Maine

WMME (92 Moose FM) – Augusta, Maine – 3/16/99

92 Moose FM was (and may still be) a standard Adult-oriented CHR with a very nonstandard name.  

WJBQ (Q 97.9) – Portland, ME – 3/4/99 – Jeff Parsons

“Here at the Q, we’ve got two words for you…hit music!”  Q 97.9 (pronounced “Q 97 Dot 9”) was one of the best small market CHRs I’ve ever heard – the production values in particular are outstanding on this aircheck.

95.9 WRED – Portland, ME – 2/8/97

“Broadcasting from the top of America…” According to Wikipedia, 95.9 WRED was a Mainstream CHR for least of the 1990’s. At some point,  it moved in a more hip-hop/rhythmic direction and remained that way until adopting a Sports format in August 2008. This aircheck was recorded during the syndicated “Hot Mix” program, but still gives a good idea of the station’s air talent and imaging.

WJBQ (Q97.9) – Portland, ME – 2/11/99 – John Garabedian (OPEN HOUSE PARTY)

Recorded 16 years ago this month, this is a brief sample of the long-running syndicated “Open House Party” as heard on WJBQ in Portland, Maine.

WKZS-WJBQ-WMME – Portland/Augusta, Maine – 2/8 & 2/14/97

  Recorded 18 years ago this month, this is a sample of three CHR/CHR-leaning stations serving the state of Maine in early 1997: WKZS, Auburn/Portland — “99.9 Kiss-FM” (also heard on 96.9 FM), 2/8/97 – recorded during the high-energy “Kiss Club Night” mixshow programming. The station sounded much better in this era than it did a couple of years later, when it had rebranded as “Mix 96.9 & 99.9”.  (I have not been able to locate a logo for this station.) WJBQ, Portland — “Q 97 Dot 9”, 2/14/97 — Absolutely one of the best small market CHRs I’ve ever heard. J.J. Jeffries was both the voice and (I think) the owner of the station. WMME, Augusta/Brunswick/Bangor — “92 Moose”, 2/8/97. Another s...

WMWX (Mix 96.9 & 99.9) – Portland, ME – 1/26/99

Recorded 16 years ago this month, here’s a montage of small town Hot AC radio from just before the beginning of the new millennium, featuring “a 50/50 mix of the 80’s and 90’s”. (IMHO, that’s just way too many numbers to have in a positioning statement…) Left intact is a commercial promoting “free designer phone book covers” with 1980’s-sounding music in the background.

WJBQ (Q97.9) – Portland, ME – 2/27/99 – John Garabedian (OPEN HOUSE PARTY)

  Recorded 15 years ago today, this is a sample of the long-running syndicated “Open House Party” as heard on WJBQ in Portland, Maine. It includes an interview with the band Eve 6, following by an acoustic performance of their best-known hit, “Inside Out”.

95.9 WRED – Portland, ME – 2/13/99 – Mike Shannon

Recorded 15 years ago today, this is a sample of Portland, Maine’s WRED during its days as a Mainstream CHR in the late 90’s. According to Wikipedia, the station eventually moved in a more hip-hop/rhythmic direction and remained that way until adopting a Sports format in August 2008. Apologies for the mediocre sound quality that plagues the first two-thirds of this aircheck; it sounds better starting around the 2:43 mark.

WKTJ 99.3 FM – Farmington, ME – 4/24/99

According to Wikipedia, WKTJ is the only commercial FM radio station in Franklin County, Maine. While lacking a polished presentation (at least on this aircheck, recorded 14 years ago this month), it is a fine example of what small town community radio should be. Among other unusual features, at the start of this montage is the conclusion of a program called “Booked on Reading”, giving listeners the opportunity to recite excerpts of their favorite books on the air.

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