District of Columbia

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.

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.  

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.

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.  

WINX 1600 AM – Washington, DC – 12/13/98 – Tony Burke (?)

On occassion, we will break our own rules and post material from the AM band. Here’s the first of two examples that will appear on the site this week. “Top 40, Fun!…WINX!” was a short-lived, ill-fated second attempt at making an CHR format work on 1600 AM in the Washington, DC area.

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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