“Star 104.5″ WYXR becomes Rock AC “Alice 104-5″

For most of the 1990’s, 104.5 in Philadelphia has programmed different variations of the Hot AC format under the Star 104.5 name. In the Spring of 1999, rumors were running rampant that they would flip to the Jammin Oldies format that AMFM Inc. was launching in most markets. However, they were beaten to the punch […]

640 WWJZ Mount Holly flips from Standards to Radio Disney

A 1992 sign-on, WWJZ in suburban Mount Holly, NJ fit a small niche in the Delaware Valley as a locally operated popular standards station. With some tower problems, it was operating well below its allocated 50kw daytime signal, which would’ve been one of the strongest in the area. Disney, among other companies, saw the potential […]

WFLN becomes Modern AC “Max 95.7″

After 40 years of service as Philadelphia’s Classical Music station, frequent ownership changes in the mid-1990’s and developing business trends led to the demise of 95.7 WFLN. Greater Media Broadcasting donated the WFLN music library to Temple University’s 90.1 WRTI. With Q102 leaning Rhythmic, the Modern AC format of Max was thought to fill a […]

103.9 WDRE flips from Modern Rock to Urban

In late 1996, Jarad Broadcasting sold off WDRE to Radio-One, who specializes in Urban based formats. With knowledge of a change coming, the station decided to go out with a bang. Sweepers promoted the days remaining until the death of ‘DRE, while an anything goes attitude prevailed at the station. On Valentines Day, 1997 WDRE […]

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

Eagle 106 WEGX becomes Smooth Jazz WJJZ

In the early 1990’s CHRs across the country were flipping formats. Baltimore and Washington, D.C. had lost theirs in 1992. In 1993, Philadelphia would lose its. The 106.1 frequency had been CHR for almost a decade under a few monikers: WZGO Z106, WTRK Electric 106, and finally Eagle 106. Smooth Jazz formats were sprouting up […]

103.9 WIBF flips from Ethnic to Modern Rock

The 103.9 frequency was one of the last remaining voids in the Philadelphia market. With a leased-time format under Fox Broadcasting, WIBF was an untapped goldmine in the world of formatted radio. Enter Jarad Broadcasting, owners of longtime Modern Rocker WDRE in Garden City, New York. Jarad was quickly developing a cluster of Modern Rock […]

102.1 WIOQ flips from Oldies to Rhythmic CHR “Q102″

On November 18, 1987, two Philadelphia radio stations changed formats to oldies within minutes of one another: “Hot Hits” 98.1 WCAU-FM became “Oldies 98″ WOGL, while Rocker “Q102″ WIOQ became “Solid Gold 102″. The battle between the two stations would last for 14 months until WIOQ was sold to EZ Communications. Under new PD Mark […]

KYW Goes All-News

Previous Format: Middle Of The Road New Format: News Date & Time Of Change: September 21, 1965 More Info: CBS Philly, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by KYW 1060