Arizona

KBZR (103.9 FM) – Coolidge/Phoenix, AZ – 9/30/96 (S.T.E.V.E stunt)

For six months in 1996, KBZR (103.9 FM)/Coolidge, AZ offered one of the most creative stunts in radio history.  In between an automated Rhythmic Oldies format was a series of clever interstitials (voiced by station owner Jerry Clifton) indicating that the station was “moving in from the desert” (referring to a pending signal upgrade to allow for better coverage in the metro Phoenix area) and looking for someone — or something — named “Steve”. This aircheck was recorded exactly one month before the stunt ended.  By this point, the station had begun simulcasting on additional frequencies through Central and North-Central Arizona (presumably to compensate for the extended delays in upgrading the 103.9 signal), and it was revealed that “Steve” wa...

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...

KIDR 740 – Phoenix – 8/18/98 – Matt Miller & Brotha Fred

During the mid-90’s, KIDR (740 AM) in Phoenix was one of several radio stations across the U.S. affiliated with the childrens’-targetted “Radio AAHS” network. Ten of these stations were owned by Radio AAHS. By January 1998, with Radio Disney having launched its own competing network, Radio AAHS ceased operations. They put the ten stations up for sale (KIDR had joined this group not long before the sale was announced). Until a buyer was found, the affiliates (both the AAHS-owned and non-owned stations) aired a mix of random music and paid programming for 12 hours (4am-4pm PT), and all-dance “Beat Radio” for the remaining 12 hours (4pm-4am PT). In May of that year, KIDR program director Matt Miller elected to begin airing an hour of locally originated prog...

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 ...

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...

KIDR 740 – Phoenix – 5/28/98 – Matt Miller

During the mid-90’s, KIDR (740 AM) in Phoenix was one of several radio stations across the U.S. affiliated with the childrens’-targetted “Radio AAHS” network. Ten of these stations were owned by Radio AAHS. By January 1998, with Radio Disney having launched its own competing network, Radio AAHS ceased operations. They put the ten stations up for sale (KIDR had joined this group not long before the sale was announced). Until a buyer was found, the affiliates (both the AAHS-owned and non-owned stations) aired a mix of random music and paid programming for 12 hours (4am-4pm PT), and all-dance “Beat Radio” for the remaining 12 hours (4pm-4am PT). In May of that year, KIDR program director Matt Miller elected to begin airing an hour of locally originated prog...

KBZR (103.9 FM) – Coolidge/Phoenix, AZ – 5/11/96 (S.T.E.V.E. stunt)

For six months in 1996, KBZR (103.9 FM)/Coolidge, AZ offered one of the most creative stunts in radio history.  In between an automated Rhythmic Oldies format was a series of clever interstitials (voiced by station owner Jerry Clifton) indicating that the station was “moving in from the desert” (referring to a pending signal upgrade to allow for better coverage in the metro Phoenix area) and looking for someone — or something — named “Steve”. This aircheck was recorded in the early days of the stunt (probably about six weeks in) — KBZR was referring to itself as “The Space Station” at this time. Included is a commercial for the infamous “J.J., The King of Beepers”, whose advertising was heard throughout multiple Southwestern markets at ...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 4/28/95 – Bruce & Maggie

This aircheck of KKFR, during its peak in the mid-1990’s, features morning show hosts Bruce Kelly & Maggie Brock broadcasting live from Majerle’s sports bar in downtown Phoenix, giving away tickets to games in the the Portland Trailblazers/Phoenix Suns first-round NBA playoff series.

KZZP 104.7 – Phoenix – April 1991 – Jack Hammer

Throughout the 80’s, KZZP/Phoenix enjoyed incredible success, establishing itself as one of America’s legendary CHRs.  Per the station’s Wikipedia page, it “produced a long list of future stars in the radio business”, and offered a music mix that was adventurous for a Top 40 station – as illustrated by the other KZZP montages posted here. But, like many of its peers in the format, KZZP struggled to adjust to changing pop music tastes in the early 90’s.  By the Spring of 1991, the station had morphed into an Adult CHR, as heard on this aircheck.  (It reminds me very much of what was playing on cable’s VH1 at the time, when it still focused on showing music videos.) Not long after this recording, KZZP’s 11-year run sadly came to an end – owner Nationwide Communications flipped it to AC...

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.

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – early 1993 – Dave Ryan

This is a brief montage of the “Power Morning Zoo” as heard on KKFR (Power 92), which was the dominant CHR station in Phoenix for most of the 1990’s. The star of the show was Dave Ryan, who had joined Power 92 recently, after being at Adult CHR KZZP through its final days. Ryan departed KKFR in March 1993 and landed at legendary Mainstream CHR KDWB/Minneapolis – and as of February 2017, he remains their morning show host.

KBZR (The New 103.9, Arizona’s Party Station) – Phoenix – 12/31/96 – Krazy Kid Stevens & Ruben S (END OF YEAR MIX)

For six months in 1996, KBZR (103.9 FM)/Coolidge, AZ offered one of the most creative stunts in radio history.  In between an automated Rhythmic Oldies format was a series of clever interstitials (voiced by station owner Jerry Clifton) indicating that the station was “moving in from the desert” (referring to a pending signal upgrade to allow for better coverage in the metro Phoenix area) and looking for someone — or something — named “Steve”. On October 30 of that year, KBZR officially launched as “The New 103.9, Arizona’s Party Station”.  Featured on this aircheck is a sample of the outlet 2 months after its debut, as it offered end-of-year mixshow programming on the final day of 1996. Please note that this aircheck is heavily scoped – I kept only the segments featuring songs that I...

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