Urban

WGCI (107.5) – Chicago – 8/21/98 – Armando Rivera & Scott Smokin’ Silz

This is a sample of Friday night “Club 107.5” mixshow programming on Chicago’s heritage Urban Contemporary station, WGCI. It was hosted by Armando Rivera with mixes provided by Scott Smokin’ Silz – both of whom worked at the legendary WBMX (102.7) during the 1980’s. At this time, the station (or at least the Club 107.5 mixshow) employed an outstanding high-energy voice talent in Pat Garrett. More information about the history of WBMX (specifically, the “Hot Mix 5” of which Scott Smokin’ Silz was a member) can be found HERE.  

WKBZ (Power 95.3) – Muskegon, MI – 7/26/98

For a few years in the mid to late 90’s, WKBZ-FM offered an Urban Contemporary format branded as Power 95.3. According to Wikipedia, a few months after this aircheck was recorded, ownership of the station was transferred to Grand Valley State University. Subsequently, it became a simulcast of another station owned by the institution.

WJHM (102 Jamz) – Daytona Beach FL – June 1990

Recorded 25 years ago this month, here’s a sample of WJHM as Urban-formatted “102 Jamz”, recorded during mixshow programming. More information about the history of this station can be found at Wikipedia.

New York/Long Island Composite – 2/11/99

Recorded 16 years ago this week, this is a montage of the stations pictured above, recorded around the 8pm hour.

WJKS (Kiss 101.7 FM) – Wilmington, DE – 9/29/99 – Melly Mel

WJKS has been a longtime representative of the Urban format in Wilmington, and surrounding areas that span Southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. This aircheck was recorded 15 years ago today, and voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig.

WERQ (92Q) – Baltimore – 1/31/99

Recorded a little over 15 years ago, this is a sample of Baltimore’s longtime, successful Urban Contemporary station, recorded during mixshow programming.  

KPWR (Power 106) – Los Angeles – 1/25/97

Recorded at a time when hip-hop was just starting to make its way into Mainstream U.S. radio, this is a montage of a station that was one of the format’s pioneers several years earlier.

KACE/KABE (V103.9) – L.A./Riverside, CA – 1993

A couple of sweepers (including one voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig) from the short-lived V103.9 in Southern California.  More information can be found on the Wikipedia pages of KRCD (the current call letters of the former KACE) and KCXX (the current call letters of the former KABE).

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