WTKU New York (1996-2005)

By disman00911 disman00911
updated 2 months ago

Timeline of Dance-leaning Rhythmic Top 40/AC station WTKU in New York City from its debut in 1996 to 2005, when it shifted towards Rhythmic oldies. When WTKU launched in 1996, it soon climbed up the ratings, becoming New York's #1 listened to station.

There had been a void of dance music on the Big Apple airways after WQHT "Hot 97" shifted its focus to hip hop/urban a few years prior and mainstream top 40 Z100 was dominated by alternative/modern rock. Most of the rhythmic top 40 stations nationwide like the aformationed Hot 97, Power 106 LA, KMEL in San Fransisco, and so on played primarily hip hop & R&B. Only a handful of them, like Power 96 in Miami and B96 in Chicago, played a significant amount of dance-pop hits. After the success of WTKU, where were a few other stations that launced, such as the short-lived Groove Radio in Los Angeles.

I normally focus on classic Chicago radio stations, but I was living in NY instead of Chi, I probably would had been a fan of this station.

Original Source (credit belongs to the original user):

The following songs are missing on Discogs (or I can't find them yet)
"Earn My Love" by CoKo (#82 in 1999)

  1. Billie Ray Martin - Your Loving Arms

    #2 in 1996
    #23 in 1997

  2. Livin' Joy - Dreamer

    #3 in 1996
    #29 in 1997

  3. Amber - This Is Your Night

    #5 in 1996
    #13 in 1997

  4. No Mercy - Where Do You Go

    #7 in 1996
    #11 in 1997

  5. The Blackout Allstars - I Like It

    #14 in 1996
    #4 in 1997

  6. Fun Factory - Close To You

    #20 in 1996
    #32 in 1997

  7. The Original - I Love You Baby

    #24 in 1996
    #38 in 1997