California

KROQ 106.7 – Los Angeles – 2/16/02 – Kat Korbett

Recorded over President’s Day Weekend 2002 (and 13 years ago today), this is a sample of Southern California’s longtime Modern Rocker – “The World Famous KROQ.”

KBOS (B95) – Fresno – 1/31/97

Recorded 18 years ago this month, here’s a montage of Fresno’s heritage Rhythmic CHR, recorded almost entirely during Friday night mixshow programming (courtesy of the syndicated “Hot Mix” service). More information about the history of this station can be found within the text of another B95 aircheck on this site – specifically, the comment from Robyn Watts.

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!    

KACD/KBCD (Groove 103.1) – Los Angeles – 10/12/98 (FINAL DAY) – Christian B

In June 1996, KACD-FM (Santa Monica) and KBCD-FM (Newport Beach) switched from a Mainstream AC format to a Underground Dance format known as “Groove Radio”. While Groove Radio was unique, it was perhaps too unique for conventional radio. It never made any sort of dent in the ratings. During the summer of 1997, Groove Radio creator Swedish Egil was fired. The station remained in the Dance arena, but it became more mainstream (better suited for radio) — but not so mainstream that it could truly be considered “cheesy”. The name also changed to “Groove 103.1″, mainly because Egil owned the rights to the “Groove Radio” name. Then, on September 18, 1997, the format changed to an ordinary traditional Rhythmic CHR, yet the name remained “Groove 103.1″. The station was flooded with negative feedbac...

KBOS (B95) – Fresno, CA – August ’92 – Krazy Kid

Recorded 22 years ago this month, this is a sample of Fresno’s heritage CHR. According to Wikipedia, KBOS signed on in 1971 (with the B95 name?), but didn’t move into a Rhythmic direction until sometime in the 80’s.  The station was celebrating its 21st anniversary at the time this aircheck was recorded. It’s hosted by Krazy Kid, who moved on to become one of the most popular personalities in the Phoenix market from the mid-1990’s through mid-2000’s.

KKLQ (Q106) – San Diego – 7/29/98 – Various Personalities (Farewell Tribute)

Notes: Much of the information shown below is taken from this Q106 tribute site. Another aircheck from this same day/weekend of specialty programming can be found at THIS link. In the late 80′s and early 90′s, San Diego’s Q106 was one of the top stations in America, offering a Rhythmic-leaning Mainstream CHR format that fit the San Diego market perfectly. Q106 enjoyed a run of at least 12 straight Arbitron books (the site linked above claims 16) as the #1-rated station in America’s Finest City.  It was owned by Edens Broadcasting, making it a sister to Y95 (KOY-FM) Phoenix, Q105 (WRBQ) Tampa Bay, and Q94 (WRVQ) Richmond, VA. However, by the early to mid 90′s, due to a combination of competition from newcomer Jammin’ Z90 (XHTZ), format changes, and ownership changes, the station went into d...

KZQZ (Z95.7) – San Francisco, CA – 7/16/97

The Bay Area’s uptempo Z95.7 in its first week (recorded 17 years ago today); the station was still jockless at this time.  The dance-friendly approach was similar to Z104 (WWZZ) in Washington, D.C. and 102.7 ‘XYV (WXYV) in Baltimore; all three were consulted by Dan Vallie.

KACD/KBCD (Groove 103.1) – Los Angeles – 7/11 & 7/12/98 – Rob Blair & Mohamed Moretta

In June 1996, KACD-FM (Santa Monica) and KBCD-FM (Newport Beach) switched from a Mainstream AC format to a Underground Dance format known as “Groove Radio”. While Groove Radio was unique, it was perhaps too unique for conventional radio. It never made any sort of dent in the ratings. During the summer of 1997, Groove Radio creator Swedish Egil was fired. The station remained in the Dance arena, but it became more mainstream (better suited for radio) — but not so mainstream that it could truly be considered “cheesy”. The name also changed to “Groove 103.1″, mainly because Egil owned the rights to the “Groove Radio” name. With the exception of one week in September 1997 (when the format reverted to ordinary traditional Rhythmic CHR, only to return to Dance CHR a week later),  Groove 103.1 su...

KKXX (105.3) – Bakersfield, CA – 6/7/96 – Steve Austin

Since 1977, the KKXX call letters have been associated with four different frequencies in the Bakersfield market.  In mid-1996, the station was found at 105.3 FM and enjoyed great success with its incredibly broad Rhythmic CHR music mix that included numerous recurrent and gold selections, but seemingly lacked anything that resembled “hard” hip-hop — a rarity, especially on the West Coast.  (The station that came closest to this approach may have been KKFR “Power 92” in Phoenix.) Sadly, KKXX was probably too diverse for its own good — the following year, competition arrived in Kiss 94.1 (KISV), which focused on hip-hop and R&B.  This sent KKXX into a tailspin that resulted in, among other failures, additional frequency changes along with a cease and ...

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.

KIIS (102.7 KIIS-FM) – Los Angeles – 1/5/99 – Billy Burke & Clarence Barnes

Recorded 15 years ago today, this is a montage of the long-running KIIS-FM during one of the peak eras for the Mainstream CHR format.

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

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