Month: February 1992

CHR WBSB “B104” becomes Hot AC WVRT “Variety 104.3”

As the CHR format began to lose steam in the early 1990’s, many CHR’s across the country found themselves losing ratings and revenue streams; WBSB included. After a long successful run as “Baltimore’s Best”, the format was fading fast. In order to increase it’s ratings, the station decided to go after an older audience and flipped to a Gold based Hot AC as “Variety 104.3”. It could not, however, gain listeners from it’s primary competitor WWMX “Mix 106.5”. By the end of 1994, Variety 104.3 was dead and had been sold to the owners of Mix, who changed its format first to Soft AC and then to all 70’s.

WCOL-FM Flips To Country

Previous Format: Oldies “Cool 92” New Format: Country “92.3 WCOL” Date & Time Of Change: February 14, 1992 at 6:00pm More Info: Wikipedia

KSOL Becomes Wild 107.7

Previous Format: Urban AC KSOL New Format: Rhythmic CHR “Wild 107.7” KYLD Date & Time Of Change: February 12, 1992 More Info: Wikipedia Related Changes: 107.7 KSOL Signs Off

The Final Hour of CHR on WAVA

In the early 1990’s, Emmis Broadcasting was one of the premier ownership groups in the country consisting of many stations of the former Doubleday and NBC Radio groups. However, one bad business decision (Ownership of the Seattle Mariners) caused the company to auction off many of its stations to the highest bidder. While WFAN in New York went to Infinity Broadcasting, some stations were unable to keep their current format by their new owners. Salem Broadcasting acquired WAVA and quickly stated its obvious intent to flip the station religious. WAVA had an illustrious history. One of the first FM all news stations in the 70’s, the station had been an AOR in the early 80’s when the decision to go Top 40 was made. Under such monikers as “All Hit 105”, “Powe...