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KSIQ (Q96) – Brawley/El Centro, CA – 2000 – Bill Stewart, Mary Jesse

“From Baja to the North Shore, from Pine Valley to Arizona’s Door”. Q96 was one of the best-sounding CHRs I’ve ever heard, and it’s more impressive upon realizing that the area it served (the Imperial Valley in far Southern California) was/is not even rated by Arbitron.  It offered great music, air talent, and production values. This aircheck was recorded sometime in 2000 (presumably in the Summer or Fall, judging by the mention of the 100+ degree temperatures).  Please note that this montage represents two separate segments (one at the end of morning drive, and the other in late afternoon drive), so certain songs are heard twice. Sadly, in an effort to garner more advertising dollars, the owners of Q96 made an attempt to move the station’s signal closer...

XHITZ (Jammin’ Z90) – San Diego – 7/4/94 – Nick Monroe

This is a sample of Z90, serving America’s Finest City, recorded on Independence Day 1994.  At this time, Z90 was seemingly one of the most unique-sounding Rhythmic CHRs around; I personally do not recall hearing most of the songs featured on this aircheck anywhere else.

KBTS (B93) & KHFI (K-96.7) – Austin, TX – Early 90’s

Courtesy of “bigdreams97” on Youtube. (Note: the image shown above for KHFI is not representative of what the station was using at the time this aircheck was recorded.)

CING (Energy 108) – Toronto – 2/28/97

For several years in the early to mid 1990’s, Toronto’s Energy 108 offered a cutting-edge Dance music format, making it a favorite among Dance radio enthusiasts. However, by 1997, the station’s ownership changed hands, and the format eventually evolved to Mainstream CHR.  This brief aircheck (seemingly one of the few in existence) was presumably recorded close to the beginning of that transition. It features snippets of the station’s “Top 50 Countdown” and “All Retro Dance Edition” programs. More information can be found at Wikipedia.  

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.

WKBZ (Power 95.3) – Muskegon, MI – 7/26/98

For a few years in the mid to late 90’s, WKBZ-FM offered an Urban Contemporary format branded as Power 95.3. According to Wikipedia, a few months after this aircheck was recorded, ownership of the station was transferred to Grand Valley State University. Subsequently, it became a simulcast of another station owned by the institution.

XHTZ (Jammin’ Z90) – San Diego – July 1992 – Cha Cha

Recorded on Independence Day Weekend 1992, in the BEST city for celebrating the holiday, here is a sample of San Diego’s longtime Rhythmic CHR, Jammin’ Z90. This is definitely one of the more unique-sounding Rhythmic CHRs I’ve ever heard – it almost sounded like a Rhythmic Oldies station at times. Be sure to check out the other Z90 aircheck posted here, from the same weekend in 1994.

WFLZ (Power 93/Power Pig) – Tampa Bay, FL – July 1991 – Kevin Michaels

25 years ago today was the beginning of the end of the status quo in Tampa Bay CHR radio. As detailed on THIS site, following one of most creative and outrageous strategies in radio history (involving potentially millions of dollars in ransom), Oldies-formatted WFLZ 93.3 “Z93” flipped to  Rhythmic CHR as “Power 93, The Power Pig”. Longtime, full service heritage CHR WRBQ (Q105) lost significant portions of its audience. Following numerous attempts to stop the bleeding, it switched to a Country format within four years. This aircheck represents a montage of The Power Pig about 2 years after its debut.

WCXT (105.3 the Whip) – Muskegon-Grand Rapids, MI – 7-3-99 – Tim Hartley

This is a sample of West Michigan’s Dance CHR “105.3 the Whip” during its first or second night on the air. Check out //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WHTS for more information on the history of this station.

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – October/November 1991

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 – Summer/Fall 1991

  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 official station composite of the station from the Summer and Fall of 1991.

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