103.5 WAPP

QuickChexx: Bill Lee, 103.5 WAPP “Hot 103” Lake Success NY | July 29, 1985

New Contributor Marty Glenn Siegel has been waiting a few years for this to post. Its an excellent one, too! Broadway Bill Lee (WTIC-FM, KFRC, WLOL, WCBS-FM) mentions he’ll be going back to Minneapolis after his show, so one has to wonder if this was an audition or just a visit. It’s mighty good to hear Lee at his rhyming best, knowing he’d be spending a lot of time in the Big Apple in times ahead. WAPP had been an AOR (Album-Oriented Rock) formatted station until fairly recently at the time of this aircheck. It sounded like this. Prior to its Rock format, 103.5 aired Beautiful Music as WTFM. Licensed to Lake Success, NY, the station served (and still does today as Dance oriented WKTU) the greater New York City area. This is from WAPP’s CHR era.

103.5 WAPP Lake Success/New York | January 3, 1983

One recording we didn’t post when Matt over at Big Apple Airchecks sent us a bunch in ’07 was this aircheck of AOR station WAPP. Now, WAPP, for a time, was a great rock station after having changed formats from WTFM Beautiful Music sometime in 1982. By 1983 it was time for a change, and while this is essentially still a hard rock station in January of that year, it would flip to CHR a few months later. Darryl Hall & John Oates sounds conspicuously out of place sandwiched in between Jethro Tull and Journey, but it’s certainly a sign of things to come – Best example of this kind of change might have been 94.5 WCOZ Boston, which after ditching the “Kick Ass Rock n Roll” hard Rock format from John Sebastian, found itself lost in a world of some hard roc...

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