Y-100 has always been a staple for the Top 40 format. And its crazy that they’ve survived all these years. It signed on August 3, 1973 at 6 a.m. with new call letters WLQY and later changed to WHYI. Y-100 is the longest-running Top 40 CHR station in both the United States and North America with the same call letters and nickname.
The first song played on Y-100 was “Diamond Girl” by Seals and Crofts. Y-100 was the first station in the country to have $50,000 big money giveaways. When it first went on the air as a Top 40 CHR station, its first major promotion was “When your phone rings don’t say hello, just say ‘I listen to the new sound of Y-100′, and you could win $50,000!”.
Below you can listen to two early on clips of Y-100 in the 1970’s.
Y100’s first day on the air (August 3, 1973)
with morning host Roby Yonge
Montage of random 1970’s soundbytes
including their first $50,000 winner of the contest mentioned above