WCHX (Chx 105) – Lewistown, PA – 12/22 & 12/23/98 (Classic Rock/CHR hybrid!)

The logo above says it all. In the late 1990’s, WCHX was a unique station that combined Classic Rock with CHR/Top 40 hits. It also featured enjoyable jingles that sounded somewhat out of place for either of those formats. This aircheck was recorded 15 years ago this week.

WIOQ (Q102) – Philadelphia – 12/2/97 – Joe Mama

Recorded 16 years ago, this is a montage of Q102 during its final days with a Dance-leaning Mainstream CHR format – a relative rarity then (and now) for most U.S. commercial stations. The station moved into a more conventional Mainstream CHR direction at the start of 1998. At this time, in my opinion, the station offered outstanding production values – much improved over what was heard earlier in 1997.

WEXC (Variety 107 FM) – Greenville, PA – 1/20/99

Probably the most bizarre aircheck in my collection, Variety 107 FM very much lived up to its name. It begins with a 5.5 minute sports report, followed by a random assortment of songs.  One of the sweepers announces that the station is “all request”, and it was apparently true.  The person who recorded and sent me this tape requested a song by the Chipmunks – and they played it!  The rest of the tape features one of the station’s sports reporters (I assume) at the cafeteria of a local college, interviewing several members of the school’s wrestling team.  Also included is a pseudo-PSA asking listeners to support the advertisers featured on the station.

Beat Radio (on KIDR-AM 740 Phoenix) – 1998

During the mid-90′s, KIDR (740 AM) in Phoenix was one of several radio stations across the U.S. affiliated with the childrens’-targetted “Radio AAHS” network. Ten of these stations were owned by Radio AAHS. By January 1998, with Radio Disney having launched its own competing network, Radio AAHS ceased operations. They put the ten stations up for sale (KIDR had joined this group not long before the sale was announced). Until a buyer was found, the affiliates (both the AAHS-owned and non-owned stations) aired a mix of random music and paid programming for 12 hours (4am-4pm PT), and all-dance “Beat Radio” for the remaining 12 hours (4pm-4am PT). This is a sample of Beat Radio, recorded at some point during its 8-month run from February to October of that year. Much more detailed information c...