May

KSLZ (Z107.7) – St. Louis – 5/29/98 – Rich Stevens, Danny Wright

Jacor (now Clear Channel) debuted KSLZ in October 1997 and filled a huge hole in the St. Louis market for a true CHR/Top 40 station.  This is a sample of the station from the following May during Saturday night mixshow programming.

WZZP (Fun 107) – Atlantic City, NJ – 5/15/98

The last Class B signal to debut in the Atlantic City market began testing in late February 1998. 107.3 WZZP was owned at the time by Spring Communications with a tower at the top of the Trump Taj Mahal casino. As the station got closer to debuting for good, the testing turned more towards stunting. There was a day of looping Chumbawumba’s “Tubthumping”, followed by Classic Rock billed as “ZZ 107” and later a turn towards CHR as “ZZ 107 – The Zipper”. Finally, or so we thought at the time, on April 25 the station began billing itself as “Fun 107” using the same branding as its sister station WFHN in New Bedford, MA. This stunt was much more prolonged than the rest, as many were under the impression that this would be the final for...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 5/5/95 – Carey Edwards

Recorded on Cinco de Mayo 1995 – this is a sample of the only CHR serving the Valley of the Sun in the early to mid-90’s. In late 1993, despite enjoying great success as a Rhythmic CHR, Power 92 flipped to Modern Rock-heavy Mainstream CHR.  Ratings declined, and the station began to move back towards Rhythmic CHR by the Fall of 1994.  When this aircheck was recorded, the station used a Dance-heavy approach; the sound evolved to one more based on R&B (but remained Dance-friendly) by the Fall of 1995, which led to the station achieving an all-time high 7.0 Arbitron share (12+). Featuring entertaining sweepers voiced by Marc Driscoll, Power 92 was just a fun station to listen in this era.  Especially now, I appreciate that they always had live legal IDs at this time.  Also, I&...

99.5 WZPL WZPL (99 1/2, ZPL) – Indianapolis – 5/31/97 – Jason Addams

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.

KIDR 740 – Phoenix – 5/28/98 – Matt Miller

During the mid-90’s, KIDR (740 AM) in Phoenix was one of several radio stations across the U.S. affiliated with the childrens’-targetted “Radio AAHS” network. Ten of these stations were owned by Radio AAHS. By January 1998, with Radio Disney having launched its own competing network, Radio AAHS ceased operations. They put the ten stations up for sale (KIDR had joined this group not long before the sale was announced). Until a buyer was found, the affiliates (both the AAHS-owned and non-owned stations) aired a mix of random music and paid programming for 12 hours (4am-4pm PT), and all-dance “Beat Radio” for the remaining 12 hours (4pm-4am PT). In May of that year, KIDR program director Matt Miller elected to begin airing an hour of locally originated prog...

WHTZ 100.3 (Z100) – New York – 5/17/97 – Reno & DJ Rich

This is a sample of Saturday night high-energy mixshow programming from the late 1990’s, as broadcast on one of America’s legendary CHR stations.

WBLI (106.1 ‘BLI) – 5/16/97 – Al Levine on the Scene

In the mid to late 90’s, WBLI was a dance-leaning CHR outlet, offering Long Island a locally focused alternative to similarly formatted stations from New York City.

WBSB (B104) – Baltimore – 5/18/90

Throughout the 80’s, WBSB/Baltimore established itself as one of the top-rated stations in Baltimore. But, like many of its peers in the format, B104 struggled to adjust to changing pop music tastes in the early 90’s. This aircheck was recorded in May 1990 — shortly before the station adopted a policy to no longer play rap or any hard rock. In February 1992, B104 was shelved in favor of “Variety 104.3”, with a Hot AC format. Check out the audio of the flip on our sister site, The Format Change Archive — and see this Baltimore Sun article for more details on what led to the change.

KMGQ (Magic 106) – Santa Barbara, CA – 5/5/97 – Dawn Daniels

KMGQ (which referred to itself as both “106.3 KMGQ” and “Magic 106”) offered an upbeat Adult Contemporary format. More information about the history of the station can be found at Wikipedia.

WHTZ (Z100) – New York – 5/4/99 – Cubby

Generally speaking, at least in the U.S., the larger the market, the less interesting (musically) the radio stations become. Fortunately, towards the end of the 90’s, Z100 — a heritage Mainstream CHR in Market #1 — was an exception to this rule. While the station’s music mix was perhaps not quite as diverse as it had been two years prior, it still stood out among its peers.  

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 5/1/96 – Supersnake

During the mid-1990′s, under the direction of Program Director Don Parker, KKFR (Power 92) in Phoenix was at its peak, registering an all-time high 7.1 share (12+) in the Winter 1996 Arbitron survey. The station offered a broad Rhythmic CHR mix that focused primarily on dance and R&B music. This extended length aircheck, recorded 20 years ago yesterday, is hosted by Supersnake. He is one of the most recognized personalities in Phoenix radio, being heard at not only KKFR, but also KPTY (“Arizona’s Party Station“), KZZP (“104.7 Kiss-FM”), KZON (“Live 101.5“) and currently KAJM (“Mega 104.3“). Featured on this montage are references to Game 3 of the 1996 NBA Playoff series between the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs, along with a co...

CIDC (Hot 103.5) – Toronto – 5/25/97 – Kim Ellison

According to Wikipedia, CIDC (licensed to Orangeville, ON) has been programming some form of Rhythmic-oriented CHR since 1995. This brief sample from the days of Hot 103.5 was recorded 18 years this month. The station evolved to “Hits 103.5″ in February 1998.

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