CHR

Scott Shannon’s Rockin’ America Top 30 Countdown (Year-End 1989)

Recorded from Chicago’s WBBM-FM (B96), this is a very brief snippet of Scott Shannon’s Rockin’ America Countdown, highlighting the Top 4 songs of 1989. Included is a portion of a B96 jingle. Per Wikipedia, this program ran from 1984 through mid-1990 before going through a name and format change.

WZEE (Z104) – Madison, WI – 12/31/98 – Tommy BoDean

From New Year’s Eve 1998, this is a montage of Madison’s long-running hit music station. This station was (and presumably still is) the textbook definition of pure Midwestern Mainstream CHR. Many thanks to Blaine Thompson of Indianaradio.net for contributing this aircheck!

WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – 3/17/96 – Bob Burke

From St. Patrick’s Day 1996, this is a sample of WIOQ during its Dance-leaning CHR days. The station was a favorite among U.S. dance radio enthusiasts (such as yours truly) at this time. Voiced by the late Keith Eubanks.

WRZE (96.3 The Rose) – Cape Cod, MA – 4/14/96 – OD

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!

WDJB 106.3 (The Killer Bee, B-106) – Fort Wayne, IN – 2/23/96 – Scotty-T and Susan Morning Show

Per Wikipedia and YouTube, B-106 launched in September 1990 and enjoyed a 6.5+ year run as a largely successful CHR/Top 40 competitor to heritage WMEE 97.3. As heard on this aircheck, the station still sounded awesome, just a little over a year before its demise in April 1997. Many thanks to Scott Fybush of Fybush.com for contributing this aircheck!

WQGN (Q105) – New London, CT – 2/17/96 – Alf

From the early days of the mid-90’s Mainstream CHR revival in the United States, this is a composite of a station that executed the format to perfection. Many thanks to Scott Fybush of Fybush.com for contributing this aircheck!

WFLY 92.3 (Fly 92) – Albany, NY – 3/31/96

Many thanks to Scott Fybush of Fybush.com for contributing this aircheck! According to Wikipedia, the WFLY call letters have been used since 1948, longer than any other FM in the Albany market. The station’s Top 40 format has been in place since 1979, although it has “leaned” in various directions over the years, as heard on this aircheck, in which it sounded somewhat Hot A/C.    

WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – late 2001

For a period in the 1990’s, Philadelphia’s Q102 offered a (perhaps surprisingly) dance music-friendly CHR format, making it a favorite among dance radio enthusiasts. However, the station took on a more conventional CHR approach by 1998. This is a sample of the station approximately about 3.5 years after that change. While not focused on dance music any longer, Q102 remained a fun, rhythmic-leaning Mainstream CHR outlet.

WJMX 103.3 (103X) – Cheraw/Florence, SC – 4/21/04 – Dennis Davis

Per Wikipedia, the station currently known as 103X debuted in July 1979 on 103.1 FM, branded as “Z103”. It has generally remained with the CHR format in the 40+ years that have passed. As heard on this aircheck, at this point, 103X put an emphasis on rock, alternative and rhythmic pop selections, with less focus on R&B and hip-hop, in comparison to other Top 40 outlets at the time.

WJRZ 100.1 (JRZ-FM) – Manahawkin/Toms River, NJ – 12/20/91 – Dave Lavender

This is a montage of WJRZ from a period when it was featuring a mix of Adult CHR and Classic Hits, while sprinkling in an assortment of Christmas songs. The station would move back towards CHR about six months later. Please visit Wikipedia for information on the history of this station. NOTE: Most of this aircheck is also featured as part of the “Jersey Shore Sampler“.

WXYV (B102.7) – Baltimore – 2/7/99 – Melanie

In 1997, Baltimore’s WXYV flipped from Urban “V103” to Mainstream CHR as “102.7 XYV”. However, the station would be marred with inconsistency for the next couple of years. It would constantly change its lean from dance to hip-hop to alternative while searching for a gain in audience. In 1998, the name changed to B102.7 in order to prevent a competitor from bringing back B104 and at the same time connected the two CHR’s in Baltimore’s recent history. A newfound mainstream pop lean came in 1999 as it finally found some stability. In 2001, the station moved down the dial and flipped to Urban as “X105.7”. Left intact in this aircheck is a B102.7 commercial recruiting Account Executives.

WWVZ/WWZZ (Z104) – Washington, D.C. – 4/29/01 – Mike Klein, Gary Star

This is a sample of Washington, D.C.’s Z104 about 5 months before a format change to Modern AC. Following the aforementioned format change, the station later switched to “More Music 104”, then back to “Z104.1”, before becoming the new home of Classical WGMS in January 2006. Our apologies for the overmodulation and inconsistent pitch of the audio on this aircheck.

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