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KBOS (B95) – Fresno, CA – 10/13/90 – Jack Armstrong

This is a sample of Fresno’s heritage CHR from the start of the 1990’s. Quoting from comments made by FMairchecks.com contributor Robyn Watts on another B95 aircheck posted here: According to online records as well as back issues of “Billboard”, [KBOS] was on the air by the late 60s-early 70s with a Beautiful/Easy Listening format. Sometime in the mid to late 70s, the station switched to AOR, adopting the name “The Boss” in the process. In 1983, the station switched to mainstream Top 40 adopting the “B-95″ name. It went Rhythmic around 1987 after KPWR/LA had proven the success of the format. One interesting note: Jack Armstrong (yes, THAT Jack Armstrong!!!) did mornings at B-95 in the mid to late 80s before leaving California to go back to North Carolina. This aircheck was reco...

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.

KYLD (Wild 94.9) – San Francisco – 1/2/98 – Jose Melendez (Wild Workout @ Noon)

My apologies for the heavy doses of static that are present in this aircheck, particularly in the first 3 minutes. Recorded 18 years ago this month, here is a sample of a high energy midday mixshow from The Bay Area’s Wild 94.9. At the time, the station was one of the most entertaining and best-programmed Rhythmic CHRs, custom-tailored for its unique market.

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.

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.

KLDZ (Channel 104.9) & KYLD (Wild 94.9) – San Francisco/San Jose, CA – 12/28/98

Recorded 16 years ago today, this is a sample of two very different stations serving the Bay Area. According to Wikipedia, Channel 104.9 debuted in August 1998 with the Modern AC format heard on the first portion of this montage. In February 1999, the format switched to classic New Wave/Alternative (the call letters became KCNL at this point as well), and then again to standard Alternative in January 2001. The station is now owned by the University of Southern California, and simulcasts a Classical format that originates on 89.9 KDFC/Anguin, CA. On the other hand, 94.9 FM has enjoyed much more stability over the years. Heard on the second portion of this montage is “Wild 94.9”, which was (and perhaps still is) one of the most entertaining and best-programmed Rhythmic CHRs, cust...

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.

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.)  

KHYI (“94.9”) – Dallas/Fort Worth – 9/21/91 – Billy Burke

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, KHYI rebranded as Power 95 in April 1991 and offered a more Rhythmic approach. However, as heard on this aircheck (recorded 22 years ago today), by September of that year, the station had reverted back to pure Mainstream CHR and began calling itself simply “94.9”. Finally, in (or around) October, it dumped CHR altogether and became “Oldies 94.9”.

KYLD (Wild 94.9) – San Francisco – 1/4/99

“If Dick Clark were hosting it, we couldn’t call it the Dickless New Year’s Mix”.  This aircheck, recorded 14 years ago today, demonstrates why Wild 94-9 was one of the most entertaining and well-programmed stations around, custom-tailored for its (major) market.

KHYI 94.9 (Y95) – Dallas – TM Productions Demo Jingles – November 1988

A TM Productions demo jingle package produced for Y95 (KHYI 94.9 FM, Dallas). Thanks to Neal Bowden for the following info: “The Y95 demo is from Nov 1988. These jingles never actually went to air as KHYI was used as the pilot station for demo purposes only. Y95 were using JAM jingles around that time.”

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