Slammin’ Felix Sama, 96.5 WPOW “Power 96″ Miami | September 17, 1996
It’s Midnight at the start this 17-minute scope of ‘Miami’s Power Station’. Primarily a Hip Hop station, at this point in time, WPOW is playing a wide variety of music pulling from several genres – from Hispanic to Old Skool to 90s mainstream hits, this is a unique blend of everything non-Rock and non-Country. Honestly, No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” seems quite out-of-place in this mix of party songs aimed at a young South Florida audience.
Historically speaking, this station does have a heritage Top 40 in its past, albeit technically a different station but one that older site visitors would remember – WMJX (96X), and before that, WMYQ. That station lost its license in 1981 and therefore technically, WPOW is no relation. This station began on June 15, 1985 as WCJX as the new owners tried to recapture the old 96X Top 40 glory days. Also, to clarify some confusion, the former station from WMJX back was on 96.3 FM. WCJX/WPOW was/is on 96.5 FM. And you think you’re confused??!!
As a side note, interestingly enough, when WMJX Miami was deleted in 1981, the call letters were picked up by a new ownership group in Boston, who put them on 106.7 where they reside today with the same AC format. In Boston, the former station was WBZ-FM, which was simply deleted (didn’t change format) when then owner Westinghouse Broadcasting simply turned in the FM license, not knowing just what to do with it’s FM properties at the time.
Here at Airchexx, we focus attention on classic radio without regard to format, so that the world may remember what radio before consolidation was – LIVE and LOCAL. Power 96 served the Miami area proudly with local jocks and supporting the South Florida community, and as of this writing, still does today.