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!
This is a montage of WJRZ from a period when it was featuring a mix of Adult CHR and Classic Hits, while sprinkling in an assortment of Christmas songs. The station would move back towards CHR about six months later. Please visit Wikipedia for information on the history of this station. NOTE: Most of this aircheck is also featured as part of the “Jersey Shore Sampler“.
For over two decades, 99.9 FM in Salisbury/Ocean City, MD has been a Country station known as “Froggy 99.9” with the call letters WWFG. But prior to that, according to Wikipedia, it was a CHR/Hot AC station known as “100 KHI” (that’s the era associated with the logo attached to this post), “Mix 99.9 KHI” (as heard on this aircheck – not mentioned on the Wikipedia article), “99.9 KHI”, and “Power 99.9 KHI”.
“More Music, More Fun…Q101” 101.1 FM in Chicago has been synonymous with the Modern Rock format for most of the last 25 years, and so it’s easy to forget that the station didn’t always have that format. In this montage, you’ll hear Q101 near the end of its days as an Adult Top 40/Hot AC. According to this Wikipedia page, it evolved into more of a Modern AC direction later in the year and then full-fledged Modern Rock by 1992. Left intact is a commercial promoting the grand opening of the Gurnee Mills mall – which I believe was one of the first of its kind. (I spent the best years of my childhood in Gurnee and couldn’t resist including this.)
Throughout the 80’s, KZZP/Phoenix enjoyed incredible success, establishing itself as one of America’s legendary CHRs. Per 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, like many of its peers in the format, KZZP struggled to adjust to changing pop music tastes in the early 90’s. By the Spring of 1991, the station had morphed into an Adult CHR, as heard on this aircheck. (It reminds me very much of what was playing on cable’s VH1 at the time, when it still focused on showing music videos.) Not long after this recording, KZZP’s 11-year run sadly came to an end – owner Nationwide Communications flipped it to AC...
From mid-1992 through the end of 2005, 101.5 FM offered a number of different formats, but always branded itself as “The Zone”. The most mainstream (and shortest-lived) of those formats, as heard on this aircheck, was an Adult Top 40 attempt in 1999, likely the result of competitor KZZP abandoning Modern AC in favor of CHR earlier in the year.
“Variety 97.7…playing the uplifting hits of the 80’s, 90’s, and today…guess you could call us radio’s version of Viagra” — Variety 97.7 was an unfocused, but fun small market CHR/Hot AC. Regrettably, there is a fair amount of static on this recording.
This is a montage of “Denver’s 90’s Hit Music Station”, recorded 19 years ago yesterday. K-Hits 107.5 replaced KWMX “Mix 107.5” in early August 1996, only to be shelved in favor of KQKS “KS-107.5” by the second week of January 1997. More details about the history of this short-lived station can be found at The Format Change Archive and this Billboard magazine article accessible via Google Books.
Recorded 18 years ago this month, here is a sample of Central New Jersey’s longtime Hot AC/Mainstream CHR, at its previous home on 97.5 FM. More information about the station can be found at Wikipedia.
According to Wikipedia, the WFAT call letters lasted a decade and a half on 96.5 FM in Kalamazoo, yet represented a wide variety of formats. This montage (recorded 17 years ago today) is a sample of the station’s brief attempt at a format that appeared to be a hybrid between Mainstream CHR and Hot AC.