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KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – Summer ’93 – Bo and Jamie

In the late 80’s, and the very early 90’s, Phoenix was one of the best markets for fans of the CHR format.  Nationwide Communications’ heritage KZZP found itself in a heated battle with The Broadcast Group’s Power 92 (KKFR) and Edens Broadcasting’s Y95 (KOY-FM). KZZP dominated for most of the 80′s.  But with changes in management, personalities, and pop music tastes — ratings dropped significantly in the early 90’s, leading to a format and name change in April 1991. Y95, capitalizing on the changes and later demise of KZZP, enjoyed ratings success at the start of the decade.  But by 1993, ratings had fallen well below those of Power 92, which had begun to establish itself as the market’s preferred CHR (a title which it held through the 90’s).  On September 2, 1993, ...

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – 1992 (featuring Mitch Craig sweepers)

In the late 80′s, and the very early 90′s, Phoenix was one of the best markets for fans of the CHR format.  Nationwide Communications’ heritage KZZP found itself in a heated battle with The Broadcast Group’s Power 92 (KKFR) and Edens Broadcasting’s Y95 (KOY-FM). KZZP dominated for most of the 80′s.  But with changes in management, personalities, and pop music tastes — ratings dropped significantly in the early 90′s, leading to a format and name change in April 1991. Y95, capitalizing on the changes and later demise of KZZP, enjoyed ratings success at the start of the decade. This is a station composite from early 1992 (most likely originating from an official version, but edited by yours truly), when it adopted a policy of playing “no hard rap”. (Ultimately, this decision may h...

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

** NOTE: If you are attempting to listen to this aircheck from an iPhone, you may find that the audio abruptly ends after a few seconds. After much trial and error, we unfortunately have not yet been able to identify why this is occurring. The same should not happen when listening from a computer web browser, so please go down that route if necessary. We apologize for the inconvenience.** Much of the information shown below was taken from the now-defunct Q106 tribute site, which may still be accessible through this archive.org 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...

KOY-FM (Y95) – June 18, 1993 – Phoenix – Steve Douglas, Elvis Medina, Bo Reynolds, Jamie White

In 1993, the NBA’s Phoenix Suns had a magical season that captivated their hometown fans, featuring run to the Finals round against the defending champion Chicago Bulls. In this aircheck, CHR Y95 (95.5 KOY-FM) was giving away courtside tickets to the 6th game of the series (contigent upon the Suns winning the 5th game, which took place a few hours following the aircheck). Listeners were asked to keep track of songs for several hours. Throughout the day, the station would start taking callers (beginning with #95) and the first person to correctly recite the titles of the songs in the correct order would win the tickets. All three times that this occurred throughout the day are featured on the aircheck. Included are Suns/NBA/sports-themed songs that were in rotation on Y95, along with ...

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – 4/2/92 – Bruce Kelly & Maggie Brock

In Phoenix, Bruce Kelly is one of the best-known radio personalities of all time. He made a name for himself hosting mornings at legendary CHR KZZP in the 80’s, before moving onto KOY-FM (Y95) and KKFR (Power 92), and then returning to KZZP in the late 90’s. This is a sample of “Kelly and Company”, featuring Bruce and co-host Maggie Brock, on Y95.

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – 9/17/91 – Bruce Kelly & Maggie Brock

In Phoenix, Bruce Kelly is one of the best-known radio personalities of all time. He made a name for himself hosting mornings at legendary CHR KZZP in the 80′s, before moving onto KOY-FM (Y95) and KKFR (Power 92), and then returning to KZZP in the late 90′s. This is a sample of “Kelly and Company”, featuring Bruce and co-host Maggie Brock, on Y95.  It features an extended interview with the late John Ritter (on his birthday).

WRVQ (Q94) – Richmond, VA – 8/2/98 – Nick Nice

Once a sister station to Y95 (KOY-FM) Phoenix, Q105 (WRBQ) Tampa, and Q106 (KKLQ) San Diego, Q94 is only one that is still on the air with a CHR format. This aircheck was recorded 16 years ago today, but some of the sweepers indicate that it’s “The Year of the Q”.  Does anyone have insight as to what this positioning statement was referring to?  

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...

KTAR-FM – Phoenix – 1/13/12 – Bill Heywood Tribute

In January 2012, the Phoenix radio community was devastated by the loss of legendary on-air personality Bill Heywood.  This aircheck — a tribute to Bill and his wife Susan — aired on KTAR-FM the following week.  Please see the tags attached to this post for a nearly complete list of all voices featured on the tribute. More information about Heywood’s death and this tribute can be found at the links below. Link #1 Link #2 Link #3

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – Summer ’93 – Various Personalities

In the late 80’s, and the very early 90’s, Phoenix was one of the best markets for fans of the CHR format.  Nationwide Communications’ heritage KZZP found itself in a heated battle with The Broadcast Group’s Power 92 (KKFR) and Edens Broadcasting’s Y95 (KOY-FM). KZZP dominated for most of the 80’s.  But with changes in management, personalities, and pop music tastes — ratings dropped significantly in the early 90’s, leading to a format and name change in April 1991. Y95, capitalizing on the changes and later demise of KZZP, enjoyed ratings success at the start of the decade.  But by 1993, ratings had fallen well below those of Power 92, which had begun to establish itself as the market’s preferred CHR (a title which it held through the ...

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