KLRZ (Pirate Radio Z100) – Larose, LA – 1/7/95

During the early to mid-90’s, many Top 40 stations in the United States leaned towards either Rhythmic music or towards Modern Rock. This is a sample of a station with the latter approach – recorded 19 years ago yesterday. According to Wikipedia, KLRZ actually targetted the New Orleans market during this time, with a goal of moving the transmitter closer to that area. However, Hurricane Katrina effectively ended those plans.  

WILN (Island 106) – Panama City, FL – 5/14/95 – Sean Phillips

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.    

WBBM-FM (B96) – Chicago – 1/4/95 – George McFly

During a significant portion of the 1990’s, B96 offered a dance music-heavy format focused on currents — making it one of the very few major market, full signal commercial stations in the U.S. to find success with that formula during that decade. This aircheck, recorded at the peak of that era, is a great example of why dance radio fanatics held the station in such high regard. It’s hosted by longtime station personality George McFly and (partially) voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig.

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 12/25/95 – Brian Simpson

Today’s Hottest Music is on Power 92″. This aircheck, recorded in the middle of the night between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 1995, represents the sound of KKFR (92.3) Glendale/Phoenix that led the station to an al-time high 7.0 Arbitron share (12+). At this time, Power 92 offered superb all-around music, air talent, and production values. It’s somewhat surreal to listen to this aircheck and realize that a live jock (Brian Simpson) was on the air during this holiday time period, reading a live legal ID — both of those elements are virtually unheard-of today. Included is a shaky-voiced call-in from yours truly, requesting a version of a song that I had never (and still have never) heard on any other station.

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – Spring ’95 – Bruce Kelly & Maggie Brock

Unofficial station composite of Power 92 (KKFR 92.3 FM Glendale/Phoenix) – early Spring 1995.  Features morning show hosts Bruce Kelly & Maggie Brock during the “Flashback Friday” segment.

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