Modern AC

KCHZ (Channel Z-95.7) – Kansas City, MO – 6/20/98 – Mike O’Reilly

  According to Wikipedia, Channel Z-95.7 debuted as a Modern AC in January 1997. At some point in 1998, the station evolved to the first of many variations of Mainstream CHR. It seems that this aircheck was recorded in the middle of that transition – the “Groove Nation” mixshow seems to have been produced for Modern AC outlets, yet Channel Z-95.7 aired a listener’s phone call requesting “Too Close” by Next, which was more appropriate for a CHR station.

WSSR (Star 95.7) – Clearwater/Tampa Bay, FL – 7/4/98 – Ken Martin

During the early 1990’s, as popular music became more fragmented, many Mainstream CHRs in the United States chose to lean towards either hip-hop/R&B or modern rock.  By the middle of the decade, the format began to return to its variety-oriented roots.  At the same time, a number of stations found success by offering a “lighter” version of the modern rock format – known as Modern AC.  One such station was Tampa Bay’s Star 95.7, which debuted in 1998.  This is a sample of the station from Independence Day weekend that year.

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