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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...

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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