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KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – Summer ’93 – Bo and Jamie

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 by 1993, ratings had fallen well below those of Power 92, which had begun to establish itself as the market’s preferred CHR (a title which it held through the 90’s).  On September 2, 1993, ...

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...

KOY-FM (Y95) – June 18, 1993 – Phoenix – Steve Douglas, Elvis Medina, Bo Reynolds, Jamie White

In 1993, the NBA’s Phoenix Suns had a magical season that captivated their hometown fans, featuring run to the Finals round against the defending champion Chicago Bulls. In this aircheck, CHR Y95 (95.5 KOY-FM) was giving away courtside tickets to the 6th game of the series (contigent upon the Suns winning the 5th game, which took place a few hours following the aircheck). Listeners were asked to keep track of songs for several hours. Throughout the day, the station would start taking callers (beginning with #95) and the first person to correctly recite the titles of the songs in the correct order would win the tickets. All three times that this occurred throughout the day are featured on the aircheck. Included are Suns/NBA/sports-themed songs that were in rotation on Y95, along with ...

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.

KZFM (Hot Z95) – Corpus Christi – 3/28/98

“Hit Music For All Generations” – voiced by the late Brian James, this is a sample of one of America’s longest-running Rhythmic CHRs.  

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – November/December 1991 – Various Personalities

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.

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).

KZFM (Hot Z95) – Corpus Christi, TX – 9/4/94 – Bart Allison

“Music of the World” – this is a sample of one of America’s longest running Rhythmic CHRs, recorded on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend 1994.

WPLJ (The All New ‘PLJ – Power 95) – New York – 1990 – Greg Thunder

Courtesy of the now-defunct mp3airchecks.com, here’s a sample of New York’s WPLJ during as days as “Power 95”, but after the station adopted a lean towards more adult-oriented, pop/rock hits. Interestingly, the station also used “Musicradio” (made famous by WABC-AM) and “The All New PLJ” as supplementary monikers. Visit Wikipedia for more information on the history of this station.  

WPLJ 95.5 – New York – 2/11/95 – Tony Banks (Valentine’s Dedications)

Courtesy of the now-defunct mp3airchecks.com, here’s a sample of New York’s longtime Adult CHR/Hot AC, recorded on the weekend before Valentine’s Day in 1995.

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – 12/23/88 – Tim & Willy

Recorded 27 years ago today, here is a sample of longtime Phoenix morning show radio duo Tim Hattrick and Willy D. Loon — better known as Tim and Willy — in what may possibly have been their first day together on the air, two days before Christmas 1988. Tim mentions that Willy was the “musical genius behind Jonathon Brandmeier” — Brandmeier hosted mornings on CHR rival KZZP earlier in the 80’s. Includes a request from a listener for “Girl I Know It’s True” by Chilli Fanilli.

WPLJ (Power 95) – New York City – 10/28/85 – Fast Jimmy Roberts

Recorded 30 years ago yesterday, here’s a sample of New York’s WPLJ a couple of years after it entered the CHR format, and within the first year of calling itself “Power 95”. Visit Wikipedia for more information on the history of this station.

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