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.



Steve West is a 39 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve currently works on-air for the Super Radio USA media group out of Minnesota. Steve is the founder of the Airchexx Media Group and manages and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.


July 12, 2008 at 10:09 am

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.

July 21, 2008 at 12:46 am

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

April 5, 2009 at 6:57 am

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.

April 29, 2009 at 10:00 am

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.

May 12, 2009 at 10:10 am

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.

r cook
July 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm

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.

Tom Drahozal
August 5, 2009 at 4:58 pm

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

January 26, 2010 at 9:51 pm

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
    May 10, 2010 at 11:37 pm

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

erick jarmon
August 10, 2010 at 9:59 am

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 [email protected]

June 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm

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.”

Peter maple
November 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm

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

George Vincent
October 23, 2016 at 2:41 pm

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

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