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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.

WBLI (106.1 ‘BLI) – 2/2/99 – Al Levine on the Scene

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. This is a sample of the station recorded 17 years ago today.

WSUL (98.3) – Monticello, NY – 7/22/98 – Brenda Jagger

Recorded 22 years ago today, this is a sample of one of the best all-around small market CHR stations I’ve ever heard. At this time, WSUL’s playlist included recurrent dance hits in addition to standard Top-40 selections.

WJPZ (Z89) – Syracuse, NY – 7/10/97

Recorded 18 years ago today, this is a montage of Syracuse University’s longtime student-run radio station. According to Wikipedia, throughout a significant portion of the past 30 years in which it has programmed a CHR format, the “lean” has been towards Dance/Rhythmic music.

WBLI (106.1 ‘BLI) – 3/7/98 – Fester

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. This is a sample of the station recorded 17 years ago this month, during “Club ‘BLI” Saturday night mixshow programming.

CKEY (FM 101 the Planet) – Niagara Falls, ON / Buffalo, NY – 3/17/97

Recorded 18 years ago this month, this is a sample of CKEY during its days as a dance-heavy Rhythmic CHR. Most of the aircheck is focused on regular programming; however, some form of mix show (hosted by “Sam The Man”) is heard toward the end (along with a heavy dose of static). CKEY now offers a Mainstream CHR format as CFLZ “2 Day FM”.

WJPZ (Z89) – Syracuse, NY – January 1998 – Spike & DJ Pa$$ the Mic

This is a montage of Syracuse University’s longtime student-run radio station, recorded nearly 17 years ago, during Friday night dance mix show programming. According to Wikipedia, throughout a significant portion of the past 30 years in which it has programmed a CHR format, the “lean” has been towards Dance/Rhythmic music.

WBLI & WXXP (106.1 ‘BLI & Party 105) – Long Island, NY – 11/25/99

Recorded on Thanksgiving 1999, this is a sample of two pseudo-competing CHR stations serving Long Island. 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.  Party 105 offered an aggressive but balanced Rhythmic CHR format and was voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig at this time.

WXXP (Party 105) – Long Island, NY – 8/30/98 – Fester

Recorded 16 years ago today, this is a sample of Long Island’s Party 105 just a few months after its debut. With the legendary Mitch Craig as its voice, and a high-energy presentation featuring both dance and hip-hop selections, Party 105 was more reminiscent of Rhythmic CHRs from the late 80’s and early 90’s. (Most of its peers in the format at this time were focused mostly or entirely on hip-hop, with a less aggressive approach.) Per Wikipedia, Party 105 has undergone numerous format tweaks and call letter changes over the years.

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

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. This is a sample of the station recorded 16 years ago this week.

CKEY (FM 101 The Planet) – Niagara Falls, ON / Buffalo, NY – 5/16/97 – Jammin’ Todd Edwards

Recorded 17 years ago this month, this is a sample of CKEY during its days as a dance-heavy Rhythmic CHR. During this particular recording, the station was offering live-to-air mixshow programming, featuring many of the great Eurodance and Freestyle hits of the mid-90’s.

WBPM (B94) – Kingston/Poughkeepsie, NY – 12/22/98

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. This montage of the station was recorded 15 years ago today.

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