Washington DC

WHFS 99.1 – Washington, D.C. – 10/24/98

The WHFS call letters/branding have been found on a variety of frequencies, particularly over the past 10 years or so. Please visit this Wikipedia page for more information on the history of this station.

WWVZ/WWZZ (Z104) – Washington, D.C. – 10/17/97 – Mickey

This is a sample of  the station that represented the Mainstream CHR format in our nation’s capital during the mid to late 90′s, about 15 months after its debut.

WWZZ/WWVZ (Z104) – Washington, D.C. – 9/2/96 – George McFly

My apologies for the mediocre sound quality during the first 35 seconds of this aircheck – this occurred due to circumstances beyond my control. From about 6 weeks after this debut, this is a sample of the station that represented the Mainstream CHR format in our nation’s capital during the mid to late 90’s. This was recorded during Morning Drive by longtime industry veteran George McFly. Since it was Labor Day, the theme of his show was “who’s working?” – he aired many calls from listeners who were employed primarily at convenience stores.

WRQX (Q107) – Washington, D.C. – December 1985 – Chris Jagger, Downtown Vinny Brown

107.3 FM in Washington, D.C. has been Hot AC as “Mix 107.3″ (for the most part) since 1990. But in the 12 years prior, it was CHR/Top 40 as “Q107″. This is a sample of the station from the peak era for the Mainstream CHR format in the mid 80’s.  By 1988, Q107 offered a rather “hairband”-heavy approach. Our sister site, Airchexx.com, also features a pair of Q107 samples: Uncle Johnny, 12/26/83 Celeste Clark, 12/26/85 In addition, below are a pair of articles from The Washington Post about the flip from Q107 to Mix 107.3: Article #1 Article #2

WRQX (Q107) – Washington, D.C. – 4/4/86 – Sandy Weaver

107.3 FM in Washington, D.C. has been Hot AC as “Mix 107.3″ since 1990. But in the 12 years prior, it was CHR/Top 40 as “Q107″. This is a sample of the station fromtthe peak era for the Mainstream CHR format in the mid 80’s – although the station arguably had what today sounds like a slight Adult lean.  And two years later, Q107 offered a rather “hairband”-heavy approach.  Thanks to Robyn Watts for contributing both of these airchecks. Our sister site, Airchexx.com, also features a pair of Q107 samples: Uncle Johnny, 12/26/83 Celeste Clark, 12/26/85 In addition, below are a pair of articles from The Washington Post about the flip from Q107 to Mix 107.3: Article #1 Article #2

WINX 1600 AM – Washington, DC – 12/13/98 – Tony Burke (?)

On occassion, we will break our own rules and post material from the AM band. Here’s the first of two examples that will appear on the site this week. “Top 40, Fun!…WINX!” was a short-lived, ill-fated second attempt at making an CHR format work on 1600 AM in the Washington, DC area.

WAVA (All Hit 105) – Washington, D.C. – 1983/1984

Courtesy of Youtube: this a TV commercial for Washington’s dominant CHR during the 80’s. More details can be found on the original Youtube page: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD-uZXRQenU

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