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KDON 102.5 – Salinas/Monterey, CA – 4/24/98 – Maverick

This is a sample of Monterey’s longtime Rhythmic CHR, voiced by the late Brian James, during the late 1990’s. At the time, the station offered a relatively broad music mix – although perhaps too downtempo at times.  

KHTS (Channel 933) – San Diego – March ’97 – Boomer

In September 1996, Channel 933 debuted with a gold-friendly Dance CHR format, as demonstrated in this aircheck from October of that year and this one from November. However, within a few months, the station became much more current-based, replacing much of the classic dance with contemporary R&B and pop.  

KCAQ (Q-104.7) – Oxnard/Ventura, CA – 1/25/97 – Kat Torres

This is a sample of Ventura County’s longtime Rhythmic CHR (now found on 95.9 FM), voiced by the late Brian James. At this time, Q104.7 still offered a relatively balanced Rhythmic CHR format, featuring a mix of R&B, dance, hip-hop and rhythmic gold/oldies selections.

KIBB (B100) – Los Angeles – 11/19/97 (LAST DAY)

With the pending demise of KSWD “100.3 The Sound” later today, here’s a look back at the final day of a previous format/station on the same frequency, from almost exactly 20 years ago. Following the “worst-to-first” performance of New York’s WKTU in 1996, a number of stations around the U.S. attempted similar formats (essentially Rhythmic AC) in their markets. B100 was one example – but the station never came close to achieving KTU-like numbers. It debuted in the Fall of 1996, emphasizing 70’s and 80’s Dance/R&B selections and positioning itself with the slogan “LA’s Hot FM.” Several months later, Viacom sold the station to Chancellor (which became AMFM). During the Spring of 1997, Chancellor tried to improve the station by making it more current-intensive and modifyi...

KKUU (U-92.7) – Indio/Palm Springs, CA – 7/10/98

U-92.7 hit the airwaves sometime in the mid to late 90’s. Initially, as demonstrated on this aircheck, the station offered a rather unfocused but entertaining Rhythmic CHR format. Over time, the playlist was tightened so that it had a focus on hip-hop and R&B.  

KMGQ (Magic 106) – Santa Barbara, CA – 5/5/97 – Dawn Daniels

KMGQ (which referred to itself as both “106.3 KMGQ” and “Magic 106”) offered an upbeat Adult Contemporary format. More information about the history of the station can be found at Wikipedia.

KITS (Live 105) – San Francisco – 6/24/95 – Rolin West

Recorded 21 years ago today, this is a brief sample of The Bay Area’s longtime Alternative/Modern Rocker. Visit the KITS page on Wikipedia for more information on the history of this station.

KIBB (B100) – Los Angeles – 11/17/97

Following the “worst-to-first” success of New York’s WKTU in 1996, a number of stations around the U.S. attempted similar formats (essentially Rhythmic AC) in their markets. B100 was one example – but the station never came close to achieving KTU-like numbers. It debuted in the Fall of 1996, emphasizing 70’s and 80’s Dance/R&B selections and positioning itself with the slogan “LA’s Hot FM.” Several months later, Viacom sold the station to Chancellor (which became AMFM). During the Spring of 1997, Chancellor tried to improve the station by making it more current-intensive and modifying the station’s slogan to “The Rhythm of L.A.”, among other changes, but the ratings didn’t improve. By the Fall, rumors of KIBB’s demise surfaced. This aircheck, recorded 18 years ago tomorrow,...

KMEL (106.1) – San Francisco – 8/25/84 – Marvelous Mark McKay

31 years ago yesterday, Rock-formatted KMEL “Camel 106” came to an end, replaced by what would become a legendary CHR station. At its onset, the station’s nickname was “All Hit 106”; over time, it began to identify itself simply by its call letters. The actual sign-on is posted at our sister site, Formatchange.com. The montage posted here represents the one hour+ that followed. KMEL is now  an Urban station, resulting in a sound very different from its CHR days.

KHOP 104.1 – Modesto/Stockton, CA – 8-19-90 – Marco

Recorded 25 years ago this month, this is a sample of KHOP during a previous era as a Mainstream CHR (which is the format it currently holds as well.) According to the Modesto Radio Museum, the station offered various other formats (mostly rock-oriented) during the 1990’s and early 2000’s.  Along the way, it shifted frequencies from 104.1 to 95.1.

KHTS – simulcast of WFLZ (93-3 FLZ) – San Diego/Tampa – 8/1/96 – Tom Steele

From March to August 1996, as part of the preparation for what would eventually become “Channel 933”, KHTS 93.3 FM in San Diego simulcasted Mainstream CHR sister station WFLZ (93-3 FLZ) in Tampa. This aircheck (recorded 19 years ago today) represents a sample of that simulcast from its final month or so. Please visit the KHTS Wikipedia page for more details.

KQPW (Power 102) – Fresno, CA – 6/6/91

Recorded 24 years ago today, this is a sample of the morning show at Power 102 (101.9 FM).  The station  went head-to-head with longtime market leader KBOS “B95”. According to comments posted to this B95 aircheck, Power 102 employed a hip-hop-heavy approach at some point. That’s pretty much all I know about Power 102; Google searches haven’t helped. Any additional, factual information about the history of Power 102 is appreciated.

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