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KIBB (B100) – Los Angeles – 6/25/97 – Nino

  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, but the end result was a rather unfocused format. The station’s slogan became “The Rhythm of L.A.” (and eventually, as heard on this aircheck, “The New Rhythm of Southern California”). H...

KGGI (99.1) – Riverside, CA – 5/6/05

Recorded 8 years ago today, this is a sample of the Inland Empire’s longtime Rhythmic CHR during its morning show. The majority of this aircheck was recorded during a Friday morning “old school” specialty hour. Thanks to Jeffery Holland for contributing.

KMXN (Cool 94.3) – Garden Grove/Anaheim, CA – 2000

For many years, 94.3 FM in Orange County, CA was KIKF-FM (“KIK-FM”), offering a Country music format. Starting in 2000, it cycled through a series of formats before being acquired by Lieberman Broadcasting and switching to a Spanish-language format in 2003. This is a montage of one of those formats, which Wikipedia describes as “Cool AC”.   This entertaining aircheck was recorded during a specialty program known as “Disco Saturday Night”, yet it included a number of interesting Rhythmic Oldies selections from as late as 1989. Many thanks to Jeffery Holland for contributing!

KROQ 106.7 – Los Angeles – 5/9/05 – Kat Corbett

This is a sample of Southern California’s longtime Modern Rocker — “The World Famous KROQ” — from the mid-2000’s. The aircheck was recorded over the entire duration the “Flashback Lunch”, but it includes some regular programming as well. Many thanks to Jeffery Holland for contributing!

Beat Radio (on KIDR-AM 740 Phoenix) – 1998

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). This is a sample of Beat Radio, recorded at some point during its 8-month run from February to October of that year. Much more detailed information c...

KPSI (Power 100.5) – Palm Springs, CA – Summer 2000 – Huero from the Ghetto

This is a sample of what was once the dominant CHR in Southern California’s Coachella Valley.  Another aircheck of Power 100.5, recorded around the same time, is available here.

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