Recorded on a foggy morning in late February 1996, this is a sample of the morning show (hosted by the late Charly Butcher) on Fort Wayne’s longtime Hot AC outlet. NOTE: The logo shown was taken from an archive of WMEE’s website dated December 1996. It does not reflect the “Mix 97.3” branding heard on the montage. Many thanks to Scott Fybush of Fybush.com for contributing this aircheck!
Per Wikipedia and YouTube, B-106 launched in September 1990 and enjoyed a 6.5+ year run as a largely successful CHR/Top 40 competitor to heritage WMEE 97.3. As heard on this aircheck, the station still sounded awesome, just a little over a year before its demise in April 1997. Many thanks to Scott Fybush of Fybush.com for contributing this aircheck!
Y96 Energy FM offered an unfocused Rhythmic-leaning Adult Contemporary playlist, mixed with an Adult Contemporary presentation. The station apparently tried to capture the audience targeted by crosstown WMGI “100.7 Mix-FM” when it was a Dance-oriented station Mainstream CHR during the mid-90’s. According to indianaradio.net, the station was born 10 days prior to the date of this aircheck, and host Bill Cain was also the station’s Program Director.
According to the Indiana Radio Archive and Wikipedia (pages linked below)… Z-102.3 debuted in January 1999, making this a very early aircheck in that station’s history. The call letters changed from WGL-FM to WCKZ in either March or April of that year. In March 2001, the station (and WCKZ calls) moved to 94.1 FM, and the format changed to Urban AC (supposedly with the new name “Z-94”). At the same time, 102.3 became the new home of WEJE (formerly on 96.3), with a Modern Rock format (possibly calling itself Extreme 102.3)…later becoming X-102.3 with the WXTW calls. Confused yet? Indiana Radio Archive – WGL-FM Indiana Radio Archive – WCKZ Indiana Radio Archive – WEJE Wikipedia – WGBJ
After having been granted the call letters WHHH a couple of months earlier, 96.3 FM in Indianapolis hit the air on October 28, 1991 — making it the first new FM signal in the market in over 25 years. This aircheck was seemingly recorded overnight following the station’s first full day. A video of the actual sign-on is posted on Youtube (the logo shown above is a screen shot taken from that video.) In these earliest moments, the station referred to itself multiple ways: “Hoosier 96” “Hoosier Hot 96” “Hot Hoosier 96” “Hot Hoosier 96.3” “Hoosier Hot 96 Dot 3” “Hoosier 96, WHHH” “Hoosier 96 Dot 3, WHHH” “96 Dot 3, WHHH” Today, the station calls itself “Hot 96.3” and offers a...
This is an official station composite of “99 and a half, WZPL” during its Mainstream CHR days. The aircheck was produced and mailed to me personally by someone at the station (presumably a Johnny George – that name is printed on the cassette label), after I wrote them a letter telling them how much I missed listening to them (I had recently moved from Indianapolis to Phoenix, and had not yet become accustomed to the idea of CHRs emphasizing hip-hop and R&B.)
This is a sample of the “ZPL Hitzone” mixshow from a Saturday night in May 1997. This was a high-energy program broadcast live from an upscale beach-themed nightclub (now defunct) named Gators on the fourth floor of the Circle Center Mall in Indianapolis. At this time, the station’s primary voice was the late and great Brian James.
From on or near St. Patrick’s Day 1993, this is a sampling of WNDU South Bend, WZWZ Kokomo, and WZPLIndianapolis. This is taken from my personal mix tape collection – recorded on a road trip from southwest Michigan to Indianapolis, and back. Please note that the logos shown are not necessarily the ones that were being employed by the stations at the time this aircheck was recorded. This is definitely true for WZWZ, which resided on 92.7 FM and called itself “Z93”.
This is a sample of one of the best CHR stations I’ve personally ever heard. While not as adventurous musically as it had been five years earlier, WMGI still played multiple gold selections from the late 80’s and early 90’s per hour – highly unusual for any station programming this format.
This is a sample of the “ZPL Hitzone” mixshow from a Saturday night in August 1997. This was a high-energy program broadcast live from an upscale beach-themed nightclub (now defunct) named Gators on the fourth floor of the Circle Center Mall in Indianapolis. At this time, the station’s primary voice was the late and great Brian James.
Recorded 19 years ago this month, this is a sample of Terre Haute’s longtime Mainstream CHR. Compared to its approach from two years prior, the station sounded much more like what one would expect to hear from a small Midwestern market. WMGI maintained this approach three years later.
From its days as a Mainstream CHR, this is a sample of the “ZPL Hitzone” mixshow from a Saturday night in April 1997. Features sweepers from the late and great Brian James, and soundbites from the recently resurrected Beavis and Butthead.