Hot 103.5

WQHT (Hot 97) – New York – 9/17/91 – Jeff Thomas, Fast Freddie Colon

This is a montage of New York’s Hot 97 from its days as a high-energy Dance CHR. The station debuted with the same format as Hot 103.5 five years earlier, moved to 97.1 in 1988, and began evolving into a hip-hop-oriented station in early 1993.

CIDC (Hits 103.5) – Toronto – 4/20/98

According to Wikipedia, CIDC (licensed to Orangeville, ON) has been programming some form of Rhythmic-oriented CHR since 1995. This is a sample of the station from April 1998, shortly after it had evolved from “Hot 103.5” to “Hits 103.5”. While the addition of R&B and pop tracks accompanied the name change, as heard on this aircheck, the station still offered Dance music programming at this time.

CIDC (Hot 103.5) – Toronto – 5/25/97 – Kim Ellison

According to Wikipedia, CIDC (licensed to Orangeville, ON) has been programming some form of Rhythmic-oriented CHR since 1995. This brief sample from the days of Hot 103.5 was recorded 18 years this month. The station evolved to “Hits 103.5″ in February 1998.

CIDC (Hot 103.5) – Toronto – 5/4/97

According to Wikipedia, CIDC (licensed to Orangeville, ON) has been programming some form of Rhythmic-oriented CHR since 1995. This brief sample from the days of Hot 103.5 (pronounced “103 dot 5”) begins with a sample of the syndicated “Pirate Radio” program (recorded 16 years ago today.) My apologies in advance for the particular for the fluctuation in pitch during the final minute. I wouldn’t normally publish a post with this types of audio issue, but made an exception for this one since it’s one of the relatively few Canadian airchecks in my collection. The station evolved to “Hits 103.5” in February 1998.

WQHT (Hot 97) – New York – August 1990 – Howard Hoffman

High-energy radio at its finest! Includes a commercial voiced by a member of the Hot 97 Sales department.

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