Hot AC

KZZP 104.7 FM – Phoenix – 4/2/91 – Dave Ryan

Throughout the 80’s, KZZP/Phoenix enjoyed incredible success, establishing itself as one of America’s legendary CHRs.  Per the station’s Wikipedia page, it “produced a long list of future stars in the radio business”, and offered a music mix that was adventurous for a Top 40 station – as illustrated by the other KZZP montages posted here. But, like many of its peers in the format, KZZP struggled to adjust to changing pop music tastes in the early 90’s.  By the Spring of 1991, the station had morphed into an Adult CHR. This is a lengthy aircheck (recorded 23 years ago today) of the station’s morning show at the time, hosted by Dave Ryan.  Included are multiple references to the arrest of Danny Bonaduce (two days prior) — Bonaduce was employed by crosstown Rhythmic CHR KKFR ̶...

Small Western U.S. Market Bandscan – January 1998 – Various Personalities

This montage includes brief snippets of the following stations: KMXY “Mix 104.3” Grand Junction, CO KWYK-FM Farmington, NM KBOS “B95” Fresno, CA KDON “102.5 K-DON” Monterey, CA KTMT “Beat 93” Medford, OR

WQAL (Q104) – Bill Ryan & WMVX (Mix 106.5) – Jim Harden – Cleveland – 8/7/99

            Both recorded 14 years ago today, this is a sample of competing Hot AC stations in the Cleveland market at the end of the 1990’s.  Q104 positioned itself as  “The best hits of the 80’s, 90’s and today” while WMVX was “The Greatest Hits of the 80’s, 90’s and 70’s”. It also seems that both stations employed Sean Caldwell’s voicework in some capacity; he was the primary voice of Q104, while he appears to have been a secondary voice at Mix 106.5, as heard at 7:15 on the aircheck. At one point, WQAL was owned by Chancellor Media Corporation, while WMVX was under the Jacor umbrella. Clear Channel acquired both companies, but ended up spinning of WQAL to CBS in order to comply with FCC ownership rules.

WKRQ (Q102) – Cincinnati – 4/22/98 – Chris

According to Wikipedia, Cincinnati’s Q102 has offered some flavor of CHR format since 1975, making it one of the longest-running currently broadcasting Top 40 stations in the United States. This is a sample of the station from 1998, when it took a pure Adult CHR approach.

WPNT (100.3 the Point) – Chicago – 1991

This is an “official” sounding composite of WPNT, seemingly aimed at the advertising community, from the early 90’s.  

Jersey Shore Sampler – Late 1991 – Various Personalities

This is a composite of the following stations from approximately November/December 1991: 95.1 WAYV Atlantic City 103.7 WMGM Atlantic City (Then AC “Sunny 103.7”, now Rock “103-7 MGM”) 94.3 WJLK Asbury Park (Then AC, now Hot AC “94.3 The Point”) 107.1 WZVU Long Branch (Then Oldies “Seaview 107”, now AC “The Breeze” WWZY) 95.9 WADB Point Pleasant (Then Beautiful Music, now Rock “95.9 The Rat” WRAT) 96.9 WFPG-FM Atlantic City (Then AC “Lite 96.9”, now AC “Lite Rock 96.9”). 99.3 WMID-FM Pleasantville/Atlantic City (Then Classic Rock, now Rhythmic “Kiss 99.3” WZBZ) 100.1 WJRZ-FM Manahawkin (Then Adult CHR, now AC “Magic 100.1”) At the end of this aircheck is a jingle to the tune of “Grandma Got Run O...

WMXV (Mix 105) – New York – 1/1/96 – Bill Neill

“The Best Mix for ’96” — one of many slogans/nicknames/formats heard on this frequency in the mid to late 90’s through early 2000’s.

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