New York

WBLI (106.1 ‘BLI) – Long Island, NY – 2/7/98 – Doc Medek

WBLI was an upbeat, fun-sounding CHR outlet, offering Long Island a locally focused alternative to similarly formatted stations from 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.

WQHT (Hot 97) – New York – 9/17/91 – Jeff Thomas, Fast Freddie Colon

This is a montage of New York’s Hot 97 from its days as a high-energy Dance CHR. The station debuted with the same format as Hot 103.5 five years earlier, moved to 97.1 in 1988, and began evolving into a hip-hop-oriented station in early 1993.

WBLI (106.1 ‘BLI) – Long Island, NY – 9/6/98 – Kramer

  WBLI was (and may still be) an upbeat, fun-sounding CHR outlet, offering Long Island a locally focused alternative to similarly formatted stations from New York City.  

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.

WBLI (106.1 ‘BLI) – 5/16/97 – Al Levine on the Scene

In the mid to late 90’s, WBLI was a dance-leaning CHR outlet, offering Long Island a locally focused alternative to similarly formatted stations from New York City.

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.  

WKSE (Kiss 98.5) – Buffalo, NY – 4/25/99 – Shy Guy Shaun

From the late 1990’s, here is a sample of Buffalo’s longtime Mainstream CHR outlet. It’s hosted by Shy Guy Shaun, who joined the staff in 1997 following participation in a station contest and as of today (April 2017) is still on-air.

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.”

WBPM (B94) * Kingston/Poughkeepsie, NY * 1/23/99

  WBPM (B94) in New York’s Hudson Valley is one of the most unique stations I’ve ever heard. Musically, it offered an unfocused Rhythmic CHR format that featured many not-so-mainstream Dance selections.  Production-wise, it used dated jingles and sweepers — presumably from the station’s glory days in the 1980’s — voiced by the legendary Charlie Van Dyke.

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.

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