In September 1997, shortly after a sale from Bonneville to Nationwide Communications, Classic Hits-formatted “96.9 K-Hits” rebranded itself as “Eagle 96.9”, and brought on legendary radio/TV voice talent Charlie Van Dyke to host mornings. For 4 months, he was joined by local (KTVK) news personality Michael Hagerty.
This aircheck, of the first show, is a radiogeek’s dream come true. The primary topic of discussion was a brutally honest discussion of the Phoenix radio industry itself. Guest hosts included Bruce Christian (radio columnist for the Tribune newspaper), and Bud Wilkinson (radio columnist for the Arizona Republic newspaper – a position that Van Dyke had also held.) If that wasn’t enough, other Phoenix radio morning show hosts (including the legendary and late Bill Heywood from KCCF, Tim and Willy from KWCY) called in and apparently simulcasted the discussion on their respective stations. Also featured is a brief snippet of Van Dyke on the air at KHJ in Los Angeles.
Not long after this aircheck was recorded, Nationwide Communications announced that it would be selling this station to Jacor (now Clear Channel).