New York City

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.

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...

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.

WKTU (103.5 The New ‘KTU) – New York – 10/17/97 – Hollywood Hamilton & Goumba Johnny

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 about 18 months after it debut. This particular aircheck is one of my personal favorites. This aircheck appears to be a continuation of another ‘KTU aircheck on our site — the other one was recorded earlier on this same day.

WQHT (Hot 103) – New York – 4/29/87 – Bill Lee

Recorded 28 years ago today, this is – in my opinion – the best and most successful example of a Dance CHR station in the United States. Hot 103 debuted in August 1986 and became Hot 97 (on 97.1 FM) in September 1988. Additional, very detailed information about the history of Hot 103 can be found on Wikipedia.

WKTU (103.5 The New ‘KTU) – New York – 3/30/99 – Diane Pryor

 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 media market. This is a sample of the station about 3 years after its debut (recorded 16 years ago today.)  

New York/Long Island Composite – 2/11/99

Recorded 16 years ago this week, this is a montage of the stations pictured above, recorded around the 8pm hour.

WKTU (103.5 The New ‘KTU) – New York – 1/19/98 – Dimas Martinez

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 media market. This is a sample of the station about 2 years after its debut (recorded 17 years ago today.)

WKTU (103.5 The New ‘KTU) – New York – 9/27/98 – Dangerous Dave Hanson

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 media market. This is a sample of the station about 2.5 years after its debut, recorded during “KTU Dance Factory” Saturday night mixshow programming.

WKTU (103.5 The New ‘KTU) – New York – 2/10/96 (FIRST HOUR)

18 years ago today, 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 media market. The actual debut of WKTU is available at our sister site, The Format Change Archive. Posted here is the remainder of approximately the first hour. It includes a lengthy spoken word segment from top brass at Evergreen Media, which owned the station at the time.  

WBIX (Jammin 105) – New York – 1/11/99 – Supersnake, Linda Energy

During the late 1990’s, one of the biggest fads to sweep U.S. radio was Rhythmic Oldies a.k.a. “Jammin Oldies”. This is a sample of the station programming the format in Market #1, in its earliest days, recorded 15 years ago this week. Most of the aircheck is hosted by longtime Phoenix CHR personality Supersnake (presumably remotely?). The call letters would eventually change from WBIX to WTJM to match the station’s moniker.

WHTZ (Z100) – New York – Nov/Dec ’91 – Various personalities

Recorded around this time of the year, 22 years ago, this is a sample of what is/was probably America’s best-sounding major market CHR.

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