104.5 Norfolk Virginia Beach WNVZ Z104

Sean O’Brien, WNVZ ‘Z104’ Norfolk, VA | September 2, 1996


104.5 Norfolk Virginia Beach WNVZ Z104

Z104 has been the market-leading 18-24 station ever since the Mike Joseph “Hot Hits” ™ format that launched the WNVZ CHR format in the 1980s!  This is an original cassette recording donated by ‘Anonymous’ (and he wishes to remain so), which features the Overnight slot at Norfolk’s hit music leader.

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” (TM) 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 overnight show, this is so worth listening to… where else you gonna hear an intro for the Macarena?

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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.


March 6, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Haha…that’s me! Can’t believe I found this floating around in Cyberspace. It was actually “Shawn O’Bryan”. Those were the days. I sure missed those cart machines once they were gone.

Ellis Feaster
August 11, 2017 at 9:12 am

Shawn, I didn’t know you were still at Z104 at this point. It was about 4 years after I left for Florida.

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