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KYLD (Wild 94.9) – San Francisco – 1/4/99

“If Dick Clark were hosting it, we couldn’t call it the Dickless New Year’s Mix”.  This aircheck, recorded 14 years ago today, demonstrates why Wild 94-9 was one of the most entertaining and well-programmed stations around, custom-tailored for its (major) market.

KCAQ (Q105) – Oxnard-Ventura, CA – 1993 – “Real Rob” Newman

A brief sample of Ventura County’s longtime Rhythmic CHR during its days as “Q105 Jams”.

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.

KHTN & KWIN/KWNN – Stockton/Modesto & Merced, CA – Early ’99

Sample sweepers from two small-market Rhythmic CHRs in North-Central California: KHTN “Hot 104.7” (Merced) and KWIN/KWNN “97.7 & 98.3 K-WIN” (Stockton/Modesto) . Voiced by Eric Edwards and the late Brian James, respectively.

KACE/KABE (V103.9) – L.A./Riverside, CA – 1993

A couple of sweepers (including one voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig) from the short-lived V103.9 in Southern California.  More information can be found on the Wikipedia pages of KRCD (the current call letters of the former KACE) and KCXX (the current call letters of the former KABE).

KPSI (Power 100.5) – Palm Springs, CA – Summer 2000 – Dwayne Wayne

A sample of what was once the dominant CHR — “The Desert’s #1 Hit Music Station” — in Southern California’s Coachella Valley.  Includes some rather odd production elements (in terms of both content and placement.)

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