99 – Young Anthony

Quoting from a Y107 aircheck posted on Soundcloud: “From April 1996 through December 1999, Y107 was “Southern California’s Modern Rock”. Y107 was a synchronized trimulcast of KLYY Arcadia, KSYY Fallbrook, and KVYY Ventura, with each signal at 107.1 MHz.” This is a sample of Y107 from the KLYY signal, recorded just a little over three weeks before a change to a Spanish Hits format.

WSUL (98.3) – Monticello, NY – 7/22/98 – Brenda Jagger

Recorded 22 years ago today, this is a sample of one of the best all-around small market CHR stations I’ve ever heard. At this time, WSUL’s playlist included recurrent dance hits in addition to standard Top-40 selections.

KZGL (98.3, The Z) – Mayer, AZ – 8/31/06

KZGL was a Modern Rock-formatted station that served Northern and North-Central Arizona.  It was originally heard on 95.9 FM in Cottonwood. However, following the sale of Oldies/Classic Hits-formatted KKLD 98.3 FM (Prescott Valley) from Yavapai Broadcasting to Riviera Broadcast Group, KZGL and KKLD swapped frequencies (the call letter change occurred on 7/31/06 per Rec Net). In addition, 98.3’s transmitter moved closer to Phoenix – its new city of license became Mayer. These changes were being made in preparation for a format change that was linked to the sale of another station. Emmis Broadcasting had sold KKFR (Rhythmic CHR “Power 92.3”) in Phoenix to Bonneville International. Bonneville had announced that 92.3 FM would become News/Talk KTAR-FM. Riviera Broadcast ...

KOHT (Hot 98 FM) – Tucson, AZ – 12/23/96 – Kid Loco

In the mid-90’s, KOHT “Hot 98 FM” was one of two bilingual (English/Spanish) Rhythmic CHRs serving the Tucson market.  This aircheck, recorded two nights before Christmas 1996 (16 years ago today), is hosted by Kid Loco and features a “Pump It or Dump It” segment in which listeners provide their opinions on what ended up being one of the biggest hits of this era. Amusingly, one of the listeners who called in to voice his opinion (Chris Jones) apparently received a shout out from another listener, later in the aircheck. KOHT lives on today as “Hot 98.3” (not sure if it’s still bilingual), and is co-owned with heritage Mainstream CHR KRQQ “93.7 KRQ”.

KHTN & KWIN/KWNN – Stockton/Modesto & Merced, CA – Early ’99

Sample sweepers from two small-market Rhythmic CHRs in North-Central California: KHTN “Hot 104.7” (Merced) and KWIN/KWNN “97.7 & 98.3 K-WIN” (Stockton/Modesto) . Voiced by Eric Edwards and the late Brian James, respectively.