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KHTS (Channel 933) – San Diego – March ’97 – Boomer

In September 1996, Channel 933 debuted with a gold-friendly Dance CHR format, as demonstrated in this aircheck from October of that year and this one from November. However, within a few months, the station became much more current-based, replacing much of the classic dance with contemporary R&B and pop.  

KBTS (B93) & KHFI (K-96.7) – Austin, TX – Early 90’s

Courtesy of “bigdreams97” on Youtube. (Note: the image shown above for KHFI is not representative of what the station was using at the time this aircheck was recorded.)

WFLZ (The Power Pig) – Tampa Bay – 1/16/94 – Marty McFly & Stan Priest

Recorded 22 years ago tomorrow, this is a brief montage of Tampa Bay’s legendary CHR (now known as “93-3 FLZ”) about 4 to 5 years after its debut. Visit this Facebook page for full details on the history of this station.  

KHTS – simulcast of WFLZ (93-3 FLZ) – San Diego/Tampa – 8/1/96 – Tom Steele

From March to August 1996, as part of the preparation for what would eventually become “Channel 933”, KHTS 93.3 FM in San Diego simulcasted Mainstream CHR sister station WFLZ (93-3 FLZ) in Tampa. This aircheck (recorded 19 years ago today) represents a sample of that simulcast from its final month or so. Please visit the KHTS Wikipedia page for more details.

KHTS (Channel 9-3-3) – San Diego – 2/17/97 – Boomer

In September 1996, Channel 9-3-3 debuted with a gold-friendly Dance CHR format, as demonstrated in this aircheck from October of that year and this one from November. However, within a few months, the station became much more current-based, replacing much of the classic dance with contemporary R&B and pop.  

WFLZ (Power 93/Power Pig) – Tampa Bay, FL – July 1991 – Kevin Michaels

25 years ago today was the beginning of the end of the status quo in Tampa Bay CHR radio. As detailed on THIS site, following one of most creative and outrageous strategies in radio history (involving potentially millions of dollars in ransom), Oldies-formatted WFLZ 93.3 “Z93” flipped to  Rhythmic CHR as “Power 93, The Power Pig”. Longtime, full service heritage CHR WRBQ (Q105) lost significant portions of its audience. Following numerous attempts to stop the bleeding, it switched to a Country format within four years. This aircheck represents a montage of The Power Pig about 2 years after its debut.

WFLZ (93-3 ‘FLZ) – Tampa Bay – 6/12/98 – Dave Mann, Jennifer Jordan

“Arbitron rated #1” — WFLZ has been one of America’s best CHRs for the past 20+ years, and one of the flagship stations for Jacor & now Clear Channel.

KHTS (Channel 9-3-3) – San Diego – Nov ’96 – Cha Cha

“All New, All Dance” – this aircheck, from November 1996, represents the sound of Channel 9-3-3 (KHTS San Diego) in its earliest days. It offered an outstanding music mix, talent, sweepers, and all-around production values. IMHO, this is what a Dance CHR station should sound like, and it’s the best I’ve personally ever heard. However, the masses did not agree  – KHTS evolved to a more conventional Rhythmic CHR by the Spring of 1997. –

KHTS (Channel 933) – San Diego – October 1996

“The New Beat of San Diego” – this aircheck, from October 1996, represents the sound of Channel 9-3-3 in its earliest days. It offered an outstanding music mix, talent, sweepers, and all-around production values. IMHO, this is what a Dance CHR station should sound like, and it’s the best I’ve personally ever heard. However, the masses did not agree  – KHTS evolved to a more conventional Rhythmic CHR in early 1997.  

KDKB – Phoenix – Summer ’93 – Tim & Mark (Wonder Years parody)

In September 2006, following a period of pseudo-stunting, heritage rock station KDKB relaunched with a new slogan and a series of programming changes. You can hear the audio of the relaunch at The Format Change Archive. Linked below is a brief clip of longtime KDKB morning show hosts Tim and Mark, from the early 90’s. It’s an (incomplete) parody of “The Wonder Years” (a successful Comedy Drama on ABC-TV in the late 80’s and early 90’s) that aired during their show.

KUBE 93 – Seattle – Jingles – 1996

A ReelWorld Productions jingle package produced for KUBE 93 (93.3) in Seattle, 1996.

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