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WWLD 106.1 (Wild 106) – Tallahassee, FL – 1996

This is a sample of 106.1 FM in Tallahassee during its run as a Rhythmic-leaning Mainstream CHR. The exact date of the aircheck is unknown, but per comments made by the air personality, it was apparently recorded on a weekday holiday. The WWLD call letters were in place from 3/29/96 to 10/15/96. At that point, they became WUTL. However, it is unclear whether a format change took place at the same time. The station definitely flipped to Rhythmic Oldies in March 1999.

WXXL (XL-106.7 FM) – Orlando – July 1992

“Of all of life’s experiences…you must at one time or another encounter…RAVE”. Voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig, this is a sample of Orlando’s longtime CHR during progressive underground dance mix programming.

WHYI (Y100) – Miami – 6/24/99 – Rich Rodriguez

One of America’s heritage CHRs (the longest with the same calls/nickname according to Wikipedia) is Miami’s Y-100 (100.7 WHYI).  At the peak of the boy-band/girl-band era, here’s a segment from the summer before the start of the new millennium. This features host Rich Rodriguez telling hopeful contest winners that he’s looking for caller #1007.

WPOW (Power 96) – Miami – 10/2/98

“THE most listened to radio station in the Southeast U.S.A….” Miami’s Power 96 is one of America’s heritage Rhythmic CHRs.  It has always offered an approach custom-tailored to its unique market – a rarity in an increasingly homogenized and corporate-dominated radio environment. This aircheck includes a sample of a “Freestyle Friday” mix.

WBJW (BJ105) – Orlando – August/September 1989 – various personalities

This is a composite of Orlando’s longtime CHR station, recorded shortly before the station changed to Adult Top 40 (and later Hot A/C) as WOMX “Mix 105”. Many thanks to Rich Marino for contributing this aircheck.

WXXL (XL-106.7) – Orlando – 8/5/00 – Kid Cruz, Nikki Knight

This is a montage of Orlando’s longtime Mainstream CHR outlet at the start of the 2000’s. WXXL’s production values at this time were a throwback to a bygone era. The station was still employing the legendary Mitch Craig for voicework (seemingly several years after most CHR stations had stopped doing so). In addition, the station featured live legal IDs (including announcement of the current time!) read by the jock who was on-air during that daypart. Many thanks to Rich Marino for contributing this aircheck.

WFLZ (The Power Pig) – Tampa Bay – 1/16/94 – Marty McFly & Stan Priest

Recorded 22 years ago tomorrow, this is a brief montage of Tampa Bay’s legendary CHR (now known as “93-3 FLZ”) about 4 to 5 years after its debut. Visit this Facebook page for full details on the history of this station.  

WPOW (Power 96) – Miami – 10/13/98 – Joe Nasty

Miami’s Power 96 is one of America’s heritage Rhythmic CHRs.  It has always offered an approach custom-tailored to its unique market – a rarity in an increasingly homogenized and corporate-dominated radio environment. This is a sample of the station, recorded 17 years ago this month.

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”.

KHTS – simulcast of WFLZ (93-3 FLZ) – San Diego/Tampa – 8/1/96 – Tom Steele

From March to August 1996, as part of the preparation for what would eventually become “Channel 933”, KHTS 93.3 FM in San Diego simulcasted Mainstream CHR sister station WFLZ (93-3 FLZ) in Tampa. This aircheck (recorded 19 years ago today) represents a sample of that simulcast from its final month or so. Please visit the KHTS Wikipedia page for more details.

WPOW (Power 96) – Miami – 3/20/97 – Joe Nasty, Slammin’ Felix Sama

Miami’s Power 96 is one of America’s heritage Rhythmic CHRs.  It has always offered an approach custom-tailored to its unique market – a rarity in an increasingly homogenized and corporate-dominated radio environment. This extended aircheck of the station was recorded 18 years ago today.

WPRW (Power 93.5) – Naples, FL – 3/12/97

This aircheck of Southwest Florida’s Power 93.5 was recorded 18 years ago today. The station offered an uptempo, gold & recurrent-friendly CHR format.  

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