Brian James

WAEZ – Electric 99-3 – Johnson City, TN – 7/26/98

Recorded 16 years ago, this is a sample of one of the most uniquely named CHRs around, particularly for the late 90’s, serving the Tri-Cities area in Tennessee and Virginia.  WAEZ continues to employ the “Electric” name today, on 94.9 FM in the same market. Apologies for the heavy dose of static in the middle; the station’s content is still audible.

Small Western U.S. Market Bandscan – January 1998 – Various Personalities

This montage includes brief snippets of the following stations: KMXY “Mix 104.3” Grand Junction, CO KWYK-FM Farmington, NM KBOS “B95” Fresno, CA KDON “102.5 K-DON” Monterey, CA KTMT “Beat 93” Medford, OR

KDON (102.5) – Monterey, CA – 12/31/98 & 1/1/99 – Paul Robbins/Maverick (EXCELLENT)

Recorded 15 years ago this week,  here’s sample of Monterey’s longtime Rhythmic CHR at the turn of the new year, 1998-99. On the first part of the aircheck are snippets of the station’s end-of-year mix (which includes a lengthy recap of the various concerts and promotions offered by KDON in 1998); that’s followed by a portion of the “Top 102 of 1998”. As you’ll hear, the station offered a relatively broad music mix – a more genuine defintion of “Rhythmic CHR” than was common at the time. In this era, KDON was voiced by the late and great Brian James.

WHTZ (Z100) – New York – Nov/Dec ’91 – Various personalities

Recorded around this time of the year, 22 years ago, this is a sample of what is/was probably America’s best-sounding major market CHR.

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”.

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.

WFHN (Fun 107) – Fairhaven/New Bedford, MA – 6/17/98

“Fun 107″ (107.1 WFHN Fairhaven/New Bedford, MA) certainly lives up to its relatively unique name, even to this day.  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 recorded 15 years ago today.  (We also have another Fun 107 montage already posted that was taped just a few days after this one.) 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.

KDWB 101.3 – Minneapolis/St. Paul – 8/26/97 – Zannie K

KDWB is another one of America’s longest running hit music stations.  This montage, recorded 15 years ago, represents a great example of what a CHR station should sound like.

97.5 WABB Mobile Final Day Part 4 – 2/29/2012

Part 4 of our journey through WABB’s history takes us through the rest of the 90’s and back into the 80’s. This segment of the history of the station features airchecks of Craig Andrews, the Two Goofy White Dudes morning show, and Gary Mitchell. Of note is a phone prank to station owner Bernie Dittman. Interviews and station tributes are made by Pablo (Now morning host at AAA 92.1 WZEW Mobile), Chris Smith (Now in mornings at 710 WNTM as “Uncle Henry“), Hot Ron Anthony, Former 1480 WABB DJ (and now OM/Chief Engineer of 92.1 WZEW) Tim Camp, “Marathon” Mike Stewart, and Barry “Gary Mitchell” Silvermann. For more on the history of WABB, Alvin Williams has produced a four part feature on Examiner.com. | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | P...

97.5 WABB Mobile Final Day Part 3 – 2/29/2012

WABB’s musical rewind enters the 1990’s. Included are interviews with Jo Valentine (who is putting together a WABB Tribute Site), Derek “Kane” Long, Little Joe, Pablo, and more airchecks and promos including a contest where listeners had the choice in winning stock in their competitor Cumulus Broadcasting, which was at $5 a share at time, or a $25 Wal-Mart gift card. More WABB tributes online include these from Fox 10 Mobile, Scott Sands, and Kat Slay. | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | The Final Hour |  

97.5 WABB Mobile Final Day Part 2 – 2/29/2012

As WABB’s final day progressed it began its rewind through its history. Featured in this segment are interviews with former Production and Imaging Director AJ McKay, Lori from the History Museum of Mobile who took possession of the WABBit mascot, Barry “Gary Mitchell” Silverman (one of the first morning hosts on WABB-FM) and Bernie Dittman’s grandson Julian. At 9am, the morning show bid adieu and the station began cycling back in time through the station’s musical history. This segment features WABB’s history in the 21st century as told via old sweepers and promos. The aforementioned AJ McKay has also placed a number of WABB airchecks, promos, and jingles for download at his site. | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | The Final Hour |  

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