The Hudson Valley’s heritage CHR (one of the best in America, IMHO), during the station’s “Most Wanted” segment.
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.)
Milwaukee’s 103.7 Kiss-FM in its early days (still WAMG, eventually switching to WXSS). This aircheck represents several segments through the Summer of 1998; the initial sample was recorded in the midst of the station playing 10,000 songs in a row commercial-free. Also, for this reason, certain songs are heard duplicate times. At least in the commercial-free segment, 103.7 Kiss-FM represented one of the finest examples of Mainstream CHR I’ve ever heard, as it offered multiple hits from multiple contemporary genres, without any “lean”. In addition, the duo of 1980’s style jingles and Mitch Craig voiceovers made this station almost one of a kind for its era.
In the mid-90’s, KSJM “Power FM 97.5” was one of two bilingual (English/Spanish) Rhythmic CHRs serving the Tucson market. This aircheck, recorded two nights before Christmas 1996, is hosted by Kid Corona. A sample of KSJM’s primary competitor, KOHT “Hot 98 FM”, was posted a few hours ago. It was recorded on the same evening, and interestingly, was hosted by a personality with a similar name (Kid Loco). Comparing these two airchecks, it seems that KSJM was the more Spanish-leaning of the two stations.
As a follow-up to yesterday’s posting of Tim & Willy on Y95… Here’s a Youtube video of a commercial featuring Y95’s morning show in 1986: Glenn Beck (yes, you read that correctly) and Tim Hattrick!
“Radio sucks! We’re just trying to suck a little less!” One of the sweepers heard on Dance CHR “Kiss 98-5, Kiss Again 103-3” Port Arthur/Freeport/Houston. This aircheck represents the first 45 minutes of the station (scoped); please visit the Format Change Archive (specifically, //bit.ly/ejgBNt) to hear the actual sign-on (including the stunting that preceded it), along with more details on this station’s history.
“If you’re offended by any of the programming you hear on the KZZP Saturday Night Party Patrol, please dial 1-800-EAT-SH…well, 328-7448” — one of the many entertaining sweepers defining this high-energy program on the legendary KZZP/Phoenix during the mid-80’s.
A sample of Chicago’s Mainstream CHR Z95 (WYTZ 94.7 FM) at the start of the 1990’s. At least on this aircheck, the station seemed to be leaning towards Adult Contemporary. Not long after, Z95 went in the other direction, first as Hell 94.7 and then as the Rhythmic, high-energy Hot 94.7 FM.
Composite of KZZP 104.7 FM Phoenix – “The #1 Hit Music Station” – from what appears to be the mid to late 1980’s and possibly 1990. Features Bruce Kelly, Clarke Ingram (possibly his first or one of his first shows on the station), Steve Goddard, Tim Hattrick, Valerie Knight, and Jim Morales. Note the 260-6404 phone number – this later changed to 260-1047. There also appears to be a segment recorded from the former KZZP 1310 AM. I believe this was a simulcast of the FM for most/all of its existence. However, this segment seems to imply that the programming was, at least at that moment, different on the two; can anyone clarify this? //bit.ly/gtt8T5 indicates that KZZP-AM became Adult Standards as KXAM on 2/19/90; the segment references Adult Stand...
Legal ID of “Power Hits, K106” (KIOC 106.1 Beaumont, TX), presumably from the late 80’s or early 90’s. (Can someone confirm the year?)
Jeffrey T. Mason on 80’s-formatted 94.7 the Zone (WZZN Chicago), playing a classic legal ID from the station’s days as CHR WLS-FM in the 80’s.