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WRQX (Q107) – Washington, D.C. – 10/1/88 – Uncle Johnny Walker

107.3 FM in Washington, D.C. has been Hot AC as “Mix 107.3” since 1990. But in the 12 years prior, it was CHR/Top 40 as “Q107”. This sample from October 1988 – recorded during the station’s “Top 10 at 10” countdown – demonstrates the dominance of hairband acts on the pop charts at the time. Thanks to Robyn Watts for contributing this aircheck. Our sister site, Airchexx.com, also features a pair of Q107 samples: Uncle Johnny, 12/26/83 Celeste Clark, 12/26/85

WWZZ/WWVZ (Z104) – Washington D.C. – 1/11/97 – Katie Maxwell

This is a sample of  the station that represented the Mainstream CHR format in our nation’s capital during the mid to late 90′s, about six months after its debut.  

WWVZ/WWZZ (Z104) – Washington, D.C. – 10/17/97 – Mickey

This is a sample of  the station that represented the Mainstream CHR format in our nation’s capital during the mid to late 90′s, about 15 months after its debut.

WWZZ/WWVZ (Z104) – Washington, D.C. – 9/2/96 – George McFly

My apologies for the mediocre sound quality during the first 35 seconds of this aircheck – this occurred due to circumstances beyond my control. From about 6 weeks after this debut, this is a sample of the station that represented the Mainstream CHR format in our nation’s capital during the mid to late 90’s. This was recorded during Morning Drive by longtime industry veteran George McFly. Since it was Labor Day, the theme of his show was “who’s working?” – he aired many calls from listeners who were employed primarily at convenience stores.

WWZZ/WWVZ (Z104) – Washington D.C. – 7/18/99 – Hollywood Haze, Billy Bush

Recorded 17 years ago this month, here’s a great sample of the station that represented the Mainstream CHR format in our nation’s capital during the mid to late 90’s.  On this aircheck, Z104 offered a seemingly full-service approach, with traffic and weather elements alongside the music – which is particularly impressive considering that this was recorded on a Sunday evening. Features a promo for the Bush League morning show, starring Billy Bush, who now has his own nationally syndicated program. Z104, at least in its early days, offered a dance-friendly approach similar to nearby WXYV (102.7 ‘XYV) in Baltimore and KZQZ (Z95.7) in San Francisco; all three stations were consulted by Dan Vallie.

WRQX (Q107) – Washington, D.C. – December 1985 – Chris Jagger, Downtown Vinny Brown

107.3 FM in Washington, D.C. has been Hot AC as “Mix 107.3″ (for the most part) since 1990. But in the 12 years prior, it was CHR/Top 40 as “Q107″. This is a sample of the station from the peak era for the Mainstream CHR format in the mid 80’s.  By 1988, Q107 offered a rather “hairband”-heavy approach. Our sister site, Airchexx.com, also features a pair of Q107 samples: Uncle Johnny, 12/26/83 Celeste Clark, 12/26/85 In addition, below are a pair of articles from The Washington Post about the flip from Q107 to Mix 107.3: Article #1 Article #2

WWVZ/WWZZ (Z104) – Washington, D.C. – 10/1/01 – Sean Sellers, Rod Hendrix

Recorded 14 years ago today, this is a sample of Washington, D.C.’s Z104 the day after it switched format to Modern AC (following a 5-year run as a CHR). Included is what was presumably a prerecorded message from former 4-year evening host Mathew Blades, who stated that the reason for his resignation was because of the station’s decision to move in a more music-intensive direction. The station later switched to “More Music 104”, then back to “Z104.1”, before becoming the new home of Classical WGMS in January 2006.  

WRQX (Q107) – Washington, D.C. – 4/4/86 – Sandy Weaver

107.3 FM in Washington, D.C. has been Hot AC as “Mix 107.3″ since 1990. But in the 12 years prior, it was CHR/Top 40 as “Q107″. This is a sample of the station fromtthe peak era for the Mainstream CHR format in the mid 80’s – although the station arguably had what today sounds like a slight Adult lean.  And two years later, Q107 offered a rather “hairband”-heavy approach.  Thanks to Robyn Watts for contributing both of these airchecks. Our sister site, Airchexx.com, also features a pair of Q107 samples: Uncle Johnny, 12/26/83 Celeste Clark, 12/26/85 In addition, below are a pair of articles from The Washington Post about the flip from Q107 to Mix 107.3: Article #1 Article #2

WWZZ/WWVZ (Z104) – Washington D.C. – 2/24/97 – JoJo

Recorded 17 years ago today, this is a sample of  the station that represented the Mainstream CHR format in our nation’s capital during the mid to late 90′s, about seven months after its debut.

WXTR/WXVR (Z104) – Washington, D.C. – 7/18/96

Recorded 17 years ago today, and just three days after its debut, this is a sample of the station that represented the Mainstream CHR format in our nation’s capital during the mid to late 90′s. The call letters eventually changed to WWZZ/WWVZ to match the moniker. In these earliest days, the station offered a dance-friendly approach similar to nearby WXYV (102.7 ‘XYV) in Baltimore and KZQZ (Z95.7) in San Francisco – all were consulted by Dan Vallie. An interesting strategy employed by all the stations was to play recurrents (from the prior 3 years or so) that,  when they were new, had not received much (if any) radio exposure in the market.

WWZZ/WWVZ (Z104) – Washington D.C. – 5/23/98 – Zack Stone

“Washington’s Monument in New Music” — this is a sample of Z104 about 2 months shy of its 2nd birthday. At this time, the station still offered a dance-friendly approach similar to nearby WXYV (102.7 ‘XYV) in Baltimore and KZQZ (Z95.7) in San Francisco – all were consulted by Dan Vallie. An interesting strategy employed by all the stations was to play recurrents (from the prior 5 years or so) that,  when they were new, had not received much (if any) radio exposure in the market.  

WAVA (All Hit 105) – Washington, D.C. – 1983/1984

Courtesy of Youtube: this a TV commercial for Washington’s dominant CHR during the 80’s. More details can be found on the original Youtube page: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD-uZXRQenU

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