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KGLQ (Eagle 96.9) – Phoenix – June ’98 – Charlie Van Dyke

In September 1997, shortly after a sale from Nationwide Communications to Jacor (now Clear Channel), Classic Hits-formatted “96.9 K-Hits” rebranded itself as “Eagle 96.9”, and brought on legendary radio/TV voice talent Charlie Van Dyke to host mornings. Nine months later, it was announced that the station would be undergoing a format change in the near future, and all of the station’s air talent would be out of a job. Van Dyke, having served as the radio columnist for the Arizona Republic newspaper in the past, decided that the audience deserved to know what was happening, and have some fun with the situation at the same. On this aircheck, he and co-host Mary Reilly explained the situation, took calls from disappointed listeners, and temporarily changed the mu...

WKZS-WJBQ-WMME – Portland/Augusta, Maine – 2/8 & 2/14/97

  Recorded 18 years ago this month, this is a sample of three CHR/CHR-leaning stations serving the state of Maine in early 1997: WKZS, Auburn/Portland — “99.9 Kiss-FM” (also heard on 96.9 FM), 2/8/97 – recorded during the high-energy “Kiss Club Night” mixshow programming. The station sounded much better in this era than it did a couple of years later, when it had rebranded as “Mix 96.9 & 99.9”.  (I have not been able to locate a logo for this station.) WJBQ, Portland — “Q 97 Dot 9”, 2/14/97 — Absolutely one of the best small market CHRs I’ve ever heard. J.J. Jeffries was both the voice and (I think) the owner of the station. WMME, Augusta/Brunswick/Bangor — “92 Moose”, 2/8/97. Another s...

WMWX (Mix 96.9 & 99.9) – Portland, ME – 1/26/99

Recorded 16 years ago this month, here’s a montage of small town Hot AC radio from just before the beginning of the new millennium, featuring “a 50/50 mix of the 80’s and 90’s”. (IMHO, that’s just way too many numbers to have in a positioning statement…) Left intact is a commercial promoting “free designer phone book covers” with 1980’s-sounding music in the background.

KHTC (96.9 K-Hits) – Phoenix – 3/1/97

Recorded 17 years ago today, this is a sample of the first of two attempts to make the Classic Hits format work on 96.9 FM in Phoenix. “96.9 K-Hits”, heard here, would change its name to “Eagle 96.9” a few months later but retain the same format.  In September 1998, it became Hot AC as “Mix 96.9.”

KGLQ (Eagle 96.9) – Phoenix – 9/22/97 – Charlie Van Dyke & Michael Hagerty

In September 1997, shortly after a sale from Bonneville to Nationwide Communications, Classic Hits-formatted “96.9 K-Hits” rebranded itself as “Eagle 96.9”, and brought on legendary radio/TV voice talent Charlie Van Dyke to host mornings. For 4 months, he was joined by local (KTVK) news personality Michael Hagerty. This aircheck, of the first show, is a radiogeek’s dream come true. The primary topic of discussion was a brutally honest discussion of the Phoenix radio industry itself. Guest hosts included Bruce Christian (radio columnist for the Tribune newspaper), and Bud Wilkinson (radio columnist for the Arizona Republic newspaper – a position that Van Dyke had also held.) If that wasn’t enough, other Phoenix radio morning show hosts (including th...

Jersey Shore Sampler – Late 1991 – Various Personalities

This is a composite of the following stations from approximately November/December 1991: 95.1 WAYV Atlantic City 103.7 WMGM Atlantic City (Then AC “Sunny 103.7”, now Rock “103-7 MGM”) 94.3 WJLK Asbury Park (Then AC, now Hot AC “94.3 The Point”) 107.1 WZVU Long Branch (Then Oldies “Seaview 107”, now AC “The Breeze” WWZY) 95.9 WADB Point Pleasant (Then Beautiful Music, now Rock “95.9 The Rat” WRAT) 96.9 WFPG-FM Atlantic City (Then AC “Lite 96.9”, now AC “Lite Rock 96.9”). 99.3 WMID-FM Pleasantville/Atlantic City (Then Classic Rock, now Rhythmic “Kiss 99.3” WZBZ) 100.1 WJRZ-FM Manahawkin (Then Adult CHR, now AC “Magic 100.1”) At the end of this aircheck is a jingle to the tune of “Grandma Got Run O...

Wild 96.9 – Sydney, Australia – 6-1-97 – Butthead & Sam

“Sydney’s Only Youth Radio Station” – a sample of all-Dance “Wild 96.9 FM” from the summer of 1997 (apparently over an Australian holiday weekend, as evidenced by the anti-speeding PSA that I’ve left intact on this aircheck.)

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