August

KSES (Kiss-FM) – Palm Springs, CA (surrounding area) – 8/29/97

Recorded 16 years ago today (on a Labor Day Weekend road trip from Phoenix to Los Angeles), this is a sample of a station that served the area around Palm Springs, CA. “Kiss-FM” originated on KSES 106.9 FM in Yucca Valley, with translators on K232CX 94.3 FM in Desert Hot Springs and K280CV 103.9 FM in Cathedral City. The format was essentially an unfocused but entertaining form of Rhythmic AC, with a Soft AC-ish presentation. I seem to recall hearing that the station was forced to change its name due to its proximity to 102.7 KIIS-FM in Los Angeles; can anyone confirm/deny this?

KWNZ (106.3 Pop-FM) – Reno, NV – 8/23/13 – “Wild” Bill Shakespeare

FMairchecks.com specializes almost entirely in material that was originally recorded between the late 80’s and early 2000’s. However, on occasion, we will showcase current radio stations.  Today’s posting offers the best of both worlds. In May of 2013, Times-Shamrock Communications officially signed on 106.3 FM as a brand new signal in the Reno market, featuring the heritage KWNZ call letters that had previously been in use for CHR formats, first 97.3 FM and later 93.7 FM. The format is best described as “Gold Based CHR” – focusing primarily on CHR hits from the 80’s through early 2000’s that were played on the original version of KWNZ, along with a sprinking of compatible pop/dance-rhythmic  currents. What makes Pop-FM truly unique, even in ...

WKFR (103.3) & WSNX (104.5) – Kalamazoo & Grand Rapids, MI – 8/15/97 – Dr. Dave Michaels & Keith Curry

Recorded on the same evening (16 years ago yesterday), this is a sample of longtime CHR stations serving neighboring markets in West Michigan. Both stations were offering Friday mixshow programming when the airchecks were being recorded; WKFR referred to itself as “Club 103” while WSNX branded itself as “Party Radio 104.5, WSNX”.

WLDI (Wild 95.5) – West Palm Beach, FL – 8/14/98 (first day)

Fifteen years ago today, Country-formatted WXFG flipped to Mainstream CHR as Wild 95.5 — which is still the format and moniker heard on the frequency today. This aircheck represents a montage of the first 90 minutes following the debut; the actual sign-on can be heard at our sister site, Formatchange.com.

WQAL (Q104) – Bill Ryan & WMVX (Mix 106.5) – Jim Harden – Cleveland – 8/7/99

            Both recorded 14 years ago today, this is a sample of competing Hot AC stations in the Cleveland market at the end of the 1990’s.  Q104 positioned itself as  “The best hits of the 80’s, 90’s and today” while WMVX was “The Greatest Hits of the 80’s, 90’s and 70’s”. It also seems that both stations employed Sean Caldwell’s voicework in some capacity; he was the primary voice of Q104, while he appears to have been a secondary voice at Mix 106.5, as heard at 7:15 on the aircheck. At one point, WQAL was owned by Chancellor Media Corporation, while WMVX was under the Jacor umbrella. Clear Channel acquired both companies, but ended up spinning of WQAL to CBS in order to comply with FCC ownership rules.

WHOT (Hot 101) – Youngstown, OH – 8/5/99 – Jay Kline

Recorded 14 years ago today, this is a sample of one of the longest-running CHR stations in the United States. According to Wikipedia, WHOT debuted in 1955 on 1570 AM and switched (AM) frequencies twice. The station began an FM/AM simulcast in 1984, and made 101.1 FM its exclusive home in 1991.

WXSS (103.7 Kiss-FM) – Milwaukee – 8/10/98

This is a sample of Milwaukee’s 103.7 Kiss-FM not long after its launch. The station represented one of the finest examples of Mainstream CHR I’ve ever heard, offering multiple hits from multiple contemporary genres, without any sort of “lean”. In addition, the duo of 1980′s style jingles and Mitch Craig voiceovers made this station almost one of a kind for its era.  

WCRX (88.1 ‘CRX) – Chicago – 8/7/98 – Taco

WCRX has been the longtime product of Columbia College Chicago.  It was, and still is, one of the most dance music-friendly radio stations in the country. More information can be found at Wikipedia.

WKKZ 92.7 – Dublin, GA – 8/15/98

In the late 1990’s, WKKZ was a very broad and interesting Mainstream CHR – as heard on this aircheck. According to Wikipedia, the station now programs a Modern AC format.  

WSNX 104.5 – Grand Rapids, MI – 8/22/98 – Open House Party

WSNX was one of the best CHRs of the mid/late 90′s, offering an upbeat music mix and outstanding jingles & sweepers, voiced by the late and great Brian James. Very impressive for a medium-sized market. This aircheck begins with a commercial promoting the upcoming (1998) Fall season on FOX TV (via the local affiliate, WXMI “FOX 17”), followed by regular WSNX programming, and then Open House Party (a long-running syndicated show heard on CHRs across the U.S.) Thanks to Jeremy Andrews for contributing

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