Portland

WTHT (Thunder 107) – Portland, ME – 8/23/91 – Hal Stevens

“So hot, it’s cool…Thunder 107” — This aircheck represents a great example of small market Mainstream CHR in the early 90’s.  Unfortunately, this was the beginning of a period of multi-year struggle for the CHR format as a whole. During the first ~15 seconds, there is some static that drowns out some of the audio.

WJBQ (Q 97.9) – Portland, ME – 3/4/99 – Jeff Parsons

“Here at the Q, we’ve got two words for you…hit music!”  Q 97.9 (pronounced “Q 97 Dot 9”) was one of the best small market CHRs I’ve ever heard – the production values in particular are outstanding on this aircheck.

95.9 WRED – Portland, ME – 2/8/97

“Broadcasting from the top of America…” According to Wikipedia, 95.9 WRED was a Mainstream CHR for least of the 1990’s. At some point,  it moved in a more hip-hop/rhythmic direction and remained that way until adopting a Sports format in August 2008. This aircheck was recorded during the syndicated “Hot Mix” program, but still gives a good idea of the station’s air talent and imaging.

Open House Party w/John Garbedian – from KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 12/31/94

Recorded most likely on New Year’s Eve 1994, this is a brief sample of the long-running syndicated Saturday night program “Open House Party” as heard on KKFR (Power 92) in Phoenix. Included is a sampling of the “Satellite Mega Mix” segment.

KBBT (107.5 The Beat) – Portland – 2/24/97

A station named “The Beat” – especially in combination with the style of logo shown above – is generally presumed to have some sort of Rhythmic-flavored format. This aircheck – our first representative from the Portland market – is the rare exception. On August 1, 1996, KBBT (970 AM) began simulcasting on 107.5 FM and shifted formats from Alternative to Modern AC. The AM was eventually dropped from the simulcast. This is a sample of the station almost 7 months after the transition.    

WJBQ (Q97.9) – Portland, ME – 2/11/99 – John Garabedian (OPEN HOUSE PARTY)

Recorded 16 years ago this month, this is a brief sample of the long-running syndicated “Open House Party” as heard on WJBQ in Portland, Maine.

WKZS-WJBQ-WMME – Portland/Augusta, Maine – 2/8 & 2/14/97

  Recorded 18 years ago this month, this is a sample of three CHR/CHR-leaning stations serving the state of Maine in early 1997: WKZS, Auburn/Portland — “99.9 Kiss-FM” (also heard on 96.9 FM), 2/8/97 – recorded during the high-energy “Kiss Club Night” mixshow programming. The station sounded much better in this era than it did a couple of years later, when it had rebranded as “Mix 96.9 & 99.9”.  (I have not been able to locate a logo for this station.) WJBQ, Portland — “Q 97 Dot 9”, 2/14/97 — Absolutely one of the best small market CHRs I’ve ever heard. J.J. Jeffries was both the voice and (I think) the owner of the station. WMME, Augusta/Brunswick/Bangor — “92 Moose”, 2/8/97. Another s...

WMWX (Mix 96.9 & 99.9) – Portland, ME – 1/26/99

Recorded 16 years ago this month, here’s a montage of small town Hot AC radio from just before the beginning of the new millennium, featuring “a 50/50 mix of the 80’s and 90’s”. (IMHO, that’s just way too many numbers to have in a positioning statement…) Left intact is a commercial promoting “free designer phone book covers” with 1980’s-sounding music in the background.

WJBQ (Q97.9) – Portland, ME – 2/27/99 – John Garabedian (OPEN HOUSE PARTY)

  Recorded 15 years ago today, this is a sample of the long-running syndicated “Open House Party” as heard on WJBQ in Portland, Maine. It includes an interview with the band Eve 6, following by an acoustic performance of their best-known hit, “Inside Out”.

95.9 WRED – Portland, ME – 2/13/99 – Mike Shannon

Recorded 15 years ago today, this is a sample of Portland, Maine’s WRED during its days as a Mainstream CHR in the late 90’s. According to Wikipedia, the station eventually moved in a more hip-hop/rhythmic direction and remained that way until adopting a Sports format in August 2008. Apologies for the mediocre sound quality that plagues the first two-thirds of this aircheck; it sounds better starting around the 2:43 mark.

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