Jan

KCAQ (Q-104.7) – Oxnard/Ventura, CA – 1/25/97 – Kat Torres

This is a sample of Ventura County’s longtime Rhythmic CHR (now found on 95.9 FM), voiced by the late Brian James. At this time, Q104.7 still offered a relatively balanced Rhythmic CHR format, featuring a mix of R&B, dance, hip-hop and rhythmic gold/oldies selections.

JODW (76.1 InterFM) – Tokyo – 1/31/98 – K.C.

The majority of content on FMairchecks.com pertains to U.S. radio stations. However, we do offer a few exceptions, such as this sample of Tokyo’s long-running InterFM (on 76.1 at the time this aircheck was recorded, but now on 89.7 FM) . According to Wikipedia, this predominantly English language station “mirrors American FM radio style”. This is a sample of the station during mixshow programming themed as “The Jungle”. While we don’t know the timeframe of if/when the station used them, artist Ben Folds included jingles he performed for InterFM on his 2010 B-Sides & Rarities Album “Songs For Goldfish” —

KPWR (Power 106) – L.A. – Jan ’96 (10th Anniv. Special) – Frank Lozano

In January 1996, Power 106 celebrated its 10th anniversary by having a series of mixes representing each of its years on the air. Personalities and mixes featured here include Frank Lozano, Charlie Huero, Tony B, and Richard Humpty Vission. Left intact is a commercial for In n Out, the legendary California burger establishment that has since spread to Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. I’m not sure if they regularly advertise on radio in the Los Angeles market, but it’s a rarity or virtually unheard of here in my hometown of Phoenix.

WFLZ (The Power Pig) – Tampa Bay – 1/16/94 – Marty McFly & Stan Priest

Recorded 22 years ago tomorrow, this is a brief montage of Tampa Bay’s legendary CHR (now known as “93-3 FLZ”) about 4 to 5 years after its debut. Visit this Facebook page for full details on the history of this station.  

JODW (76.1 InterFM) – Tokyo – 1/28/98 – K.C.

The majority of content on FMairchecks.com pertains to U.S. radio stations. However, we do offer a few exceptions, such as this sample of Tokyo’s long-running 76.1 InterFM. According to Wikipedia, this predominantly English language station “mirrors American FM radio style”. However, not surprisingly, the playlist, at least at the time of this recording, was much more adventurous than one would find on a typical U.S. station with a CHR format. A welcome difference is the inclusion of a news update. While we don’t know the timeframe of if/when the station used them, artist Ben Folds included jingles he performed for InterFM on his 2010 B-Sides & Rarities Album “Songs For Goldfish”.

WKPO (Power 105-9) – Janesville, WI – 1/22/98

“We’re puttin’ down the beat, with less repeat” — Power 105-9 was essentially a Rhythmic AC with a wide playlist — making it a relatively unique sounding station for its era and region (Southern Wisconsin).

WEXC (Variety 107 FM) – Greenville, PA – 1/20/99

Probably the most bizarre aircheck in my collection, Variety 107 FM very much lived up to its name. It begins with a 5.5 minute sports report, followed by a random assortment of songs.  One of the sweepers announces that the station is “all request”, and it was apparently true.  The person who recorded and sent me this tape requested a song by the Chipmunks – and they played it!  The rest of the tape features one of the station’s sports reporters (I assume) at the cafeteria of a local college, interviewing several members of the school’s wrestling team.  Also included is a pseudo-PSA asking listeners to support the advertisers featured on the station.

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