1992

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – 1992 (featuring Mitch Craig sweepers)

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 a station composite from early 1992 (most likely originating from an official version, but edited by yours truly), when it adopted a policy of playing “no hard rap”. (Ultimately, this decision may h...

WKHI (Mix 99.9 KHI) – Salisbury/Ocean City, MD – 8/20/92 – Chris Kelly

For over two decades, 99.9 FM in Salisbury/Ocean City, MD has been a Country station known as “Froggy 99.9” with the call letters WWFG. But prior to that, according to Wikipedia, it was a CHR/Hot AC station known as “100 KHI” (that’s the era associated with the logo attached to this post), “Mix 99.9 KHI” (as heard on this aircheck – not mentioned on the Wikipedia article), “99.9 KHI”, and “Power 99.9 KHI”.

WXXL (XL-106.7 FM) – Orlando – July 1992

“Of all of life’s experiences…you must at one time or another encounter…RAVE”. Voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig, this is a sample of Orlando’s longtime CHR during progressive underground dance mix programming.

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – 4/2/92 – 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.

CIMX (89X) – Windsor, ON / Detroit, MI – 1/29/92 – Skinner

This is a sample of longtime Modern Rocker 89X from its earlier days. More information about the station can be found at Wikipedia.

WEGX (Eagle 106) – Philadelphia – 1992 – Spyder Harrison

This is a sample of Philadelphia’s Eagle 106 during its final year as a Top 40 station. At the time, the station was engaged in a fierce battle with competitor WIOQ (Q102).

XHTZ (Jammin’ Z90) – San Diego – July 1992 – Cha Cha

Recorded on Independence Day Weekend 1992, in the BEST city for celebrating the holiday, here is a sample of San Diego’s longtime Rhythmic CHR, Jammin’ Z90. This is definitely one of the more unique-sounding Rhythmic CHRs I’ve ever heard – it almost sounded like a Rhythmic Oldies station at times. Be sure to check out the other Z90 aircheck posted here, from the same weekend in 1994.

KBOS (B95) – Fresno – 1/31/97

Recorded 18 years ago this month, here’s a montage of Fresno’s heritage Rhythmic CHR, recorded almost entirely during Friday night mixshow programming (courtesy of the syndicated “Hot Mix” service). More information about the history of this station can be found within the text of another B95 aircheck on this site – specifically, the comment from Robyn Watts.

KBOS (B95) – Fresno, CA – August ’92 – Krazy Kid

Recorded 22 years ago this month, this is a sample of Fresno’s heritage CHR. According to Wikipedia, KBOS signed on in 1971 (with the B95 name?), but didn’t move into a Rhythmic direction until sometime in the 80’s.  The station was celebrating its 21st anniversary at the time this aircheck was recorded. It’s hosted by Krazy Kid, who moved on to become one of the most popular personalities in the Phoenix market from the mid-1990’s through mid-2000’s.

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.

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – November/December 1992

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. But in late 1992, the station moved in a different direction.  This is a sample of what Y95 sounded like at the beginning of that transition.

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – 1992

Official station composite of Y95 (KOY 95.5 FM Phoenix), 1992.

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