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KDNR (Rhythm-Driven 106-3) – Albuquerque, NM – 2/24/97 – Mark Raider

According to Wikipedia — KDNR (whose call letters supposedly stood for “Dance and Romance”) launched sometime in the Spring of 1995, possibly with an all Dance or very Dance-heavy format. As demonstrated on this aircheck, by early 1997, the station had become rather unfocused as it attempted to broaden its music mix. I’m not sure if the station always used the very odd “Rhythm-Driven 106-3” name – any additional details would be much appreciated. Special thanks to Dave Dart – who at the time was program director of Rhythmic AC competitor KZRQ “Star 105 FM” – for recording this aircheck and meeting me for lunch when he was visiting Phoenix. The station now offers a CHR format known as “Z106.3”.  

KMGQ (Magic 106) – Santa Barbara, CA – 5/5/97 – Dawn Daniels

KMGQ (which referred to itself as both “106.3 KMGQ” and “Magic 106”) offered an upbeat Adult Contemporary format. More information about the history of the station can be found at Wikipedia.

KEDJ (106.3/96.3 the Edge) – 11/1/94 – Willobee & Jayn Sayd

“Morning Breath Theater” morning show on Modern Rock 106.3 the Edge (KEDJ Phoenix) with Willobee and Jayn Sayd – recorded November 1, 1994 (21 years ago yesterday). The station was broadcasting on 106.3 and 96.3 at this time. Per info from Eric Stein: “96.3 was a translator atop South Mountain, call letters K242AG. KEDJ used this to improve East Valley coverage before the KHOT-FM simulcast began in August 1995. The translator later was used by another signal-troubled local station or maybe a religious group, and moved to 95.9 for a while as K240CV after KSWG moved to 96.3.”

KDNR (Rhythm-Driven 106-3) – Albuquerque, NM – 5/24/97 – Mark Raider & Rob Royale

According to Wikipedia — KDNR (whose call letters supposedly stood for “Dance and Romance”) launched sometime in the Spring of 1995, possibly with an all Dance or very Dance-heavy format. As demonstrated on this aircheck, by early 1997, the station had become rather unfocused as it attempted to broaden its music mix. I’m not sure if the station always used the very odd “Rhythm-Driven 106-3″ name – any additional details would be much appreciated. Special thanks to Dave Dart – who at the time was program director of Rhythmic AC competitor KZRQ “Star 105 FM” – for recording this aircheck 18 years ago today.

KEDJ (106.3 the Edge) – Phoenix – 5/16/94 – Willobee and Mary Zeal

“Morning Breath Theater” morning show on Modern Rock 106.3 the Edge (KEDJ Phoenix) with Willobee and Mary Zeal – May 16, 1994.

104 FM Select – Hong Kong – 1/10/98

Most of the material posted on FMairchecks.com is of U.S. origin, but from time to time we will feature airchecks from abroad. Recorded nearly 17 years ago, this is a sample of  bilingual “104 FM Select” from Hong Kong during primarily Saturday night mixshow programming (titled “Ultra Mix Live”). As the logo above implies, the station was heard on a variety of frequencies ranging from 102.4 to 106.3 FM. The labeling of the cassette housing this aircheck indicates that it was recorded from 104.0 FM. Amusingly, as heard toward the beginning of this montage, the station seemed to favor playing obscure remakes of songs whose original versions where on the pop charts in the U.S. at the time.

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.

104 FM Select – Hong Kong – 12/14/97 – Jeff Wong

Most of the material posted on FMairchecks.com is of U.S. origin, but from time to time we will feature airchecks from abroad. Recorded 16 years ago this month, this is a late night sample of  bilingual “104 FM Select” from Hong Kong. As the logo above implies, the station was heard on a variety of frequencies ranging from 102.4 to 106.3 FM. The labeling of the cassette housing this aircheck indicates that it was recorded from 104.0 FM. A couple of noteworthy observations: This montage includes snippets of what appears to be a concert version of Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mack” that I’ve personally never heard before. Amusingly, it appears that at least one song (Bobby Brown’s “Don’t Be Cruel”) was paused in the midst of airpl...

KEDJ/KDDJ (106.3/100.3 the Edge) – FINAL DAY – Phoenix – 10/30/01

Recorded 12 years ago today, this is a sample of the final evening of “The Edge” and its Modern Rock format on 106.3 KEDJ/Sun City, AZ & 100.3/Globe, AZ (along with 106.5 KBZR/Arizona City).  The personality on this aircheck* hints at changes coming the next day, but primarily in terms of his own employment The next day, around Noon… The Edge abruptly moved to 103.9 (replacing Rhythmic CHR “103-9 the Party” KPTY) Spanish-language programming debuted on the former “Edge” signals This article gives behind the scene details about the changes. Probably only coincidentally, exact five years prior, the first of multiple Rhythmic CHR attempts made its debut on this same frequency. * – Please note that the personality heard on this aircheck (R...

KWNZ (106.3 Pop-FM) – Reno, NV – 8/23/13 – “Wild” Bill Shakespeare

FMairchecks.com specializes almost entirely in material that was originally recorded between the late 80’s and early 2000’s. However, on occasion, we will showcase current radio stations.  Today’s posting offers the best of both worlds. In May of 2013, Times-Shamrock Communications officially signed on 106.3 FM as a brand new signal in the Reno market, featuring the heritage KWNZ call letters that had previously been in use for CHR formats, first 97.3 FM and later 93.7 FM. The format is best described as “Gold Based CHR” – focusing primarily on CHR hits from the 80’s through early 2000’s that were played on the original version of KWNZ, along with a sprinking of compatible pop/dance-rhythmic  currents. What makes Pop-FM truly unique, even in ...

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