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KNRJ (Energy 92.7 & 101.1) – Payson/Phoenix, AZ – 1/10/04 – Pistol Pete

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“If you can’t hear us at work…get a new job…”

In January 2001, Big City Radio launched all-Dance formatted “Energy 92-7 & 5″ on a trio of signals in suburban Chicago. A year and a half later, Sierra H Broadcasting debuted the very similar “Energy 92-7 & 101-1″ on KAZL (eventually KNRJ) in Payson, AZ — with a simulcast on 10-watt K224CJ in Phoenix.

With Big City Radio in financial dire straits, Energy 92-7 & 5 ended in early January 2003. But its Arizona spinoff managed to survive for 6 years — which is about 5 1/2 years longer than most people would probably have predicted.

This aircheck was recorded 12 years ago yesterday, and (in my opinion) represents the era in which the station sounded best.

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  1. When I lived in Phoenix, I loved Energy Arizona and had both 101.1 and 92.7 preset on the car radio. 92.7 was the stronger signal in Central Phoenix where I lived but in the northern and eastern reaches of the Valley, a quick flip to 101.1 kept the beat going.

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  2. Thanks for posting this!!! I remember this time in Energy’s history and I enjoyed it tremendously. I sure miss Energy and wish it would return to the airwaves on 101.1. However, glad to know that at least there are two dance outlets on the air in Phoenix – 92.7 Pulse Radio and WOW 99.1

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