KLDZ (Channel 104.9) & KYLD (Wild 94.9) – San Francisco/San Jose, CA – 12/28/98

Recorded 16 years ago today, this is a sample of two very different stations serving the Bay Area. According to Wikipedia, Channel 104.9 debuted in August 1998 with the Modern AC format heard on the first portion of this montage. In February 1999, the format switched to classic New Wave/Alternative (the call letters became KCNL at this point as well), and then again to standard Alternative in January 2001. The station is now owned by the University of Southern California, and simulcasts a Classical format that originates on 89.9 KDFC/Anguin, CA. On the other hand, 94.9 FM has enjoyed much more stability over the years. Heard on the second portion of this montage is “Wild 94.9”, which was (and perhaps still is) one of the most entertaining and best-programmed Rhythmic CHRs, cust...

KMJM/WKBQ (Majic 108 becomes Majic 105) – St. Louis – 10/20/97 – Eric Michaels & DJ Kut

In early 1997, Emmis Broadcasting flipped longtime Saint Louis CHR WKBQ “Q104″ to Modern AC as “Alice @ 104.1″ leaving a gaping hole for Top 40 in the market. That year Jacor Communications acquired Religious formatted 104.9 WCBW in nearby Columbia, Illinois. With 104.9′s signal stronger in the areas that an Urban format would succeed in, the company moved “Majic 108″ to the 104.9 signal as “Majic 105″ and launched a new CHR on the 107.7 signal that had better coverage of the market as a whole. Today’s aircheck (recorded 16 years ago today) showcases the end of Majik 108 on 107.7 and the subsequent launch of Majik 105 on 104.9. You can hear what took place on 107.7 following the end of Majik 108 at THIS page on our sister site, The Format Change Archive. 15 years later, KMJM moved ag...

WZLE (Kiss 104.9) – Lorain/Cleveland, OH – 5/23/99

According to Wikipedia – on May 20, 1999,  WZLE changed its format from Christian Contemporary to Mainstream CHR as “Kiss 104.9 FM”. At the time, debuting/rebranding stations as “Kiss” had become a common occurrence in the Jacor/Clear Channel world. This montage of the station was recorded just a few days after that event. In September of that year, the station’s call letters eventually switched to WMTX and then WAKS.  The format and “Kiss” name moved to 96.5 FM in 2001.