Geoff St. John

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – Spring/Memorial Day Weekend 1997 – Various Personalities

During the mid-1990’s, under the direction of Program Director Don Parker, KKFR (Power 92) in Phoenix was at its peak, registering an all-time high 7.1 share (12+) in the Winter 1996 Arbitron survey. The station offered a broad Rhythmic CHR mix that focused primarily on dance and R&B music. In the Spring of 1996, KBZR (103.9 FM) in rural Coolidge, AZ began a six-month stunt focused on “old school” music that eventually led to a hip-hop/old school-friendly Rhythmic CHR format. At the end of October 1996, the station officially signed on as “The New 103.9, Arizona’s Party Station.” In its first full book (Winter 1997), KBZR (eventually KPTY) achieved a 2.9 share 12+ … which was absolutely remarkable considering that it was operating with a signal...

KPWR (Power 106) – L.A. – Jan ’96 (10th Anniv. Special) – Frank Lozano

In January 1996, Power 106 celebrated its 10th anniversary by having a series of mixes representing each of its years on the air. Personalities and mixes featured here include Frank Lozano, Charlie Huero, Tony B, and Richard Humpty Vission. Left intact is a commercial for In n Out, the legendary California burger establishment that has since spread to Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. I’m not sure if they regularly advertise on radio in the Los Angeles market, but it’s a rarity or virtually unheard of here in my hometown of Phoenix.

KYLD (Wild 94.9) – San Francisco – 1/2/98 – Jose Melendez (Wild Workout @ Noon)

My apologies for the heavy doses of static that are present in this aircheck, particularly in the first 3 minutes. Recorded 18 years ago this month, here is a sample of a high energy midday mixshow from The Bay Area’s Wild 94.9. At the time, the station was one of the most entertaining and best-programmed Rhythmic CHRs, custom-tailored for its unique market.

WPOW (Power 96) – Miami – 10/13/98 – Joe Nasty

Miami’s Power 96 is one of America’s heritage Rhythmic CHRs.  It has always offered an approach custom-tailored to its unique market – a rarity in an increasingly homogenized and corporate-dominated radio environment. This is a sample of the station, recorded 17 years ago this month.

KHOM (Mix 104.1) – New Orleans – 8/31/97

Recorded on this date 18 years ago – and serving “The Party Capital of the World” – Mix 104.1 offered one of the most diverse playlists I’ve ever heard on a CHR station. Reviewing the comments from an earlier Mix 104.1 posting, this was (not surprisingly) from the days when the station was still independently owned.

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 3/17/02 – Charlie Huero & DJ Shy (Aquanet Set)

Since June of 1997, KKFR — both at its former home on 92.3 FM, and at its current home on 98.3 FM — has made hip-hop and R&B the primary (if not exclusive) focus of its Rhythmic CHR format.  However, in the early 2000’s, it would offer a return to its dance-oriented roots for a brief period each Sunday night.  A portion of the “Lowrider Oldies Show” (also known as the “Sunday Night Old School Show”) was known as the “Aquanet Set”.  This program — whose name refers to the hairspray-laden members of freestyle acts in the 1980’s — originated (?) and was made famous by KKFR’s former sister station, KPWR (Power 106) in Los Angeles.

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.

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 1/4 & 1/5/99 – Mini Salas & AL3 (Power Workout @ Noon)

Since June of 1997, KKFR — both at its former home on 92.3 FM, and at its current home on 98.3 FM — has made hip-hop and R&B the primary focus of its Rhythmic CHR format.  However, around January 1999, the station began incorporating elements reminiscent of its days as a more traditional Rhythmic CHR in the early and mid-90’s. Heard here are the first two editions of “The Power Workout at Noon” mixshow (recorded 16 years ago yesterday/today), which featured more Dance music than the station had played in quite some time. As shown above, the slogan had transitioned from “Where Hip-Hop Lives” to one that Power 92 had used twice before — the presumably more advertiser-friendly “Today’s Hottest Music”. Eric Edwards joined Geoff St. John...

KLDZ (Channel 104.9) & KYLD (Wild 94.9) – San Francisco/San Jose, CA – 12/28/98

Recorded 16 years ago today, this is a sample of two very different stations serving the Bay Area. According to Wikipedia, Channel 104.9 debuted in August 1998 with the Modern AC format heard on the first portion of this montage. In February 1999, the format switched to classic New Wave/Alternative (the call letters became KCNL at this point as well), and then again to standard Alternative in January 2001. The station is now owned by the University of Southern California, and simulcasts a Classical format that originates on 89.9 KDFC/Anguin, CA. On the other hand, 94.9 FM has enjoyed much more stability over the years. Heard on the second portion of this montage is “Wild 94.9”, which was (and perhaps still is) one of the most entertaining and best-programmed Rhythmic CHRs, cust...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 11/19/00 – The Manic Hispanic, Charlie Huero & DJ Shy (Aquanet Set)

Since June of 1997, KKFR — both at its former home on 92.3 FM, and at its current home on 98.3 FM — has made hip-hop and R&B the primary (if not exclusive) focus of its Rhythmic CHR format.  However, in the early 2000’s, it would offer a return to its dance-oriented roots for a brief period each Sunday night.  A portion of the “Lowrider Oldies Show” (also known as the “Sunday Night Old School Show”) was known as the “Aquanet Set”.  This program — whose name refers to the hairspray-laden members of freestyle acts in the 1980’s — originated (?) and was made famous by KKFR’s former sister station, KPWR (Power 106) in Los Angeles. Note: This montage represents broadcasts from two different nights. The first one (hosted by The Manic Hispanic) is most likely from 11/19/00 as indicated in the...

KYLD (Wild 94.9) – San Francisco – 12/27/98 (“Mickey Fickey Mix”)

Recorded 15 years ago today, this is a sample of the Bay Area’s longtime Rhythmic CHR. Wild 94.9 was (and perhaps still is) one of the most entertaining and well-programmed stations around, custom-tailored for its (major) market.

KGGI (99.1) – Riverside, CA – 5/6/05

Recorded 8 years ago today, this is a sample of the Inland Empire’s longtime Rhythmic CHR during its morning show. The majority of this aircheck was recorded during a Friday morning “old school” specialty hour. Thanks to Jeffery Holland for contributing.

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