Chris Corley

KKSS (Kiss 97.3) – Albuquerque, NM – 2001 – Johnny B, Jammer

This is a montage of Albuquerque’s longtime Rhythmic CHR at the height of the boy band/girl band craze, when it had a very Mainstream CHR-sounding approach. (The logo shown above is not necessarily from the era when this aircheck was recorded.)

WBBO (B98.5) – Monmouth/Ocean, NJ – 3/19/99 – Alan Fox

This is a sample of the original B98.5. Per Wikipedia, the station took on three other identities between February 2005 and September 2010, before returning to its previous approach. The aircheck is hosted by Alan Fox, whose résumé includes a three-year run as Program/Research/Production Director at WBSS “Boss 97 FM” in Atlantic City, NJ.  

KZZP 104.7 FM – Phoenix – Rick Curtis – 11/29/97

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. This is a sample of KZZP at or near its peak with the Modern AC approach, and shortly before it was acquired by Jacor (now iHeartMedia).

WHYI (Y-100) – Kenny Walker & “Rhythm 93.5” – Miami – 10/8/98 & 10/11/98

Recorded 17 years ago this month, this is a sample of Miami’s heritage Mainstream CHR (Y-100) on a Thursday night during live-to-air programming (titled “The House of Style”) from a local nightclub named Cafe Iguana Beach Place in Fort Lauderdale. Following the Y-100 aircheck is a sample of a classic dance-formatted pirate station that was operating in the area at the time, named “Rhythm 93.5”.

WBTJ (101.9 The Beat) – Youngstown, OH – July 1999

Recorded 16 years ago this month, here’s a sample of a relatively short-lived Rhythmic CHR whose existence was characterized by legal issues between a local owner and Jacor/Clear Channel. Please visit Wikipedia and leagle.com for more information.

WKSS (KISS 95.7) – HARTFORD, CT – 6/20/98

Recorded 17  years ago this month, here is a sample of Friday night programming on Hartford’s longtime CHR outlet. Featured are the end of a live-to-air mixshow from a nightclub named “2001” followed by regular programming, along with a lengthy promo for the “Dysfunctional Morning Radio” morning show.

WBTJ (101.9 the Beat) – Youngstown, OH – 12/23/98 – Bo Matthews

Recorded 16 years ago this month, here’s a sample of a relatively short-lived Rhythmic CHR whose existence was characterized by legal issues between a local owner and Jacor/Clear Channel. Please visit Wikipedia and leagle.com for more information.

WRVQ (Q94) – Richmond, VA – 8/2/98 – Nick Nice

Once a sister station to Y95 (KOY-FM) Phoenix, Q105 (WRBQ) Tampa, and Q106 (KKLQ) San Diego, Q94 is only one that is still on the air with a CHR format. This aircheck was recorded 16 years ago today, but some of the sweepers indicate that it’s “The Year of the Q”.  Does anyone have insight as to what this positioning statement was referring to?  

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