Classic Hits

KGLQ (Eagle 96.9) – Phoenix – June ’98 – Charlie Van Dyke

In September 1997, shortly after a sale from Nationwide Communications to Jacor (now Clear Channel), Classic Hits-formatted “96.9 K-Hits” rebranded itself as “Eagle 96.9”, and brought on legendary radio/TV voice talent Charlie Van Dyke to host mornings. Nine months later, it was announced that the station would be undergoing a format change in the near future, and all of the station’s air talent would be out of a job. Van Dyke, having served as the radio columnist for the Arizona Republic newspaper in the past, decided that the audience deserved to know what was happening, and have some fun with the situation at the same. On this aircheck, he and co-host Mary Reilly explained the situation, took calls from disappointed listeners, and temporarily changed the mu...

KHTC (96.9 K-Hits) – Phoenix – 3/1/97

Recorded 17 years ago today, this is a sample of the first of two attempts to make the Classic Hits format work on 96.9 FM in Phoenix. “96.9 K-Hits”, heard here, would change its name to “Eagle 96.9” a few months later but retain the same format.  In September 1998, it became Hot AC as “Mix 96.9.”

Chicago/Milwaukee Bandscan – 1986/1987 – Various Personalities

This montage includes snippets of the following Chicago and Milwaukee stations from the mid-80’s: [Chicago] WBBM-FM (B96), 95.5 WRXR, 94.7 WYTZ (Z95), 106.7 WZRC (Z-Rock), [Milwaukee] 100.7 WHBT (Heartbeat 101)

KGLQ (Eagle 96.9) – Phoenix – 9/22/97 – Charlie Van Dyke & Michael Hagerty

In September 1997, shortly after a sale from Bonneville to Nationwide Communications, Classic Hits-formatted “96.9 K-Hits” rebranded itself as “Eagle 96.9”, and brought on legendary radio/TV voice talent Charlie Van Dyke to host mornings. For 4 months, he was joined by local (KTVK) news personality Michael Hagerty. This aircheck, of the first show, is a radiogeek’s dream come true. The primary topic of discussion was a brutally honest discussion of the Phoenix radio industry itself. Guest hosts included Bruce Christian (radio columnist for the Tribune newspaper), and Bud Wilkinson (radio columnist for the Arizona Republic newspaper – a position that Van Dyke had also held.) If that wasn’t enough, other Phoenix radio morning show hosts (including th...

WYSY (107.9) – Aurora/Chicago, IL – 5/30/97 (Stunting with “Bill”)

According to Wikipedia: following the merger of CBS and Infinity, the new entity (CBS) found itself with more FM stations than allowed by the FCC. It chose to sell WYSY – which at the time was offering a low-rated Classic Hits format billed as “Y-107.9” — to SBS (Spanish Broadcasting System).  From 4/24/97 through apparently 7/4/97, as the ownership transfer process was underway, the station went into stunt mode. Specifically, someone supposedly named “Bill” claimed to have borrowed “CDs and records” from a group of people and was playing “some of (his) favorite songs”.  The concept was essentially identical to the “Jack FM” Variety Hits format that did not become commonplace until some 8 years later. This montage is a...

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