Ohio

WKDD (96.5) – Akron, OH – 10/17/99

This is a montage of WKDD from its days on 96.5 FM and a Hot AC format. In July 2001, 96.5 FM became Mainstream CHR as “96.5 Kiss-FM”; WKDD moved to 98.1 FM.

94.1 WNNF – Cincinnati – Stunting between formats – 5/19/11

On its journey towards relaunching as “Journey 94-1” in May 2011, WNNF Cincinnati stunted for two days with an hour long loop highlighting some decoy formats interspersed with soundbites from the city such as Jerry Springer announcing his mayoral run and clips from WKRP in Cincinnati. To hear the actual format change visit our sister site FormatChange.com.

WVKS (92.5 Kiss-FM) & WDRQ (93.1 DRQ) – Toledo, OH / Detroit, MI – 8/27/98 & 8/28/98

Recorded 16 years ago this week, this is a montage of a pair of CHR stations that served neighboring Midwestern markets. At this time, Toledo’s WVKS (92.5 Kiss-FM) aired its “Club Kiss”  (which was really the syndicated Hot Mix product) dance mixes nightly – this brief sample of the station was recorded on a Thursday night during that program. Following the “worst-to-first” success of New York’s “103.5 The New ‘KTU” in 1996, a number of stations around the U.S. attempted similar formats (essentially Rhythmic AC) in their markets. Among these stations was 93.1 FM in Detroit, which brought back the WDRQ call letters after a 10+ year absence. The station initially positioned itself as “Detroit’s Dance Music Station”, offering a mix of currents and classics from the gen...

WTNX (Mix 96) – Sharpville, PA/Youngstown, OH – July 1999

Recorded 16 years ago this month, this is a montage of WTNX during its days as a Modern AC. The station now has the call letters WAKZ with a CHR format, calling itself “95.9 Kiss-FM”.

WBTJ (101.9 The Beat) – Youngstown, OH – July 1999

Recorded 16 years ago this month, here’s a sample of a relatively short-lived Rhythmic CHR whose existence was characterized by legal issues between a local owner and Jacor/Clear Channel. Please visit Wikipedia and leagle.com for more information.

WBTJ (101.9 the Beat) – Youngstown, OH – 12/23/98 – Bo Matthews

Recorded 16 years ago this month, here’s a sample of a relatively short-lived Rhythmic CHR whose existence was characterized by legal issues between a local owner and Jacor/Clear Channel. Please visit Wikipedia and leagle.com for more information.

WHOT (Hot 101) – Youngstown, OH – 10/24/99

Recorded 15 years ago yesterday, this is a sample of one of the longest-running CHR stations in the United States. According to Wikipedia, WHOT debuted in 1955 on 1570 AM and switched (AM) frequencies twice. The station began an FM/AM simulcast in 1984, and made 101.1 FM its exclusive home in 1991.  

WZJM (Jammin’ 92.3) – Cleveland – 8/9/97 – Howard Perl

Recorded 17 years ago this month (and also on a Sunday), this is a montage of a great Rhythmic-leaning Mainstream CHR that served the Cleveland market for most of the 1990’s. Please visit this page on Wikipedia for more information on the history of this station/frequency.

WQAL (Q104) – Bill Ryan & WMVX (Mix 106.5) – Jim Harden – Cleveland – 8/7/99

            Both recorded 14 years ago today, this is a sample of competing Hot AC stations in the Cleveland market at the end of the 1990’s.  Q104 positioned itself as  “The best hits of the 80’s, 90’s and today” while WMVX was “The Greatest Hits of the 80’s, 90’s and 70’s”. It also seems that both stations employed Sean Caldwell’s voicework in some capacity; he was the primary voice of Q104, while he appears to have been a secondary voice at Mix 106.5, as heard at 7:15 on the aircheck. At one point, WQAL was owned by Chancellor Media Corporation, while WMVX was under the Jacor umbrella. Clear Channel acquired both companies, but ended up spinning of WQAL to CBS in order to comply with FCC ownership rules.

WHOT (Hot 101) – Youngstown, OH – 8/5/99 – Jay Kline

Recorded 14 years ago today, this is a sample of one of the longest-running CHR stations in the United States. According to Wikipedia, WHOT debuted in 1955 on 1570 AM and switched (AM) frequencies twice. The station began an FM/AM simulcast in 1984, and made 101.1 FM its exclusive home in 1991.

WZLE (Kiss 104.9) – Lorain/Cleveland, OH – 5/23/99

According to Wikipedia – on May 20, 1999,  WZLE changed its format from Christian Contemporary to Mainstream CHR as “Kiss 104.9 FM”. At the time, debuting/rebranding stations as “Kiss” had become a common occurrence in the Jacor/Clear Channel world. This montage of the station was recorded just a few days after that event. In September of that year, the station’s call letters eventually switched to WMTX and then WAKS.  The format and “Kiss” name moved to 96.5 FM in 2001.

WKRQ (Q102) – Cincinnati – 4/22/98 – Chris

According to Wikipedia, Cincinnati’s Q102 has offered some flavor of CHR format since 1975, making it one of the longest-running currently broadcasting Top 40 stations in the United States. This is a sample of the station from 1998, when it took a pure Adult CHR approach.

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