104.5 WNVZ

Wild Jay West – 104.5 WNVZ Norfolk/Virginia Beach | December, 1998

d Counting down to the new year, we have that BIG party down at Peabody’s… Important Note: If you have the means, please donate what you can to Airchexx.com. I offer this online museum free of charge to anyone, but the untold thousands of hours that I have put into this site, to the detriment of my family, takes its toll. Use the PayPal button below and donate any amount. Thank you!     Curators Notes: Heres a great recording which demonstrates the CHR format, in place now for over 30 years! Jay West runs a tight show, but in 1998, there were already PC automation systems for radio, and I’m not certain whether Z104 was live and using the old analog equipment, or if it had already been moved to an online source. Well, either way, this sounds great and you’l...

Ellis B. Feaster, 104.5 WNVZ Norfolk | 1990

Is that a Radio in your pocket or do you just wanna play?… Curator’s Notes: This is the closest aircheck I’ve ever heard that compares to MJ Kelli (Todd Schnitt) when he did nights on crosstown 97.3 WGH-FM 97-Star back in it’s CHR incarnation. Ellis and I shared a fun two-hour phone conversation.  I’ll try to paraphrase how he described his time at Z-104: Ellis: – I took over the night show FROM MJ Kelli back in the 1980s and tried to beat him using the same approach.  High energy, lots of listener interaction – meaning lots of phone calls.  It worked!  We did it and basically put WGH-FM out of the CHR business! Indeed!  Shortly after this aircheck was recorded, WGH-FM 97.3 flipped to Country as “Eagle 97”.  It remains Country to this d...

Sean O’Brien, WNVZ ‘Z104’ Norfolk, VA | September 2, 1996 – 1:00 AM

This virgin cassette hasn’t been traded anywhere but to us here at Airchexx – it’s the Mainstream CHR format at Z104 Norfolk. We hear Sean O’Brien doing a really GOOD overnight show – hey, this is ’96 and they were still live 24/7! No voicetracks heard here! Its nice to hear Z104 with small stopsets, they get right in and out of spot breaks in under 3 minutes and quickly return to music. There are no jingles, as there were a decade before during Z104’s “Hot Hits” ™ Top forty format under consultant Mike Joseph, but here there are plenty of sweepers done ad nauseum to try and make Z104 sound larger than life. Some like these, but your webmaster isn’t especially a big fan (I think its too fake sounding). Still, for an overnigh...

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