Adult Contemporary

WWSY 95.9 (Y96 Energy FM) – Terre Haute, IN – 3/18/02 – Bill Cain

Y96 Energy FM offered an unfocused Rhythmic-leaning Adult Contemporary playlist, mixed with an Adult Contemporary presentation. The station apparently tried to capture the audience targeted by crosstown WMGI “100.7 Mix-FM” when it was a Dance-oriented station Mainstream CHR during the mid-90’s. According to indianaradio.net, the station was born 10 days prior to the date of this aircheck, and host Bill Cain was also the station’s Program Director.

KMGQ (Magic 106) – Santa Barbara, CA – 5/5/97 – Dawn Daniels

KMGQ (which referred to itself as both “106.3 KMGQ” and “Magic 106”) offered an upbeat Adult Contemporary format. More information about the history of the station can be found at Wikipedia.

WSNI 104.5 – Philadelphia – Oct ’86 – Chris Guetta, Paul Michael Tyler

Recorded 29 years ago this month, this is a sample of 104.5 FM in Philadelphia during its first incarnation as Adult Contemporary-formatted WSNI. Quoting from Wikipedia: “On January 1, 1980, WSNI became known as “Sunny 104” at first, then later “Sunny 104 1/2,” and eventually “Sunny 104.5,” a name which was reused later on in the station’s history. “Sunny” dumped easy listening in favor of an Adult Contemporary format playing the Top 40 hits of the 1960s, Top 40/Adult contemporary crossovers of the 1970s, and the Adult Contemporary hits of the 1980s up to and including then-current product.” NOTE: On this aircheck, the station refers to itself as “104.5 WSNI” more often than “Sunny” or “Sunny 10...

KACD (CD 103.1) – Los Angeles (Santa Monica), CA – 5/9/95 – Kenny Noble

CD 103.1 was one of many stations to have been heard on the duo of 103.1 FM Santa Monica (KACD, now KDLD) and 103.1 FM Newport Beach (KBCD, now KDLE) over the years. The station offered a 70’s/80’s/90’s adult contemporary format – with the twist that music from each decade would be played in blocks (as opposed to a seemingly random mix). This is an aircheck of the station’s morning show, hosted by Kenny Noble. Left intact are a full test airing of the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS — now known as the Emergency Alert System, EAS) along with a couple of promos for local TV station KCAL. This aircheck was recorded 20 years ago this month.

WNND (Windy 100) – Chicago – 10/1/97 (FIRST HOUR)

Recorded 17 years ago today, this is (most of) the first hour of what, in my opinion, represents the textbook definition of stereotypical Adult Contemporary radio. Visit this page on Formatchange.com to hear the actual sign-on, along with more details on the history of this station.

Chicago/Milwaukee Bandscan – 1986/1987 – Various Personalities

This montage includes snippets of the following Chicago and Milwaukee stations from the mid-80’s: [Chicago] WBBM-FM (B96), 95.5 WRXR, 94.7 WYTZ (Z95), 106.7 WZRC (Z-Rock), [Milwaukee] 100.7 WHBT (Heartbeat 101)

Jersey Shore Sampler – Late 1991 – Various Personalities

This is a composite of the following stations from approximately November/December 1991: 95.1 WAYV Atlantic City 103.7 WMGM Atlantic City (Then AC “Sunny 103.7”, now Rock “103-7 MGM”) 94.3 WJLK Asbury Park (Then AC, now Hot AC “94.3 The Point”) 107.1 WZVU Long Branch (Then Oldies “Seaview 107”, now AC “The Breeze” WWZY) 95.9 WADB Point Pleasant (Then Beautiful Music, now Rock “95.9 The Rat” WRAT) 96.9 WFPG-FM Atlantic City (Then AC “Lite 96.9”, now AC “Lite Rock 96.9”). 99.3 WMID-FM Pleasantville/Atlantic City (Then Classic Rock, now Rhythmic “Kiss 99.3” WZBZ) 100.1 WJRZ-FM Manahawkin (Then Adult CHR, now AC “Magic 100.1”) At the end of this aircheck is a jingle to the tune of “Grandma Got Run O...

KZZP / KVRY (Variety 104.7) – Phoenix – April 1991

Throughout the 80’s, KZZP/Phoenix enjoyed incredible success, establishing itself as one of America’s legendary CHRs.  According to the station’s Wikipedia page, it “produced a long list of future stars in the radio business”, and offered a music mix that was adventurous for a Top 40 station – as illustrated by the other KZZP montages posted here. But, by the late 80’s/early 90’s, like many of its peers in the format, KZZP began to struggle.  A combination of changes in personalities, management, and overall pop music tastes led to the station’s downfall.  On Sunday, April 28, 1991, KZZP was replaced by the sound of a ticking clock.  Quoting a post by John Davis on the KZZP Facebook group: It died later in the day than midnight. A friend of mine did overnights (with the D...

WSEX 92.7 (Top-10, WSEX) – Arlington Heights, IL – 8/25/87

92.7 FM in Arlington Heights, IL (suburban Chicago) has had many call letters and formats over the years.  In 1987, it was “Top-10, WSEX” — which, according to Wikipedia, meant that the station specialized in “only playing songs from the ’80s that had made Top 10 according to Billboard Magazine.” The most amusing aspect of this aircheck is not the format or musical selection, but the very laid-back manner in which the promos and jingles state the “WSEX” call letters.

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