WBSB (B104) – Baltimore – 5/18/90

Throughout the 80’s, WBSB/Baltimore established itself as one of the top-rated stations in Baltimore. But, like many of its peers in the format, B104 struggled to adjust to changing pop music tastes in the early 90’s. This aircheck was recorded in May 1990 — shortly before the station adopted a policy to no longer play rap or any hard rock. In February 1992, B104 was shelved in favor of “Variety 104.3”, with a Hot AC format. Check out the audio of the flip on our sister site, The Format Change Archive — and see this Baltimore Sun article for more details on what led to the change.

KBFM (B104) – McAllen, TX – 3/29/98

Recorded 18 years ago this week, this is a sample of the Rio Grande Valley’s heritage CHR (now known as Wild 104). The station offered an interesting mix of pop and dance hits – the latter would likely be considered “obscure” in the most of the country, but presumably not in this market.

WBSB (B104) – Baltimore – November 1985 – Charlie Hoffman

Recorded 30 years ago this month, here’s a brief montage of Baltimore’s successful CHR station during the 1980’s, recorded in the middle of that decade. Visit our sister site, Formatchange.com, for more information on the history of this station.

KBFM (Hot B104) – McAllen, TX – 9/3/94 – A.C. Cruz

Here’s a montage of the Rio Grande Valley’s heritage CHR (now known as Wild 104, with a Rhythmic CHR format) from the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend 1994. The station offered a relatively diverse playlist – which was rather uncommon in that era (most CHRs seemed to have a pronounced “lean” towards either R&B/hip-hop or modern rock.)