In 1993, the NBA’s Phoenix Suns had a magical season that captivated their hometown fans, featuring run to the Finals round against the defending champion Chicago Bulls. In this aircheck, CHR Y95 (95.5 KOY-FM) was giving away courtside tickets to the 6th game of the series (contigent upon the Suns winning the 5th game, which took place a few hours following the aircheck). Listeners were asked to keep track of songs for several hours. Throughout the day, the station would start taking callers (beginning with #95) and the first person to correctly recite the titles of the songs in the correct order would win the tickets. All three times that this occurred throughout the day are featured on the aircheck. Included are Suns/NBA/sports-themed songs that were in rotation on Y95, along with ...
Recorded at one of the peak eras for pure pop music, this is a sample of Green Bay’s longtime Mainstream CHR outlet. Per Wikipedia, the station adopted this approach in February 1977 and is therefore regarded as a heritage station for its format. Many thanks to Blaine Thompson of Indianaradio.net for contributing this aircheck!
Per Wikipedia, DYUR was branded as “UR105 Ultimate Radio” from 1993 to 2010. This aircheck, recorded about 5 years into that era, showcases the station at a time when it offered what (in the United States) would be classified as an Adult Contemporary format (although it was presumably considered Mainstream Top 40 in the Philippines). For those familiar with jingles, the ones heard on this montage should ring a bell.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.