100.3 FM New York, WHTZ, Z100

Elvis Duran on 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.

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.

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.

Note the pop-culture references here: Joey Buttafuoco getting out of jail; Whitewater; 900 numbers; and the top hit from Ace of Base.




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 Airchexx.com and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.


January 31, 2007 at 8:06 pm

This is what a top 40 radio station should sound like. I grew up listening to z100 during this format, it was very truly innovating and I know the critics werent fond of the format but it works, at least it did for me and my friends.
Besides the good music, the on air talent, the voiceover guy(RIP Keith),shows,and the sound effects made for a great format.
I know there are people out there who probably feel the same way that I do, but are sucked into todays crap on the radio and forgot how good it was.

September 18, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Can you possibly re-post the Z100 Alternative composite from 1993?

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