96.3 the Rose was a fun, upbeat station offering a well-rounded playlist and excellent imaging. Per Wikipedia, it debuted with a Mainstream CHR format in January 1993 – a time when the format was disappearing in many markets nationally – and survived until late March 2009, when it became a simulcast of Sports-formatted WEEI in Boston. Many thanks to Scott Fybush of Fybush.com for contributing this aircheck!
**New York City’s 95.5 WPLJ will end its current programming format at 7pm EDT today (Friday 5/31/19), following a sale from Cumulus to Educational Media Foundation. We will be featuring airchecks of this longtime CHR/Hot AC station from the past 30+ years throughout this week.** Per Wikipedia – as a final attempt to find success with the CHR format, WPLJ rebranded as “Mojo Radio” in April 1991, shortly after hiring Scott Shannon as morning show host. Four months later, the station began shifting towards Adult Top 40; by February 1992, it had evolved to Hot AC and began calling itself simply “95-5 PLJ”.
This is a sample of Monterey’s longtime Rhythmic CHR, voiced by the late Brian James, during the late 1990’s. At the time, the station offered a relatively broad music mix – although perhaps too downtempo at times.
WAQQ is among the more interesting radio stations to be featured on FMairchecks.com. The “Edge” name instantly brings to mind “Alternative”. But while the station certainly played a lot of Modern Rock selections, it was still very much a CHR that even played recurrents from the likes of C&C Music Factory and Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch. Also included is a rather amusing, lengthy sweeper (voiced by Mark Driscoll) listing many (if not all) areas in the market capable of receiving the station. This aircheck was recorded presumably at the beginning of the “Edge” area. According to Wikipedia, the call letters changed to WEDJ at some point — they were apparently still WAQQ at the time of this recording. Please be aware that while this montage is...
From the late 1990’s, here is a sample of Buffalo’s longtime Mainstream CHR outlet. It’s hosted by Shy Guy Shaun, who joined the staff in 1997 following participation in a station contest and as of today (April 2017) is still on-air.
This is a sample of the Gateway City’s longtime CHR station (at this point it was somewhat of a CHR/Modern AC hybrid) a couple of years after it moved from its longtime home at 106.5 FM. At one point, a legal ID voiced by the late and great Casey Kasem is heard, even though the station was featuring regular programming at that point.
Chicago’s Hot 94-7 FM represented the high-energy, but short-lived aftermath of “Hell 94.7”, and the final (as of this writing) attempt of this frequency to compete with heritage Rhythmic CHR WBBM-FM (B96). Please visit this page (scroll about halfway down) for more details.
Quoting & paraphrasing from this issue of the “Main Street Tattler” newsletter“, dated 1/17/03… “As Big City Radio continues its national liquidation of all its stations, 103.1 WYXX/Morris is currently Big City’s last remaining signal. WYXX, which reaches the far south suburbs of Chicago and mostly rural areas, has sequed to a humorous dance hits format called “Party 103.1”, very similar to Big City’s former “Energy 92-7&5” which went to SBS in an LMA arrangement two weeks ago. Energy PD Chris Shebel (still working for Big City and WYXX until it is officially sold) is the station voice and programmer, and has created laughable liners with phrases like “No commercials ‘cause we’re for sale… Party 103.1” and “There’s nothing wrong with your cows. Cows mi...
According to Wikipedia, CIDC (licensed to Orangeville, ON) has been programming some form of Rhythmic-oriented CHR since 1995. This is a sample of the station from April 1998, shortly after it had evolved from “Hot 103.5” to “Hits 103.5”. While the addition of R&B and pop tracks accompanied the name change, as heard on this aircheck, the station still offered Dance music programming at this time.
This is one of a handful of non-US/Canadian airchecks in my collection. 105.9 Wild FM was a English-language CHR/Hot AC that included random dance mix shows (or at least that was the case on this tape.) The station used JAM’s “Hot KIIS” jingle package. The call letters are now DYBT.
In Phoenix, Bruce Kelly is one of the best-known radio personalities of all time. He made a name for himself hosting mornings at legendary CHR KZZP in the 80’s, before moving onto KOY-FM (Y95) and KKFR (Power 92), and then returning to KZZP in the late 90’s. This is a sample of “Kelly and Company”, featuring Bruce and co-host Maggie Brock, on Y95.
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...