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WKSE (Kiss 98.5) – Buffalo, NY – 4/25/99 – Shy Guy Shaun

From the late 1990’s, here is a sample of Buffalo’s longtime Mainstream CHR outlet. It’s hosted by Shy Guy Shaun, who joined the staff in 1997 following participation in a station contest and as of today (April 2017) is still on-air.

WKSE (Kiss 98.5) – Buffalo, NY – 7/18/93

Recorded 23 years ago today, here’s a sample of Buffalo’s longtime CHR outlet. Kiss 98.5 is seemingly one of the relatively few stations to have stuck with a Mainstream CHR format during a year (1993) when most of its peers had either begun leaning towards either a Modern Rock or Rhythmic approach, or had abandoned CHR altogether.

KHYS/KJOJ (Kiss 98.5, Kiss Again 103.3) – Houston – 4/4/98

“Kiss 98-5, Kiss Again 103-3″ (KHYS/KJOJ) debuted on February 24, 1997 with a Dance-oriented approach targetted at Latinos, similar to Power 96 in Miami. Styles of music heard on the station included house, freestyle, bass, tropical, and R&B. While the station seemed to be making some progress in the ratings early, it never got to the next level. This brief aircheck was recorded around the time (or shortly before) a shift to a more Mainstream approach — essentially a more Rhythmic version of the heritage Mainstream CHR in the market, KRBE. The station threw in the towel altogether on 1/1/99 as it jumped on the “fad” format of the era — Rhythmic Oldies (better known as “Jammin’ Oldies”).  

KHYS/KJOJ (Kiss 98.5, Kiss Again 103.3) – Houston – 5/8/97 – Charles Chavez

“Kiss 98-5, Kiss Again 103-3″ (KHYS/KJOJ) debuted on February 24, 1997 with a Dance-oriented approach targetted at Latinos, similar to Power 96 in Miami. Styles of music heard on the station included house, freestyle, bass, tropical, and R&B. While the station seemed to be making some progress in the ratings early, it never got to the next level. This brief aircheck was recorded about three months after its launch (18 years ago today). By about the same time the following year, Kiss would shift to a more Mainstream approach — essentially a more Rhythmic version of the heritage Mainstream CHR in the market, KRBE. The station threw in the towel altogether on 1/1/99 as it jumped on the “fad” format of the era — Rhythmic Oldies (better known as “Jammin’ Oldies”).

BBC Radio 1 – London – 12/31/97

Recorded on New Years Eve 1997 (17 years ago today), this is a montage of the BBC’s pop-oriented radio format, heard throughout the Greater London area. Included are samples of both mixshow and regular programming. According to Transmission Zero, the other BBC Radio offerings are Adult Contemporary, Classical and a spoken-word format that combines News, Comedy and Drama.

KHYS (Kiss 98.5, Kiss Again 103-3) – Houston – 7/30/98

“Kiss 98-5, Kiss Again 103-3″ (KHYS/KJOJ) debuted on February 24, 1997 with a Dance-oriented approach targetted at Latinos, similar to Power 96 in Miami. Styles of music heard on the station included house, freestyle, bass, tropical, and R&B. While the station seemed to be making some progress in the ratings early, it never got to the next level. As heard on this aircheck (recorded 15 years ago today), by the summer of 1998, the station had shifted to much more of a Mainstream approach — essentially a more Rhythmic version of the heritage CHR in the market, KRBE. The station threw in the towel altogether on 1/1/99 as it adopted “fad” format of the era — Rhythmic Oldies (better known as “Jammin’ Oldies”).

KHYS/KJOJ (Kiss 98-5, Kiss Again 103-3) – Houston – 2-24-97

“Radio sucks! We’re just trying to suck a little less!” One of the sweepers heard on Dance CHR “Kiss 98-5, Kiss Again 103-3” Port Arthur/Freeport/Houston.  This aircheck represents the first 45 minutes of the station (scoped); please visit the Format Change Archive (specifically, //bit.ly/ejgBNt) to hear the actual sign-on (including the stunting that preceded it), along with more details on this station’s history.

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