On the heels of today’s stunning announcement regarding the sale of KPWR from Emmis to Mereulo Group, we felt it would be appropriate to re-feature an aircheck of this legendary radio station. =============== In early 1986, Emmis Broadcasting flipped 105.9 FM in Los Angeles from KMGG “Magic 106″ (apparently some form of Hot AC) to Rhythmic CHR (then a relatively new format) as “Power 106″. The station became an instant hit, surpassing heritage Mainstream KIIS in all dayparts except Morning Drive, where Rick Dees continued to dominnate. The beginning of this aircheck contains various snippets of KPWR from what appears to be approximately 1989. It is then followed by a special mix featured on the station in 1995, titled “Blowin’ Up 10 Years of Flava.” However, as st...
In January 1996, Power 106 celebrated its 10th anniversary by having a series of mixes representing each of its years on the air. Personalities and mixes featured here include Frank Lozano, Charlie Huero, Tony B, and Richard Humpty Vission. Left intact is a commercial for In n Out, the legendary California burger establishment that has since spread to Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. I’m not sure if they regularly advertise on radio in the Los Angeles market, but it’s a rarity or virtually unheard of here in my hometown of Phoenix.
Island 106 is one of the longest-running Top 40 stations in the United States. This sample of the station is from the mid-90’s (recorded 18 years ago this month), when it offered a Rhythmic-leaning Mainstream CHR approach – not unlike Phoenix’s KKFR “Power 92” at the time.
With Chicago’s Adult Contemporary WCFS (Fresh 105.9) about to become a simulcast of All-News WBBM-AM (Newsradio 780), here’s a flashback to what aired on this frequency nearly 30 years ago. This is CHR/Top-40 WAGO “G106”. (Check out this TV commercial too.) According to this Wikipedia page, G106 debuted in 1984 and was gone by February 1985.