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WRQX-FM's Format Flop;Station Switches Its Mix to Fight Declining Ratings
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Yorke, Jeffrey
Date: Sep 4, 1990
Start Page: c.07
Section: STYLE

WDJY's Johnson figured the change was good for WRQX: "It was a smart thing for them to do, because they were going to be waxed by WAVA." However, Johnson does not believe the WRQX change is going to hurt WDJY. "In fact, it may help us some" because WRQX will probably offer lighter music, he said, while WDJY will offer varying degrees of jazz cuts-from pop/jazz artists such as Anita Baker, Luther Vandross and Regina Belle, to crossover stars Paul Jackson Jr., Dwight Sills, Oleta Adams and Michael Franks, to straight-ahead artists such as Chick Corea. Says Johnson, "We are closer to doing the right thing than we ever have been."

"Bee J' " Johnson, program director and morning host of WDJY-FM (100.3), said Friday that no changes are on tap for the station. For months rumors have circulated that WDJY was in the midst of a format change; coincidentally the most mentioned format has been Hot AC, but Johnson said, "We are onto something here. We are sort of a "New AC"-jazzy rhythm-and-blues leaning more to the R&B side than the lighter side." Listeners have been told the station is playing the "best mix of music," but Johnson said the station is discontinuing that description because WRQX is now touting its "mix." (This could be a problem for WRQX since it shares a large listening area, and is close on the dial to Baltimore's similarly programmed WWMX-FM (106.5) or "Mix 106").

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