Composite: WLNR Lansing | December 1986

Here’s a nice look at an Urban AC recorded in the lead up to Christmas ’86. What more can anyone say about soft Urban AC other than… it’s quiet. Compare that with some of the alleged Urban AC stations today and you’ll be amazed how much the format really has changed.


  1. kitty

    when i lived in chicago, i was a faithful listener of wlnr. this is the only radio station i can honestly say i’ve missed. the music was beautiful, the personalaties were so cool and had the mellowest voices. my favorite was shirley hayes who just seemed to “fit” the format and never seemed uncomfortable with the job. if there’s a radio station with this particular format in 2008, i want to know what and where it is. as i said, i miss it.
    airchexx was a surprise discovery. i mentioned wlnr to someone recently and decided to look for information on it online. i was very happy to find you here and nearly tearful when i heard those little clips from my favorite radio station. thank you for the thrill.

  2. ed

    i fell in love with 106.3 wlnr back in the day and was looking for the playlist. if anyone know of some of the songs that they played. please forward me a list.i have a couple of tapes of wlnr that i need to know the songs it would be appreciated

  3. MJ

    Yes, there were some songs I couldn’t identify in that aircheck. If there’s a list I would like to have a copy emailed if possible. I’ve been listing to this aircheck over and over, can’t get enough of it. This is a prime example of a Urban AC/Smooth Jazz Hyrbid format that was on the air before V-103 and WNUA came in. I think if WLNR were on a full power signal instead of a rimshot on 106.3 the station might have done well. If you have more airchecks of WLNR please post, I would love to hear a station like this today.

  4. its is like a breath of fresh air 2 know that there are true music lovers and radio purists who know what a radio station should encompass.i too,have never missed a radio station as much as i have wlnr.from the soothing voices of the on-air personalities,to the very best playlist i think i’ve ever heard.the music flowed so effortless.the djs knew how to communicate and deport themselves in such a professional manner.we would listen at work from start to finish waiting with baited breath for the next beautiful selection of music.we were all better for ever having other station has ever matched up since.

  5. Hi guys.good news!actually great news.I have obtained a list of some of a lot of the wlnr song playlist and transferred them to cd form.I also found an old cassette tape from my archives with some dj voices and commercial exerpts.this can also be transferred 2 cd.look forward to hearing from you,EJ.

    • tony harper

      Reply to Eric Jarmin:

      I was a diehard 106.3 listener, and there are songs that I’m still trying to track down. How can I obtain that playlist?

    • bigblackmj

      Just talking with some friends trying to get them to remember WLNR in Lansing, IL. They played great music. Do you still have that CD available? I would love to have this.

    • Clarence

      I would like to purchase a copy of everything from wlnr my name is Clarence 312-788-4675

      • Clarence, Nothing on this website is for sale. Any airchecks posted are free to listen to from within this site. Sorry. Happy New Year!

  6. r cook

    This is a station that i truly miss. With the all female dj format,they played songs that i would love to find today. I’m glad i ran across this web page.

  7. Tom Drahozal

    This station was one unique station, I really miss it!!!! Shirley Hayes was such a great talent, where is she now?

  8. Roz

    I really enjoyed this station and would like a copy of their playlist when available. In particular, there was a song they played, I beleive the group was call Windsong. If anyone remembers this, please provide the name of the song.


    • ronald cook

      I belive the song that you’re looking for is called “love me baby”, by Angela Charles featuring windsong.

  9. erick jarmon

    remember the group, Onstage,the song I’ll Give My Best,also Ron Preyer’s Oh Girl and Ronnie Laws’Come To Me to name a few.Maybe one day we’ll see a station as good as WLNR.If u want to hear some of these songs email me 2

  10. ed

    now they played this song on listening to tapes of wlnr right now. would love to put this song on my ipod. if anyone recognizes these lyrics, can you please help me with the name of this song.”sitting by the phone, waiting for your call. seems you been gone so long. since you went away. life is not the same. lonliness and pain seems to feel my day. late at night, lying by myself cant think of nothing else except joy we’ve shared. like the time we sipped champayne. laughing in the rain.
    give our love a second chance. we had the kind of love that you read about in a fairy tale. not to late for us to find romance. it’s never to late, never to late.”

  11. Peter maple

    I Dug this station and wish I had their playlist-remember tittle in the middle-good memories

  12. George Vincent

    WHO owns the wlnr station and facility now ??? im interested in talking to them

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