97.1 Washington WASH-FM
97.1 WASH-FM Washington DC


Description by Steve West:

A mainstay of Washington area radio, WASH-FM has been Adult Contemporary for as long as anyone can remember – 1975, I think (someone out there knows). I’m sure there are people who remember the beginnings of WASH-FM as a Classical station, but there’s no better branding than longevity! Aside from a couple of years in the early 80s when the station tried to do a CHR format (which didn’t work at all – WASH-FM couldn’t compete with WPGC), the station has aired some form of Soft Rock since breaking away from Classical music.

Featured here, first, is Scott Brady. You hear a couple of breaks, then Randy Martin comes in at 2pm to start the Afternoon Drive. Lots of jingles, very melodic (and we LOVE the Top of Hour ID Jingle), and the imaging isn’t too bad either. Not overdone.

Notable here is that WASH-FM really DOES play SOFT Rock. Unlike most stations which use that monikker today, then go on to play everything from James Taylor to Lynyrd Skynyrd, WASH-FM keeps the loud, harder edged stuff mostly out of the format. After all, the 1,000 dollar song of the day is Christopher Cross – Sailing!

A very nice aircheck of an Adult, At-Work station that’s still around in more or less the same form today.

By Steve West

Steve West is a 41 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve is the founder of Airchexx.com and Hitoldies.net - All the BIG Hits!

2 thoughts on “Scott Brady & Randy Martin, “WASH at Work” – 97.1 WASH-FM Washington DC | July 19, 1999”
  1. That DJ who didn’t give his name is me. Thanks for featuring this aircheck. Scott Brady, Metro Networks, Washington, DC

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