Washington

WXTR/WXVR (Z104) – Washington, D.C. – 7/18/96

Recorded 17 years ago today, and just three days after its 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. The call letters eventually changed to WWZZ/WWVZ to match the moniker. In these earliest days, the station offered a dance-friendly approach similar to nearby WXYV (102.7 ‘XYV) in Baltimore and KZQZ (Z95.7) in San Francisco – all were consulted by Dan Vallie. An interesting strategy employed by all the stations was to play recurrents (from the prior 3 years or so) that,  when they were new, had not received much (if any) radio exposure in the market.

WWZZ/WWVZ (Z104) – Washington D.C. – 5/23/98 – Zack Stone

“Washington’s Monument in New Music” — this is a sample of Z104 about 2 months shy of its 2nd birthday. At this time, the station still offered a dance-friendly approach similar to nearby WXYV (102.7 ‘XYV) in Baltimore and KZQZ (Z95.7) in San Francisco – all were consulted by Dan Vallie. An interesting strategy employed by all the stations was to play recurrents (from the prior 5 years or so) that,  when they were new, had not received much (if any) radio exposure in the market.  

KNHC (C-89.5) – Seattle – 2/26/98

For more than 40 years, KNHC – owned by Seattle Public Schools and operated out of Nathan Hale High School – has been one of the best examples of non-commercial, student-run radio done right. For the majority of that time, it has focused on dance music, making it the longest-running (and one of the very few) stations of that format in the United States. This montage of the station was recorded 15 years ago today, in the midst of its transition from “C89″ to “C89.5″.

KNHC (C89.5) – Seattle – 1/14/98 – Bob Michaelson & Trent Von

For more than 40 years, KNHC – owned by Seattle Public Schools and operated out of Nathan Hale High School – has been one of the best examples of non-commercial, student-run radio done right. For the majority of that time, it has focused on dance music, making it the longest-running (and one of the very few) stations of that format in the United States. This montage of the station was recorded 14 years ago today, in the midst of its transition from “C89″ to “C89.5″. It features both regular programming and the “Drive at Five” mix show.

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD-uZXRQenU

KUBE 93 – Seattle – Jingles – 1996

A ReelWorld Productions jingle package produced for KUBE 93 (93.3) in Seattle, 1996.

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