Rhythmic Adult Contemporary

WWSY 95.9 (Y96 Energy FM) – Terre Haute, IN – 3/18/02 – Bill Cain

Y96 Energy FM offered an unfocused Rhythmic-leaning Adult Contemporary playlist, mixed with an Adult Contemporary presentation. The station apparently tried to capture the audience targeted by crosstown WMGI “100.7 Mix-FM” when it was a Dance-oriented station Mainstream CHR during the mid-90’s. According to indianaradio.net, the station was born 10 days prior to the date of this aircheck, and host Bill Cain was also the station’s Program Director.

WKTU (103.5 The New ‘KTU) – New York – 11/13/01 – Broadway Bill Lee

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 market. This is a sample of the station almost six years after its debut.

KIOC (Hot 106) – Beaumont, TX – 9/14/97 – Steve Kelly

Recorded 18 years ago today, Hot 106 was one of the earliest examples of the Rhythmic AC format that I’ve encountered. However, per Wikipedia, this was a short-lived era; not long after this aircheck was recorded, the station flipped to Active Rock as “Big Dog 106” – a format it still holds today. My apologies in advance for the heavy doses of static heard throughout this aircheck.

WKTU (103.5 The New KTU) – Diane Pryor & WHTZ (Z100) – Billy Hammond – New York – 10/15/98

  Both recorded 15 years ago today, this is a sample of the two dominant CHR stations in the largest U.S. media market during the late 1990’s. WKTU offered what we now call a Rhythmic AC format, while Z100, true to its roots, aired a straight-ahead Mainstream CHR format.

KSES (Kiss-FM) – Palm Springs, CA (surrounding area) – 8/29/97

Recorded 16 years ago today (on a Labor Day Weekend road trip from Phoenix to Los Angeles), this is a sample of a station that served the area around Palm Springs, CA. “Kiss-FM” originated on KSES 106.9 FM in Yucca Valley, with translators on K232CX 94.3 FM in Desert Hot Springs and K280CV 103.9 FM in Cathedral City. The format was essentially an unfocused but entertaining form of Rhythmic AC, with a Soft AC-ish presentation. I seem to recall hearing that the station was forced to change its name due to its proximity to 102.7 KIIS-FM in Los Angeles; can anyone confirm/deny this?

KWNZ (106.3 Pop-FM) – Reno, NV – 8/23/13 – “Wild” Bill Shakespeare

FMairchecks.com specializes almost entirely in material that was originally recorded between the late 80’s and early 2000’s. However, on occasion, we will showcase current radio stations.  Today’s posting offers the best of both worlds. In May of 2013, Times-Shamrock Communications officially signed on 106.3 FM as a brand new signal in the Reno market, featuring the heritage KWNZ call letters that had previously been in use for CHR formats, first 97.3 FM and later 93.7 FM. The format is best described as “Gold Based CHR” – focusing primarily on CHR hits from the 80’s through early 2000’s that were played on the original version of KWNZ, along with a sprinking of compatible pop/dance-rhythmic  currents. What makes Pop-FM truly unique, even in ...

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