March

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 3/29/91 – Scott Thrower, Danny Partridge, Kelly Boom

Recorded on Good Friday 1991, this is a sample of the dominant CHR station in Phoenix for most of the 1990’s, at the start of that decade. Specifically, this is a montage of the “Power Morning Zoo”. One of the co-hosts was Danny Partridge a.k.a. Danny Bonaduce, who became a TV star via “The Partridge Family” in the 1970’s. He joined KKFR around September 1990. Two days after this aircheck was recorded, Bonaduce was involved in an incident with a prostitute. The next day, he was placed on administrative leave. Many thanks to Beau Duran of WBBM NewsRadio for providing this aircheck.

WWSY 95.9 (Y96 Energy FM) – Terre Haute, IN – 3/18/02 – Bill Cain

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.

KHTS (Channel 933) – San Diego – March ’97 – Boomer

In September 1996, Channel 933 debuted with a gold-friendly Dance CHR format, as demonstrated in this aircheck from October of that year and this one from November. However, within a few months, the station became much more current-based, replacing much of the classic dance with contemporary R&B and pop.  

WZBZ (B105.5, The Buzz) – Atlantic City, NJ – 3/5/99

In the Spring of 1998, 107.3 WZZP teased Southern New Jersey with a Rhythmic CHR format. With no promotion or publicity, this brand new signal garnered a 2 share (12+) in its first ratings book. Seeing the hole for something between Urban AC WTTH and Adult leaning CHR WAYV, Margate Communications rolled the dice with hopes of being different. Pulling the plug on recently acquired satellite Modern Rocker WDOX, Margate moved the southern half of the Urban AC “Touch” simulcast from 105.5 to WDOX’s 93.1 slot. Rimshotting greater Atlantic City area from Cape May Court House, WBNJ (which quickly became WZBZ) debuted with a Dance CHR format designed to target WAYV, while still protecting WTTH. Within a year, WZBZ moved to 99.3 in Pleasantville, while retaining the 105.5 simulcast as WGBZ, giving ...

Northern/Central Indiana CHR Composite – March 1993

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”.

KZFM (Hot Z95) – Corpus Christi – 3/28/98

“Hit Music For All Generations” – voiced by the late Brian James, this is a sample of one of America’s longest-running Rhythmic CHRs.  

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.  

WPOW (Power 96) – Miami – Slammin’ Felix Sama & DJ Laz – 3/13/97

Miami’s Power 96 is one of America’s heritage Rhythmic CHRs.  During the 1990’s, it offered an  approach custom-tailored to its unique market – a rarity in an increasingly homogenized and corporate-dominated radio environment. This montage of the station features both mixshow and regular programming.

WNNX (99X) – Atlanta – March & September ’95 – Yvonne Monet

For a good portion of its history, the radio format “Alternative” has been synonymous with “Modern Rock”. However, there was a time when the format encompassed other styles of music that were also considered an “alternative” to the mainstream – as demonstrated on this aircheck. It’s a brief montage of the hosting and production elements surrounding “The Beat Factory”, a progressive dance music show heard Saturday nights on the original incarnation of 99X in Atlanta.  

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.

KRBE (104 KRBE) – Houston – 3/7/98 – Yo-J & DJ Mark D

Per Wikipedia – on Saturday nights from 1996 to 2002, 104 KRBE aired “The Beat” – one of the most progressive dance music programs on U.S. radio – live-to-air from The Roxy, which is (or at least one) of the premier nightclubs in Houston. This is a sample of the program from March 1998.    

CKDX (Power 88-5) – Toronto – 3/3/99

Recorded 17 years ago this week, this was one of at least three attempts at the Dance CHR format in the Greater Toronto Area during the 90′s. Like many Dance stations in the U.S. over the years, Power 88-5 was limited by its signal, which did not (and still does not) cover the full Toronto market. Please note that this aircheck was recorded from a low-birtate web stream.

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