Re: "It Was Twenty Years Ago Today..."
Posted by Jeremy Andrews on December 15, 2018, 8:35 pm, in reply to "Re: "It Was Twenty Years Ago Today...""
WLUM was Mainstream CHR for a short period in 1994 after violence in Rap music made the owner want to tone it down. Forgot what the exact reason was. Flipped to Alternative that same year. WJZQ (95.1) was done by September 1992. WXLC went Hot AC by 1994. WYTZ was all but done by then too. |
DX openings from WZOK, WKFR, WNDV, WDEK and WBUS were the best we had in this area for several years. Smaller market heritage signals seemed to be the ones that survived the 90s without flipping to Hot AC or otherwise.
What is now WXSS in June 1998 and WCBR-WBRO in November of 1998 changed that. The timing could have not been more perfect. There was a seemingly endless amount of pop music that got people excited at the time.
There was a lot of pure pop. Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Nsync, Jordan Knight, LFO, Britney Spears, Five, 98°, Jennifer Lopez, Robbie Williams, Christina Aguilera, etc.
It was combined with another endless amount Pop-Rock bands like Sugar Ray, Goo Goo Dolls, Third Eye Blind, Matchbox 20, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Sister Hazel, Barenaked Ladies and Singer-Songwriter Pop-Rock like Edwin McCain, Jewel, Alanis, Shawn Mullins.
Then we had just enough Pop-Friendly R&B and Hip-Hop such as Brandy, Monica, Will Smith, Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z, K-Ci & JoJo, Debrah Cox. Even movie soundtracks were making huge hits at the time. The period between 1997 and 2002 was an amazing time for Top-40 radio. No doubt about it. It was also the last before the digital world.