97.3 KKSS – Kiss FM

KKSS (Kiss 97.3) – Albuquerque, NM – 2001 – Johnny B, Jammer

This is a montage of Albuquerque’s longtime Rhythmic CHR at the height of the boy band/girl band craze, when it had a very Mainstream CHR-sounding approach. (The logo shown above is not necessarily from the era when this aircheck was recorded.)

KKSS (Hot Jammin’ 97.3 Kiss-FM) – Albuquerque – 7/18/95 – Chico Banana

This is a sample of Albuquerque’s heritage Rhythmic CHR from the mid-90’s, when it offered a relatively balanced Rhythmic CHR format and a high-energy presentation. The station has survived many competitors over the years.  (The logo shown above is not from the era when this aircheck was recorded.) Please note: at some point (perhaps the original recording), the pitch of the audio on this aircheck became too high (hope that’s the right term?) – everything sounds “faster” than it should be. Note the similarities between this station and Chattanooga’s WKXJ “Hot Jammin’ Kicks FM” from 1998. Besides their nearly identical names, both were/are on 97.3 FM and employed the phrase “one half hour total music jam”. There had to ...

KKSS (97.3 Kiss-FM) – Albuquerque, NM – 9/26/97 – Terry Young

Recorded 16 years ago this month, this is a sample of one of my favorite personalities – fast-talking Terry “Motormouth” Young – on Albuquerque’s heritage Rhythmic CHR during its “5 O’Clock Traffic Jam”.  Earlier in the year, Young was heard in afternoon drive at crosstown Rhythmic AC KZRQ “Star 105.1 FM”. (The logo shown above is not from the era when this aircheck was recorded.)

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