92.3 KKFR – Power 92

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 5/5/95 – Carey Edwards

Recorded on Cinco de Mayo 1995 – this is a sample of the only CHR serving the Valley of the Sun in the early to mid-90’s. In late 1993, despite enjoying great success as a Rhythmic CHR, Power 92 flipped to Modern Rock-heavy Mainstream CHR.  Ratings declined, and the station began to move back towards Rhythmic CHR by the Fall of 1994.  When this aircheck was recorded, the station used a Dance-heavy approach; the sound evolved to one more based on R&B (but remained Dance-friendly) by the Fall of 1995, which led to the station achieving an all-time high 7.0 Arbitron share (12+). Featuring entertaining sweepers voiced by Marc Driscoll, Power 92 was just a fun station to listen in this era.  Especially now, I appreciate that they always had live legal IDs at this time.  Also, I&...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – April 1995 – Brian Simpson

This aircheck is a flashback to KKFR’s days as a 100,000 watt powerhouse originating from South Mountain in Phoenix.   Following an ill-fated attempt at a Modern Rock oriented Mainstream CHR format during the first half of 1994, Power 92 began making a gradual transition back to Rhythmic CHR.  By the Spring of 1995, as demonstrated on this montage, Dance and R&B-oriented titles dominated the playlist.

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 12/22 & 12/23/95 – (“FIRST 10 YEARS OF POWER 92”) – Supersnake & Cosmo (Part 1 of 2)

During the mid-1990′s, under the direction of Program Director Don Parker, KKFR (Power 92) in Phoenix was at its peak, registering an all-time high 7.1 share (12+) in the Winter 1996 Arbitron survey. The station offered a broad Rhythmic CHR mix that focused primarily on dance and R&B music. The weekend before Christmas 1995, the station celebrated its 10-year anniversary by playing songs with release dates as early as 1985. In reality, the station’s formats during that era, particularly from 1991-1994, were not necessarily ones that featured the selections heard on this montage; this is more of a representation of what would have been played if Power 92 had their late 1995 format during the full span. One of the personalities heard is Supersnake. He was one of the most recognized...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – Nov 22/23, 1995 – Roxanne Steele

“Today’s Hottest Music is on Power 92”.  This aircheck, recorded on the night before Thanksgiving 1995, represents the sound of KKFR (92.3) Glendale/Phoenix that led the station to an all-time high 7.0 Arbitron share (12+).  At this time, Power 92 offered superb all-around music, air talent, and production values.  Hosted by Roxanne Steele (who later spent over a decade at Chicago’s B96).

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 4/28/95 – Bruce & Maggie

This aircheck of KKFR, during its peak in the mid-1990’s, features morning show hosts Bruce Kelly & Maggie Brock broadcasting live from Majerle’s sports bar in downtown Phoenix, giving away tickets to games in the the Portland Trailblazers/Phoenix Suns first-round NBA playoff series.

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – early 1993 – Dave Ryan

This is a brief montage of the “Power Morning Zoo” as heard on KKFR (Power 92), which was the dominant CHR station in Phoenix for most of the 1990’s. The star of the show was Dave Ryan, who had joined Power 92 recently, after being at Adult CHR KZZP through its final days. Ryan departed KKFR in March 1993 and landed at legendary Mainstream CHR KDWB/Minneapolis – and as of February 2017, he remains their morning show host.

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 12/18/96 – Brian Simpson

During the mid-1990’s, under the direction of Program Director Don Parker, KKFR (Power 92) in Phoenix was at its peak, registering an all-time high 7.1 share (12+) in the Winter 1996 Arbitron survey. The station offered a broad Rhythmic CHR mix that focused primarily on dance and R&B music. In the Spring of 1996, KBZR (103.9 FM) in rural Coolidge, AZ began a six-month stunt focused on “old school” music that eventually led to a hip-hop/old school-friendly Rhythmic CHR format. At the end of October 1996, the station officially signed on as “The New 103.9, Arizona’s Party Station.” In its first full book (Winter 1997), KBZR (eventually KPTY) achieved a 2.9 share 12+ … which was absolutely remarkable considering that it was operating with a signal possibly as weak as 1,100 watts located s...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – All Request 4th of July Weekend/Open House Party – July 1994

 In the late 80′s, and the very early 90′s, Phoenix was one of the best markets for fans of the CHR format.  Nationwide Communications’ heritage KZZP found itself in a heated battle with Edens Broadcasting’s Y95 (KOY-FM) and  The Broadcast Group’s Power 92 (KKFR). But with changes in management, personalities, and pop music tastes as a whole – the CHR scene was very different by the Fall of 1993. By that time, only KKFR and its hip-hop/R&B focused Rhythmic CHR format remained, without any direct competition. Despite its impressive ratings, the station elected to move towards a Modern Rock-based Mainstream CHR format by the end of that year. This is a sample of KKFR from the following summer, when it offered an “All Request 4th of July Weekend”. Featured is a cameo app...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – Spring/Memorial Day Weekend 1997 – Various Personalities

During the mid-1990’s, under the direction of Program Director Don Parker, KKFR (Power 92) in Phoenix was at its peak, registering an all-time high 7.1 share (12+) in the Winter 1996 Arbitron survey. The station offered a broad Rhythmic CHR mix that focused primarily on dance and R&B music. In the Spring of 1996, KBZR (103.9 FM) in rural Coolidge, AZ began a six-month stunt focused on “old school” music that eventually led to a hip-hop/old school-friendly Rhythmic CHR format. At the end of October 1996, the station officially signed on as “The New 103.9, Arizona’s Party Station.” In its first full book (Winter 1997), KBZR (eventually KPTY) achieved a 2.9 share 12+ … which was absolutely remarkable considering that it was operating with a signal...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 5/1/96 – Supersnake

During the mid-1990′s, under the direction of Program Director Don Parker, KKFR (Power 92) in Phoenix was at its peak, registering an all-time high 7.1 share (12+) in the Winter 1996 Arbitron survey. The station offered a broad Rhythmic CHR mix that focused primarily on dance and R&B music. This extended length aircheck, recorded 20 years ago yesterday, is hosted by Supersnake. He is one of the most recognized personalities in Phoenix radio, being heard at not only KKFR, but also KPTY (“Arizona’s Party Station“), KZZP (“104.7 Kiss-FM”), KZON (“Live 101.5“) and currently KAJM (“Mega 104.3“). Featured on this montage are references to Game 3 of the 1996 NBA Playoff series between the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs, along with a co...

Open House Party w/John Garbedian – from KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 12/31/94

Recorded most likely on New Year’s Eve 1994, this is a brief sample of the long-running syndicated Saturday night program “Open House Party” as heard on KKFR (Power 92) in Phoenix. Included is a sampling of the “Satellite Mega Mix” segment.

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 12/31/92 (Top 92 of ’92) – Supersnake, Kid Corona & Big Daddy

“92 might be leaving your calendar, but it will never leave your radio…” — One of the sweepers featured in these snippets of Power 92’s countdown at the end of 1992. Includes Kid Corona (one of at least three personalities heard on this aircheck) mentioning (via information from a listener) that the #1 song on the station from 20 years prior (1972) was “Theme from Shaft”.  (Does anyone know what format resided on 92.3 FM at that time?) I loved the high-energy, laser-sound-effect-dominated presentation style used by KKFR (and its clones) during this period.  I wish that stations focusing on this type of music today would take it a step further and employ the production values from that era. An additional composite of Kid Corona can be heard at this ...

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