Alternative

WPLY 100.3 (Y100) – Philadelphia – 10/25/98 – Lucy St. James

Alternative Rock Radio in Philadelphia has always flowed differently than the majority of the country. Thanks to the lack of a mainstream CHR for much of the 90’s and a very strong Howard Stern powered Active Rocker in 94 WYSP, Y100 had a broader demographic mix than most. Evolving from Hot AC in 1995, Y100 would not rise in popularity until crosstown 103.9 WDRE was sold to Radio-One and flipped to Urban in early 1997. Y100 did have deficiencies in its signal especially in the northern suburbs due to being on the same frequency as Z100 New York which kept ratings low. The launch of Modern AC “Max 95.7” in September 1997 didn’t help nor did “Q102” finally filling the Mainstream CHR void. Y100 itself would be sold to Radio-One in December 1999 but would remain Alternative until 2005 due to i...

KKND (106.7 the End) – New Orleans – Oct ’96 – Rod Ryan

This is a sample of New Orleans’ modern rocker of nearly a decade shortly after its debut. Per Wikipedia, the station was knocked off the air by Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005. When it resumed broadcasting in January of the following year, the format had changed.

KZON (101-5 the Zone) – Phoenix – 8/15/97 – Laura B

This is a montage of “101-5 the Zone” on a Saturday night in the middle of a scorching Phoenix summer.  One of the station’s slogans was “Arizona’s Alternative”, but the sound was very Modern AC-ish at this time.  Heritage 80’s CHR KZZP (104.7) had returned as a Modern AC a year and a half earlier, and was enjoying a ratings resurgence.

KITS (Live 105) – San Francisco – 6/24/95 – Rolin West

Recorded 21 years ago today, this is a brief sample of The Bay Area’s longtime Alternative/Modern Rocker. Visit the KITS page on Wikipedia for more information on the history of this station.

100.3 WPLY Philadelphia – 4/24/2000 – Matt Cord/Lee Ann Curtis

Alternative Rock Radio in Philadelphia has always flowed differently than the majority of the country. Thanks to the lack of a mainstream CHR for much of the 90’s and a very strong Howard Stern powered Active Rocker in 94 WYSP, Y100 had a broader demographic mix than most. Evolving from Hot AC in 1995, Y100 would not rise in popularity until crosstown 103.9 WDRE was sold to Radio-One and flipped to Urban in early 1997. Y100 did have deficiencies in its signal especially in the northern suburbs due to being on the same frequency as Z100 New York which kept ratings low. The launch of Modern AC “Max 95.7” in September 1997 didn’t help nor did “Q102” finally filling the Mainstream CHR void. Y100 itself would be sold to Radio-One in December 1999 but would re...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 12/16/93 – Supersnake, Mojo (first day of Mainstream CHR format)

In the late 80′s, and the very early 90′s, Phoenix was one of the best markets for fans of the CHR format.  Nationwide Communications’ heritage KZZP found itself in a heated battle with Edens Broadcasting’s Y95 (KOY-FM) and  The Broadcast Group’s Power 92 (KKFR). KZZP dominated for most of the 80′s.  But with changes in management, personalities, and pop music tastes — ratings dropped significantly in the early 90′s, leading to a format and name change in April 1991. Y95, capitalizing on the changes and later demise of KZZP, enjoyed ratings success at the start of the decade. But in late 1992, the station moved in a different direction, bringing in new personalities and tinkering with its Rhythmic-leaning playlist. Specifically – the station began using a dayparted approach, leaning ...

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.

KEDJ (106.3/96.3 the Edge) – 11/1/94 – Willobee & Jayn Sayd

“Morning Breath Theater” morning show on Modern Rock 106.3 the Edge (KEDJ Phoenix) with Willobee and Jayn Sayd – recorded November 1, 1994 (21 years ago yesterday). The station was broadcasting on 106.3 and 96.3 at this time. Per info from Eric Stein: “96.3 was a translator atop South Mountain, call letters K242AG. KEDJ used this to improve East Valley coverage before the KHOT-FM simulcast began in August 1995. The translator later was used by another signal-troubled local station or maybe a religious group, and moved to 95.9 for a while as K240CV after KSWG moved to 96.3.”

KWOD (106.5) – Sacramento – 5/22/09 (LAST DAY)

Six years ago today, Sacramento’s heritage Alternative station came to an end. KWOD 106.5, which programmed the aforementioned format since 1991, flipped to an All 90’s format as “The Buzz”. Visit our sister site, Radioinsight.com, for more details about the change. Heard here is the final 30 minutes or so of KWOD; the actual change can be heard on our other sister site, Formatchange.com.

KEDJ (106.3 the Edge) – Phoenix – 5/16/94 – Willobee and Mary Zeal

“Morning Breath Theater” morning show on Modern Rock 106.3 the Edge (KEDJ Phoenix) with Willobee and Mary Zeal – May 16, 1994.

KROQ 106.7 – Los Angeles – 2/16/02 – Kat Korbett

Recorded over President’s Day Weekend 2002 (and 13 years ago today), this is a sample of Southern California’s longtime Modern Rocker – “The World Famous KROQ.”

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.

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