Paul Grundas, Xtra 104 Washington DC | February, 1996

Here’s a rare recording of the 104.1 WXTR Waldorf MD/103.9 WXVR Frederick MD simulcast from shortly after the format change to all-70s.

We’re not sure what daypart this is from, but considering the lack of commercials it’s a good bet this is from the overnight. Paul Grundas only mentions his name once, but we do get to hear the long legal ID towards the end.

WXTR was the major traditional 50s-70s Oldies outlet in the Nation’s Capitol, but sometime before this ‘check was recorded the station flipped to a 70s Classic Hits format. Note the 103.9/104.1 simulcast – you can hear the former “Z104″ CHR format with the heritage WZYQ call letters here in a tape donated to the site by Howard Johnson via Norm Miller. Or, click the Z104 logo.

WZYQ WXVR 103.9 Frederick Braddock Heights The Aircheck Factory Howard Johnson Norm Miller

After a series of format changes which would take too long to explain in this post, the 104.1 frequency is now (as of 3/13/12) a Black Gospel outlet under the branding of “Praise 104.1″. The 103.9 frequency is a simulcast of Bonneville’s All-News outlet 103.5 WTOP Washington.

WXTR WXVR 104.1 103.9 Oldies Classic Hits 70s Washington DC Frederick Md Waldorf MD Radio FM WZYQ Braddock Heights

Steve West

I am the owner and editor of, an audio museum of radio history. An audiophile and broadcast professional, I have worked on the air in radio stations in Central Massachusetts, Charleston, South Carolina, Corpus Christi, Texas, Memphis, Tennessee and Norwalk, Connecticut. Full disclosure: Steve "West" is my radio name, assigned to me by the former Ops manager at what was WMBZ, 94.1 "The Buzz" in Memphis. I kept it for the radio stuff I do.Currently, On-Air at on-line station weekends, and by day I am an Electrician at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Connecticut.

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