Michigan

WDFX (99.5 The Fox) – Detroit – 1990 – Terry Young

Terry “Motormouth” Young is one of my all-time favorite radio personalities. He is best known for his time at WCAU “Hot Hits 98” in Philadelphia during the 1980’s. In the late 90’s, he also spent time at KKSS “Kiss 97.3” and KZRQ “Star 105” in Albuquerque, along with a return to Philadelphia in the late 90’s at WIOQ “Q102”. From YouTube, here is a sample of his high-energy delivery from his time at WDFX “99.5 the Fox” in Detroit.

WKFR (103.3) & WSNX (104.5) – Kalamazoo & Grand Rapids, MI – 8/15/97 – Dr. Dave Michaels & Keith Curry

Recorded on the same evening (16 years ago yesterday), this is a sample of longtime CHR stations serving neighboring markets in West Michigan. Both stations were offering Friday mixshow programming when the airchecks were being recorded; WKFR referred to itself as “Club 103” while WSNX branded itself as “Party Radio 104.5, WSNX”.

WDRQ (93.1 DRQ) – Detroit – 7/25/98 – Special Ed

Our apologies for the frequent doses of static heard throughout the first few minutes of this aircheck. Following the “worst-to-first” success of New York’s “103.5 The New ‘KTU” in 1996, a number of stations around the U.S. attempted similar formats (essentially Rhythmic AC) in their markets. Among these stations was 93.1 FM in Detroit, which brought back the WDRQ call letters after a 10+ year absence. The station initially positioned itself as “Detroit’s Dance Music Station”, offering a mix of currents and classics from the genre. Airchecks from this era of the station can be found on our site’s main WDRQ page. However, by the summer of 1998, the station was employing the slogan “Today’s Hit Music” as it offered a more mainstream, subdued presenta...

WCXT (105.3 the Whip) – Muskegon-Grand Rapids, MI – 7-5-99

This is a brief sample of West Michigan’s Dance CHR “105.3 the Whip” during its few nights on the air. Check out //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WHTS for more information on the history of this station.

WSMK (99.1 the Fox) – South Bend, IN – 8/14/97 & 12/29/97 – Jeff Ryder

According to Michiguide.com and Wikipedia, WSMK 99.1 FM has offered various flavors of rhythmic formats since its inception. Reviewing the station’s past Websites via archive.org, it appears that the station has generally had an Urban lean over the years – and this is demonstrated on the first 3 1/2 minutes of this aircheck (recorded on 8/14/97). However, at some point between then and late December of that year (as heard on the latter half of this montage), the station began including dance music on its playlist. It adopted the slogan “Michiana’s Dance Beat” – perhaps taking a page from WBBM-FM “B96”, which positioned itself as “Chicago’s Dance Beat” (the station is audible in at least some of the areas where WSMK has cover...

Beat Radio (on KIDR-AM 740 Phoenix) – 1998

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). This is a sample of Beat Radio, recorded at some point during its 8-month run from February to October of that year. Much more detailed information c...

WSNX 104.5 – Grand Rapids, MI – 8/22/98 – Open House Party

WSNX was one of the best CHRs of the mid/late 90′s, offering an upbeat music mix and outstanding jingles & sweepers, voiced by the late and great Brian James. Very impressive for a medium-sized market. This aircheck begins with a commercial promoting the upcoming (1998) Fall season on FOX TV (via the local affiliate, WXMI “FOX 17”), followed by regular WSNX programming, and then Open House Party (a long-running syndicated show heard on CHRs across the U.S.) Thanks to Jeremy Andrews for contributing

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