92.3 KKFR – Power 92

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 ...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 12/16/93 – Supersnake, Mojo (first day of Mainstream CHR format)

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). KZZP dominated for most of the 80′s.  But with changes in management, personalities, and pop music tastes — ratings dropped significantly in the early 90′s, leading to a format and name change in April 1991. Y95, capitalizing on the changes and later demise of KZZP, enjoyed ratings success at the start of the decade. But in late 1992, the station moved in a different direction, bringing in new personalities and tinkering with its Rhythmic-leaning playlist. Specifically – the station began using a dayparted approach, leaning ...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – Labor Day ’96 Dance Party – Various Personalities

From 19 years ago this weekend, this is an extended sample of the “Labor Day Dance Party” on KKFR (Power 92) in Phoenix.  It was presented in a “Top 250” format. Regrettably, I did not record the entire countdown uninterrupted from start to finish, but this montage still represents what was originally over 8 hours of material spread across six cassettes.  Several of the station’s air personalties are heard on this aircheck; they are listed in the Tags section (below). At the time, crosstown KBZR (103.9 FM) was in the midst of a 6-month stunt (more details at the Format Change Archive.) playing many of the songs heard on this countdown. At the time, rumors ran rampant that the station eventually sign on with some sort of dance-oriented format — and so it&...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 1/4 & 1/5/99 – Mini Salas & AL3 (Power Workout @ Noon)

Since June of 1997, KKFR — both at its former home on 92.3 FM, and at its current home on 98.3 FM — has made hip-hop and R&B the primary focus of its Rhythmic CHR format.  However, around January 1999, the station began incorporating elements reminiscent of its days as a more traditional Rhythmic CHR in the early and mid-90’s. Heard here are the first two editions of “The Power Workout at Noon” mixshow (recorded 16 years ago yesterday/today), which featured more Dance music than the station had played in quite some time. As shown above, the slogan had transitioned from “Where Hip-Hop Lives” to one that Power 92 had used twice before — the presumably more advertiser-friendly “Today’s Hottest Music”. Eric Edwards joined Geoff St. John...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 11/19/00 – The Manic Hispanic, Charlie Huero & DJ Shy (Aquanet Set)

Since June of 1997, KKFR — both at its former home on 92.3 FM, and at its current home on 98.3 FM — has made hip-hop and R&B the primary (if not exclusive) focus of its Rhythmic CHR format.  However, in the early 2000’s, it would offer a return to its dance-oriented roots for a brief period each Sunday night.  A portion of the “Lowrider Oldies Show” (also known as the “Sunday Night Old School Show”) was known as the “Aquanet Set”.  This program — whose name refers to the hairspray-laden members of freestyle acts in the 1980’s — originated (?) and was made famous by KKFR’s former sister station, KPWR (Power 106) in Los Angeles. Note: This montage represents broadcasts from two different nights. The first one (hosted by The Manic Hispanic) is most likely from 11/19/00 as indicated in the...

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