Elvis Duran, 100.3 WHTZ Z100 New York | March 1994
In the early 90’s, Hit Radio was struggling with what direction to take. Many flipped formats completely, while some went in a Rhythmic direction, and the rest leaned on the surging product of Alternative Rock to fill their playlists.
Nowadays, Elvis Duran is coming up on a decade as leader of the “Z Morning Zoo”, which is now syndicated to Miami. Here, he was still in his afternoon slot, while promoting the fact that he was going to fill in on the morning show later that week for the first time.
The master copy of this aircheck was received in late 2002, in the very early days of this website. This came in on a scotch brand cassette and was a whole recording – unscoped – as they say. Interestingly enough, there are dropouts in the audio and it seems to have been recorded in monaural. The audio quality is okay. Certainly not the best, but it’s all we have and when it comes to Z100, something is a whole lot better than nothing!
Z100 was one of the leaders of the Alternative leaning CHR movement. But that didn’t mean that they weren’t playing all the hits. In this aircheck, you’ll hear artists as diverse as Guns N Roses, Salt N Pepa, Alice In Chains, Madonna, AC/DC, and David Bowie. You can almost trace the roots of the Jack/Bob Variety Hits format here. In this whole aircheck, you’ll hear exactly ONE Z100 jingle! Everything else is imaging, voiced by Zak (I can’t remember his last name), whom I believe passed away in 2002. This voice also imaged my old Memphis station, 94.1 The Buzz.
E on the Z. E! was and still is a television entertainment magazine. This was a novel idea, combine E! reports with Z100 programming. It made Z100 sound like it was completely in touch with its audience.
Note the pop-culture references here: Joey Buttafuoco getting out of jail; Whitewater; 900 numbers; and the top hit from Ace of Base.
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