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102.1 The Zone KOZN flips to AC Star 102 KSRC

It seems like Modern AC on 102.1 was doomed from the very beginning. When legendary KYYS “KY-102” was blown up in favor of “102.1 the Zone” in 1997, listeners did not welcome the new station. This backlash, along with the station’s similarity to CHR sister KMXV, resulted in a change to AC as “Star 102” in early 1999.

105.1 WNSR becomes “Big 105”

In August of 1997, ten months into the life of WDBZ, Bonneville was planning on pulling the plug and returning the WNSR calls and “Soft Rock 105” format to battle head to head with WLTW. However, the change was put on hold as Bonneville finalized a deal to sell the station to Chancellor, the owner of WLTW. The WDBZ calls were replaced by WNSR, but the Modern AC format stayed until October when the station gradually adjusted back to Hot AC under the “FM 105.1” name. Once Chancellor took over, market speculation led to anything from Soft AC, to Country, to Urban. All they got was “Big 105” a Hot AC that for some reason sounded very close to WLTW. Big 105 failed to make a splash in the market after trying various forms of Hot AC and for the second time in t...

100.3 WPNT becomes “Windy 100” WNND

In late 1996, rumors began swirling about the future of WPNT 100.3 FM in Chicago. One of the more interesting theories presented had Evergreen (WPNT’s owners at the time) debuting a CHR/Dance format, modeled after WKTU/New York, which the company had debuted in February 1996 and had become an instant ratings success. Someone at CBS-owned CHR/Rhythmic WBBM 96.3 FM “B-96” must have heard this rumor, because in late 1996, B-96 adopted a slogan of “Chicago’s Dance Beat” and began placing a heavy emphasis on Dance music, trying to send the message that it was THE home for Dance music in Chicago. But, that rumor never materialized. Evergreen (which became Chancellor Media) eventually sold WPNT to Bonneville. WPNT’s Adult CHR format was known simply as &#...

Cat Country 96 Debuts

Previous Format: AC “96 WLEV” New Format: Country “Cat Country 96” WCTO Date & Time Of Change: July 21, 1997 at 7:30am More Info: Wikipedia

100.9 WKLI/100.3 WKBE become K100

Previous Format: AC New Format: Adult CHR Date & Time Of Change: March 18, 1996 at 3:00pm More Info: Wikipedia

WEAZ Relaunches As B101

Previous Format: AC “EZ 101” WEAZ New Format: AC “B101” WBEB Date & Time Of Change: April 25, 1993 at 5:30pm More Info: Philadelphia Radio Archives, Wikipedia

WAXY-FM Returns To Oldies

Previous Format: AC “Mix 105.9” New Format: Oldies “WAXY 106” Date & Time Of Change: January 20, 1992 at 6:00am More Info: Wikipedia

KMGI Becomes 107.7 The End

Previous Format: AC 107.7 KMGI New Format: Alternative “107.7 The End” KNDD Date & Time Of Change: August 23, 1991 at 3:00pm More Info: Wikipedia, 107.7 The End Aircheck Contributed by Mike Workman

98.5 WROR Boston becomes WBMX Mix 98.5

WROR was the FM station to WRKO until RKO General was forced to sell off all it’s radio properties. Before WROR they were first WRKO-FM – ARKO-Matic, the automated top forty station in the 60s. Later, it was Boston’s first Oldies station as WROR. In 1980, they went live AC, with some of Boston’s most melodic and historic jingles (JAM’s ‘I’d Rather Be In Boston’ series #1). In 1983 they experimented with CHR using a version of the WLS-FM jingles but later reverted back to AC, which they stayed until February 1991 when Roy Orbison’s “It’s Over” triggered the end of WROR and the beginning of Hot AC Mix 98.5. WBMX. Mix 98.5 would soon become the forerunner of what was known as Modern AC, a current based variation of the format...

97.1 WYNY flips from AC to Country

With the publicly known flip of WHN from Country to All-Sports as WFAN taking place on July 1, 1987, it was known that there would be a void for country music in the New York Metropolitan Area. WYNY, was one of four AC stations targeting the same audience. Taking both into consideration, WYNY became “Country 97” 15 hours before the sign-off of WHN. Although Dan Daniel did make the move over to do mornings and later afternoons, WYNY’s future was not meant to be at 97.1 as the station moved to 103.5 in 1988.

95.5 KQYT Phoenix Becomes KOY-FM

Previous Format: Beautiful Music “Quiet 95” KQYT New Format: AC “95.5 KOY-FM” Date & Time Of Change: July 10, 1986 at 12:00am More Info: Wikipedia

105.1 WRFM flips from Beautiful Music to AC WNSR

As we proceeded through the 1980’s the older targeting music formats weren’t cutting it anymore. The baby boomers were approaching their thirties and wouldn’t tolerate “Elevator Music” at work. WRFM’s ratings had taken a tumble from Adult Contemporary stations WYNY and WLTW along with fellow Easy Listening WPAT. In order to compensate, on April 15, 1986, WRFM gave way to “New York’s Soft Rock” WNSR. Achieving a solid niche in the AC marketplace, WNSR was partly responsible for driving WPIX and WYNY out of the format. As the 80’s turned into the 90’s, WNSR continued to evolve into a more contemporary station eventually changing its name to “Mix 105”.

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