WDRE

WDRE (103-9 DRE) – Jenkintown/Philadelphia – 1/12/97

This is an aircheck of Philadelphia’s WDRE about a month before new owner Radio One flipped the station to an Urban format.  Please visit The Format Change Archive and the WDRE page on meltoxic.com for more information on the history of this station.

WBLI & WXXP (106.1 ‘BLI & Party 105) – Long Island, NY – 11/25/99

Recorded on Thanksgiving 1999, this is a sample of two pseudo-competing CHR stations serving Long Island. WBLI was (and may still be) an upbeat, fun-sounding CHR outlet, offering Long Island a locally focused alternative to similarly formatted stations from New York City.  Party 105 offered an aggressive but balanced Rhythmic CHR format and was voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig at this time.

WXXP (Party 105) – Long Island, NY – 8/30/98 – Fester

Recorded 16 years ago today, this is a sample of Long Island’s Party 105 just a few months after its debut. With the legendary Mitch Craig as its voice, and a high-energy presentation featuring both dance and hip-hop selections, Party 105 was more reminiscent of Rhythmic CHRs from the late 80’s and early 90’s. (Most of its peers in the format at this time were focused mostly or entirely on hip-hop, with a less aggressive approach.) Per Wikipedia, Party 105 has undergone numerous format tweaks and call letter changes over the years.

WXXP (Party 105) – Long Island, NY – 9/11/98 – Vic the Latino

Recorded 15 years ago this week, this is a sample of Long Island’s Party 105 just a few months after its debut. The station offered an aggressive but balanced Rhythmic CHR format and was voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig at this time. Per Wikipedia, Party 105 has undergone numerous format tweaks and call letter changes over the years.

92.7 WDRE – Garden City/Long Island, NY – 12/6/91 – Doug Frye

This is a sample of the station originally (and later) known as 92.7 WLIR. This was recorded at a time when it was shifting its alternative music focus to a more guitar-based sound, and shortly before the station began simulcasting its programming on a few other signals in and out of its region. More information on the history of this station can be found at WLIR.fm and Wikipedia.  

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