Month: October 2009

QuickCheck: Wendy Williams, WPLJ Power 95 New York | October, 1989

Seven years into a CHR war that WPLJ was losing to ratings giant WHTZ, the station leans Rhythmic and Wendy Williams is one of the stars that make up a talented airstaff. That’s what you hear on this four minute restored scope courtesy of Robyn Watts. Power 95 is voiced here by Charlie Van Dyke, and they play some decent, if not un-remarkable jingles. In your webmasters opinion, WPLJ never really found its niche after dumping AOR at the TOP of its game in 1983. Still, this short glimpse into it’s CHR format near the end of it’s run is typical of many stations of it’s kind as the 80s drew to a close. And while this may be somewhat unremarkable, what you hear here is, in our opinion, far better than most radio post-Telcom ’96, and in particular, radio at the twi...

Hollywood Hamilton, KIIS AM/FM “102-7 Kiss FM” Los Angeles | October 1989

Cue the bloggers! Hollywood Hamilton is one of those truly great CHR jocks who found himself heard on Satellite Radio, so there are plenty of searches for him. Well, link to this. Here’s Hamilton on another famous outlet for hit music, KIIS-FM, which here is an AM/FM simulcast (with KIIS-AM 1150 AM Stereo). Listen for Rick Dees and a recorded spot for Neutra-System about 5 minutes in. Dees was always known for his endorsements and here’s one of those longtime products that helped pad Dees’ wallet.

Sunny Joe White, WXKS-FM Kiss 108 Medford/Boston | November, 1989

In the history of Boston radio, perhaps no other Program Director was as successful or famous as “Sunny” Joe White. Hired by Ritchie Balsbaugh to launch Disco “Kiss 108” in 1978 from the ashes of Beautiful Music WWEL-FM 107.9, White took Boston’s first Disco station straight to number 1. By late 1979, as the Disco fad faded into oblivion, White took Kiss in a new direction, and by mid-1980, Kiss was straight-ahead Top 40, where it remains as of this writing. Sunny Joe White’s success with Kiss 108 really is unparallelled, at least from a longevity standpoint. While the decade of the 70s saw WRKO as the mainstream Top 40 outlet, RKO never achieved the ratings or fame that Kiss did. At one point in the 1983, Kiss OWNED the CHR format in a four station race...

J.J. Walker, WHYI Y-100 Ft. Lauderdale/Miami | 1989

From the enormous Robyn Watts collection, we present J.J Walker on Y-100! This is included on a tape put out by a then-popular aircheck service called East Coast Airchecks. This is from tape #11. A pretty funny and exciting late-80s CHR, Y-100 had a great lineup in those days. Walker does a feature called “Bed Check”, where callers throw in their comments and Walker just has a good time with it. Not much in the way of formatics or music, what scoped things we’d allow anyway. But one gets a feel for the J.J. Walker show presented here in a restored recording, lightly processed and noise reduced as the source tape was a bit worn.

QuickCheck: Hit Oldies (format) Demo | October 26, 2009

From Contributor Daniel Coloumbe comes this four and a half minute, tightly scoped promotional demo of the new “Hit Oldies” format. Programmers, if you’re looking for a cost-effective means to program your Classic Hits or Oldies station, listen to this fresh approach to Oldies, as demonstrated here programmed on CJMQ 88.9 FM Sherbrooke, Quebec. Then, click here to send an email for more information.

Composite: Kansas City CHR Stations | May, 1989

This Kansas City offering brings us back to the tail end of the golden years of FM CHR. It was Top 40 radio’s second golden era (the first having been the AM Top 40 days that ended in the late 70s). A time of zany morning show teams, hot jingles and larger than life hits. Some of the personalities have moved on to bigger things on the internet and elsewhere. People like Joel Denver (All Access Music Group founder) you’ll probably recognize instantly. Others haven’t been heard from in a while. But this composite has the middle of America written all over it, and literally sizzles with excitement from a time when it was still FUN to listen to the radio. This starts with morning shows, and moves through an entire broadcast day sampling three stations in rotating order: KXXR,...

Loren & Wally, 105.7 WROR Framingham / Boston | March 21, 1998

A staple of Boston radio since 1979, Loren Owens and Wally Brine have occupied the morning slot on the 105.7 FM frequency ever since taking over from another Boston legend, Dale Dorman, on the old WVBF. Through four different formats and three call letter changes, Loren and Wally have remained remakably consistent and remain Boston’s longest running morning show, second in history only to Carl DeSuze, who did mornings at WBZ for over 40 years. While relatively recent (at over 10 years old, is this really ‘recent’?), this ‘check from 1998 showcases both the talent and the format at 105.7, which at this time was still an attempt at re-creating the former WROR at 98.5 (Now WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub”) from the early 1980’s. It was a good format, which inc...