New York

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.

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.

WSPK (K104) – Poughkeepsie, NY – 7/23/98 – Danny Valentino

This is a sample of the heritage CHR in New York’s Hudson Valley from the late 90’s — one of the best in the country at that time, in my humble opinion.  At this time, from a musical perspective, K104 offered a rather unique approach that mixed youth-oriented Rhythmic currents (including dance remixes of pop hits) and gold. According to Wikipedia, the station (which now calls itself “K104.7”) is still live in all dayparts, with local personalities and ownership.  Be sure to check out the other K104 aircheck on our site (also hosted by Danny Valentino).

WKSE (Kiss 98.5) – Buffalo, NY – 7/18/93

Recorded 23 years ago today, here’s a sample of Buffalo’s longtime CHR outlet. Kiss 98.5 is seemingly one of the relatively few stations to have stuck with a Mainstream CHR format during a year (1993) when most of its peers had either begun leaning towards either a Modern Rock or Rhythmic approach, or had abandoned CHR altogether.

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