1991

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – 9/17/91 – Bruce Kelly & Maggie Brock

In Phoenix, Bruce Kelly is one of the best-known radio personalities of all time. He made a name for himself hosting mornings at legendary CHR KZZP in the 80′s, before moving onto KOY-FM (Y95) and KKFR (Power 92), and then returning to KZZP in the late 90′s. This is a sample of “Kelly and Company”, featuring Bruce and co-host Maggie Brock, on Y95.  It features an extended interview with the late John Ritter (on his birthday).

KHYI (Power 95) – Dallas/Ft. Worth – 7/8/91 – JoJo Wright

Power 95, which used a Dance-heavy approach, represented the final attempt to make some form of CHR format work on the 94.9 frequency in Dallas/Fort Worth.  (It had previously been known as “Y95”). This aircheck includes a commercial featuring Pauly Shore in which he explains one of the benefits of having call waiting from GTE. About three months after this aircheck was recorded, the station became “Oldies 94.9”. 94.9 is now known as “94.9 KLTY” and, per Wikipedia, is considered the #1 Contemporary Christian station in the U.S.

KZZP (104-7 ZZP) – Phoenix – 11/19 & 11/20/00

During the 80’s, KZZP 104.7 FM in Phoenix was one of the most successful Mainstream CHR stations in the country. According to the station’s Wikipedia page, it “produced a long list of future stars in the radio business”, and offered a music mix that was adventurous for a Top 40 station. However, a combination of changes in personalities, management, and overall pop music tastes led to the station’s downfall (in April 1991). Five years later, owner Nationwide Communications brought KZZP back to the airwaves with a Modern AC format, making an attempt to appeal to the listeners who grew up with the station as a CHR. The station performed well, ranking #1 in key demos by 1998. However, by that point, Jacor (now Clear Channel) had taken ownership of KZZP along with KGLQ (96.9). On Labor D...

KHYI (Power 95) – Dallas/Fort Worth – 4/30/91 – Ken Barnett

Beginning sometime in 1986, 94.9 FM in Dallas was known as Y95. During its run, it forced multiple competitors out of the CHR format. But in the early 90’s, with changing popular music tastes, many Mainstream CHR stations in the U.S. faced an identity crisis. According to DFW Radio Archives, this aircheck was recorded just after the station was rebranded as Power 95 with a more Rhythmic approach (24 years ago today). About six months later, it became “Oldies 94.9″. Contributed by Robyn Watts.  

KHYI (Y95) – Dallas/Fort Worth – 4/11/91 – Jo Jo Wright

In the early 90’s, with changing popular music tastes, many Mainstream CHR stations in the U.S. faced an identity crisis.  Y95 – which had launched in 1986 and forced multiple competitors out of the format – was no exception.  According to DFW Radio Archives, this aircheck was recorded just before before the station was rebranded as Power 95 with a more Rhythmic approach.  Six months later, it became “Oldies 94.9″. Contributed by Robyn Watts.

KZZP (104-7 ZZP) – Phoenix – 11/4/00 – Brent/Bret/Brett (?) Michaels

During the 80’s, KZZP 104.7 FM in Phoenix was one of the most successful Mainstream CHR stations in the country. According to the station’s Wikipedia page, it “produced a long list of future stars in the radio business”, and offered a music mix that was adventurous for a Top 40 station. However, a combination of changes in personalities, management, and overall pop music tastes led to the station’s downfall (in April 1991). Five years later, owner Nationwide Communications brought KZZP back to the airwaves with a Modern AC format, making an attempt to appeal to the listeners who grew up with the station as a CHR. The station performed well, ranking #1 in key demos by 1998. However, by that point, Jacor (now Clear Channel) had taken ownership of KZZP along with KGLQ (96.9). On Labor Day Wee...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 9/25/91 – Dave Ryan, Dena Fox, Scott Thrower

  “100,000 watts of music power…” Recorded 23 years ago this week, below is a detailed sample of the dominant CHR station in Phoenix for most of the 1990’s, at the start of that decade. Specifically, this is a montage of the “Power Morning Zoo”. The star of the show was Dave Ryan, who had joined Power 92 recently, after being at Adult CHR KZZP through its final days. Ryan departed KKFR in March 1993 and landed at legendary Mainstream CHR KDWB/Minneapolis – and as of September 2014, he remains their morning show host. During Ryan’s final days at KZZP, one of the morning show hosts at Power 92 (the main host?) was Danny Bonaduce. However, following an incident involving a prostitute, Bonaduce found himself first on administrative leave and...

Casey Kasem montage on KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – December 1991 – early 1992

 Following a long illness, Casey Kasem died this past Sunday morning at the age of 82 from Lewy Body Dementia. This aircheck features Kasem hosting “Casey’s Top 40”, starting in late December 1991 through early 1992, as heard on Phoenix affiliate KOY-FM (Y95). The majority of the montage is from the year-end “The Top 100 Hits of 1991” countdown, most likely recorded on 12/29/91. Also featured briefly is a snippet of fill-in host Mark Elliot, along with legal IDs and other sweepers played by KOY-FM during the program.

KZZP 104.7 FM – Phoenix – 4/2/91 – Dave Ryan

Throughout the 80’s, KZZP/Phoenix enjoyed incredible success, establishing itself as one of America’s legendary CHRs.  Per the station’s Wikipedia page, it “produced a long list of future stars in the radio business”, and offered a music mix that was adventurous for a Top 40 station – as illustrated by the other KZZP montages posted here. But, like many of its peers in the format, KZZP struggled to adjust to changing pop music tastes in the early 90’s.  By the Spring of 1991, the station had morphed into an Adult CHR. This is a lengthy aircheck (recorded 23 years ago today) of the station’s morning show at the time, hosted by Dave Ryan.  Included are multiple references to the arrest of Danny Bonaduce (two days prior) — Bonaduce was employed by crosstown Rhythmic CHR KKFR ̶...

KBOS (B95) – Fresno, CA – 12/17/91 – Jeff Scott

B95 is one of America’s longest-running CHRs, adopting a Rhythmic lean long before it became the norm to do so. Jeff Scott (featured on the second half of this montage, recorded 21 years ago today) is one of at least three members of the station to later work in the Phoenix market – others include Krazy Kid (KBZR/KPTY, KKFR, KZZP, KZON) and Don Parker (featured in a commercial at the start of the aircheck; as PD of KKFR in the mid-90’s, led the station to its highest ever 12+ Arbitron shares.)  

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – October/November 1991

In the late 80′s, and the very early 90′s, Phoenix was one of the best markets for fans of the CHR format.  Nationwide Communications’ heritage KZZP found itself in a heated battle with The Broadcast Group’s Power 92 (KKFR) and Edens Broadcasting’s Y95 (KOY-FM). KZZP dominated for most of the 80′s.  But with changes in management, personalities, and pop music tastes — ratings dropped significantly in the early 90′s, leading to a format and name change in April 1991. Y95, capitalizing on the changes and later demise of KZZP, enjoyed ratings success at the start of the decade. This is an unofficial station composite of the station from the Fall of 1991.

WHTZ (Z100) – New York – Nov/Dec ’91 – Various personalities

Recorded around this time of the year, 22 years ago, this is a sample of what is/was probably America’s best-sounding major market CHR.

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