Recorded 17 years ago today, this is a sample of the station that represented the Mainstream CHR format in our nation’s capital during the mid to late 90′s, about seven months after its debut.
In October 1996, following more than six months of stunting, KPTY (still KBZR at the time) officially launched as “The New 103.9, Arizona’s Party Station” with a hip-hop-friendly Rhythmic CHR format. Despite having a very limited signal, the station gained an impressive following in the Phoenix market. By mid-June 1997, it forced heritage full-signaled KKFR (Power 92) to move from a broad-based, “safe” Rhythmic CHR format to one tightly focused on hip-hop and R&B. By early 1998 – as demonstrated on this aircheck – KPTY began taking a slightly more mainstream approach, adding pop dance/rock/country hits to its playlist. The legendary Mitch Craig also became the voice of the station at this time. The stars of the station – and this montage – were Krazy Kid and R...
In the late 1990′s and early 2000′s, 103.9 FM — which targeted the Phoenix area from rural/suburban signals – held a number of different formats. It began in the Spring of 1996 with a six-month Rhythmic Oldies stunt format named “S-T-E-V-E”. On October 30th of that year, it officially signed on as “The New 103.9, Arizona’s Party Station”, with a hip-hop-oriented Rhythmic CHR format and enjoyed impressive ratings (especially considering the signal limitations). Its target, the more dance/pop/R&B-oriented KKFR “Power 92″, took notice and transformed itself into a pure hip-hop/R&B station within 9 months. A year later, 103.9 FM (whose calls had become KPTY) went in a completely different direction, offering a mix of alternative/modern rock and hip-hop in a format unofficially ...
Recorded 16 years ago today (on a Labor Day Weekend road trip from Phoenix to Los Angeles), this is a sample of a station that served the area around Palm Springs, CA. “Kiss-FM” originated on KSES 106.9 FM in Yucca Valley, with translators on K232CX 94.3 FM in Desert Hot Springs and K280CV 103.9 FM in Cathedral City. The format was essentially an unfocused but entertaining form of Rhythmic AC, with a Soft AC-ish presentation. I seem to recall hearing that the station was forced to change its name due to its proximity to 102.7 KIIS-FM in Los Angeles; can anyone confirm/deny this?
Recorded 17 years ago today, and just three days after its debut, this is a sample of the station that represented the Mainstream CHR format in our nation’s capital during the mid to late 90′s. The call letters eventually changed to WWZZ/WWVZ to match the moniker. In these earliest days, the station offered a dance-friendly approach similar to nearby WXYV (102.7 ‘XYV) in Baltimore and KZQZ (Z95.7) in San Francisco – all were consulted by Dan Vallie. An interesting strategy employed by all the stations was to play recurrents (from the prior 3 years or so) that, when they were new, had not received much (if any) radio exposure in the market.
“Washington’s Monument in New Music” — this is a sample of Z104 about 2 months shy of its 2nd birthday. At this time, the station still offered a dance-friendly approach similar to nearby WXYV (102.7 ‘XYV) in Baltimore and KZQZ (Z95.7) in San Francisco – all were consulted by Dan Vallie. An interesting strategy employed by all the stations was to play recurrents (from the prior 5 years or so) that, when they were new, had not received much (if any) radio exposure in the market.
A couple of sweepers (including one voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig) from the short-lived V103.9 in Southern California. More information can be found on the Wikipedia pages of KRCD (the current call letters of the former KACE) and KCXX (the current call letters of the former KABE).