New York City

WKTU (103-5 The New ‘KTU) – New York – 10/19/98

This is a montage of the station that went to worst to first in one rating book, about 2.5 years after its debut.

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.

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.  

WDBZ (105.1 The Buzz) – New York – 2/9/97 – Josh Bennett

This is a montage of the short-lived Modern AC format on 105.1 FM New York, branded as “The Buzz”, about halfway through its life. Quoting from the Formatchange.com post highlighting the station’s debut a few months prior: “105.1 The Buzz debuted as an 80’s leaning Modern AC, attempting to fill a niche in between K-Rock and WPLJ along with gaining listeners disenfranchised by Z100 and WNEW dropping out of the Alternative Rock genre. However, the station may have been too hip and new for its own good. Changing conditions in the marketplace failed to allow The Buzz to reach its first birthday.”

WNSR (“FM 105.1”) – New York – 11/14/97 – Karen Carson

105.1 FM in New York went through numerous formats in the late 1990’s. This is a montage of the station during a period when, according to The Format Change Archive, the station transitioned from Modern AC back to Hot AC, and called itself simply “FM 105.1”.

WKTU (103.5 The New ‘KTU) – New York – 11/13/01 – Broadway Bill Lee

In February 1996, Country WYNY flipped to WKTU, offered what we now call a Rhythmic AC format, and went from worst to first in one rating book – an absolutely remarkable feat for any radio station, particularly in America’s #1 market. This is a sample of the station almost six years after its debut.

WHTZ (Z100) – New York – 9/27/98 (“PLANET Z”)

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

WPLJ (The All New ‘PLJ – Power 95) – New York – 1990 – Greg Thunder

Courtesy of the now-defunct mp3airchecks.com, here’s a sample of New York’s WPLJ during as days as “Power 95”, but after the station adopted a lean towards more adult-oriented, pop/rock hits. Interestingly, the station also used “Musicradio” (made famous by WABC-AM) and “The All New PLJ” as supplementary monikers. Visit Wikipedia for more information on the history of this station.  

WNEW (102.7 Blink) – New York – 5/15/03 – Todd Newton

Blink 102.7 may be recognized as the biggest flop in radio history. After the demise of WNEW’s former Hot Talk format (due to the firing of star hosts Opie & Anthony in August 2002 as a result of backlash from the Sex For Sam stunt at St. Patrick’s Cathedral), the station trudged along until April 2003 when Blink launched with a splashy launch party. The format tried to bring an E! (Entertainment Television) vibe to radio. Many of the hosts had television experience, including afternoon hosts Todd Newton and Alison Stewart. Even the imaging voice of actor Kiefer Sutherland was a departure from the norm. Musically, the station was a very broad Rhythmic AC with an interactive element using taking instant requests via AOL Instant Messenger. The station featured numerous entert...

WPLJ 95.5 – New York – 2/11/95 – Tony Banks (Valentine’s Dedications)

Courtesy of the now-defunct mp3airchecks.com, here’s a sample of New York’s longtime Adult CHR/Hot AC, recorded on the weekend before Valentine’s Day in 1995.

WHTZ (Z100) – New York – 2/9/97 – Clarence Barnes

Generally speaking, at least in the U.S., the larger the market, the less interesting (musically) the radio stations become.  Fortunately, in the mid to late 90’s, Z100 — a heritage Mainstream CHR in Market #1 — was a wonderful exception to this rule.  At this time, the station offered an incredibly diverse music mix, including numerous recurrents and flashbacks.

WPLJ (Power 95) – New York City – 10/28/85 – Fast Jimmy Roberts

Recorded 30 years ago yesterday, here’s a sample of New York’s WPLJ a couple of years after it entered the CHR format, and within the first year of calling itself “Power 95”. Visit Wikipedia for more information on the history of this station.

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