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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.

“WFSH” (Fresh 106) – “New York” – 6/13/97

Fresh 106 was one of the earliest Internet-only streamers. Its high-energy presentation, voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig, its use of the fictional WFSH call letters, the presence of mainstream commercials and the availability of FM-quality streams made it sound very much like a traditional radio station. Reviewing the “FAQ” section of the defunct Fresh 106 Website via archive.org: Fresh 106 targeted the New York City market, but was apparently based in San Francisco. Musically, the station seemed to position itself between hip-hop/R&B-dominated Hot 97 (WQHT) and recurrent/classic dance-heavy 103.5 WKTU, taking many potshots at the latter. Fresh 106 debuted on 3/21/97. Functioning archived versions of the Fresh 106 website are available through 5/31/02, implying that it ...

WQHT (Hot 97) – New York – August 1990 – Howard Hoffman

High-energy radio at its finest! Includes a commercial voiced by a member of the Hot 97 Sales department.

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