Dance CHR

103.5 WYNY Becomes Dance CHR WKTU

Previous Format: Country WYNY New Format: Rhythmic CHR WKTU Date & Time Of Change: February 10, 1996 It would be hard to imagine a need for a CHR station in New York. For decades WABC and later Z100 would play all the hits in America’s biggest market. By 1996, Z100 had strayed into an Alternative Rock direction opening a hole for a station with a beat. By then WYNY’s ratings had remained stagnant at around a 2 share. Putting two and two together, and after a week of simulcasting sister stations from around the country Evergreen Media (one of the predecessors to what would later become AMFM) resurrected the name and image of the station (then at 92.3) that many considered to have caused the demise of WABC a decade and a half earlier. Bringing aboard many people responsible ...

WXJZ Returns To Smooth-FM

Previous Format: Dance CHR “Party 100.9” WXJZ (Stunting with Patriotic Country) New Format: Soft AC “100.9 Smooth-FM” Date & Time Of Change: September 12, 2015 at 12:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia

WJSE Becomes “Wild 102.7”

Previous Format: Modern Rock New Format: Dance CHR Date & Time Of Change: 7/2/2010 9:58pm More Info: RadioInsight.com

Pulse 87 Signs-Off

Previous Format: Dance CHR “Pulse 87” New Format: Rhythmic CHR “Party-FM” Date & Time Of Change: October 30, 2009 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Tony Santiago

103.1 KDL Los Angeles Becomes Indie 103

Previous Format: Dance CHR “103.1 KDL” New Format: Alternative “Indie 103” Date & Time Of Change: December 21, 2003 More Info: Wikipedia

Mega 93.3 Austin Becomes Hot 93.3

Previous Format: Dance CHR “Mega 93.3” KXMG New Format: Urban “Hot 93.3” KDHT Date & Time Of Change: August 15, 2003 at 8:00am More Info: Wikipedia

Energy 92.7 & 5 Signs-Off

Previous Format: Dance “Energy 92.7 & 5” New Format: Spanish CHR “Onda 92” Date & Time Of Change: January 5, 2003 at 12:00am More Info: Airchecked, Wikipedia

92.7 WKIE/WKIF + 92.5 WDEK “92 Kiss-FM” becomes “Energy 92-7 & 5”

The Chicago division of Big City Radio offered some of the more interesting programming on the Windy City’s radio dial. However, three times, a format they debuted on one of their sets of suburban frequencies (92.7/92.5 or 103.1) ended up being copied and presented in a different form on a full signal in the market. When “92.7 Kiss-FM” (later 92 Kiss-FM) debuted in November 1998, it represented the first serious attempt at a CHR/Pop outlet in the Chicago area since the early 90’s. The suburban trio of 92.7 WKIE/Arlington Heights, 92.7 WKIF/Kankakee, and eventually 92.5 WDEK/DeKalb combined to produce ratings near or at a 2 share 12+. (In comparison, those three signals consistently combined for a “no-show” in the 12+ ratings before Big City took control ...

105.5 WBNJ becomes Dance CHR WZBZ “B105.5 The Buzz”

In the Spring of 1998, 107.3 WZZP teased South Jersey with a Rhythmic CHR format. With no promotion or publicity, the brand new signal garnered a 2 share in its first ratings book. Seeing the hole for something between Urban AC WTTH and Adult leaning CHR WAYV, Margate Communications took a chance on something different. Pulling the plug on recently acquired satellite Modern Rocker WDOX, Margate moved the southern half of the Urban AC “Touch” simulcast from 105.5 to WDOX’s 93.1 slot. Rimshotting greater Atlantic City area from Cape May Court House, WZBZ debuted with a Dance CHR format designed to target WAYV, while still protecting WTTH. Within a year, WZBZ moved to 99.3 in Pleasantville, while retaining the 105.5 simulcast as WGBZ, giving the station full signal coverage ...

“Groove 103.1” Signs Off

After “Groove 103.1” flipped back to Dance, the station’s ratings began to improve, albeit slightly. It eventually peaked at a 0.9 share 12+, which (tied with one of the previous formats on the 103.1 duo) represents the highest ratings ever achieved by the two 103.1 FMs. Apparently, this success got the attention of Jacor (now Clear Channel), owner of CHR/Pop KIIS-FM. In September 1998, Jacor purchased KACD and KBCD from Ken Roberts. Shortly thereafter, on October 12, 1998, Jacor switched “Groove 103.1” to a simulcast of KIIS-FM, and eventually debuted a AAA format under the name “Channel 103.1”. One side note: in an article which appeared on laradio.com, KIIS-FM General Manager Roy Laughin admitted that Jacor bought Groove 103.1 and changed the fo...

“Groove 103.1” switches from Rhythmic CHR back to Dance

In June 1996, KACD-FM (Santa Monica) and KBCD-FM (Newport Beach) switched from a Mainstream AC format to a Underground Dance format known as “Groove Radio”. While Groove Radio was unique, it was perhaps too unique for conventional radio. It never made any sort of dent in the ratings. During the summer of 1997, Groove Radio creator Swedish Egil was fired. The station remained in the Dance arena, but it became more mainstream (better suited for radio) — but not so mainstream that it could truly be considered “cheesy”. The name also changed to “Groove 103.1”, mainly because Egil owned the rights to the “Groove Radio” name. Then, on September 18, 1997, the format changed to an ordinary traditional Rhythmic CHR, yet the name remained “...

92X Becomes Jam’n 92.1

Previous Format: Alternative “92X” KNRX New Format: Dance CHR “Jam’n 92.1” KJMN Date & Time Of Change: February 29, 1996 at 8:00pm More Info: Wikipedia

Energy 96.5 KNRJ Becomes The Alternative

Previous Format: Dance CHR “Energy 96.5” New Format: Alternative “96.5 The Alternative” // 5 weeks later became Hot AC “Mix 96.5” KHMX Date & Time Of Change: June 15, 1990 at 7:15am More Info: Wikipedia

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