Kelly and Kline

WDBZ (105.1 The Buzz) – New York – 2/9/97 – Josh Bennett

This is a montage of the short-lived Modern AC format on 105.1 FM New York, branded as “The Buzz”, about halfway through its life. Quoting from the Formatchange.com post highlighting the station’s debut a few months prior: “105.1 The Buzz debuted as an 80’s leaning Modern AC, attempting to fill a niche in between K-Rock and WPLJ along with gaining listeners disenfranchised by Z100 and WNEW dropping out of the Alternative Rock genre. However, the station may have been too hip and new for its own good. Changing conditions in the marketplace failed to allow The Buzz to reach its first birthday.”

KHQT (Hot 97-7) – San Jose, CA – 5/24/92 – Richard Bolie

“The station of the South Bay, and for the South Bay” — recorded 21 years ago this week, Hot 97.7 is a great example of high-energy Rhythmic CHR from the early 90’s.  I wish that modern-day stations focusing on this era of music would take it a step further and employ the production values from those days as well. One of the few to do so is KWNZ “106.3 Pop-FM” in Reno, NV.

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