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102.7 KIIS-FM – L.A. – July ’93 – Whitney Allen, John Murphy, Rick Dees

“It’s 7 O’Clock on the West Coast at KIIS…K-I-I-S, FM & AM, Los Angeles”.  Voiced by the late and great Brian James, that’s one of my all-time favorite legal IDs, and many variations of it are heard on this compilation from the Summer of 1993. At this time, in celebration of Independence Day, KIIS had a very amusing “Red, White and Balls Weekend” promotion that included liners such as “dangle your balls from your rearview mirror” and “just make sure your balls are visible.” At a time when many CHRs struggled to find success with the increasingly polarized nature of the format, KIIS elected to mix in a number of hits from years past – the station’s slogan at the time was “The Best Hits of the 80′s and 90′s.”

WXYV (102.7 ‘XYV) – Baltimore – 10/17/97 – Greg Valentine

This is a sample of Baltimore’s uptempo “102.7 ‘XYV” about four months after its debut.

WNEW (102.7 Blink) – New York – 5/15/03 – Todd Newton

Blink 102.7 may be recognized as the biggest flop in radio history. After the demise of WNEW’s former Hot Talk format (due to the firing of star hosts Opie & Anthony in August 2002 as a result of backlash from the Sex For Sam stunt at St. Patrick’s Cathedral), the station trudged along until April 2003 when Blink launched with a splashy launch party. The format tried to bring an E! (Entertainment Television) vibe to radio. Many of the hosts had television experience, including afternoon hosts Todd Newton and Alison Stewart. Even the imaging voice of actor Kiefer Sutherland was a departure from the norm. Musically, the station was a very broad Rhythmic AC with an interactive element using taking instant requests via AOL Instant Messenger. The station featured numerous entert...

KIIS (102.7 KIIS-FM) – Los Angeles – 2/26/00 – Christian B (FULL FREQUENCY)

On multiple occasions from 1991 to 2003, the two 103.1 FM’s in the Los Angeles area (originating from Santa Monica and Newport Beach, respectively) programmed varying flavors of the Dance format under a variety of different names — MARS FM 103.1, Groove Radio, Groove 103.1, and 103.1 KDL. Supposedly, in a (no-longer-accessible) article which appeared on laradio.com, Roy Laughin (then general manager of Mainstream CHR 102.7 KIIS-FM) admitted that (KIIS owner) Jacor bought Groove 103.1 and changed the format so that it KIIS’ ratings would improve, due to the loss of a competitor. The montage heard here (recorded 15 years ago today) certainly seems to validate that story. For approximately five years following the demise of Groove 103.1, KIIS aired a Dance music program on F...

WWKX (Hot 106) – Providence, RI – 8/30/98 – Bobby Z (Sunday Night House Party)

Recorded 16 years ago this weekend, this is a sample of Providence’s Rhythmic CHR recorded during live-to-air Sunday night mixshow programming. Per Wikipedia, the station had been known as “Kicks 106” and later “Kix 106” with a balanced Rhythmic CHR format from 1988 through some point in 1997.

WXYV – 102.7 ‘XYV – Baltimore – 7/22/97

Baltimore’s uptempo “102.7 ‘XYV” in its early days; the station was still jockless at this time. The dance-friendly approach was similar to Z104 (WWZZ) in Washington, D.C. and Z95.7 (KZQZ) in San Francisco; all three were consulted by Dan Vallie. There is some background static, but the aircheck is generally listenable.

KIIS (102.7 KIIS-FM) – Los Angeles – 1/5/99 – Billy Burke & Clarence Barnes

Recorded 15 years ago today, this is a montage of the long-running KIIS-FM during one of the peak eras for the Mainstream CHR format.

KIIS (102.7 KIIS-FM) – Los Angeles – 8-31-97 – JoJo, Chris Leary

Recorded 16 years ago this month, here’s a sample of “the most listened-to radio station in Western America” from late Summer 1997.

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