Brian James

KZFM (Hot Z95) – Corpus Christi – 3/28/98

“Hit Music For All Generations” – voiced by the late Brian James, this is a sample of one of America’s longest-running Rhythmic CHRs.  

KZZP (104-7 ZZP) – Phoenix – 12/20/99 – Karen Rite

During the 80’s, KZZP 104.7 FM in Phoenix was one of the most successful Mainstream CHR stations in the country. According to 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. However, a combination of changes in personalities, management, and overall pop music tastes led to the station’s downfall (in April 1991). Five years later, owner Nationwide Communications brought KZZP back to the airwaves with a Modern AC format, making an attempt to appeal to the listeners who grew up with the station as a CHR. The station performed well, ranking #1 in key demos by 1998. However, by that point, Jacor (now Clear Channel) had taken ownership of KZZP along with KGLQ (96.9). On Labor D...

KZFM (Hot Z95) – Corpus Christi, TX – 9/4/94 – Bart Allison

“Music of the World” – this is a sample of one of America’s longest running Rhythmic CHRs, recorded on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend 1994.

WDJX (99.7 DJX) – Louisville, KY – Summer 1997

This is a montage of Louisville’s longtime Mainstream CHR (30+ years as of this writing) from sometime in the Summer of 1997.

WZOK (97 ZOK) – Rockford, IL – 8/10/98 – Steve Paska

This is a great example of pure small market Midwestern Mainstream CHR from the late 90’s. Voiced by the late and great Brian James.  

WZPL (99 1/2, ZPL) – Indianapolis – 8/8/97 – Jason Addams

This is a sample of the “ZPL Hitzone” mixshow from a Saturday night in August 1997.  This was a high-energy program broadcast live from an upscale beach-themed nightclub (now defunct) named Gators on the fourth floor of the Circle Center Mall in Indianapolis. At this time, the station’s primary voice was the  late and great Brian James.

WFHN (Fun 107) – Fairhaven/New Bedford, MA – 6/21/98

“Fun 107″ (107.1 WFHN Fairhaven/New Bedford, MA) certainly lived up to its relatively unique name.  In the late 90′s, it was one of the best-sounding stations around, offering a Rhythmic-leaning Mainstream CHR format that even included a few dance/rhythmic classics.  Voiced by the late and great Brian James, here’s a sample of the station from the first day of summer in 1998. At the time this aircheck was recorded, the Fun 107 imaging was being used as a stunt format for then sister station WZZP Atlantic City, NJ which we previously spotlighted here.

WEGX (Eagle 106) – Philadelphia – 1992 – Spyder Harrison

This is a sample of Philadelphia’s Eagle 106 during its final year as a Top 40 station. At the time, the station was engaged in a fierce battle with competitor WIOQ (Q102).

WZPL (99 1/2, ZPL) – Indianapolis – 4/19/97 – Cramer

From its days as a Mainstream CHR, this is a sample of the “ZPL Hitzone” mixshow from a Saturday night in April 1997. Features sweepers from the late and great Brian James, and soundbites from the recently resurrected Beavis and Butthead.

95.1 WAYV – Atl. City, NJ – 3/14/98 – Jeffrey T. Mason & Scott Lowe

“Serving the Jersey Shore…” — a great Youtube video aircheck of the Saturday Night House Party on “Arbitron Rated Number 1” station in Atlantic City, NJ.  Hosted by “Jeffro & Lowe.”  

WBLI (106.1 ‘BLI) – 2/2/99 – Al Levine on the Scene

WBLI was (and may still be) an upbeat, fun-sounding CHR outlet, offering Long Island a locally focused alternative to similarly formatted stations from New York City. This is a sample of the station recorded 17 years ago today.

WFLZ (The Power Pig) – Tampa Bay – 1/16/94 – Marty McFly & Stan Priest

Recorded 22 years ago tomorrow, this is a brief montage of Tampa Bay’s legendary CHR (now known as “93-3 FLZ”) about 4 to 5 years after its debut. Visit this Facebook page for full details on the history of this station.  

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