Washington DC

“Jammin 99.5 ” WJMO drops Jammin Oldies

After the merger of AMFM Inc. and Clear Channel Communications, the Jammin Oldies format, which AMFM had been debuting in many markets began to falter. With little corporate support and a high burnout factor in the music, it was not surprising that the format didn’t last longterm. In the meantime, Clear Channel began debuting its “brand” of CHR’s in many markets. Washington, already home to Bonneville’s weaker powererd Z104, was next in line. With the “Kiss” name unavailable, Hot 99.5 was to be born. Getting there was where things got interesting. Bucking the trends, WJMO management gave the station a farewell weekend for the staff and listeners to say goodbye. On April 2, 2001 at 7:00am, Survivor Radio was born. Just like the TV show, 5 people wer...

Pulse 94.3 Bids Farewell

Previous Format: Modern AC “Pulse 94.3” WPLC New Format: Spanish AC “Amor 94.3” Date & Time Of Change: June 30, 2000 More Info: Wikipedia

Xtra 104 Becomes Z104

Previous Format: 70’s Hits “Xtra 104” WXTR/WXVR New Format: CHR “Z104” WWZZ/WWVZ Date & Time Of Change: July 15, 1996 at 11:00am More Info: Wikipedia

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...

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