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WFKS (99.9 Kiss-FM) – Palatka, FL – 2/6/99 – Spencer Davis

Recorded 16 years ago today, this is a sample of WFKS near the end of its 6-year run on 99.9 FM. According to this Wikipedia page, in the year 2000, 99.9 FM moved into the Jacksonville market (with new calls WGNE) while the WFKS calls moved to 97.9 FM (also serving Jacksonville).

WPOW (Power 96) – Miami – 1/4/97 – Tony the Tiger

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 sample of the station, recorded 17 years ago this month, demonstrates how diverse the playlist was at the time — Power 96 was a pure Rhythmic CHR, playing hits from multiple uptempo genres.

WPOW (Power 96.5) – Miami – 11/30/98 – DJ Laz & DJ Zog

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 montage of the station during Afternoon Drive on the last day of November 1998 (recorded 16 years ago today). It includes a sample of the “Traffic Jam” heard during the 5pm hour, with mixer DJ Zog filling in for Slammin’ Felix Sama.

WFLZ (Power 93/Power Pig) – Tampa Bay, FL – July 1991 – Kevin Michaels

25 years ago today was the beginning of the end of the status quo in Tampa Bay CHR radio. As detailed on THIS site, following one of most creative and outrageous strategies in radio history (involving potentially millions of dollars in ransom), Oldies-formatted WFLZ 93.3 “Z93” flipped to  Rhythmic CHR as “Power 93, The Power Pig”. Longtime, full service heritage CHR WRBQ (Q105) lost significant portions of its audience. Following numerous attempts to stop the bleeding, it switched to a Country format within four years. This aircheck represents a montage of The Power Pig about 2 years after its debut.

WXXL (XL-106.7) – Orlando – 8/25/99 – Kid Cruz, Nikki Knight

  Recorded 15 years ago this week, this is a montage of Orlando’s longtime Mainstream CHR outlet. 1999 was the peak of the teen pop craze, and Orlando was the home to multiple boybands – resulting in an abundance of Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync and the like on this aircheck. 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, at least during the 10pm hour (and presumably most others), the station featured live legal IDs (including announcement of the current time!) read by the jock who was on-air during that daypart.

WPOW (Power 96) – Miami – Kid Curry, Felix Slammin’ Sama – 6/24/99 & 6/25/99

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 of the station was recorded 15 years ago this month.

WDXD (103.3 VYB) – Daytona Beach, FL – April 1997

This is a montage of 103.3 VYB shortly after its debut, recorded 17 years ago this month. At the time, the station offered a relatively broad, interesting mix of CHR currents, recurrents and even gold. According to Wikipedia, the station’s call letters did not change to WYVB until November 1999.

WLDI (Wild 95.5) – West Palm Beach, FL – 8/14/98 (first day)

Fifteen years ago today, Country-formatted WXFG flipped to Mainstream CHR as Wild 95.5 — which is still the format and moniker heard on the frequency today. This aircheck represents a montage of the first 90 minutes following the debut; the actual sign-on can be heard at our sister site, Formatchange.com.

WHJX (101.5 Channel X) – Jacksonville, FL – 6/14/94

During the early to mid 1990’s, a handful of radio stations in the United States – such as 101.5 Channel X – adopted an MTV-like approach. Specifically, they blended together modern rock and urban hits — and not just the most mainstream selection from each genre. To maintain some balance, Channel X also incorporated selections that are best described as “pure pop”. However, according to this message board posting, WHJX did not stick with this approach for very long; after about 4 months, it returned to an Urban format. This aircheck was recorded 19 years ago today.

WSSR (Star 95.7) – Clearwater/Tampa Bay, FL – 7/4/98 – Ken Martin

During the early 1990’s, as popular music became more fragmented, many Mainstream CHRs in the United States chose to lean towards either hip-hop/R&B or modern rock.  By the middle of the decade, the format began to return to its variety-oriented roots.  At the same time, a number of stations found success by offering a “lighter” version of the modern rock format – known as Modern AC.  One such station was Tampa Bay’s Star 95.7, which debuted in 1998.  This is a sample of the station from Independence Day weekend that year.

WPOW (Power 96) – Miami – 11/25/98 – DJ Laz

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 from the night before Thanksgiving in 1998.

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