In February 1996, Country WYNY flipped to WKTU, offered what we now call a Rhythmic AC format, and went from worst to first in one rating book – an absolutely remarkable feat for any radio station, particularly in America’s #1 market. This is a sample of the station about 18 months after it debut. This particular aircheck is one of my personal favorites. This aircheck appears to be a continuation of another ‘KTU aircheck on our site — the other one was recorded earlier on this same day.
Both recorded 15 years ago today, this is a sample of the two dominant CHR stations in the largest U.S. media market during the late 1990’s. WKTU offered what we now call a Rhythmic AC format, while Z100, true to its roots, aired a straight-ahead Mainstream CHR format.
30 years ago today, New York’s Z100 hit the airwaves for the first time. According to the station’s Wikipedia page, within 74 days, the station had climbed from last place to first place in the ratings. On this aircheck, you will hear Z100 celebrating this remarkable feat. Please visit our sister site, Airchexx.com, for a more detailed tribute to this legendary CHR station.