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THE CLASSIC 96.3 DETROIT AIRCHECK!!
5.05 MB, 5:31 in length.
From the late 80's through Summer 1994, there was one CHR/top 40 radio station in Detroit that EVERYONE loved and idolized. The station didn't have a fancy name, nor a fancy logo (just a digital '96.3' with the words "RADIO WHYT" underneath). Instead, all the energy went into the music and programming. The station was WHYT Detroit - known simply as just 96.3 FM.
The station had a huge fanbase; as a former northern Michigander, I knew of many people who went to Detroit and tape 96.3, and come back up north to play the tapes for their friends. The station had a HUGE influence on stations like WKPK 106.7 in Gaylord, who even hired former 96.3 DJs like MacConnell "The Man at Large" Adams and Michael J. Foxx in the mid-90's. Several big songs on 96.3 even got major airplay on The Peak, such as Duice's "Dazzy Dukes" and "Dunkee Butt" from 12 Guage.
In 1/1993, some family friends of ours came to my small hamlet of Torch Lake from Detroit and the oldest son brought up some 96.3 tapes. I decided to dupe a side of one of the tapes, and well, I finally became one of the coolest kids at school.
In a way of unfortuantely, 16 months later, 96.3 was no more. It evolved into alternative as Planet 96.3, leaving Detroit without a real CHR for several years. Oh, well, the Planet was cool anyway, since they played a cool mix of current-day alt-rock from Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Butthole Surfers, and etc., with classics from Blondie, the Vince Clarke groups, The Cure, 70's punk and etc. Sadly, I have no airchecks of the Planet era :( However, in 1996-ish, the Planet became more gold-based and dumped most of the harder-stuff. In 1999, they tried alternative classics, and after a brief stint with mod-AC again, they went hot AC with 96-3 WDVD in 2001.
In 2000, I was given a CD burner for my birthday, and transferred the old 96.3 tapes onto CD. Now with this new computer, I decided, "you know, I have this Audio Vault section on my site, why not share some of this old 96.3 stuff?" The rest...... is history.
I duped the disc into my computer, trimmed 35 minutes off for disc space constraints and the fact that I don't want lawyers knocking on my door (translation: you only get portions of songs, not the full recordings; but with some of these songs, it's a good thing), and viola! A classic 96.3 aircheck.
Here's the song list featured, BTW:
*If You Want My Love - Cover Girls
*Jump Around - House of Pain
*OPP - Naughty by Nature
*Free Your Mind - En Vogue
*Toss-Up - N 2 Deep
*Some Speed Racer remix (Speed - Alpha Team?)
*Get Up - ?????
*Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-a-Lot
*Dazzy Dukes - Duice
*7 - Prince
*Nuthin' But a G-Thang - Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg
*Real Love - Mary J. Blige
MORE TO COME!
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