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KWOD (106.5) – Sacramento – 5/22/09 (LAST DAY)

Six years ago today, Sacramento’s heritage Alternative station came to an end. KWOD 106.5, which programmed the aforementioned format since 1991, flipped to an All 90’s format as “The Buzz”. Visit our sister site, Radioinsight.com, for more details about the change. Heard here is the final 30 minutes or so of KWOD; the actual change can be heard on our other sister site, Formatchange.com.

KPWR (Power 106) – Los Angeles – 4/24/87 – Jay Thomas

In February 1986, Emmis Broadcasting flipped 105.9 FM in Los Angeles from KMGG “Magic 106” (apparently some form of Hot AC as suggested in this article) to Rhythmic CHR (then a relatively new format) as “Power 106”.  The station became an instant hit, surpassing heritage Mainstream KIIS in all dayparts except Morning Drive, where Rick Dees continued to dominate. In an effort to reverse this trend, Emmis brought in Jay Thomas, who had been hosting mornings on New York’s WKTU (the original) until the year prior.  This is a sample of Thomas’ show about six months after its debut, recorded 28 years ago this month.  

KHTS (Channel 9-3-3) – San Diego – 2/17/97 – Boomer

In September 1996, Channel 9-3-3 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.  

KXMX (Mix 95.9) – Anaheim, CA – July 2000

Mix 95.9 was a short-lived radio outlet, created during a period of heavy consolidation in the industry. Its birth was a direct result of coming under Jacor ownership in March 1999. Its death was a result of Clear Channel (which had taken over Jacor later in 1999) being forced to sell Mix 95.9 due to FCC ownership rules related to Clear Channel’s acquisition of AM FM, Inc. More details about the history of this station can be found at Wikipedia. The format of Mix 95.9 was Hot AC, with somewhat of a lean towards Active Rock. Many thanks to Jeffery James for contributing!    

KPWR (Power 106) – Los Angeles – 1/25/97

Recorded at a time when hip-hop was just starting to make its way into Mainstream U.S. radio, this is a montage of a station that was one of the format’s pioneers several years earlier.

Small Western U.S. Market Bandscan – January 1998 – Various Personalities

This montage includes brief snippets of the following stations: KMXY “Mix 104.3” Grand Junction, CO KWYK-FM Farmington, NM KBOS “B95” Fresno, CA KDON “102.5 K-DON” Monterey, CA KTMT “Beat 93” Medford, OR

KDON (102.5) – Monterey, CA – 12/31/98 & 1/1/99 – Paul Robbins/Maverick (EXCELLENT)

Recorded 15 years ago this week,  here’s sample of Monterey’s longtime Rhythmic CHR at the turn of the new year, 1998-99. On the first part of the aircheck are snippets of the station’s end-of-year mix (which includes a lengthy recap of the various concerts and promotions offered by KDON in 1998); that’s followed by a portion of the “Top 102 of 1998”. As you’ll hear, the station offered a relatively broad music mix – a more genuine defintion of “Rhythmic CHR” than was common at the time. In this era, KDON was voiced by the late and great Brian James.

KZQZ (Z95.7) – San Francisco, CA – 12/27/98

Recorded 15 years ago yesterday, this is a montage of San Francisco’s Z95.7 about a year and a half after its launch. As heard on this aircheck of the station from July 1997, Z95.7 initially employed a dance-heavy approach, similar to Z104 (WWZZ) in Washington, D.C. and 102.7 ‘XYV (WXYV) in Baltimore. However, over time, as demonstrated here, the playlist became more balanced.

KYLD (Wild 94.9) – San Francisco – 12/27/98 (“Mickey Fickey Mix”)

Recorded 15 years ago today, this is a sample of the Bay Area’s longtime Rhythmic CHR. Wild 94.9 was (and perhaps still is) one of the most entertaining and well-programmed stations around, custom-tailored for its (major) market.

KHTS (Channel 933) – San Diego – October 1996

“The New Beat of San Diego” – this aircheck, from October 1996, represents the sound of Channel 9-3-3 in its earliest days. It offered an outstanding music mix, talent, sweepers, and all-around production values. IMHO, this is what a Dance CHR station should sound like, and it’s the best I’ve personally ever heard. However, the masses did not agree  – KHTS evolved to a more conventional Rhythmic CHR in early 1997.  

KSES (Kiss-FM) – Palm Springs, CA (surrounding area) – 8/29/97

Recorded 16 years ago today (on a Labor Day Weekend road trip from Phoenix to Los Angeles), this is a sample of a station that served the area around Palm Springs, CA. “Kiss-FM” originated on KSES 106.9 FM in Yucca Valley, with translators on K232CX 94.3 FM in Desert Hot Springs and K280CV 103.9 FM in Cathedral City. The format was essentially an unfocused but entertaining form of Rhythmic AC, with a Soft AC-ish presentation. I seem to recall hearing that the station was forced to change its name due to its proximity to 102.7 KIIS-FM in Los Angeles; can anyone confirm/deny this?

KKXX (105.3) – Bakersfield, CA – 7/23/91

Since 1977, the KKXX call letters have been associated with four different frequencies in the Bakersfield market. This is a sample of the station from 1991 (recorded 22 years ago today), when it was found at 105.3 FM. More detailed information can be found on this Wikipedia page.

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